A Family History Newsletter

Volume 4, Number 1

1st Quarter 2005


William Henry Tullis and Sarah Jane “Sadie” Malone

William Henry Tullis was born 2 June 1840 in Indiana, eldest son of Jesse H. Tullis, Jr., and his first wife Lydia Ann Mintonye. He appears with the family in the 1850 census in Tippecanoe Co, IN.

William served with the Union Army during the Civil War, enlisting as a Sergeant on 14 June 1861 with Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment of Indiana. He received a disability discharge from the same unit on 2 February 1863, apparently having been wounded.

William married a Susan G. King on 3 Nov 1863 in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana; however, that marriage was short-lived. On 5 Jul 1864 he married a widow, Sarah Jane “Sadie” Malone in Vermillion Co, Indiana. Sarah had previously been married (on 13 March 1856) to a William O. Norris.

William died on 13 Dec 1889 at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where he had gone for this health.

Sarah Jane “Sadie” Malone was born about 1838 in Indiana. Her parents are not known. However, the intriguing possibility that this photo raises is that she may have been Native American, as suggested by her facial features, long braided hair, beaded earrings, and unusual necklace.

By 1880, the couple had settled in Girard, Kansas, where they appear in the census. No children are listed. William’s occupation is given as “Works on hay press”.

In 1890, Sarah filed for a Civil War widow’s pension in Kansas after William’s death in 1889. Sarah died on 24 December 1909 in Girard, Crawford Co, Kansas. Apparently the couple did not have any children that lived to adulthood.


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