A Family History Newsletter

Volume 4, Number 1

1st Quarter 2005


Mary Jane “Jennie” Tullis and Martin Luther Smith

Mary Jane “Jennie” Tullis was born about Nov. 1848 in Indiana, a daughter of Jesse H. Tullis, Jr., and his first wife Lydia Ann Mintonye. Jennie appears with the family in the 1850 census in Tippecanoe Co, IN. Jesse’s father, Jesse Sr, was a son of Michael Ezra Tullis.

Jennie and Martin married on October 16, 1867, in Danville, Vermilion Co, IL. They had four children who lived to adulthood: Martin Luther Smith, Jr. (b. abt. 1869), Fritz E. Smith (b. Jan. 13, 1876), Max T. Smith (b. abt. 1883), and Jennie Lucille Smith (b. Oct. 1887). Jennie ran a successful millinery business in Winchester, IL, for over twenty years.

Martin Luther Smith was born near Lebanon, Warren Co, Ohio, on May 23, 1836, a son of Samuel Smith and his wife Mary. He worked for the railroad for a number of years. After marrying Jennie in 1867, they moved to Springfield, IL, and later to Winchester, IL. He became a prosperous businessman, with interests in a grain business and the Winchester Milling Company, where he became its Superintendent. He also served as Winchester’s City Treasurer.

A short biography, and a photo, of Martin are contained in the Standard Atlas of Scott County, Illinois, 1903 (page 120), published by Geo. A. Ogle & Co, Chicago. That biography was one of the first clues that helped me figure out who the “M. L. Smith” and “Jennie Tullis” pictured in the album were.


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