Desc of Philip Fulkerson
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Guillaume VIGNE and Adrienne CUVELIER
Dirck VOLCKERTSZEN and Christine VIGNE
Volkert DIRCKS and Annetje PHILLIPS
Philip VOLKERSE and Ann VAN CLIEFT
Volkert FOLKERTSON and Femmetje BUYS
Folkert (Fulkard) FULKERSON and Maria BOGART
Captain Philip FULKERSON

Philip FULKERSON was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church at New Brunswick,
New Jersey on 23 Mar 1753. He was commissioned as a Captain in the 2nd Battalion of Colonel Quick's Regiment, Somerset County Militia, almost a year before the Declaration of Independence. He reportedly married Elizabeth BRUNER about that same year.

NOTE: For decades, it has been more or less oral history that both Philip and his brother John married two BRUNER sisters. There is no known marriage record for Philip and Elizabeth.

However, confirmation of brother John's marriage to Margaret BRUNER came to us on page 25 of John's Revolutionary War pension application, in which his son Philip reported both the year they were married and her maiden name.

Further information on the origin of the Bruner sisters comes to us in 2010, in the form of research by a Bruner descendant. Please click here to view it.

  Philip took his family to Jefferson Co., Kentucky (then part of Virginia) by 1782. There are two Mercer Co., KY records concerning Philip: he and brother Jacob appraised the estate of a John Gordon in February 1792, and his son John was born there about 1795. He moved to Nelson Co., KY about 1803. He was living in Ohio Co., KY when he made his will on 21 Jun 1813. His will was proved in August 1813.

  Further information about Philip's military service, his will and other records about him are located at Captain Philip FULKERSON in the American Revolution.

  Philip and Elizabeth's children were:

Mary Adam Jane
Philip Fulkerd Rachel
John Jacob Pamela






Mary 'Polly' FULKERSON...b. 1776 in Somerset Co., NJ; m. George SMITH, Jr, on 18 Feb 1794, moved to Missouri by 1818, died by 1846

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Adam FULKERSON ..................b. ca. 1777 in Somerset Co., NJ, d. June 1843 in Ohio Co., KY. He served during the War of 1812 from 15 Nov 1814 until 15 May 1815. According to some old handwritten notes by a Fulkerson-Harris descendant, he participated in the Battle of New Orleans on 8 Jan 1815. This would seem to be confirmed by his presence at Camp Jackson:
Adam Fulkerson Prvt. Capt. Wm.. Gannaway's Co of Inf.,
13 Reg't Kentucky Detached Mil. War of 1812
Appears on Company Muster Roll for Dec 31,1814 to Feb.28 1815 Roll dated Camp Jackson Feb 28,1815 Date of appointment,enlistment or engagement Nov 15, 1814 To what time engaged or enlisted, May 15,1815 Present or absent PRESENT (569) Humphries copyist

Adam Fulkerson Pvt. Capt. Wm Gunnaway's Co of Inf.,
13 Reg't Kentucky Detached Mil. War of 1812
Appears on Nov 15 to Dec 31 1814 Roll Call Camp Jackson Dec 31, 1814 Date of appointment, enlistment or engagement Nov 15,1814 to what time engaged enlisted May 15, 1815 Present or absent PRESENT (569) Humphries Copyist

Adam Fulkerson Pvt. Capt. William Gannaway's Co of Inf., 13 Reg't Kentucky detached Militia War of 1812
Appears on Muster Roll for Nov 15 to May 15,1815
Date of appointment or enlistment of Nove 151815 For what time engaged or enlisted 6 mos Present or absent PRESENT Remarks and alterations since last Muster 925. miles from place of residence (569) Humphries copyist

F 13 Gray's Ky Militia
Adam Fulkerson
Pvt. Capt. William Gunnaways Co. of Inf.,
13 Reg't Kentucky Detached Militia War of 1812
Appears on Company Pay Roll for Nov 15, 1814 To May 15 1815 Roll dated Not dated Commencement of service Nov. 15, 1814 Expiration of service May 15 1815 Time paid for 6 months 0 days Pay per Month 8 dollars 0 cents Amount of pay 48 dollars 0 cents Total mount 48 dollars 0 cents (569) Humphries copyist

  Adam m. (1st) to Rebecca WAKELAND on 27 Aug 1802 in Bourbon Co., KY and had six children. He m. (2nd) to Mary BAILEY, probably about 1824, and had four more children. All ten children were born in Ohio Co., KY. The following is the extract of his will, which mentions several of his children:
Ohio Co. KY. Will Book C, p. 6, probated July 5, 1843 - "Will of Adam, asks that his just debts be paid out of his personal estate that can be Spared out of the use of the family, and the Exec. herinafter appointed to judge what can be sold. His two sons and two daughters now living with him shall have the use of the plantation on which he lives, and all of the personal property after selling a sufficient quanity to pay the debts and other expenses until son, Oliver arrives at the age of 21 years. And for the use of the said plantation, they must keep in good repair. At that time all the rest of the personal estate not disposed of, to be sold by the exec. and equally divided between all his heirs. To son, Thomas E., one two year olf filly. Which fillys they are to have at his death. To two daughters, Julia and Susan T., one featherbed and bedstead and furniture to each. Oliver P. to have nine months of schooling at the expense of the estate. Appoints his friends , George L. Smith and son, Philip as exec., to see that the property left for the use of the family is carefully taken care of.June 27, 1843. John and Philip B., witnesses. Probated July 5, 1843. On August 14, 1843, the Execs named in the will qualified, and entered into bond of $1000 with Joshua Benton and John C. Wakeland as their sureties."

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Jane "Jenny" FULKERSON...b. ca. 1779 in Somerset Co., NJ, m. Samuel ROBERTSON on 17 Feb 1801 in KY, moved to Burnt Prairie, White Co., IL, where she died in 1845; 4 children

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Grave of Philip Bruner FULKERSON
Headstone of
Philip Bruner FULKERSON
Alfred Fulkerson
Hannah Taylor
Above portraits ca. 1855, courtesy of Pat Hollen
Philip Bruner FULKERSON............b. 1 Jan 1785, d. 14 Feb 1845; m. Sarah Ann TAYLOR (the 7th of 15 children, known as Sally, b. 2 Feb 1794 in Frederick Co., VA, dau. of Richard TAYLOR and Sarah CORNET) ca. 1810. They remained in Ohio Co., KY, where all 13 (or 14?) children were born. A great-granddaughter stated he was a shoemaker and a cooper, having a yard where barrels and kegs were made.

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Fulkerd FULKERSON ....ca. 1789-Apr 1867, b. in Mercer Co., KY. During his lifetime he lived in three states and had three wives. He m. (1st) Nancy GRIGSBY on 3 Feb 1808 in Ohio Co., KY; m. (2nd) 2 Apr 1818 to Mary (Polly) COLEMAN in Ohio Co., KY (recorded there as 30 Mar 1818, possibly the date of the license); and m. (3rd) Elizabeth RENO, about 1850. Fulkerd was listed as a charter member at the founding of the Mt. Pleasant Church, Burnt Prairie township, White County, Illinois in July 1830. He left Illinois and moved to Clark Co., Indiana about 1835 (and appeared on the 1840 census there). He moved back to Ohio Co., KY after 1850, where he died in Apr 1867. He and Nancy and Mary had at least 9 children.

According to Kentucky - A History of the State [by W. H. Perrin, J H Battle and G C Kniffin, 8th Edition published 1888, page 953], "Fulkerd when a young man, about 1812, came with his parents, who were among the early settlers, to Ohio Co, KY, then almost a wilderness. In this county Fulkerd Fulkerson was married, and after attaining his majority improved a farm on a part of his father's purchase, where he remained until the fall of 1823, when he sold and removed to White County, Illinois, where he bought a farm, and resided for some thirty-five years. His wife died in 1850 and in 1858, he sold his farm and returned to KY making his home with his children until his death, which occurred in April 1867 in his seventy-second year. "
It's possible he was in Indiana much earlier. A history of the founding of Ohio Twp, in Warrick Co., IN, tells us:
On the 13th of may, 1816, an election was held at the house of William Berry, in this township, for the purpose of choosing a delegate to the Constitutional Convention preparatory to the admission of Indiana into the Union as a State. Thirty-eight votes were cast, of which Daniel Grass received thirty-five, Bailey Anderson two, and Eneas McAllister one. Samuel Snyder was President of the election board, and William Berry, Joab Garrett and Fulkerd Fulkerson were Judges, and the Clerks were Azel W. Dorsey and William Ross.

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Rachel FULKERSON......30 Jun 1792-17 Apr 1856, b. in Mercer Co., KY, m. on 21 Mar 1814 in Ohio Co., KY, to Thomas MacMackin WILSON, moved to Wayne Co., IL, had 9 children:
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John I. FULKERSON......ca. 1795-1865, m. 11 Jun 1816 to Nancy Polly GRAVES (b. ca. 1801, died by 1847, daughter of John Sanders GRAVES and Mary Susannah WOOTEN, both born in Maryland) in Muhlenberg Co., KY. He was on the rolls of Captain Solomon Brandenburg's company, Third Regiment, Kentucky Detached Militia, when he was about 17, serving as an Ensign (third lieutenant) from 1 Sep 1812 to 25 Dec 1812. He served again from 15 Nov 1814 until 15 May 1815. According to some old handwritten notes by a Fulkerson-Harris descendant, John participated in the Battle of New Orleans on 8 Jan 1815. His second wife was Ellen BLIVENS, on 23 Nov 1847 in Ohio Co., KY. John inherited land from his father Philip, and sold it in 1846:
Deed to Philip Fulkerson's Heirs:

Know all men by these presents that I, JOHN FULKERSON of Ohio Co. and State of Kentucky for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars to me in hand paid, do hereby relinquish all my rights title claim and interest to a certain parcel of land to the heirs of Philip Fulkerson deceased of the same county and state aforesaid, it lying and being in the county and state aforesaid on the waters of Pond Run lying and being in the East side of the said Philip Fulkerson's one hundred acre tract of land willed to him by his father and bounded as follows:

(to wit) beginning at the North east corner of the said Philip Fulkerson's one hundred acre tract thence east 67 poles to a black oak and two dogwoods thence south 190 poles to the line of the original survey thence west 67 poles to the southeast corner of the aforesaid 100 acre tract thence North with the line of the same 190 poles to the beginning

and I, John Fulkerson, do hereby warrant and defend the said land from myself, my heirs, and all and every person or persons claiming under me. In testimony hereof I have herewith set my hand and seal this the 16th day of January 1846.

  In 1851 he made a claim for bounty land that beginning in 1850 was made available to veterans of the War of 1812:

State of Kentucky
County of Ohio

On the eighth day of April A.D. on Thousand eight hundred and Fifty one personally appeared before Charles J Lawton, a Justice of the peice,within and for the bounty and State aforesaid John Fulkerson aged fifty six years past, a resident of Ohio county in the State of Kentucky who being duly sworn awarding to and, declares that he is the is the identical John Fulkerson who was a private in the company Commanded by Captain William Gannaway in the thirteenth Regiment Kentucky detached Melitia commanded by Luietenuant Colonel John Davis in the war with Great Britain, declares by the Untied States in the 18th day of june 1812 That he was a substitute for Isaac Kell, and entered the service in said company and regiment on or about the fifteenth day of November A.D. 1814 in Ohio County Kentucky for the time of six months and continued in actual service in said War for the time of six months and was honorably discharged at Lutahfuls State of Kentucky on the Fifteenth day of May A.D. 1815 as wll appear by his original certificate of discharge herewith presented, and that he never [illegible] any land for his [illegible]. He makes this declaration for the purpose of attaining the Bounty land to Certain officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the military service of the United States Passed September 28th 1850 and that he never received land for said service.

[NOTE: This claim was awarded as Warrant 37775 on 24 Mar 1852]

  By 1856 he had sold his bounty land, but there were additional entitlements offered in 1855, so he filed a second claim based on his military service during the War of 1812:

Suspended Bounty Land Re-examined
No. 107.046
    104.861
March 5,1856

John Fulkerson Served in Captain Wm. Gummaway's company Kentucky Militia from 15th Nov. 1814 until 15th May 1815
No evidence of Isaac Keel as primcipat
State of Kentucky
County of Ohio

On this 20th day of April A.D. one Thousand eight hundred and fifty five personally appeared before me the Presiding Judge of Ohio County Court within and for the County and State aforesaid John Fulkerson age sixty Years a resident of Ohio County in the State of Kentucky who being duly sworn according to law declares that he is the identical John Fulkerson who was private in the company Commanded by Captain William Garrarway in the Thirteenth regiment of Kentucky detached Malisha Commanded by Davis in the war with Great Britain declared by the United Sates on the 18th day of June 1812 for the term of Six Months and continued in said war for fourteen days and over, that he has heretofore made application for bounty land under the act of September 28, 1850 and received a land warrant No(not recalled) for Eighty Acres which he has since legally disposed of and can not now return. He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the additional county land to which he may be entitled under the act approved 3rd day of March 1855. He also declares that he has never applied for nor received under this or any other Act of Congress any bounty land warrant except the one above mentioned

  John died about 1865. His children with Polly GRAVES were:


Elizabeth FULKERSON....b. ca. 1796, called "Betsey" in her father Philip's 1813 will in which she was bequeathed "one feather bed and bed sted and furniture, one cow and calf, one linnery Wheel, six plates, one pot, one Dutch oven and one set of knives and forks." Elizabeth d. by Aug 1828 in Ohio Co., KY; m. Robert DAVENPORT on 8 Mar 1815, one known child:

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Jacob B FULKERSON....b. 2 Feb 1799, d. 1858; m. Anne SKAGGS by 1829. She died after 1840 and before 1850. They had 13 children, all born in Ohio Co., KY:

Pamela FULKERSON.....also called "Permelia" and "Parmely", her name was spelled "Permealy Fulkerson" in her father Philip's 1813 will, in which she was bequeathed "one feather bed and bed sted and furniture, one cow and calf, one linnery Wheel, six plates, one pot, one Dutch oven and one set of knives and forks."

  Pamela's sister Jane and brother Fulkerd are known to have moved to White Co., IL. According to [neighboring] Wayne Co., IL records, a Pamela FULKERSON m. Jacob BORAH in 1822. Jacob died in 1829, leaving one son, James Nathan BORAH, who was in Co. H, 56th Illinois Infantry and died at sea while being transported north following Sherman's march through Georgia. James left a widow, Catherine DARR of PA, who died in 1917 at Fairfield, IL.

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