My maiden name is Helen Tuttle and I grew up on the Tuttle farm up Lee Hollow in the town of Bovina. I knew it had been in the Tuttle family for well over 100 years. On this web site I found it was in the family much longer. My father Ralph Tuttle as well as my grandfather Ellsworth Tuttle and his father Benjamin Tuttle were born there. There is a cemetery on the old farm where Benjamin Tuttle and his first wife Drusella and his father David and his brother Daniel are buried. My brother Albert Tuttle was the last Tuttle to own the farm which was sold around 1964. Following is a copy of an agreement between Benjamin Tuttle & William Wright dated Oct. 14, 1876 that was found in Nellie Tuttle's effects when she died. - Helen Tuttle Stout, October 19, 2002
Article of Agreement made & entered into this 14th day of October 1876.
Between William C. Wright of Delhi, Delaware County, N.Y. of the first part and Benjaman Tuttle of Bovina in said County of the second part. Witnesseth that the said party of the first part, in consideration of the covenants and agreements hereinafter contained to be performed on the part of the party of the second part, do herby covenant and agree to and with the said party of the second party to sell and convey to him in fee simple by a good and sufficient deed of conveyance with covenants of warrenty free and clear from all liens rights of dower or other incumdraues (unless hereinafter specified.
All that pieces or parcels of land situate in the towns of Bovina and Delhi, Del. C.. N.Y. is briefly described as follows, being all the land described in a Deed from Truman H. Wheeler Atty. to William C. Wright. Dated Nov. 9th 1853 and recorded in Del. Co. Clerks office in Book of Deeds No. 43.P.123&c expecting the lot fenced & sold to James Wright-and also another piece of land described in a Deed from Robert J. Livingston to William Wright dated the 14th day of March 1865 and recorded in Del. Co. clerks office in Book of Deeds No. 76 P 23,&c to which Deeds referance is hereby made to a full description of all the lands interested herein to be sold or conveyed by the said party of the first part.
The party of the second part Covenants & agrees to purchase of the said party of the first the premises above described and to pay and secure to be paid therefor the sum of five thousand dollars in the manner following: one thousand and five hundred dollars to be paid on the 1st day of January 1877, and one promissary note with intrest of $5oo,oo payable on the 1st day of January 1878 also an other promissary note of five hundred Dollars with annuall interest payable on the 1st day of January 1880-Also the said party of the second part hereby agrees to pay to pay and assume a certain Bond & Mortgage on said premises of the (?) two thousand five hundred dollars now held by George H. Millard & Co. and he is to pay interest on the same after March 1st. 1877.
On payment of the sum of one thousand five hundred dollars to be so paid on or before the 1st day of January 1877, the party of the first part covenant on that day to deliver to the party of the second part the Deed aforesaid and concurrent therewith the party of the second part covenants and agrees to secure to the party of the first part the balance of the purchase moneys aforesaid by executing and delivering the said promissary notes and also assuming the payment of the Bond & Mortgage aforesaid- and the party of the first part hereby agrees to pay all taxes and assessments on said farm during the year 1876, and it is also agreed by the said party of the first part that when he delivers up posession of said farm to the part of the second party he is to leave thereon six tons of good hay, the pine or value of which is hereby included in the purchase price of the farm aforesaid-
In Witness the parties have hereinto set their hands and seals the day & year first above written
In Presence of. Will(paper torn away)
Ches. McPhail Benj(paper torn away)
State of New Yor (paper torn away)
Delaware Count (paper torn away)
On this 1 (paper torn away)
1876. before m (paper torn away)
personally app (paper torn away)
William C. Wig (paper torn away)
Benjamin Tuttle(paper torn away)
Known to be the same persons described in and who executed the above instrument & severally acknowledged that they executed the same.
Chas. Mc Phail