An American Family History

Mary Humphreys Tullis

In 1607 the London Company established Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony.

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

Mary Humpreys Tullis was born about 1756. She was the daughter of John and Susannah Humphreys.

She married Michael Tullis about 1777 in Virginia. Michael was born in February, 1756 in New Jersey. He was the son of son of Moses Tullis.

Michael enlisted in Captain Hugh Stephenson's Company of Virginia Rifles shortly after the Battle of Bunker Hill. The company of volunteers, usually referred to as the Berkeley County Rifles, later became part of the 6th Virginia Regiment under Col. William Dark. He reenlisted for three years and served in Captain Daniel Culp's Company. He served in Captain Livingston's "Life Guards" ‎(Gen. Washington's bodyguard.)‎ He participated in the battles of Staten Island, Brandywine, and Germantown.

Mary and Michael's children included:
Aaron Tullis (about 1778, died young),
John L. Tullis (1778),
Jesse Harvey Tullis (1780, married Jane Carlisle),
David Tullis (1785, died young),
Minnie Tullis (1786), and
Mary Tullis (about 1786).

Mary died about 1790 in Washington County, Tennessee.

Michael married Elizabeth Jones in 1791 and they relocated to Indiana.

In his pension application, Michael testified that he had 18 children.

Children of John and Susannah Humphreys
  • William Humphreys
  • David Humphreys
  • Richard Humphreys
  • Moses Humphreys
  • Mary Humpreys Tullis
  • Jesse Humphreys
  • Elizabeth Humphreys Greenway
  • Elisha Humphreys
  • George Humphreys
  • The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.



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    from Tullis Trees

    Michael Tullis appeared before the court in Brookville, Franklin County, on September 19, 1827. Michael was “aged about seventy-one years" and a resident of the county. The remainder is Michael’s sworn testimony. He states that he was born in the month of February 1756 in New Jersey.

    He enlisted for one year in 1775 in Berkeley County, Virginia, in the company commanded by Captain Hugh Stinson [Stephenson], in the 8th Infantry Regiment of Virginia of the Continental Army. He was then honourably discharged in 1776 and reenlisted in the same 8th Regiment for a period of three years under Capt. Daniel Culp, except for the last year which was under Capt. Livingston.


    Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

    Ohio The Crossroad of our Nation: Records & Pioneer Families, April-June 1963 Volume IV No. II, published by Esther Weygandt Powell

    The Tullis family were among the first arrivals in Miami County, Ohio and came north from Warren County in 1805. Aaron Tullis [b. 1753] was one of 14 children born to Moses and Mary Elizabeth (Van Dyke) Tullis.

    Aaron served in the Revolution in Hugh Stephenson's Company of Berkely Riflemen. Aaron was first married to Jean (?), and 8 children were born to them: Sarah, Aaron, Jr., Stephen, John, William, Caty, David R. and Joel. Aaron married second Sarah Thomson and a son John Thomson Tullis was born to them.

    In 1813, Aaron deeded 40 acres and 23 poles of his land to the Town Directors of Troy for $120.30, and this land became a part of the present day city of Troy.

    Sarah (Thomson) Tullis died on July 2, 1816, and on October 3, 1816, Aaron married for a third time Mary (Smith) Barbee, daughter of Adam and Elizabeth Smith. Two of Mrs. Barbee's daughters, Sarah and Susannah, had married two of Aaron's sons, William and David.

    Aaron Tullis died October 29, 1840 aged 87. He is buried with his second wife Sarah in the old Rose Hill Cemetery in Troy. His third wife, Mary Barbee Tullis, passed away September 7, 1845. She is buried in the old Barbee Cemetery north of Troy.

    Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.


    Will of Elizabeth Jones Tullis
    State of Indiana, Jay County

    Before me Levi Denny, clerk of the court of Governors Place of Jay County, personally appeared this day Moses W. Tullis, who being duly sworn upon his oath, says that Elizabeth Tullis, his late mother died on the 13th day of November 1852. That at the time of her death she was entitled to a pension from the goverment of the United States for services of her late husband in the Revolutionary War, amounting as near as can be ascertained by this deponent, to about five hundred dollars, which is all the property that
    she died possessed of, as the informed said further that she died leaving the following usual persons, her heirs at law to wit;

    Samuel Tulls, age 57 years,
    David Tulls, age 53 years,
    Isaac Tullis, age 51 years,
    Mariah Chamberland, age 45 (formerly Tullis), who has intermarried with Allrad Chamberland,
    Margaret Hardraker (late Tullis), age 38 years, who has intermarried with Elliason Hardracker,
    Moses W. Tullis, age 35 years,

    Thomas Tullis age 24,
    Maria Butterfield (late Tullis), age 22 years who has intermarried with Franklin Butterfield
    Sarah Shepherd (late Tullis) age 20, who has intermarried with [?] Shepherd.

    The said Thomas, Maria and Sara are children & heirs at law of Jonathan Tullis deceased, who was a son of the said Elizabeth Tullis deceased.

    Jeremiah Tullis, age 30 years,
    Mary Reed (late Tullis), age 20 years, who has intermarried with John Reed,
    Martha Polluck (late Tullis)), age 17 years, who has intermarried with William Polluck.

    The said Jeremiah, Mary and Martha are children & heirs at law of Thomas Tullis deceased, who was a son of said Elizabeth Tullis deceased.

    Moses W. Tullis

    Subscribed & sworn to before me this 18th day of February 1853.

    I.M. Denny, clerk

    East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.
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