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Henry Thomas Pullen

Henry Thomas Pullen, planter, Milford, Baker County, Georgia, son of Moses and Penelope (Askew) Pullen, natives respectively of Virginia and North Carolina, was born in Laurens County, Georgia, in 1825.

His grandfather, Rev. Thomas Pullen, was a native of Scotland, and came to the United States late in the last century, married a Miss Bowers in Virginia, then migrated to Georgia and settled in Laurens County at what is now known as Pullen’s Hill, where he engaged in planting. He was a zealous Methodist preacher, and supplied several churches. He died in Laurens County at the age of seventy-five years. His wife died several years before he did. They had six children—all deceased—of whom Henry T. Pullen’s father was the youngest son.

He was born and raised on the home place, and received a common school education in Laurens County. He married a Miss Ard, by whom he had three daughters: Priscilla, born deaf and dumb (deceased); Sarah, widow of Seabon Walters, Americus, Georgia; Martha J., wife of Simeon Walters, Baker County. The mother of those having died, he married Miss Penelope Askew, born in North Carolina. In 1831 he moved from Laurens to Sumter County, Georgia, and settled on a tract of land and lived there until he died. He was a lieutenant in the army in the last war against Great Britain—1812-14—was an old-line whig in politics, and a member and class leader in the Methodist church, and was a much-esteemed citizen. His wife died in 1865, and himself in 1866. Of the children born to them five lived to maturity: Henry Thomas, the subject of this sketch; Mary Ann, wife of Isaac C. Harris, Norwood, VVarren County, Georgia; Moses M., Alabama; Joshua H. (deceased); and William, died in Virginia during the war, a member of Patterson’s Company, Cutt’s Battalion Brigade of Artillery.

Mr. Pullen’s father moved while he was a child to Sumter County, where he was raised and educated. He remained at home until he was twenty-five years old, when he went to Stewart County, Georgia. After several years residence there he moved to Calhoun County, Georgia, where he lived four years, and then returned with his family to Sumter County.

In 1864 he enlisted in the Tenth Regiment, Georgia State Troops, and remained in the service till the close of the war.

In 1866, he removed to Blakeley, Early County, Georgia, living there five years; thence to Damascus, same county, where he planted until 1879, when he settled permanently where he now lives. Mr. Pullen has a fine plantation and comfortable home, is a prosperous man, very highly esteemed, and exercises a wide and strong influence for good.

Mr. Pullen has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Annie E., born in Columbia County, Georgia, daughter of William P. Jones, of Sumter County, by whom he had nine children: William M., Early County; Thomas H., physician, graduate Georgia College Eclectic Medicine and Surgery, Atlanta; George M., at home; Mittie L., deceased wife of W. I. Layton, Seneca, Florida; Sarah W., deceased wife of G. D. Webb, Cuthbert, Georgia; Emma, died at thirteen years of age; Ida Anna, died at four years of age; and two which died when infants. Mrs. Pullen died Sept. 13, 1874, and subsequently Mr. Pullen married Miss Jane E. Hardy, whose parents moved from South Carolina to Miller County, Georgia, in 1859, by whom he has had no children. Mrs. Pullen is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and Mr. Pullen is a member of the Methodist Church, of which he has been a steward for twenty-five years.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume I, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.

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