Kansas History and Heritage Project- Marshall County

Marshall County Biographies
John and Sarah Scott Fulton Family

The following family biography was submitted by Lynn:

This is the story of my maternal ancestors; the Fulton and Rosebaugh families. It is based on information from census reports, newspaper articles, and stories handed down from relatives. So far we have traced the Fulton Family only to 1850. The Fultons, we think, came to this county from Ireland where they had taken refuge from the Scottish rule.

John Tobias Fulton was born October 10, 1833 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. According to the Marysville Advocate-Democrat (8-8-1902) he moved, as a youth, with his family to Fostona (Fostoria) Ohio. In 1856 he came to Marshall County, Kansas Territory. We find him listed in the 1858 Blue Rapids Kansas Territory census. Blue Rapids at that time was a sparse settlement of a few tents and log cabins located east of the Big Blue River in Marshall County. Prospect Hill Cemetery overlooks the area where the settlement started. Later the town moved west of the river. John homesteaded a farm just a little over four miles south of Blue Rapids in an area called Game Fork. While John was in the Blue Rapids area he met Mary Ann Scott.

Mary Ann was born on April 5, 1842 in Indiana; the daughter of Andrew and Sarah Scott. The Scotts were also among the early Blue Rapids settlers. Andrew and Sarah were both born in Ohio. They came to Blue Rapids by way of Wisconsin around 1859 along with Sarah’s brother Henry Miller and Henry’s wife Sarah. Several stories tell of how Andy entertained folks with his fiddle. An article in the Marysville Advocate states that Sarah Scott was the mother of 13 children. We do find Mary Ann Scott at age 8 on the 1850 census living with her parents and family in Richmond Wisconsin. Sarah Scott died August 6, 1897. Andy went to visit friends in Vinton Ohio and died of pneumonia December 19, 1897. Both are buried at Prospect Hill cemetery over looking the Big Blue River.

John and Mary Ann were married on Christmas Day 1859. In an article written by Oretha Ruetti, John and Mary Ann’s wedding was the first wedding in the early settlement. According to the Marysville Advocate, Mary Ann and John Fulton had 11 children; three sons, six daughters who survived; two sons who died in infancy. Their first child Frank was born in Kansas. Sometime between 1862 and 1863 they went to live in Ohio. William Fredrick (our ancestor) was born 10/12/1863 in Sandusky City, Hancock County, Ohio. His sister Sarah also was born in Ohio. The family then moved back to Marshall County, Kansas. On various census forms we find their children listed as: Frank, Henry J., William F., Sarah, Emma E., Ella, Henrietta, Ida May, J.G., Minnie and Belle. We can trace Frank, William, Sarah, Ella, Ida May, J.G., Minnie and Belle into adult life. We have not been able to find what happened to the other children. Those we have knowledge of grew into adult life, married and several had families.





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