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James C. Fullen

Male Bef 1825 - Aft 1848  (~ 23 years)


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  • Name James C. Fullen 
    Born Bef 1826  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1848  Republic Of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Little is known about James C. Fullen, even his exact name is uncertain. W. F. Fullen, a grandson, reported that both his father AND his grandfather were named JOHN W. FULLEN. He reported this in 1933 however, some 80 years after his grandfather's death, when he was completing his father's death certificate. The name John is inconsistent with several published histories of Sabine County, all of which list the progenitor of the Fullen family of Sabine County as James W. Fullen. No sources are cited.

      In Gifford White's book, FIRST SETTLERS OF SABINE COUNTY, TEXAS, there is a James C. Fuller (sic) listed as receiving 320 acres of land on 4 Mar 1844. The Texas archives show that this land grant was actually made to a James C. Fullen. Due to both the time frame and the relative rarity of the last name Fullen, it is assumed that James C. was the husband of Rebecca, and father of William and John.

      CHEROKEE County Texas

      Survey - Person or Concern bearing the land certificate at time survey filed. Block - Block number. Grantee - Person or Concern to whom the land was actually awarded. Leag - League Flag. L = 4,428 acres, B = League + Labor. Labor = 177 acres. Section - Section Number Abs - Number of the Abstract on file at county courthouse and at the
      Texas General land Office in Austin.

      Survey Blk Grantee Leag Section Abs
      JAMES C FULLEN J. FULLEN 724 281


      What is known is that Mr. Fullen and his 18 year old wife, Rebecca, moved to the Republic of Texas sometime before the birth of their son William around 1844. They had two more sons over the next three years, and he probably died sometime around or after 1848, when his youngest son was born. He is listed on neither the 1850 Sabine County census, nor is his death reported on the 1850 Mortality Schedule. In the Family Bible owned by Catherine Parker Fullen, thought to be a daughter in law, the following entry is found under Burials: Daddy Fullen 1850.

      Even his birthdate is unknown. Presumably he would have been the same age, or older, than his wife Rebecca, who was born circa 1826. The 1850 census indicates that both Rebecca and her husband were born in Pennsylvania. As Rebecca was the only adult in the household, she probably reported this information herself. It appears that their families must have migrated to the South when they were young however. W. F. Fullen did not recall his grandparent's Pennsylvania orgins, but rather reported his grandparents born in North Carolina and Tennessee. On the 1870 census, their oldest son William reported that both his parents were both born in Pennsylvania, while his younger brother John reported them both born in Alabama. In 1900, John reported their place of birth as Tennessee.

      There are other families from Pennsylvania on the 1850 Sabine County, Texas census, but none seemed to live nearby the young widow, who was in household number 81. Rebecca's closest neighbors were the Jackson and Davidson families from North Carolina and Tennessee, the Oliphant's from Mississippi, and the Smith's from Virginia. Families with Pennsylvania origins were headed by 70 year old David Welch, household #138; 70 year old George Koher, household #180; 94 year old Henry Stagner, household #191; and 90 year old Michael Widner, household #192. There were a scattering of other families from Pennsylvania as well, but none have obvious links to the Fullen's.
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      1810 Census
      Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Chestnut Ward
      HOH James Fullen
      Free White Males under 10: one
      Free White Males 26-44: one
      Free White Females under 10: two
      Free White Females 16-25: 1
      Number of HH members under 16: 3
      Number of HH members over 25: 1
      Number of HH members: 5

      Also, the 1850 US Census Mortality schedule shows a James Fullen, age 43, and whose occupation was Cooper, as dying of dyspepsia in Westmoreland County, PA in 1850
    Person ID I130  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family Rebecca Bal(L)\(Dwin),   b. Abt 1826, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1850, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years) 
    Married Bef 1844 
    Children 
     1. William Morrison Fullen,   b. 16 Sep 1844, County Of Sabine, Republic Of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1926, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     2. John W. Fullen,   b. 28 Aug 1845, County Of Sabine, Republic Of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1933, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     3. James C. Fullen,   b. Abt 1848, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1883, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F126  Group Sheet,  Family chart

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  • Documents
    Fullen, James C., 1844 assignment of 320 acres of Cherokee Co, Texas land to James H. Johnson
    Fullen, James C., 1844 assignment of 320 acres of Cherokee Co, Texas land to James H. Johnson
    Grant of 320 acres of land in Cherokee County, Texas, on the waters of the Angelina, from James C. Fullen to James H. Johnson, April 6, 1844 [Note: It is assumed but not proven that James Fullen was the progenitor of the Fullen family in Sabine County, Texas who died prior to the 1850 Census]