Descendants of
  Captain James Fulkerson
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Line of Descent:
Guillaume VIGNE and Adrienne CUVELIER (1st Generation)
Dirck VOLCKERTSZEN and Christine VIGNE (2nd Generation)
Volkert DIRCKS and Annetje PHILLIPS (3rd Generation)
Dirck VOLKERTSON and Maria DE WITT (4th Generation)
Volkert VOLKERTSON (DERRICKSON) and Dinah Aeltje VAN LIEU (5th Generation)

  James FULKERSON was baptized as Jacobus VOLKERTSON on 22 Jun 1737 at the Raritan Dutch Reformed Church in Somerset Co., NJ.  James married Mary VAN HOOK (19 Sep 1747-1831), daughter of Jacob VAN HOOK and Hannah DeBOW on 18 Jan 1764 in Orange Co., NC (now Caswell Co.).   His complete story is told at Captain James Fulkerson - An Overmountain Citizen.

Their 12 children were:


Peter FULKERSON........26 Sep 1764-23 Jun 1847, b. in NC, d. in Lee Co., VA, m. Margaret CRAIG (22 Jan 1773-28 Oct 1839) on 11 Oct 1791.   Margaret's father Robert CRAIG was a wealthy landowner. He gave them a large tract of unimproved land in Powell's Valley, Lee Co., Virginia, where Peter built a two-story log house and cleared out a large farm for his family. This was still a frontier area in the 1790's, at the gateway to the Cumberland Gap, with dangers including Native Americans and bears.
  Peter appears on the 1795 tax rolls for Lee County, his household counted as having one white male over the age of 15 and nine horses. Five years later, the Virginia Republican Party appointed him (together with brother-in-law Benjamin SHARP) to the five-member Lee County "Corresponding Committee" - part of the state's political machine in support of Thomas Jefferson in the Presidential election of 1800. The 1810 Lee Co. tax list showed that Peter owned 3 slaves and 12 horses. Peter and his brother Isaac appeared in the records of the Augusta Co., VA Circuit Court (pages 227- 228) in the case of McKenney vs. Preston: "29th of May 1811 Peter Fulkerson deposes in Lee County" and "12th of March 1811 Isaac Fulkerson, aged 34 yrs. deposes in Lee county."

  Peter was an officer in the War of 1812. (One Fulkerson genealogy states he was a Colonel, while another [Preston] says he was a Captain with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. An 1836 diary by Anne Middleton Craig - possibly a relative - described her journey from Virginia to Missouri. In it she stated she stayed at "Col. Fulkerson's" residence, October 2nd-5th.) Peter and Margaret's ten children were:

Dinah FULKERSON..........15 Jan 1766-22 Jan 1766

Jacob FULKERSON..........12 Dec 1767-21 Apr 1791, m. Catherine EWING. Jacob was riding with brother-in-law Benjamin Sharp in April 1791, looking for strayed horses and cattle. They became separated and Jacob was never seen again. His horse returned home riderless but carrying the message that he had been killed: an Indian tomahawk stuck under the saddle.

Hannah FULKERSON........5 Jan 1769-4 Sep 1848, middle name probably DeBow or DeBough, m. Benjamin SHARP about 1787. In 1816 they moved their family to Missouri and settled on a farm in Warren Co., 3 miles east of Pinckney. In 1818 this area was reorganized as Montgomery Co., and Benjamin became clerk of the County and Circuit courts - a log cabin was built in his yard and this served as the court house. They had 12 children, all born in Virginia:

James FULKERSON.........27 Sep family records, m. (1st) Sarah BALFOUR, then m. (2nd) Patience POTEET (b. 1775) on 2 Oct 1795. James moved to Tennessee by 1809 and reportedly helped found the town of Sparta (White Co.) about 1810. Goodspeed's History of White County tells us he settled in that county before 1815. He next appears on the Lawrence Co., Indiana census in 1820 and 1830. The lineage below is from the FULKERSON-POTEET family Bible and 1850 Census records, which showed Patience living with or near her children at Van Buren Township in Daviess Co., IN.

Note: One DAR lineage and a county historical account credit this James with marriages to (1) Nancy MARTIN, who married into the HUGHES family that was associated with the FULKERSONS during this period, and (2) Elizabeth McMILLAN, who is well-documented as having married Abraham FULKERSON's son James. The Dalton Newsletter in 1976 stated that Nancy MARTIN, daughter of William MARTIN and Rachel DALTON married her 1st cousin Archelaus HUGHES, Jr. and her 2nd husband was "a FULKERSON." We further have it that a James W. FULKERSON, born 1763 and a cousin of this James, married a Nancy MARTIN. Subsequent generations in that branch include males with Martin as a first or middle name.
The children of James Jr. and Patience POTEEET were:

John FULKERSON............5 Jan 1775- 29 Jan 1846. Lee County tax records for 1795 show John owning two horses. He m. Jane "Jeancie" HUGHES, dau. of Col. Archelaus HUGHES and Sally DALTON, on 16 Jun 1801 in Patrick Co., VA. Tax records show them living in Lee County in 1810. John died on 22 Jan 1846 in Lee Co., VA. Their nephew Archelaus Hughes III of Dresden, TN, opposed (and lost to) Davy Crockett in a Congressional election. Lucy Henderson Horton who wrote of the Hughes, Martins, Daltons and other allied Virginia families included a tale of their courtship:

  Jeancy Hughes, daughter of Colonel Archelaus Hughes, of the Revolution, and his wife, Mary Dalton, was born at the old home, "Hughesville," in Patrick county, Virginia. She is said to have been a most charming and popular girl. She was engaged to be married to John Fulkerson of Lee County Va. Her family opposed the match, preferring another suitor of more wealth, a Mr Lacey. Jeancy was in distress because the engagement had been broken off.

  She and her brother, Capt. John Hughes, were visiting relatives near Abbingdon Va., when John Fulkerson came to see Jeancy. The brother, seeing them together, read the heart of his sister and said to Jeancy privately, "Jeancy, if you love John Fulkerson, go on and marry him."

  The marriage of Jeancy Hughes and John Fulkerson was a most happy one. He became a favorite of the family. John Hughes named one of his sons, John Fulkerson Hughes. Col. John Fulkerson and his wife, Jeancy Hughes, went out into the wilderness to live a long, happy, and useful life. They lived in Lee Co. Virginia . Here they reared a large and splendid family.

  John and Jeancie had 10 known children, with most born in Lee Co., VA:

Isaac FULKERSON...........9 Aug 1776-Apr 1836..........m. Rebecca NEIL, served for a time as a sheriff in Lee Co., VA and appeared on the 1810 tax rolls for that county. He moved his family to Kentucky and then to Missouri in 1814, settling near Daniel BOONE at Darst Bottom, St. Charles Co., MO. See the Boone Connection He served one term in the Missouri State Senate. Isaac and Rebecca had 10 children:

Frederick DeBow FULKERSON.....1 Jan 1779-4 Sep 1848, b. Washington Co., VA, d. Lafayette Co., MO. Frederick m. Sally BRADLEY (30 Mar 1790-22 Mar 1845) in 1808. They were in Lee County in 1810 (tax rolls). By 1819 they moved to the town of Washington in Rhea Co., east Tennessee, where Frederick established a business ("Frederick Fulkerson & Co"). In 1829 the family ventured west to Lafayette Co., Missouri. Their first child was born in Lee Co., VA, but places and dates are not available for all. His son William's biography in "History of Northwest Missouri" described Frederick as a merchant and farmer. Various sources state he had 11, 12 or 13 children - using the best possible current information, all probable children are listed here:

Mary FULKERSON......25 Apr 1781-??, m. Abram BRADLEY about 1797, no further information

Catherine FULKERSON....17 June 1783-??, reportedly m. (1st) John HANBY on 10 Aug 1797 (although the name reported with the marriage date was given as HAWLEY), and later m. (2nd) Dr. Jerry CLAPP. One HANBY/HAMBY family web site states Catherine had a daughter Mary V. HANBY, b. in VA in 1798, who had a son Waldo CUTTER born in 1842, De Kalb Co., Tennessee. At this point, none of this 'information' has been confirmed.

Thomas FULKERSON.......23 Mar 1786 (birthdate also reported as 25 May 1785), m. Margaret BRADLEY. He was appointed Commissioner of Revenues for Washington Co., VA in 1819, and Justice of the Peace in the following year. No known children. [Thompson states he may have had a son, Abner.] Thomas and Robert E. BRADLEY witnessed the will of George GOODMAN in Washington Co., VA on 25 May 1833.

Abram FULKERSON, Sr.........b. 3 April 1789 in in Lee Co., VA, bpt. 21 Apr 1791. Abram was listed on the 1810 tax roll in Lee Co., VA. He married Margaret Laughlin VANCE (1796-1864), daughter of Samuel Vance and Margaret Laughlin. As Captain Abram FULKERSON he commanded a company of Virginia Militia in Colonel David SANDERS Regiment, 4th Brigade, Norfolk Division of Gen. Peter B. PORTER, during the War of 1812. Abram moved to Grainger County, Tennessee in 1835 and continued the pursuit of farming. He was a justice of the peace for a number of years, and considered a man of high esteem in Grainger County.  His nine recorded children were:

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