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An 1881 newspaper account noting the tragic, accidental death of a Fulkerson in Ohio led to creation of this page. Two subsequent obituaries from 1882 contribute a picture of suffering which may be unknown in modern times:

The Athens Messenger on Thursday morning, March 24, 1881, ran the following story, which it apparently picked up from a Marietta newspaper: James Fulkerson aged 23, a son of Isaac Fulkerson, of this city, a brakesman on the C. & M. R. R. was killed, Wednesday morning of last week, at Black Band Station near Canal Dover by falling off an Engine and being run over by the cars.

Marietta Times, May 18, 1882, Page 3, Col 1: Isaac Fulkerson, of this city, died last Saturday morning and was buried Sunday afternoon. He was about 60 years old and had been crippled for many years.

Marietta Leader, May 1882: Isaac Fulkerson, an aged cripple, well known to everybody about town, died quite suddenly at his home in Texas on Saturday morning, and was buried on Sunday. Owing to his deformity he was buried in a coffin of peculiar shape which was made for the remains. He had been a great sufferer for a number of years.

The 1880 Census lists an Isaac Fulkerson, with a son James. This Fulkerson household was then living at Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio:
Name Relation Marital
Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Father's
Isaac FULKERSONSelfWMale47OH PainterNJ PA
Elizabeth FULKERSONDauSFemale19OH Keeping HouseOHWV
Margret FULKERSONDau   Female22OHHousekeeperOHWV
Thomas FULKERSONSon   Male18OH Apprentice
To Butcher

A half-dozen years earlier, Isaac and his son John appeared in a local business directory: Marietta City Directory for 1873 and 1874, page 39, Fulkerson, Isaac, butcher, Charles bet. Sixth and Seventh; Fulkerson, John, cook, Charles, bet. Sixth and Seventh

Earlier Census clues:

1870   Washington Co., OH, 1st Ward, Marietta, Lines 15-22, FULKERSONS: Isaac (age 39, b. OH, house painter); Sarah (27, VA); John (17, OH, boat cook); James (14, OH, apprentice painter); Margaret (12, OH, in school); Elizabeth (10, OH, in school); Thomas (7, OH, in school); George (3, OH). NOTE: Per marriage records, Isaac Fulkerson married Sarah E COMBS on 7 April 1870 in Washington County, Ohio. The children listed in 1870 came from his union with the Mary seen in the 1850 Census.

1850   Washington Co., OH, 1st Ward, Marietta, Line 30-31-32, FULKERSONS: Isaac (22, OH, laborer); Mary (19, VA); Letitia (6, OH). Lines 25-29 of that census showed a Mr. and Mrs. FULKERSON, both aged 60 and listed as born in Ohio, living next door in the household of Ezekiel HASKELL. There were also a "Miss" and "Siss" FULKERSON living with them, ages 18 and 6.

Findings about 1st wife Mary:

Marietta Times 4 Feb 1869, Pg 3, Col 2: January 31, in Marietta, of consumption, Mary, wife of Isaac Fulkerson, aged 37 years and 10 months.
Marietta Register, Feb 4, 1869, Pg 3, Col 5: FULKERSON--In this city, 31st ult., of consumption, Mrs Mary Fulkerson, wife of Isaac Fulkerson in her 38th year.
Mound Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio: Fulkerson, Mary (WILB), B. Virginia, M. 20 April 1850, Wash. Co., OH, Isaac Fulkerson, D. 31 Jan. 1869, aged 37y 10m, R60 L8; Fulkerson, Isaac, B. Ohio, M. 20 April 1850, Washington Co, OH, Mary Wilb, D. 14 May 1882, aged 50y, R60 L8; Fulkerson, James, D. 16 March 1881, aged 24y, R60 L8

Findings about 2nd wife Sarah:

Final Record, Washington County Common Pleas, February Term 1876:
Isaac Fulkerson against Sarah E Fulkerson
states Petitioner further shows that on or about the 7th day of April AD 1870 at Marietta in the said County of Washington and State of Ohio he was married to Our Sarah E Coombs (now Sarah E C Fulkerson) now of Marietta in the County of Washington and State of Ohio (and whom he prays may be made a party defendant in this petition) and that she had while living with the said Isaac Fulkerson the folowing child to wit. Charles Fulkerson aged 2 years and six months. Isaac is asking for custody of the child - Charles.

Thank you to Shirley on the Cousins page. She volunteered her time and expertise to research this mystery and found most of the information above.

FLASH!! - New clue in March 2006. See the Pennsylvania Fulkersons page.

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