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James Luttrell
Indentured Servant
Immigrant to America

​Most Luttrell genealogical researchers recognize James Luttrell as one of the two founding fathers of the Luttrells in America.  His transportation as an indentured servant has been documented.  He was one of the first Luttrells to be in America but, definitively identifying his parents and origin in Ireland has yet to be accomplished.

Documentation shows the following for James Luttrell -

In 1671/2 James Luttrell was transported to Virginia

ROBINSON, 1350 acs., N'ampton County, on a br. of Muddy Cr., parting this & land of Griffin Savage; lying bet. Martin Moore & Wm. Hickman; adj. Wm. O Noughton & on a br. of Hunting Cr.; 23 Mar. 1671/72 p. 390. Trans. of 27 pers: James Latterell, Wm. Peterson, Jno. Joy (or Ivy), Jeffery Grigson, Ferdinand Hawker, Ben. Finch, Tho. Tulpe (or Tripe), Sara Pink, Hum Hawthorn, Eliza, Male, Jno. Dickason, James Davison, James Cobman, Jacob Jefferson, Peter Peterson, Wm. Thomason, Wm. Baker, Jno. Wheally, Jno. Drye. Ann Macklin, Hump, Lloyd, Wm. Swepston, Jno. Moodery, Jno. Philips, Hen. Sowerby, John Mackoine, Wm. Wheally.

[Source: Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patients and Grants, Volume 2, 1666-1695, Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1977, Page 101.]

In 1677 James Luttrell was transported to Maryland

State of Maryland, State Archives, Hall of Records Commission, P. O. Box 828, Annapolis, MD 21404-0828, Phone: (301) 269-3915. Page 720 (743): June 15th, 1678 warrant then granted unto Daniell Selby of Somerset County for one hundred and fifty acres of land due to him by the aforegoing ass't. from William Stevens: 

A list of persons transported into Maryland by Capt. William Piper.

Thomas Horsman, Tim Marcateilie, John Hamby, Richard Clarke, Will. Redman, Mick. Wall, James Loterill (Luttrell), James Canidie, Thomas Harlow, Charity ?Grumens, Kath. Fennile, Jane Morris, Ann Kelly, Jane Fannill, Cisty Shaw, Ann Coward, Ann ?Dodworth.

"These servants all landed and brought into Maryland by me Wm. Piper. These servants proved in common forme
 the ninteenth day of March Anno Domini 1677 before me: William Stevens.

Know all men by these presents that I William Piper marriner for a valuable consideration have and doe by these presents assigne and make over to Capt. Thomas Walker of Somerset County all my right title and interest clame and demand of and to the seventeen rights above menconed together with all profits and priviledes thereunto belonging To have and to hold the same to the said Thomas Walker his heirs and assignes forever as witness my hand and seal the nineteenth day of March anno domi 1677: William Piper {seal}" [Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland - Land Office (Patents) 15, p. 720 (folio 499) James Loterill, transported by Capt. William Piper, transportation proved Mar. 19, 1677. 1p VTP.]


James Luttrell had a son, John
Virginia Colonial Abstracts - Northumberland County, Record of Births, 1661 – 1810
St Stephens Parish Pgs 470 - 471

Jo’n LattrellSon To JamesBorn Nov’r 10 1691

No other children are shown for James, although records for several children of John are shown in later years

Virginia Colonial Abstracts - Northumberland County, Record of Births, 1661 – 1810
St Stephens Parish Pgs 470 - 471

Susana LuttrellDaug’r To Jo’nBorn Aug’t 12 1713
James LuttrellSon To DoBorn May 6 1715
Jo’n LuttrellSon To DoBorn Jully 16 1717
Rich’d LuttrellSon To DoBorn Jully 22, 1719
. . .
Samuell Luttrell Son To Jo’n Born Sep’r 26 1721
. . .
Ruth LuttrellDaug’r To Jo’n & AnnBorn Jun 23 1729Same year as sister?
Ann LuttrellDaug’r To DoBorn Dec 23 1729 Same year as sister?  Probably twin sisters.

James Luttrell died 1698

James Luttrell Probate 1698 
Ordered that Susanna Luttrell, widow & relict of James Luttrell, be allowed for her paraphernalia a flock bed and furniture appraised to four hundred and fifty pounds of tobacco out of her 1t deceased husband James Luttrell’s Estate.
[Source: Order Book 1678-98, p. 828, Court held 20 July 1698, Northumberland County, Virginia.]

James Luttrell purchased 100 acres of land in Northumberland County, Virginia in 1697, shortly before his death; and,
John Luttrell, son of James, possessed that land after James' death before selling it in 1742

DENNIS CORNEHILL AND ANNE CORNEWELL HAD LAND TO JAMES LITTRELL RECORDED 1697
19th Nov Anno 1697 Court Held For Northumberland County Dennis Cornehill & Geo: Noll attorney of Anne Cornewell having acknowledged Court and to James Littrell gte ordered this land recorded.
SOURCE: Northumberland County, Va, Court Order Book, 1678-1698, Part 1 & Part 2, p.799, Reel 48, Library of Virginia.

Northumberland Co. VA Record Book 1710-1713, State Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va
Pg.145/146: MARGIN: Cornhill Deed Released to Cralle.
This indenture made this first day of Janey in the year of our lord ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED & ELEVEN between DENNIS CORNHILL late of the County of Westmoreland but now of the County of Stafford of the one part & JNO. CRALLE of the County of Northumberland of the other part. That whereas the aforesaid DENNIS CORNHILL by a certain indenture bearing date the last day of December the year aforesd for the consideration therein mentioned did grant bargain & sell unto the Sd. JNO. CRALLE all that ONE HUNDRED ACRES OF LAND be the land more or less. Lying & being in the PARRISH OF ST STEPHENS & County of Northumberland. To witness Sd. land is part of aforesd tract of Land that is & was PURCHASED BY THE SD. DENNIS CORNHILL OF ONE JNO. LEWIS and bounded by the land of THO. SADDON, the land of DANL. BEACHAM, the land of JNO. LUTTRELL, . . .

10 May 1742. Deed. Between John LITREEL of St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland Co planter of the first part & Abraham BEACHUM son of Daniel BEACHUM decd late of St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland Co of the second part ... whereas James LITREEL father to the afsd John LITREEL bought a 100 acre tract of land of Dennis CORNWELL in St. Stephens Parish & did bequeath the same to the afsd John LITREEL ... now this indenture wit[nesseth] further that the sd John LITRELL having contracted a bargain & sale of the sd 100 acres of land . . . .
 [Mary Marshall Brewer, Northumberland County, Virginia Deeds, Wills, Inventories, Etc., 1737-1743 (Lewes, Del.: Colonial Roots, 2006), 99, citing p. 174].

John Luttrell was underage at his father's death, and made a ward of John and Sarah Tullos in 1709 (probably after the death of his mother) who were, probably, his grandparents.

Source: Records of Indentured Servants and of Certificates for Land, Northumberland County, Virginia, 1650-1795, compiled by W. Preston
Haynie, Heritage Books, Inc., Page 228  1371. 
20 April 1709 -- John Luttrell, servant to Sarah Tullos, moveing this Court for Liberty to Choose his guardian to take care of his Land
dureing his minority & nominating John Tullos, the sd Tullos is accordingly by the Court admitted his guardian for that purpose and
ordered the sd Luttrell serve his full time of service to his sd. Mrs. without ye moloestation of the sd John Tullos Jr. OB 1699-1713, Part 2, 573
(from http://www.strutton.org/getperson.php?personID=I8614&tree=allfamily)

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Many Luttrell researchers show James Luttrell, immigrant to America, as a descendant of the Luttrells of Tankardstown, county Meath, Ireland.  However, no documentation is ever shown for this link, or for their estimated DOB for James.
There is a James Luttrell, son of Richard Luttrell of Tankardstown, noted in various Irish records, who was underage and unmarried at his father's death in 1633.  This James' older brother, Oliver, inherits the Tankardstown property in 1633 but is shown as "attainted" in 1642 after the Irish Rebellion of 1641.  The Tankardstown property would have been forfeited to the English Cromwellian rulers.  It is easy to understand that a younger son of Tankardstown, after losing his home, would seek a fresh start in the New World of America, even as an indentured servant 30 years later.


If James Luttrell, immigrant to America, who fathered a son in 1691 and died in 1698, is descended from the Luttrells of Tankardstown, is he the son or grandson of Richard Luttrell of Tankardstown who died in 1633?
​There are multiple James Luttrells in Ireland in the mid-17th century (see "A Timeline Of The Luttrells In Ireland" link on the Ireland page).
Were there two James Luttrells, indentured servants, transported to America?
It is possible, and accepted by most Luttrell researchers, that both transportations refer to the same James Luttrell. A reward of 50 acres of land was often bestowed upon servants at the conclusion of their indentured service. James may have been still young enough to accept a second term of service, assuming the first was not unpleasant, and desirous of the additional reward it offered. 
However, the James Luttrell transported to Maryland in 1677 could have been a different James Luttrell than was transported to VA in 1671/2. GL

Who is James Luttrell, immigrant to America?