Dear Clem, You are very welcome for the information. I was glad to help in any way that I could. Yes you are right. There were many merchants who would travel. My feeling is that Tuten originated in Turkey. I know how you feel too. Because I also would like to know where my family orginated. That is why it is so important to me to know as much as I can. I went to the library the other day and copied some information on land records. I found two names. The rumored is that Thomas Tuten father was Absalom Tuten. First I found a Absalom Tuton. I am wondering if this could be one of my relatives. I am also wondering if there is misspelling in the name somehow. Anyway here is what it said about Absalom Tuton. This Absalom Toton owned about 160 acreas of land. Then I also came across a Absalom Tutten. He owned 250 acreas of land. That is why I am wondering if the name Tuten was orginally spelled a different way. But my feeling really is that Tuten name did orignate in Turkey. My father was once in the service and he once told me that he felt very close to the Turkish people. This is not boring to me at all. In fact it is very important to me. Because I really do want to trace my family tree. I want to know everything that I can. Have a great day. Talk to you later.