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Barbara Hannah Teas Tuttle

Lucas County is in south central Iowa. It was founded in 1846 and the county seat is Chariton.

North Carolina was one of the thirteen original Colonies. It was first settled by small farmers and grew quickly in the mid 18th century.

Barbara Hannah Teas (Tease) Tuttle was born September 21, 1838 in Henry County, Iowa. Her parents were Joseph G. Teas and Sarah Hartley. She was named for her mother's mother .

She married Noah Tuttle on February 8, 1855 in Lucas County, Iowa. Noah was born on November 9, 1830 in Pitt County, North Carolina and his parents were Benjamin Tuttle and Gatsey Fox.

Barbara and Noah's children included:
Gatsey Ann Tuttle Wilson (1856),
Rachel Tuttle (1858),
William Tuttle (1859),
Joseph Tuttle (1862),
Ulysses S. Grant Tuttle (1865),
Martha Tuttle (1867),
Charles E. Tuttle (1857), and
Noah Tuttle (1872).

She died on November 21, 1872 and was buried in the Freedom Cemetery, Lucas County, Iowa. After her death, Noah married Margery Williams.
Children of:
Levi Fox
and Eliza Yerkes
  • William Pierce Fox
  • Josiah B. Fox
  • John Newton Fox
  • Anne E. Fox
  • Sarah Hartley
    Joseph Teas
  • John Tease
  • Barbara Hannah Tease Tuttle
  • Levi Fox and
    Sarah Hartley Teas
  • Missouri Fox Clowser
  • Levi Fox, Jr.
  • Nebraska Fox Stephens
  • Settlers often built log cabins as their first homes.




    A prairie is a temperant, level region with grasses, herbs, and shrubs, rather than trees. Most of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma are prairie.

    Noah Tuttle, section 2, Washington Township, is one of the oldest pioneers of Wayne County and the oldest settler in Washington Township. He is a native of Pitt County, North Carolina, and was born November 3, 1830, a son of Benjamin and Gatsy Tuttle, who were born and reared in North Carolina.

    When he was but a child his father died leaving his mother with eight children-Abraham, Lewis, Telitha, William, Rebecca, Guilford, Noah and Marinda. When he was about six years old his mother moved with her family to Monroe County, Virginia where he lived until thirteen years old, when they moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana. His early life was passed on a farm and there were learned lessons of industry that were of lasting benefit to him.

    In 1851 the mother and two sons, Guilford and Noah, came to Iowa and located in Wayne County. He entered 160 acres of Government land in Washington Township, built a log house and commenced to make a home, there being at that time only four families in Washington Township. Here he has lived thirty-five years, and has experienced all the hardships and privations of pioneer life, and has assisted materially in the transformation of the wild prairie into a country of prosperous villages and thrifty farms. He has increased his land until he now owns over 1,300 acres, the most of it well improved. His residence is a neat story and a half frame and his farm buildings are commodious.

    Mr. Tuttle was married in 1855 to Miss Barbara Tease of Lucas County, Iowa daughter of Joseph and Sarah Tease. To them were born eight children, six of whom are living-Gatsy Ann, Wlliam, Joseph, Grant, Martha and Charles. Mrs. Tuttle died in 1872,

    and March 2, 1881, Mr. Tuttle married Miss M. Williams, daughter of Samuel and Susan Williams. They have one child-Rachel. Mr. Tuttle's children are among the most respected young people of Wayne County. His two eldest sons are married and settled on farms of their own. William, who was born December 14, 1859, was married April 8, 1883, to Marilda Williams and has one child-Jesse, born May 13, 1885. He has a fine farm of 120 acres, all well improved, and is engaged in general farming and stock-raising. Joseph also owns 120 acres of fine land and is a prosperous young farmer. He was born February 14, 1862, and was married March 8, 1882, to Marietta Williams. They have two children-Edith Oneda and Bessie Naomi. In politics father and sons are Republicans.

    Biographical and Historical Records of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, p. 452, Interstate Publishing Co., Chicago,

    American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.



    Ulysses S. Grant (1822 – 1885), the 18th President of the United States, was the commanding general who led the Union Armies to victory.


    Noah Tuttle
    June 13, 1901
    Noah Tuttle died at his home in Warren township on Monday, June 10, the immediate cause of his death being pneumonia, though he had been in infirm health for several years.

    The deceased was 73 years of age and was born in North Carolina, moving with his parents to West Virginia, going from there to Indiana when a young man, and thence to Iowa in 1850, settling in Wayne County near the Lucas county line, and though only an actual resident in this county for the last eighteen years he has transacted most of his business here and was very well known.

    He was an industrious and very successful farmer and was the owner of one thousand acres of land in the two counties. He leaves a wife and eleven children. The funeral took place on Tuesday, when he was laid to rest in the Freedom cemetery.


    For a tour of the Fox family land and resting places see "Fox Hunting at New York" from October 22, 2008 in The Lucas Countyan by Frank Myers.

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