David Tulles (1787-1860),
|Myers Hall, the first building built at Wittenberg College in 1845.|
In 1842, David was elected to the first Board of Directors of Wittenberg College (now University), which was responsible for the founding of the college in Springfield, Ohio, in 1845.
Susanna died September 25, 1831. David's half brother, William, never married and at only 41 years old, passed away on December 15, 1833. David's wife, Elizabeth, died July 12, 1849. All three are buried in the Tulles family plot in Hopewell (Kackley) cemetery in Pleasant City, Guernsey County, Ohio, along with three of David and Elizabeth's children.
On December 20, 1849, David married Nancy Roush, a Senecaville milliner. In 1850, he traded his Ohio property for a large tract of land near Batavia, Locust Grove Township, Jefferson County, Iowa, and he and Nancy moved to Iowa. Seven of David and Elizabeth's children followed him to Iowa. In 1853, David was licensed as a Lutheran minister and ordained in September of 1855. He died August 29, 1860 and was buried in the Batavia Cemetery.
David and Elizabeth's twelve children, all born in Ohio, were Jehu, Mary, Sarah, Catherine, Susannah, John, Perry, Maria, Elizabeth, Lavina, Rachel and David. Unfortunately, I have only found photos of two of their children: Rachel and Perry.
Rachel (Tulles) Lawson, daughter of David and Elizabeth
Perry Tulles (son of David and Elizabeth Tulles) and
his wife Sarah Wheeler.
Submitted by Diane Kelly (e-mail: mamacita97008 @ yahoo.com), a descendant of Perry Tulles. Sources included county records, David's September 14, 1860, obituary in The Lutheran Observer (see next page), Lorena Hyde (descendant of Rachel), Donn Cochran (descendant of Perry) and Layne Secrist, related through Elizabeth (Secrest) Tulles' brother, Valentine.
The Lutheran Observer, Baltimore, Maryland - Sept. 14, 1860
For the Lutheran Observer
Messrs. Editors:--On last Thursday, the 30th ult., we buried Rev. D. Tulles, of Batavia, Iowa. After a most painful illness of several weeks, he calmly fell asleep in Jesus on the 29th ult. During his entire sickness he manifested the greatest patience and the most implicit confidence in the truths and promises of that Gospel which he had so earnestly preached to others.
Father Tulles was born in Hampshire Co., Virginia, in the year 1787, and hence, at the time of his death, he was over seventy-three years of age. In the year 1814 he removed to Guernsey Co., Ohio, where he united himself with the Lutheran church under the pastoral care of Rev. W.G. Keil, in the year 1828 or 1829. He was elected to the Ohio Legislature in the year 1831, and served one term. He also filled the office of judge of the court during two terms, one previous to, and one following his services in the Legislature. In the year 1849 he removed to Iowa, and in consequence of the great destitution of ministers in our church here, he consented to enter the ministerial ranks four years after his arrival. Few men have been more justly honored, or more universally esteemed than this good father in Israel. In the midst of the jarring and discordant elements of which our beloved Zion in the west is composed, he always labored to calm the rising storm and still the troubled waters. He never failed to counsel peace among brethren, and may heaven grant that those of us who revered him as a father, may not forget his admonitions now that his voice is hushed in death, and his spirit has returned to God who gave it.
As a husband and father he was kind and affectionate-as a friend he was
sincere, frank, and courteous-as a Christian he was firm, zealous, and
upcompromising-as a pastor he was earnest, laborious and self-denying-as
a preacher he was plain, but always instructive. For some time before
his death he had ceased to serve any particular congregation, though he
would occasionally preach in different localities. A large number of persons
followed his remains to their final resting place, and the solemn occasion
was improved by the writer from Matt., xxiv: 44-"Be ye also ready."
He has left a large but grown-up and scattered family to mourn his loss-but
they have the fullest assurance that they weep not as those who have no
hope; that which is their present loss is, without doubt, his eternal
gain. A. A.
Fairfield, Iowa, September 3, 1860.
Biography of David Tulles and his son Perry Tulles from Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa (1886), pages 372-373.
Gravestone of David Tulles (1787-1860), Batavia Cemetery,
Batavia, Jefferson Co, Iowa.
Gravestone of Elizabeth Secrest (1791-1849), wife of David Tulles, Hopewell (Kackley) Cemetery in Pleasant City, Guernsey County, Ohio. (Full-size image)
Gravestones of two of the children of David Tulles and Elizabeth Secrest: Jehu (1814-1827)(full-size image) and Maria (1824-1831)(full-size image). Hopewell (Kackley) Cemetery, Pleasant City, Guernsey County, Ohio.
Gravestone of Susanna McIlwee (McElwee) Clutter (1760-1831),
mother of David Tulles. Hopewell (Kackley) Cemetery, Pleasant City, Guernsey
County, Ohio. (Full-size image)