Monday, August 4, 2014

Deacon John Tufts Mystery part two

Do you like a good mystery? Are you a genealogist or amateur researcher? I need help with this mystery of the shipwreck of Irish immigrants in 1737. In part one I told the story of Deacon John Tufts of Windham, New Hampshire and Belfast, Maine.
What I seek now are similar stories in other families and any information on where these survivors settled when they were brought from Nova Scotia to New Hampshire or Massachusetts.

Deacon John Tufts (1723-1802) is debated to be either a son of a known family of the Peter Tufts clan of Massachusetts that I often write about, or a shipwreck survivor from Northern Ireland.

I recently discovered a news article that confirms a Mr. and Mrs. John Tuft perished in the shipwreck.

The shipwreck story is from a researcher and descendant who provided the transcription of Mary (Campbell) McMillan given to a family member and handed down through the family. Mary was said to be the granddaughter of “Jonathan Tuffs”. It describes the families settling Belfast, Maine, the shipwreck, and states that her grandfather was troubled by the sight of his mother dying in the shipwreck for all his years. The story can be found on some McMillan family trees on and at Patricia Thompson’s site:

The father of Susanna Tuffs (wife of Dr. Alexander McMillan), whose name was Jonathan Tuffs, was born in Belfast, Ireland, and also of Scotch Covenanter blood. He started to this country with his widowed mother and her infant babe when he himself was fourteen years old. They were shipwrecked on the way. His mother, mother like, seeing that all could not be saved, gave her chance for life, also her purse and a God Speed in the New Country, should he reach it, to her son. The last he saw of her was when two pieces of the ship came together crushing her and her babe, then sank to rise no more. I have heard grandma tell how her father said that that was the last sight he saw when he closed his eyes and the ocean roar was always in his ears.
Jonathan Tuffs lived near what was afterwards Belfast, Maine and took up large tracts of land, giving the plot. of ground on which to build a town, which the people wanted to name for him, but he told them that was too (tuff) a name but if they must honor him thus they might name it for his native place, Belfast of Ireland, hence the tender interest every McMillan or Tuffs has in either place of that name.

Most historians and genealogists will admit that stories or legends handed down through generations are often inaccurate. There are some differences but the story appears to have a factual base.

There was a second version of the shipwreck story which was reported in Tufts Family History in 1964 by Jay Franklin Tufts. That was from a different branch of Deacon John Tufts’ descendants. Here is where I need help. That story was from the family of Deacon John’s son Joseph Tufts detailed here. If you are a descendant of this family please let me know if you have heard of this story.
b.  7, Aug. 1764 in Windham, N. H.
d. 16, July  1844 in Waterford, Pa.
married; in Londonderry, NH to SARAH DOAK, Sally   
dau of James and Janet (Boyes) Doak
b. 13, Nov. 1769 in Londonderry, NH, died? in Warsaw, N. Y.
had 1) Mary, 2) Sarah, 3) Sarah, 4) Catherine, 5) Aurella, 6) John. 7) Joseph, 8) Orpha, 9) Catherine, 10) Leman G.
The family of the son of Leman G Tufts below was said to be the source of the shipwreck story in Tufts Family History 1964.
b.   2, Aug. 1846 in Rushford, NY
d. 20, May  1922 in San Diego, CA
m. 29, Nov. 1880 in to EDITH MAE ELLS
dau of Alfred and Hannah Elizah (Palmer) Ells
b.   7, Mar. 1860 in Rockford, IL
d.   5, Dec. 1924 in San Diego, CA
had  1) Mamie C., 2) Annie L., 3) Patricia E. M., 4) Charles A., 5) Robert G.
This Robert G Tufts had a copy of the shipwreck story but the True descendants of his daughter Clarissa have never heard of it. Clarissa’s husband, William True was in the 101st Airborne in WWII and was co-author of the book “The Cow Spoke French” which mentions Freeling Tufts Colt.

Without listing every little detail that may be inaccurate, I will present the basic and pertinent data and list some possible research areas that could solve this mystery or at least uncover the rest of this story.

It is clear from the recent news article discovery that a John Tuft originating in Ireland could have survived the shipwreck where his mother died.
Now that I have seen this new article I have searched harder for John Tuft. There are records of a Tuft family in Northern Ireland. Thomas Tuft was listed as a Presbyterian minister in Ballyclare in County Antrim from 1681-1713 and a John Tuft is listed as a linen draper in Derry in 1725. (
Could this be our John? There are more records of Tuft families from later than 1737. A William Tuft is on the Hearth Tax list for County Armagh in 1664. In 1732 John Tuft was a Magheralin Parish Churchwarden (County Armagh, again). More research is needed.

The name issue is interesting. I have seen all variations of the name used. I have seen Tuft from the news article which could be wrong but led me to research and find the TUFT families in Ireland while so many searches have never discovered any John TUFTS. The name TUFFS was used in many of the Brookfield MA families.
 Herbert Adams searched extensively and paid researchers in Ireland to search as well. Professor James Hayden Tufts searched as well and found none. He was a descendant of the John TUFFS of Brookfield Massachusetts who the professor claimed was from Ireland. It would be interesting to know if the shipwreck story exists in his family. Adams originally stated John of Brookfield was married in Londonderry NH but changed that after further research to Newbury MA. (Some quotes of his 1975 Kinsmen edition can be found online.) Adams credits John’s family’s claims to Irish heritage as originating with John’s wife Agnes Foote who was said to be clearly Scots-Irish but no record of her can be found. Perhaps she also survived the shipwreck with no family and was absorbed into a Londonderry family until adulthood. There are records of Foote families in the other Ulster-Scot communities, but none of Agnes.

The John Tufts born in 1723 in Medford, MA is well recorded and researchers over the years have had different versions of his life. Some of the first thought he died young but Adams discovered his father’s will of 1725 which devised benefits to him through his Uncle Nathaniel Tufts. His mother remarried and died in Chelsea in 1760 leaving him named in her will as well. Adams claims this John moved to Windham, NH by 1745 and bought his cousin’s farm in 1752. The deed records I have found do not exactly confirm this. They can be found at
 1742      James Campbell sold to John Tufts of Londonderry land in Chester: “messuage or tract of land #116 in third division, 80 acres formerly of Jacob Gilman etc.. witnessed by Peter Tufts and Robert Boyes. It could be this Peter Tufts was a surveyor and/or just a witness or if this is John of Medford, he is in Londonderry but could be in the part that became Windham in 1742.
 1743      John Tuffts of Londonderry sold to Horner the same lot. He is clearly called John Tufts in the first deed and John Tuffts in the second and is called a “Labourer of Rec’d (record?) of Londonderry”. John made a profit of thirty pounds in one year of owning this land.
1744       Daniel Calfe (Calef) sold to John Tufts of Newbury, (Trader) 2 parcels in Chester 57 acres more or less.
1746       John Tufts of Newbury sold to Robert Calef, (quit claim deed) same parcels bought of his brother, Daniel. This john Tufts of Newbury could be Reverend John Tufts the son of Peter Jr. who left the church in 1738 and died in 1750 or John Tuffs/Tufts of Brookfield. He is called “of Newbury” by Kinsmen and said to have married Agnes Foote there in 1731 but I have not found that record.
1752       John Tufts of Charlestown (MA) sells 2 parcels of land in Bedford to a Robert Calef and secondly to Moses Barron. Research would be needed to see if these are 2 parcels which came to our John Tufts of Charlestown from his father’s estate which would clearly put him in Charlestown in 1745, not Windham.
1752       Jonathan Morrison sold to John Tufft of Windham, “2 pieces of meadow in Windham and bordered by Londonderry meadow, original right of Col. Tho’s Westbrook and Thomas Armstrong (13 acres)”. This is supposed to be the farm John bought from his cousin Ann but does not describe a home or farm. The deed describes the bounds of land with no mention of a mill or “messuage”. Jonathan Morison and Nancy (Ann) Tufts Morison had no children. They were married in 1741 and moved to Peterborough NH when they sold the farm to John. It would not be irregular for them to have taken young John into their home to work the farm but still does not answer which John that would be.
1754       James Reid sells to John Tufts of Windham and James Wilson meadow tract known as flat rock meadow.
1758       John Tufts of Frankfort (Maine) sells 2 lots in Bedford to 2 different Moore’s, Robert and Daniel. This is our Charlestown John’s cousin John, the son of Nathaniel Tufts.
1762       John Tuffts and James Wilson of Windham sell meadow tract called lower flat rock to John Morrow.
1774       John Tufft of Windham sold to James Gilmore 105 acres of upland in Windham (Bounded with flat rock meadow). The deed is signed by John and Mary Tufft.
1777       John Tufft of Belfast sells to James Gilmore 13 acres tract in Windham. These last 2 appear to be the sale of his farm or mill when he moved to Belfast ME. His mill operation is recorded in Windham history in 1755. He was a selectman there in 1752 and 1761. (History of WindhamNH) There is some confusion about exactly when he moved to Belfast. In researching his home in Belfast, researchers there feel he arrived after the Revolution and that his son built the home there they now consider the oldest home in Belfast. His son John, the ship’s captain of Newburyport, took some settlers and died young enough that his children were raised in Belfast. One trip is said to have run aground and damaged some goods including the Peter Tufts family bible.
These deed records could be researched more thoroughly. Some records of Nutfield/Londonderry NH reference Haverhill MA, as that town laid claim to parts of southern Rockingham County NH in that time period. There were also records of John Tufts of Bedford, NH but he was another second cousin from Newmarket, NH, the son of Henry (the tailor). It certainly seems some deeds are missing as John sold more land when he moved to Belfast than he is recorded as purchasing in previous records.

This Tufts family bible was said to be the convincing item that John of Belfast was from our Massachusetts family. I just cannot figure how Deacon John would have the bible of Peter Tufts if he was the survivor of the shipwreck.
                I have not been able to find the bible today. I have seen letters in Mr. Adams’ collection which describe it being destined for Tufts University and have contacted one person there with no result. The letter in Adams’ collection is from Christie (Tufts) Page and mentions the Tufts bible donation to Tufts University. She mentions in the letter a son Ted Page, grandson Charles Clifton Page and visiting with Glenn and Gladys.
“I have taken the liberty of sending your letter on to Glenn so she can locate the archivist at Tufts College and leave the Tufts Bible. I am sure she and her husband will be glad to deliver it.”
 Mr. Adams said they would probably just stuff it in an attic. It could be there in some library corner but their website does not state it is there. A field trip to the University is in order. The following pages of Adams Tufts Kinsmen newsletter show the bible story.

Where will the proof of either claim be found? Will it be in deed records or wills? Will it be in someone’s old diary in a library somewhere? Perhaps in some old file in a historical society in Windham or Londonderry. I had hopes John’s grave marker might say born in Ireland but even epitaphs can be incorrect and the stones in the cemetery he is probably in are not maintained. I would like to believe the shipwreck story and many people do. I see proof of that story in the news articles and the existence of the story in more than one family descended from John.

 Genealogists previous to me have worked hard to straighten out all the Johns but could certainly be mistaken. There are just too many Johns to be certain about. It is certainly possible that there were 2 Johns in Londonderry and Windham. There is also the possibility that the shipwreck survivor was brought up in Londonderry in another Ulster-Scot family like the Morison’s and later claimed he was from the “Boston” Tufts rather than admit to being Ulster-Scot as they were referred to as Irish and looked down upon. These “Scots-Irish” were called the worst kind of Irish….”Scottish”.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

To The Guardians of America

I recently started reading "1776" by David McCullough. I am enjoying it as a history lesson beyond what is taught in school and adds to what I have recently learned. I hope it gives me clues for further research on my Tufts soldiers.

One quote that I found is from an old Boston newspaper The New England Chronicle published by Samuel Hall. The author of the paragraph is unknown or is the printer as it is signed only "A Freeman". It is clearly encouragement for the army assembled at Boston in 1776, but it seems that it would work today. Thanks to my sons and all who serve or have served.

Your exertions in the cause of freedom, guided by wisdom and animated by zeal and courage, have gained you the love and confidence of your grateful countrymen; and they look to you, who are experienced veterans, and trust that you will still be the guardians of America. As I have the honor to be an American, and one among the free millions, who are defended by your valor, I would pay the tribute of thanks and express my gratitude, while I solicit you to continue in your present honorable and important station. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Tufts Soldiers to remember on Memorial Day

This is my list list of Tufts soldiers and sailors who gave their lives in service to their country. Some were killed in action, some died of disease while in service. Civil War casualties will be another project and probably be included in the bigger project of listing all the Tufts soldiers in the War of the Rebellion. I will try and add to it when I come across more records. Please forward any corrections or additions.
Please make sure you check the comments section for additional information.

Tufts casualties
Early wars
James Tufts Killed at Battle of Bloody Brook in French and Indian War in 1675.
Henry Tufts possibly killed in same conflict in Dunstable in 1706.

Peter Tufts died of disease in siege of Louisburg Nova Scotia in 1745
Lt Thomas Tufts died of disease shortly after returning from the siege of Louisburg in Greenland, NH.

Revolutionary War
William Tufts died in Battle of Bennington (VT) in The Revolution in 1776
Adam Tufts died in service in 1778
Aaron Tufts died in Mill prison in 1781
Ichabod Tufts may have died at battle of Bunker Hill 1775.

War of 1812
William Tufts, Belfast Maine, William born in 1772 in Windham died September 30 1812 in the war of 1812 at sea. His family is listed as heirs receiving his pension in 1815 according to the pension roll of 1835, Volume 1
World War I (Some Canadian soldiers listed here are from other Tufts families and not Peter Tufts the immigrant to Charlestown Massachusetts.)

Arthur Zimmerman Tufts, born 13/06/1887, in Tweed, Ontario, regimental # 787678, Son of Robert Tufts.  He enlisted in Carleton Place, ON on 28 Mar 1916.  He was killed in action on 1 Mar 1917 and buried Zouave Valley Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France, Grave reference II.A.5  He was a private in the 75th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment).
Gordon Harrison Tufts, born 02/10/1888, in New Brunswick.  His wife was Elsie Blanche Pushie.  He enlisted on 23 Oct 1916 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, in the 175th O. Bin. C.E.F. with the rank of Lieutenant, having previously served 1 yr. in the 21st Alberta Hussars.  He was with the 27th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), rank Captain, when he was killed in action on 21 Aug 1917.  He was awarded the Military Cross and is buried at the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Gorman Dewitt Tufts was born June 6, 1896 in Lake Pleasant Nova Scotia and died November 6, 1917 in Belgium in World War I. he enlisted January 6, 1916 in Middleton NS.
Private Tufts served in the 112th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Royal Canadian Regiment.

Irving S. Tufts of Michigan
Death Date:        27 Nov 1918
Cemetery:          St. Mihiel American Cemetery
Cemetery Burial Plot:     Plot D Row 12 Grave 5
Cemetery City:  Thiaucourt
Cemetery Country:         France
War:      World War I
Title:      CORPORAL, U.S. Army
Division:               47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
Data Source:      World War I Honor Roll

John T Tufts 6 December 1917

Ray Kenneth Tufts, born 29/10/1890, New Brunswick, regimental # 696187.  He enlisted in Medicine Hat, Alberta on 11 Feb 1916, having served 1yr in the 21st Albert Hussars; 5 years in the 62nd St. John Fusiliers and 5 years in No. 7 Co., C.A.S.C. He was killed in action on 16 Oct 1918 and was serving with the Canadian Infantry (Alberta regiment) 50th Bn., with the rank of Sergeant.  He is buried at Chapel Corner Cemetery, Sauchy-Lestree, Pas de Calais, France, grave reference E 16.  He was awarded the Military Medal

World War II
Aubert Mahlon Tufts Tufts was born 25 August 1916 in Brownsville, Maine. He was descendant of the families of Deacon John Tufts who was one of the first settlers of Belfast, ME and subject of my shipwreck mystery story. If he is not an Ulster Scot according to legend, he descends from Peter Tufts through his sons John, John, John, William, Freeman, Lewis M, and his father Myron G Tufts of Brownsville. He was shot down over Germany according to these records: Aubert is credited with enlisting from West Virginia. We don't know what brought him there but did discover he was married in 1940 to Anna Katheryn Gott. (Thanks go out to Gary Peakes for this information)
Death Date:        29 Apr 1944
Cemetery:          Ardennes American Cemetery
Cemetery Burial Plot:     Plot D Row 11 Grave 15
Cemetery City:  Neupre
Cemetery Country:         Belgium
War:      World War II
Awards:               Air Medal, Purple Heart
Title:      Second Lieutenant
Rank:     Second Lieutenant
Service:                U.S. Army Air Forces
Service ID:           O-755611
Division:               579th Bomber Squadron, 392nd Bomber Group, Heavy
Data Source:      World War II Honor Roll Aubert M Tufts
Gender:               Male
Cemetery Name: Neuville-En-Condroz Permanent Cemetery, Belgium
Grave number: d 11 15
Disposition:        According to next of kin

2nd/Lt. Aubert M. Tufts KIA
Hometown: West Virginia
Squadron: 579th BS 392nd Bomb Group
Service# O-755611
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

Target: Berlin Germany
Date Lost: 29-Apr-44
Serial Number: #42-7510
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter: "0"
Aircraft Name: "EL LOBO" 38th Mission
Location: outskirts of Dinklage, Germany.
Cause: unknown 10KIA

The Group losses on this raid would be the second heaviest ever encountered in its combat history in terms of men killed and planes lost-next only to those suffered at Friedrichshafen on 18 March 1944. On this mission, (18) aircrews were briefed between 0400-0430 hours with the 577th and Lieutenant Rapenport as Bombardier leading. Crews began take-offs at 0725 on what was to be a mission encounter of grave misfortunes due to heavy enemy fighter opposition and flak. Before the target, an estimated 50 single engine fighters hit the group, consisting of FW-190 and ME-109 aircraft, attacking in double line-abreast and making a level pass through the Group's formation.

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: No report exists in the MACR from in-flight eyewitness accounts on the loss of this aircraft. Other records indicated this aircrew did fly this mission with formations of the 392nd's sister Group, the 44th, to the Berlin target complex. German eyewitnesses report hearing the sound of gunfire in the clouds and then seeing this B-24 descend through the clouds. Neither right engine was working and thick black smoke was coming from the forward part of the fuselage. The plane impacted in a forest on the outskirts of Dinklage, GGermany.


BURIAL RECORDS: All ten crew members were buried in the Forest Cemetery in Vechta, Germany. Overseas U.S. National Cemetery records reveal the following interments concerning certain members of this aircrew: In the ARDENNES Cemetery near Liege, Belgium, are Lt. Wyatt (Grave A-40-7); Lt. Tufts (Grave D-1 1-15); S/Sgt Womer (Grave A-26-20); S/SGT Monroe (Grave C-4-42); and Sgt Sorrells (Grave A-33-45). All five were noted to have awards as recorded: Wyatt, the Air Medal with (2) Oak Leaf Clusters; Monroe and Sorrells, both the Air Medal. All were cited for the Purple Heart as well. On the remaining (5) crew members of this aircrew there is no burial or remembrance recognitions.
This aircraft had suffered a near miss before with part of the tail and turret shorn off by a propeller: pictures available at this link:

Henry William Robert Tufts, age 23, serving the Royal Canadian Air Force (service # R/155964) as a flight sergeant, died 17 June 1944.  He was son of William John and Gertrude (McCauley) Tufts of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and is buried in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, grave reference Section B., Row G, Grave 5

James P Tuffs
Inducted From: Michigan
Rank:     Private
Combat Organization:    289th Infantry 75th Division
Death Date:        28 Dec 1944
Monument:       Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Last Known Status:          Buried
U.S. Awards:      Purple Heart Medal

Milton John Tufts Jrwas from Hudson New Hampshire. He was born in Connecticut and in the 1930 Waterford, CT census his father Milton John Sr. listed his occupation as truck driver. His wife Anna was born in CT and it appears her parents were as well. In the 1940 census they are in Litchfield NH where his father was engaged in poultry farming. They later lived in Hudson, NH where Milton enlisted in the Navy from. He descended from Peter Tufts, the immigrant, through his sons; Jonathan, James, John, William, Zachariah, Daniel, John, and Milton John Sr. This was a storied military family. William was a hero at Louisburg in 1745, Zachariah served with distinction in the Revolution, and others served in the Civil War from Vermont.
A great story about Milton was found from 2004 in The NH Business Review. In the article it states he is forgotten on the Sailor’s Memorial in Hampton, NH and relates one man’s efforts to recognize him. I did not find his name listed in the roll of honor in Concord either.
In that story it also relates the circumstances of Milton’s ship being torpedoed and the rescue ship being sunk as well.
Tufts was killed in the Atlantic in 1942 when he was part of a convoy bringing supplies and equipment to England. The ship he was on - the SS Gurney E. Newlin - was torpedoed twice. The second time, those on board abandoned ship. The captain and several others were picked up by a Canadian corvette. The rest of those on board, Tufts included, were picked up by a Canadian tanker, the SS Bic Island. According to Bole’s research, the tanker had been sent back to find any survivors. The ship had about 44 survivors from the Newlin and 77 survivors from another ship. German submarines looking for any members of the convoy that may have been cut off from the group found the Bic Island. The submarines attacked the ship, which sank, with everyone on board dying. Tufts, as are all who are lost at sea, was listed as missing in action.
Death Date:        29 Oct 1943
Cemetery:          Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery
Cemetery Burial Plot:     Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Cemetery City:  Cambridge
Milton served as a Seaman, First Class and armed guard, SS Gurney E. Newlin, U.S. Navy during World War II. Milton was declared "Missing In Action" when the Newlin was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic during the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
Cemetery Country:         England
War:      World War II
Awards:               Purple Heart
Title:      Seaman, First Class
Rank:     Seaman, First Class
Service:                U.S. Navy
Service ID:           6069312
Division:               United States Naval Reserve
Data Source:      World War II Honor Roll

Roy Olaf Tufts, age 29, serving with the Canadian Scottish Regiments R.C.I.C., with the rank of Private, was killed in action 2 Oct 1944.  His service # was F/76515; he was son of Heber & Elva Tufts of Simpsons Corners, Nova Scotia and was buried in Calais Canadian War Cemetery (Leubringhen), Pas de Calais France, grave reference 2.E.8

Willie L. Tufts
b. 1930 Chatham GA
killed Korea 24 Apr 1952
3rd div.Willie L Tufts
Birth Date:          1930
Race:     (Black)
Home State:       Georgia
Casualty Date:   24 Apr 1952
Casualty Country:            North Korea Sector
Casualty Type:   Killed in Action OR Missing in Action, KIA              
Group:  KIA or Missing in Action, KIA
Branch: Infantry
Component:      AUS - 21 Months

Marine showing vest Private Willie Tufts was shot wearing armored Vest Number 329 worn by Private 1st Class Willie Tufts, US 52077771, with bullet holes circled and marked 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Company E, 7th Regiment.
Private First Class Tufts was a member of the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on April 24, 1952. Private First Class Tufts was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Data Source:
Korean War Veterans Honor Roll

Robert Bruce Tufts

William L Tufts, CHARLIE COMPANY 2/12th Infantry Regiment, 4th & 25th Infantry Division 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Anne Adams Tufts; Nurse at the battle of Bunker Hill

A break from my Tufts soldiers includes this story:

Anne Adams was born July 8, 1729. She was the daughter of Lieutenant Joseph and Rachel (Allen) Adams. She married Peter Tufts Junior on April 19, 1750. He was the son of Peter from John and Peter the immigrant. She is best known for caring for the wounded soldiers during the battle of Bunker Hill. The Somerville Massachusetts chapter of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution was named for her. In 1909 the chapter dedicated a marker in her honor which was made from the front door stone from her home nearby. It stands today in the small park at Main and Broadway in Somerville. Anne died February 7, 1813.

"To the memory of Anne Adams-Tufts, Born 1729 Died 1813
A heroine of the Revolution who did active patriotic service after the Battle of Bunker Hill.
This was the door-stone of her home which stood about 120 feet south-west of this spot."

Anne’s sister Mary married Peter’s brother Nathan. Her cousin Anne Adams married Peter’s brother Timothy (my ancestor) and cousin Martha Adams married their brother Samuel. Anne, the subject of this story is often called Anna, Ann and Hannah. There are several history books written on the Adams immigrant families to Massachusetts. The one this family is best covered in is A genealogical history of Henry Adams, of Braintree, Mass., and his descendants: also John Adams, of Cambridge, Mass., 1632-1897 by Andrew M. Adams. That reference is dated, but contains details of the family’s possible origins in England and details many families, including presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.



These sisters—Anne and Mary (Adams) Tufts were women of strong character and great natural vigor of constitution. The elder brother married the younger sister, the younger brother the elder sister. In their respective homes in the early days of the Revolution they rendered service to their country no less important than that of the male members of their families. After the battle of Bunker Hill, Anne Tufts assisted in binding up the wounds of eight wounded soldiers who were brought to her house; and later in the war when a part of Burgoyne’s army was encamped as prisoners on Winter hill, she went to the camp and nursed all night the dying wife of one of the prisoners. Years afterward that soldier journeyed from Canada, where he had settled after the war, and sought out Mrs. Tufts to thank her again for that service and to ask her to point out the spot of his wife's grave.
The Tufts Family in Somerville
by Edward C. Booth, M. D.

This is a copy of an extract from a letter written by Aaron Tufts of Pavilion Center, NY to be read at the centennial celebration of Medford, MA April 1876: "One hundred years ago today the people on this sacred spot broke the ice for the formation of a Republic that has spread from ocean to ocean and is likely to overspread the continent -- One hundred years ago today my Grandfather (Deacon Joseph Adams) after doing duty at Bunker Hill, furnished the first hospital of the Revolution. Those killed and wounded on the 19th of April were conveyed to their respective homes, but those killed and wounded at Bunker Hill living at a distance, hailing from different parts of New England by my father's invitation were conveyed to his house in Medford". So Anna Adams Tufts is credited with housing the first Revolutionary War Hospital. The farmhouse was on the present site of Tufts College.
Public stories on

Heroine of the Revolution
Bronze Tablet to Honor Memory of Anne Adams Tufts Dedicated at Somerville

A bronze tablet to the memory of Anne Adams Tufts, who was a Patriot in the War of the Revolution and nursed the wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill, was unveiled yesterday in Paul Revere Park, Winter Hill, Somerville, by the members of the Anne Adams Tufts chapter, DAR. The tablet rests upon the historic doorstone of the Anne Adams Tufts homestead and was recently presented to the chapter by Miss Maria Brown.
The tablet was unveiled by Miss Sallie Adams, six years old, of Clinton, a lineal descendant of the sixth generation. The service opened by the reading of the report of the tablet committee by Mrs. Helen M. Heald. The report was accepted by Mrs. Abbie I. Carleton, vice regent of the chapter. The rest of the program was carried out at the Winter Hill Congregational Church, Mrs. Carleton presiding. Rev. William Pierson of the First Unitarian Church offered prayer and Mrs. Lucia Tucker Blake rendered several solos. Mrs. Carleton, in behalf of the chapter, presented the tablet to Mayor Woods for the city. A historical address was given by Miss Nellie R. Bray and an original poem read by Sam Walter Foss. Mrs. James G. Dunning also spoke.
The exercises were attended by twenty-six descendants of Anne Adams Tufts, the oldest being Mrs. Carrie T. Henderson, 83, of Somerville.

Boston Evening Transcript June 22, 1909, page 16.

(This was sent to me by fellow researcher Tabitha Wallen)


Ancestry (Peter Tufts)
Peter Tufts (the immigrant) (1617-1700) Tibenham, England, Charlestown, Massachusetts and Mary Pierce (1626-1702)
John Tufts (1664-1728) Malden, MA and Mary Putnam (1668-1758)
Peter Tufts (1697-1776) Charlestown, MA and Lydia Bucknam (1703/4-1776)
Peter Tufts Jr. (1729-1791) Charlestown MA

Ancestry (Anne Adams) Most trees on seem to agree with the Henry Adams book mentioned above, which is presented here:

Henry Adams (born in England-1646) arrived in Braintree (area) around 1632-3. His wife is unknown but he came with several sons. One of them was John, (called John of Cambridge in book).
John Adams (1622-1706) born in England, immigrated with his father at a young age. Married Ann Howe
Joseph Adams (1657-1701) Arlington, MA
Lieutenant Joseph Adams (1688-1774) Arlington, MA and Rachel (Allen) Adams. Their graves are in the old Burying ground in Arlington and can be seen at findagrave:

Peter Tufts (1751-1752)
Peter Tufts 3rd (1753-1832) married Hannah Adams and had 11 children.
John Tufts (1754-1839) married Elizabeth Perry and had 12 children.
Anna Tufts (1757-1839) married Abel Richardson and had 13 children.
Elizabeth Tufts (1758-1853) married Daniel Swan.
Joseph Tufts (1760-1818) married Abigail Tufts and had 11 children, then married Hannah (Pierce) Williams.
Lydia Tufts (1762-1801) married Rev. Robert Gray of Dover, NH and had 7 children there.
Thomas Tufts (1766-1830) married Rebecca Adams and had 6 children.
Lucy Tufts (1767-1849) married Henry Putnam, then Jacob Osgood.
Rebecca Tufts (1770-1849) married Nathan Adams and had 2 children.
Sarah Tufts (1772-1843) married Joseph Adams and had 7 children. Rev war soldier.

Friday, March 14, 2014

All the Tufts Revolutionary soldiers Frederick to James Tufts

My next blog installment will be done in several parts and added to and edited often. I hope to work my way through All the Tufts Revolutionary Soldiers alphabetically and present them as I find the information. This second post will start with Frederick and George.
As always, I recommend to all readers and researchers to verify any information found here. I have done my best to provide source information and verify it myself. If errors are found, please forward them for editing. With this new format, I may be editing often and will try and note any changes from previous research. Check back often for updates.
I will try to present here, a record of all the soldiers who fought in the American Revolution of the Tufts family of Charlestown, Massachusetts. While no record could ever be complete, I will do my best and hope that it serves as a good reference for readers to find information on their ancestor or just to enjoy the stories of these heroes. I will also add the soldiers of the name Tufts that may not be from this family.
I am fortunate enough to be able to draw on the research of historians before me. Herbert Adams compiled the most accurate and thorough guide to the Tufts families in TuftsKinsmen. The family listings there have short biographies that often list military service. I will do my best to quote that reference briefly as allowed by copywright and give credit to the book. The book is available in 2 volumes by sending an e-mail to and can be found in some libraries in the Boston area.
The internet allows great opportunities for research and often includes images of the actual records. I use and fold3 and quote them often here.
The family of Peter Tufts the immigrant to Charlestown, Massachusetts before 1638 lived in Medford, Malden, Somerville and other local towns so were in the heart of the turmoil in Boston and every available man and boy answered the call in some manner. There was a record of at least one Tufts Loyalist who decided against the Revolution. His story will follow the list of Patriots. There is also the story of Ann Tufts the nurse at Bunker Hill.
We know of at least three Tufts who gave their life in the fight for independence: William Tufts died in the Battle of Bennington in 1776. Aaron Tufts died in an English prison in 1781, and Adam Tufts died in service in 1778. Ichabod Tufts may have died at the battle of Bunker Hill.
I do not have a total number of Tufts sons who served in the war. I may have that number by the end of this part of the blog. There certainly could have been more than I have found but this research accounts for the eligible sons of the families in the colonies at that time and matches them to the records readily available. The story of William Tuffs/Tufts suggests that some men could have served and not been recorded. Some young boys could have tagged along with their fathers and beat the company drum, and some old timers could have supported the militia close to home without serving in any unit.
The best way to detail all these Tufts is alphabetically. I have added as much as I have on each soldier. Because there were many repeated names and records it was often difficult to assign the correct soldier to each record so there may be mistakes or duplications. As always I strongly recommend researchers to seek out the actual record when possible or contact me for source information.

Frederick Tufts

Fredrick Tufts was the last son of Thomas Tufts born in Medford Massachusetts June 27, 1731. Thomas was the son of Peter Jr. from Peter. Tufts Kinsmen states he was a Sergeant in the Revolution but no other information is provided. His parents died in 1731 and 1734/5 so the record for probate in Massachusetts in 1736 and 1749 labeled “guardian” must be when someone was made his guardian. I can only imagine he may have been absorbed into some Tufts family but there is no Frederick in any other record until 1796. He had half brothers and sisters but none that I think could have been close to bringing him into their family. His oldest sister Katherine Tufts married Thomas Sherman in 1737 in Christ Church, Old North, in Boston but had no children and remarried in 1758. So this soldier remains a mystery until further research can be done.
Peter Tufts (the immigrant) (1617-1700) Tibenham, England, Charlestown, Massachusetts and Mary Pierce (1626-1702)
Peter Tufts Jr. (Captain) (1648-1721) and Elizabeth Lynde (1650-1684)
Thomas Tufts (Reverend) (1683-1733) and Mary Lynde (1680-1718) (Elizabeth Lynde (above) was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Tufts) Lynde, the sister of Peter Tufts the immigrant. Mary Lynde was their son Thomas and Elizabeth Lynde’s daughter.)

George Tufts
George Tufts was born January 10, 1746/7 in Medford Massachusetts. He was the son of William from James, Jonathan and Peter.  He served around Boston in 1776 and enlisted for 3 years in 1777 but returned home sick and was listed as deserted which was not uncommon.
George married Elizabeth Hartwell in 1767 in Cambridge, MA and had 8 children and died August 25, 1796. Two of his great-grandsons, may have been killed in the Civil war. (They were George D. and Jeriah Tufts, the sons of Joseph from George’s son George.)
·         Tufts, George. Loaned money to pay bounty, July and Sept., 1776; enlisted for 3 yrs., 1777; reported deserted; was at home, sick, Dec. 10, 1780. Son of William and Catherine (Wyman); married Elizabeth Hartwell, 1767; married, 2d, Mary, who survived him:
·         Tufts, George, Private, Capt. Isaac Hall's co.; service, 4 days; company marched from Medford by order of Gen. Washington at the time of taking Dorchester Heights in March, 1776. Account of money paid by persons to hire men to go to Canada [year not given], examined and allowed by a committee at Medford Oct. 8, 1776.
·       Tufts, George, Medford, List of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from 1st Middlesex Co. regt., as returned by Lieut. Stephen Hall; residence, Medford; engaged for town of Medford; joined Capt. Bancroft's co., Col. Jackson's regt.; term, 3 years; also, list of men mustered by Nathaniel Barber, Muster Master for Suffolk Co., dated Boston, March 16, 1777; Capt. Bancroft's co., Col. Jackson's regt.; reported received State bounty; also, Private, Capt. James Bancroft's co., Col. Michael Jackson's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Feb. 21, 1777, to —; reported deserted.

Peter Tufts (the immigrant) (1617-1700) Tibenham, England, Charlestown, Massachusetts and Mary Pierce (1626-1702)
Jonathan Tufts (1660-1722) Malden, Massachusetts and Rebecca Waite (1662-1775)
James Tufts (1681-1733) Medford, MA and Ruth Grimes (1681-1721)
William Tufts (10 June, 1713-29 October, 1783) and Katherine Wyman (1717-1748/9)

George Tufts Jr. (1768-1818) married Rebecca Frost (1766-1838) and had 9 or 10 children.
Joseph Tufts (1770-1824) married Sarah Turner (1722-?) and had a family (un-researched).
John Tufts (1773-1773)
Elizabeth Tufts ( 1778-1796) unmarried
John Tufts (1781-1826) married Betsey Johnson (1796-1824), had Augustus and ? in                 Billerica MA.
Call Tufts (1785-1858) married Mary Saunders (1787-1868) and had 3 children in Billerica.
Aaron Tufts (1788-?) may have died young.
Hannah Tufts (1791-?) may have died young.

Grimes Tufts
Grimes Tufts was born in Medford, Massachusetts December 4, 1748. He was the son of William from James, Jonathan and Peter. Many of this family have gallantly served their fledgling nation including his brother George (above). Grimes name comes from his grandmother Ruth Grimes the wife of James Tufts. Grimes settled in Lynn, MA and had 7 children with his first wife Mary Witt, and none with his second wife Mary Ballard. Mary Witt died in 1783 when the children were all young. Tufts Kinsmen states he was a brick maker. Many of his family were. He is buried in the Western cemetery in Lynn MA. (His grandfather named a son Grimes who died young and is in Salem Street burying ground and can be seen at Grimes turned out for Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 and served in 2 regiments. He is on the record as Ensign in Mansfield’s (5th MA) Regiment from April to August around Boston, then again as 2nd Lieutenant in October, 1775. The 5th MA regiment was sent as reinforcements at the Battle of Bunker Hill in June 1775, but was not in action. The Lynn MA historical site has a good description of the action that day and a biography of Colonel Mansfield who was an experienced Indian war soldier. They were sent to support the retreat of Bunker Hill but stopped short of the action as the British ships were having effect on the town. Mansfield was put out of the army for his action on that day and the regiment went to his subordinate Colonel Israel Hutchinson. They afterwards were stationed on Winter Hill (Somerville) and I am sure Grimes Tufts was instrumental in their assignment making bricks for defenses. Grime is later on the roll serving as 2nd Lieutenant in Hutchinson’s Regiment (27th MA) in 1776. No later service of this hero was found.
·         Tufts, Grimes, Lynn, Sergeant, Capt. Ezra Newhall's (Lynn) co. of Minute-men, which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 5 days; also, Ensign; list of lieutenants and ensigns in Col. Mansfield's regt.; ordered in Provincial Congress June 7, 1775, that commissions be delivered said officers; also, Ensign, Capt. Newhall's co., Col. John Mansfield's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; engaged April 24, 1775; service, 3 mos. 15 days; also, 2d Lieutenant, Capt. Newhall's co., Col. Mansfield's (19th) regt. commanded by Lieut. Col. Israel Hutchinson; company return dated Oct. 6, 1775; also, Ensign, Capt. Asa Prince's co., Col. Mansfield's regt.; list of officers [year not given, probably 1775].
Peter Tufts (the immigrant) (1617-1700) Tibenham, England, Charlestown, Massachusetts and Mary Pierce (1626-1702)
Jonathan Tufts (1660-1722) Malden, Massachusetts and Rebecca Waite (1662-1775)
James Tufts (1681-1733) Medford, MA and Ruth Grimes (1681-1721)
William Tufts (10 June, 1713-29 October, 1783) and Katherine Wyman (1717-1748/9)
Grimes Tufts (1771-1773)
Grimes Tufts (1773-1803) married Margaret Turell (1776-1804) and had Margaret, Nathaniel and Grimes)
Ivory Tufts (1775-1818) married Elizabeth, Betsey Turell (1774-1808) (sister of Margaret-above). They had Ivory, Eliza, Sarah T, Margaret, Aaron, and George. He then married Nancy Turell (1888-1858) (sister of both above) and had Albert, Francis, Sarah T. Ebenezer T, and Nancy T. He was a trader and is buried in Charles St burial ground, Boston.
Aaron Tufts (1777-1816) married Sarah Ward (1785-?) had a daughter, Mary.
William Tufts (1779-1823 married Sarah, Sally Burden (1778-1877) and had Sarah, William, Richard P, Samuel, Samuel C, Mary A, Harriet, and Nathaniel.
Mark Tufts (1780-1804) unmarried.
Mary Tufts (1782-1828) married George Meek of CT and had a family of 5 in Lynn.

Henry Tufts (2)

There were 2 Henry Tufts that served in the Revolution. They were father and son. This is the family of Henry Jr. who was a horse thief, bigamist and army deserter. His story was one of my first presented.

Henry, the father, was born in Medford, Massachusetts September 24, 1716. He was first apprenticed to his uncle Simon Tufts to be a doctor but the money ran out when his father died. He became a tailor on Fleet Street in Boston then followed his brother Thomas to Newmarket, NH by way of Exeter. Succeeding in business, he bought a farm in Lee, NH near the Durham line and is recorded there by petitions and association tests. According to Tufts Kinsmen he did serve in the war even though he was 59 years old. I haven’t found the record of this service. There is a record that a Henry Tufts went to Seavey’s Island in Portsmouth, NH in November 1775 and was a private in Captain Smith Emerson’s Company. There is also a record from Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors… which list an enlistment from Salisbury (MA). It is believed that these are for Henry Jr. who often enlisted for the bonus then deserted. According to his book, Henry Jr. went to Seavey’s Island then served 2-2month terms around Boston, then returned to Lee and details his life there and in Canterbury NH. He also talks about his enlistment from Salisbury for a term of three years but never actually leaving Massachusetts, he returned home. On the run after this he was put in the Exeter jail for desertion at least twice and escaped. He spends the rest of the war on the run (If you believe the book).

Henry Sr. and his wife, Mary Wedgewood of Newmarket raised a family of 6 in Lee. It is believed their farm is on the Lee Hook Road near the town line. There is an old cape and barn down a small lane. I was friends with the family there and was able to find the old graveyard out behind their place in the sheep meadow. In one half the stones are newer and reflect the later owners of the home at the roadside but there is a half of the cemetery which probably contains graves. I hope to someday find the means to determine if the family is buried there as it would contain at least 2 Revolutionary veterans (Henry Sr. and Eliphalet).
·         Tufts, Henry, return of men raised in Essex Co. for Continental service, agreeable to resolve of Dec. 2, 1780; engaged for town of Salisbury; engaged March 26, 1781; term, 3 years.

Peter Tufts (the immigrant) (1617-1700) Tibenham, England, Charlestown, Massachusetts and Mary Pierce (1626-1702)

Peter Tufts Jr. (Captain) (1648-1721) and Elizabeth Lynde (1650-1684)

Thomas Tufts (Reverend) (1683-1733) and Mary Lynde (1680-1718)

Henry Tufts Sr. (1716-1780) married Mary Wedgewood (1722-1782) and had Henry Jr, Jonathan, Thomas, Eliphalet, Molly, and John.

Henry Tufts Jr. (1748-1831) married Lydia Bickford (1741-1834) and had Simeon, Thomas, Deborah, Nancy A, and Catherine.

More information is available on this family.


Ichabod Tufts
Ichabod Tufts was born in May 16, 1731 in Medford, Massachusetts. He was the son of John, from James, Jonathan, and Peter. He was the brother of William the hero at Louisburg, Nova Scotia and Barnabas.

Ichabod Tufts is reported to have died at the Battle of Bunker Hill. In Tufts Kinsmen it is noted that he was “probably killed there and his death not recorded in the confusion”. That reference lists his death as June 17, 1775, the date of the battle. Given his family of Patriots, it would be hard to believe he would be far from the action. For now I will keep seeking his death record or anything about how he died. Please forward anything about ichabod if you come across it.
Peter Tufts (the immigrant) (1617-1700) Tibenham, England, Charlestown, Massachusetts and Mary Pierce (1626-1702)
Jonathan Tufts (1660-1722) Malden, Massachusetts and Rebecca Waite (1662-1775)
James Tufts (1681-1733) Medford, MA and Ruth Grimes (1681-1721)
John Tufts (1706/7-1761 Charlestown MA and Sarah Pierce (1709-1747)
John Tufts (1754-1805) married Sarah Hoyt (1752-1829) and had a family in Newburyport MA
Samuel Tufts (1758-1808) married Mary, Polly, Follings (1756-1823) and had 4 children
Rebecca Tufts (1760-1821) married John Blanchard and had 7 children in Medford, MA.

Isaac Tufts
 Isaac Tufts was born October 10, 1744 in Medford Massachusetts. He was the son of James from James, Jonathan and Peter the immigrant.  He answered the alarm on April 19, 1775 for Lexington and Concord, and served around Boston in the following years. He is referred to as Sergeant Isaac in Medford in the Revolution, but served as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1778 and if the Wenham Mass enlistment record is for him, in the Continental Army. The only other Isaac Tufts of record alive then were born in 1771, and 1772. Isaac married Martha Cutter Frost on April 16, 1769. They had 8 children in Menotomy (Arlington) Massachusetts. Four of the children would have been very young when war broke out so it’s not surprising that at 31 years of age he stayed close to home but paid the bounties. He died July 22 1823 in Medford.
·         Tufts, Isaac. Sergeant, Lexington alarm ; at Dorchester Heights, March 1776; loaned money for bounty paid to men going to N. Y., Sept., 1776; loaned money to United States Government. Born 1744; son of James and Lydia (Hall); died 1823; married Martha C. Frost April 16, 1769. He lived on College Hill, which was then called Walnut Hill, near site of Tufts College. (Medford in the Revolution, Wild.)
·         Tufts, Isaac, Medford, Sergeant, Capt. Isaac Hall's co., Col. Thomas Gardner's regt., which assembled April 19, 1775; service, 5 days; also, 1st Sergeant, Capt. Hall's co.; service, 4 days; company marched from Medford by order of Gen. Washington at the time of taking Dorchester Heights in March, 1776; also, 1st Lieutenant, Capt. Joseph Tufts’ 8th (Medford) co., Col. Samuel Thatcher's (1st Middlesex Co.) regt. of Mass. militia; return of officers chosen by the several companies in said regiment, dated Watertown, April 26, 1776; ordered in Council April 29, 1776, that said officers be commissioned; reported commissioned April 29, 1776; place taken by Stephen Hall, 4th, June 17, 1776; also, account of money paid by persons to hire men who went to New York in Sept., 1776, examined and allowed by a committee at Medford Jan. 13, 1777; also, 1st Sergeant; list dated Medford, Dec. 9, 1776, of men drafted from town of Medford Dec. 9, 1776, to march to Cambridge and join Capt. John Walton's [p.135] co. and go to Noddle's Island; also, Sergeant, Capt. Walton's co.; engaged Dec. 9, 1776; discharged Dec. 21, 1776; company detached for service at Noddle's Island; also, company receipt, given to Capt. Walton, dated Cambridge, May 9, 1777, for wages and rations for service at Noddle's Island in Dec., 1776; also, 2d Lieutenant, Capt. Stephen Frost's co., Col. Thatcher's (1st Middlesex Co.) regt. of Mass. militia; commissioned June 29, 1778.

·         Tufts, Isaac, Wenham List of men raised to serve in the Continental Army [year not given]; residence, Wenham; engaged for town of Wenham.
Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution

Peter Tufts (the immigrant) (1617-1700) Tibenham, England, Charlestown, Massachusetts and Mary Pierce (1626-1702)
Jonathan Tufts (1660-1722) Malden, Massachusetts and Rebecca Waite (1662-1775)James Tufts (1681-1733) Medford, MA and Ruth Grimes (1681-1721)
James Tufts (1703/4-1769) Medford, MA and Lydia Hall (1705-1753)

Martha Tufts (1770-1821) married Phlemon Robbins Russell and had 8 children in Charlestown MA.
Isaac Tufts Jr. (1771-1788) died single.
Lydia Hall Tufts (1773-1775)
Hannah Tufts (1775-1841) died single.
Seth Tufts (1776-1823) married Lydia Hutchinson and had 6 children. (Died 2 months before his father)
Lydia Hall Tufts (2) (1778-1817) married Isaac Floyd and had 7 children in Medford.
Abigail Tufts (Nabby) (1782-1815) single.
Unnamed child (1796-1796)

James Tufts (2)
There were 2 James Tufts Revolutionary soldiers. They were father and son. James the father was born January 15, 1726 in Medford. The son was born May 24, 1755. They are actually James III and IV because they are descended from Peter the immigrant through Jonathan, James (1688), and James (1703/4). To be even more confusing, two James married a woman named Tabitha Binford and they all are referred to as Junior in different references. The grandfather (1703/4) first married Lydia Hall who is the mother of the James (1726), then in 1757 married Tabitha (Hall) Binford (1699), widow of William Binford, and mother of Tabitha Binford (1724) who in 1750 married James (1726). (So the widower grandfather married his son’s widowed mother in law.)James, the father died November 5, 1786 and was 40 years old while the son was 20 for the war so it is sensible that most of these records are for James, the son (1755).

The son is listed as one of the Medford Minutemen and memorialized on their tablet and in the book Medford in the Revolution.

·         Tufts, James, Jr. Private, Lexington alarm; served S mos., 1775-76; loaned money for bounty, July and Sept., 1776. Son of James and Tabitha (Binford) ; born 1755; married Elizabeth Hay; died 1810. With son James he kept a public house, and afterward had a pottery on south side of Mystic river, just off of Main street; property taken for Mystic River Reservation, 1900; buried in Salem Street Cemetery.

Tufts Kinsmen has the following notation for the father (1726):

JAMES was undoubtedly the earliest Medford man to defend acknowledged liberties in March, 1775. The ledger of Benjamin Hall states “Paid James Tufts for going to Charlestown twice for gunsmith’s tools.” In the Revolutionary War he assembled on Prospect Hill [now in Somerville] and marched to Dorchester Heights [South Boston] and to Noddle’s Island [East Boston].

This may be accurate for the father’s errands, and appears to come from Medford in the Revolution, but the last portion may be wrong here as the following records from Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, Vol. 16 seem to indicate the Boston area records are for the son (1755). I would expect they both turned out for the Lexington alarm and actions around Boston, whether recorded or not, they were in the midst of it.

·  Tufts, James (also given James, Jr.), Medford,  private, Capt. Isaac Hall's co., Col. Thomas Gardner's regt., which assembled April 19, 1775; service, 5 days; also, Corporal, (late) Capt. Hall's co., Lieut. Col. William Bond's (late Col. Gardner's) 37th regt.; company return dated Prospect Hill, Oct. 6, 1775; also, order for money in lieu of bounty coat dated Medford, Jan. 3, 1776; also, Corporal, Capt. Hall's co.; service, 4 days; company marched from Medford by order of Gen. Washington at the time of taking Dorchester Heights in March, 1776; also, account of money paid by persons to hire men who went to New York in Sept., 1776, examined and allowed by a committee at Medford Jan. 13, 1777; also, list dated Medford, Dec. 9, 1776, of men drafted from town of Medford Dec. 9, 1776, to march to Cambridge and join Capt. John Walton's co. and go to Noddle's Island; also, Capt. Walton's co.; enlisted Dec. 9, 1776; discharged Dec. 12, 1776; company detached for service at Noddle's Island.

There are also the following 2 records from the same reference:

·         Tufts, James, Private, Capt. Samuel Barnard's co. Col. Thomas Gardner's regt. which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, service, 1 day. Roll endorsed “Watertown.”. Account of money paid by persons to hire men to go to Canada [year not given], examined and allowed by a committee at Medford Oct. 8, 1776; also, account of money paid by persons to hire men who went to New York in Sept., 1776, examined and allowed by a committee at Medford Jan. 13, 1777. Private, Capt. Benjamin Blaney's co., Col. Eleazer Brooks' regt. of guards; joined Jan. 15, 1778; service to April 3, 1778, 79 days, at Cambridge.

·         Tufts, James. Lieutenant, Col. Michael Jackson's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Oct. 30, 1780; reported as serving 2 mos. as Lieutenant, 8 mos. as Captain.

James Tufts Jr. (1755) married Elizabeth Hay of Watertown so that may be the connection to that town. They were married just a month before the battles at Lexington and Concord and he could have been living with his wife’s family before they settled in Medford where their children were born from September 1775 to 1798.

Peter Tufts (the immigrant) (1617-1700) Tibenham, England, Charlestown, Massachusetts and Mary Pierce (1626-1702)
Jonathan Tufts (1660-1722) Malden, Massachusetts and Rebecca Waite (1662-1775)
James Tufts (1681-1733) Medford, MA and Ruth Grimes (1681-1721)
James Tufts (1703/4-1769) married Lydia Hall (1706-1753) and Tabitha (Hall) Binford.
James Tufts (1726-1786) married Tabitha Binford (1724-1806)
James Tufts (1755-1810) married Elizabeth Hay (1753-1828)

Mary Tufts (1775-1813) married Benjamin Reed and had 9 children in Medford
James Tufts (Jr.) (1777-1825) married Mary Manning (1785-1856) and had7 children
Elizabeth Tufts (1779-1819) married Captain Samuel Newhall  (1774-1822) and had 9 children.
Lucretia Tufts (1780-1848) married Reuben Richardson (1769-1830) and had 8 children.
Mercy Tufts (1782-1855) died single.
Sarah Tufts (1784-1784)
Sarah Tufts (1785-1864) married Solomon Townsend and had 2 children in NY.
Elias Tufts (1787-1868) married Abigail Symmes (1785-1863) and had 2 children.
Frances Tufts (1789-1869) married Luke Richardson (1781-1830) and had 4 children.
Lucy Tufts (1791-1791)
Lucy Tufts (1792-1837) died single.
Nancy Tufts (1792-1837) married Amasa Joslyn Boynton(1781-1867) and had 3 children in NY.