A Family History Newsletter

Volume 2, Number 1

1st Quarter 2003


From the Editor

Well I havenít managed to catch up on the publishing schedule for this newsletter as I had hoped, since this is the first issue of 2003 and itís nearly the middle of the year as I write this. But I still plan to publish four issues this year. I hope to get the next issue out relatively soon since I should already have sufficient material for it.

One thing that makes me particularly happy about this issue is that it is the first one where I didnít write any of the articles! Iíd like to express my appreciation to all of our contributors to this issue, including Ruth Sims, Phil Little, Jeff Tullis, and Jonathan Tullis on behalf of his late great-uncle John L. Tullis. Submissions continue to be strongly encouraged. Even if you donít feel like writing an article, please consider providing copies of old Tullis photos, records, obituaries, photos of gravestones, etc.

This issue begins with photos of what may be some of the oldest Tullis gravestones in the U.S. These photos were taken by Ruth Sims in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Troy, Ohio. They include photos of the gravestone of Aaron Tullis, who served in the Revolutionary War, and those of several of his sons, including Stephen B. Tullis, Joel Tullis, David R. Tullis, and William Tullis.

The next article is the conclusion of a series by Jeff Tullis begun in the last issue. In this issue Jeff presents the story of the family of James H. Tullis (1838-1914) and his wife, Lavina D. Meredith (1845-1914). This wonderfully detailed article tells of their migration from Indiana to Kansas, where they settled in 1868. Their children who lived to adulthood included Fernando Study Tullis, John Meredith Tullis, Emma J. Tullis, Edna Browning Tullis, Leroy Tullis, Robert Bruce Tullis, and Blanche Della Tullis. Jeff includes numerous photos of the family, copies of their Family Bible, and obituaries.

I hope youíve already noticed the striking portrait of David L. Tullis (1808-1876) on the cover of this issue. There arenít many of us who can claim beautiful oil paintings of our Tullis ancestors, but the descendants of David Tullis can! Several years ago I had noticed a reference in Zola Hardyís book, Tullis and Allied Families, in which she mentioned an oil painting made in 1873 of this David Tullis which was then in the possession of Emily (Tullis) Little. I discovered that Emily had passed away in 1998 and I wondered what had become of the painting. I still donít know the answer to that question, but then several months ago I heard from Phil Little and learned that he had an exact copy of that painting which was made a few years after the original. Philís story of these two portraits is presented in this issue, followed by his photos of the familyís gravestones in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Finally, I also made contact with Jonathan Tullis of Oregon just a few months ago. It turns out that Jonathan is a descendant of David L. Tullis. But more interesting is that Jonís late great-uncle, Dr. John Louis Tullis, was very interested in his family tree, had done quite a bit of research, and had written a manuscript documenting the family tree of his father, Bertram Thomas Tullis. (In an interesting coincidence, my late father, Dr. I. Frank Tullis, knew Dr. John L. Tullis, since they were both physicians interested in the Tullis family tree.) So this issue begins a series presenting Johnís manuscript, starting with information about Jonathan Tullis (a son of Moses and Mary Elizabeth Tullis) and Jonathanís son Ezra. The series will continue in the next issue.

Thomas S. Tullis, Editor

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