Guide to the Tuttle-Ellison Family Papers, 1847-1967

Collection number: MC 259
Size: 2.5 boxes (1 cu.ft.)

About the Tuttle and Ellison Families

Levi Chapman Tuttle was born on August 3, 1835 in Nottingham, New Hampshire and died in 1914. He enlisted in the 13th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers Infantry, Company F on August 26, 1862. He saw fighting at Fredericksburg and fifteen other battles between December 1862 and April 1865. The 13th New Hampshire Volunteers furnished the first troops and its colors were the first to enter and occupy the City of Richmond on April 3, 1865. He was discharged from service on June 21, 1865. On July 27, 1867 he married Lenora F. Furber in Newmarket, NH. They had two children, Leon L. Tuttle, born in 1873, and Lorie Cleveland Tuttle, born in 1882.

Forrest Lincoln Ellison was born around 1869 in Exeter, New Hampshire. He married his second wife, Daisy B. Davis on July 1, 1905 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Their son, Robert Ellison, married Dorothy Tuttle on August 27, 1938. Dorothy Tuttle was the daughter of Lorie Tuttle and Sadie Roderick.

About the Tuttle-Ellison Family Papers

This collection is primarily made up of documents related to the Tuttle family. The bulk of the correspondence is between Lenora Furber, Levi Tuttle's second wife, and her first husband, James Horne. Their letters, as well as some of the others between Lenora and her family members as well as those between the Tuttle family, feature discussion about the American Civil War, though none of the letters contain direct references to fighting or war politics. Instead focus is given on the family members and friends who have gone off to war and the effects their absences have on those who stayed home. The journals are nearly all the work of Levi Tuttle and primarily include details about farming work and daily life in and around Rockingham County, New Hampshire. There are also several folders of receipts from both the Tuttle and the Ellison family records, as well as printed material collected by both families. The five images in the collection are all related to the Ellison family.

Administrative Information

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This collection is open.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Tuttle-Ellison Family Papers, 1847-1967, MC 259, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Kenneth Ellison, August 20, 2014 (Accession number: 2014.10)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Tuttle Family, 1857-1925

Subseries 1: Correspondence

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Apr 1857-July 1860

Letters between Lenora Furber and James Horne: general news about health, friends, family

Box 1, Folder 2July 1861

Letters between Lenora Furber and James Horne: general news about health, friends, family

Box 1, Folder 3Aug-Sept 1861

Letters between Lenora Furber and James Horne: general news about health, friends, family; some letters discuss the possibility of James being drafted to serve in the Civil War, which he claims will not happen

Box 1, Folder 4Oct-Nov 1861

Letters between Lenora Furber and James Horne: general news about health, friends, family; discusses mututal friends and Lenora's brother Samuel Furber who have all enlisted in the volunteer regiments for the Civil War; two letters contain lamentations on the struggle of living Christian lives; Lenora expresses frustration with not being able to find work in the mills

Box 1, Folder 5Dec 1861

Letters between Lenora Furber and James Horne: general news about health, friends, family; James conveys mixed feelings about the possibility of enlisting

Box 1, Folder 6Oct 1862 - July 1872

Letter to Lenora Furber from her brother Samuel sent from the South where he was fighting in the war; 3 letters from Levi Tuttle to Lenora; John E. Furber to his sister "Abba"; and to Lenora from her sister Lucy

Box 1, Folder 7Dec 1890 - Apr 1925, includes 6 postcards

Store advertisement; to Lenora from her daughter-in-law Sadie Roderick; 2 letters between the Department of the Interior and Levi Tuttle regarding pension; graduation invitation from Irma Davies to the Tuttle family; wedding announcment from Irma Davies to the Tuttle family; National Tribune to Lenora Tuttle regarding Civil War widow benefits

Box 1, Folder 8Undated

Undated holiday and birthday cards; one undated letter on resolution on the death of Lorie Tuttle

Subseries 2: Journals

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 9Jan 1875 - June 1879, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities such as chopping wood, farming, meetings with neighbors and friends, local deaths and births, and notes about making shoes and slippers

Box 1, Folder 10June 1879 - Apr 1882, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities such as chopping wood, farming, meetings with neighbors and friends, local deaths and births, personal health, and notes about making shoes and slippers; also includes some comments about the 1880 election

Box 1, Folder 11Apr 1882 - Nov 1883, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities such as chopping wood, farming, meetings with neighbors and friends, local deaths and births, personal health; a lot of focus on economics and money, for instance how much molasses, cords of firewood, or bags of corn cost as well as the salaries of local teachers and ministers

Box 1, Folder 121887, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities including working local jobs such as brick-laying, painting, and plastering; focus on money and economics, such as payment for work, cost of eggs and other staples

Box 1, Folder 131888, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities particularly those around the home and farm such as chopping wood, ploughing, planting, harvesting, and family and friends' visits

Box 1, Folder 141889, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities including work around the home as well as local projects like road repair; includes personal account information

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Feb-Dec 1892, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities including work around the home as well as local projects; includes personal account information; also contains comments about the 1892 election

Box 2, Folder 21899, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities including work around the home as well as local projects; includes detailed personal account information

Box 2, Folder 3Jan 1900 - Jan 1901, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities including work around the home as well as local projects; includes detailed personal account information

Box 2, Folder 41901, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities including work around the home as well as local projects; includes detailed personal account information

Box 2, Folder 5Jan 1907 - Jan 1908, diary of Levi Tuttle

Covers daily activities including work around the home as well as local projects; includes detailed personal account information

Subseries 3: Receipts and Inventories

Box 2, Folder 6Journal of miscellaneous inventory and accounts of James Horne, 1859
Box 2, Folder 7Medical receipts, including doctor visits and cemetary arrangements, 1877-1915
Box 2, Folder 8Insurance receipts, Rockingham Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company, 1887-1905
Box 2, Folder 9Tax receipts from the town of Nottingham, 1873-1906
Box 2, Folder 10Receipts and tickets from railroad, 1872-1896
Box 2, Folder 11Receipts from business conducted with brewery, 1891-1896 and undated
Box 2, Folder 12Receipts for miscellaneous items purchased, 1876-1900
Box 2, Folder 13Newspaper subscription receipts, 1877-1907
Box 2, Folder 14Receipts for church donations, May 1891 - Dec 1892
Box 2, Folder 15Receipts and inventories from personal transactions, mostly handwritten, 1874-1898

Subseries 4: Miscellaneous

Box 2, Folder 16Miscellaneous Tuttle family documents: newspaper clippings, business cards, handwritten poem, three-quarters of a document from 1867 about the infantry service of Henry Ambrosio, pension certificate for Levi Tuttle dated Aug 18, 1892
Box 2, Folder 17Printed material: Northwood Town Reports, 1901-1903
Box 2, Folder 18Printed Material: Nottingham Town Reports, 1903-1907
Box 2, Folder 19Miscellaneous printed material collected by the Tuttle family
  • Report of the Secretary and Treasurer of the Union Mutual Benefit Association, of Northwood, for the Year Ending May 14, 1885, Strafford, NH, 1885
  • Our Hope, vol. V, nos. 2 and 3, Aug and Sept 1898, New York: Hope of Israel Publications
  • Ritual of the Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, January edition, 1908
  • State of New Hampshire, Public Acts and Joint Resolutions, January Session, 1913, Concord, NH: The Rumford Press, 1913

Series 2: Ellison Family, 1847-1967

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1Correspondence, Aug 1889 - Dec 1914

Postcard from Forrest Ellison to his sister sent from the bicylcing trip he took with his friend Charles Walker; congratulatory letter from L.A. Cogswell to Forrest Ellison, 1905; a recipe for "stiffening the toes of flexible pigskin innersoles" from L.A. Cogswell to Forrest Ellison; 2 letters containing the dying wishes of Mrs. Benjamin Ellison, Forrest Ellison's mother; letter from the New Burlingame Telegraphing Typewriter Co. regarding stock shares

Box 3, Folder 2Journal, Aug 1889

A small daily journal from the cycling trip that Forrest Ellison took with his friend Charles Walker

Box 3, Folder 3Miscellaneous Ellison family receipts, 1906-1919: life insurance, items purchased, telephone and telegraph servies, newspaper subscriptions, and funeral services; includes stock certificates from the New Burlingame Telegraphing Typewriter Co. for shares held by Forrest Ellison and Daisy Ellison
Box 3, Folder 4Miscellaneous Ellison family documents: newspaper clipping; character reading of Forrest Ellison; Ellison family holiday poem
Box 3, Folder 5Inquiries made by Mrs. Robert Ellison into the New Burlingame Telegraphing Typewriter Company, 1967
Box 3, Folder 6Five tin-type images, mostly unidentified and undated; includes one tin-type image of Forrest Ellison and his friend Charles Walker taken on the ocassion of their cycling trip, Aug 1889
Box 3, Folder 7Printed material: The Exeter News-Letter, Aug 26, 1910; Sept 15, 1916; Sept 22, 1916; Oct 6, 1916
Box 3, Folder 8Printed material: W. Newnham, Man in His Physical, Intellectual, Social, and Moral Relations, Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1847