(and all others interested in the 3 John Fulwoods of Houston County GA circa 1825-1850),
Here are my research notes on my Fulwood ancestors of Fort Valley Georgia once within Houston, now in Peach County, Georgia. One of these Fulwood men or thier sons apparently was the father of my Great Grandfather Henry Franklin Fulwood born 1876. I have been unable to prove which one for it is possible he was not married to Henry's mother.
In a "time line" format of sorts,
HERE IS WHAT I KNOW:
There was a Reverend John Fulwood of SC born 1787 (according to his obituary and according to page 194 of the book "Methodist Preachers in Georgia 1783-1900", which you can view at Washington Memorial Library Genealogy Archives Room in Macon, GA or perhaps in your local genealogy archives). A transcription of Reverend John's obituary is included at the end of this message.
John Fulwood was an orphan who came from SC to Wilkinson County Georgia in 1820. He then moved to Houston County. (He is found in the 1820 census in Wilkinson County and his obituary in the Methodist Church's "Southern Christian Advocate" included below also states these facts.)
John married Elizabeth Majors about 1807 (this according to his obit in the Southern Christian Advocate) before moving to Georgia.
In John Fulwood's 1820 Wilkinson County home were found (according to the 1820 census) 1 male 10-15 years old, 4 female children, and two adult females, (which I guess means some of them were born prior to coming to Georgia).
Reverend Charles A. Fulwood was the son of the Reverend John Fulwood formerly of SC. Charles married Harriet Gillipsie Godfry, Mary Stanley, and possibly an Elizabeth "Last name unknown" (according to the book "Methodist Preachers in Georgia 1783-1900").
Reverend Charles A. Fulwood had at least two sons. His eldest son Charles W. Fulwood (1851-1875) died at Key West, Florida. The obituary for his son indicating Charles W. as "eldest son" is included at the end of this message.
Johnathan Fulwood died in or prior to 1843. His wife Mary Ann (Last name unknown to me) died in 1843 in Houston County Georgia (according to the book "Wills and Inferior Court Minutes of Houston County"). A transcription from that book of the guardianship grant dated 2 Aug. 1843 of Johnathan and Mary Ann Fulwood's children is included at the bottom of this message.
Johnathan and Mary Ann Fulwood had five minor children "under the age of 14" at the time ofMary Ann Fulwood's 1843 death. According to the August 1843 guardianship grant, they were(I quote) : "William, Daniel A., John Wesley, Maryanne E., and Luenta Emiline". (DF: Note that in most later records she is called Lucretia or Lucretia Emiline). See above guardianship grant.
Reverend John Fulwood died in 1850 (according to his obituary notice in the Southern Christian Advocate, according to a "message of respect" in the Macon Messenger newspaper from the Masonic Lodge, and according to page 194 of the book "Methodist Preachers in Georgia 1783-1900".)
The 1850 census shows in Houston County, an Elizabeth Fulwood as head of household. Living with her were: William Fulwood- 18 - farmer, JohnFulwood- 11, Sarah Howell- 12, Maryan Fulwood - 8 (sorry, I didn't copy but merely transcribed the text into my notes. It's easy to find though).
The 1850 census also shows in Houston County, a John W.Fulwood, age 25, farmer as a head of household. Living with him were: Nancy Fulwood 28 Female, Emily Fulwood 6 Female, Arminta 4 Female, James 1 Male, Daniel A. Fulwood 16 male - farmer, William Fulwood 18 male - farmer.
Guardianship of Mary Ann, John W., Daniel A., and William; was appointed to Charles A. Fulwood on 7 July 1851. The guardianship appointment is included at the bottom of this message.
Elizabeth Fulwood dies 21 November 1854 (according to her obituary in the Southern Christian Advocate. Her notice was on badly degraded microfilm and parts were impossible to read). A transcription attempt of the text in that obituary is included at the bottom of this message.
HERE IS WHAT I BELIEVEBASED ON CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE:
I think that Johnathan Fulwood (born about 1808 died 1843) was a son of John Fulwood (1787-1850) of Houston County, formerly of Wilkinson County, GA and SC.
Houston County land records and guardianship of Johnathan's orphans seem to be evidence of a father - son relationship but I found nothing official absolutely stating their relationship. The 1820 census lists a 10-15 year old male living with John in Wilkinson County that I believe was Johnathan. No other child that could have been the 10-15 year old shows up in subsequent records other than Johnathan Fulwood of Houston County. Houston County Land Records show John and a Johnathan buying and selling adjacent land during the period of about 1825-1840 in "Captain Fulwood's Militia District". I can find no record of John's children's births. Johnathan who I believe is the eldest would have been born in South Carolina. There may be some promise in searching for evidence of his birth in South Carolina records. The Wilkinson County Court House suffered at least 4 fires and the Union Army so Wilkinson records are lacking. A transcription of the text of the Guardianship of Johnathan's children being granted to a John Fulwood appears in the book "Wills and Inferior Court Minutes of Houston County", and is included at the bottom of this message. Admittedly, there were 2 John Fulwoods living in Houston County during the 1840s, however the fact that Elizabeth has part of Johnathan's orphan children living with her in the 1850 census records after the Rev. John's death, leads me to believe that it was the Rev. John (and his wife Elizabeth) that were granted guardianship. In the event that the younger of the two Johns, John W. 1825 were the one granted guardianship; I think he would have been only 18 years old and unmarried and was likely assisted by Elizabeth as some of Johnathans orphans are listed in the census as living with her (which to me, tends to lend more credence that John W. 1825 Fulwood was one of Elizabeth and Reverend Johns sons).
I believe that the Rev. John and Elizabeth Majors Fulwood had another son John W. Fulwood born in 1825.
The Rev. John and his assumed son Johnathan were the only Fulwood men found in Houston Countywhen John W. Fulwood (who is found as a "25 year old farmer" in the Houston County 1850 census) was born. I can find no other John Fulwood being born about this time to any other Fulwood or Fullwood anywhere in Georgia. There is however a male (born between 1825 and 1830) in the Reverend's household in the 1830 census. If John W. Fulwood was not the Reverend John's son, who's then?
I believe that John W. Fulwood born 1825 was helping his mother the widow Elizabeth Fulwood raise Johnathan's children.
Two ofJohnathan's orphans (a Daniel A. and William) are listed as living in John W. 1825 Fulwood's household as farmers in this same 1850 census. More likely than John W. helping to raise William and Daniel, is that Elizabeth probably allowed these two older children to assist the young farmer John W. Fulwood in working his farm. It is not unusual for individuals to be listed twice within one census in cases where they were counted early during the census in one place, moved to another place in the same county and were later counted by a different census taker. I believe that the William and Daniel A. were counted twice.
HERE IS THE TRANSCRIPTION OF THE GUARDIANSHIP ASSIGNMENT TO JOHN
(From "Wills and Inferior Court Minutes of Houston County" Georgia)
(2 Aug. 1843:)
It appearing to the court that the condition of the estate of the late JOHNATHAN FULWOOD,dec., and his widow MARY ANN, who has also deceased this life, that there is no necessity of granting administration on either estate because both may be settled without litigation or contintion and same protection may be afforded rights of the orphans at less expense by granting guardianship for them. Court appointed JOHN FULWOOD as guardian of person and property of WILLIAM, DANIEL A.,LUENTIA EMILINE, JOHN WESLEY, and MARY ANN E. FULWOOD minors and orphans under age 14 of said JOHNATHAN FULWOOD,dec. Bond set at $2000 with WILLIAM COUSINS as security. Further said JOHN FULWOOD was granted leave to sell such portions of the personal estate as he desires and for the year 1844 he may rent the plantation and Negroes of said minors. ENOS YOUNG, ANTHONY M. THOMPSON, AMOS TURNER, DANIEL GAWSEY, and THOMAS ALLEN appointed to appraise and return both estates jointly.
(13 Jan 1845:)
JohnFulwood, guardian of William, Daniel, Luenta Emaline,and Mary Ann E. Fulwood orphan children of Johnathan Fulwood, dec. was allowed the sum of $87 for year 1844 from said estate for care of children within his own family. (Note: Luenta Emiline is found in census documents as Lucretia Emiline.)
HERE IS THE TRANSCRIPTION OF THE GUARDIANSHIP ASSIGNMENT TO CHARLES
(From "Wills and Inferior CourtMinutes of Houston County" Georgia)
(7 July 1851:)
Charles Fulwood appointed guardian of Mary Ann, John W., Daniel A., and William Fulwood minor children of Johnathan deceased. Bond set at $4000 with David O. Smith as security.
(17 Nov. 1857)
"Charles A. Fulwood the Guardian for said minors have leave to sell all the land and Negroes belong to said minors this 17 Nov. 1857".
HERE ISTHE TRANSCRIPTION OF THE WILL OF REVEREND JOHN FULWOOD
John Fulwood's Obituary notice from the South Carolina Methodist Conference Newsletter "Southern Christian Advocate":
Died in Houston Co., Ga., the Rev. John Fulwood, father of the Rev. C.A. Fulwood, of the Georgia Conference, in the 63rd year of his age. He was a native of So. Ca. In early life he lost his mother, and was bound, most unfortunately, to a hard master, where he was shut out from church privileges, and permitted to go to school "only on rainy days."
In his sixteenth year he obtained leave to attend a camp-meeting, but had to work hard to gain the time to go, and then walked all the way; a distance of 17 miles. At this meeting God convinced him of sin, and shortly after converted his soul when wrestling in prayer. As soon as he could gain the time from his master, he went to a Methodist society, offered himself for church membership and was cordially received.
In his 20th year he was married to Elizabeth Majors. His wife proved a helpmate in spiritual as well as temporal matters, and he at once commenced and steadily pursued a Christian course both public and privately, frequently holding prayer meetings among his young friends.
In 1810 he moved to Wilkinson Co., Ga., and for several years filled the offices of class-leader and steward. In 1817 he was licensed to exhort. His exhortations though neither brilliant nor showy, were spiritual and impressive, often resulting in the immediate conviction and conversion of souls. In 1819 he was more than ever impressed with the duty of going fully into the ministry, but from natural timidity he shrank from the cross. The struggle between natural inclination, and spiritual confiction was hard, but he finally yielded to the latter and the same year was licensed to preach, but commenced it with fear and trembling. From this to the last days of his life he was zealous active and persevering, so much so that he was styled a "local itinerant preacher." For five years he labored efficiently in Wilkinson and surrounding counties.
In 1824 he moved to Houston Co., and there raised the standard of the cross. Though he was poor and had to labor, he always found time to visit the sick, comfort the disconsolate, and relieve according to his means, the wants of the distressed. His piety was deep and uniform; he conciquintly preached by example as well as precept. He was ordained deacon in 1838, which office he filled honorably to himself and usefully to the church for seven years, and then by the advice of friends and a conviction of duty came forward for Elder's orders, was elected in 1839 and ordained at Fort Valley July 9th 1840. He was several times employed by the presiding elder to take charge of a circuit and was always ready to go. Indeed he was emphatically the servant of the church. His preaching was plain, simple and unaffected, not with man's wisdom, but in power and the demonstration ofthe Spirit. The secret of his success was the Holy Ghost rested upon him. Upon one occasion he preached before the president of a college who up to that time had been skeptical in regard to revealed religion, but his deep-rooted skepticism was now removed, and he yielded his assent to the truth of the gospel.
He was infirm for several years previous to his death, of which he had a presentiment and spoke of it to his intimate friends. He made all necessary arrangements for death prior to his last attack and spoke several times to his son of his willingness to die. On the forth day before his death, he spoke of that" rest that remains for the people of God," was quite happy and seemed disposed to rejoice aloud, but his strength was not sufficient. The third day before his death he received the sacrament of the Lord's supper at the hands of his son. This was a great source of comfort to him and powerfully impressive to those present. He preserved an unbroken confidence to the last. About three hours before he breathed his last, he was asked by his son, if he still felt resigned, still saw his way clearly, and was still in an attitude to meet God, to all of which he replied, "Yes, yes, yes," and then added "All is well." These were his last words. About an hour before his dissolution he was asked if he still felt that God was with him. He could not speak, but fixing his eyes upon the inquirer raised his trembling hands in token of the affirmative reply.Then he fell asleep in Jesus.
HERE IS THE TRANSCRIPTION ATTEMPT AT THE WILL OF ELIZABETH MAJORS FULWOOD
Elizabeth Majors Fulwood's Obituary notice from the South Carolina Methodist Conference Newsletter "Southern Christian Advocate":
(The Photocopy provided by the Church is difficult and in part impossible to read due to the degraded condition of the microfilm from which it was printed)
Mrs. Elizabeth Fulwood, (relict?) of the late Rev. John Fulwood , and mother of the Rev. C.A. Fulwood of the Ga. Conf., now sleeps with Jesus. She was about 71 years old, and has been a member of the M. E. church about (41?) years.In usual health on Thursday, 16th Nov., she was suddenly attacked with paralysis on that day, fell senseless from her chair, and died on the succeeding Wensday night. What a rapid change from health to sickness, from life to death! How subversive of the doctrine sometimes taught, that we are not to expect grace until death comes! Alas! If we have it not all the time like mother Fulwood, we may be called to him without premonition or time to (invake? it. Sudden however as was the summons, he found her prepared, and waiting her Lord's coming. F(ervant) in spiritearnest,(?), and some times eloquent in prayer how she prayed. In
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of Christ. If you feel you are called to go to California, go; nor wait to follow my bones to the grave." Such untiring zeal and noble self-sacrifice needs no eulogium from me. They speak for themselves. Peace to her memory; salvation to her house.
HERE IS THE TRANSCRIPTION OF THE WILL OF CHARLES W. FULWOOD
from the South Carolina Methodist Conference Newsletter "Southern Christian Advocate":
Charles W. Fulwood, eldest son of Rev. Charles A. Fulwood, of the Florida Conference, died in Key West, Fla., July 23rd 1875, in the twenty-fourth year of his age.
From his third year, he was the child of affliction; yet his life was a beautiful exhibition of simplicity and patience. In all his bodily anguish he never (murmured?) against the providence of God, but quietly submitted to his will, seeming to say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in him." During the intervals between the nervous spells (which were the result of his particular disease) his example exerted a (salutary?) influence upon all who came in contact with him, and exhibited in it's most lovely aspects, the beauty and glory of the religion he professed. Having been reared in the nurture and admonition ofthe lord, the Spirit of the Savior early found a lodgment in his heart, and led him to bring forth the fruits oftruth and piety. This was ever apparent, especially during his last few years, in the perfect innocence of his life, and the numerous graces which adorned it. Though a constant care to his parents, they would gladly have retained him, had it been the will of God. This desire arose, in part, from the fact that he was more a source of comfort than sorrow. For some time previous to his death, he appeared to be impressed that the event was drawing near. This conviction caused him to meditate and converse a great deal about the employments and happiness of the redeemed. His soul rejoiced at the thought of being eternally happy, and especially of meeting his friends and loved ones again. The (refraction?) was ever present with him, and reconciled him to the solemn (erists?) to which he was tending. When the summons came, he was ready; and after a few short hours of suffering, his spirit took it's flight to joined the ransomed ones above.
(signed) Wm. R. Johnson
In Answer to Carrie's post on the Fullwood Forum:
You quote from the Will that Charles was appointed Guardian of Mary Ann Fulwood, John W, Daniel A. and William Fulwood, minor children of Johnathan Fulwood. In the next paragraph you said the guardianship papers states Johnathans children including a John Wesley Fulwood. Did it spell out his name?
DF: Yes it did spell out his name. See included transcription.
I am also confused as to your statement
"Note that in 1850 Houston County census that along with his wife Nancy, and daughter Emily and Arminta; a Daniel A. Fulwood, farmer, 16 and William Fulwood farmer, 18 are found living with both the Elizabeth mentioned above and the John W. Fulwood b 18, Farmer."
If I understand correctly you say that Rev John b 1787 m to Elizabeth Majors had Johnathan who m Maryanne and had Mary Ann, John W.(John Wesley?) Daniel A, and William. So the John W married to Nancy Turner Dec. 21 1843 in Houston Co (Ga. Marriage Records to 1850)and the one mentioned in the census is the same but not the one you are refering to as our ancestor?
DF: No I don't think they are the same person. I think John W. Fulwood born in 1825 was a son of the Reverend John Fulwood and was one of Johnathan Fulwood's brothers and that John Wesley 1843 Fulwood (son of Johnathan and MaryAnne) is therefore John 1825 Fulwood's nephew.
Another reason I agree that there were two John W and that one or both were probably related to Daniel and William are that
1. they all four enlisted the same day according to military records bu their listed resident counties varied.
1.John W Fulwood Enlisted March 22 1862, rank: Corpl, Age 36, res: Thomas Co GA
2. John W Fulwood Enlisted March 22 1862, rank: Priv, Age 22
(this = b. 1840), res: Clay Co GA
3. William A Fulwood, Enlisted March 22 1862, rank Priv, Age 29, res: Brooks Co GA
4. Daniel A. Fulwood, Enlisted March 22 1862, rank: Priv, Age 28, res: Brooks Co GA
This gives support to William and Daniel being brothers, and their ages at the time of enlistment is right.
DF: I have something similar but I didn't have as much detail.Good job!
Mary Ann, John W., William, and Daniel were listed in the guardianship papers, but you also said in a different paragraph that Johnathan and his wife Mary Ann were both dead by 1843 and left 5 minor children "William, Daniel A, John Wesley/John W.?, Lucretia Emiline, and Mary Ann E. Where did Lucretia Emiline come from? I couldn't find anything abiut her either.
DF: She was listed in the guardianship as well. I must have inadvertently left her out.
Now I am so confused I don't know who I'm descended from!
I thougt it was from John W. b 1825 d, April 1862 Macon Ga
m. to Nancy Turner who had 5 children
1. Emily A Fulwood b 1845 Houston C d 1871
m Bryan Kem 17 July 1859 Brooks Co
2. Arminda Fulwood b 1847 Houston Co
3. James Franklin Fulwood b 1pr 1849 d 1910
4. George Smith Fulwood b Aug 3 1855 Pavo,Houston Co.d Dec 8 1923
(My ggf) 1. David Arthur Fulwood b 1881 Pavo, Houston
Co GA. d Nov 23 1950 FL
(My gf) 1. George Wilson Fulwood bFeb 11, 1913
Macon Ga d Apr 23 1974 FL
5. John P Fulwood b Apr 1859 Brooks Co Ga
DF: I think you have it right. I haven't changed what you had.
What I am offering is that your Great Great Grandfather John W. Fulwood of Houston County, GA (born 1825 in GA) is very likely one of the Reverend John Fulwood (born 1787) of Houston County's sons,
that your John W. 1825 Fulwood probably had a older brother named Johnathan,
that John W. 1825 probably had a younger brother named Reverend Charles Fulwood,
and that your John W. 1825 Fulwood was assisted in his farming by two of his brother Johnathan's orphaned sons (your John W.'s nephews), William and Daniel Archibald Fulwood.
Additionally, I submit to you that:
I agree that your GG Grandpa John W. 1825 Fulwood served in the War between the States and died at the Confederate Hospital in Macon in 1862 as a result of fever contracted in the river swamps near Savannah, GA where his company was engaged in blocking the rivers to prevent Union ships from utilizing them. I believe that he is buried in the "confederate" or "old city" section of Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, GA.
I further believe that his brother Charles A. Fulwood served as the Chaplain for the 48th Georgia,
that your John W. Fulwood's nephews William and Daniel (who helped him farm) also served in the CS Army. (While I have found nothing about William after the war, Daniel returned to Houston County after the war (minus one leg he left behind at Sharpesburg, VA) and farmed near Perry Georgia (according to census records) until he moved briefly (according to my interviews with the Tifton Fulwoods) to Alapaha, GA then on to Tifton, GA where he started what I call the "Tifton branch" ofour Fulwood family. Daniel is buried in the Tifton Cemetery along with his wife and two sons, Isaac and Columbus (for whom Fulwood Park in Tifton is named)).
Does anyone have any information to add to this or any information on any of the other names of my family down from John W.
Please let me know!
On behalf of Carrie and Jim, we invite all interested in the history of the Ful(l)wood family to add to the information and respond to the questions that we have put forward in this thread.