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Pennsylvania FULKERSONS

There were some Fulkersons in North Carolina who first wrote in 1997, trying to find their connection back to New Amsterdam. Several other descendants have written since that time. The known family information submitted by descendants is as follows:

Edward FULKERSON m. Margaret SWATSWORTH of Clearfield, PA.
They had 12 or 13 children, nine of whom survived childhood.


We find an Edward FULKSON on the 1880 Census at Knox Township, Clearfield Co., PA, age 24, with a wife Margaret and children Biron (age 4), Elizabeth (age 2) and Lettie (5 months).

Edward and Margaret were found on the 1900 Census, living at Jordan Township, Clearfield County, PA [Roll 1396 Book 2, Page 49]. Their household included:
Some further information comes from a ROWLES family web site, "The Rowles Families of America." Margaret Swatsworth was a daughter of Elizabeth Rowles and Rudolf Swatsworth, the 7th of 11 children.

"Rudolf Swatsworth was born on Sep 12, 1820 at Lawrence Township, Clearfield, Pennsylvania. He died on May 27, 1875 at age 54. He appeared on the census of Jun 26, 1860 at Lawrence Township, Clearfield, Pennsylvania. a farmer age 38, Elizabeth age 33. He appeared on the census of Jun 25, 1870 at Lawrence Township, Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Rudolf was the grandson of John Owens [who] was born 11 March 1761 in Ireland, arrived in the Colonies 1775, fought in the Revolutionary War and came to Clearfield Pennsylvania in 1802."

The site goes on to tell us Margaret was born in March 1858, and first married an Edward Rowles on "Sep 26, 1875 at Clearfield, Pennsylvania" and "There were no children of Margaret Swatsworth and Edward Rowles." The site lists Edward Rowles as her first cousin. It goes on to report that she married (2nd) Ed Fulkerson, had a son Jeremiah Owen Fulkerson (1891-1944). Based on the Census information concerning Margaret's marriage and children, the Rowles site is probably inaccurate and incomplete. However, some of the information may be valid.

The 1910 Census showed Margaret, but not Edward. It also showed an additional child, Eva LEWIS, at Pittsburg, Allegheny Co., PA, living alone, 28 years old. Eva did not appear on the 1900 Census with her Fulkerson family. She must have m. Mr. LEWIS by that time, and perhaps divorced by 1910. The 1930 Census again reported Eva LEWIS in Pittsburg [Sheet number 12A], 48 years old, Head of Household, owning a diner. In that household were three relatives:

The 1920 Census again listed Margaret, but found Edward, married and living alone in a boarding house.

Further information from Carol A. on the Cousins E-mail Page, in October 2006, tells us of an old article in the Clearfield Progress "about land being condemned and taken for the railroad, and in the article the land Edward Fulkerson had was taken, and the article had information about Edward inheriting the property from Samuel O. Fulkerson." Clearly this was probably a relative, and possibly his father.
CURRENT THEORY (2006): Recently added Fulkersons on the Early Pennsylvania Fulkersons page include a Jeremiah Fulkerson of Tioga County, PA. At least three of his sons moved to Clearfield County, PA, by the middle of the 1800s. The families of two sons, Daniel and Samuel, seem to be documented to a certain extent. The third son, Edmund, died in the Civil War. His widow's pension records eliminate him as Edward's father. Three other sons lived in Tioga County, and the seventh moved to Michigan by 1870. Dispersal of family is a very common factor encountered in "unattached branches." Daniel or Samuel are possible candidates as Edward's father or close relatives, because the Jeremiah name was carried on in this branch.

A further confusion factor to consider is that some people used their middle names as first names (and still do!). There's some suspicion that Edward may have been a Charles Edward, or something like that.
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