The Richard Tullis Family of
Columbiana County, Ohio
Part 11: Richard Daniel Morgan Tullis
by Carolyn Miller (carolyn_miller @ hotmail.com) and
Patricia Tullys (ptullys @ neo.rr.com)
Editors Note: This is the eleventh installment
of extracts from the book The Richard Tullis Family of Columbiana
County, Ohio by Carolyn Miller and Patricia Tullys (1989). In this
installment, we focus on the ninth child of Richard Tullis and Rachel
Barrett: Richard Daniel Morgan Tullis, pictured on the cover
of this issue.
RICHARD DANIEL MORGAN TULLIS
Richard Daniel Morgan Tullis, b. Aug. 4, 1834 d. Jan. 26, 1897
marr. Dec. 24, 1857
Louisa Maria Taylor b. 1838 d. Mar. 26, 1914
Five children: Wilfred, Seth, James, Sarah, Clarence.
For a long time any information about Richard Tullis was very sketchy.
As of this writing (May 1989), we still have no information about his
descendants except what was in the reunion history which is very incomplete.
Richard was born August 4 1834, the ninth child and namesake for his
father and Daniel Morgan a well known Revolutionary War hero. His name
has a nice ring to it and on his Civil War pension papers he uses both
of his middle initials. In 1850 the census has him listed as 16 years
old and working as a farmer. He was 22 when his parents died and not yet
married. On December 24, 1857, he married Louisa M. Taylor. (The Civil
War pension papers say she was not quite 17 years old at the time of the
marriage.) She does not appear to be a sister of James Taylor who married
Richard's sister Mary Elizabeth Tullis but possibly was a cousin.
An example of what conflicting information can be found on the census
is the data on Richard. He is on the 1860 census twice, both times in
Elkrun Township. However the information is somewhat different. On page
296 he is 26 years old and a farmer; Louisa is 18 and son Wilfred is one.
On page 300 Richard is 23 and a laborer; Louisa is 22 and Wilfred stayed
the same, one. He had gone to Iowa by 1870 so I didn't find him. The reunion
write-up said he died in Elk County, Kansas, so I looked there and found
him in 1880 in Paw Paw Township.
The only deeds for Richard D.M. Tullis in Columbiana County are after
the Civil War. On June 22, 1865 he and his sister Mary E. Tullis Taylor
bought lot 5 in Middleton from Jesse and Elizabeth Baker for $200. He
was not discharged from the Army until June 28, 1865, so perhaps his wife
and Mary E. had moved back to Columbiana County after the death of his
two sons. They died of Scarlet Fever, Seth on May 18 and James on June
14. I can picture the two saddened girls, Mary with two little girls and
Louisa with Will age six, moving back to wait for Richard. Or one of the
Tullis brothers could have found the property -for them. There were surely
letters going between Richard and the girls in May and June.
On March 12, 1867, Richard deeded his half of the Middleton property
to Mary for $100. This must have been when he joined the migration westward,
first to Iowa and then to Kansas. On a questionnaire that his son Charles
sent to Dr. Tulloss (the researcher), Charles says that he was born near
Thornburg, Iowa. Richard may have been the connection that led Mary and
her second husband, Lehman Woods, to Iowa.
The information on the 1880 census backed up the birth year of Louisa
as 1841 or 1842. There are four young people living in the family. Richard
should have had only three children since two sons had died of typhoid
fever while he was in the Civil War. First was Wilfred age 21, then Sarah
age 14, Charles age 7. The fourth was Frank H. Tullis, 25, nephew. After
putting the pieces together later, Frank turned out to be the son of Thomas
who had "gone west years ago" according to a family member.
Some information about others of the original 12 brothers and sisters
has been pieced together from courthouse records. That source turned out
to be a dead end in Richard's case because the courthouse in Elk County
burned in 1906 thus eliminating marriage records for his two surviving
sons or a probate record for Richard Daniel Morgan Tullis.
Richard's Civil War pension papers again were of some help. He joined
Co. D of 174th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, signing up at Marietta, Ohio,
on September 6, 1864. This was the same unit that his brother-in-law,
James Taylor was in. In the pension records of James Taylor lies the explanation
that Richard and Louisa were in Athens County, Ohio when Mary E. Taylor
had her first baby Eva. These same papers gave the answer to where Richard
was in Iowa in 1870. There is an affidavit from Louisa concerning Eva
Taylor's birth which came from Mahaska County Iowa. This is the same county
where his brother Charles lived for about one and a half years. It is
the next county west from where Mary and her second husband Lehman Woods
lived in Iowa. Charles came back to Ohio and Richard went on to Kansas.
Other information from the pension papers state that Richard was discharged
from the army at Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 28, 1865, so he was
in about nine months. His description was as being 5 ft. 10 in., of fair
complexion, and dark hair with grey eyes.
The medical records from the army have him left sick at Washington City
February 20 until April 22 1865, when he was returned to duty. There is
no information in the application papers about his sickness while in the
army. (I have been told that not all pension papers may be included in
the packet that is sent upon request from the National Archives. That
means that there may be some other paper that does mention his illness.
When he applied for an invalid pension, in 1891, he was 56 years old.
He was suffering .from chronic diarrhea, piles and heart disease, and
unable to work at his trade of painter. He was getting $12 per month at
the time of his death in 1897.
Two neighbors in Howard City signed an affidavit concerning Richard's
death which was part of the application for Louisa's widow's pension.
Mr. H.H. Bisbee and Noyes Barber were present the evening Richard was
found dead in his barn and helped carry him into the house. This was Howard
City, Kansas, on January 26, 1897. Also in her pension .file is another
affidavit concerning her financial status. "The only property she
has is one small house and lot valued at about $200. She has no one legally
bound to support her." This was filed in April 1897.
Louisa continued to receive $12 a month as a widow's pension until her
death on March 4, 1914.
Richard D. M. Tullis probably worked hard all his life, until his illness
prevented his working. He left little behind him in the way of personal
possessions. Of the five children born to him and Louisa, only two survived
to marry. Seth and James died a month apart with scarlet fever while Richard
was still in the Army. Sarah died in Kansas when she was about 16 years
old. So far, the families of Wilfred and Charles have not been located.
The children of Richard Daniel Morgan Tullis
I.1 Wilfred Aretas Tullis married Eva Daughterty
Children: I.11 Winola.
I.2 Seth Thomas Tullis died of Scarlet Fever
I.3 James Edwin Tullis died of Scarlet Fever
I.4 Sarah Adda Tullis about 16 years old when she died
I.5 Charles Clarence Tullis married Nellie Downey
Children: I.51 Viola.
First child of Richard D. M. Tullis
I1 Wilfred Aretas Tullis b. Dec. 15, 1858 d.
marr. Eva Daughterty b.
One child: Winola.
I11 Winola Cleo Tullis b
Second child of Richard D. M. Tullis
I2 Seth Thomas Tullis b. d. May 18, 1865 (from Scarlet Fever)
Third child of Richard D. M. Tullis
I3 James Edwin Tullis b. d. June 14, 1865 (Scarlet Fever)
Fourth child of Richard D. M. Tullis
I4 Sarah Adda Tullis b. Aug. 6, 1866 d. Sept.13 1882
Fifth child of Richard D. M. Tullis
15 Charles Clarence Tullis b. Apr.30, 1873
marr. June 12, 1906, Nellie Downey b.
One child: Viola.
Dr. Reess E. Tulloss sent questionnaires asking for family information.
They are on the microfilm of his genealogy files. Among them is one from
Charles C. Tullis, Jackson, Michigan. The birth dates for Richard's children
are on it and the information about Charles. There was none of this in
the reunion book and we have been unable to locate either of his two sons.
Since both sons had daughters, they will be hard to trace. We have no
idea where to look for them, anyway.
One very interesting bit of information came from Charles. He says that
he has his great, great, great grandfather Richard Tullis's horse pistol
that he had earned in the Revolutionary War. That was the Richard in Bedford
County, Virginia who was a Quaker. I never thought that he would have
fought in the Revolution because of his religious beliefs. This information
just surfaced in July 1989 so it will have to be researched later.
I51 Viola Marie Tullis b. Apr. 20, 1905
Charles C. Tullis World War I Draft Registration Card
Application by Richard D. M. Tullis for Disability Pension
His Civil War Service
Affidavit for Widows Pension by Louisa M. Tullis