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Zachariah Tuttle, c1670 - 1722
Boston, Mass.

Coat of Arms

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The Gore Roll of Arms lists a Zachariah Tuttle of Boston, 1721:

ARMS:
Azure, on a bend argent double cottised or, a lion passant sable.
 
CREST:
A bird holding in the beak an olive branch.

Alva Tuttle's collection of Tuttle and Tuthill genealogy information lists Zachariah Tuttle as the only son of John & Mary TUTHILL of Boston, MA. Zachariah Tuttle served the Town of Boston in several municipal positions, but he died unmarried in 1722 and the family name in this line ended with him. I find it interesting that Zechariah both changed the spelling of his last name and modified his coat of arms to match the TUTTLE style.

The Gore Roll of Arms has a questionable 'pedigree', as indicated in the following quote from Heraldry by Joseph C. Wolf. Nonetheless, Zechariah's father did have a right to arms established by a more traditional organization.

"While this country was under English domination, before the Revolutionary War, there was some general regulation of the right to bear arms - or at least the rules and the customs of England prevailed.  Apparently, however, no effort was made by the colonial government to compel citizens to abide by these laws, and as a result, the later colonists did pretty much as they pleased about displaying anything that struck their fancy.

At the close of the 17th century, this illegal use of arms was helped along by an obliging carriage painter of Boston named Gore, who created arms and eventually made a roll of arms which is completely without authority.  About a century later, another gentleman, a Mr. Cole, performed similar labors throughout New England."

Joseph C. Wolf, at http://www.digiserve.com/heraldry/harticle.htm

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