MORRIS-TULL FAMILY BIBLES
Recording the Events of the
John H & Fannie J Morris and Nicholas & Frances Tull Families
Ms Collection M7
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John H Morris (1836-1909), Kirksville’s first photographer, moved to this city from his native Orange County, VA around 1862. Frances J “Fannie” Tull (1846-1931), originally from Elizabethtown, KY, moved to Missouri at about age 3 and lived in Clark and Macon counties before arriving in Kirksville, probably about the same time as her future husband. The couple married in Kirksville, June 11, 1868.
John operated his photography studio in Kirksville for about 20 years, from his arrival until he moved to Queen City, MO in the early 1880s. At some date, probably late 1870s, George W Tull, Fannie’s brother, joined the firm and when John left Kirksville, took over as sole proprietor. John lived in Queen City, where he owned a mercantile store and was a partner in another photography studio, for about 10 years then “retired” and returned to Kirksville. Back home, he dabbled in several businesses, including real estate and sewing machine sales, until his death in 1909. Fannie continued to live here with her children, Zena Mae and Emery L, until her own death twenty-one years later.
This collection, documenting the births, marriages and deaths in John & Fannie’s extended family, consists of family register pages removed from three Bibles as well as the few loose documents and photographs that accompanied them. Although there is no statement of ownership in any of the Bibles, entries indicate one belonged to John & Fannie, the second to her parents, Nicholas & Frances (McNeill) Tull, and the third possibly to her step-mother, Mary Elen (Dun) Tull. Later generations continued making entries in the first two after the deaths of the original owners.
Dr Pauline Knobbs of the University faculty, acquired this collection for Pickler Memorial Library’s local history collection, but left no record as to when or from whom she obtained it.
Family researchers please note: The ink has faded badly on some of the Bible entries so we cannot guarantee readability of scanned or photocopied reproductions. We will, however, do our best to provide transcripts of faded portions along with "best possible" copies when copies are requested. We will also be happy to add identification information to the file for these unidentified photographs if reliable proof is submitted to us.
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