NOTE: A few inaccuracies appeared in the obituary.
Obituary- SARAH MARGARET FULKERSON, daughter of Thomas and Mary Fulkerson, was born at Lusk, Pope County, Ill., Nov. 11, 1852, departed this life Oct. 19th, 1934, aged 82 years, 11 months and 8 days. Her passing marked the last of 11 children viz; Edith Anne, Richard Martin, Mary Lucinda, Nancy Jane, James Lewis, Priscilla Elizabeth, America Eleanor, John Thomas, Charles Clay and Jonathan Floyd. Aunt Sarah, as she was best known in the community, was born on the farm on which she died.
Beginning with the origin of the name we go back to 1645, when a Derrick Volkertse (Derrick in English is Richard) who had grants of land in Long Island, N.Y. He had 2 sons [grandsons], namely: Derrick and Phillippus, who went to New Jersey. Their children were called Folkerts and later Fulkerson. James, one of the sons, later settled in Virginia and was a general [captain] under George Washington. James had a brother, Frederick, born 1721. The Livingston Co., Ky., court records show that [Frederick's son] Frederick Fulkerson left a will to his 6 children, Richard Fulkerson being one of the recipients. We also find in the same records where a marriage license was granted to Richard Fulkerson and Gracey Cowsert, both of Livingston Co., Ky., on Aug. 22, 1810, and marriage was solemnized August 23, 1810. We find recorded in the old family Bible of Thomas Fulkerson, that Richard Fulkerson, son of Fredrick and Susannah Fulkerson and father of Thomas Fulkerson and Gracey, his wife, were married Aug. 23, 1810. That Thomas Fulkerson was born Aug 19, 1813. Dec. 22, 1836, at the age of 23, he was married to Mary Armstrong, and coming to Illinois, in 1838 [he grew up in Illinois], he purchased a tract of land on the old trail from Ford's Ferry to Fort Kaskaskia, near Lusk, Ill., in Pope County. These deeds we still have signed by Pres. Martin Van Buren salable at Shawneetown. A huge double log house was erected in which the family lived continuously until the date above mentioned. Thomas Fulkerson soon became prominent in the community.
His dealings were fair and his friends were many. The principles upon which he stood were those tht promoted individual and universal morality, and when on Jan. 2, 1902, Grandfather Fulkerson passed away the neighbors and friends of this family will bear me witness that Pope county lost one of her best loved citizens. This left Uncle John T. and Aunt Sarah alone on the farm. Neither of them ever married. This home was never closed to those seeking food and shelter. The needs of the community were looked after. There were none quite so ready to aid a fallen brother as were those two sainted people. Since the death of my own mother, I knew no other save Aunt Sarah. She seemed to come into my life more sincerely when the one who had kissed away hot tears from childish cheeks, the one who had shared my sorrows and borne my burdens, had been taken from me.
So I was taken into this home, and, what a home, and what a sweet commemoration, and now that the old home is vacated for the first time in nearly a century, and while the flowers are blooming over the dust of those who so faithfully graced it, my mind reverts to its blessings. I am thankful to God that I can say that I am a grandson of Thomas Fulkerson, a son of Jonathan Fulkerson and to have lived in a humble home like the one above described.
This old home will soon be fallen to a portion of weeds and vanishing faces, but in sweet memory, yet mingled with sadness and heartaches, there still comes to me its golden lessons and the tireless music "all of which was sacred," that I once heard around the old hearth-stone will still sing to me through the vanishing years.