Monday, August 13, 2012

Another Tully Graduation

Just a year before Agnes Tully Stevens’ older sister Lily graduated from Saint Anne’s School in south Chicago, another Tully girl graduated from a public school in the same city. Her name, according to the graduation program for the school she attended, was Marie M. Tully.

While I am pretty confident in the thoroughness of my research on the extended Chicago Tully family, when I come across a document such as this, carefully tucked among Agnes Tully Stevens’ personal papers, I begin to lose that confidence.

I’ve had inklings that there was this other branch of our Tully family out there. I’ve seen indications from brief mentions, disconcertingly disconnected from any other documentation. Whoever that family was, they descended from another of the Tully brothers than the ones I already know about.

Beside John, the father of Agnes and Lily, I know of his brothers Patrick and William. That generation of the Tully family was rounded out with two sisters, Johanna and Margaret—though of course, their children would bear those Tully sisters’ married names. So who would provide that Tully surname for this Marie? Did John, Patrick and William have another brother with them in Chicago?

Whoever this Marie Tully was, as an eighth grade graduate in 1894, she would most likely have been born around 1880. Yet, with no birth record that I can locate from current online resources—and facing that twenty-year gap without census records—this particular Tully child remains an enigma to me. Once I discover any further documentation on her identity, though, it will serve to simultaneously open an entire new branch of the extended family to me for more research.

And it all will have started from a simple listing on a graduation program.


Song—Ho! For the Woods, -   -   -      Class
Address of Welcome, -   -   -   -   -   -   Charles F. Gridley
Piano Duett, -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -  Maude A. Schank
                                                            Ruby W. Jones
Violin Solo, -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -     Maude A. Moon
Recitation, -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -       Matilda Gibson
Facts and Figures, -   -   -   -   -   -      Agnes T. Reilly
Song—Die Nachtigall; -   -   -   -         Jeanie McKinley
                                                            Lena Durley
                                                            Maude A. Moon
Drill, -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -       Girls
Piano Solo—Tanzweise, -   -   -   -       Edith A. DeWolfe
Drill, -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -       Boys
Class History, -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -      Marie M. Tully
Fifteen Years Hence, -   -   -   -   -        Lillie G. Robb
Valedictory, -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -         Jeanie C. McKinlay
Award of Diplomas and Medals
Song—Night, -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -       Class


  1. Ahh.. a mystery!

    might be possibles...

    1. Thanks, Iggy! The second one looks more promising. I took the father's name and ran it through, coming up with a marriage license showing the bride's name as both Marie and Maria, with the last name spelled Tullow. I would never have found it otherwise! The age is right. Will need to check more details before coming to any conclusions, but it is certainly worth keeping in a back pocket!

    2. Another link for the Marie/Maria Kehoe link: the maiden name shows as Tully on this link:

  2. Edith DeWolf (b. Mar 1878) - living on 69th Street

    Matilda Gibson (b. Aug 1878) - living on 60th Street

    Charles F Gridley (b. Jul 1880)

    Lillie G. Robb (b. 1879)

    Lena A Durley (b. Jul 1879) - living on 61st Street

    Jeanie Mckinley (b. May 1880)

    Maude Schank (b. abt 1879) (??)

    Ruby W. Jones (b. Jul 1879) - living off 65th Street

    Agnes T Reilly (b. Sep 1880) (the record says "F" and not "T" but the image shows a "T".

    ...and for all that... no sign of Marie M. Tully.

    1. Yes, the frustrating fact: still no sign on Marie.

      However, thank you for all that work finding links for the others listed today!

  3. Those mystery names --- the ones that should fit, but don't -- or don't fit but should -- drive me crazy and take up a heckava lot of room in my files. However, this last year, several mystery guys and gals have fallen into place. Keep on searching, it's what we do.

    1. Yes, it's the never-ending hunt for the missing pieces. That's what keeps us going. And the more we find out, the more we are equipped to connect those dots.

  4. I wonder if they meant Mary Monica....

    1. It's funny...I had wondered that same thing myself, momentarily. But I don't think there would be any way that the family would have sent one daughter to public school, and yet the other to the parochial school. They were too devoted to that parish to have done so...I think!


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