The parents of the subject of this sketch were, Bela M. Tuller, born June 19, 1773, and Lydia Holcomb, born June 19, 1776; both natives of Simsburg, Hartford county, Connecticut, where they were raised, and where they were married on the fifth of November, 1794. After marriage they remained in the neighborhood of their home, where they had five children. In the fall of 1800, the family removed to Ohio, and in the latter part of October joined the colony of eastern people at Worthington, near which place they remained until the following March, when Mr. Tuller bought one hundred and twenty-five acres of land in the township of Perry, and some two miles west of Worthington. On this land was a log cabin, a log barn, and a partial clearing of some twenty-five acres. Hard labor was yet to be done to prepare the land for cultivation, but a strong constitution, backed by an iron will, soon forced the mighty forest to give way, and it was not many years ere there was a large clearing and abundant crops growing on the hitherto uncultivated soil. In this log cabin home in the woods were born other children, four in number, making a family of nine members besides the parents. The children were: Flavel, Homer, Flora, Elvira (who died in infancy), Lydia, Holcomb, Achilles, Aurelius, and Elvira, the second.
Flavel Tuller, the subject of this sketch, was born in Simsburg, Connecticut, December 7, 1795, and was nearly eleven years of age at the time the family settled in Ohio. The land on which their home was located was on the main road to Sandusky, and as there were soon enabled to raise grain and stock to sell, a ready market was found at their own door, where emigrants were glad of an opportunity to provide themselves with supplies. In 1812, Bela M. Tuller sold a load of flour and agreed to deliver it at Sandusky, where he arrived in safety immediately after the receipt of information that war had been declared with England. As teams were needed to work on the fortifications, he was detained until September, when he became sick and was allowed to return to his home. On his arrival in Delaware he was so ill as to be unable to proceed to his destination, and word was sent to his son, Flavel, who went to him, and conveyed him to his home. He never recovered from the effects of this sickness, and died in 1821.
Flavel Tuller engaged as a teamster, in conveying supplies from Urbana to the advance posts of the army, in the war of 1812, in which service he continued three months. He then returned to his home, where he remained until he became of age, soon after which, with his brother, Homer, he built a distillery on their farm. The first season they ran this business they made nothing, but the second season they cleared some fifteen hundred dollars, after which they disposed of the business. The man to whom they sold was unable to pay for the property, and to cancel his debt sold them his farm. Both were hard-working, frugal, and honest young men, and it was not long before they had a reputation for fair dealing, that gave them almost unlimited credit among men of property. As they were able they bought land, until they were possessed of considerable real estate, which increased in value as the country became settled. All was not fair sailing, for they sometimes met with losses; but in the end perseverance gained the day, and they found themselves in the way to secure a competence.
Sometime after disposing of their distillery business, Flavel and Homer Tuller engaged in [the] mercantile business, at Worthington, where they continued some twenty years, when they closed out their stock, and entered into the work of slaughtering and packing pork. They labored at this for some years, when they closed their labors in this direction, and transported two loads of pork and provisions down the river, to the vicinity of Natchez, Mississippi, where the cargo was disposed of.
On the twenty-sixth day of January, 1832, Flavel Tuller was married to Mrs. Lucinda Holcomb, daughter of William Webster. To them were given four children: Franklin F., and Henry Homer (twins), the latter died in infancy; Susan Lucinda, who married H. H. Hall, and now lives in Ashtabula; Henrietta S., married Horace W. Wright, and lives in Worthington. Franklin F., the eldest son, married Eliza J. Foster, by whom he had three children. She died September 15, 1879, at the early age of thirty-four years.
Flavel Tuller has resided in Worthington, where he has managed his various enterprises these many years, and now, in the eighty-sixth year of his age, lives with his son, Franklin F. Mrs. Tuller, wife of Flavel Tuller, died at their home, October 30, 1875.