I'm really glad that you responded. Your message prompted me to go back through my
notes to study them more closely, which I thank you for. Unfortunately it just added one
more mystery to be solved, that being - were there two John W. Fulwoods nearly the same
age in the same place? Who were their parents? Where did they come from? More on that
First let me explain that I have yet to see a John W. Fulwood Sr. and a John W. Fulwood
Jr. listed as such in any primary genealogy source such as census, birth, death, or court
records. I'm not familiar with the AIS Mortality Schedules Index that you mention. What
are they and where does one find them? Is it a primary source or is it something that a
researcher has submitted, which like the LDS IGI records are sometimes merely
suppositions? I'm relatively new to genealogy and certainly am not familiar with all the
sources and tools available. Please don't get the wrong impression, I'm not criticizing IGI's
and such. I just want to examine every source I can. I will still of course allow primary
sources to carry more weight than secondary ones.
Keeping in mind the absence in my notes of any official document with the names John W.
Fulwood Sr, or Jr.:
The earliest record I have found of a Fulwood in Houston County is one Reverend John
Fulwood. I am nearly certain that all the Fulwoods in Houston County were descended
from him with the possible exception of this John W. Fulwood born in 1825. He may also
be the Reverend's descendant though. If not, where did he come from? The Rev. John and
his oldest son Johnathan were the only Fulwoods in the area that were the right age to have
fathered him. If not one of their sons, it appears that he was still related because two of
Johnathan's sons lived with him.
Starting at the beginning of my earliest documented Houston County Georgia Fulwoods:
I have three obits for a Reverend John Fulwood of SC who was orphaned some time
before he was 16 (Note: this was prior to 1803, therefore Wilkins Fulwood who died 33
years later on October 5th 1836, as told in "The History of Ware County Georgia" by Mrs.
J.L. Walker, would not be a good candidate for his father (unless he was divorced)). A
death notice from the Methodist Church in SC says in his 20th year John married Elizabeth
Majors of SC and that he died in 1850 in Houston County, GA.
John's obituary from the Macon Messenger Newspaper of 20 Feb. 1850 follows:
Tribute of respect by Ft. Valley Lodge No. 110 to memory of Rev. John Fulwood
who departed this life on the 1st of Feb. in the 63rd year of his age in Houston County.
(Observation by Donnie Fulwood - 1850 minus 63 equals a birth date of abt.1787)
His death notice from a Methodist Church newsletter "The Southern Christian Advocate" in
SC further states that John moved to Wilkinson County Georgia in 1810. (He is not found
in the 1810 census for Wilkinson County as he apparently arrived after the census was
taken. He does appear in the 1820 census along with 2 adult females, 2 female children,
and 1 male child 10-16 years of age. Johnathan who I propose was his son was 14 at the
time and would likely be the 10-16 year old). The obit (or death notice) states that John
moved to Houston County Georgia in 1825. Houston County land records show him
buying 202 1/2 acres on Jan 26, 1825 in Houston Co. from another Wilkinson County
resident one Mr. Henry Shows (who won it in the 1821 land lottery). Later land records
show Johnathan buying 101 1/4 acres near the Rev. John's land. Even later land records
show both of them selling their land at about the same time and buying larger amounts of
land a few miles north. Land records also show on August 29, 1836 that John Fulwood,
Johnathan Fulwood, John Murrey, Abram Baker, and John Forshee were donated 3 acres
of Daniel Thompson's Lot # 80 (about 1 mile NE of the Fulwoods' new plantations) "for the
purpose of building a Methodist Church on".
According to Court of Ordinary records in "Wills and Inferior Court Minutes of Houston
Johnathan and his wife Mary Ann were both dead by 1843 and left five minor children;
"William, Daniel A, John Wesley, Lucretia Emiline, and Mary Ann E. Fulwood, minors and
orphans under age of 14". Custody of them was granted to a John Fulwood on 2 Aug.
1843. (Observation by Donnie Fulwood - I submit that this John was his father the Rev.
John Fulwood for after Rev. John died in Dec. 1850 (with his son Rev. Charles Fulwood at
his bedside), custody of Johnathan's children was then granted to Charles A. Fulwood on 7
July 1851. Further, the oral history of the Tifton, GA Fulwoods is that the child Daniel (at
least) who started the Tifton branch of the family was raised by his grandfather who was a
Methodist preacher. While Charles was the legal guardian of Johnathan's children from
1851 on, the census of 1850 shows some of the children living with Elizabeth Fulwood. I
presume this Elizabeth was their grandmother ( who died in 1854 according to her
Methodist Church death notice) the wife of Rev. John. The book "Methodist Preachers in
Georgia 1783-1900" identifies one of the Rev. John's sons as the Rev. Charles A. Fulwood
as does the obits. Charles was born in 1829 after John moved to Houston County. (He
died 1909 in Florida.)
From "Wills and Inferior Court Minutes of Houston County":
Date: 7 July 1851
"Charles Fulwood having given Bond with David O. Smith as his Security
in the Sum of four thousand Dollars. It is ordered that he be appointed
Guardian of the persons and property of Mary Ann Fulwood,
John W Fulwood, Daniel A Fulwood, and William Fulwood minor children of
Johnathan Fulwood Deceased late of this county."
I admit there is discrepancy between the age for John W. Fulwood b.1825 and the
guardianship papers which states Johnathan's children including a John Wesley Fulwood
were "all under the age of 14" making his date of birth no earlier than 1829. If this court
document and the census records are both accurate it would leave one to believe that there
were two John W. Fulwoods almost the same age (one born 1825 and another born
between 1829 and 1843) living in Houston County both related to William and Daniel.
Note that in 1850 Houston County census that along with his wife Nancy, and daughters
Emily and Arminta; a "Daniel A. Fulwood, farmer, 16" (therefore b.1834) and "William
Fulwood, farmer, 18 (therefore b. abt. 1832) are found living with both the Elizabeth
mentioned above and the John W. Fulwood b. 1825 Farmer. It is possible that your 25
year old John W. Fulwood is a cousin to the 16 year old Daniel and 18 year old William. It
is possible that the Reverend John who at 18 had a son Johnathan (in 1805) and who at 38
could have a son John W. (in 1825) (after all he had Charles in 1829 when he was 42), but
I think it a little strange that someone would name two sons such similar names.
So...I don't know who the second John W. is but believe we can safely say that:
Rev. John and Elizabeth Majors Fulwood of SC were the parents to Johnathan and Charles
A. and two daughters; that Johnathan and Maryanne Fulwood were parents of William,
Daniel A., John Wesley, Lucretia Emiline, and Maryanne E. Fulwood; and that William,
Daniel Archibald, and John W. or John Wesley Fulwood were CSA veterans.
Something else you can help me work on if you choose to (in the event you discover I may
be on the right track) is who might be the father of the Reverend John Fulwood of SC. It is
of course possible that he may have came to SC as a child from NC. Perhaps he is a
descendant of Major William Fullwood of Pudding Swamp who fought with Francis "The
Swamp Fox" Marion. Considering John named a son Charles, I suspect he may be related
to the Charles Fulwood b. between 1756 and 1774 who is found in the 1800 Georgetown
District Waccamaw, South Carolina census. This Charles had two sons and a daughter
indicated as born between 1790 and 1800, a girl born between 1785 and 1790, a wife and
1 slave in his household. John however is not listed in his will though all his known children
Study on it and let me know what you think. Any help or new research sources will be
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