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The Tull family lived in Georgia in an early day. Stephen Tull was the father and lived in Georgia when G. W. was born but soon moved to Alabama, thence to Tennessee and again to Ala. The mother was Mrs. Mary Tull, nee Ruff. They had six children born unto them of whom Tho. Was the third. He was born in the Georgia home January 4, 1827. He attended the common schools in Tennessee but his school life was limited. The family had in the mean time moved from Alabama to Tennessee a second time. At the age of twenty-five he came from Tennessee to Texas and in 1854 he went to California, influenced by the gold fever. In 1858 he returned to Tennessee, but cam to Texas the same year. He had saved his money in California and when he arrived in Texas, he had sufficient funds to begin a small business. He selected Canton and opened a mercantile house in the fall in the same year 1858, 45 years ago last Nov. The business was closed during the war but it has not suspended a day with that exception. Mr. Tull was opposed to secession but when he was outvoted he went with his country men and rendered dutiful service in the confederacy. In 1861 July 16, he married Miss Sallie Moore of Van Zandt county, they had one child, now Mrs. Ennis Peace of Wills Point. October 7, 1862, she died. April 12, 1866 he married Miss Sarah Jane Wagers, October 8, 1868 she died without living issue. October 11, 1869 he married Miss Mary Jane Cowan, who stil survives. She is the mother of eleven children, seven of whom are living, Mrs. Sarah Nunnally of Grand Saline, Mrs. Lula Anderson of Greenville, William, Naomi, Allie, Lillian, and George Washington, Jr. They have all been born and reared in Canton. Mr. Tull has been a merchant all the years and has enjoyed a measure of success rarely attained during so long a period. He is now the oldest merchant in the county that has succeeded uniformly, and is one of the reputed 5 per cent who finally succeed in the mercantile business. He says his success has dedeuded (sic) on strict integrity, diligence, and economy. He has been original in his methods. It is generally understood that he is the only one of his kind. He has been generous in a good degree, and it is claimed by his friends that hs has helped more poor people than any other man in the country. He is called "The poor man's friend." He has gone forward and succeeded at every step, and lives now at the green old age of 76 in the hearts of many friends. In early life Mr. Tull was influenced somewhat by evil surroundings and made no pretensions to religion but in 1874 he was converted and has since then been a consistent member of the church and has been on of the pillars of society, religion and commerce in Canton all the years. He is now ably assisted in his business by his son, William Newton, who is robust, active and quite competent in business. He married a Miss Abbey and they happily live in a comfortable home near the business center.
In many respects Mr. Tull furnishes a good model in success for the boy who desires to attain something in life. He is the friend of all who are willing to strive for any good accomplishment.