A Family History Newsletter

Volume 2, Number 4

4th Quarter 2003


John Tullis (1882-1935) and Families

by Helen Tullis (ahr6228@alltel.net), including information supplied by Betty Adkisson (BAdki15626@aol.com)

Editorís Note: This is the third in a series of excerpts from Helen Tullisí book, "Melvin Thomas Tullis: Ancestors and Descendants". John Tullis (1882-1935) was a brother of William Moses Tullis (1869-1939) who was profiled in the last issue.


John Tullis was born January 9, 1882, in Hog Mountain, Gwinnett Co, Georgia, to John S. Tullis and Susannah Jane Swafford. He was their fifth child. After the death of Susannah some time around 1886, John S. moved the family to Alabama, possibly to be near his sister, Emily, who lived in Marion Co, Alabama.

About 1905, John (the younger) married Carrie Willoughby, who was born about 1885 in Georgia. They had two daughters and two sons:

  1. Jewell Florence Tullis, born about 1908; died June 25, 1928, and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Haleyville, Winston Co, Alabama.

  2. John Paul Tullis, born about 1910.

  3. Herman Henderson Tullis, born October 21, 1911; died January 13, 1986, and is buried in Forrester's Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Randolph Co, Alabama.

  4. Wilber Sue Tullis, born about 1914; died March 1, 1991, and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Haleyville, Winston Co, Alabama.

On December 8, 1914, Carrie died at approximately 29 years of age. With four young children to raise, John married Nancy Brownie Oliver (born July 24, 1892, in Etowah Co, Alabama) on February 21, 1915, in Etowah Co, Alabama. John and Nancy had two children:

  1. Lillie Mae Tullis, born February 1, 1916.

  2. Jessie Frank Tullis, born May 13, 1921; died January 15, 1993, and is buried in Rainbow Memorial Gardens, Gadsden, Etowah Co, Alabama.

John died on December 1, 1935, at the age of 53. Nancy survived him by many years; she died on July 24, 1959. Both are buried in Shiloh Cemetery, Atalla, Etowah Co, Alabama.

John Tullis and his first wife Carrie (Willoughby), with their children (L-R): Herman Henderson, Jewell Florence, and John Paul. This photo was taken about 1912, before their fourth child, Wilber Sue, was born.


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