In the late 1970's Alan Vernon Tuten gave my dad Kenneth Tuten a copy of what was to become the Tuten "Blue Book" or core to the Tuten genealogy. This book was expanded by other volumes subsequently written by Bruce Tuten, but the core remains the "Blue Book." My family (Debi Tuten, Mike Jones, Andre Ricard, and others) and I have been working for a number of years putting together more data, including it with what Alan Vernon, Mary Kettus Holland, and Bruce Tuten have done. We have expanded the information base significantly and now have over 18,200 names and over 45,000 text entries compiled. We have even been able to significantly narrow the differences in several "separate" or independant families. Thompson Tuten is now believed to be Thomas Tuten, son of Simon. Cynthia, who Bruce has stated and believes married Richard Simon Tuten, either had yet another son named Redden James Tuten, or this Tuten is the James R. Tuten listed as the son of Rachel Tuten. We believe he is Rachel's son although there are suggestions that make Redden J. Tuten and John Eldred Tuten brothers because her sister went to live with and was raised by Patrick Howell Tuten, Rachels son.James R. and John Eldred were very close cousins. John Eldred moved into Hamilton County in 1839. James R. Tuten moved to Hamilton County in 1840 ( with his mother Rachel and siblings, Joseph M., William Robert, Mary Ecella, Harley McLoyd and Patrick Howell Tuten). Mary Ecella later married William Wallace McAlpin. These Tuten's were early pioneer families of Hamilton County and North Florida.