Solved in 2009 by Sue Fulkerson, based on old letters between Edward and brothers Stephen, Daniel and John. Edward was the son of Cornelius FULKERSON, Jr. -- who was implicated in those letters as their father.
These Michigan Fulkersons, like many others, came from upstate New York. The earliest known Fulkerson in this branch WAS:
Rev. Edward FULKERSON....ca. 1809-1862, b. in NY. Census listings place an Edward FALKASON at Busti, Chautauqua Co., NY in 1830. The same census ALSO lists several BLODGETT families living in that same community, including an Ezra BLODGETT who was also listed in the 1810 Census for Genesee Co., NY. Edward married Hannah BLODGETT, born 25 Oct 1806, in Randolph, Orange Co., Vermont. She was the daughter of an Ezra BLODGETT and 3rd-great-granddaughter of John ALDEN of Pilgrim fame. Their marriage took place on 26 Oct 1829, per an ALDEN family history. (Please note that the ALDEN history names some of Edward and Hannah's children as Daniel, Alden and Saphronia -- names which thus far have no basis in fact.)
He may be the Edward reported living in Warren Co., PA in 1840. NEW INFO, October 2004: We find them next on the 1850 Federal Census for York Township, Steuben County, Indiana. The birthplaces of the children indicate the family was in New York in 1830, in Pennsylvania by 1833, and back in New York in 1844-1847. The "Mish" birthplace of Clarinda is suggestive of Michigan but remains unclear. Census listing reported by researcher Susan L. Fulkerson, a member of this unattached branch.
1850 Federal Census
born in NY
Ezra (written Eira)
They moved to Michigan by the late 1850s. Hannah died there in 1859. The 1860 Census reported him as the only Fulkerson (living at Maple Grove) in Barry Co., MI.
Edward and Hannah are both buried at Cressey Cemetary, Prairieville, Barry Co., MI. His grave also lists him as "GAR" so he probably served as a chaplain in the Union Army during the early part of the Civil War, and may have died during this service.
Lewis D. FULKERSON....30 Jan 1830-22 Apr 1905, b. in Chautauqua Co., NY, m. on 8 Apr 1855 to Mary Ann CARR in Cass Co., MI. They were listed as living there, in Porter Twp., on the 1860 Census. Enlisted from Calhoun Co., MI on 22 April 1861 at Kalamazoo, MI and served in Company I, 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry during the early months of the Civil War. He received a disability discharge on 24 November 1861 at Fort Lyon, VA and later reported living at Constantine, St Joseph Co., Michigan. He appeared on the 1900 Census, widowed, living at Constantine with his mother's younger sister, Artimenia BLANCHARD (b. 1817 in NY). [NOTE: Constantine is only 2 miles from White Pigeon, MI, where some other NY Fulkersons settled about the same time in the mid-1800s. These places are just a few miles north of the current Interstate 80, which runs across northern Indiana.]
Lucy Ann FULKERSON.....ca. 1833-, b. in PA
Loriston A. FULKERSON.....ca. 1835-15 Feb 1862, b. in PA, enlisted 24 August, 1861 in Co. A, 11th Michigan Infantry, from Three Rivers, MI. He died of disease near Bardstown, KY and was buried at Lebanon, KY.
Clarinda H. FULKERSON....ca. 1836-, b. in PA
Ezra Blodget FULKERSON....29 Dec 1839-8 Nov 1875, born in Allegheny Co., PA. He served in the Civil War in Co. E, 2nd Regt. Infantry, California Volunteers - enlisting on 26 July 1864 and discharged from the same company on 3 April 1866 at Fort Yuma, Arizona Territory. He married Mary Frances "Fannie" CADIGAN (born 25 Nov 1842 in Ireland) in 1869 at San Jose, California. It is family legend that she was a mail order bride from Ireland. On March 6, 1871 Ezra Blodgett Fulkerson registered to vote in San Diego, CA, giving his age as 32, his birthplace as Pennsylvania and his occupation as "mechanic." A 16 Jul 1873 San Diego Union article noted that Ezra had withdrawn from the firm of Hanlon and Fulkerson, saying the business will be continued by Hanlon alone. His death noticed followed two years later, in the same paper, on 9 Nov, 1875: "November 8th at Santa Monica; 35 years old. had been ill for about five weeks with fever; seemed well when he left San Diego a few months ago; leaves several children; an architect by profession; Horton Bank Building was built by the firm Hanlon and Fulkerson." Ezra left Fannie with four children. Two years later on 16 Oct 1877 the San Diego Union reported: "Mrs. F. Fulkerson is listed as the Proprietor of the Stockton House." She appears on the 1880 Census with three children, keeping a hotel in Tombstone Village, Pima Co., Arizona. One year later, on 26 Oct 1881, this village hosted the "Gunfight at the OK Corral" featuring Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, etc. She married, second, Fred HINKE of Bisbee, Arizona Territory, in 1885 and moved back to San Diego where he was a "Fifth Street commission merchant" until his death in 1899. She died 20 Feb 1918 in San Diego, California, her obituary noting that she was one of San Diego's pioneers.
Walter Joseph FULKERSON....9 Jul 1870-10 Oct 1951, b. and d. at San Diego, CA. He m. Maggie Leoro PALMER (10 Mar 1872-9 Feb 1983) on 31 Dec 1891 at San Diego. She was b. in Mansfield, OH, dau. of John Dresser PALMER (1843 - 1906) and Lydia S. SWIFT (1844 - 1913), per a PALMER site. Walter owned the Savoy Theater on Third Avenue in San Diego, which was home to the Savoy Players stock company and the Pantages Vaudeville Circuit during the early part of the 20th Century.
John Frederick FULKERSON....10 Oct 1892-10 Sep 1972, b. and d. at San Diego, San Diego Co., CA
Harold G. FULKERSON....b. ca. 1895, San Diego, California.
Walter Floyd FULKERSON....8 Dec 1897-11 Jun 1988, b. and d. at San Diego, San Diego Co., CA
Alden J. FULKERSON....14 Jun 1902-14 Jul 1988, b. and d. at San Diego, San Diego Co., CA
Edward L. FULKERSON....24 Jun 1905-8 Apr 1989, b. and d. at San Diego, San Diego Co., CA
Clarinda FULKERSON....29 Sep 1871-28 Jul 1946, b. and d. in San Diego, San Diego Co., CA. She married (1st) at the age of 14 to George McFEELY on 4 Aug 1886 in Tombstone, Cochise Co., Arizona Territory and (2nd) to John COMPARET (1855-1930, b. in IN) about 1888 in Arizona. They were listed on the 1900 Census as being married 12 years.
George William COMPARET....4 Jul 1889-28 May 1945, b. in AZ, d. at Los Angeles, California.
Bertrand L. COMPARET....25 Jan 1901-10 Oct 1983, b. and d. at San Diego, San Diego Co., CA
Edward Lewis FULKERSON....11 Feb 1875-8 Aug 1902, b. in CA. It was believed that he was poisoned, as he was to be a witness in the Pete Cassidy trial - the latter shot a San Diego saloon keeper. During the inquest no trace of poison was found. The coroner's jury brought in a verdict of accidental death because Edward was known as a heavy drinker, and probably died of alcohol poisoning.
Ezra William FULKERSON....19 Mar 1873-8 Jun 1939, b. and d. in San Diego, San Diego Co., CA. He married Hope Elizabeth SHMELD (17 Mar 18840-13 Nov 1918, b. in MN, dau of. John SCHMELD and Laura BROWN) on 6 Feb 1907 in San Diego. Hope died in the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic that killed millions worldwide. An obituary appeared in the San Diego gas and electric utility magazine:
"With the passing of Ezra Fulkerson, paint shop foreman, on June 8th, the thinning ranks of true old-time San Diego pioneers lost one more member.
Ez, as he was know to his friends and associates, was born on March 19th, 1873, at a time when San Diego still was a peaceful village drowsing at the edge of the bay. He absorbed from his environment a warmth of feeling and a depth of repost that lasted throughout the sixty-six years of his life; yet there had been a spirit of adventure in him that in his youth sent him to sea in sail to taste the turbulence of the world's waterways.
About 1906 Ez returned to the life of a landlubber, entered the carriage painting business, and stayed with it for four years. He entered the Company employ on May 1st, 1910, and his first work was painting wagons. Later trucks supplanted horse-drawn vehicles, then gradually his painting work was extended to structures. In 1918 he was promoted to foreman of the paint shop, which position he held until he was taken ill in January, 1939.
You had but to look into his face to know that kindliness was in his heart; you had only to be near him to feel the quiet strength that pervaded him, and to hear him laugh was assurance that his humor was something real. He loved to fish and owned a boat in which he and his friends took many happy and productive trips.
Ezra brought up his five motherless children with loving care. To them, and to his brother and sister, we extend our deepest sympathy.
Ezra George FULKERSON....1908-1993, reported as "Ray" on 1910-1930 Census listings, later known as "George"
Ruth B. FULKERSON....ca. 1845-, b. in MI. She married (1) Sylvester W. FRANCE on 9 Mar 1873 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., Michigan. He was born 23 Feb 1846 in New York, and died 8 Feb 1908 in Michigan. She married (2) Jacob KING on 24 Aug 1878 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. He was born Abt. 1840 in Prussia.
Mabel FRANCE...ca. 1875-1930
Hannah P. FULKERSON....ca. 1847-, b. in IN
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