Hi Sharon! Looks like we are indeed extremely distant relatives! It looks like we may have some new information as to why the name was scarce... they changed the name from PULLIAM to PULLEN around the early 1800's.... So far, we have been able to draw our lineage back to James Pullen (the son of Benjamin Pulliam) and Charlotte Jenkins, the parents of Pendlton Pullen. He later married Emily Elizabeth Hill, and had children, William Isham Pullen included. He married Mary Beahm but she passed before they had any children. He later married Maggie Tolbert (b.1875)and had my great grandfather, Ollie Cumberland Pullen. He married Brucie Binz (b. 1919)and had my grandfather, Max Pullen. He married Susanne Peron. My mother, Monica Pullen was born soon after. :) (whew!) My mother and I are working together to work this all out... Thank you so much for finding and posting this information! It has helped us track a whole new lineage of family!