Sunday, November 15, 2015

Buttermilk Lane Cememtery, Middleton NH

UPDATE: Happy to report contact has been made with descendents and maintenance planned for this cemetery
Buttermilk Lane Cemetery in Middleton NH is in need of repair. I have known about this cemetery for several years and finally got to visit today. The fall leaves are covering many stones and grass is growing over some as well. many are hard to read due to age and some are even toppled over and covered.
I hope to find out who owns the land which it is on and try to get regular maintenance done next year. I will have to try and do it myself otherwise. There is one veteran. Ransom Tufts was a WW I veteran. Maybe the local American legion can help out.

There are 2 webpages to view the stones from a few years ago and less grown over. Thanks to Suzanne Shay, a Tufts descendant who visited and posted the pictures to findagrave. Her picasa page has the best viewing. There is also a transcription of the burials there at USgenweb archives site
Buttermilk Lane Cemetery internments at findagrave
Buttermilk Lane Cemetery Picasa album
US genweb Buttermilk Lane Cemetery burials

These families are descendents of Joseph Davis Tufts who descended from Thomas Tufts and his father Henry Tufts, the tailor, who lived in Newmarket and Lee, NH. Henry the tailor moved there from Medford MA where he descended from Rev. Thomas Tufts, the son of Peter Tufts and his father Peter Tufts the immigrant.  There are more details in the story of Henry's son Henry Tufts the criminal

 There are 3 or 4 stones buried here.

four years old

It's entirely possible this Lessard is a relative of my wife's Toland family

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Judge James Tufts, Western Pioneer, and Governor of Montana from Alstead, New Hampshire

This is the story of James Tufts the brother of my Great-Great Grandfather Timothy Tufts.
James Tufts born in 19 September, 1829 in Charlestown, New Hampshire. He was the son of Jonas Tufts, who was the first Tufts in our line to come to New Hampshire.  Prior to this the family had lived in the Boston suburbs. They descended from Peter the immigrant through the generations of John, Peter, Timothy and Timothy. Jonas moved to Walpole NH by 1823 where he married Sarah Labaree, the granddaughter of the early settler and Indian captive Peter Labaree. Jonas and Sarah's children were Timothy, Sarah, James, Martha, Clarissa, and Susan. Timothy was the father of Professor James Arthur Tufts who came to Exeter, New Hampshire and was the patriarch of my family (my great grandfather).

I’m trying to figure out what drew this young lawyer from western rural New Hampshire to “go west”. I could imagine he went there because there would be work for a young lawyer in the wild west. It appears he was involved in different business adventures so more likely it was the chance of fortune to be made in new territories and gold mining business as a lawyer, business man and politician.

James was probably educated in the local school in Charlestown, then he graduated from Kimball Union Academy in 1851. He graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1855. He had no wife to hold him in New Hampshire. His father had done well and bought a fine home at the head of the common in nearby Walpole, New Hampshire. Whatever it was he started in Iowa and then headed out west very soon afterwards. He could have been in Niobrara by 1856. Niobrara is a small village on the Missouri River where the Niobrara River enters. It is in Nebraska today but was then part of the Dakota Territories. This short detail is from History of the State of Nebraska first published in 1882 by The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, IL.
In the succeeding September (1856), the first building in Niobrara was erected. It was known as the "Old Cabin," was situated on the bank of the Missouri, and constructed of logs three feet in diameter, designed to subserve the double purpose of protection against the elements and their Indian enemies. The old cabin being built, they returned to Sioux City and Council Bluffs, and invited friends to join them in starting the town of Niobrara. The L'Eau qui Court Company was then formed, consisting of the following members: B. Y. Shelley, President; James Tufts, Vice-President; H. W. Hargis, Secretary; J. Austin Lewis, Treasurer; W. H. Benner, R. R. Cowan, George W. Gregg and Henry Thompson, all of whom became residents of Niobrara; and in addition, a number of prominent gentlemen of other places, as Judge A. W. Hubbard, and M. F. Moore, of Sioux City, and Joseph Holman, of Dakota City. In the fall of 1856, improvements were commenced by the company, but during the following winter the Poncas burned what houses and other buildings had been erected, except the "old cabin" or "fort," into which the settlers had retreated for safety, and in which B. Y. Shelley, R. R. Cowan, M. Huddleston and J. T. Smull passed the winter. During this winter the L'Eau qui Court Company was incorporated, its claim defined, and liberal ferry and bridge privileges guaranteed. The claim of the company comprised almost the entire Niobrara bottom, for a town site, about 3,000 acres in extent. The desire, and even the hope seem to have existed, to build up a very large town in a very short time, in an entirely unsettled country. Niobrara became the county seat during this winter…….
The company failed and The Niobrara Town Company replaced it but the town never blossomed, in part due to the outbreak of the Civil War.

The next quotes comes from History of Dakota Territory. By Kingsbury, George W, Chicago, IL, S.J. Clarke Pub. Co, 1915. Niobrara today is a town of less than one square mile and less than 500 inhabitants.
James presumably set up shop as a lawyer and business man, Indian agent and representative to the territory council. In 1862 James was charged with auditing the military of the territory which he did and is presented in History of Dakota Territory. There was considerable controversy over the audit and while his job was complete and thorough and praised by many, immediately after presenting it, he removed from the area and headed west again.  I also found a record of 1859 where he was appointed postmaster for Niobrara. It is also important to note that the boundary lines in these territories were just being worked out and the Niobrara area became Nebraska, and parts of Idaho to which he went in 1863 eventually became Montana.  The book Illustrated History of Nebraska…. by Julius Sterling Morton, Albert Watkins, George L. Miller Western Pub. and Engraving Company, 1911, states that in May 1863 James, along with a Mr. Hagaman, and  a Mr. Barnum travelled up the Missouri River to the Milk River then overland on horseback to Virginia City arriving in September 1863. That is a trip of 875 miles by road today and much further by river, and up into the mountains.
Virginia City was a pretty wild place in 1863. While the rest of the country was embroiled in the Civil War, this area was erupting with the discovery of gold. James wasted no time though, and was soon elected to the territorial council as mentioned in the Tufts Kinsmen detail below. 

JAMES was graduated from Middlebury College, Vt., in 1855 and studied law with John Stewart in Judge Phelps’s office in Middlebury and with Henry W. Starr in Burlington, Iowa, where he was admitted to the bar in 1857. Moving to Nebraska, he won election as a Probate Judge in 1859 and then to the Nebraska Legislature in 1860. After moving to Dakota Terr. he was Secretary of the Territorial Council during the 1861-62 session and in 1862 served as U. S. Commissioner of Military Claims. Moving to Idaho he represented the Third District of Nez Perce Co. (Virginia City and Fort Laramie, east of the Rocky Mts.) as a Republican in the first Territorial house in 1863, and served as Speaker of the 1863-64 session. He moved to Montana Terr. when Pres. Andrew Johnson named him Territorial Secretary and, in 1868, Pres. Ulysses S. Grant appointed him acting Governor of Montana Terr. and Superintendent of Indian Affairs. In 1870 he ran unsuccessfully as a delegate to Congress. He wrote the first book on Montana, which told of the great mineral wealth the region held and it was instrumental in attracting the first large migration of settlers there. After he retired he divided his time between New England and Nebraska.

Many histories of these territories include mention of James and his different capacities of service. There are also many newspaper articles from the area available through different resources on line. Soon he was a member of the Idaho Legislature and in 1867 when the territory became Montana  he was appointed Secretary. Perhaps he left Niobrara like many others in search of the money to be made in gold. The Yankton Press and Dakotan of Yankton South Dakota gave regular reports of his travails and included his letters as reports from the territory. He is also mentioned in the newspapers as having substantial business interests in the gold mines and he could have gone to sell business shares in New York. In one article it describes a tribute dinner for securing the capitol in Helena. A representation of the mining camp decorated the table. The “Gov. Tuft (Tufts) Gulch Capitol District” was honored.

In 1868 he was a key part of the treaties with the Shoshone Indians. Part of that treaty record is available online and quoted here:
SIR: We, W.J. Cullen, commissioner, and James Tufts, secretary of Montana, and acting governor, and superintendent of Indian. affairs, have the honor to make the following report respecting the mixed nation of Shoshone Indians, consisting of the Bannacks and Sheepeaters, and the treaty made and concluded with them near Virginia City, Montana Territory, on the 24th instant. This nation is scattered over a large extent of country westward from the Yellowstone to a mountain between the Bitter Root and Big Hole, running through Montana into Idaho. They are very poor, frequently being in great want both of provisions and clothing, and too weak, as a warlike nation, to contend with the more powerful tribes of Sioux upon the buffalo hunting grounds. They are sparsely supplied with stock, so that their game hunts are confined to very limited boundaries. Many of them depend, in a great measure, for subsistence upon the bounty of citizens in towns, and upon ranches. They are peacefully disposed towards the whites, and very few of them are ever engaged in the larceny or spoliation of the property belonging to the whites. The territory now occupied by the whites in Montana, and over which a land survey district has been extended, is entirely without treaty stipulations for the extinguishment of Indian titles. Many of these people are willing and anxious to work, and only require the encouragement and direction of the United States to cultivate the land and foster habits of thrift and industry, making themselves not only self-supporting but, to a limited extent, contribute to the agricultural development of the country. They are tractable and intelligent, receiving instruction quite readily and with profit. These being the circumstances which surround and govern these people, we have thought it advisable to make a treaty with them. We, therefore, assembled the chiefs and headmen, representing from 500 to 600 of these people, and proposed articles of treaty to them, which were readily and thankfully acceded to and endorsed by them, each provision of the treaty being plainly and fully explained to them.

One other possible reason for James’ excursion to the west comes from a detractor who wanted to see him replaced as Secretary of the Territory. In The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volume 19: July 1, 1868-October 31, 1869 the following excerpt appears.
On March 30, Robert E. Fisk, editor, Helena Herald, et al., Helena, Montana Territory, wrote to USG. "We the undersigned committee of Soldiers of the late volunteer union army, appointed at a convention of Soldiers & Sailors held at Helena in Montana Territory on the 9th day of Oct last, to represent the Soldiers & Sailors interest of that territory at Washing¬ ton City at this time, beg leave to submit the following reasons why we ask the removal of James Tufts, the present Secretary of Montana Territory Mr. Tufts was appointed Secretary by President Johnson, and is not in harmony with the Republican party, In the distribution of Government patronage he gives preference to democrats and disloyal men. He was not in the service at any time during the late war, but on the contrary went into the Territories to avoid its dangers,"—LS (3 signatures), ibid. Related papers are ibid. On April 3, USG nominated Wiley S. Scribner as secretary, Montana Territory. On April 15,1870

After his unsuccessful bid for Congress, James returned to New Hampshire. In 1872 he brought my Great-Grandfather to Phillips Exeter Academy. My Great-Grandfather James Arthur Tufts I was presumably named for his Uncle Jim. James Arthur Tufts diaries exist of only a few years but contain descriptions of Uncle Jim traveling with him and going to Walpole from Alstead (in sleigh or wagon) to “carry” Uncle Jim to the train. Judge James is noted in the Walpole NH census in 1880 but returned to Niobrara later in life and took up farming. Still never marrying, he passed in 1884 at age 54, of consumption. He is buried in L'Eau Qui Court Cemetery, Niobrara,
Knox County, Nebraska.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Nova Scotia Tufts; Chapter 5, Reverend Joshua Tufts' story and families of his first son John.

This Chapter contains the story of Reverend Joshua Tufts and lists his family below, starting with his oldest son John, and his son Benjamin. Benjamin only had 2 children but his son Steven's family was large. Chapter 6 will pick up with John's later children and further chapters will cover Joshua's family further. The family details are lengthy so use a search function on your browser (ctrl f) to seek out specific names.
I have updated some families below. the family of George Leaman Tufts in red below has many additions.  June 2015. Updates to the family of Heber Tufts November 2016 (near bottom).

I had hoped to put the story of Reverend Joshua Tufts in one chapter but his family is large. Many of the big families had big families and the records run down to tenth and eleventh generations and include living descendants. I often have contact with them so contact me for cousin connections. As always, please forward corrections and additions to these stories. There are a fair amount of question marks. Please pass along confirmation or records. There are some living descendants listed here but I have tried to only list them in name in hopes of contacting them for corrections in there families and cousin connections. If you do not wish to be listed here, let me know and I can remove those names. I have included some pictures from online sources and quoted them but often they can be found at or I will continue to add to the stories and pictures when I get more information. Please check back often. I will add a corrections/additions log here at the top of the article.

Much of my research originates with Tufts Kinsmen 2010 by Herbert Adams and the Tufts Kinsmen Association and is quoted here occasionally as permitted by copyright. Please visit the Book Order Page for ordering information. It is available in some libraries as well. I have also tried to verify as much of this information as possible through some of the wonderful web sites available online. Nova Scotia Genealogy Network Association has some great links.

The Reverend Joshua Tufts went to Fort Cumberland in New Brunswick in 1760, then moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia around 1766. He was born and raised in Newbury, Massachusetts, where his father, Reverend John Tufts, preached. He attended Harvard College (as his father had) and preached in Medford and Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine. He refused the request to stay there and then settled and was ordained in Litchfield, New Hampshire in 1741. His first three children were born there. He then returned to Newbury or Amesbury in close proximity to where his father had retired from the ministry. Three of his children were born in Amesbury. Tufts Kinsmen doesn’t account for the birthplace of the next six children but states at least three of them died young at Narragansett Township, (Buxton) Maine from 1752-1757. The eleventh child, Samuel was probably born there in 1758, and twelfth was born in Edgartown, Massachusetts where his father in law lived. (his brother in law, William Ellery signed the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island) 
Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard Island, Mass. called him on July 10, 1759 and he assumed the vacant pastorate there with provisions for removal of his family to the island. The town voted to purchase a parsonage for him. However, he had scarcely warmed this seat before trouble began. The following July a committee called upon the Reverend with respect to his taking a dismissal from the call. A sum of money was voted him provided he ask for and obtain dismissal. The trouble was not recorded.
Tufts Kinsmen

He then preached in Pownalborough (Wiscasset), Maine, another frontier post in the midst of the current French and Indian War. The family probably did not join him there and he soon went to Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia.
The Harvard Graduates' Magazine, Volume 29 states that he went to Cumberland, Nova Scotia with a Colonial Regiment.  They must have meant Fort Cumberland which was the former French Fort Beauséjour. It was only recently captured in 1755. The British government was settling English families and removing the French Acadians as part of the Great Upheaval. Strategically located between mainland New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the fort was often contested by the British, French, Indian and local populations. This conflict while part of the French and Indian War, the American part of the Seven Years War, and was locally known as Le Loutre's War, but was ended with the Battle of Fort Beauséjour in 1755. Reverend Joshua was bringing Protestantism to the land on the heels of the terror inspiring “Popish” Jean Le Loutre.
This missionary Catholic Priest from France was guilty of inciting the Mi’kmaq Indians and Acadians when the English established new settlements in Nova Scotia. He paid for English scalps and was reported to have planned or inspired the Raid (or massacre) at Dartmouth in 1751 and other raids at Halifax and other places. Gershom Tufts and his family must have been involved as he was at Dartmouth then (see previous 4 chapters). It is unclear if Reverend Joshua and Gershom Tufts were acquainted. They were of different generations descended from Peter Tufts the immigrant. Gershom was fifth generation and Joshua fourth. They were second cousins once removed as Gershom’s father and Joshua shared a great grandfather; Peter the immigrant. Reverend Joshua grew up in Newbury Massachusetts which is not far from Medford, the home of Gershom and many other Tufts families, but it’s hard to imagine if they crossed paths. The Reverend was also in Nova Scotia just a few years and only in Halifax a year or so.

A letter is preserved and quoted in Tufts Kinsmen requesting his father in law William Ellery Sr. assist him move his family to the outpost. In 1762 the family joined him. They lived at the fort and he preached and maybe taught there until he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia around 1766, where he and his wife died within six days of each other in 1767. Joshua and his wife Abigail Ellery of Gloucester, Massachusetts, had 14 children spread over23 years throughout his appointments. The youngest was born in Halifax, just a year before they both passed.

Joshua was the son of Reverend John Tufts who descended from Peter the immigrant through his oldest son Captain Peter Tufts. Reverend John preached in Amesbury, Massachusetts and Newbury, and left the church later in life.
Considering the vagueness of terms then in use the charges against him of ‘immorality and unchristian behavior’ were thought to be more with his salary difficulties due to new churches cut out of his parish. Resigning the ministry Mar. 2, 1738, he left his church, moving to nearby Amesbury where he was a shopkeeper. His estate was settled by his son Joshua.
Tufts Kinsmen

A quick search will bring up several notes of the good Reverend Joshua, many coming from books and family research sites. He gets a good write up in Tufts family History by Jay Franklin Tufts (1963). The author states that Nova Scotia boasted the highest population of Tufts outside of the Boston area. His descendents lived around Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and some lines returned to America. I will detail them below and update them as I get more information.

JOSHUA TUFTS, (1716-1767)
Married ABIGAIL ELLERY (1725/6-1767)
had  1) John, 2) Sarah, 3) Abigail, 4) William E., 5) Joshua, 6) Mary, 7) Dorcas E., 8) Jevins, 9) James, 10) Joshua, 11) Samuel, 12) Joshua B., 13) Rowland C., 14) Mary

1) JOHN TUFTS, Capt., master mariner (1743-1827) John left few records and they could be discovered if they could be separated from the many other John Tufts of the same time period. It would be apparent that John lived with his father in Litchfield, Amesbury, and Narraganset Township, Maine, and then he would have stayed with his mother in Edgartown and joined his father at Fort Cumberland in 1760 (age 17).  The family then lived in Halifax. It’s entirely possible that he could have gone on board some ship earlier as a cabin boy or landsman because he is described by Tufts Kinsmen as a Captain and Master Mariner. When his parents died in 1767 he could have been charged with his sibling’s care or been at sea. How he came to marry Mary Ready in Boston in 1768, I cannot conclude. Tufts Kinsmen states the fact and it is available online, but no information is given about either person’s parentage or places of birth in the record. No records were found by previous researchers for Mary Ready. Some trees have her as John’s first wife and Mary Daley as a second wife or alternate fact. Mary Daley is accepted as Captain John’s son John’s wife. The Boston marriage record reads John TUFFS so this could be one of my long lost Johns or another family all together. He could be possibly the father of William Tuffs the war hero.
William stated his father was a tavern keeper in the Boston area so this could well be his father and not one of our clan. I have recently discovered a marriage record of John Tufts to Mary Elmsley, November 28, 1802 at St. Paul’s Parish Halifax. It has the notation (w) which indicates widower. It also has Tufts/Tuffs so it could be this John, having survived Mary Ready. There is a record of Mary Tufts in the St Paul’s burials September 5, 1768 but that is prior to the Boston marriage record. (It also lists a Priscilla Tufts burial that died of smallpox in 1775 of which I have no family record, and Gordon Tufts burial June 12, 1768. He could be an infant not recorded elsewhere of any family.) If anyone can seek out details of these records it could straighten these families out. Those records, available at the Dwayne Meisner site I mentioned previously, also contain many of Gershom’s children marriages so I would guess they were acquainted and saw one another at church often. There was another John Tufts in Halifax as well. Gershom Tufts Jr. had a son John born in 1787. That John (born in 1787), married Catherine Fitzmaurice and is well recorded in my previous chapters.
I find the records of these families spread out in different churches. John above, (1787) had 11 children the first four were baptized in St. Paul’s and the remainder in St George’s.
Please forward any information anyone might have on Mary Ready. John’s death place remains a mystery as well. Tufts Kinsmen and some ancestry trees state that he died in Westbrook, Maine, some trees online state Halifax, NS but I would presume he died in St Andrews, NB. His youngest child was born there in 1793 and while he may have been at sea or died there, it remains a mystery. I do not know where the Westbrook, Maine record comes from. Tufts Kinsmen has the note “BR&T 18inst”. It is unknown if this could refer to a Bangor newspaper which was the Bangor Weekly Register but not found in a newspaper search. With the new records available online now, these mysteries could be solved. New Brunswick genweb has great links to many of them.

John and Mary’s children were born first in Halifax, then in St Andrews, New Brunswick. It’s entirely possible he could have had loyalist tendencies as I like to say; by reason of geography. It would have been hard to resist England in her naval port and new settlement of Halifax. St Andrews is described as settled by Loyalists. As a ship’s Captain he would have been engaged in transport and commerce for the British and her loyal colonies. His brother Samuel, also a Captain, has some record of this below. There were also other Tufts in Charlotte County as some of Gershom’s children settled there and near St Martin’s Some also exist in St Stephen and later records are hard to discern from the Irish immigrant Tufts who I will cover later (the hockey players).
Information regarding their ships and voyages would be welcomed to add to this story. I hope to add the news coverage of a couple of these mariners, who drowned at St John’s.

John Married MARY READY(?) (Her ancestry is unknown.)
had 1) Benjamin, 2) John, 3) Mehitable, 4) Mary A., 5) George, 6) Susan, 7) Lavinia (see Chapter 6 for the rest of this family. Chapter 5 contains the children of Benjamin.)
BENJAMIN TUFTS (1773-?) May have died in Calais, ME? Records for Benjamin are scarce. I do not know what record Tufts Kinsmen is referencing when they state he died in Calais, Main, but they do. It was, after all, just across the river from St Andrews NB where his father lived. SOME TREES ONLINE STATE HE MARRIED TWICE TO A MARY (?),  AND HAD A SECOND FAMILY INCLUDING WINTHROP TUFTS WHO SETTLED IN ONTARIO. GENEALOGISTS HAVE SEARCHED FOR YEARS TO DISCOVER WINTHROP’S ANCESTRY WITHOUT PROOF. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON BENJAMIN OR WINTHROP PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
Married ELIZABETH TREFRY (1774-?)
had 1) Ada, 2) Stephen
            ADA TUFTS (1809?-?)
            No information has been found for Ada. There are trees online that show a   marriage to Isaac Foster, not confirmed.
             STEPHEN TUFTS (1800-1868)
Married LOUISA MARSHALL (1812-1861). They lived in New Germany, Nova Scotia. They must have been some of the earliest settlers, farming and lumbering, this was a remote settlement but settled by many families listed below. The Dwayne Maisner web site has some good census records showing them.

had 1) William F., 2) Margaret A., 3) Abigail K., 4) Major J., 5) Adelaide, 6) Henry M., 7) George H., 8) Louisa J
Married MARY ELLA STARRATT (1836-1885)
had 1) Ella S., 2) James L., 3) Lena S., 4) Guy C., 5) George B., 6) Margaret M., 7) William F.
            ELLA STARRATT TUFTS (1859-1878) in
                       Lawrencetown, NS, single.

Married MABELLE LEATHE (1876-1931)
            James moved to Massachusetts in 1876 and lived in                 Amesbury when he passed.
had 1) Harold L., 2) Ernest G., 3) Hazel M., 4) Frank L.
            HAROLD LAMONT TUFTS (1901-1930)
                                                                                    ERNEST G TUFTS (1903-?)
No evidence of his existence were found
HAZEL MAY TUFTS (1908-1918)
HAZEL died during an Influenza epidemic.
            No evidence of his existence were found.

They were married in Massachusetts, returned to Calais ME, where he was employed in the Crafts family milk business. They had no issue but he remarried Mary Damon and had a family.

            Married ELIZABETH  MARY GOLDSMITH (1869-1953) in Toronto, Ontario?
had A) Stanley.
            STANLEY ALLISON TUFTS (1915-1976)
had 1) Doreen G., 2) Janet M. Tufts
These 2 children were born in Nova Scotia but I cannot figure why Stanley died in Williams Lake, British Columbia. Janet married a Barrett. They have a tree on
Married ELIZA JANE WILLIAMS (1868-1940)
They lived in Lynn, MA. He worked in a shoe factory served with 8th Massachusetts Infantry Volunteers for Spanish American War and is buried in SA War section of Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. They had no children.

Married FRANK L MERRILL (1868-?)
No other info.
No other info.



MAJOR JUDSON TUFTS or Gudson (1840-1922) in Aylesford, NS
Married MINA ELOUISE LANGILLE, or Minnie Elizabeth, (1854-1944)
Major was a farmer, moved to Aylesford in 1894.
had 1) Ada L., 2) Ellen M., 3) General A., 4) Samuel L., 5) Gordon R., 6) James
            1) ADA LOUISA TUFTS, (deaf mute) (1876-1954)
Ada is enumerated in several census including the 1891 at age 14 in Halifax City Institute for the deaf and dumb. Then, in 1901 she is a domestic in the home of a farmer, She married Fred Bowlby, (also deaf) in 1911. He was a farmer. Tufts Kinsmen states they had an elaborate wedding ceremony including sign language. They had one son Leslie Bowlby who may have family in NS today, information needed.

This photo from 1893 is available at the NS Archives.

2) ELLEN MINNIE TUFTS (1879-1975)
had at least 1) Jennie Maud, 2) John Henry   Information needed.

Married ELIDA J WOODWORTH (1886-1964) in Lynn, MA. They are buried in Pine Grove Cemetery.
had no issue.
4) SAMUEL LEE TUFTS (1885-1889)

5) GORDON ROY TUFTS (1887-1957)
had 1) Cyrus, 2) Ernest B., 3) Irvin L., 4) Evelyn B., E) Evangeline J.
had 1) Christopher Tufts
had 1) John I TUFTS
married secondly: EMMA BEATRICE ELIZABETH (TIBBETTS) BALSER, had no issue.
                                                            Married CHARLES LORING OGILVIE
had 1) John Conrad OGILVIE.

(Major Tufts-continued)

(Stephen Tufts-continued)
ADELAIDE TUFTS (1843-1846)

Married first; UDEVILLA HOPE RINGER (1853-1898) (Kinsmen has Hope Elizabeth but her marriage certificate at NS Vital Statistics gives this name which is one of the rarest. Her Ringer ancestry is German and her father’s name was Peleg whom her second son was named for.)
had 1) Arthur C., 2) Pelig A., 3) Alena M., 4) Smith. 5) Allen B., 6) Avery, 7) Orlando E., 8) Viola M. There is some confusion over the last few children, see below*)
            1) ARTHUR C  TUFTS,  (1869-1910)
Married MARY LOUISE DAY, (1876-?) having married to Allen Frazer
This family moved to Ipswich, MA.
had 1) Maud H., 2) Beatrice M., 3) Mildred C. Tufts
            MAUD HOPE TUFTS,(1903)
Had 7 children WEAGLE Family.
1) RICHARD d. 19, Feb. 1945. 2) MARY d. 1945; 3) CHARLES d. 16. June 1960
BEATRICE MAY TUFTS (1905)  in Ipswich, MA
Had 4 children; WEAGLE Family.
had 1) John Tufts Clogston, 2) Elizabeth Ann CLOGSTON

Married MARY EMMA HARRIS (1881-1924)
Had: (no record of children found)
Married secondly: LAURA  (SNELL) BARKER, widow of Frank Barker. Tufts Kinsmen had this widow as Laura Belle Smith, born in MA but online trees and records confirm she was from Nova Scotia and came to NH in 1901 and married Frank Barker in 1903. The farm they ran is still on Winnicut Road in Stratham, NH today. Apparently Pelig came to America between 1924 and 1930, married Laura after Frank died, and probably raised the children. There are great pictures and records at the Barker tree and many still in the area today, farming. One tree; “Town of Stratham….” lists 1951 as Pelig’s death date and 1958 for Laura. My own family was just a few miles away in Exeter, NH and I have never heard of them being aware of this Tufts family in Stratham, but would bet they were at the same Farm Bureau and Grange meetings with my grandfather James Tufts.
They had no issue

Henry M Tufts-continued 
3) ALLEN BERNARD TUFTS, (1879-1928)
            married LILLIAN MAY WOODLAND (1883-1951) This family 
            returned to Massachusetts and had 1) Robert A., 2) John E., 3) William,                   4) Percy L., 5) Frederick A., 6) Franklin, 7) Helen A. .
            1)  ROBERT ALLEN TUFTS (1889-1905)
Married GRACE CASGRAVE and had 1) Robert E. Tufts (information needed)
3) WILLIAM HENRY TUFTS (1901-1951)
Married HATTIE MAY DURGIN (1900-1951) in Derry, NH and had 1) Lillian F., 2) Pearl M., 3) William H, 

Previous records indicated more children but I have found no records of others and family indicates there were none.
            LILLIAN F Tufts Married Gilbert Bailey 1919-1973
Had     1) Gilbert Arthur Bailey 1953-2000
            2) David R. Bailey1954-1991
            3) living ?(or 1)

            PEARL M TUFTS Married Gerald Lowe
Lived in Hampstead NH and cared for her brother William’s children after car crash killed William (below) and his wife Phyllis.

            WILLIAM H TUFTS born 1925, died 2 Jan, 1962 William was a chauffeur for oil company (oil truck driver?) and foreman according to census and death record (req. for veterans headstone).
Married Phyllis Gordon born about 1940, died 1 Jan, 1962 in car accident. They lived at 50 South Hampton Road, Amesbury MA.
Had: William (III) (b. abt 1947) who died with his parents 1 Jan 1962, Brian, (severely injured in accident), Judith, Jill, Daniel, Dennis, Allen.

Married HELEN GLADYS COMEAU and had 1) Wilbur M. Tufts
Married VIVIAN MARIE McCADE (1910-2000) and had 1) Natalie M., 2) Anthony P. TUFTS
VIVIAN was a cashier for the First National Stores, a New England based grocery chain. A resident of Arlington for many years, after a lengthy illness she died in the Belmont Nursing Home. She is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington
(Tufts Kinsmen)

Probably an error or lost infant
Married SALVATORE LAMONICA, Jr. (1907-1983)

(Henry M Tufts-continued)
4) LENA MAY TUFTS, Alena?(1874-?) (Pelig signed affidavit for her birth certificate application in 1944-NS Vital records)
Married in 1894, BENJAMIN LYSANDER EARLY (1865?-1910?)
had 1) Winnifred Early and…? (Information needed)
Lena married secondly in 1915, THEODORE ADAM FEINDELL, widower (1861-1946) and had:? This family is enumerated in the 1921 Canada census listing several Feindel children and 2 Early stepchildren. They apparently moved to Semans, Saskatchewan by 1940 and are listed in voter lists there. This sounds like another story to be discovered. What drew these Acadians to pack up and move to Saskatchewan? Please forward any information on this family.

5) SMITH TUFTS (1876-1929)
Married EMMA RAMEY (1873-1950) They moved to Cambridge MA, then Newburyport where they raised their family.
had 1) Hilda H., 2) Alice R., 3) Arthur G.
            1) HILDA MYRTLE TUFTS (1899-1979)
Married RALPH WINFRED WHITE (1892-1973)
had 1) Robert Arthur, 2) Anne Phyllis, WHITE.
2) ALICE RETA TUFTS (1902-1995)
Married JOHN WALTER CHASE (1889-1975)
had 1) Elinor Freda,  2) Jean Natalie, 3) Carol Alice  CHASE.
Jean and Carol are officers of the Tufts Kinsmen Association
3) ARTHUR GORDON TUFTS (1911-1987)
Married DORIS EDNA HOYLE (1907-1968?)
had 1) Jane E., 2) Anne R. TUFTS              

6) AVERY TUFTS (1880-1882)

7) ORLANDO E. TUFTS (1883-1912) in Bear River, NS
single. No other information on this son and vitals are not confirmed.

* This is where the records of Henry’s children get confusing. The marriage record of Viola confirms her marriage, birth year and parents. Witnesses include Gordon Tufts and Cora Tufts. 1891 and 1901 census from Canada record Henry and his wife with the children listed above with correct dates and: a daughter Maude born 4 September, 1889, a son Gordon, born 20 December, 1899 and a step daughter Viola Herth, born 28 March, 1898.
8)  MAUD (VIOLA) TUFTS (1888-1964) in Lynn, MA
Married HAROLD GARDNER MORRELL (1887-1965) previously believed to be Freeport, NH. They like others removed to Massachusetts and worked in laundries. One census lists Harold and Maude as cousins next to General Tufts, then as husband and wife, Harold and Maude are buried in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Lynn MA
had 1) Hope?

(Henry M Tufts-continued)
Married secondly, 3, July 1899 in New Canada, NS, to MATILDA HIRTLE,  17 April 1863-13 May, 1940, daughter of Zenas and  Mary (Wolfe) Hirtle
Previously believed to be a different mother and date of 4, Sep. 1917 in Wolfeborough, N. H. (Tufts Kinsmen)
had 1) Viola, 2)  Gordon W, 3)Cora D

            1) VIOLA ALMIRA TUFTS (1898-1980?) Viola may have been the daughter of Matilda’s from a previous marriage or born before she and Henry were married. The 1901 census lists her as Viola Hirtle-stepdaughter but her marriage record lists Henry as her father.*
Married  HARRY HENRY  DOLIVER (1886-1962)
had 1) Mildred, 2) Kay, 3) ? DOLIVER.
Information needed.

            2) GORDON WILLOUGHY(?) TUFTS (1899-1979)      
had 1) Saint-Clair A., 2) Phyllis M., 3) Hilda H., 4) Allan S., 5) John W.
    GORDON W. is buried in Highland View Cemetery, Caledonia.
            SAINT CLAIR TUFTS (1950-2001)
Married CAROLYN  GRANT and had a family in Caledonia, NS
ST. CLAIR was an employee with the Kejimkujik National Park, in the General Works Department. He loved the outdoors, dancing and working his oxen, and was an avid member of the Maritime Ox Pulling Association. He was a devoted husband and father
Tufts Kinsmen
PHYLLIS M TUFTS (1952-2013)
Married first JAMES MERRY and had a family in Liverpool.
(Her obituary is available on line)
Married DAVID SIMPSON and had Davey Simpson.
Married DARLENE VARNER and had a family in Caledonia (?)

3) CORA D TUFTS (1902-1922)

(Stephen Tufts-continued)
married first SARAH ELIZABETH SIMPSON (1856-1879)
had 1) Fletcher C., 2) Stephen A., 3) Louisa J., 4) Dimock B. G.
            1) FLETCHER CHESLEY TUFTS (1872-1954)
            Married LOUISA SOPHIA ACKER (1872-1966?)
had 1) Primrose P., 2) Ella M. B., 3) Thorf G. B., 4) Christine M., 5) Hilda M.
                   PRIMROSE PARKER TUFTS (1893-1979)
                   Married MINNIE WHYNOT and had 1) Parker N., 2) Idna?
                   ELLA MEDA BLANCH TUFTS (1894-1999)
                   Married HARRY D  WILE, and had 8 children.
                  THORF GORMAN DEWITT TUFTS (1896-1917)
GORMAN was a Private in the 112th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Royal Canadian Regiment and was killed in action 16, Nov. 1917. He is buried at Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial in Belgium.  His grave reference is Panel 10.
                  CHRISTINE MYRTLE TUFTS (1898-1925)
                  Married BURPEE DEAN MAILMAN (may have had Frances, ? Burpee remarried Elsie Allen.)
                  HILDA MAE (1900-1999)
                  Married ASEPH VARNER (Not Joseph)

         2) STEPHEN ALLEN TUFTS (1875-1927)
         Married EMMA E HALLIDAY (1875-
This family moved to Lynn MA and are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery
There are many Tufts there
had 1) Earl  A. Tufts, information needed on descendents.

       3) LOUISA JANE TUFTS (1877)

       4) DIMOCK BRADLEY GEORGE TUFTS (1878-1961)
Married MARY REGINEA O’HARA or HALVEN (1882-1947) Their marriage certificate looks like the name Halven. Many of the children’s records list their mother as Mary O’Hara. No trees on seem to have any history or parentage for Mary. The 1901 census lists Mary Frail as a mother in law to Dimock and he is listed on a death record for Mary Frail Feb, 4 1910.Please forward any information on this wife of Dimock Tufts.
The community of Stanley Section was saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Dimock Tufts at Dayspring at the age of eighty-five. His death followed a lengthy illness. Mr. Tufts was the son of the late George and Sarah Tufts. He leaves to mourn his loss, daughters, Laura Veinot at Stanley Section; Frelove at Enfield and Mamie, Mrs. Gerald Trenholm, Bayfield, New Brunswick; sons, George, Lakeside; Ernest and Wilson, Simpson's Corner and Churchill at Weymouth. The funeral was held from Simpson's Corner Union Church with Licentiate J.J. Leddicote officiating. Down a road that's calm and peaceful,Guided by God's loving hand, He has gone upon a journey,To a bright and distant land. (written on obit - 1961)
Dimock’s obituary from tree and available online

DIMOCK’s funeral was held from Union Church and burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Simpsons Corner. (Kinsmen)
had 1) George L., 2) Laura E.3) Freelove M,  4) Cynthia., 4) James C, Ernest S., 4) Wilson P., 8) Mamie C., 9) Thelma M.
1) GEORGE LEAMAN TUFTS (abt 1902-1966) Married or lived with 3 partners and had 3 families. He was a mystery until recently family members have cleared up some families. Thanks to Syd Trenholm for this information. If it is still thought to be incorrect, please forward corrections.
Married first Myrtle Effie Slocomb, b 1900. They had 4 Children:
Helen Roberta Tufts,b March 4/ 1924
Muriel Pearl Tufts, March 6/ 1928
Winnifred Myrtle Tufts, about, November, 15 / 1932
 Vernon Leaman Tufts, (?)
married (2) Myrtle Bailey had:
Elaine Tufts married Alfred Malloy had a family in Halifax then married Ronald   Blanchard.
                       Marion Tufts married Tom Kennedy
Gordon Tufts married DONNA LANE and had 1) Trina, 2) Trudy, 3) Gordon TUFTS )GORDON WALTER TUFTS married TRUDY ELIZABETH LAHNES and had 1) Jacqueline TUFTS.
                        James Tufts married JUDY BELL and had 1) Kristine, 2)                     Leah
Jerome Wayne Tufts married Rosalie Marguerite O’Toole and had 1) John T., 2) Richard P., 3) Darlene A., 4) Danny P., 5) Douglas J., 6) Christopher M., 7) Kelly M., 8) Jerry W., 9) Angela R. Tufts. I have some record of this 12th generation which includes other family names such as: Shanks, MacDonald, Doyle, Bennett, Snair, Hogue, Arsenault, Little, and Denis

married (3) Jessie Marple.
                        Sandra Tufts.

Mary Tufts.

Joslyn Tufts.

Susan Tufts.

Kathleen Tufts.

Robert Tufts.

Lewis Tufts.

Bernard Tufts.

Deborah Tufts.

Kenney Tufts.

Gregory Tufts.

Mervyn Tufts.

Scott Tufts.

Dimock Tufts-continued.
        2) LAURA EMILINE TUFTS (1904-2002)
Married Alexander (not) ELLIC VEINOT
Her marriage record on line states her age of 17 and includes a note of divorce in 1960. (It also shows Alexander’s name and parentage.) Her obituary is available at findagrave and lists her companion of many years (after her divorce) Beverly Albert Smith.
had 1) Noble 2) Lea, 3) Daisy, 4) Burlin VEINOT  (a soldier, Killed in action in 1944 in France. His obituary is available at his findagrave page as well as links to his parents)

       3) FREELOVE MAY TUFTS (1905- 1972)
Married ELVIN W RHODDY 1900-1984)
had 1) Esther, 2) Primrose, 3Greta 4) Elvin Roddy or RHODDY May have remarried to JAMES EISON.(or ISIN) information needed.
FREELOVE burned to death in a house fire. She was buried in Hillside Cemetery of the Union Church of Simpsons Corner.*
(Tufts Kinsmen)

      4) CYNTHIA TUFTS (1909-1997)
Married (Hosey) PEARL SMITH
Tufts Kinsmen lists children from this marriage but they are not confirmed. They also list a second marriage to LAWRENCE SIMPSON but no record of this or resulting children was found. A short obituary is available at the canadagenweb obit page for Lunenburg County. They have some great pages for research. The obit here lists her family members and places. Cynthia and Pearl had a large family.

       5) JAMES CHURCHILL TUFTS, Churchill (1911-1988)
Married ELSIE MAY CROSS (1920-1997)
had 1) Ruby, 2) Lincoln, 3) Rose, 4) Roger, 5) Irene, 6) Randolph, 7) Merrill, 8) Sydney, 9) Ronald, 10) Russell Tufts
Information and stories needed.

      6) ERNEST STEVEN TUFTS (1914-1990)
Married LILLIAN ANNIE HYSON (1918-1995)
had 1) Steven MADEN, 2) Alfred L., 3) Thelma, 4) Daisy, 5) Mildred, 6) Judith, 7) Allen L., 8) Albert L., 9) Alden, 10) Betty, 11) Stephen, 12) Burlin R., as well as a few infants.
ERNEST was a veteran of World War Two, Pte. Cdn. Forestry Corps. They both died in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater.  They are buried in Hillside Cemetery, Simpsons Corner. *
(Tufts Kinsmen)

     7) WILSON PRIMROSE TUFTS (1917-1986)
Married ELSIE MAE SIMPSON (1912-1970)
had 1) Lawrence (died young), 2) Mabel,(married Max Zinck) 3) Edna (married  Albert L Tufts, the son of Ernest above)
WILSON and ELSIE are buried in Hillside Cemetery of the Union Church, Simpson Corner. Many of the pages at the findgrave page for this cemetery have small obituaries. *

       8) MAMIE CLEMENTINE TUFTS (1920-1995)
Married JERALD EDWARD TRENHOLM (1910-1988)            had at least 8 Trenholm children and removed to Sackville NB.             

       9) THELMA M TUFTS (1922-1929) (died of illness)
THELMA is buried in Hebbville Comunity Cemetery, Hemford, N. S

(George H Tufts-conitnued)
Married secondly; (in 1879) RHODA ANN SIMPSON (1860-1951), sister of Sarah, above.
had 1) Heber S., 2) Cyhthia A., 3) Ethel M., 4) Horton C (Not Norton*) 5) Edna A., 6) Pearl M., 7) Clyde S., 8) Cecil L.
        1) HEBER SIMPSON TUFTS (1881-1954)
Married ELVA MAY VEINOT (1885-1971)
had 1) Ola M., 2) Sheldon, 3) Roy O., 4) Una P., 5) Guy W., 6) Fay V., 7) Lee R., 8) Ira D., 9) Lyn D., 10) Ila J.,
               OLA MAE TUFTS married RUSSELL J SAVORY and had a family in Digby NS.
              SHELDON TUFTS died young
             ROY OLAF TUFTS (1915-1944)
Roy served in the Canadian Scottish Regiment of the Royal Canadian Infantry Regiment and was killed in October 1944, not long after the Allied soldiers gained their foothold in France and starting sweeping towards Germany. It’s not clear if he was on the beach on D-Day but it’s likely. There are some regimental history books that might relate his combat experiences. Maybe there are even some letters written home somewhere.

This photo is available at his findagrave page
Many thanks to the good people at findagrave, and the people who have entered the information for Hillside and the other cemeteries in Nova Scotia and internationally. Roy is buried in Calais Canadian War Cemetery
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

Heber Tufts-continued
       UNA PEARL TUFTS married LYNTON GARNET TIPERT and had a family in New Germany and Bridgewater NS.
      GUY WILLIAM TUFTS married ETHEL PEARLE BURNS     and had 1) Linda, 2) Ian
       LEE RAY TUFTS married HAZEL DREW and had 1) Marilyn, 2) Elaine, 3) Marsha, 4) Valerie, 5) Maurine
       IRA DAY TUFTS married FLORENCE ROSE MOORE and had 1) Roy F., 2) Elva H., 3) Timothy, 4) Donna, 5) Deborah L., 6) Todd 
Florence's findagrave link        Ira's obituary
      LYN DALTON TUFTS Lyn's obituary is listed below in the comments section. He left a large family, was a musician and known as "Tuffy" Thanks to family for this information

(George H Tufts and Rhoda Simpson-continued)
      2) CYNTHIA ADELINE TUFTS (1882-1950)
            (Tufts Kinsmen states Cynthia died in Westborough MA, not confirmed. Information needed on family)

      3) ETHEL MAY TUFTS (1884-1948 or 1952?)
Married DONALD CHARLES SHERIDAN (1880-of Ireland.
had 1) Donald Jr. This family married and lived in Massachusetts where he was a cabinet maker. Information needed on Donald Jr’s family, if any.

      4) HORTON C TUFTS (1885-1962) * Previously recorded as Norton
Married ANNIE A  BOOTH from England(1887-1970)
had 1) William H., 2) Edna M. in Lynn MA.
            WILLIAM HENRY TUFTS (1923-2001)
            Married THERSA MARIE LeBLANC
            had a family that still survives in Lynn, Massachusetts.
            EDNA MAY TUFTS
            Married JAMES PATRICK COX
            Had at least 2 children.

      5) EDNA (AUREILA?) TUFTS (1888-1967)
Married MALBY ANTHONY LUTZ (1890-1968) they had a family in King’s county.
      6) PEARL MADELINE TUFTS (1890-1952)
Married FLOYD BRITTON ((1890-1949) How this woman came to marry this man from Texas in 1922 I cannot imagine. They moved to California and lived in LA and San Francisco. The 1930 census indicates he owns and runs a gas station and the live on Mission Street. Her obituary states she only lived in Los Angeles for a year before she passed. She and her husband are buried in San Francisco. They had no children.

      7)  CLYDE STANLEY TUFTS (1883-1972)
Married ELIZABETH KEARES (?) (1888-1973)
They lived in Lynn and Saugus where he was a driver but returned to Nova Scotia in later years. They had no issue.

      8) CECIL LEO TUFTS (1895-1966)
Married LINDA HELEN LOWE (1897-1927).
had 1) Basil L., 2) Clifford P., 3) Winfred T., 4) Dorothy M., 5) Marjorie S., 6) Floyd M.
            BASIL LEO TUFTS married DORIS MAY ROSS and had 3      children in NS
            CLIFFORD PERRY TUFTS married ADA JOYCE GUEST and had a family in NS
            WINFRED THEODORE TUFTS married VERNA PAULINE JOUDREY and had 4 children. then married OLIVE ARNITA SNOW and had 4 more children.
           MARJORIE SHIRLEY TUFTS married THOMAS KILLORN LYDON and had 5 children.
           FLOYD MARSHALL TUFTS  married AURILLA HARLEY BUNGAY, and had 1) Donna, 2) Linda A.Tufts
(Cecil Leo Tufts-continued)  
Married secondly ANNA MAY (MANNING) BURNHAM (1880-1949) had no issue.
Stephen Tufts-continued)