Text taken from page 706 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893
JOHN FULTON is descended from and old and prominent Irish family, the first member of whom to set foot on American soil.
JOHN was born about the year 1768, in Ireland, where he received a good education, and came to America between 1790 and 1795. He landed in Philadelphia, Pa., remaining there for some time.
In 1795 JOHN was married to JANE LOCKHARD. She was born in 1769, and resided with a brother DAVID, who was a merchant of Philadelphia. Soon after their marriage the young people moved to a farm in Maryland, where one son, JAMES L., was born to them about 1796. They finally left Maryland, and crossing the mountains located on the home farm in Hanover township, then called Wimbleton, patended by William Campbell about 1796, and sold by Campbell to Morton, and by Morton to FULTON about 1802.
Their cabin of logs stood for many years afterward, and some of the logs used in its construction are now utilized in a building on the farm of their grandson, DAVID S. FULTON. AVID S. FULTON. Few men are better known in Hanover township than is this gentleman
One child born to JOHN and JANE FULTON in Maryland about 1796.
1. JAMES L. FULTON, born about 1796.
JAMES L. FULTON, son of JOHN and JANE FULTON, was but a young child when his parents came to this county. He was reared on the home farm and learned the carpenterís trade, erecting many dwellings and barns. About the year 1829 he was married to SARAH RUSSELL, who was born in 1804, a daughter of WILLIAM and NANCY (STRAIN) RUSSELL, of Smith Twp., this county.
CHILDREN OF JAMES L. & SARAH: WILLIAM, JANE (MRS. SAMUEL BIGGER, of Beaver Co., Pa.), SAMANTHA (wife of REV. JOHN R. MAY, a U.P. Minister of Cecil Twp.), REV. JOHN LOCKHARD, D. D. (pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church of Allegheny, Pa.), DAVID S. (stated above),
JAMES R., ROBERT A., NANCY E. (MRS.JOSEPH LEEPER, of Beaver Co., Pa.) and MARY M. (wife of A. S. DUNBAR, a farmer of Allegheny Co.)
Of these children WILLIAM, JAMES R. and ROBERT A. died in youth.
The first named was buried in Cross Creek Cemetery, the others in the Paris Cemetery. MR. FULTON was a local adviser in political matters and counselor of the Democratic party, and held various offices in Hanover Twp. He was an elder and leading member of the U. P. Church at Paris for over 50 years, or until his death in 1878. In 1890 the wife and mother was laid to rest by his side in the Paris Cemetery.
DAVID S. FULTON, son of JAMES L & SARAH FULTON, was born April 18, 1838, near Raccoon Creek, in the eastern part of Hanover Twp., obtained an education at the Coventry and Hamilton schools, which was supplemented by a course at the Paris Academy. On November 23, 1864, he married JANE E. WYLIE, who was born Aug. 9, 1840, in Hancock County, W. Va. She was a daughter of ANDREW & AMANDA (TARR) WYLIE, her paternal grandfather was JOHN WYLIE, who came from Scotland in pioneer times, and settled in Hancock County. Seven children blessed the union: ANDREW WYLIE and SARAH R. teachers, AMANDA T., JAMES L., DAVID C., ROBERT J. and JOHN C. MR. and MRS. FULTON have always lived on the home place. Like his father and grandfather, DAVID S. FULTON is prominently identified with the breeding of shorthorn cattle. In addition to farming he gives some attention to the dairy business. In politics he a Democrat until the Civil war, when he joined the Republican forces, with which he has since been actively identified. He and his wife are leading members of the U. P. Church, and since 1865 he has served as elder.
The children born to JOHN and JANE FULTON after their arrival in Pennsylvania were as follows:
2. NANCY, married to DAVID McNARY, Muskingum Co., Ohio.
3. JANE, wife of GEORGE CULLEY, Hanover Twp., this county.
4. PHOEBE, MRS. JAMES BRADLEY, of West Virginia
5. DAVID, a farmer of Hanover Twp., this county.
6. MARTHA, wife of DAVID HAYS, Smith Twp.
7. MARY, MRS. JOHN DUNBAR, of Jefferson Twp., Ohio, died in Washington
Co., Pa., while visiting friends.
8. ROBERT, a farmer of Hanover Twp.
9. SARAH, widow of COL. SAMUEL McGILL, of Cross Creek Twp.
The father prospered after his location on the farm in Hanover Twp.
Politically he was a Democrat, and in religion one of the leading members of the Associate Reformed Church of Harmonís Creek, now the United Presbyterian Church of Paris.
JOHN FULTON died Sept. 24, 1849. JANE, his wife, died Aug. 23, 1857.
Both are buried in Paris Cemetery.
Their descendants at the present time nine children, 57 grandchildren, 179 great-grandchildren, or 245 in all. Some died in childhood, but the great majority grew to maturity.
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