A Tullis Photo Album
Photos supplied by Stephen Altic; text and research by Thomas S. Tullis
Editorís Note: Several months ago I was contacted by Dr. Stephen Altic who had purchased an old photographic album from the Troy, Ohio, area. Dr. Altic collects photos of Civil War soldiers, at least three of whom are included in the album. But he contacted me because many of the individuals pictured were named "Tullis". Thankfully, almost all of the individuals pictured were identified, although often just by first initials and last name. After a little research, I was able to determine that this album probably belonged to Oliver M. Tullis, who was a photographer in Troy and took many of the pictures himself. The photos include him and his wife, their children, all of Oliverís siblings who lived to adulthood along with their spouses, and many of Oliverís nieces and nephews. On the following pages the photos are reproduced by family group. Iím very grateful to Dr. Altic for sharing these with us.
This is the index included at the front of the album. These numbers are given for all of the subsequent photos in this article. (Note that the numbers for the left-hand column have been added because the original numbers were too close to the binding to be seen.)
These two pictures would have been quite a mystery if the exact same photos had not been included in Zola Hardyís book, Tullis and Allied Families, identified as William Tullis and his wife Sarah Barbee. (They were also reproduced in Tullis Trees, Vol. 1, No. 4, in much lower quality than shown here, along with photocopies of their Family Bible.) William and Sarah were the parents of Sarah S. Tullis, wife of Oliver M. Tullis. (Oliver and Sarah were also cousins.) So it makes sense that they might be included in this album. One mystery is that none of the other records we have seen give any indication that she went by any name other than Sarah. And Charlie seems like a bit of an odd nickname for a woman, especially back then. Another mystery is that Sarah died in 1857, as indicated by her gravestone in Rose Hill Cemetery in Troy, OH. That is before this type of photograph (Carte-de-Visite or CDV) was available in the U.S. It is possible that this was a copy of an earlier Daguerreotype.
James and Malissa were married on Nov. 18, 1841, in Troy, Miami Co, OH. They had two children that we know of: Olivia A. (b. abt. 1843) and Cyrus William (b. abt. 1854).
Olivia A. LeFevre and Philemon Dickinson married in 1862 in Miami Co, OH (license #09054). They had two children: Henry Clarence (b. abt. 1865) and Laura/Lutie (b. abt. 1867). It appears likely that Olivia died before 1880, as Philemon is found in the 1880 census in Indianapolis, IN, with a younger wife Emma, as well as Clarence and Laura, and a new daughter, Mary (age 3). It appears that Henry Clarence married a Cora B. and had children Louisa E. (b. abt. 1892) and Mary B. (b. abt. 1896). Like his father, Henry Clarence Dickinson was in the music business, serving as Manager and Vice President of a piano manufacturer in Chicago (possibly the Gulbransen-Dickinson Company). (Note that photos of an older "Mr. Dickinson" (#18) and "Mrs. Dickinson" (#19) are included in the album right before Philemonís photo. It is possible they are his parents.)
Susannah Tullis and Joseph Warner were married on August 12, 1845, in Miami Co, OH. They had four children: Edgar T. (b. 1845), Charles F. (b. 1851), Mary E. (b. abt. 1855), and Luella/Ella (b. abt. 1865).
It is believed that Edgar T. Warner served for the Union Army during the Civil War in Co. F. of the 147th Ohio Infantry. Records indicate that an "E. F. Warner" enlisted on 5/2/1864 as a Private in the 147th and mustered out on 8/30/1864. (Note that Oliver M. Tullis also served in the 147th Ohio Infantry, and the photo of Edgar Warner is inscribed on the back "Presented O.M.T.", indicating that Oliver took the photo and gave it to him.) Edgar married a Louisa M. and had children Horace (b. 1872), Clarence (b. 1874), and Willie (b. abt. 1874).
Charles F. Warner married a Sarah Katherine and had children Belle S. (b. 1878) and Pansy E. (b. 1885).
Nothing more is known about Mary E. Warner or Luella/Ella Warner.
Emma Tullis appears with the family in the 1860 census but not again. She may have married, moved away, or died before the 1870 census.
Mary A. Tullis apparently never married. She is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, Miami Co, OH.
Callie May Tullis married Frank Walter Tenney (b. 1860) on Oct. 26, 1882. They had three children: Roy Tullis Tenney (b. 1884), Leila E. Tenney (b. 1886), and Arthur Francis Tenney (b. 1906). Callie and Frank are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, Miami Co, OH.
No further information can be found for the youngest daughter, Maggie Tullis.
Andrew Tullis and Matilda Bush were married on November 2, 1848. They had eight children: Woodford B. (b. abt. 1849), Mary (b. abt. 1852), Clara (b. abt. 1855), Charles A. (b. abt. 1858), William Lincoln (b. 1860), Oliver Grant (b. 1864), Ada M. (b. abt. 1868), and Ruby (b. abt. 1873). Like his older brother, Oliver, Andrew was a photographer, and at least one of the photos in this album was taken by him. Also note the very strong resemblance between the two brothers. Matilda and three of their children appear in the 1880 census without Andrew, and Matilda is listed as a widow, indicating that Andrew died before 1880. Matilda appears in the 1910 and 1920 censuses in Los Angeles, CA, with her son William.
Many of the children of Andrew and Matilda moved to Los Angeles, CA, by about 1880. Interestingly, several of them worked as jewelers or watch-makers (following in the footsteps of Matildaís father who was also a jeweler). Woodford B. Tullis married Mary N. Behn and had two children: Laura and Roy Wilfred. Charles A. Tullis married Lucinda Franklin and had four children: Ione G., Wesley Oliver, Roland Lester, and Winifred. William Lincoln Tullis married an Elizabeth K. later in life and did not have children. Oliver Grant Tullis married Catherine "Cassie" Anna Isenhart and had a daughter Olive Catherine.
Home of Oliver Grant Tullis in Santa Monica, CA (1910), from the L. A. Public Library's Regional History Collection.
Sylvester Tullis and Elizabeth Campbell were married on March 10, 1851, in Miami Co, OH. They had two children that we know of: Mary Malissa (b. abt. 1858/59) and James William (b. 1863). By 1870, the family had moved to Jefferson Co, Kansas. James William married a Delia H. and had three children: Bessie (b. abt. 1892), Frank M. (b. abt. 1893), and Edgar H. (b. abt. 1895). James died in Portland, Oregon, on February 21, 1934.
Catherine Elizabeth Tullis and Joseph Wright were married on October 25, 1855, in Miami Co, OH. They had three children that we know of: Clara B. (b. abt. 1857), Charles F. (b. abt. 1859), and Mary L. (b. abt 1866). Joseph was a shoemaker. Catherine is listed as a widow in the 1880 census, with only her daughter Mary living with her, indicating that Joseph had probably died before 1880.
On backs of photos #4, 12, 14, 15, and 34.
On back of photo #35.
Back of photo #39.
On back of photos #10 and 36.
Back of photo #32. The revenue stamp dates this photo to the period 1864-1866.