1830–1912

March 10, 1830, Fair­field Coun­ty, Ohio.

Feb­ru­a­ry 10, 1912, Del­a­ware, Ohio.

Oak Grove Ce­me­te­ry, Del­a­ware, Ohio.

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Tullius was the son of James O’Kane and Ju­lia A. Will­iams, and hus­band of Lau­ra A. Ea­ton.

He re­ceived his AB de­gree from Ohio Wes­ley­an Un­i­ver­s­ity in 1852, and his AM de­gree in 1855. Im­me­di­ate­ly up­on grad­u­a­tion, he ac­cept­ed a po­sition at the university as a math tutor. Ev­en though he was on­ly a tu­tor, the stu­dents al­ways re­ferred to him as Pro­fes­sor.

In ad­di­tion, in re­cog­ni­tion of his mu­sic­al abil­i­ties, O’Kane was for years the mu­sic­al pre­cen­tor in the dai­ly cha­pel de­vo­tions. He al­so or­gan­ized and ran a chor­al so­ci­e­ty at the school, and was the first mu­sic­al ins­truc­tor in the Ohio Wes­ley­an Fe­male Col­lege. In 1857, O’Kane be­came a school prin­ci­pal in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.

In 1864, he went to work for the Phil­ip Phil­lips pi­a­no com­pa­ny. He stayed with the com­pa­ny un­til it moved to New York in 1867, at which time he moved to Del­a­ware, Ohio, and became a tra­vel­ing sales­man for the Smith Amer­i­can Or­gan Com­pany of Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts. Dur­ing that time he vis­it­ed con­fer­enc­es and Sun­day school con­ven­tions, and be­came well known through­out the area.

O’Kane’s works in­clude:

  1. All Glory to Je­sus
  2. At the East­ern Gate
  3. Beautiful Ri­ver, The
  4. Behold, a Stone in Zi­on Laid
  5. Carry Us Through
  6. Christian’s Miss­ion, The
  7. Christmas-Tide
  8. Come to the Foun­tain
  9. Earth Has Its Ma­ny Hours of Plea­sure
  10. Father, at Thy Foot­stool
  11. Follow Me
  12. For Je­sus We Are Sol­diers
  13. Hail to the Sav­ior
  14. Have You Heard of Those Heav­en­ly Man­sions?
  15. I Have Sought in World­ly
  16. Jesus Died on Cal­va­ry
  17. Jesus Now Of­fers For­give­ness of Sin
  18. Jesus, While on Earth I Jour­ney
  19. Just Be­yond
  20. Let Not Your Heart Be Trou­bled
  21. Linger No Lon­ger
  22. My Beau­ti­ful Home
  23. My Mo­ther’s Pray­er
  24. Oh, How Pre­cious
  25. Oh, to Love Thee
  26. Our Eter­nal Home
  27. Redeemed
  28. Stranger at the Door, The
  29. Striving to Do My Mas­ter’s Will
  30. Savior to You, The
  31. Still March­ing On
  32. Sure Foun­da­tion, The
  33. Sweeping Thro’ the Gates
  34. They Are Com­ing
  35. Thy Love Abound­ing, Our Steps Sur­round­ing
  36. Treasures of Hea­ven, The
  37. We’ll Praise the Lord
  38. Washed in the Blood of the Lamb
  39. White Fields, The
  40. Work! Work To­day
  41. Yet There Is Room
  1. Bangladesh
  2. Behold, a Stone in Zi­on Laid
  3. Burkina Fa­so
  4. Church of God, Awake
  5. Ever to the Right
  6. Glorious Foun­tain
  7. Go Work in My Vine­yard
  8. Hallowed Spot, The
  9. Home Ov­er There, The
  10. Is It for Me?
  11. Kramarik
  12. Lake Or­o­ville
  13. Lead Me to Je­sus
  14. Mighty Rock, Whose Tow­er­ing Form
  15. More Like Je­sus
  16. Opening Hymn
  17. Ring the Bell Soft­ly
  18. Waiting at the Door
  19. Wall Street
  20. Yerevan