My James Lee S. Tootle was the son of James L. Tootle and Rachel Newton.Your James is one I don't know about.I've got the 1840, 50, & 1860 Census' from Screven, and they pretty much confirm this.After I replied to your message, I checked my database, and did not find your James.I'm sure he is connected somehow though, and I can send a gedcom/word report to you.I'm still trying to trace all the Tootles in this area.I've made some headway using census & cemetery info.The family moved into Appling Co., Georgia from North Carolina.I have info on four original brothers at this point, and I thought I had all of their children, obviously not.The family was very prominent, they owned lots of land, however; I know of at least one child born illegitimate, and have seen some evidence that there may have been more.From what I've seen, these Tootles/Tuttles were sharp businessmen (not above taking advantage of people), and set their own morality standards.If you are so inclined, you may want to check the "Bastard Bonds" at the local courthouses in the area.This was a form of "Child Support" back then.The Tootles tended to recognize their own.
Having said all that, I've just checked my 1850 Screven Co., Census, and low and behold:
Tootle, J. 42 Male, M.D., born,South Carolina (Doctor) Sarah 40, born South Carolina Olive 20, Born South Carolina William 17, born South Carolina Sarah 15, born South Carolina Isaac 12, born South Carolina James 10, born South Carolina Adraine 7, male Oliver 4, Julian 2, Female Jonathan 10 mo. (recorded Sept. 20) (415)
So, I think we've found your James!As this family was from South Carolina, and mine from North Carolina, there may not be a connection, or perhaps a very distant connection.