PULLIAM, John, of Franklin Co NC

John Pulliam was born probably in VA, say ca 1748. He died in Franklin Co NC, 21 Mar 1816.[1]

John married (1) in Franklin Co, Harty Smith ca 1770. She was born, say, 1751, daughter of John and Sarah Smith.[2] She died at Franklin Co, before 1789.

John married (2) at Franklin Co, Mary Ann Mayo 17 Oct 1789.[3] She was born possibly in NC, daughter of William Mayo, and was living at the time of her husband’s will.

It is probable that John Pulliam was the oldest child of John and Margery (Johnson) of Louisa Co VA.

John was “of Franklin Co” when he purchased two tracts of land in St John’s Parish in 1788.[4] He resided in that county in 1790,[5] 1800[6] and 1810.[7]

The children named in his will include Cullen, Nelson, Alsey, Allen, Clarey Rush, Sally Elliot, Loddawick B., and John G. Pulliam (b. 1790-1795). Kinchen is not mentioned in the will.

Children of John and Harty (Smith) Pulliam:

  1. Cullen Pulliam (ca 1770-) He married Elizabeth Cooper in Franklin Co NC, 17 May 1790.
  2. Nelson C Pulliam (ca 1773-) He is stated to be the man who married Elizabeth W Diggs in May 1811 in Goochland County, Virginia. He may be this man: 15 June 1825. A deed of bargain and sale from John Smith and Alsey his wife of Woodford Co KY and Nelson Pullin and Fanny his wife of this county to Hiram Wilhoit of Woodford Co KY. This for 21 1/4 acres of land in Woodford Co. (Bartels, Boone County Circuit Court 182_-1831). 1830 census, Nelson Pullen 5-121, Boone Co MO, Missouri Twp. There was a Nelson Pulliam in 1840 Clinton Co MO: 1121001/0010201.

iii.  Alsey Pulliam (ca 1775->1840) He was born probably in Franklin Co NC, ca 1775, and died after 1840, probably in Platte Co MO. He married probably in TN, Frances McClendon,[8] ca 1808. Montgomery Co NC, p 498. Alsa Pulliam, 00100/00000. Old Lands Records Madison Co AL, 1809-1811, ledger B, bk 102, p 253, Receivers: Alsey Pulliam of Warren Co TN (Sec 18 T2 R2E). 1812 Tax list, Warren Co TN, page 8, no. 62: “Al?? Pulham.” 1820 census, Madison Co IL: Alsey Pulliam, 22010/21110. 1830 census, Franklin Co MO, Meramec Twp, p 150: Alsey Pulliam, 00120001…/001101…  1838, Miller Co MO, judgment against Alsey and son William. 1840 census, Platte Co MO: A Pulum, 000000001…/00000001…, same page as J L Pulliam, age 30-40. His widow Frances was in Collin Co TX in 1850 with her sons, Simpson and Marshall Pulliam.

  1. Allen Pulliam (ca 1777-)
  2. Sally Pulliam (1780-) She was born in Franklin Co, 18 Jan 1780 and died in Rowan Co NC, 12 Jul 1853. She married John Elliot Jr and eight children, including Kinchen Elliot.
  3. Kinchen Pulliam (ca 1783-) He was still in NC in 1811 when he married his second wife, Elizabeth Coble, daughter of Daniel Coble. He was probably in 1840 census, “Hinchen Pullin,” Torance, Cape Girardeau Co MO, 50-60, next door to probable son John Pulliam, 30-40.

            vii. Clary Pulliam (ca 1785-) She married Mr. Rush.


Children of John and Mary Ann (Mayo) Pulliam:

  1. Lodowick B Pulliam (ca 1791-<1850) He died before 1850 in TN. His wife was Gilly Parrish.
  2. John G Pulliam (1796-1853) He was born in Franklin Co NC, ca 1796. He died in Ripley Co MO, in 1853. He married Elizabeth Sherrod. She was born ca 1798, daughter of Thomas and Jane (Rouseau) Sherrod, and died in 1860 in Ripley Co MO. They migrated to Ripley Co MO around 1820.


  • Benjamin
  • Thomas
  • Barnett Rufus (4 Apr 1823 NC- 3 Nov 1904 Ripley Co MO)
  • Mary
  • Sarah
  • John
  • Alonzo


© 2008, Kathy Alvis Patterson

[1] Probated March 1816 Franklin County Will Book E, pg. 35.

The will of John Pulliam: In the name of God Amen. March the twenty-first day One thousand eight hundred & fifteen.

I John Pulliam of Franklin County in the State of North Carolina being unwell at this time But of Sound and disposing mind thanks be to God But calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it me, and my body to the earth to be buried in a descent Christian burial at the discretion of my herein after mentioned Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty powers of God and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the manner as follows all my just debts being first paid.

I lend unto my wife Mary Pulliam during her widowhood every thing that I shall be in possession of after paying my Just Debts then after her widowhood I give to my son Cullen Pulliam one dollar to him and his heirs forever and no more. I give and bequeath to my son Nelson Pulliam one dollar and no more to him and his heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my son Alsey Pulliam one dollar and no more to him and his heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Elliot one dollar and no more to her and her heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my daughter Clary Rush one dollar and no more to her and her heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my son Loddawick B. Pulliam one half of the tract of land which I now live on to him and his heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my son John G. Pulliam the other half of the same tract of land together with all of my stock of horses, cattle, hogs and sheep. Household and Kitchen furniture. After paying the before mentioned Legacy amounts to Eight dollars [Are some children, say Allen, Kinchen, and one other, omitted from this list? Only five dollars are specified here. KP] that is given in money and I do hereby nominate and appoint my Son John G. Pulliam my executor of this my last will and testament revoking all others.

Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of M N Jeffrey[,] Jurat [&] Thomas Young[,] Jurat    John Pulliam

[2] Will of John Smith.

[3] On October 17, 1789, John Pulliam took out a bond to marry “Mary Ann May,” the daughter of William May/Mayo/Mayho.

[4] North Carolina Deed Book 7, pg. 152: Henry Cooper of Wake Co to John Pulliam of Franklin Co. for 118 pounds Virginia money, 2 tracts in Parish of St. Johns in Franklin, on north side of Buffelow Creek, 1st tract adj. Ben. Moseley, west, and Wm. Bishop.  2nd tract adj. Moseley, Wm. Bishop, & said Henry Cooper. 2002 acres total. Wits.: Simon Jeffreys & Joel Parrish, March 15, 1788.

[5] 1790 census, Franklin Co NC; Roll: M637_7; Image: 0035: John Polliam 2/4/4. Five sons were probably Cullen, Nelson, Alsey, Allen, and Kinchen. Females were Sally, Clary, Mary Ann and Cullen’s wife Elizabeth.

[6] 1800 census: Franklin Co NC, Louisburg Twp; Roll: 31; Page: 450; Image: 404: John Pullum: 11201/00101. Sons from second marriage were Lodowick and John. Two older sons were probably Allen and Kiinchen; Nelson was in the same township, Alsey was in Montgomery Co NC, and I’m still looking for Cullen. He was in Richmond Co NC in 1830.

[7] 1810 census: Franklin Co NC; Roll: 40; Page: 817; Image: 183. John Pullam: 01101/00001. John, Mary Ann and their two sons were in the household. Nelson was in Franklin Co, Cullen in Montgomery Co, Alsey supposedly has been found in a warren Co TN although I have not seen this, Allen and Kinchen have not been located.

[8] Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas from 1889, article about Marshall S Pulliam gives her maiden name.

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  1. Sally Pulliam (1780-) She was born in Franklin Co, 18 Jan 1780 and died in Rowan Co NC, 12 Jul 1853. She married John Elliot Jr and eight children, including Kinchen Elliot.

    My Great Great Grandfather was Kinchen Elliott. Do you have additional information about him?

    • Sorry. Part of the reason I created this blog was to publish everything I had about ancestral kin. Good luck, Kathy

  2. Kinchen Pulliam (Sr.) was my was my great-great-great grandfather. His son Kinchen Jr. had a daughter – Rachel E. Pulliam. She married her first husband, Henry Harmon in 1880 in Reynolds County, MO. They had a son in November 1881 – James Henry Harmon. I wish I could find out more about them.

  3. Searching for information on Ruth Pulliam b. abt 1802 in NC, supposedly the daughter of Nelson C. Pulliam. Ruth married Wiley Squires in Jones Co., GA. Mother may have been Elizabeth Digges/Diggs, however, Ruth’s year of birth is not consistent with the marriage date of Nelson and Elizabeth in Greenbrier, VA in 1811. I can find no documentation at all that Ruth was the daughter of Nelson. I have been using Ancestry.com platform. Ruth was on the “family trees” as Nelson Pulliam’s daughter which I accepted, however in 3 years of searching, I cannot document that. So, if anyone has information on Ruth please send a lead my way. Many thanks!

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