A Family History Newsletter

Volume 2, Number 4

4th Quarter 2003


Sarah and John Tullis

Information and photos provided by Beverly J. Berrykeeper-Hoberg (bjberrykeeper@yahoo.com)

Editorís Note: A few months ago, I was contacted by Beverly J. Berrykeeper-Hoberg with some information that I think helps establish a key link between the Tullises of Gwinnett Co, GA, and Moses Tullis (1750-1817) of SC. It has been widely assumed that John M. Tullis (b. 1810), Moses Tullis (b. 1818), and Elizabeth Tullis Berry (b. 1822), were all siblings and grandchildren of Moses Tullis of SC. Further, their motherís name was Sarah, but the father was not known. The following fascinating letter that Beverly transcribed appears to link that Sarah, who was an Indian, with a John Tullis, who we now believe was a son of Moses Tullis of SC. Beverly also provided copies of photos of Sarah and Elizabeth.


Dr. James Coleson
South Carolina
12th, March, 1822

This very day of 12th, March, Sarah Tillis, Indian wife of John Tillis, was gathering in the foothills when she wrapped her infante childe in itís blanket and laid the childe down to sleep. Mrs. Tillis continued to gather in her basket when she heard her infant cry out. When Mrs. Tillis turned, a large catamount [mountain lion] had stolen her infant childe in itís blanket and tooken the childe at a run into a shallow cave. Though naturally reserved and silent, Mrs. Tillis chased the catamount down and fought the beaste with a limb from a tree for the return of her childe. I examined the childe today and the wounds of the childe are simple and not likely to cause illness, although Mrs. Tillis insists on doctoring the wounds herself with Indian remedies. I see no harm in this action. I will check on the infant childe tomorrow noon.

Left: Sarah Tullis (abt 1775-1856); Right: Elizabeth (Tullis) Berry (abt 1822-1862), daughter of Sarah.


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