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John W. Fullen

John W. Fullen

Male 1845 - 1933  (87 years)

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  • Name John W. Fullen  [1, 2
    Born 28 Aug 1845  County Of Sabine, Republic Of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Mar 1933  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Notes 
    • Most official documents and census records simply show him as either John Fullen or John W. Fullen. His middle name is not known with certainty.

      Frances Simmons [mailto:fsimmons@ruralcomm.com], in an email dated June 10, 2000, wrote that she discovered that John's middle name was Willoughby "last year at the Fullen family reunion by looking at notes and articles they had kept.  I think one article called it the James Willoughby Fullen reunion.  Before that I only had James W. Fullen...." However, Danice Hurt, a direct descendant through son William Franklin Fullen, emailed in January, 2012 that "my mother (Bobbie Sue Fullen Lunsford) has always told me that his name was John Whitney Fullen.   He lived with Frank & Nannie Fullen when my mother was a child.  Unfortunately, so far I have been unable to find any documentation as to the middle name, your website is the first time I had heard of any other name."  A third possibility is that his middle name was Whitaker, as this is the middle name of his eldest son.

      John and his brother, William were orphaned sometime before 1860. They lived with their stepfather, Solomon Causey, and his new wife until the Civil War.

      John was just 16 when he enlisted in the Confederate States Army in February, 1862, alongside his brother William. John served in Company F, 11th Texas Regiment, from February, 1862 through February, 1864.  The 11th Texas Infantry Regiment was placed under the command of Colonel Oran M. Roberts (a later governor of Texas). The 11th was marched to Arkansas where it combined into Randal's Brigade, McCulloch's Division in September 1862. The regiment is later moved to Louisiana. They combined forces with Green's 15th and 18th Texas Infantry on November 1, 1863. The combined force went south from Opelousas, Louisiana toward Grand Coteau in what Roberts described as a "rapid and fatiguing march." The 11th was ordered forward towards the enemy by the commander of the Confederate District of Western Louisiana, Major General Richard Taylor. On November 3, 1863, they were deployed in the Battle of Bayou Bourbeau. Several companies were sent out as skirmishers. The remainder of the 11th, including Company F, were deployed on the left wing of the lines, roughly two miles south of Opelusas. The infantry force retired from the field after approximately 3 hours of combat. The 11th reported 4 killed, 15 wounded, and 32 missing. Union casualties in the whole engagement numbered approximately 716 men. On November 4, 1863, the 11th joined the rest of Walker's Division in holding the country from Simsport to Opelousa against future assaults by Union forces.

      Source: http://www.cba.uh.edu/~parks/tex/texreb.htm

      I was unable to locate John W. Fullen in Sabine County, or anywhere else,  at the time of the 1870 census. It was possible he was simply missed by the enumerator due to the turmoil of the reconstruction.

      John W. Fullen made an application for a Pre-emption grant of land in Sabine County on August 12, 1876. In this application he, and two witnesses (G. Guthrie and A.C. Woolam), swore that he was a bona fide settler on vacant public land, and the head of a family. Pre-emption grants were made after statehood, and from 1866 to 1898 up to 160 acres could be claimed. Homesteaders were required to live on the land for three years and make improvements (such as building a barn) in order to qualify for a pre-emption grant of 160 acres. He patented his application on December 11, 1879. In his affadavit John Fullen swore, and his two witnesses affirmed, that he had occupied the land he was claiming for three consecutive years, from Sept. 30, 1876 through the current date. Witnesses were J. P. Payne and Wm. W. Weatherred.  J. P. Payne was a step-son of Thompson Allen, the grandfather of John's wife, Jane Allen Fullen. The original Sabine Preemption Grand is on file at the Texas General Land Office, File #68.

      As of 1880, John was living in Bronson and working as a farmer. He and Jane had four children at the time: James, Leala (Lula), Viola, and John. Viola can be found on the actual census microfilm, but is missing from Toole and Speight's transcription of the 1880 census.

      None of his children appeared to have been recorded as attending school at the time of the 1890 Scholastic census,unlike those of his brother William, who had attended school. Presumably they were needed at home to help John and Jane on the farm.

      According to the Sabine County 1910 Federal Census, John and Jane Fullen had been married for 42 years. They had had 9 children, 7 of whom were still living.

      In his Confederate Pension Application file, the Application for Mortuary Warrant indicates that he died of Bright's Disease (kidney disease) in the home of his son, W.F. Fullen of Bronson.

      Several photos exist of John Fullen. One is a family grouping, but only he and Jane have been identified positively.

      (Written by Melinda McLemore Strong circa 1986 and revised periodically)
    • (Research):

      Census Listings:

      1860 Census
      Texas, Sabine County, Milam Beat, PO Milam
      Enumerated 12 Jun 1860
      Page 2, Stamped 318
      7-7
      Solomon Cawsey 44 M Farmer 1000 2625 Miss
      Harriet L. Cawsey 34 F $--- $1320 La
      William M. Fullen 16 M Tx
      John W. Fullen 12 M Tx
      William E Cawsey 12 M Tx
      Sebern J. Cawsey 2 M Tx
      Geo W Cawsey 1/12 M Tx

      1870
      Not located

      Texas, Sabine County, JP 6
      Enumerated 9 Jun 1900
      SD 8 ED 70 Sheet 6B
      100-100
      Fullen, John Head W M Aug 1844 55 M 33 Tx Tn Tn Farmer
      Fullen, Jane Wf W F Dec 1849 50 M 33 12/9 Tx Miss Tx
      Fullen, Daisy Dau W F Nov 1883 16 S Tx Tx Tx
      Fullen, Wiley Son W M July 1886 13 S Tx Tx Tx Farm Laborer
      Fullen, Franklin Son W M Jan 1889 11 S Tx Tx Tx
      Fullen, Clyde Son W M Nov 1890 9 S Tx Tx Tx

      1910 Census
      Texas, Sabine County, Pr 6
      Enumerated 11 May 1910
      SD 2 ED 133 Sheet 32A
      211-211
      Fullen, John W. Head M W 64 m1 42 Tx Tn Pa Farming Home Farm
      Fullen, Jane C Wf F W 57 M1 42 9/7 Tx Mi Tx
      Fullen, Clyde Son M w 19 S Tx Tx Tx Farming

      1920 Census
      Texas, Sabine County, JP 6
      Enumerated 17 Jan 1920
      SD 326 ED 173 Sheet 16A Stamped 212
      306-306
      Becton, Jim L Hd M W 36 M Tx NC Miss Farmer
      Becton, Daisie M Wf F W 36 M Tx Tx Tx
      Becton, Ivie B Dtr F W 13 S Tx Tx Tx
      Becton, Howard I Son F (sic) W 9 S Tx Tx Tx
      Becton, Fay A Dtr F W 7 Tx Tx Tx
      Becton, Gladis R Dtr F W 2 8/12 S Tx Tx Tx
      307-307
      Fullen, John W Hd M W 72 M Tx Ms Ms Farmer
      Fullen, Jane Wf F W 69 Tx Tx Tx
      Fullen, James W Son M W 50 Wd Tx Tx Tx Farmer
      Fullen, Drew O Grandson M W 9 S Tx Tx Tx
      Fullen, Luke T Grandson M W 6 S Tx Tx Tx
    • (Medical):Brights Disease (Kidney Disease)
    Person ID I128  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father James C. Fullen,   b. Bef 1826, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1848, Republic Of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F126  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Allen,   b. 5 Dec 1850, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1926, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married Abt 1868  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Children 
     1. James Whitaker Fullen,   b. 27 Jan 1869, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1933, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. Lula Elizabeth Fullen,   b. 25 Dec 1870, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1902, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     3. Viola "Ola" Fullen,   b. 29 Feb 1872, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1907, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     4. John Allen Fullen,   b. 25 Jun 1875, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1939, Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     5. Alice A. Fullen,   b. 20 May 1881, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1918, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     6. Daisie Mae Fullen,   b. 18 Nov 1883, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1940, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     7. Wiley Howard Fullen,   b. 10 Jul 1886, Tebo, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. William Franklin Fullen,   b. 13 Jan 1889, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1969, Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     9. Curtis Clyde Fullen,   b. 12 Nov 1890, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1930, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    Photos
    Fullen, John & Jane and Family
    Fullen, John & Jane and Family
    Appears to have been taken in the 1910's or 1920's in Sabine County, Texas

    John Fullen and his wife Jane Allen are the elderly couple in the left of the photo. It appears the others pictured are family members, but exactly who is who is unknown.

    PLEASE HELP US INDENTIFY EVERYONE IN THIS PHOTO.
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F123  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1868 - Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Mar 1933 - Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    _Fullen, John Willoughby
    _Fullen, John Willoughby
    Husband of Jane Allen
    B. 1845 Republic of Texas D. 1933 Texas
    Fullen, John Willoughby ca 1920's
    Fullen, John Willoughby ca 1920's
    Husband of Jane Allen
    Confederate Army Veteran
    B. 1845 Republic of Texas D. 1933 Texas
    John was orphaned sometime before he was 15. He enlisted in the Confederate States Army when he was just 16, serving alongside his older brother William. After the Civil War, he and William married sisters and lived near each other in Sabine County, Texas.
    Fullen, John & Jane ca 1911, Sabine County, Texas
    Fullen, John & Jane ca 1911, Sabine County, Texas
    John Fullen and Jane Allen with their oldest son, James Whitaker Fullen, his wife, Celesta Burkhalter, and their grandson, Drew Fullen.
    Fullen, John Willoughby ca 1920's, Sabine County, Texas
    Fullen, John Willoughby ca 1920's, Sabine County, Texas
    Husband of Jane Allen
    B. 1845 Republic of Texas D. 1933 Texas

    Documents
    Fullen, John W., P 1 of 4 of Sabine County Preemption File #68
    Fullen, John W., P 1 of 4 of Sabine County Preemption File #68
    Sabine Preemption for 160 Acres of Land, Cover Page of File 68, As filed with the Sabine County Clerk on Sept. 24, 1878. Pre-emption grants were made after statehood, and from 1866 to 1898 up to 160 acres could be claimed. Homesteaders were required to live on the land for three years and make improvements (such as building a barn) in order to qualify for a pre-emption grant of 160 acres.

    Fullen, John W., P 2 of 4 of Sabine County Preemption Application
    Fullen, John W., P 2 of 4 of Sabine County Preemption Application
    This was John Fullen's application for a homestead of 160 acres of land in Sabine County, Texas. In this application he, and two witnesses, swore he was a bona fide settler on vacant public land, and the head of a family. Pre-emption grants were made after statehood, and from 1866 to 1898 up to 160 acres could be claimed. Homesteaders were required to live on the land for three years and make improvements (such as building a barn) in order to qualify for a pre-emption grant of 160 acres.

    Fullen, John W., P 3 of 4 of Sabine County Preemption Land Claim, Field Notes
    Fullen, John W., P 3 of 4 of Sabine County Preemption Land Claim, Field Notes
    This was the survey and field notes for John Fullen's application for a homestead of 160 acres of land in Sabine County, Texas. Pre-emption grants were made after statehood, and from 1866 to 1898 up to 160 acres could be claimed. Homesteaders were required to live on the land for three years and make improvements (such as building a barn) in order to qualify for a pre-emption grant of 160 acres.
    Fullen, John W., P 4 of 4 of Sabine County Preemption Claim, Affidavit of Occupancy
    Fullen, John W., P 4 of 4 of Sabine County Preemption Claim, Affidavit of Occupancy
    This was John Fullen's application for a homestead of 160 acres of land in Sabine County, Texas. It was witnessed by J. P. Payne and Wm. W. Weatherred. In this affadavit John Fullen swore, and his two witnesses affirmed, that he had occupied the land he was claiming for three consecutive years, from Sept. 30, 1876 through the current date. Pre-emption grants were made after statehood, and from 1866 to 1898 up to 160 acres could be claimed. Homesteaders were required to live on the land for three years and make improvements (such as building a barn) in order to qualify for a pre-emption grant of 160 acres.
    Fullen, John W., C.S.A. Civil War Pension Application, P 1 of 3
    Fullen, John W., C.S.A. Civil War Pension Application, P 1 of 3
    John W. Fullen, who served during the Civil War in Company F of the 11th Texas Infantry, applied to the State to Texas for a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas in 1909. Witnesses to his affadavit were his brother, Wm. M. Fullen and neighbor, W. T. Morris.
    Fullen, John W., C.S.A. Civil War Pension Application, P 2 of 3
    Fullen, John W., C.S.A. Civil War Pension Application, P 2 of 3
    John W. Fullen, who served during the Civil War in Company F of the 11th Texas Infantry, applied to the State to Texas for a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas in 1909. Witnesses to his affadavit were his brother, Wm. M. Fullen and neighbor, W. T. Morris.
    Fullen, John W., C.S.A. Civil War Pension Application, P 3 of 3
    Fullen, John W., C.S.A. Civil War Pension Application, P 3 of 3
    John W. Fullen, who served during the Civil War in Company F of the 11th Texas Infantry, applied to the State to Texas for a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas in 1909. Witnesses to his affadavit were his brother, Wm. M. Fullen and neighbor, W. T. (William Taylor) Morris.
    Fullen, John W., Texas Death Certificate
    Fullen, John W., Texas Death Certificate
    Texas Death Certificate, with son W. F. Fullen as informant. John's parents were listed as John W. Fullen and Rebecca Baldwin.

    Headstones
    Fullen, John and Jane (Allen)
    Fullen, John and Jane (Allen)

  • Sources 
    1. [S360] Simmons, Frances--Family Researcher (Rt 1, Box 193, Newton, TX 75966), Frances noted that on a old Program for the Fullen family r eunion, he was listed as John Willoughby Fullen (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S349] Schluter & Toole, "1850 Sabine County, Texas Census with Added Family Information and Corrections" c. 1979.

    3. [S418] Texas Department of Health, Death Certificate.

    4. [S504] Confederate Pension Application, 16433 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S346] Sanders, J.B. "Index to Cemeteries of Sabine County, Texas 1836-1964", 1964, Nacogdoches, Texas.

    6. [S434] Toole, Blanche "Sabine County Marriages 1875-1900 1900-1910 Prior to 1875" c. 1983.

    7. [S433] Toole, Blanche "1910 Population Census Sabine County, Texas" ca 1987 Sabine County Memorial Library and Museum, Reported on this census they had been married 42 years, cir ca 1868 (Reliability: 3).