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Re: Sarah Fulkerson/John Stuart KY 1750-1835
Posted by: Glenn C. Jones Date: January 27, 2002 at 16:15:13
In Reply to: Sarah Fulkerson/John Stuart KY 1750-1835 by Jennifer Sanders of 563

Here is the information I have on John Stuart from my notes. He would be my 5th g-grandfather. I have extensive descendant data, mostly through his son Abraham and his wife Mary Kuykendall (also another old Dutch-American family name). Feel free to write me at for more info.

Glenn C. Jones
Roseville, CA

Killed by Indians
Generation No. 2

2. JOHN STUART (JAMES) was born 1750. He married SARAH ELIZABETH FULKERSON, daughter of DERICK FULKERSON and ELEANOR SHARPE or FULKERSON. She was born Abt. 1748 in NC, and died December 02, 1835. Lore has it that Sarah lived to be 108 yrs old. It is said that she grew a new head of hair & a new set of teeth. She married John STUART, who was once captured by Indians along with Daniel Boone, and was killed by Indians in 1769.

She may have lived with her son Abraham when he was on the Christian Co., KY census in 1800, but it is known that she moved with him to Mound Prairie, Hempstead Co., AR about 1818 She died near Columbus. Mary Nell Turner adds: {From my husband's ancestry} Sarah Fulkerson born about 1748 NC died 1856/7 age 108 in Hempstead County, Arkansas. She was married to John Stuart born NC and dead by Oct 6, 1807 ( Deed Book F p 184 Robertson Co. TN). John was supposedly killed by Indians about 1769? Sarah came to Arkansas with son Abraham Stuart and is buried in a family graveyard with others of the Stuart family. Other children were Huldah (m. Clark), Elijah (m. Dobbins) Emily (m. Henry Conway), James M. unm; Sarah m. Thomas Grayson and was married in Logan Co. KY 1795); William m. Rebecca Kuykendall; Abraham m. Mary Kuykendall. This is from chart compiled by a Stuart descendant. Our line is through Lucinda Stuart who married Samuel Hopson, not through George W. There is a new book out on the Hopson genealogy which is very good. Lunetta Hopson was married to Gideon C. Crews and their daughter Lizzie Crews married Addison Turner whose son was John C. Turner whose son was McDowell Turner.....if she is interested I have more. In fact, I am preparing a history of the Mound Prairie settlement in 1819 which is comprised of the Stuarts, Hopsons, Fontaines, et al. This is for our local Historical Society annual JOURNAL. Since it is my husband's family it is really a labor of love - no cash involved. That same area (Mound Prairie - is now owned by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and has been turned into Grandview Recreation area - they are letting the prairie (more than 500 acres) go back to its original condition...have two man-made lakes and over all a wonderful learning center. We are so very excited. Most of the prairie around the state has been destroyed by farming.

From Robert Stuart (012601):

John Stewart was one of the body-guards to the commissioners sent out by the state of North Carolina at the close of the Revolutionary war to lay out the lands in Middle Tennessee, at that time an unsettled district of North Carolina more or less dominated by Indians, for the purpose of granting the lands as a bonus to her soldiers who had served in the Continental line. John had probably been a soldier but was in titled to a grant of land for serving as a body-guard to the surveying party and was given 320 acres laying athwart Richland creek, a branch of the Sulphur fork of Red River in Robertson county.

Records reflect that over the next ten years John received 18 grants totaling 1769 acres. those grants were in Lunenburg Halifax county , Virginia on the Elk Horn Creek, Smiths River , Sandy Creek, Cub Creek, Banister River, Terrible Creek Irwin River, Peeping Creek , Flat Creek, Black Berry Creek, Stuart's Mountain Creek, Gobbling Town Creek, and Mayo River. It was very likely that these grants was secured for speculation.

John Stewart was born about 1750 in either southern Virginia or northern North Carolina, his parentage has not yet been determined. He married Sarah Elizabeth Fulkerson who was born in North Carolina according to notes kept by Mrs. Benjamin Hopson Cook of Longview, Texas, whose husband is the grandson of Benjamin Stuart Hopson, son of Ninion Edward Hopson and wife Lucinda Stuart.

John and Sarah settled on Millers creek on the south side of the Sulphur fork of Red River, in Robertson county. He may have moved to Christian County, Kentucky where most of his children had settled on the west fork of Pond River prior to the year 1800. It is believed that John died about the year of 1805. His Widow Sarah moved to Hempstead County, Arkansas about 1818 with her son Abraham and his family. Sarah died December 2, 1835 and is buried in the old pioneer Section 16 Cemetery near Columbus, Arkansas.

The story is told that John Stuart made several hunting trips with Daniel Boone hunting buffalo. It was on one of those trips that John and Boone came on a large group of Indians and was captured. They were keep in close confinement for several days, and closely guarded. After midnight on the seventh day Boone awakened, freed his companion and noiselessly retrieved Their guns and a small amount of ammunition and traveled in the direction of Their hunting camp. Upon arriving they found it deserted. Their other companions had gone home believing Boone and John had been killed. Boone and John set out for home with all speed and soon over took their friends. [Note: Though this story is reported to have been our John, it is more likely that it was his son know as Bushy Head.]

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