A Family History Newsletter
Volume 2, Number 2
2nd Quarter 2003
Melvin Thomas Tullis (1873-1943)
by Helen Tullis, 110 Martha St., Winder, GA 30680-2024;
Melvin Thomas Tullis was born June 6, 1873, in Gwinnett
County, Georgia. He was an only child, born to Mahulda (Hulda) Tullis.
Mahulda was the fourth child born to Moses and Nancy C. Tullis. Although
Moses was born in Lincoln County, GA, they relocated to Gwinnett County and
were found in the Hog Mountain District in the early 1800ís. Mahulda being
the 4th child of Moses, and also the 4th
daughter, probably made it hard on Moses trying to farm with all daughters.
Nonetheless, these girls are shown working in the fields. Then came 6
brothers to Mahulda making a total of 10 children of Moses and Nancy:
Mary Polly Tullis b. 1842 d. 10-18-1922
Maria Tullis b. 1843
Emily Tullis b. 8-17-1845 d. 3-23-1916
Mahulda Tullis b. 2-1846 d. 1-31-1905
Moses S. Tullis b. 6-25-1848 d. 1-26-1922
John S. Tullis b. 7-1-1849
William Holby (W.H.)(Bill) Tullis b. 1-9-1852 d.
James Washington Tullis b. 2-16-1856 d. 10-3-1932
Thomas Tullis b. 1857 d. 1890-1900
Alexander S. Tullis b. 5-1862 d. after 1910
In 1873, Mahulda had Melvin out of wedlock. His father is
unknown. Moses evidently helped raise him, as he is shown living in the same
household in 1880. Melvin was a farmer and of Baptist Faith, as were Moses
and Mahulda. They lived around the Hog Mountain Community all their lives.
Melvin married Francis L. Hannah, b. April 1873, on Feb.
20, 1896, in Gwinnett Co., Lawrenceville, GA. He was 22 years old. Francis
passed away on June 29, 1917, at age 44, leaving Melvin to raise several
young children. They had 7 children together:
Infant b. and d. before 1900
Infant b. and d. before 1900
Charlie Milton (1898-1968)
Effie Victoria (1901-1963)
Homer Lawson (1903-1950)
Silvey Lee (1905-1972)
Earnest Harvey (1908-1975)
Melvin died on April 25, 1943 at the age of 69. The cause
of death was apoplexy. He was buried in The Old Hog Mountain Cemetery in
Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Melvinís grandfather, Moses, was born approximately
1817-1818 in Lincoln County, GA, but I have not been able to identify his
parents. Any help would be appreciated. He had a brother named John Tullis
who married Mary (another John & Mary). John was b. 4-3-1810, d.
8-8-1883. He also is believed to have had a sister named Elizabeth living
next to him in 1850 in Gwinnett County. She married Prettyman Berry in 1847.
It appears very likely that this Moses Tullis was a
grandson of Moses and Letitia Tullis of Lincoln Co, GA, and Edgefield, SC.
However, his parents are unknown. His mother appears to have been named
Sarah. In addition to siblings John and Elizabeth mentioned above, it
appears likely that he had a brother Simpson Tullis (b. about 1812)(who
married Mary Wing) and a sister Mary Tullis (b. about 1800)(who married John
This article is abstracted from a book that Helen Tullis wrote entitled
"Melvin Thomas Tullis: Ancestors and Descendants". Additional
abstracts will be published in future issues of the newsletter.
Melvin Thomas Tullis
The Melvin Thomas Tullis Family
Photo taken about 1926 in Gwinnett County, Georgia
L-R: Back Row: Effie Victoria (Tullis) Stewart, Silvey
Lee Tullis, Annie Mae (Stewart) Tullis (wife of Homer) holding James Tullis,
Homer Lawson Tullis holding Amy Lou Tullis, Lena Adell (Vanderford) Tullis
(wife of Charlie Tullis) holding Gladston Alfred "Jack" Tullis.
Middle Row: William Green Stewart (husband of Effie Tullis), Melvin Thomas
Tullis, Charlie Milton Tullis. Front Row: Melvin Lamar Stewart (son of Effie
Tullis and Green Stewart), Anna Lou Tullis (daughter of Charlie and Lena
Tullis), and Albert Lee Tullis (son of Charlie and Lena Tullis).
Charlie and Lena Tullis with two of their children,
Vera Maude and Charlie Milton Jr.
Photo taken about 1942.
Earnest Harvey Tullis and his wife Annie Mae Williams
Silvey Lee, Charlie Milton, and Earnest Harvey Tullis: