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Re: Fullwood/Fulwood Cemetery
Posted by: Donnie Fulwood (ID *****1285) Date: March 21, 2002 at 15:58:17
In Reply to: Re: Fullwood/Fulwood Cemetery by Nixie DuPont Fulwood of 211

Hello Jim,

Good to meet you. Who were your father and grandfather if you don't mind my asking?
We might be cousins or sumpthin. I need your help with something too.
I hope your family has some old letters or a bunch of oral history.
My Great Grandpa was son to one of about 6 Fulwoods.
Having a heck of a time proving which one.

In answer to your question:
I have seen records that someone submitted to the Mormon Church IGI files and with
Kindred Konnections that speak of a John W. Fulwood Sr. and a John W. Fulwood Jr.
of Houston County Georgia. These suggests that Wilkins Fulwood was the father of
John W. Fulwood Sr. I don't know who the researcher was or I would contact them to
compare notes. I am in no way criticizing their work, but my research indicates
(to me at least) that these submissions are incorrect. Then it is possible (but not likely)
that we are talking about two sets of people.

There are two branches of Fulwoods that came into Georgia from the Carolinas,
but that's another story. I write here of the branch that grew and spread around
Fort Valley which was then in Houston County (now within Peach Co.)

I can find no documentation that there was a John W. Fulwood Sr. and John W. Jr. as
The "father" of my central Georgia family branch was one Reverend John Fulwood
of South Carolina. He was born about 1787. I think this is the person others refer
to as John Sr. According to an obituary article in the Southern Christian Advocate
(an old newsletter furnished me by the Methodist church in South Carolina),
John was orphaned as a youngster when his mother died in SC and he was "bound to a
hard master". It indicates that his master didn't allow him to join the church
until he was 16 years old. He would therefore been orphaned prior to 1802.
Wilkins Fulwood did not die until Oct 1836. This of course rules out Wilkins as his father.

The other "John" Fulwood of Houston County was Johnathan Fulwood. I suspect he is the
person others are calling John W. Jr. This Johnathan was born about 1808. When he died
in 1843 his father the Reverend John and his mother Elizabeth Majors got custody of
Johnathan's children. When John died in 1850 custody was granted to Johnathan's
brother Charles Allen Fulwood who was also a Methodist preacher. The 1850 census
that some of the children remained however with Elizabeth who died in 1854 (likely
due to Charles traveling all over Georgia preaching).

The first John W. that I find is John Wesley Fulwood born in 1839 and died in the
war in 1862 of Typhoid in the CSA hospital at Macon. John Wesley was one of
three sons. The other two were Daniel and William. Daniel eventually moved to Alapaha
then Tifton in south-central Georgia where his descendants were important citizens
serving as mayor, etc. William remained in Central Georgia as far as I can tell
for most of his children moved from the small town of Ft. Valley to the larger nearby town
of Macon where they worked for years. One moved to Thomas County, some moved to
I am in contact with one of them in Florida. He is 96 years of age.

My Speculation:
Other than "the other branch" including Wilkins and his ancestors and descendants in
south Georgia around Ware and surrounding counties; it appears as if all the Fulwoods
stem from Reverend John.

Now we get to the Fulwood and Fullwood spellings of the name. Most researchers think
that the spellings are not indicative of two different families. I tend to agree with
that in the early years of this country's settlement. I do believe that later on in
the 1800's certain branches of the family choose one spelling over the other. There
was a Fullwood branch of the family that settled in Laurens County and a few north
Georgia counties that do not seem to be connected to the "single L" branches.
I expect though that they can all be traced back to a common ancestor.

Hope this helps a little Jim. I'll send more notes and sources later if you need them.

Donnie Fulwood
Macon, GA

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