The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan



Samuel W. Durant, History of Oakland County, Michigan, L. H. Everts & Co., Philadelphia (1877), p. 206


was born at Prattsburg, Steuben county, New York, November 11, 1812.  He is a son of Bishop M. and Rebecca Tuttle, who were among the first settlers of Steuben county, New York.  He continued his residence in Prattsburg until he was twenty-two years of age, when he emigrated to Ohio, in the winter of 1834.  He taught school one term.  In the spring of 1835 he removed to Michigan, settling temporarily at Pontiac, where he remained about one year and a half; settling on his farm in Highland in 1836.  On the 21st of October, 1835, he married Mary, daughter of Joseph Voorheis, by whom he had three children, namely: Lucretia, born November 5, 1836, married Willard B. Arms May, 1853, died March 25, 1865; Cleantha M., born March 7, 1841; Mary, born May 14, 1846, died March 25, 1865.  He had the misfortune to lose his estimable wife, who died June 20, 1846.  Having an infant child to take care of, he deemed it expedient to mary again, which he did, this time choosing Clarissa, daughter of Isaac Anderson, one of the pioneers of Springfield township.  This union was also blessed with three children, namely: Lovedy V., born October 31, 1853, married Newton Taggett, March 18, 1874, and still resides in the township with her husband; Adelia A., born March 7, 1856; Franklin Anderson, born April 30, 1859.  Mr. Tuttle was early in life impressed with the importance of embracing religion, and in 1836 joined the Prebyterian church of White Lake.  Soon afterward he was elected an elder in that body, which office he has since filled.  In politics he has always been a strong Republican, and an uncompromising advocate of the principles of that party.  For twenty years he held the office of justice of the peace, and was noted for the impartiality and justice of his decisions.  He was also for many years one of the school directors of his township, which position he filled with fidelity.  He has always been temperate and industrious, and now enjoys the fruits of his well-spent life.  He owns one hundred and forty acres of well-improved and highly-cultivated land, to which he devotes his time, assisted by his amiable wife and dutiful son and daughter.


Clarissa, daughter of Isaac and Catherine Anderson, and present wife of Pardy A. Tuttle, Esq., was born at Bennington, Wyoming county, New York, October 11, 1818.  She removed with her parents to Michigan in 1834 or 1835, and settled in Springfield township, in this county.  At the time they came in the roads were almost impassable, and Mrs. Paddock   [Sic - Should be "Mrs. Tuttle"] gives the narrative of their journey as follows:

"We came across the lake to Detroit, my father bringing two teams with him, - one of oxen and the other a span of horses.  One of the latter got injured on the boat, so he was obliged to purchase another at Detroit.  Our family consisted of father, mother, two brothers, two sisters and myself.  Father drove the horse-team, one brother the oxen, and the other brother the lame horse.  In this way we left Detroit; but before we had proceeded out of the town we got stuck in the mire, so that we had to get out and walk, and the men-folks had to double the teams in order to get out of the mud.  We walked until we reached the first hotel, and there stayed until the men came up with the teams.  We had got about three miles, and it took us nearly all day to travel that short distance.  We stopped overnight where we were, and started on our journey bright and early the next morning, with a little better success.  About eight o'clock that evening we arrived in Pontiac.  Father was both tired and sick, so we stopped there until Wednesday morning, and arrived at our destination in Springfield township about noon on Thursday.  We were three days and a half coming from Detroit to Springfield.   Rather slow traveling compared with what it is now!

"The first summer I was in Michigan I taught school, in what was then called the Pratt district, in Springfield township; that term, I believe, being the third one taught.  The following summer I taught the first school at what now constitutes the village of Clarkston.  The school-house was new, but not completed, being merely inclosed [Sic], with some seats on one side, and on the other a pile of lumber with which to finish the house."

As stated in the sketch of Mr. Tuttle's life above, Miss Anderson was married to him September 2, 1847.  She is a lady noted for her domestic tastes and her excellent qualifications as a housewife.  She is a faithful and loving wife, and a kind and affectionate mother.


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