Is actually the family of my wife!    Florence Myrtle TULL is my wife’s grandmother.

I’m proud to say Myrtle TULL is my grandmother-in-law.



This TULL FAMILY page is dedicated to my grandmother-in-law Florence Myrtle TULL

one of the warmest, kindest persons I have ever known.




When I started genealogy research on my grandmother-in-law's TULL family all she was able to tell me was that her father was named Billy TULL and her grandfather's name was Tommy TULL.     From these meager beginnings and with the help of the TULL on-line researcher group and family members, I have found that the TULL family is extremely interesting and diverse.     This hard working and honorable family appears to have descended from two TULL ancestors (Richard & Thomas) that migrated to America from England.     Some will say that Richard & Thomas were brothers and some will say they are cousins.     Time and further research may uncover this mystery but hard work will be the key to unlock the doors of documentation if they still exist.     Until then I will outline what I believe to be the ancestry of my grandmother-in-law and know she would be proud with the result.



Richard TULL, born between 1645-1650 in Midgham, Berkshire, England was my wife's 9th great-grandfather. Richard was transported to America in 1664 by Col. William Waters.

Note: The year Richard was transported in 1664 was only 44 years after the very first colonized settlement in America at Jamestown, Virginia in 1620.

He first married Martha Rhodes on March 9, 1671 in Somerset County, Maryland. Richard died June 11, 1711 in Somerset County, Maryland. Martha was the daughter of Dr. John Rhodes & his wife Katherine and was born March 6, 1653/54 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. (Dr. Rhodes was killed by Indians in 1673).. After Martha's death in 1694 Richard remarried in 1700 to Margaret Polk, daughter of Robert Bruce Polk & Magdalen Tasker. Richard's marriage to Margaret Polk produced one son; Solomon.

Richard & Martha's marriage was blessed with ten children; Rachel; Richard II; George; John; William; Benjamin; Elizabeth; Mary; Sarah; & Richard, Jr. All children except Richard, Jr. were born in Annamessex, Somerset County, Maryland. Richard, Jr. was born at Dividing Creek, Somerset County, Maryland.

Richard first patented land on June 12, 1664 in what was later Northampton County, Virginia. Richard was a "planter". After seven years tending to both Col. Waters & his own land in Virginia, Richard (& Thomas), then "transported" themselves and received 50 acres of land in Maryland. They jointly purchased the land called "Salisbury" from Dr. John Rhodes. This land was on the north side of the Annamessex River, south of Manokin/Tull's/Holland's Creek. Later, Richard bought Thomas' portion and also bought 500 acres of land just northwest of the current city of Pocomoke, on the north side of the Pocomoke River.

To learn more about Martha's parents John Rhodes & Katherine click this. (Later)



George TULL was born May 27, 1677 in Annamessex, Somerset County, Maryland. George is assumed to have married first Hannah Noble daughter of William Noble & Jennett Unknown, about the year1700. Hannah died in about 1731. George married for the second time in about the year 1732 to Elizabeth Dorman daughter of Samuel Dorman & Catherine Stevens. George died about April 14, 1747 in Somerset County, Maryland. The children of George & Hannah are; Sarah; Mary; Rachel; William III; Noble; George II; Jonathan I; & Levin.

Children from the marriage of George & Elizabeth are; Hannah; Leah; Mary I; George III & Jacob.

George TULL had considerable "differences" with his children, especially his sons Jonathan, Noble & William. George tried and was successful in varying degrees to disinherit them. Considerable amounts of court records are available which document the family problems.




William TULL III was born about the year 1707 in Somerset County, Maryland. William married first in about 1727 to Elizabeth Fountaine possible daughter of Nicholas Fountain & Hannah Bosman. This short marriage produced two children; Jonathan Nicholas IV; and William. Elizabeth died about 1732. William TULL III married second to Margaret Richertts. It is unknown if the second marriage produced any children? William TULL III was reported to be a ships captain and was lost at sea in the Baltic in about 1740.



Judene's 6th great-grandfather Jonathan Nicholas TULL IV (aka "Old John Nick), was born May 10, 1725 in Somerset County, Maryland. In 1743 Jonathan married Elizabeth DULL likely daughter of Christoffel DOLL/DULL & Sarah SCHUCH. Elizabeth died of consumption in 1797. Jonathan died on November 2, 1813. Both died in Stokes (now) Forsyth County, North Carolina and are buried at the Concord Methodist Church Cemetery. This union was blessed with three children; Jonathan V; William; & John Frederick.



Jonathan Nicholas TULL V (aka One Eyed Jack), was born in the year 1745 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In about 1764 Jonathan married Mary Margaret FORREST daughter of William Forrest & Lovina Gresham. Jonathan died March 13, 1825. Mary died in 1799. Both are buried at the Concord Methodist Church Cemetery, Stokes now Forsyth County, North Carolina. This union was blessed with eight children; Elizabeth; George; William Abraham; Daniel Forrest; John Nicholas VI; Luvinia; Mary; & Sally.

An interesting family hand-me-down story is as follows:

The Indians called him "One eyed Jack", the trader who was a friend of the Indians. One-eyed Jack was what they called him because when he lived in Stokes Co., during the revolution, the British had stolen a lot of horses in Stokes. He and a group of men went after the horses. They surprised the British in camp at a place called Hanging Rock, and they defeated the British who ran for cover. But, in the British camp the men found a barrel of whiskey and they became so intoxicated that they were not aware of the return of the British who quickly defeated them, with a lot of lives lost. He lost his right eye in that skirmish and had to wear a patch for the rest of his life.


To learn more about the family of Mary Margaret FORREST click here.



My wife's 4th great-grandfather, John Nicholas TULL VI was born in the Bethabera District on the Yadkin (River), of lower Stockes, Stokes County, North Carolina on October 1, 1775. John married Susanna Baugh about 1791 in Stokes County, North Carolina. Susanna was the daughter of Jeremiah Baugh & Milly Shepherd. John died in about 1861 or after at Jack's Creek, Henderson County, Tennessee. Susanna died about 1855 in Henderson County, Tennessee. Eight children were born to this union; Nicholas VII; John Thomas; Abraham II; Jonathan; Polly; George IV; Archibald; & Ann.

John served in both the War of 1812 & the Creek Indian War as a private then Lt.



Abraham TULL II was born about 1808 in or near Nashville, Tennessee. Abraham married first to Nancy Adaline JONES in 1833 in Henderson County, Tennessee. Nancy was born March 24, 1818 daughter of William Jones & Lucinda Unknown. After the death of Nancy Abraham married second to the widow Eliza A. Bennett on November 11, 1858 in Saline County, Arkansas. Eliza was previously married to Unknown Green. Abraham & Nancy were blessed with ten children; Thomas Marion; Elijah Archibald; Elizabeth Susan; Louis Henry; Unnamed Child; Sophia A.; Eliza Jane; Clara F.; Samuel Bennett; & Harriet Angemira. Abraham's marriage to Eliza produced one child; William H.. Abraham died December 26, 1862 in Salado, Bell County, Texas. Nancy died about October 28, 1858, probably Saline County, Arkansas and is buried in Saline County, Arkansas. Eliza died May 4, 1879 in Grant County, Arkansas and is buried in Marvins Chapel, Grant County, Arkansas.

Abraham & his brother Archibald were some of the first white settlers in Grant County, Arkansas just after 1841.


A very interesting story passed down by Gladys Forbes Richey is as follows and concerns the brothers Abraham & Archibald TULL:

This reference is from Gladys Forbes Richey in notes she recorded while conversing with Thomas Ephriam Tull before 1955. Thomas was the grandson of Daniel Forest Tull, who was Abraham Tull's uncle. "On Sand Creek, when my father (Nathan Forrest Tull) was just sixteen years old, something happened that he never forgot. The year would have been 1833 because father was sixteen. His uncle, John Nicholas Tull, came for a visit from Henderson Co., Tenn. with two of his sons, Abraham and Archibald or Archey. Not knowing that his brother Daniel had left Duck river, he went there first. His brother,

Abraham Tull, was living there but Daniel had rented his farm to William Forrest, and the Forrests had moved on to Mississippi leaving the farm empty except for a few slaves who stayed with the land. J.N. Tull had some trouble with his sons, Abe and Archey and he wanted to get them out of Henderson until things cooled down. Abe had fallen in with some promoters who held horse races and dog fights, with betting, and on Sundays. It caused trouble with both the law and the church. He tried to get his brother Abraham to keep his boys for a while. He had caught Archey making 'moon-eyes' at a slave girl. Abraham was not well and he would not take the boys, so, J.N. headed for Shelby Co., Illinois. As soon as he arrived and told grandfather (Daniel Forrest Tull) about the Forrests leaving, grandfather sent my uncle Joe back to Duck river to take over the family farm. Uncle Joe stayed about eight or ten years before selling out, freeing some slaves, and returning to Illinois. At first grandfather (Daniel) agreed to keep Abe and Archey for a year, but he soon changed his mind. He and his brother, J.N., went to church one Sunday and made the mistake of leaving the boys at home. They found the church about half-empty and a lot of whispering going on. When they returned home they found out why. Abe and Archey and my father who was the same age as Archey, had taken some of grandfather's horses and organized a horse race, with betting. They had to confess what they had done when they returned home with one of the horses so badly windbroken that it had to be shot. Grandfather (Daniel) told them that they were all 'aisels' (jackasses) and he told his brother to take his sons back where they came from and he would take care of his own boy. And he did. He had my father bend down over a stump, pulled his britches down, and laid on the hickory, in full view of many of the family. Worse still, it was my father's last year in school and he had to walk, regardless of

weather, while the others rode horseback. My father never forgot that lesson, but he always wondered what became of his uncle Nicholas and Abe and Archey.



Every June we have a TULL Family Reunion in Chilton, Texas for all descendants of Thomas Marion TULL and Amy CAPLE. Thomas was my wife's 2nd great-grandfather and the "Tommy TULL" that my grand mother-in-law remembered when I started this TULL Web Page at the very top of this page! Thomas was born November 11, 1836 in either Tennessee or Saline County, Arkansas. On August 30, 1853 Thomas and Amy Caple were married in Saline County, Arkansas. Thomas died on March 4, 1921 in Chilton, Falls County, Texas. Amy died January 30, 1919 also in Chilton, Falls County, Texas. Both are buried in the Powell-Tull Cemetery, three miles east of Chilton, Falls County, Texas.


View a genealogy report for all descendants of Thomas Marion TULL 

Report updated 5 August 2003




Born: 11 Nov 1836 in TN or Saline Co., AR?


Married: 30 Aug 1853 in Saline Co., AR to Amy Caple, by Amy’s uncle Ezekiel Hogue, a Methodist Minister & brother to her mother Elizabeth Hogue Caple, wife of William Caple, father of Amy.


Died: 4 Mar 1921 in Chilton, Falls Co., TX


Buried: Powell-Tull Cemetery, Falls Co., TX




Thomas Marion Tull served his country & his community well.    He served as an officer in the Army of the CSA in the Civil War, was an elected member of the Arkansas Legislature, a Justice of the Peace, a Church Music Director, a farmer, and a man of good Christian character.


Thomas Tull served in the Army of the CSA, Company H, First (Monroe’s), Arkansas Calvary.    He enlisted on 19 June 1862 at Benton, Saline Co., Arkansas, for a period of three years, as a Private and at the time he was wounded on 6 July 1862 was a Second Lieutenant.    Note: Serving in the same company was Thomas’ uncle Archibald Tull, a Private who was wounded near Pilot Knob, MO, 27 September 1864 and left in the hands of the enemy at the Battle Military Prison, then paroled from Alton,  (IL) Military Prison 15 June 1865.


This regiment was organized in 1862 and was also known as the First Trans Mississippi Cavalry.  Company H was a company made up of Saline County men who had not enlisted in the first wave in 1861.  This regiment was one of the units known as the First Arkansas Cavalry but the only one to be officially designated as such.    The men of Company H would spend the entire war in Arkansas, Missouri and Indian Territory under their officers Captain George Brown, First Lieutenant Leonard Tillery and Second Lieutenant Thomas Tull.


During late 1862 the Saline County soldiers fought in the battles of Northwest Arkansas.  Some of these were Cane Hill, Prairie Grove and Fayetteville.  After leaving winter camp they then ventured into Indian Territory and took part in the battles of Perryville and Scullyville in August of 1863.  In September they again fought in Arkansas at the battle of Devil's Backbone near Fort Smith, and at the battle of Jenny Lind.    Not until 1864 would this unit see any larger action other than brief encounters with enemy patrols.  In March of 1864 this regiment would play a major role in the Confederate victory at Mark's Mills.  Monroe's regiment could have also saved the day along with General Fagan's entire command at Jenkins Ferry had they stayed astride the Camden trail at that ferry.    While their fellow Saline Countians embarked with General Price on his Missouri Raid, Company H and the whole regiment stayed behind to protect the area around Benton.  They would roam as far as the Mississippi River dealing what destruction they could to the Union forces they might encounter.    On October 23, 1864 this regiment laid the perfect trap that would later be known as the Battle of Hurricane Creek.  In reality only a skirmish, the Confederates lay in ambush just across the creek on the Camden Trail.  Their line formed a large half circle with the furthest horsemen being right at the road.  The flanks curved around until they almost touched Hurricane Creek.  As the Union cavalry approached the ford known as Hunter's Crossing they moved warily since they had heard there was a Confederate force in the area.  Yet they rode ahead until they were in the jaws of the trap.  The confederates could see they were outnumbered and made a quick but savage attack killing two and seriously wounding ten others.  The Confederates then made a hasty retreat taking all their wounded with them.  The Union officer reported that they drove the Confederates in wild confusion and claimed to have killed twenty- three.  However, a wildly retreating army would not stop to remove the dead bodies so it is not true as to the number of Confederate deaths.  A local story provides a more truthful account and states that "four dead Confederates were found and some of the local people, not recognizing the dead soldiers, buried them in unmarked graves in the Bryant cemetery.  Later Crosses of Honor were placed over all four." At the present only one of these markers is still in place and one other is being repaired.  The marker on Highway 183 was taken from the official report of the Union officer and should not be taken for correct.


At the surrender of the Trans-Mississippi troops on June 2, 1865 at Galveston, Texas the Saline Countians in Monroe's Regiment were operating between Clear Lake and Dudley's Lake in southeast Arkansas.

They never surrendered and joined Crawford's Cavalry and the Missourians who were headed for Mexico.  At the Trinity River they also came home to Saline County along with the Saline Countians in Crawford's Regiment.



On June 30, 1914 The Benton Courier ran an article with the Headline: "AN OLD TIME RECORD" which gave the minutes of Organization of Lorance Singing Auxiliary on May 17, 1873 which met at the Fairview Church, Grant Co., AR.  According to the minutes that were printed Thomas Tull was elected to a committee that was responsible for arranging music for the session.  He was also elected as a delegate to the convention. After the Auxiliary adjourned business, Thomas Tull led a singing session. 



In the year 1876, T. M. Tull served as the Justice of the Peace for Banner Township, Saline Co., AR. On page 181 of the Saline Co., AR Marriage Book D, dated 16 Sep 1877, Thomas M. Tull, (JP) performed the marriage for Gilbert L. Barrett & Miss Nancy Riddle.



Following are the personal recollections of Edna Fae Martin Jackson, dated 5 July 1994:

I was in my 14th year when Amy (Amy Caple Tull) died and my 16th year when Tommy (Thomas Marion Tull) died.  Uncle Tommy went fishing on Deer Creek most every day and brought home a catch of small perch.    Uncle Tommy always carried a grubbing hoe along so as to dig bait an in the time of year to dig and plant trees that came from the bank of the creek.  In his yard he had many beautiful trees.    He always carried a short pole stick over his left shoulder with a red bandana handkerchief with something in the kerchief.  I often wondered what he carried but that I never knew.    During the last years of Tommy Tulls life he had a home on a plot of land where Ethel Isabel Tull Welch and her daughter Cynthia Garlene Welch now live 2 miles east of Chilton.     Tommy tilled this plot with one mule and a walking plow then planted his corn by hand.  He made rows north and south and east and west and diagonal rows.  He tilled this with his faithful mule and made above average yield and unbelievably large ears of corn.




One last Saturday evening Mr. T.M. Tull, one of the pioneers of Chilton and Falls County passed to his reward.  He was in his 85th year at the time of his death.    He came to Chilton from Arkansas about thirty years ago, he having been a Confederate soldier and was at one time a member of the Legislature of his native state.  He was regarded as one of the substantial citizens of the county and a highly respected gentleman.    His wife died some time last year, and he has a number of children and great-grand children surviving.  His sons, Henry, W.A., George, and Marvin, and his daughter, Mrs. Hicks, live at Chilton, while two sons, John and James, live in Arkansas, and a daughter, Mrs. A.V. Brink, lives in Waco.    Mr. Tull was a member of the Methodist church and was buried under the auspices of that order in the Powell-Tull Cemetery east of Chilton, Falls County, Texas.



Many thanks to the many Tull Family researchers that contributed to this biographical sketch of Thomas Marion Tull, with special recognition and thanks to our recently departed kin Beatrice Richardson Johnson.










The Powell-Tull Cemetery is a State Historical Landmark

To learn more about the Hicks Family and view the Hicks Family Photo Album

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Thomas & Amy were blessed with nine children; William Abraham; Mary Elizabeth; James Archer; Thomas Henry; John Wesley; Sarah Jane; George Primrose; Cora Adeline; & Marvin Ezekiel. All children were born in Saline County, Arkansas.

Thomas served as a member of the Arkansas Legislature and also as a Justice of the Peace (in 1876) for Banner Township, Saline County, Arkansas. Thomas served as a Private in Company H, First Arkansas (Monroe's) Cavalry, in the army of the Confererate States of America. Thomas enlisted for three years in the CSA army on June 19, 1862 at Benton, Arkansas and was wounded on July 6, 1862.




William Abraham was named after both grand fathers! William Caple father of Amy, William Abraham's mother, and Abraham after Abraham TULL II, father of Thomas Marion, William Abraham's father. William was born July 1, 1854 in Saline County, Arkansas. Georgetta Ferguson was born December 21, 1854 in Nashville, Tennessee, daughter of Robert Robinson Ferguson and Argeenta Rebecca Stephens. William died September 4, 1943 in Chilton, Falls County, Texas. Georgetta died April 4, 1925 in Chilton, Falls County, Texas.

To learn more about the Ferguson Family please click here.

William & Georgetta had ten children; Lula Belle; Martin Luther; James Lloyd; Dollie Mae; Julia Pearl; Harvie Lee, Sr.; Florence Myrtle (my grand mother-in-law); Charlie Roy; & Bertha Minnie.


Back Row

Julia, Bertha, Dollie's daughter Rosie, Florence, Dollie

Front Row

Gladys Beard, William Abraham, Griffin Beard, Lou Etta Vasser, Georgetta, Dollie's daughter Sue



4 APRIL 1925

Dearest Florence As I'm able to creep around in the house will drop you a few lines. We have all wrote to you and tried to get you two telegrams and can't hear a word from you. Get Gladys to write if you can't. Our dear mama gone. she died saturday eve at 20 minutes until six April 4 1925. We all stayed with her till the last breath was gone. I had one hand Papa the other. She went so easy. Just as calm and peaceful as anybody could go. she talked up until just before she died but we couldn't understand part...her tougue was swollen and seeming a little parlized. she called for you Dollie and Aunt Anah (?) each one of her children. She said she was rejoicing. She prayed prayers all along while she was so low. Florence take it the best you can for we all went there and stayed Luther Loyd Harve Julie and Effie we done all that was in our power to do for her. she didn't want for anything, They buried her Sun. Eve(?) at 4 oclock in the powell grave yd. by Charlie I didn't get to go had to go to bed and take medecine to keep everything from coming up am up this morn. haft to keep laying down. Papa don't know who he will stay with. They are trying to get him to rent his house out. I think it's too soon for him to know what to do he went back this morn to feed the chickens. he's mighty weak looks awful bad. Mama called Billy just as long as she could talk we could always understand that and felt for him on his side of the bed. her casket was grey will send you a piece of her dress they said she looked so natural just like she was going to church Well must close let us hear from you some way it awful hard but stand it the best you can with love to all your sis






Information for the family of Florence & Charley is found in the BEARD PAGE.





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