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Description: George Tullock is Dead Winnebago County Pioneer Passes Away at Owen Home Came from Scotland in 1839
Newspaper published in: Rockford, IL
George Tullock is Dead Winnebago County Pioneer Passes Away at Owen Home Came from Scotland in 1839
George TULLOCK, a resident of Winnebago County for 60 years died this morning at his home in Owen Township from some supposed form of heart trouble. For 30 years he served as assessor in Burritt and Owen Townships and few men in that section of the country are held in higher regard. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.
The decedent was born in the parish of Rothiemay, Banffshire, Scotland, on July 4, 1815, and was a son of George and Isabella (CRAN) TULLOCK. The son was reared and educated in his native parish and commenced at the age of 16 years to learn the shoemaker's trade, serving an apprenticeship of three years. In 1839 he set sail for America, leaving Glasgow on the Vessel Horace, commanded by Captain WHITE. He landed on American soil in September of that year, the voyage consuming 10 weeks, and he came directly to Illinois. He worked at his trade in Chicago for two weeks and then found employment on a farm 12 miles northwest of that city. Nine months later he moved to Will County, where he worked at his trade until the spring of 1841, at which time he settled on a farm and remained until the fall of the year, when he again went to Chicago and engaged passage with a teamster for Rockford. The roads being in a very bad condition they were enabled to travel only 12 miles on the first day, and Mr. TULLOCK thinking he could make better time on foot walked the remainder of the distance.
On his arrival in Rockford, George TULLOCK entered the employ of Daniel DOW and worked at his trade until 1845. In the meantime, having made claim to a tract of government land on what is now Section 26, Burritt Township, he removed upon it and commenced the work of improvement and cultivation. There being no railroads in the vicinity, he hauled his produce to Chicago, 100 miles away, which journey occupied a week. Mr. TULLOCK in 1862 sold the farm just mentioned and purchased a tract in Owen, where he lived until his death.
The decedent was married October 3, 1845, to Mary A. MILNE, who was also a native of Scotland. She departed this life October 27, 1890, after having become the mother of nine children, viz: Margaret, William, Emma, Alonzo, Volney, and George; those deceased are A.R., Orlando, and Henry A. Tullock.
In political views, Mr. TULLOCK voted the republican ticket for many years, and in religious matters was liberal. He served as assessor of Burritt Township for 10 years and of Owen Township for 20 years. He was also school treasurer for a long period.
Mr. TULLOCK stood very high in the community and was thoroughly honest and upright in all his dealings. A compliment was once paid his character by a Baptist minister who had been his neighbor for many years and who, when making his will, named him as one of the executors. When asked why he did so after he had pronounced Mr. TULLOCK an infidel, he replied that he knew him to be an honest man.