I did find a Gullion family on the 1870 census for Marshall Co., Ala, but could not read the names.
I have a book about the history of Marshall County, Alabama.There is very little about the Gullion family; however, I do see mention of Hugh Gullion whose daughter was Mary Gullion Pierce.Mary's daughter was Mary Pierce Hopkins.She was married to Isaac Hopkins.Their daughter Mary Polly Hopkins m. Joseph Thompson.Their son, Stephen Tuttle Thompson named the town of Arab, Ala. by establishing a post office in the area where he lived. No dates are given for any of the above information.
Just telling you this to show there is proof of the Gullion connection with Arab, as you mentioned.
Anther mention of the Gullion family is an article about Wilson descendants attending a Confederate Memorial Day Observance on April 19, 1998 at the Mixon Cemetery, Mixon, Cherokee Co., TX.It tells that Joseph Mark Wilson and Margaret Ann Gullion were married on May 3, 1838, in Marshall Co., Ala.Their son Hezekiah served in the Conf. Army, Co. E, 49th Inf. Reg., State of Ala.It also tells that his descendants include a McCall family of Bullard, TX.There is a picture with this article of people in Confederate uniforms and early-style dresses.The names of these people are:David and Theresa Grier; David's mother, Mary Evelyn Cook Grier; T. Kevin McCall and his mother Carolyn McCall and his sister, Carol McCall Boone.This article was submitted by T. Kevin McCall.
Now...my family's connection with Gullion:Burt Williams (1862-abt1924) m. Mittie Ann Gullion (1862-abt 1940).The marriage can be found in early marriages in Marshall Co., Ala., listed as follows:"Burt Williams to Miter (sic) Ann Gullion on Sept. 9, 1883, by P. J. Cosley, MG, at the bride's residence.Bond:Burt Williams and David W. Williams" (my grandfather).He was a brother to mygrandfather, David Wesley Williams (1858-1926).On 1910 Milam Co., TX. census is Burt Williams, age 47 with wife, Middie (sic), age 47 and 5 children: George, Bettie, Lila, Jack and Sam.Written in margin of census is "Cameron & Clarkson Rd."Then, on 1920 census for Sabine Co., Mayfield 2-J Pct., TX:Burt Williams, age 55 with wife, Mittie age 55 and sons, Henry J (probably Jack) and Sam.
Perhaps "your" Aunt Mittie (b. bet.1890-1910) was a niece to "my" Aunt Mittie (1862-abt1940)?You can see that there is at least 28 years' difference in their ages...so, I am guessing that one of Mittie's (the elder) brothers named a daughter after his sister.What do you think?
As for the name of Elkins:There is a reference to an Eli Elkins who was married to a Nancy Riggins (1798-1876)and Lotus Elkins married Una Beatrice Troup in 1933.These are the only references to the name of "Elkins" that I could find.
I could not find a reference to the surname Grimsley.
Hope this information helps more than confuses.Again, thank you for your response.Please let me hear from you if you have more information about our aunts.