The FULLERTON family line comes to me through the women for five generations. Sarah Ann FULLERTON who married first John COBB, second perhaps a gentleman named COHEN, and third Mark MEEKS, was the mother of Willia Celestia MEEKS who was the wife of T. T. KERLEY. Their daughter Lena Lorice KERLEY married Joe Holt ANDERSON, Sr., and their daughter, Alma Ellen ANDERSON, the wife of Sam R. BREEDLOVE, is my mother.
The crest of virtually all branches of the Scotch-Irish FULLERTONS show a camel head, a most unusual addition to the normal crests found in the British Isles. Legend holds that the family is descended from Phoenician mariners who were shipwrecked on the northern coast of Europe, possibly where Norway now lies. They eventually became aligned with William the Conqueror, coming into England with the French.
A family of five brothers called the FULLARTONS were associated with Scotland as early as the time of Robert the Bruce in 1307, and they befriended him. Few families can claim so ancient and unbroken a line of ancestry as the FULLARTONS of Ayrshire. Their pedigree is authentically traced through six centuries and during the whole of that period no link is wanting in the chain of descent, and no failure has occurred in the male succession. This line begins with Alanus de FOWLERTOUN, born about 1215 possibly around Irvine, in Ayr, and died in 1280.[COMMENT-1]
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John F. FULLERTON was born about 1755 in Ireland, where he married his wife, Sarah EDWARD, who was born at Antrim County, Ireland, in 1760. The couple are my fourth great grandparents. With their four sons, they came to America on June 24, 1817, from Belfast, Ireland. They were Presbyterians and settled in Pendleton County, South Carolina.[COMMENT-2 ] John died August 28, 1837, at the age of 82 in Pickens County (formerly Pendleton and now Oconee County) South Carolina. He is buried there in the family cemetery near Westminster, South Carolina, along with Sarah, who died June 7, 1848, at Westminster.
Jerry Hunt reflects different information, speaking of the son Thomas FULLERTON:
Thomas FULLERTON (my GGG grand) of Co. Derry, Ire. married Margaret FULLERTON (no relation to Thomas) of Co Antrim, Ire. in 1803. The known children were Sallie, John (b. 1822), William and Sarah. They came to NY in 1812. The family moved on to York Co., PA., then Oconee Co., SC (Pendleton District) and some of the family ended up in Henry Co., GA. John (my GG grand) married Saleta ?. Their children were John Henry b. 1850, Saphorus, Elizabeth, Margaret, Millard, Andrew, Emily, Luther, William, and Jasmine.
John F. FULLERTON and wife Sarah EDWARD had five children:
| Thomas FULLERTON, born about 1795 in Ireland, died July 2, 1838, in Henry County, Georgia. He married, in Pendleton County, South Carolina, Margaret FULLERTON (no known relationship) in 1803. While I have the information they married in 1803 Margaret was from County Antrim, Ireland. His move to Georgia was about 1838. Their children were: |
|A daughter about whom it seems nothing is known except a probable birth date of 1797 in Ireland. Since the information I have says he came with Sarah and his four sons, I would presume the daughter didn't come, or at least not at the same time.|
|James C. FULLERTON, born about 1799 in Ireland, died November, 1849, in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, who married Elizabeth __ and is further described in the following section.|
| Daniel FULLERTON, born about 1801 in Ireland, died August 3, 1876, in Westminster, Oconee County, South Carolina, buried at Retreat Presbyterian Church Cemetery. He married about 1822 in Pendleton District of South Carolina Margaret (Peggy) JOHNSON. She was born about 1800 and died March 7, 1874, buried near her husband. Daniel was active in real estate and was a stonemason and a farmer. Children include |
|Robert FULLERTON, born about 1804 in Ireland, died November 4, 1885, at Oconee County, South Carolina, buried near his brother Daniel at Retreat Presbyterian Cemetery. Robert never married. He was a surveyor and a carpenter. He was a Mason and a Civil War Veteran, probably the Robert FULLERTON who was discharged for old age.|
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Born in 1799 in Ireland, James C. FULLERTON came to America with his parents and three brothers in 1817. He married Elizabeth __ and they made their home there in Pendleton County, South Carolina. There is a family story that Elizabeth was raised in France and that he met her there. James was a miner in his early life and came to this country to work in the mines. He later became a plantation owner. By deed written October 19, 1831, James and Elizabeth sold the land where they lived in Pickens District, Oconee County, South Carolina, located on the Choestoa Creek of the Tugaloo River. This was the same land on which James' niece Louisa FULLERTON and her husband "Sloan" DICKSON settled in 1880.
James and Elizabeth went to Pickens County, Alabama, about 1833, and most of their children were born there. In the 1840's, they moved west of Homer, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, where James died in November of 1849. Elizabeth remained in Claiborne Parish in 1850 and in 1860 was in the adjoining Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
While Elizabeth's maiden name is not known, I would suggest that a possibility for that name is HYLTON. This is based on the relationship between her and William HYLTON revealed in the census data for 1850 and in the probate papers for her husband's estate. William "HILTON" is shown on the Mississippi 1840 census in Franklin County at page 167. He shows 0010001/0113001, which would indicate the family included himself and a woman approximately his age (his wife?), one young male and five young females (one son and five daughters?). On the 1850 Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, census, Elizabeth FULLERTON is shown as the head of the family, a fifty-one year old female, whose occupation is planter and whose state of birth is South Carolina. All but her oldest three known children are listed next: James FULLERTON, 24, male, no occupation, South Carolina; William FULLERTON, 22, male, no occupation, South Carolina; Melissa FULLERTON, 17, female, South Carolina; George F. FULLERTON, 14, male, Alabama; and Frances FULLERTON, female, 9, Alabama. Then is listed Ann HILTON, 17, female, born in Mississippi, and William HILTON, 55, male, "none" for occupation, like the sons, and born in Tennessee. Several pages later is J. W. D. HILTON, age 25, Overseer, born in Alabama, and his wife Emaline, 20, born in Louisiana. This would be the N. E. MURRELL he married June 16, 1850, in Claiborne Parish. I have found no other HILTONS in the 1850 Claiborne Parish census.
The probate papers for the estate of James FULLERTON in late 1849 and early 1850 in Claiborne Parish indicate that Elizabeth FULLERTON is named as "Natural Tutor" for the minor children Melissa, Franklin, and Frances, and the "Under Tutor" named is William HYLTON. The bond is signed by Elizabeth FULLERTON as principal. The securities exclude her named minor children, Melissa, George Franklin, and Frances, who were too young to serve as securities, her daughter Charlotte Elizabeth FULLERTON, wife of James Scott McCALMAN, whose husband is included, and Sarah Ann FULLERTON, wife of John COBB who is explained to live in another state. The securities do include sons, son-in-law, and William HYLTON. Specifically, the securities are Robert E. FULLERTON, James FULLERTON, William FULLERTON, James McCALMAN, and William HYLTON. Because the obligations of guardian, called tutor under Louisiana law, and of security on a bond were so important in this period, it is extremely unlikely that an individual other than a direct member of the family, including a son-in-law, would sign the bond or be named a guardian. While it is possible that Ann HYLTON is an unknown daughter of James and Elizabeth FULLERTON and William her husband, because of the discrepancy in age this seems unlikely, especially with them living with Elizabeth in 1850. If he was so irresponsible to have a young wife and no occupation to support her, he probably was not responsible enough to be named as the guardian or tutor of the minor children. While he was born in Tennessee about four years before Elizabeth's birth in South Carolina, and while this contradicts the general notion of always westward movement, that is not a hard and fast rule, and they could be siblings. Of course they could be cousins or some other relationship, but for lack of a better suggestion for the surname of Elizabeth, this certainly seems plausible.
The only HILTON marriages recorded in Claiborne Parish are J. W. D. HILTON who married Miss N. E. MURRELL June 16, 1850, recorded in Book 1, page 41, and Nancy E. HILTON who married F. M. MARKHAM March 23, 1854, recorded in Book 1, page 76.
Surviving probate papers in Claiborne Parish Probate packet 375 include the following:
I the undersigned do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me as administratrix of the estate of James FULLERTON, dec'd according to the best of my abilities - So help me God.
Sworn to and Subscribed, before me, this 28th day of December, A. D. 1849.
Elizabeth FULLERTTON (sic)
Be it known that on this the ??th day of December in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and forty nine, Elizabeth FULLERTON filed in the office of the Clerk of the District Court in and for said parish and State a petition in words and figures as follows, to wit:
To the Honorable Edward R. OTEAH(?) Judge of the Seventh Judicial District Court holding sessions in and for the Parish of Claiborne, State of Louisiana, The petition of Elizabeth FULLERTON widow of James FULLERTON, late of the Parish of Claiborne dec'd and as resident of said parish & State, with respect represents unto your Honor that her said husband has departed this life leaving some property, she avers that she is legally entitled to the administration of said Estate. She further avers that she is legally entitled to the Tutorship of the following named minors issue of the marriage between her and her said husband to wit: Melissa [COMMENT-4] Franklin and Francis FULLERTON she represents that all of the heirs of said estate reside in said Parish and State with the exception of Sarah A. FULLERTON wife of John COBB who resides in the State of Alabama. The premises considered petitioner prays that she be appointed administratrix of the Estate of her said husband James FULLERTON dec'd and Tutix to her said minor children. That an inventory of said Estate be made according to law and that an attorney for absent heirs be appointed to represent said Sarah A. FULLERTON wife of John COBB of the State of Alabama and finally petitioners pray for general relief in the premises and as set(?).
(Signed) Elizabeth FULLERTON
It is ordered that E. J. K. JONES be appointed attorney for absent heirs to represent Sarah A. FULLERTON wife of John COBB of the State of Alabama and heirs of James FULLERTON dec'd, there being no licensed attorney present. It is further ordered that William HYLTON be appointed Under Tutor for Melissa Franklin and Francis FULLERTON minor heirs of James FULLERTON dec'd, provided he takes the oath required by law.
This done and signed this 18th day of December A. D. 1849.
(Signed) W. C. COPES, Clk. District
Know all men by these presents that we Elizabeth Fullerton as principal and Robt. E. Fullerton, James Fullerton, Wm. Fullerton, James McCALMAN, Wm. HYLTON as security are held and firmly bound unto William C. COPES, Clerk of the District Court in and for said parish and State for the use and benefit of the legal heirs and representatives of James FULLERTON, dec'd in the sum of Six Thousand and eight hundred dollars and for the payment of which sum well and truly to be made, we bind ourself, our heirs, Executors, administrators and assigns firmly by these presents and in ??? dated at Homer this 31st day of January, A. D. 1850. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bounded Elizabeth FULLERTON has been appointed administratrix of the estate of her deceased husband James FULLERTON shall discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on her as administratrix aforesaid then and in that case the above obligation to be null and void, otherwise to remain in full force and intent.
(Signed) Elizabeth herxmark FULLERTON
R. E. FULLERTON, J. S. McCALMAN, J. C. FULLERTON, Wm. HYLTON, J. W. CHASSELL??, T. M. BLACK, W. FULLERTON Attest W. C. COPES
Be it remembered that on this 31st day of January A.D. 1850 in pursuance of an order issued by the Clerk of the Central Court in and for said parish and state & to me directed I Elizabeth FULLERTON administratrix of the estate of James FULLERTON late of said parish & state, dec'd after having advertised according to law by posting up printed advertisements in three different public places in the Parish of Claiborne thirty clear days previous to the date hereof as the law directs proceeded to sell at public auction to the highest bidders the following described property belonging to the estate of said James FULLERTON dec'd to wit:
|one tract of land described as follows. The land whereon James FULLERTON dec'd last lived with all the improvements thereunto belonging and the adjoining tract as hereinafter described to wit: the North West 1/4 of the South West 1/4 of Section (22) Twenty-two Township Twenty-one (21) of Range eight (8) containing thirty nine and 74/100 acres, the South East 1/4 of the North West 1/4 of the North East 1/4 of the South West 1/4 of Section (22) Twenty-two Township (21) twenty one Range (8) eight containing seventy nine and 88/100 acres also the North West 1/4 of the North East 1/4 of Section (27) twenty-seven Township twenty-one (21) Range (8) eight containing Thirty nine 92/100 acres and the South East 1/4 of the North West 1/4 of Section Fifteen (15) Township twenty-one (21) Range eight (8) containing forty acres more of less to James FULLERTON he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of one Thousand dollars $1,000.00. One third cash the ballance (sic) on a credit of twelve months the purchaser giving his note with approved personal security and special mortgage in the property sold. Amt. Bro. forward -||$1,000.00|
|One negro girl named Susan 12 years old slave for life to Elizabeth FULLERTON she being the highest and last bidder at the sum of four hundred fifty Dollars||$450.00|
|One negro girl named Jane 14 years old slave for life to Elizabeth FULLERTON she being the highest and last bidder at the sum of five hundred dollars||500.00|
|One negro man slave for life about 30 years old named Jake to James FULLERTON he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of Six hundred and fifteen dollars cash||615.00|
|One four horse wagon to James FULLERTON he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of thirty six dollars cash||36.00|
|one two horse wagon to James FULLERTON he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of fifty one dollars & fifty cents cash||51.50|
|One horse mule to James FULLERTON he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of Seventy dollars cash||70.00|
|One mare mule to James FULLERTON he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of fifty one dollars cash.||51.00|
|One cow & calf to Elizabeth FULLERTON she being the highest and last bidders at the sum of nine dollars||9.00|
|One cow & calf to E. S. HAMILTON he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of twelve dollars and twenty five cents[COMMENT-5]||12.25|
|cash over $2794.75 Amt Bro forw'd|
|One cow & calf to J. T. KNOX he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of Eight dollars cash||8.00|
|One cow & calf to J. T. KNOX he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of Eleven dollars cash||11.00|
|One cow & calf to T. HAMILTON he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of ten dollars & twenty five cents cash||10.25|
|one yearling to J. T. KNOX he being the highest and last bidders at the sum of five dollars seventy five cents cash||5.75|
|two yearlings to J. HASTY he being the highest & last bidders at the sum of four dollars five cents cash||4.05|
|One cow & calf to T. HAMILTON he being the highest & last bidder at the sum of seven dollars & twenty five cents cash||7.25|
|One cow & calf to H. M. WHITEHEAD he being the highest and last bidder at the sum of nine dollars fifty six cents cash||9.56|
making in all the sum of two thousand eight hundred and fifty dollars and sixty one cents.
This done & signed this 31st day of January A. D. 1850 (signed) Elizabeth herxmark FULLERTON
attest W. C. COPES Samuel COOPER
I the undersigned do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me by law as natural Tutrix for Melissa Franklin & Francis FULLERTON minor children of James FULLERTON, dec'd according to the best of my ability So help me God.
(Signed) Elizabeth herxmark FULLERTON
Sworn to & Subscribed before me this 31st day of January A. D. 1850
(Signed) W. C. COPES, CLK District Court
I the undersigned do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me by law as Under Tutor for Melissa Franklin & Francis FULLERTON minor children of James FULLERTON, dec'd according to the best of my ability So help me God.
(Signed) William HYLTON
Sworn to & Subscribed before me this 31st day of January A. D. 1850
(Signed) W. C. COPES, CLK District Court
There is also a Clerk's Certificate and a Judge's Certificate dated in November of 1852, the purpose of which usually is to create a record for filing a certified copy of the probate proceedings in another county. This is done when there is real estate in another county to be sold, but there is no indication of this in the extant papers in this estate. This, of course, is Texas law, and Louisiana law is dissimilar from the law in the other 49 states.
Children of James C. FULLERTON and wife Elizabeth include the following:
|Sarah Ann FULLERTON COBB COHEN? MEEKS, born in 1821 in Pendleton District South Carolina, married first John COBB in Pickens County, Alabama, second perhaps a man named COHEN, and third Mark MEEKS in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. She is buried in Chillicothe, Hardeman County, Texas. Her life is described on the page "The Meeks Family and the First Marriage of Sarah Ann FULLERTON COBB COHEN? MEEKS".|
|Dr. Robert E. FULLERTON, born about 1825 in Pickens County, South Carolina, died possibly at Pueblo, Colorado. He married on December 21, 1851, in Hinds, Mississippi, Mary L. COLLINS. He owned a sanitarium near Pinesville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana.|
|James C. FULLERTON, Jr., was born in 1826 in Pickens County, South Carolina, and died unmarried, the inventory in his estate being filed November 23, 1853 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. He operated a timber mill at Pinesville, Louisiana, just across the river from Alexandria, Louisiana. Logs from his mill were said to have built his brother Robert's sanitarium.|
|William FULLERTON, born about 1828 in Pickens County, South Carolina, married Martha CANTHEM April 19, 1855, in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. They were the parents of |
|An unknown daughter, born about 1829.|
|Charlotte Elizabeth FULLERTON McCALMAN, born in 1832, died May 14, 1882 in Columbia County, Arkansas. She married James Scott McCALMAN about 1847 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. Their children were |
|Indiana Melissa FULLERTON, born about 1833, married December 11, 1855 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, James M. YARBOROUGH. He witnessed the marriage of Mark MEEKS and Sarah A. FULLERTON COBB COHEN? in 1858.|
|Dr. George Franklin FULLERTON, born March 28, 1836, died September 16, 1908, in Summerfield, Cherokee County, Texas, buried in Union Chapel Cemetery. He married (1) Anna DAWKINS on September 10, 1863 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, and they were the parents of twins on August 31, 1867: |
|Frances (Fannie) FULLERTON, born 1844 in Alabama, died November 26, 1862, in Bienville Parish, Louisiana at the age of 18. Her obituary follows:
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