Was Jacob Foulk, SR. involved in the pottery business in Morgantown, WV in the early 1800s? Or was Jacob Foulk, JR. the only person who owned this business?
According to Sunshine Foulke Chamber who wrote “Allied Families: …descendants of Andreas Volck-Foulke…, “ Jacob Foulk, SR. was born in Berks County, PA in 1736. Sunshine said he married Margaret Foulk, the daughter of a Peter Foulk. Margaret and Jacob Foulk, SR. were the parents of Charles, Barbara, Sarah, George Jacob, JR., David, Peter, Henry, Daniel, and John Foulk.
It is believed that Barbara Foulk married Charles Snodgrass SR., a widower, in about 1795 in the area of Monongalia Co., VA/WV. A marriage record hasn't been located – the Court House burned in the mid 1790s. In 1803 Charles Snodgrass, JR. was bound over to Jacob Foulk, JR. for four years to learn the trade of a potter. In 1806 Charles Snodgrass, JR. married Sarah Foulk, the sister of his stepmother.
In 1803 Jacob Foulk, JR. married Gertrude Horton Ridgeway, the daughter of Elihue Horton. It appears that they divorced between 1806 and 1808 because an Elizabeth is listed as the wife of Jacob Foulk, JR. in 1808.
As early as 1801, Jacob Foulk, SR. owned land on Pharoah’s Run - it runs into the Monongahela River at Rivesville, WV. This town is just north of Fairmont in present day Marion County. Margaret and Jacob Foulk, SR. sold property on Pharoah’s Run in September 1807.
If Jacob Foulk, SR. lived on the Pharoah’s Run property, I wonder if he (age 64 in 1800) ever owned the Morgantown pottery. I doubt if a person would live in the Rivesville’s area and commute to Morgantown in the early 1800s. If the older Foulk did own the pottery, did he eventually give or sell the pottery to his son, Jacob Foulk, JR.? Or was the pottery only owned by Jacob Foulk, JR? According to Melba Zinn’s eleven volume index to Monongalia County court records, Jacob Foulk, JR. was quite often in court during the 1810s due to business problems.
Does anyone know when and where Jacob Foulk SR. and Jacob Foulk JR. died and are buried?
Various spellings: Folk, Folks, Foulk, Foulke, Foulkes, Foulks, Fulk, Fulks, Volk, Volck.
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