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Tuttle, Mary Ellen Maylett (1873 - 1966)

Wife of Joseph Franklin Tuttle, and Daughter of William Francis and Margaret Wislon Maylett



She walks – This dainty Lady – A shepherdess of sheep Her flocks are thoughts, She keeps them white She guards them from the steep And folds them in for sleep A gentle mother – Mary Ellen Maylett Tuttle was born September 4, 1873, at Manti, Utah, in the house at 282 West 4th North, now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. LaVar Hill. Her father, William Francis Maylett, was born April 10, 1826, at Ivington, Hereford, England. Her mother, Margaret Wilson, was born November 25, 1848, in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Her brothers and sisters were Frank, twins Henry and Edward, and Ann Maylett Billings. Telling the story Mary Tuttle continues: “My first recollection was attending school in the old rock schoolhouse which I enjoyed going to. Father also had a ranch west of Manti. I went there and helped make butter and cheese and helped with the milking of the cows. “I remember wanting to go to Grandmother Wilson’s for lunch. She made delicious short cake and gave us bread, butter and jam. She lived at West 3rd North – a lot owned by Edwin Andersen at present. The rock building torn down was Grandmother Wilson’s home. She taught school there for many years. In the morning they would take the beds down and put the benches in. At night they did the reverse. “My mother was the third wife. Father and his first wife, Elizabeth Rudd, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England. Then they decided to come to America when the Church was preaching to come to Zion. “The journey from England was very successful until they reached Iowa. There they ran out of finances. Father had some relatives there. With their kindness and help, he decided to go into the mercantile business to get enough money to come to Utah. Later they were very happy to arrive in Salt Lake City. “Shortly after their arrival, he was called to go back, in time to help pull the last handcarts across the plains. “My mother’s family came to Utah in 1855. My grandmother was Margaret Lockwood Wilson and my grandfather was Thomas Wilson. They came when people were going hungry. They suffered for six long weeks, living on weeds. When the grains came, mother (Margaret Wilson) helped her brothers and sisters to get enough grain for one meal a day until harvest time. “My grandmother sewed clothes for people to help get enough money for food. “Father’s first wife, Elizabeth Rudd, was born December 27, 1828, in Shropshire, England. His second wife was Elizabeth Hall. His third wife, Margaret Wilson, was born November 25, 1848, in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. “The first wife, Elizabeth Rudd, and my mother, Margaret Wilson, were very companionable, getting along together very well. The second wife, Elizabeth Hall, seemed to be very unkind in her dealings, misrepresenting dealings from one family to another. This made it very hard for Margaret Wilson, the third wife.” Mary Ellen Maylett attended Sunday School. She liked to dance very much. Dancing took place in the old Greers Hall, located just north of Wooley’s home. They also danced in the hall at Council House where the library stands and in a hall above Carpenter’s Store. Many sleigh-riding parties were held. After the sleigh riding an oyster supper was always expected. “Some of my girlfriends were: Heneritta Cox, Belle Barton Bench, Mary Jane Johnson, May Cahoon, Cora Henrie Maylett, Goldie Stringham and Lavern Tunk(?) Larsen.” Many evening parties were held among the neighborhood boys and girls. Frank Tuttle was a young man of the neighborhood, paying attention to Mary Ellen Maylett. They kept company for two years. Then on January 28, 1895, they were married at her mother’s home. At first they lived with Mary’s folks. Then they moved in part of the Tuttle home. For some time, Mary’s health was poor. But to this union was born eight sons and daughters, namely Ava Tuttle Vaughn Tuttle Liston Edna Tuttle Larson Muriel Tuttle Rives Joseph Henry Tuttle Marion Shoemaker Tuttle Ray Tuttle Edwin M. Tuttle (nicknamed and called Ted by many). When Frank Maylett’s wife, Cora, died, she left a baby boy. Mary Maylett told her brother Frank she would take the baby into her home and when he wanted him back she would let Frank have him. This child was christened Dell Maylett. When Dell was between three and four years of age, his father remarried, taking Dell away from the Tuttle home. Many tears were shed by the child’s Aunt Mary and Uncle Frank who had reared him up to this point. Mary Tuttle’s husband was a farmer and also an Elder in the Church. Mary has been a Relief Society teacher for many years, until she was not able to go. She served on the quilting committee and refreshment or social committee in the Relief Society. Her daughter Ava worked eight years for Manti City as Treasurer and Recorder. Many prizes have been won in the Fair by Mary Tuttle for her crochet, knitting, and hairpin [lace] work. These are some of her hobbies. Also, piecing quilts and cutting rug rags for homemade rugs. Sister Tuttle is a small woman with a most charming personality that endears her to her many friends and neighbors. She has a warm welcome for everyone that comes to her home. We pray that her Heavenly Father will give her added health and strength that she may continue to be an inspiration to her family for a long time to come. This good woman also related when she was baptized out to the Warm Springs when she became of age. She also pays tribute to her father’s first wife saying, “I scarcely knew which was my own mother for a long time, the two polygamous wives were so close to each other.” Grandchildren remember their Grandmother Maylett as being a perfect little English lady. William Francis Maylett carried messages all during the Black Hawk War. He rode a little white pony. William Francis Maylett was a judge in Sanpete County before they kept records. He was a self-educated man. His mother died when he was born. His father died when he was eight years old. He was married to his first wife on the ship coming over from England. Mary Tuttle has made over one hundred or more doilies besides many other pieces of handwork and has given them away. She likes to encourage everyone and make them happy.

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