An American Family History


Fulkerson Family

  also spelled Fulkison  

Derick Fulkerson was born about 1720 and married Eleanor Sharp.

Sarah Elizabeth Fulkerson (1748, married John Stewart),
Maria Catharina Fulkerson (1752, married Nicholas Fleenor)


Halifax County, Virginia was established in May, 1752 from Lunenburg County. The counties of Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania and part of Franklin were formed out of Halifax.

Frederick Fulkerson was born in Somerset County, New Jersey. He was the son of Volkert Volkerson.

Frederick married Anna Middlesworth in Hunterdon County, New Jersey about 1740.

Frederick and Anna's children included:

Susannah Fulkerson (married Thomas Bledsoe and John Stewart), and
Frederick Fulkerson

In 1758 Frederick Fulkerson appeared before the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in Rowan County, North Carolina to give security for his daughter Susannah's administration of the estate of her husband, Thomas Bledsoe.

Frederick had 1,446 acres in Rowan County, North Carolina.

He moved to Antrim Parish, Halifax County, Virginia by 1761 and had more than 800 acres along S. Mayo River in Virginia by 1766.

His holdings included a grant of 40 acres on the south side of Sandy Creek.

Granville Grant to Frederick Fulkerson
9 May 1756;
then divided
& 200 ac conveyed by Fulkerson to Susannah Stuart in her widowhood under the name of Susannah Bledsoe;
by John Stuart & sd Susannah to Henry Manadue, Senr;
from sd Manadue, Senr. to Henry Manadue, Junr; to Wm. Robertson
29 Dec 1771.
The other 300 ac by sd Fredr. Fergason to Susannah Bledsoe; from John Stuart & sd Susannah to William Robertson 1765

John Reed
s/William Robertson
Elijah Smallwood.

Hunterdon County was originally part of Burlington County, West Jersey. It was set off from Burlington County on March 11, 1714. It included Amwell, Hopewell, and Maidenhead Townships.


The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America and was ratified in 1789.

Washington County, Virginia was formed from Fincastle County in 1777. It originally contained Sullivan County, Tennessee.

The American Revolution was ended in 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed.

Captain James Fulkerson was born on June 22, 1737 in Somerset County, New Jersey. He was the son of Volkert Volkerson.

He married Mary Van Hook.

Peter Fulkerson (1764, married Margaret Craig),
Dinah Fulkerson (1766,
Jacob Fulkerson (1766, married Catherine Ewing),
Hannah Fulkerson (1769, married Benjamin Sharp),
James Fulkerson (1771),
John Fulkerson (1774, married Jane Hughes daughter of Archelaus Hughes),
Isaac Fulkerson (1776, married Rebecca Neil),
Frederick Fulkerson (1779, married Sally Bradley),
Mary Fulkerson (1781, married Abram Bradley),
Catherine Fulkerson (1783, married Jerry Clapp),
Thomas Fulkerson (1786, married Margaret Bradley), and
Abram Fulkerson (1789, married Margaret Vance).

In 1762, James received a grant for 261 acres on the "watery branch of North Hyco River" which is presently in Caswell County, North Carolina and a grant for 609 acres on both sides of Crooked Creek next to the Virginia border.

In 1764, James bought 290 acres on the west side, west fork Tararat or Stuart's Creek from Andrew Ferguson.

In 1765, James sold 408 acres of his grant to his brother, Abraham, and the rest to his nephew, Abram, son of Derick Fulkerson.

In 1767 James entered for 400 acres on the head drafts of Stewart's Creek.

About 1770, James and Mary settled in a part of Washington County, Virginia that is now Scott County. They lived near present day Burson's Corner in Washington County.

In 1772 James was one of congregation who called Reverend Charles Cummings to be the pastor of the Sinking Springs Presbyterian Church.

In 1774 the court ordered Benjamin Logan to open a road from James Fulkerson's to the wagon road at Joseph Black's (now Abingdon).

In 1777 James became a Lieutanant in the Washington County militia and served on a grand jury.

In 1777

on the motion of John Anderson for a Road to be cut from George Blackburns by James Fulkisons to the forks of the path leading to Kentucky and the mouth of Reedy Creek. It is ordered that Gilbert Christian, James Elliott, James Fulkison & William Roberts being first sworn to view the land whereon the said proposed Road is to go and make report to the next Couirt of the convenience and inconvenience of the said Road.

In 1777 James ssigned the 1777 petition of men living on the north Holston River complaining about the division of Fincastle County. They felt the line was not equitable and the court house was too far away.

In 1778 and 1780 he was on the Commission of Peace.

In 1779 he became a captian in the militia and was in the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780.

In 1781 he bought 267 acres on the Hoston River.

In 1782 he was granted a license to build a mill. In the 1782 Washington County tax list he had 22 horses and 44 cattle. He had enslaved seven people who were named Peg, Ellen, Bob, Sam, Zelph, Nannie, and Jude.

In 1784 he was a judge.

In 1786 he was bondsman for sheriff James Montgomery.

In 1789 James was sheriff.

In August, 1797, the Fulkersons hosted the future king of France, 24-year-old Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orleans (1830-1848). He wrote in Diary of Travels in America:

We dined at Major Fulkinson's 12 miles from Abingdon. The countryside we passed through was one great forest with a few bogs and almost no houses. The major has a handsome property of 150 acres that he cleared himself. He has been settled there for 24 years. There is a copious spring near the house. He is 8 miles from the main branch of the Holston River. There is a shorter road that starts up at Captain Craig's. On a further 450 acres Fulkinson thinks he has a thousand sugar maples. This sugar is excellent. There are no others in this area, and they export very little. Everyone sees to his own supply. After dinner much forest again and few houses ...

In 1797 he sold land to William Smith.

James died on on September 6, 1798.

A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.
Slavery is an immoral system of forced labor where people are treated as property to be bought and sold. It was legal in the American Colonies and the United States until the Civil War.

Fincastle County, Virginia was created in 1772 from Botetourt County and abolished in 1776. It was divided into Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky Counties.

The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive battle of the American Revoluton. It took place on October 7, 1780, nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson.

Abraham Fulkerson was born about 1739 in Somerset County, New Jersey.

He married Sarah Gibson in Rowan County on July 2, 1766. Sarah was born about 1743.

Abraham's heirs included:

James Fulkerson (1768, married Elizabeth McMillan),
Dinah Fulkerson (1770, married James McMillan),
John Fulkerson,
Richard Fulkerson (1780, married Susannah Livingston)
Elizabeth Fulkerson (1784, married Peyton Wilcox),
Sarah Fulkerson (1786)
Nancy Fulkerson (1792, married John Hilton),
Mary Fulkerson (1794, married Nathan Livingston), and
Frederick Fulkerson (1798).

It is unlikely that Sarah is the mother of the younger children. She would have been 55 when Frederick was born.

About 1770, Abraham and his brother, James, moved their families to the part of Washington County, Virginia that became Scott County in 1814.

In 1780, Abraham fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

In 1782, he had land surveyed in Washington County, Virginia.

...44 ac...on both sides of a small branch of the waters of the north fork of Holston River...Beginning in a gap of the river knobs...on the south side of the Poor Valley knobs...October 23, 1782

...540 ac...Preemption Warrant...in the Poor Valley and on the waters of the north fork of Holstein [Holston] River...Beginning in a gap of the Poor Valley knobs on the west side of the Big Lick Branch...up the branch through the gap in the above valley...along the foot of the knobs...cross the valley at the foot of Clynch Mountain...on the side of the Mountain above Tally's Lick...leaving the mountain and across the valley on the north side of the Poor Valley Knobs...October 22, 1782

The 1782 property tax rolls for Washington County show that he had 16 horses, 27 head of cattle, and no slaves.

About 1783, Abraham built his house.

In 1786 Abraham was commissioned as an agent for a property sale.

15 Aug 1783. 50 acres on a branch of Clinch River, beginning &c on the south side of Newmans Ridge.
15 Aug 1783. 177 acres on the north side of Clinch River beginning below the mouth of a branch being the fourth below the Old Waggon Ford.
15 Aug 1783. 100 acres on both sides of the North fork of Clinch River adjoining Rowlers land.
1 Sep 1785. 295 acres on the north side of the North fork of Holstein [Holston] River and on the Poor Valley Knobs.
2 Jan 1794. 70 acres on the south side of the North fork of Holstein [Holston] River adjoining Anthony Bledsoe.
4 Jan 1794. 99 acres in the Poor Valley on the waters of the North fork of Holstein [Holston] River.
11 Oct 1796. 86 acres on the head of Little Stock Creek including a large Cove.
14 Jan 1800. 150 acres on both sides of Big Lick Branch in the Poor Valley, adjoining his own land.
14 Jan 1800. 116 acres on the south side of the North fork of Holstein [Holston] River adjoining Anthony Bledsoe.
6 Mar 1811. 25 acres on the north side of the North fork of Holstein [Holston] River.

On November 24, 1814, Abraham was appointed as a commissioner in Scott County.

The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser



John Fulkerson was born about 1755.

He served in the American Revolution. On September 1, 1777 he was assigned to Major James Shelby's command. They marched from Virginia to Fort Mackintosh in the Ohio Valley, then back to Virginia for the winter, and returned in the spring of 1778 "with pack horses loaded with flour to supply the soldiers stationed at Forts Pitt and Mackintosh." He was discharged in May, 1778, but reenlisted later in 1778, again driving pack horses from Virginia to North Carolina and from Virginia to Tennessee, for another nine or ten months.

In 1780 he was among the overmountain men who fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain.

He married. Elizabeth King on September 8, 1789 in Washington County, Virginia.

Abraham Fulkerson (1792),
Alexander Fulkerson (1793),
Thomas Fulkerson (1794),
James Fulkerson (1797, married Elizabeth Waddell),
Allen S. Fulkerson (1801, married Ruth Gott),
Isaac Fulkerson (1802).

They moved to Tennessee by 1793.






from Jefferson City Inquirer on January 22, 1848

Another Pioneer Departed

DIED - At the residence of his son Frederick Fulkerson, Boone County, Mo, James Fulkerson in the 80th year of his age. The deceased was of Virginia but for the last thirty years or so resided in Missouri.

Of active and industrious faith met the hardships incident to early western life with undaunted perseverence, and did all that opportunities permitted for the introduction of civilization and religion of the wilderness he has chosen for his home.

During the latter part of his life he suffered much and for the last two years was almost entirely deprived of sight and hearing, which severe privation he bore with christian resignation, and was gathered to his fathers rest the 16th, [Dec] 1847, in full congregation with the Church, of which he had long been a member and by a large circle of relatives and friends who, with their loss has been his infinate gain


There were two Beaver Creeks in early Washington County, Virginia. One (also called Shallow Creek) flowed through Bristol and emptied into the South Fork of the Holston River in Tennessee. The other was a south branch of the North Fork of the Holston River in current Smyth County.

from The Gentry family in America: 1676 to 1909 by Richard Gentry

James Fulkerson came to America from Germany, settled first in North Carolina where he married Mary Van Hook and removed to Washington Co., Va. The first mention of him is found in an order of the Washington Co. Court held May 3, 1774:

On the petition of the inhabitants of Beaver Creek, ordered Benjamin Logan to open a road from James Fulkerson's to the wagon road at Joseph Black's (now Abingdon), the best and most convenient way.

There is still a small town named Fulkerson on the North Fork of the Holston about 20 miles southwest of Abingdon, Va.

In 1777 the court appointed John Anderson, Gilbert Christian, James Elliott, James Fulkerson and William Roberts commissioners to view a road from George Blackburn's by James Fulkerson's to the forks of the path leading to Kentucky and the mouth of Reedy Creek.

On the 22d March, 1780, James Fulkerson with several others were recommended to the Governor "as fit and proper persons to be added to the - Commission of Peace- of Washington Co.," and were commissioned.

The Army of Cornwallis was approaching from the southern border of North Carolina and threatening an invasion of Virginia, and the Washington Co. Militia were being called out under Colonel William Campbell; and the Sharps and Fulkersons, relatives of the author, were enlisting in that pioneer army, which was soon to win the great victory of the Revolution, the battle of "King's Mountain."

James Fulkerson (called Valkerson in Germany) reared a large family in Virginia; Peter, James, John, Thomas, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, William, Polly, Catharine, Hannah (who became the wife of Benjamin Sharp), and Mary.

Peter married Margaret Craig and had ten children, of whom Robert C., Benjamin F. and Frederick settled in Montgomery Co., Mo. Colonel Samuel V. Fulkerson, killed before Richmond in 1862, and Colonel Abram Fulkerson, member of the 47th Congress, both Confederate officers, are descendants of James Fulkerson, the German immigrant.


from the Family Bible of James Fulkerson 1737-1799 of Washington Co., VA

James Fulkerson was born in the year one thousand seven hundred and thirty seven (1737) the 22nd day of June, and was married to Mary Van Hook the 18th day Jany. 1764.

Mary Fulkerson wife of Jas. F. was born Sept. 19th 1747.

(Their Children)
Peter Fulkerson born Sept 26, 1764
Dinah Fulkerson " Jany 15, 1766 (and died 22nd of said month.)
Jacob Fulkerson " Dec 12, 1766
Hannah Fulkerson " June 5th 1769
James Fulkerson " Sept 27, 1771
John Fulkerson " Jany 6, 1772 [sic: should be 1774]
Isaac Fulkerson " Aug 9, 1776
Frederick Fulkerson " Jany 1, 1779
Mary Fulkerson " Apl 25, 1781
Caty Fulkerson " June 17, 1783
Thomas Fulkerson " May 23, 1786
Abram Fulkerson " Apl 3rd 1789 and of the Commonwealth the 13th

Jacob Fulkerson Deceased (Killed by Indians) Apl 21, 1791
James Fulkerson Sr Deceased Sept 7, 1799 five minutes after ten in the morning

Mary Fulkerson, Senr died 12th day July 1830
Thos Fulkerson died Nov 1840
Frederick Fulkerson died Apl 18, 1841
Hannah Sharp died Mch 6, 1844
John Fulkerson died Jan 22, 1846
Peter Fulkerson died June 1847
Polly Bradleyd died Sept 15, 1858

(Copied by Kate P. Fulkerson at the old Fulkerson-Hurt residence in Abingdon, Va. (1 mile from town) on front porch with Katie Jurt, Apl 19th, 1915.)
Copied from Miss Kate Fulkerson's copy in July 1950 by Prentiss Price, Rogersville, Tenn.
Peter Fulkerson, married 11 Oct 1791 in Washington Co., VA, Margaret Craig
Hannah Fulkerson, married 16 Nov 1786 in Washington Co., VA, Benjamin Sharp
James Fulkerson, married Sarah Balfour and died in the 1860's in Indiana
John Fulkerson, married 16 June 1801 in Patrick Co., VA, Jeancie Hughes
Isaac Fulkerson, married ______ and died at St. Charles, MO
Frederick Fulkerson, married ______ and died at Lexington, MO
Mary Fulkerson, married _____ Bradley
Katy Fulkerson, married 10 Aug 1797 in Washington Co., VA, John Hanby, who married 2nd, 8 Nov 1800 (Bond) in Patrick Co., VA, Elizabeth Tatum
Thomas Fulkerson, married Oct 1817 in Washington Co., VA, Margaret Bradley
Abram Fulkerson, married 21 Nov 1815 in Washington Co., VA, Margaret Vance and died 2 Oct 1859.

The Bible of Abram Fulkerson gives the death of James Fulkerson Sr. as Sept 6, 1798 instead of 1799.
Prentiss Price
20 April 1954



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