Brutus J. Fullilove 1828-1898
My name is Shelby Roberts (Alyse's husband) and am the great-great grandson of Brutus Fullilove who married Julia Ann Portwood, 31 December 1849. In the 1860 census, Brutus and Julia are listed with two children (James (5) and Laura (3)). James Fullilove is my great grandfather. Between the 1860 census and 1874 something happened to Julia Portwood Fullilove. Brutus married Elizabeth Harris Hendren Fullilove in 1874. The 1880 census lists Brutus and Elizabeth living with two children James Fullilove (28) and step-son James Hendren (29). James Fullilove married Nancy Emily Hendern in 1886 and had at least four children (twins Bill and Brian, Brutus, and my grandmother Elois).
Oral history in my family is that Brutus Fullilove was the son of Green Clay. The grave record of the Gilead Baptist Church in Madison states, "Brutus J. Fullilove said to have been the natural son of Green Clay, accompanied Cassius M. Clay to Russia as Minister in 1863." This is published in a history book, A Story of Four Churches in Madison County, KY, pages 20-21. It is told that the widow Hendren who married Fullilove, when introduced to him said, "I am glad to meet you. I am full of love too."
I have never been able to find documents backing up my great-great grandfather's claim as being the natural son of Green Clay. The family oral history is that he lived at Green Clay's home (Whithall) when he was a boy. If he accompanied his half brother, Cassius Clay, to Russia, there should be some record but I haven't found one.
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