Illustrated Atlas Map of Menard County, Illinois 1874|
Published by W.R. Brink & Co., of Illinois
Among the old pioneers and honored citizens of Menard County, we mention the name of Mr. Fulton as worthy of historical notice, and as a representative man in the County. He was born January 16, 1800, in Fleming County, Kentucky, where he resided till he came to Menard County, Illinois, arriving October 6, 1830, the fall before the deep snow. The following spring he volunteered into the United States service against the Indians, in what is commonly remembered as the Black Hawk war. He was in the army about a year, after which he returned to Menard County, and settled at Indian Point, at the head of Indian Creek, near where North Sangamon Academy now stands.
September 6, 1832, he was married to Mrs. Jane Johnson, relict of Jacob Johnson, and daughter of Theophilus and Mary (Kincaid) Bracken.
When married, Mr. Fulton settled down to farm life, and has been an active agriculturist ever since till within a recent date, - having now given his farm in charge of his sons. He has been, in the full sense of the phrase, one of the successful farmers of his County. He commenced without any capital save a good constitution and willing hand, and now owns four hundred acres of fine land (Township 18 north, Range 5) in a body, and a forty-acre tract of good timber land in the Township joining his on the south. The acquisition of this property has cost the owner many years hard labor and close management, but he is now in easy circumstances, and has resigned the care of his farm to his two sons, James M. and Thomas N. James resides with his father, and Thomas is married, and resides on the eastern part of the farm. John F., another son, resides some six miles nearly due east from Petersburg. He is also engaged in farming. Beside these, Mr. Fulton has had three other sons: Isaac W., Henry H., and Theophilus B. Two of these, Henry and Theophilus, died in the Union service during the late Rebellion of the Southern States; Isaac died at home, the first day of March, 1864. One daughter, Miss Mary E., a young lady residing at home with her parents, completes the family list.
Mrs. Fulton had two sons by her first husband: William H. and Archibald B. The latter is now in Colorado, and the former somewhere in Northern Illinois.
Mr. Fulton s people, of his father s house, are of Irish extraction. His grandfather, Isaac Fulton, came from the Emerald Isle to the United States a short time after the close of the Revolutionary war, and settled in the City of Baltimore. He here married a Miss Martha Work, by whom he had only one child, Isaac, Mr. Fulton s father. A short time after the birth of this son the father was drowned, and the son was given to an old lady to raise, by the name of Martha Anderson. The mother afterwards married a man by the name of Joseph Wilson, and moved with her husband to the State of Kentucky. After Mr. Fulton s father grew up to manhood he left Virginia and went to Kentucky, in search of his mother, who had died, however, before he reached this State. He remained in Kentucky, and married a Miss Elizabeth Bennington, by whom he raised five children, - four sons and one daughter: Mrs. Martha (William) Cline, Thomas, Isaac, John, and James. Of these, there are living only Mr. Fulton, subject of this biography, and James, who resides in McDonough County, of this State.
Politically, Mr. Fulton at first stood identified with the old Whig party, and after its dissolution he went into the Republican party, and was during the late civil war an uncompromising Union man; in proof of which he has laid two noble sons on the altar of our common country.
Religiously, he and his family stand identified with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which communion he formed a membership in 1866.
We can say of Mr. Fulton that he has a clear and good record for honesty, truth, and temperance. His property has been gained by the honesty of hard labor and fair trade, and we add that we feel gratified to know that his lot in the close of life is pleasant, and that he has not only been blessed abundantly with the goods of this world, but also in his family and marriage relations.