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  Jacob Reed FULKERSON, probably the same person as Jacob Reid FULKERSON and Reed FULKERSON as found in various records, apparently originated in Pennsylvania.

  It is suspected that he was the son of William Florentine FULKERSON and Margaret HEBERLING (she was b. in Germany), and a brother of George Monroe FULKERSON. Until December 2004, I knew that William Florentine had a son George, but did not know of a son Jacob. Since that time, I've found another site that listed a son named Jacob Reid FULKERSON.

  William Florentine FULKERSON was the son of Philip FULKERSON and Christine CLEWELL, and grandson of John FULKERSON, born about 1760, an American Revolution veteran and pensioner. His 19th-century descendants stated that John was a casualty at the Battle of Yorktown (Oct 1781).

  The Fulkerson branch researching Jacob originally believed both their Fulkerson and "Haverling" ancestors to be late-arriving "Pennsylvania Dutch" immigrants from Germany. However, Fulkerson is not a German name.

  Below is the information they submitted in their quest:

"Willliam Fulkerson (b. –d. ) -husband & wife came from Germany, lived in Wayne County, PA [wife] Margaret Haverling/Herberling? (b. –d. )

Jacob Reed Fulkerson (b. Sept. 30, 1855- d. Apr. 13, 1937) -came from Wayne Country, PA moving to Truro Township, Knox Cnty, IL
+IL death cert# 0000081
Sarah Mehetable “Hattie” Seward (b. Sept. 25, 1862-Mar. 18, 1946) (m. Dec. 31, 1880)
+IL marriage license# 00005791 (Knox County)
+IL death cert# 0011142
+buried in the Williamsfield Cemetery, Williamsfield IL

(brother) George Monroe Fulkerson (b. 1856?– d. )
-married Sophronia Hannah Seward (b. May 12, 1858-d. Sept. 26, 1877)
(m. August 6, 1876) +IL marriage license# 00004167
-wife died in childbirth
+wife buried in the Cadwell Cemetery, Williamsfield, IL"

The 1880 Census lists Jacob's future wife as "Mehetable SEWARD" - age 17, b. in IL, living in Truro, Knox Co., IL. Her parents were Samuel, age 58, a farmer born in NY, and Sarah, age 49, b. in PA. That census does not find Jacob in Illinois or elsewhere, but does locate George M. FULKERSON, farming in Appanoose, Franklin Co., KS. At that point he was living with a new, 18-yr-old wife Frances (b. in IN) and his 20-yr-old sister Julia, plus a 1-yr-old unidentified FULKERSON male born in Kansas of 2 Pennsylvania-born parents. Just two households away lived his father, William F. FULKERSON.

An early 20th century book of Knox County biographies contains an entry for Anthony SEWARD, a brother of the SEWARD sisters, which states that his parents moved to Cedar Co., MO in 1882 and that Sarah and husband Jacob joined them in living there.


Arlene Nelson, whose daughter-in-law's cousin Andrew (a descendant) initiated this inquiry ten months ago, took it upon herself to find help in Springfield, Illinois from a local researcher - and found that Jacob Reed Fulkerson was far from being a lost soul:

Death certificate for Jacob Reed Fulkerson
birthplace - Wayne County, PA
Father - William Fulkerson birthplace (city or town) Unknown State or County - Germany
Mother - Margaret Heoerding birthplace (city or town) Unknown State or County - Germany
Informant = Mrs Launa Keneipp, Dahinda, Illinois
Jacob's age 81 years, 6 months and 13 days

Williamsfield Times Wed April 14, 1937 page 1 of 2 PASSED AWAY
Reed Fulkerson of Dahinda passed away Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wreatha Collins following a long illness.
Funeral services will be held at the Collins home at 2:00 o'clock Friday afternoon.

Williamsfield Times Wed April 21, 1937 page 1 of 1 Aged Dahinda Resident Called
Funeral of Reed Fulkerson Held Friday Afternoon

Jacob Reed Fulkerson, son of William and Margaret (Heiberling) Fulkerson was born in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, September 30, 1855 and died at the home of his daughter on April 13, 1937, at the age of 81 years, 6 months and 14 days. He was one of a family of nine children.

When seven years of age, with his parents he left Pennsylvania, settling in Franklin County, Kansas near Ottawa. Here he attained his education in the country schools and spent his boyhood life.

He became a member of the United Brethren church when 16 years of age.

At the age of 19 he came to Illinois, making his home with Sim Temple on what is now known as the Emmett Johnston farm near Dahinda.

On December 31, 1880 he married Sarah M. Seward at Galesburg. To this union five daughters were born.

They went to housekeeping on the old Cadwell place near Williamsfield, Illinois. Here they lived until moving to Cedar County, Missouri, where they lived for ten years, returning by covered wagon to the same community in Illinois.

The last thirty years were spent in and around Dahinda, where in 1930 they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Mr. Fulkerson was a man of sterling worth, always ready to lend a helping hand to one in need and scattering sunshine as he went.

There remains to mourn his going, his afflicted wife, five daughters, Mrs. Anna Pennington, Mrs. Maude Walters, Mrs. Wreatha Collins, Mrs. Launa Keneipp and Mrs. Alma Woolsey, all of Dahinda, seventeen grandchildren; three step grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Alice Cargay of Sacramento, California, Mrs. Julia McFadden of Pomona, Kansas and Mrs. Agnes Carpenter of Ulysses, Kansas, besides a host of relatives and friends. His parents, two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held from the home on Friday afternoon in charge of Rev. John Clarke of Knoxville. Rev. Clarke sang "In the Garden," "under His Wing' and "The Old Rugged Cross."

Pallbearers were Hunter Hill, Alvin Sargeant, Ralph Moore, Dan McQueen, William Ames and Earl McWilliams.

Relatives attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Blackridge of Robertsville, Ohio, Miss Mae Davisson of Streator, Illinois and Miss Geneva Thompson of Davers, Illinois.

CARD of THANKS We tender our sincere thanks to all who rendered assistance in any way during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father, also to the donors of the beautiful floral tirbutes [sic]. Mrs. Reed Fulkerson, And Daughters.