Dear Clem, When I was a child someone saw in a book about the Tuten's orginally being from Turkey. So far I have traced my family tree to Thomas Tuten in NC. He was born in 1740. He was my GGGGG-grandfather. The rumor is that there were three brothers who sailed on a ship to America. One went to NC, another to SC and another to Gerogia. It is possible that there could still be a connection as I have only been able to trace to 1740. I have not been able to find any information before Thomas Tuten. I really want to trace as far as I am able to.