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Seeking Relatives of Thomas Pullum

Updated August 17, 2001

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I am seeking relatives (particularly information on the ancestors and siblings) of my great-grandfather, Thomas Pullum.

Thomas Pullum was born in 1822, apparently in Georgia. In the 1840s he moved from Newton County, Georgia to Dale County, Alabama along with the family of his employer: Elijah Clark. Later he married one of Mr. Clark's daughters by his first wife: Mahala. They had at least three, and maybe four or more, children: H. K. (born in 1851, died at age eight or nine), John Drayton (born 1853, died 1936), and Thomas S (born 1855, died ??). Another possible child is "Mass" (birth and death dates unknown; and referred to within the family as "Uncle Mass" which was perhaps short for Massey or Massie), who moved to the area of Ebro and/or Noma, Florida. There may have been others, but I haven't uncovered them yet.

Thomas Pullum's father may have had the same name (Thomas) or may have been named Richard. Richard was the name of Amanda Pullum's father, per some of her descendants. She was born in 1821. Was she a sister to Thomas (born 1822)? Were they cousins? Amanda married Peyton W. Bailey, and they moved from Sumter County, GA. to Dale County, AL. during the 1850s. Amanda taught her children that they were kin to Thomas Pullum's children, but the exact relationship became unclear to all involved.

Thomas Pullum served in the Georgia Infantry during the War Between the States, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant.

He eventually settled in the area west of Dothan, Alabama.

His son John Drayton Pullum lived around Brundidge in Pike County, AL., per the 1880 census. After that he moved to the area of Malvern in Geneva County, AL., which is in-between Dothan and Slocomb in southeast Alabama. JDP married Eliza Jane Burns (daughter of Charles and Rebecca Burns) and they had ten children: William Andrew, Charles Thomas, Wesley Kire, Terrell Byrd, Pearl, Rose Dove, Fleming, Nancy Verlon, Carl Espy, and Blanche. He farmed. He also operated a cotton kin in partnership with a man named Will Ketcham at Malvern. He may have been a constable for the eastern portion of Geneva County.

Many of the above-named people are buried in the Clark Cemetery, which is near Brannon Stand in western Houston County, AL.

Any assistance in this matter would be deeply appreciated! Thank you!!

Rev. Larry F. Pullum

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