Dexter & Amelia Tuttle House

by William Krause

25547 Lake Road, c. 1852

The ninth in a series of articles to be published as a walking tour of Lake Road by the Bay Village Historical Society in 2025.

According to the “Tuttle Family Story” by Flora Tuttle Renfrew, Dexter was born in 1807 in Massachusetts and came to what is now Rocky River at 16 with his family. He married Amelia Weidnar (born 1811) in about 1828 and settled in Dover Township in 1836.

The couple first lived in a log cabin west of Tuttle Creek and north of Lake Road. They had seven boys and one girl who died young. Son Ezra (born 1837) helped Dexter build this house where they raised chickens and sheep. Amelia used wool from the sheep to make clothing for the family. They also had a sawmill.

Dexter acquired 80 acres from the lake south to the railroad and died in 1878. Amelia lived until 1896, her last seven years blind and cared for by son Marius. Ezra married Victoria Clague from what is now Westlake. Their son Edward inherited the Lake Road house, and it remained in the family until 1921.

Tax records indicate that this classic Greek Revival house was constructed in 1852. Unfortunately, a previous owner cut windows into the original front trim.

This is the 9th of approximately 100 brief articles to be published as a walking tour of Lake Road by the Bay Village Historic Society in 2025. The articles are being submitted profiling the oldest to the newest minimum century old artifacts.

Victoria Clague Tuttle

Frame #31: Victoria Clague Tuttle

b. 10 Mar. 1839, Dover Township, Ohio
d. 10 Jan. 1930, Village of Bay, Ohio
Victoria Clague was the daughter of Robert Clague and Margaret Cowle. Her parents were from the Isle of Man, marrying in Lonan in 1837 before immigrating to Dover before Victoria’s birth in 1839. Victoria married Ezra W. Tuttle on May 31, 1873. She passed away at the age of 91 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Westlake, Ohio.

Ezra Tuttle

Frame #32: Ezra Tuttle

b. 12 Feb. 1837, Dover Township, Ohio
d. 23 July 1921, Village of Bay, Ohio
Ezra W. Tuttle was the second child of Dexter Tuttle and Amelia Weidner Tuttle. Dexter was an early settler of Dover, arriving in 1823 at age 16. Ezra helped his father build a frame house for the family in 1845. The family’s land along Lake Road was split amongst the children, with Ezra farming a portion by Columbia road. He passed away at the age of 84 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Westlake, Ohio.

Ezra Tuttle young

Frame #34: Ezra Tuttle as a Young Man

b. 12 Feb. 1837, Dover Township, Ohio
d. 23 July 1921, Village of Bay, Ohio
Ezra W. Tuttle was the second child of Dexter Tuttle and Amelia Weidner Tuttle. Dexter was an early settler of Dover, arriving in 1823 at age 16. Ezra helped his father build a frame house for the family in 1845. The family’s land along Lake Road was split amongst the children, with Ezra farming a portion by Columbia road. He passed away at the age of 84 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Westlake, Ohio.

Dexter Tuttle House

25547 Lake Road – 1845. Dexter Tuttle came from Massachusetts in 1823 when he was 16 years old. His family drove an ox cart, waded across the Cuyahoga and Rocky Rivers, and settled in Rockport (now Rocky River). He married and moved to Dover in 1836. He cleared the woods on Lake Road, sometimes called the Old Wagon Road, and built a cabin where he and his wife raised most of their eight children. He built the Tuttle farmhouse between 1840 and 1845, enlarging it when more children were born. It stands today looking very much as it did more than 150 years ago.