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Mercy Tuttle

Female 1650 -


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  • Name Mercy Tuttle  [1
    Born 27 Apr 1650  New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Baptised 19 May 1650  New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I23372  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2019 

    Father William Tuttle,   b. Bef 26 Dec 1607, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 10 Mar 1673 and 27 Apr 1673, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 65 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1612,   d. 30 Dec 1684, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married Bef 1631  [2, 3
    Family ID F9371  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Samuel Brown,   b. Bef 7 Aug 1645,   d. 4 Nov 1691, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 46 years) 
    Married 2 May 1667  New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Rachel Brown,   b. 14 Apr 1677, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1718, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F14049  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Divorce, Murder and Madness: The Puritan Tuttles of the New Haven Colony:

      Mercy Tuttle, the youngest daughter of the clan, had married Samuel Brown in 1667 at age 17. The couple had several children, including a son, Samuel. They lived in Wallingford.

      It would come out later that Mercy Tuttle was erratic in her behavior throughout life. (Her older brother, David, had also been judged insane years earlier.)

      When Mercy's husband died in 1691, there was no longer anyone to act as a check on her. On the night of June 23, she attacked her son Samuel with an ax and killed him. Mercy admitted she had killed her son, but said it was not done out of malice. Instead, she said, the murder was committed "at the instigation of the devil."

      In October 1691, the court convicted Mercy of murder, but withheld sentence until 1693. Then it ruled: "Having weighed the evidences given in, to prove that she hath generally been in a crazed or distracted condition as well long before she committed the act, as at that time, and having observed since that she is in such a condition, do not see cause to pass sentence of death against her, but for preventing her doing the like or other mischief for the future, do order, that she shall be kept in custody of the magistrates of New Haven."

      And that's where she died, in the custody of the magistrates of the New Haven Colony her father had hoped to build.

  • Sources 
    1. [S185] Families of Ancient New Haven, originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, vols. I-VIII, compiled by Donald Lines Jacobus. Rome, New York: Clarence D. Smith, 1923-1932.

    2. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    3. [S388] FamousKin.com.