Saturday, January 3, 2015

Isabelle Burnett - Ninth child of Alfred and Julia Burnett - Update

In 2014 I took the Ancestry DNA test.  While sorting through my DNA matches I came across a descendant of a Isabelle Tullis.  After some research, I have confirmed that this genetic match is a descendant of our Isabelle Burnett, the ninth child of Alfred and Julia Burnett.

What we previously knew about Isabelle is that she appeared in the 1860 and 1870 US census living in the household of Alfred and Julia Burnett.  After that time, she vanished and it was though she could have died at a young age.

With the information provided by Isabelle’s descendent we can now trace this family.  After leaving home Isabelle can be located in the 1880 US census married to William R. Tullis and living in Orange County, Texas.  William listed his occupation as a farmer and is the son of James Tullis and Sarah Brown. William was born in Jackson, Mississippi on 29-Aug-1852. 

William and Isabelle had six children.

1.    Willis Mcgee Tullis, 18-Mar-1878 to 01-Apr-1941.  Husband of Jennie Barcley.

2.    Frederick Olive Tullis, 12-Nov-1886 to 01-Apr-1953. Husband of Mamie H. Nixon.

3.    Ocie Lee Tullis, 23-Sep-1888 to 11-Jul-1954. Husband of Myrtle Ann Ross.

4.    Daner Tullis, Sep-1890 to unknown.

5.    Leonidas Tullis, Apr-1895 to unknown.

6.    William Carl Tullis, 06-Feb-1900 to 21-Feb-1947.  Died by drowning and was not married.

The 1900 US Census is full of information concerning Isabelle.[1]  She was born Jul 1860 and was married in 1875.  William and Isabelle had 11 children to which 6 were living in 1900.  In 1900 the family was residing in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, where William made a living as a lumberman.

William and Isabelle cannot be located in the 1910 or 1920 US census, though in 1917 we can find William and Isabelle living in Houston, Texas.[2]

Isabelle was known to her family as “Belle” Burnett.   There are a few instances where her children or grandchildren recorded her name as Elizabeth Burnett.  Possibly her middle name was Elizabeth?

Isabelle died 28-Feb-1922 in Houston, TX and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Houston, TX. I am currently in contact with the cemetery concerning the burial records and will update the blog once I receive additional information.

William died 03-Sep-1922 in Fletcher, Texas and it is unknown where he is buried.

Every effort is made to document my sources and give credit to others that have supplied information or photos for this blog.  If you use photos or information from this blog, please consider giving credit to those which have furnished the information. Most of the credits or references will be found in the photo captions or in the footnotes section.

1900 US Census, see footnote 1.

Isabelle Burnett Death Certificate, Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013

William Tullis Death Certificate, Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013

[1] Year: 1900; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 1, Vernon, Louisiana; Roll: 585; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0098; FHL microfilm: 1240585

[2] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

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