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Posted by: James Denison (ID *****3522) Date: December 30, 2003 at 02:06:01
In Reply to: Re: ANDREW FULLWOOD 1700'sOF NORTH CAROLINA by Donnie Fulwood of 211

There was an Andrew Fullwood that was son of Thomas Fullwood and Leanna (Loanna, Louanna) Wilkins, and sibling to (Andrew), James, Wilkins, Mary (Polly?), Anna, Thomas, Catherine (Katy, Kitty), Ester (Esther, Hester) in that birth order as related here;

Mary (Polly?) Fullwood married John Smith Henderson in Telfair, Georgia in 1822.

Thomas Fullwood, husband of Leanna Wilkins (1755-1828, daughter of John Wilkins and Judith Copeland) probably was grandson to the Thomas Fullwood who's listed as a Justice of the Peace in 1734 in Onslow NC. Andrew Fullwood and Catherine Loper (Lopen) were the parents of the first mentioned Thomas, that Andrew being son of an older Thomas Fullwood who had come to America from Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Thomas Fullwood of England was Born on 11 Dec 1689 and died in 1741. His father had been lost at sea off the American coast.

Anna Fullwood a daughter of Thomas and Leanna, was my great great grandmother. I was told by older relatives such as my grandfather (Anna's grandson) who was born in 1885 and died in 1968 (I'm currently 48) that she was mixed between native American and white. I may explore the color angle more in future, but her son Thomas Madison Dennison in a picture I saw has every appearance of a white man.

Her brother Thomas Jr Fullwood (1803-1839) married Mary Harrigan and had children named in birth order, James William, Amanda (Arminda), Dory Ann, (Caldonia?), Samantha. Following his death Mary Harrigan married John Henderson Boone. There is a Caledonia Fullwood that may be the same that is listed as a Mulatto, 44 yr old servant in the household of a William Peake in Atlanta Georgia in the 1880 census. She claimed her father was from Ireland, and that she was widowed. It may be the same Caldonia as from Thomas and Mary Fullwood and she was using her maiden name there or lied about being a widow.

They all were originally from the Onslow NC area and a lot there were mixed race of white and natives, called Melungeon, a word that means Mixed. They they migrated downward to Georgia and into Florida after the Indian wars.

Anyway, to finish Anna Fullwood's story, she married William Patrick Dennison, (not Patterson) and gave birth to my great grandfather Thomas Madison Dennison. He had siblings but not sure if William P Dennison had only the one wife or not. "Denison", with one "n" is how it's spelled on T M Dennison's tombstone in Oak Grove Cemetary north of Lake City Florida, but I've also been told since it saved on cost is the reason only one "n" was used for it. His Florida civil war pension used two n's for the spelling and that's the way he signed the application too. He had been wounded during the war in a leg and shoulder. Civil War Rosters spell his and his brother's names both ways.

My grandfather's family uses both versions as the accepted spelling of the name and three of my father's older siblings use the double n and the other 4 the single "n" for spelling and that has continued for their descendants.

Thomas Madison Dennison had numerous children by a first wife Ethellendy (Ester Linda Conner?), through which I'm descended and later 2 more by a widow called Maggie Jordan (Margaret Matilda Brown) who also had previous children from her former husband (Matthew?). The second wife's children by T M Dennison were named Roscoe and Roosevelt.Žion=11&frompage=99

Roosevelt Dennison was stabbed to death at age 17 by two people who escaped justice. My father's youngest brother was given the middle name Roosevelt in remembrance since he was born shortly after. T M Dennison, born May 1846, died in May 1921 a few months after the murder of his son. Maggie Dennison his wife moved into Jacksonville Fl, died there in 1954. T M Dennison ran the general store in Lulu Florida, but lived in Providence outside Lake Butler Fl later with Maggie and her children, including the 2 fathered by him. His older children were left in charge of the first household and raising the younger children and he visited between the two farms. Maggie Dennison was Mormon religion, but I don't think T M Dennison was, probably Disciple of Christ, or Church of Christ. My grandfather was James Oscar Denison (April 6, 1885 - 1968) and is buried at Midway Church of Christ between Providence and Lake Butler Fl next to his two wives, Minnie Waters and Ethel Love Lewis (1900-1992).

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