Thomas Monroe Tullis Family
of Cherokee County, Texas
Photos and information provided by Edgar & Nancy
Bice and Susan (Bice) Bulcken, Dickinson, TX (sbulcken @ aol.com)
Thomas Monroe Tullis was born 15 July 1872 in Alto, Cherokee
County, Texas. He was the oldest child who lived to adulthood of James
Monroe Tullis and Mary Elizabeth Singletary. His father, James Monroe
Tullis, was born 27 January 1839 in Coosa County, Alabama, a son of Newell
Tullis (1799 - 1873) and Mary Elizabeth White Rainey (1801 - aft. 1841).
The birth of James was recorded in the Family Bible of his parents, which
was published in Family Puzzlers, Aug 30, 1979, No. 619, p. 19.
Note that James was a first cousin of the James Monroe Tullis (born 1822)
who was profiled in Tullis
Trees, Vol. 1, No. 1 (March 2002), pp. 4-13.
By 1850, Newell and Elizabeth had settled their family in Rusk County,
Texas, where they appear in the 1850 census, including their 11-year-old
son, James. On 15 July 1858, James married Nancy Ann Harvey in Rusk Co
and they appear there in the 1860 census. James and Nancy had two daughters,
Julia Ann and Addie. Along with his brother, Gilbert Gibson Tullis (b.
1835), James served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War in Wauls
Texas Legion, Company E. Shortly after the war, Nancy died on 22 April
1867. On 5 Nov. 1868, James married Mary Elizabeth Singletary (b. 1845)
and by 1870 they had settled in neighboring Cherokee County, where they
appear in the census. James and Mary Elizabeth had five children: George
A. (abt. 1870 - bef. 1880), Thomas Monroe (1871-1921), Peggy Ann (1873-1943),
Henry Singletary (1876-1915), and James Johnson (1879-1956). James Monroe
Tullis died at the age of 40 on 5 March 1879, a month before the birth
of his last child, James.
|Mary Elizabeth Singletary (1845-1920), mother of
Thomas Monroe Tullis. (Full-sized
||Gravestone of Thomas Monroes parents, Shiloh
Cemetery, west of Alto, Cherokee Co, TX. (Full-sized