photo of William Morrow Fulton
FULTON. -- Spending his entire life in the Keystone state, the late
William M. Fulton pursued the even tenor of his way as an honest man and a useful citizen, ever holding an assured position among the leading business men of his community. A son of
James C. Fulton, he was born, March 5, 1834, in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, and died, June 5, 1897, in Allegheny. He was of honored Scotch ancestry, being a lineal descendant of John Fulton, the founder of the family in America.
John Fulton (1), the emigrant ancestor, was born in Lanarkshire. Scotland, in 1713, and in 1753 came with his family to the United States, locating first in Maryland. His son, John Fulton
(2), the next in line of descent, married for his second wife Esther Cooper,
and their son, James
C. Fulton (3), was the father of William M., of this sketch.
James C. Fulton
was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, and after growing to manhood removed to Beaver
county, becoming one of its early pioneers, and there resided until his death, while yet in the prime of life.
William M. Fulton (4), being left fatherless when a child, was brought up and educated in Pittsburg by an uncle,
Andrew Fulton, a noted brass bell maker. On the death of this uncle, Mr. Fulton, with a cousin,
S. M. Fulton, succeeded to the ownership of the brass foundry and operated it successfully until 1894, when the entire business was sold to
Lewis B. Fulton, a brother of William M., who thereafter lived retired from active pursuits until his death.
On September 19, 1865, Mr. Fulton married
Sarah Shilling, who was born in Wheatland, a daughter of
Andrew Shilling, and granddaughter of George and Elizabeth (McBride) Shilling, prominent pioneer settlers of this section of Mercer county. Born October 19, 1809, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, Andrew Shilling was but five years old when, in 1814, he came with his parents to what is now Wheatland. On the farm which his father redeemed from the wilderness, he grew to manhood, being reared among pioneer scenes and discomforts. Choosing the free and independent life of his ancestors, Mr. Shilling followed farming throughout his life, living on the parental homestead, which originally contained five hundred acres. Industrious and energetic, he succeeded well as a general farmer, accumulating considerable wealth, and for many years was one of the most prominent agriculturists and valued citizens of the Shenango valley. He was a Democrat in politics, a Presbyterian in religion, and during his long life of ninety-two years was ever an esteemed member of the community. On October 16, 1836, Mr. Shilling married
Salina Satterfield, daughter of Andrew Satterfield, and they became the parents of six children, namely:
William; Porter; James K.; John; Sarah, now Mrs. Fulton; and
Amanda E. Mrs. Shilling died several years before her husband did, passing away in 1874. Mrs. Fulton, after the death of Mr. Fulton, returned to her girlhood home, and tenderly cared for her father through his declining years. She now owns and occupies the old Shilling homestead in Wheatland, where she was reared and educated. She is a member of the Presbyterian church, to which Mr. Fulton also belonged, and throughout the community has the respect and esteem of her neighbors and friends. Politically Mr. Fulton was identified with the Republican party, and supported its principles by voice and vote.
Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, pages 612-613