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Who was wife of Robert Henry Pulis II (b. 1878 AR, d. 1935 TX)?
Posted by: Donna Meyer Bradley (ID *****6196) Date: September 30, 2010 at 06:36:24
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I am looking for the wife of Robert Henry Pulis II who was born 1878 in Marrs Hill (Washington Co.), AR and moved to Comanche County, TX before 1880, then to Indian Territory prior to 1900. Her name may have been Cassie Dillard.

His parents were Robert Henry Pulis I (1838-1889) and Millie Ann Pulis (1848-1910); after Robert Henry Pulis I died, Millie remarried to James Hambright, and they were in Chickasaw Nation in 1900; Robert Henry Pulis II was in her household int he 1900 census.

Cassie Dillard was born Sep 1882 in Indian Territory. Her father was Mr. Dillard, a Mississippi Choctaw Indian born about 1855 in Mississippi who moved to Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, before 1881; there he married Cassie's mother, a 3/4 Chickasaw Indian woman named Nancy about 1881. This couple had three Dillard children who were 7/8 Chickasaw -- Cassie (b. Sep 1882), Lissie (b. Mar 1889), and Dick (b. Jan 1891) before Mr. Dillard died in 1890. Cassie's given name was possible Cassiopa or Cassiola.

Cassie Dillard married first to a McCarley who died before 1900. In 1900 Cassie McCarley was a 17 year old widow, living back at home with her mother (Nancy Taylor) and stepfather (John C. Taylor). Cassie's second husband was possibly Robert Henry Pulis II, married about 1904, but this second marriage is not yet proven. This Robert Henry Pulis lived near the Dillards in 1900 in Chickasaw Nation, I.T. with his mother, Millie Hambright. If he was Cassie's second husband, they had 5 children together -- Ruben Pulis (1905), Cassie Ann Pulis Kellner(1907), Robert Henry Pulis III (1913), Kelly Belle (Pulis) Kellner (1911) and Edgar Clay Pulis (1916). It is uncertain whether the children were born in OK or in TX. Cassie died 1919 from polio, and her widowed husband and children were in Wilbarger Co., TX in 1920 before moving to South Texas (where he changed his surname to Brown to run from some kind of trouble).

After Mr. Dillard died, Nancy remarried about 1892 to a white man, John C. Taylor, and they had 4 children together -- Johnny (1893), Robert (1895), Lula (1899), and Wesley (1908). This Taylor family was in Chickasaw Nation in 1900, in Brady (Garvin Co.) OK in 1910, 1920 and 1930.

Objective is to prove or disprove that this Cassie Dillard was the wife of Robert Henry Pulis and the mother of the 5 children listed above. When the children were living, they said their mother's given name was Cassiola or Cassiopa, or May Belle, but did not know the surname -- thought it might be Purtle/Pirtle.


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