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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.
Ruth and Ann appear to be children of a second marriage of John.

Other Children of James
Other researchers show the following as sons of James
(I have found no documentation establishing their relationship - DOB's are probably an estimation)

​2. Richard Luttrell, Sr., b. Abt 1693, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland, VA, USA , d. 10 Sep 1764-26 May 1766, , Fauquier, VA, USA 
   I have not seen documentation of birth date/place *** may be son of Robert – Will of 1766 shows much property – 
indicative of more wealth than son of indentured servant might have –
Richard is also documented in Westmoreland County, VA in 1718, where Simon, and possibly, Robert Luttrell, live -

note the names of Richard's children compared to John's - Susanna, James, John, Richard, Samuel, 
Robert, Mary, Catherine, Anstis, Sarah (was John and Richard's grandmother named Sarah?) 
and Michael (Richard's father-in-law is Michael Dermont)
Did both John and Richard name a child after their mother, Susanna; a child after their father, James, and three other similarly named children? 
This is indicative of a family relationship.  Its also the practice followed by the Luttrells in Ireland.

 3. James Luttrell, b. Abt 1695, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland, VA, USA , d. , Northumberland, VA
I have not seen documentation of this birth/death date/place

 4. Thomas Luttrell, b. Abt 1697, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland, VA d. date unknown
I have not seen documentation of this birth/death date/place

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

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].

James Luttrell's wife was (probably. . .possibly. . .maybe. . .maybe not) Susanna Tullos

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).  
John Tullos (below) would probably have been Sarah Tullos' son and Susanna Luttrell's brother. 
Susanna was named in the 1698 court record after the death of James.

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

Sarah Rodham married Claudious Tullos and lived in Northumberland County, VA
They were parents of Susannah and John.
This may be the origin of Richard Luttrell's son, Robert, naming a son "Rodham"

Some researchers have speculated that Susanna Tullos may have been James Luttrell's second wife.  Based upon both John and Richard's naming of their daughters' "Susanna", if Susanna Tullos was James' second wife, she was most likely his children's mother. . .
or James' first wife was also named "Susannah".

The assumption, by several Luttrell researchers, that Susannah (shown in James' probate records) was the daughter of Claud and Sarah Rodham Tullos is reasonable due to the Rodham name occurring in the later line of James' descendants and the fact that Sarah Rodham Tullos was appointed guardian for James' son, John, presumably after the death of Susannah (1709 or before).  Of course, the Rodham name being given to a grandchild of Richard Luttrell, of Fauquier Co. (and presumably an older son of James as many researchers believe, despite a confirming document) could have occurred for other reasons.  Also, Claud and John Tullos had previously been awarded guardianship of another minor.
. . ."a court order dated 16 November 1698 indicates that Cloud was a tanner and shoemaker. The court decreed that William Grady, a 15-year old orphan, having chosen Cloud Tulllos as his guardian had bound himself to Cloud and his son, John, until he reached 21 years of age".
Maybe John and Sarah Tullos were appointed by the court as guardians of the (presumed) orphan, John Luttrell, simply because they had performed the function before and John Luttrell needed a suitable guardian.  John was about 18 years old in 1709 (born in Nov 1691), so his primary need may have been for someone who could teach him a trade, which John Tullos may have been qualified to do, in the eyes of the court.

Many Tullos family researchers believe James Luttrell's wife, Susannah, was not a Tullos.  
They show her married to (1) John Hughlett or Hewett, and (2) Joseph Franklin.
Of course, they could be wrong. . .possibly? . . . maybe? . . .maybe not.


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 many 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, unless their service was to pay for transportation to the colonies. James may have been still young enough to accept a second term of service, assuming the first was not unpleasant, and he was desirous of the potential reward it offered.  The term of service did not necessarily have to be as long as 7 years. 
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?