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The Fulcher Society

 

Founded in 2021

 

 

In 2021, Jess and Theresa Jephcott decided to register the name of FULCHER, with the Guild of One-Name Studies, to create a one-name study group, which concerned itself with studying the surname Fulcher, and any other proven spelling variations that may be discovered. 

Please consider joining us and helping us with information from your Fulcher family tree. We are building a database at the moment, mainly researching the individual family trees that we are unable to link together. We are taking names of babies born from 1837 up to 1900, as shown in the General Record Office in London. From those indexes, we construct the family trees that are all available to view at ancestry.co.uk.

There is no cost involved with membership of the society. Many of you will have already done work on researching your Fulcher ancestry. Hopefully, you will consider joing this project, with a view to building a worldwide society of Fulchers.

If you are interested, please share your Fulcher ancestry with us so that we can place you in the system. Photographs, copies of documents, etc. Also, we are looking for male Fulchers to consider participating in the Fulcher DNA project.

If you are a Facebook user, please join our group, for up-to-date information.

This is a work in progress and we will be expanding this web page to include many other subjects. So keep coming back or sign up to the Facebook group, where details will be given of changes and additions here.

 
The Study

 

Please click on the link of interest to take you to the relevant section.

Chapters

0 Title and Book Details - under construction

1 Introduction. - under construction

2 The Fulcher Name.

It is clear that, from the work we have already done, the Fulcher name derives from East Anglia in England. The county of Norfolk, in the main, but spreading out with smaller numbers of incidences in Suffolk and Essex. Whilst we have found Fulchers right across the UK (and some in the US), they all trace back to East Anglia - so far. - under construction

3 The Fulcher Society. - under construction

Founded in 2021

4 Heraldry. - under construction

5 Parish Records. - under construction

6a Family Tree Section - introduction only - under construction

6b Family Trees, Classifications and Descriptions - see below for the full list of family trees and narratives - under construction

 

 

 

CHAPTER 6 - FAMILY TREE SYSTEM - CLASSIFICATION EXPLANATION - under construction

When we started, we devised a scheme of classification that would enable us to determine who belonged in which family tree, where it was not possible to link them together. We started with AB, AB, AC, etc. More will be added in due course, as we create them from records found.

Hopefully, your family is shown somewhere here. If you cannot find where you fit, please enquire.

We have published most of the family trees on the internet. On the tables below, there are links to a 'gedcom' file for each family. For you to able to see the family trees that these files contain, you will need to download a programme from the internet that will enable this.

This programme seems to work well. Try it.

www.drawmyfamilytree.co.uk/gedcom_viewer.php

 

Where you see a - in the first column, this means that we have added the family's supplementary details as a link.

Remember, this is a work in progress! It is incomplete.

 

Family Tree Code and earliest date

Family Tree Description

Tree

Population

Gedcom

Link

Notes - Counties/Countries, professions, remarkables, unusual names, maiden names

AA

Alpha

1767

The Fulcher Family starting with Samuel Fulcher, born in Charswell, Suffolk in 1767 and his wife Mary, née Davy. We see Samuel as a widower in the 1851 census, a pauper, 'formerly a bricklayer', living with his presumed daughter Elizabeth born 1803, she unmarried and described as a 'cottage proprietor', both living in Charsfield. In the 1841 census, Samuel is living with Mary, his wife, who was ten years older than him, he described as a bricklayer.

William Fulcher, son of Samuel and Mary Fulcher, married Mahala Fulcher, daughter of Isaac and Mary Ann Fulcher from family AB. William was a 'servant' in the 1851 census, born in Claydon, Suffolk. By the time of the 1871 census, he was described as 'formerly an agricultural labourer', he was living in Otley, Suffolk, with Matilda (Mahala), she being 31 years younger than him, with their two children. Next door to them were living William's brother Samuel Fulcher and his wife Maryann née Potter.

Charles Fulcher, son of Samuel and Maryann, was born in Otley in 1847 and he married Elizabeth Capon. We see them both in the 1871 census, living in Otley, Samuel an 'agricultural labourer' and with Elizabeth having been born in Easton, Suffolk..The 1891 census shows them living in Easton, with their several children, with young John Allen Fulcher being the first of the children to be born in Easton, in 1889. They had at least ten children. This branch of the family produced many Fulcher males, which led to many of the Fulchers that are alive today. One of their sons in particular, James Fulcher, born 1879, became a butler for Lord Bellew in Ireland, and founded a Fulcher dynasty in Ireland.

  • Charles John Fulcher died of his wounds in France 2nd August 1916.

SUFFOLK, Charswell, Claydon, Otley, Easton

IRELAND

a butler, war hero

Mahala

Davy, Potter, Capon, Lally

AB

Beta

1811

The Fulcher Family starting with Isaac Fulcher, born in Framsden, Suffolk in 1811 and his wife Mary Anne, née Engledew. We see them in the 1851 census, living in Framsden, with Isaac described as 'Isac Fulcher junior', an 'agricultural labourer' and farming 2.25 acres. One of their children had the unusual name of Mahala. They had at least 12 children.

Isaac Fulcher (grandson of Isaac Fulcher born 1811), born 1864 in Framsden, went to sea in 1880, serving aboard many different ships. His record makes for interesting reading. He and his wife Harriet née Rogers, raised at least six children, the first four being born in Portsmouth. One of their sons, also Isaac Fulcher, also went to sea and was killed by enemy submarine action, his body never recovered. As with his father, his naval record makes interesting reading, but for different reasons. Another son, Clifford Harold Fulcher, brother of Isaac, also joined the Royal Navy.

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SUFFOLK, Framsden,

HAMPSHIRE, Portsmouth

Royal Navy, war hero

Mahala

Engledew, Emmerson, Rogers, Brown, Foster, Rand, Hewitt

AC

Clopton

1781

The Fulcher Family starting with Samuel Fulcher, born in Clopton, Suffolk in 1781 and his wife Elizabeth. We see them in the 1841 and 1851 censuses, living in Otley, Suffolk, with Samuel described as an 'agricultural labourer'.

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SUFFOLK, Clopton, Otley

Catchpole, Catchpool, Spall, Ling

AD

Daniel

1794

The Fulcher Family starting with Thomas Fulcher, born 1801 in Norfolk, probably Norwich, and his wife Maria, née Funnel, born in 1794. Thomas was shown as a 'hay dealer' in 1841. Very much a Norwich family, although a branch moved to Margate, Kent.

Thomas Fulcher, son of Thomas and Maria, a groom, and his wife Susan née Scowen had at least 14 children. Susan would have been 47 when she had her last child. Their daughter Elizabeth died at the age of 3 and they named a later daughter Elizabeth too, who also died at a young age. However, they had three sons named Daniel, the first two dying at a young age. The third Daniel Fulcher thrived and went on to marry and have a daughter.

Thomas Arthur Fulcher died on 4th August 1916 and is buried in Norwich Cemetery. He died after he was discharged from the army, previously a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery. Was he wounded? Was he gassed? In April of 1916, three months before he died, he and his wife Rosa had all four of their children baptised. We assume that his son Walter Everett was his natural son.

Ernest Arthur Fulcher was killed in action in 1942 and was buried in Libya.

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NORFOLK, Norwich

KENT, Margate

War heroes, three Daniels.

Funnel, Scowen, Fowler, Rice, Kent, Bethley, Hurrell, Johnson, Hardingham, Williment, Everett

AE

Essex

1765

The Fulcher Family starting with William Fulcher and Sarah, his wife, whose son William Fulcher was born in St Pauls district of Deptford in Kent in 1765. The various strands of the family settled in the Romford and West Ham areas of Essex and in Orpington, Kent.

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KENT, Deptford, Orpington,

ESSEX, West Ham, Romford

Peacock, Brooker, Shead, King, Auger, Featherstone

AF

1781

The Fulcher Family starting with Joseph Fulcher born in Royston, Essex in 1788 and his wife Elizabeth née Bush. Joseph was an 'agricultural labourer'.

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ESSEX, Royston, Hunsdon

Bush, Turgood, Wrenn, Boyle

AG

Gregory

1761

The Fulcher Family starting with Moses Fulcher born 1761 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and his wife Mary Middleton. Their son Edmund, born in 1814 became a hair dresser, using the name Edward rather than Edmund, for a period. Edmund's son Benjamin, followed him in the same profession. as did Benjamin's brother Edward. The 1851 census shows the three hairderessers under one roof.

John Fulcher, a grandson of Moses Fulcher, appears to have emigrated to Massachusetts, USA, married and raised a family there. John Fulcher - Shipwreck Survivor in 1852. "Shipping". The Morning Chronicle (26822). London. 11 December 1852. From Records of Marriage in the Town of Eastham in the year 1859. John Fulcher, age 22 married by E.E. Knowles, Justice of the Peace, Birthplace of parents Boston, England, and Josephine H. Doane, age 19, born in Eastham, Mass. Birthplace of parents, Ezekiel and Rachel Doane, Eastham Mass.

Items in the Yarmouth Register Thursday April 22, 1852 about the shipwreck of the brig "MARGARET" on which John Fulcher was the Cabin Boy. Also an item in the New Bedford Standard Times in 1933.

  • Edward, son of Edward/Edmund, had a grandson that died during the First World War. He was Alfred George Hubert Fulcher, who died in, Iraq on 27th September 1918, a Private with the Norfolk Regiment aged 22 years.

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NORFOLK, Great Yarmouth,

USA

Shipwreck survivor, hairdressers, war hero

Amos

Middleton, Forest, Botright, Doane, Thurtle, Dexter, White, Anderson, Durrant

AH

Harlow

1777

The Fulcher family starting with Edward Fulcher, a carpenter, born 1777 in Harlow, Essex, and his wife Sarah née Collins. They had at least five children, a son and four daughters. Their son Edward also became a carpenter and he and his wife Isabella, nèe Marr, moved to the east end of London to raise their own family. They had two sons and three grandsons, although that is where that Fulcher line seems to have stopped.

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ESSEX, Harlow, Aldgate, Clerkenwell, Poplar

Carpenters

Collins, Marr, Fosh, Strains

AI

Ipswich

1781

 The Fulcher family of John Fulcher, born in Ipswich in 1826, and his wife Jessie, née McClachlan from Scotland. John's faather was James Fulcher, born around 1781 in Kettleborough, Suffolk. John and Kessie had at least 12 children, all born in Ipswich, with at least three dying aged under 5.

Jessie frequently used the names Jeanette and Janet, in the various census and baptism of her children's records.

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SUFFOLK, Ipswich, Kettleborough,

SCOTLAND

McClachlan, Webster, Green, Abram, Smith

AJ

Joseph

1781

The Fulcher Family of John Fulcher born in Eye, Suffolk in 1781, and his wife Elizabeth, née Bird.

Frederick Fulcher was born in 1841 in Eye, Suffolk. We see him in the 1861 census as a stone mason, a visitor to a household in Rochdale, Lancashire, together with two other people, also born in Eye. This visit seems to have led to his removal to Rochdale, where he founded a new Fulcher dynasty.

Frederick David Fulcher was born in Dover, Kent and emigrated to Canada and became a Canadian citizen, although he appears to have had no idea of his year of birth.

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SUFFOLK, Eye,

LANCASHIRE, Rochdale,

CANADA,

Maltster, Cotton worker

Garnham, Bird, Crabtree, McKillop, Cooper, Smith

AK

1811

The Fulcher family starting with William Fulcher and his wife Hannah, née Roper, who appeared to have raised three sons in Diss, Norfolk from 1811, across to Stuston in Suffolk. One son, poor little Edgar Fulcher, born in 1815, was baptised and buried within five days. Their eldest son, Henry, became a carpenter, married Harriet Markwell and they went on to found a dynasty of Fulcher descendants.

Two James Fulcher first cousins married two Perry sisters, which creates some confusion over separating their chilldren's birth records in the indexes.

William Fulcher born 1873, was born after his father died in 1872. He therefore never knew his father, but became a step son of James Masters, who married as James Masters, not Fulcher. So too with William, who also took the name of Masters.

John Fulcher died in 1902 and left his possessions to Sarah Masters, his mother. He was innkeeper of the Coach and Horses in Dover.Charles Richard Fulcher emigrated to Australia in 1928.

One branch of the family came down through Thomas Fulcher, born in Bressingham (near Diss) in 1810. He married Sarah Ann Barker and one of their sons, Charles Fulcher, born 1831, was born in Gt Yarmouth in Suffolk and worked as a 'basket maker'. He stated that he was a sailor when he married Martha, née Cooper, in Reedham in 1850. As far as we can see, they had at least 15 children, all born in Great Yarmouth, with Charles no longer a sailor, but then a 'basket maker'.

One of their children, William, born in Great Yarmouth in 1867, became a fisherman. He married in Sculcoates in 1895, as Gustav William Fulcher. On the 1901 census, he stated that he was born in Hull, Yorkshire, not Great Yarmouth. One of his two sons,

  • Charles William Fulcher, was killed whilst a 'deck hand' aboard HM Trawler 'Sapper' on 29th December 1917, his body never found. HMT Sapper sank with all hands on a mine laid on December 24, 1917 by the German minelaying submarine UC-71. Per Admiralty records, the explosion was witnessed by both the Owers Light Vessel and the steamer Tewfikieh.
  • Corporal Henry Jacob Fulcher, of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was killed in action in France on 17th October 1918. On that day was the Battle of the Selle, where British forces, under the command of Henry Rawlinson, launched a major attack to push German forces off the east bank of Selle River in France, capturing the French commune of Le Cateau by the end of the day. Henry was buried at Le Cateau, one of 14 other soldiers, marked with one cross., to be re-buried at a later time.

There is a strong Newcastle upon Tyne connection with this family. Sidney Fulcher born 1905 had an interesting career with the Royal Navy, which took him through the second world war.

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NORFOLK. Diss, Shuston

SUFFOLK, Oakley

LONDON., Bethnal Green, West Ham

KENT, Strood, Malling

NORTHUMBERLAND, Newcastle upon Tyne

YORKSHIRE, Hull

AUSTRALIA, NSW

carpenter, tailor, farmer, basket maker, Royal Navy, war heroes

Gustav

Beaumont, Markwell, Perry 1, Perry 2, Flatt, Shorten, Ward, Sampson, Etty, Bradshaw, Sticklee, Massey, Chilvers, Bates, Moody, Barker, Cooper, Morfitt, England, Tweed, Jacob

AL

Lynn

1804

The Fulcher Family of John Fulcher and Sarah, née Wharmby.

Their daughter Hannah Fulcher, born 1804 in Oxborough, Norfolk, had an illegitimate son, James Fulcher. We know from the census that Hannah had a sister Frances and that their parents were John and Sarah Fulcher. However, we cannot be sure that we have the right John and Sarah, although Oxborough and Lynn and quite close to each other. J

Their son James appears to have married well when he married Maria Elizabeth Coward, the daughter of John Coward and his wife Maria, née Fulcher. John Coward was a farmer and, when he died in 1854, it looks as if James and Maria took over the farm. Sadly, Maria died in February 1861, whereupon James remarried, to Sarah Wilkinson, in October 1861. So, who was the Maria Fulcher who was James' mother-in-law?

In 1861, David Fulcher was an undergardener, aged 23, unmarried and living in a room over the stable.

George Fulcher was a soldier and he married Eliza Mary O'Meara in Bengal, India in 1869, when he was 28 and she 15. He became a Chelsea Pensioner. No 382 Colour Sergeant George Fulcher Chelsea Pensioner No 76879. Attested 20th January 1859 at Thetford Norfolk. Promoted to Corporal 1st Sept 1863, Promoted to Sergeant 6th Sept 1865. Re-engaged for the 77th Regiment at Peshawar to complete 21 years service 30th Oct 1868. Transfered to 1st Regiment Middlesex Militia 10th Aug 1875. Transfered 4th Btn Middlesex Regiment Regular Force 21st Jan 1880 to 10th Oct 1892, Hon discharge 17th Oct 1892 with the rank of Colour Sergeant at Hounslow. He and Eliza Mary had ten children.

David William Fulcher born in 1872, the son of David William Fulcher, a gardener. In 1891 he was an 'under gardener' in Stowlangtoft, Suffolk, claiming to have been born in Messingham in Lincolnshire. In 1892 he was a soldier. In 1902, he married Catherine Elizabeth Strange in Islington, London. On his marriage certificate he is shown as a 'Police Constable'. He was convicted of arson in 1919 and sentenced to 6 months jail.

Thomas David Fulcher born 1882 in Hounslow was convicted of housebreaking in 1899 and was given three years prison at HMP Parkhurst. He had signed on as a soldier in 97th Foot, in February 1899, but his criminal conviction appears to have led to him being discharged from the military, marked 'services no longer required'.

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NORFOLK, Oxborough, Kings Lynn,

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, Bletchley

INDIA

Arsonist, hosebreaker, soldier, Chelsea Pensioner, WW1 casualty

Wharmby, Coward, Wilkinson, Heal, Hinnells, Allflatt, Barwood, O'Meara, Strange, Turner, Beecher, Fulcher

AM

Musician

1830

The Fulcher Family starting with John Fulcher of unknown place or age and his wife Elizabeth, née Chandler. In 1830 their son John Fulcher was baptised in Chelsea, London. John Fulcher junior became a musician. He married Emma Mary Carpenter in London in 1850 and, by 1861 they were living in Glasgow, Scotland, with John being described as a 'Professor of music'. They raised their family of at least twelve children, most of them being born in Glasgow, with John's death in Glasgow in 1893.

Two of John and Emma's sons became musicians, serving with the British army. Two of their grandsons were killed in France in the first world war. Another of their grandsons, Robert Claxton Fulcher, Company Quarter Master Serjeant, Royal Engineers, was killed in action in Tobruk, Egypt in 1943.

This family has been researched by members of the Fulcher family, so this record here is supplementary to that more detailed study.

Brothers,

  • George Frederick Charles Fulcher, of the London Regiment, was posted missing on 13th October 1915 in France, aged 21.
  • Private Karl William Fulcher, of the Machine Gun Corps, was killed in action on 27th July 1916 in France, aged 17.
  • Robert Claxton Fulcher, of the Royal Engineers, died in Libya on 30th May 1943, aged 34.

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LONDON, Hackney

SCOTLAND, Glasgow,

ESSEX, Shoeburyness,

YORKSHIRE, South Shields

Musicians, war heroes

Chandler, Carpenter, McLeod, Mcquillan, Dew, Payne,

AN

Norwich

1799

The Fulcher Family starting with Mattias Fulcher, born in Swannington, Norfolk in 1799, and his three wives, Patience Warne, Mary Ann Jolly and Harriet Hammond. The family seems to have been quite unremarkable and was centred around the Norwich area.

Two brothers married two Corbould woman, probably sisters.

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NORFOLK, Norwich, Swannington

Gardeners

Warne, Jolly, Hammond, Corbould, Goulding, Forster, Thomas, Houghton.

AO

Oundle

1789

The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher and his wife Sophia, née Story. She was born around 1789 in Wymondham, Norfolk, but we know nothing about John, other than from the baptism records of his children, which names him. They had two sons, Edward born in 1821, who became a saddler and who migrated himself and his descendants to Oundle and then to Sheffield. The other son, Talbott James, born 1829, became a soldier in the 8th Hussars, married in Manchester and, with his wife, had children born in Ireland. His wife Matilda, died at the young age of 34, in Ireland, possibly in childbirth.

John Edward and associate housebreaking prison term.

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NORFOLK, Wymondham

IRELAND

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, Oundle

YORKSHIRE, Sheffield

LEICESTERSHIRE

DURHAM, Easington

Farmer, Soldier 8th Hussars, Saddler, Heavy Bomb Assembler, house breaking prison term,

Talbott

Story, Boulton, Beeston, Atkins, Grant

AP

Phoebe

1777

The Fulcher family starting with Edward Fulcher, an agricultuaral labourer, born 1777 in Southminster, Essex, and his wife Mary née Barnes.

Percy Fulcher joined the Royal Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1919, a junior officer.

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ESSEX, Althorne, Maldon, Rochford

Royal Navy

Barnes, Eldrett, Mott, Byford, Eldred, Hawkes, Oddy, Goldstone

AQ

1786

The Fulcher family of Aaron Fulcher, born 1786, and his wife Mary née Burgess. Their son William was born in Barham, Suffolk in 1806 and he became a shoemaker/cordwainer. He was baptised in Lowestoft in 1806 and, seemingly, again in Lowestoft in August 1814, when the register shows that his father Aaron was a cordwainer and a publican. Had they forgotten that they had baptised William before or could this be a whole different family?

William married Emma Mason, and their eldest surviving son Alfred became a 'bootmaker', following in the family trade. Their second surviving son Horace (their first child, a son named Horace, died in infancy) also became a 'bootmaker', but various census returns showed him also as a 'horticultural machinery fitter' and a 'painter and decorator'. Horace married Louisa Wilkinson, and one of their sons, also Horace, a corporal in the Rifle Brigade, was killed in action in 1917, leaving a wife and three daughters under 5 years of age.

NORFOLK, Lowestoft

SUFFOLK, Ipswich, Barham

MIDDLESEX, Bethnal Green

Cordwainer/shoemaker/bootmaker, publican, war casualty

Aaron, Seth.

Burgess, Mason, Saxby, Wilkinson, Godbold

AR

1762

The Fulcher Family starting with Anthony Fulcher born 1762 an his wife Sarah, née Hepworth. They were married in Drayton, Norfolk in 1792. He lived to age of 98 and was buried in Great Yarmouth, Norwich.

The marriage record for 1792 shows, on the same page, an illegitimate Fulcher baptism and a Fulcher burial, suggesting that the Fulchers were an established family in Drayton. In 1851, their son Anthony, was living with his wife Matilda née Earl and described as a 'sawyer'.

Their son John Fulcher became a 'basket weaver' and he married Sarah Ann Buxton. The family became an established Great Yarmouth family. One of John and Sarah's grandchildren, George Edward Fulcher was a Japanese prisoner of war, who appears to have survived the ordeal.

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NORFOLK, Great Yarmouth

POW

Hepworth, Earl, Buxton, Turrell, Kemp

AS

Slaughter

1830

The Fulcher family starting with Robert Fulcher and his wife Ann, née Lacy. Robert was described as a weaver when their son Robert Fulcher was born in 1830. Robert junior became a tailor, staying in his father's general line of work. He married Sarah Ann Slaughter. The only male child that could have produced further Fulchers, appears not to have married, and so the line ended there. Perhaps, if we could find out more about Robert senior, we could add a further generation to the tree and discover more descendants.

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NORFOLK, Norwich, Aylsham,

Lacy, Slaughter, Winterborn

AT

Thirza

1810

The Fulcher family starting with William Fulcher born 1810 in Newbourn, Suffolk, and his wife Susan née Banyard.

Robert Fulcher born 1878, emigrated to Canada.

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SUFFOLK,Newbourn

CANADA

Ag. Labs.

Thirza

Banyard, Hill, Lewis, Hodds, Brown

AU

Utting

1841

The Fulcher family of Utting Fulcher, born and whose parents were Uttings.

Utting Fulcher was a Master Mariner

Henry Robert born 1841 was a Master Mariner

George Fulcher born 1852 was a Master Mariner

 

Sgt John Arthur Fulcher

BIRTH 20 Jun 1886

Lowestoft, Waveney District, Suffolk, England

DEATH 22 Jan 1916 (aged 29)

BURIAL

Berks Cemetery Extension

Comines-Warneton, Arrondissement de Mouscron, Hainaut, Belgium

PLOT III. A. 50.

MEMORIAL ID 11097949 · View Source

MEMORIAL

PHOTOS 2

FLOWERS 2

Service No: 81287

Age: 29

Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry, 8th Bn.

Son of George and Agnes A. Fulcher, of 74, Stanley St., Blyth, Northumberland, England.. He had emigrated to Canada in 1909.

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SUFFOLK, Kessingland

NORTHUMBERLAND, Blyth

CANADA

shoemaker, master mariner (Merchant Navy), war hero

Utting, Wright, Robertson, Roberts, Wilson, Dewhurst

AV

1840

The Fulcher family starting with William James Fulcher, born 1840, who was shown as being a mariner on his marriage certificate in 1855. We cannot find him on any of the censuses, until we see him in 1891, a 'County Court Office'. In 1859, at the baptism of his son Alfred, he was shown as a bailiff. He is quite a mystery. His marriage certificate showed his father to be Joseph Fulcher, a 'builder'. It would seem that Joseph died in a lunatic asylum in 1857.

James William Joseph Fulcher, born 1856, married Sophie Isabella Wright and, according to the 1911 census, they had three children, two sons and a daughter. One of the sons was named Arthur Percy, presumably in memory of the brother of his father, who had died at a young age.

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LONDON

ESSEX, West Ham

Mariner, builder, lunatic

Kelsey, Knight, Wright

AW

Washington

AW1

1795

The Fulcher family of George Fulcher who was born in 1795, probably in North Carolina, USA. He and his wife had a son who they named George Washington Fulcher, born

 

 

, who became a fisherman.

This family is accessible through the US records system from the late 18th century and we have built a family tree from what we have found. However, this family is shown on Ancestry, going back into the the mid 16th century in America, with no provenance of where the information came from. We must therefore conclude that, either this family were wealthy and had kept detailed records of their pedigree, location of information now unknown, or it is pure invention.

USA, North Carolina

George Washington, fishermen

Royall, Willis

AX

1809

The Fulcher family starting with Robert Fulcher born 1809 in Sinfield, Wymondham, and his wife Mary, née Wright. Their son George became a blacksmith and, he and his wife Jane, née Hammond, had nine children, seven sons and two daughters. One son, Percy (a sergeant in the Norfolk Regiment) was killed in action in France in 1918.

Another son, Frank, became a baker. There is confusion over the identity and name of Frank Fulcher's wife. He married Matilda Shinn in 1905, who was born in Brandon, Suffolk in 1882. However, the 1911 census gives wife's name as Bessie, also born 1882 in Brandon. All the children's mother's maiden names were Shinn. We therefore conclude that Matilda was known as Bessie.

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NORFOLK, Norwich, Wymondham

War hero, baker, blacksmith

Wright, Hammond, Shinn

AY

1793

The Fulcher family starting with Robert Fulcher, born 1793 in Norwich, and his wife Sarah née Howard, whom Robert married in Gedney, Lincolnshire.

Their son William was an agricultural labourer and he and his wife Rachel, had at least nine children. One of the children was Robert Fulcher, born 1844 in Sutton and who married Mary Ann Hopwood, his father's name given as William. In the 1861 census, aged 16, he was described as a 'mariner', as was his brother James. In 1871 he was a farm servant, working for a farmer at Stubley Farm in Heckmondwike, aged 19 and born in Norfolk. Just above his name is that of his wife to be, Mary Ann Hopwood. By 1881, he was aged 29, a labourer at a printing works in Gomersal, Yorkshire, married to Mary Ann, nee Hopwood, and saying that he was born at Kinninghall [no such place], Norfolk. By 1891, he was a cloth printer, born in Norfolk, aged 39. We couldn't find the family in the 1901 census. By 1911 he was aged 50, a gardener, born in Hanninghall [no such place], Norfolk, living with Mary Ann, she having had ten children [we could only find eight children], four of whom were dead. We had thought that the birth years and places given, meant that we had the wrong Robert, but it would appear not, and that he was giving false information, perhaps to hide his past. We will probably never know the truth of it. Had he deserted from the Navy and needed to hide? That would answer why he went to work in Yorkshire, giving false information about himself.

There seemed to have been several deaths in infancy, and movememt away from Norwich and Gedney.

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NORFOLK, Norwich, Hanninghall?

LINCOLNSHIRE, Gedney, Sutton Bridge

YORKSHIRE, Birstall

Mystery. Navy.

Howard, Wilson, Hopwood

AZ

Kezia

1801

The Fulcher family starting with William Fulcher born 1801 in Suffolk, perhaps Bucklesham, and his wife Maria, née Pinkney. They had at least eight children, mostly shown as having been born in Bucklesham and the men being mostly agricultural labourers. Their son John, and his wife Kezia, had at least 13 children, again, born in Bucklesham.

A branch of the family went to Northfleet, Kent, to take work in the cement production industry there. William Fulcher, born 1877, was killed in action in France in 7th October 1916, at the age of 40 years. In 1911 he was working as a night porter at a hotel in Ramsgate, Kent.

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SUFFOLK, Bucklesham

KENT, Northfleet

twins

war hero

Pinkney, Bloomfield, Steward, Self,

26 families, 27 'A' trees, people

10 with records starting in Norfolk

9 with records starting in Suffolk

3 with records starting in Essex

2 with records starting in London

1 with records starting in Kent

1 with records starting in USA

BA

Amos

The Fulcher family starting with Thomas Fulcher, born 1824, and his wife Elizabeth, née Cullum. Thomas was baptised in Wymondham in 1824 and his mother was Mary Ann Fulcher, single woman. As far as we know, Thomas had at least 4 Fulcher sons, 1 daughter and 18 Fulcher grandsons, 15 grand daughters.

The family were mainly farm workers. Of the four sons, James seems to have lived all of his life in the Wymonham area, an agricultural worker and cattle man. He and his wife Emma had at least seven children, with twin boys dying in infancy.

William and his wife Honor had eight children, three of whom had died by 1911. He was a farm worker.

Amos became a general labourer but, by 1891 he had married and moved to Prittlewell in Essex, where his wife Emma was born, and where he worked as a platelayer for the railway. He had 10 children, of whom, three had died by 1911. In 1919, their son Frederick died and is marked by the CWGC, details below. 

George and his wife Elizabeth had seven children, one of whom had died by 1911. George was also a platelayer for the railway, although, unlike his brother Amos, he lived and worked in Norfolk.

  • Frederick Ernest Fulcher served with the Royal Navy and died on 22nd February 1919, being recognised by the CWGC on their war dead index. The records show that he died of pneumonia. He was serving as a Stoker 1st Class aboard H.M.S. Pembroke. In the naval indexes, he is shown in a list of five Royal Navy Fulchers who died in service, one of them, Herbert Thomas Fulcher (family BL) who died just over a year later and who was also a Stoker 1st Class aboard H.M.S. Pembroke. Did they ever meet?

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NORFOLK, Wymondham

ESSEX, Southend-on-Sea,

DNA broken

agricultural labourers, platelayers, Royal Navy, war hero

Amos, Honor

Pettitt, Eve, Fiddament, Smith, Rivett

BB

Buttle

1801

The Fulcher family starting with George Fulcher, born 1804 in Drayton, Norfolk, and his wife, Sarah Ann, née Newton, born 1801. A farming centred family that seemed to have remained in Norfolk for several generations.

There is a close connection with this family and BS, as both start in Drayton, but without us being able to connect them. Both families have Fulcher sons marrying Buttle girls, with some difficulty with deciding the identity of some of the children.

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NORFOLK, Drayton, St Faiths, Norwich, Horsford, Illington, Quidenham

agricultural labourer, carter,

Newton, Watts, Buttle, Slipper, Pratt, Everett, Bumfrey, Cushing

BC

Chedgrave

The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher, born 1787 in Aylsham, who became a coachman, and his wife Charlotte, nee Browne. At the baptism of their daughter Jane in 1831, the clerk commented that James was 'coachman at Langley Hall'.

The Hall was originally built c.1730 for Richard Berney, on 25 hectares of land that, until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, belonged to Langley Abbey. It was sold a few years later to George Proctor. In 1744, the estate was inherited by Proctor's nephew, William Beauchamp who, in compliance with his uncle's will, changed his name to Beauchamp-Proctor and who was created a baronet the following year. The family later changed their name to Proctor-Beauchamp. He completed the building work and employed Lancelot Brown to advise on the landscaping. In 1785 new entrance lodges were built to the design of architect John Soane. The estate remained in the Proctor-Beauchamp family until the 20th century. The 1841 census states that James was 'coach man to Sir W B Proctor'.

In his will, his two sons, William and George, are mentioned, William of Mourningthorpe, Norfolk, domestic servant, and George of Oswestry, Salop, Master of the Workhouse.

James and Charlotte's son George had become 'Master of the Workhouse' in Weston Cotton, Shropshire by the time of the 1861 census. Also in 1871. By the time of the 1881 census, he was 'Master of the Workhouse' in Oswestry. Also in 1891, with his wife Mary (George's second wife) being 'Matron of the Workhouse'. George died in 1898, at the age of 70, the oldest workhouse master in Shropshire. He had first come to Shropshire as schoolmaster of the old workhouse at Kingsland in Shrewsbury. His son, also George, by 1901, appears to have stepped in, after his father's death, to become the new master at Oswestry, whilst his mother Mary remained as matron. By 1911, George and his mother were still there, George's wife being 'Assistant Matron' and his daughter was taking care of the infants.

In 1891, George and Mary's son, William Henry Fulcher, was following in father's footsteps and was 'Master of the Workhouse ' at Whitchurch, Shropshire, his wife 'Matron'. By 1901 he was at Berrington, Shropshire, again as 'Master of the Workhouse'., and again in 1911.

So, that is two of George and Mary's sons that became masters. Their other son, Frederick, became a teacher and he ended up emigrating to Australia to found a family there. Another son, that of George and his first wife Charlotte, James Thomas, also emigrated to Australia.

Martha Fulcher was born in August 1882. Her father had died 7 months before she was born, and she and her brothers became the step-children of their mother's new husband Mr Loades. Martha was baptised as Martha Loades at the age of 16, taking her step-father's name. However, in 1839 she was Martha Fulcher again, unmarried and working for Sir Basil Mayhew, director of Reckitt and Colman (mustard), at The Hall, St Faiths and Aylsham, Norfolk.

Frederick Suffield Fulcher, born 1870 was a soldier in the Grenadier Guards.

  • Lance Corporal Alfred Ernest Fulcher, of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry, died on board the ship that was taking him back to join his regiment at Salonika. He had been twice wounded in action in France and had served 9 years with the same regiment. Records state that died on 17th February 1917, from an abcess on the liver and that he was buried in Malta. Oddly, his mother's name was Jane Brant, and so was his wife's.
  • Two brothers, Thomas Henry Fulcher, born 1899, was Private of the 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, died of his wounds in Belgium 3rd October 1918. Albert Edward Fulcher, Private in the 1st Battalion Royal Worstershire Regiment, died of his wounds in France 9th July 1916.

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NORFOLK, Aylsham, Chedgrave

SHROPSHIRE, Weston Cotton, Oswestry, Whitchurch

AUSTRALIA, NSW, QLD, SA

IRELAND

Workhouse masters, war heroes

twins

Browne, Brent, Pugh, Fawcett, Boucher, Hankin, Chapman, Brant, Pingriff, Sear, Hunt, Alborough, Bales, Higg, Hay

BD

David

ESSEX, Thorpe-le-Soken

BE

Elijah

1811

The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher born 1811 in Kings Lynn and his wife Ellen, née Rogers. John was a labourer and, later, a platelayer. However, for the baptisms of three of his children, one in London, he is shown as a baker.

Their grandson Arthur was living with them in 1871 and described as a 'gentleman's servant'.

The family is a mystery, as the family tree members seem to disappear without trace, not to be found in the records. Did they all emigrate?

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NORFOLK, Kings Lynn

WARWICKSHIRE, Aston

LONDON

Elijah

baker, labourer, plate layer

Rogers, Watson, Clitheroe

BF

1797

The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher, born in 1797 in Soham, Cambridgeshire, a tailor, and his wife Mary Anne, née Cooper. They had three sons, all born in Ely and all married, and at least six grandchildren, also all born in Ely.

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE, Soham, Ely

SUFFOLK, Bury St Edmunds

KENT, Boro

tailor

Cooper, Peck, Seekins, Firman,

BG

Grimes

1811

The Fulcher family starting with William and John Fulcher, illegitimate twin sons of Mary Fulcher, born in Ludham, Norfolk, in 1811. John Fulcher married Susan Grimes. They had at least ten children, the only son who had children being John Fulcher, who married Maria Nudd. Maria had at least 13 children, assuming all the Nudd births in the GRO indexes were theirs. Of these 13, at least seven died under the age of 2 years old, four of these being sons named Herbert. None of John and Maria's children appear to have had sons, so the Fulcher name ran out.

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Y-DNA broken

NORFOLK, Ludham, Neatishead, Norwich

twins, high child mortality

Grimes, Nudd

BH

Hollywood

1813

The Fulcher family starting with William Fulcher, born 1813 in Chatham, Kent, who became a shipwright, and his wife Mary, née Payne, born 1807. The had at least six sons and one daughter. Of the six sons, Henry, John, Charles and Robert also became shipwrights, Charles also described a s a boat builder, working from Poplar, Middlesex. William emigrated to New Zealand, but we do not know his profession. James became a blacksmith and he emigrated to America. Some of the grandsons too, also became shipwrights, boat builders, etc. The children and grandchildren migrated across the world to New Zealand and America. A truly international Fulcher family.

James Fulcher, born Chatham 1844, emigrated to America and was naturalised in 1869. In 1875, his son James was born in Missouri, with James described as being a blacksmith. In the1880 US census, he was living in Topeka, Kansas. His wife Ann died in 1883. He became a fruit farmer, presumably a side interest to being a blacksmith, as he was described in the 1900 US census, which also showed that he had married his second wife, Susannah in 1885. In 1896, he was living in Los Angeles, California, growing fruit, according to folks back home in Topeka. In 1910 he was shown as living on his own income. He died in Los Angeles in 1935 and was buried at the Glendale Cemetery. He is accompanied there by Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable. Elizabeth Taylor was three years old when James died, and she too was buried there - as was, more recently, Michael Jackson.

  • Alfred E Fulcher, New Zealander, killed in action in 1917.

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KENT, Chatham, Medway, Northfleet, Deptford

MIDDLESEX, Poplar, Limehouse,

LONDON, Stepney,

NEW ZEALAND,

USA, Hollywood, Kansas, Los Angeles, Missouri, Illinois

shipwright, engineer, fitter, gardener, war hero,

Payne, Hutchinson, Cooper, Groves, Bearpark, Clewitt/Cluett, Hobcraft, Quelch, Powell, Bush, George, Coe

BI

Isaac

1815

The Fulcher family starting with Isaac Fulcher, born in Sibsey, Lincolnshire in 1815, the son of William Fulcher and his wife Elizabeth, née Bland. Isaac married twice, with children from both wives, Elizabeth Carey (who probably died in childbirth) and Jane Horrey. In 1851, Isaac was a farmer of 60 acres, in Boston, Lincs., employing two labourers.

His son Joseph moved to Hull in Yorkshire, being a publican at the Oriental Hotel there in 1891 and the Whalebone Inn in 1901. Joseph's son Joseph was also a publican, keeping the Kingston Hotel in 1901, and the George and Dragon in Hull in 1911.

  • One of Isaac's grandsons, Private Frank Fulcher, was killed in action in France in 1916.

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LINCOLNSHIRE, Sibsey, Skirbeck, Bracebridge, Boston, Spalding

YORKSHIRE, Hull

war hero, publicans in Hull

Bland, Carey, Horrey, Cox, Flowers, Bailey, Barker, Prince

BJ

Jacob

1811

The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher, born in Yarmouth, Norfolk, in 1811, and his wife Elizabeth née Jary.

James was shown as being a coastguard in the 1841 and 1851 census, living in Dorset and having their children baptised as Wesleyan baptists. He and Elizabeth had twin boys.

Jacob George is something of a mystery. We have his birth and baptism in 1862, but he is missing from the 1871 and 1881 censuses. We next see him in 1884 when he marries Charlotte. In that time he has become a hairdresser. By 1901 he is shown as George, not Jacob. By 1911, he has disappeared again, as well as Charlotte, but his four children are living with the Joyce family. What is going on? One of his children was killed in action in 1915, as follows:

  • Private Alfred George Fulcher, of the East Kent Regiment, son of George and Charlotte Fulcher, was killed in action on 26th Septemvber 1915 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial in France.
  • Harold William Lindsey Fulcher was died of his wounds or killed in action in 1918. There is a mystery with him as he seems to appear in the GRO birth index in 1891 with mother's maiden name Paul, his baptism was in Chelmsford in 1893, not in London, he gave his name on his marriage certificate as Harold William Leman Fulcher, not using Lindsey, and he gave his father as George Vincent Fulcher, tobacconist, not Jacob George James Fulcher, hairdresser. His baptism gives his mother as Elizabeth, not Charlotte. Whatever the case, he died two years after his marriage.

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NORFOLK, Yarmouth, Kings Lynn

DORSET, Studland

YORKSHIRE, Armin

LONDON, Bethnal Green

twins

coastguard, grocer, bricklayer, war hero

Jary, Thomson, Youngs, Lindsey, Granados

BK

King

1813

The Fulcher family of William Fulcher born 1813 in Ipswich and his wife Jessie (Jeshimon) née Salmon. William was an Iron Moulder in Ipswich in 1861 and their son Robert became a carpenter.

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SUFFOLK, Rushmere, Ipswich

ESSEX, Westcliffe on Sea

LONDON, Wandsworth, Southwark

Iron Moulder, Carpenter/Joiner, Engine Fitter, Cheesemonger, Shopkeeper, fraudster

Jeshimon, Jessie, Lottie

Salmon, Frail, King, Potter,

BL

Lansly, London

1811

The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, born 1911 in London, and his wife Maria, née Lansly. The 1851 census tells us that John was born on 'City Road, Middlesex'. This is a true East End of London family, with no connection with Norfolk or Suffolk found and no obvious migration away from London They had at least seven children, one of whom had the interesting name of Gilford, which was probably after Maria's brother in law, Gilfred Baker, from Swansea. Two of their sons, Gilford and William married and had strong Fulcher families.

Several of the Fulcher men were bricklayers.

  • Bertie Thomas (changed by military records to Herbert Thomas) Fulcher served with the Royal Navy and died on 26th February 1920, being recognised by the CWGC on their war dead index. The records show that he died of acute bronchitis. He was serving as a Stoker 1st Class aboard H.M.S. Pembroke. In the naval indexes, he is shown in a list of five Royal Navy Fulchers who died in service, one of them, Frederick Ernest Fulcher (family BA) who died just over a year earlier and who was also a Stoker 1st Class aboard H.M.S. Pembroke. Did they ever meet?

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LONDON, Bethnal Green, St George in the East, Stepney

bricklayers, war hero

Gilfred, Gilford

Lansley, Pope, Todd, Fudger, Dachtlar, Potipher

BM

Macmillan

1839

The Fulcher family starting with William Fulcher, who married Martha Knapp around 1839. We know that Martha was baptised in 1813 in Shrivenham, Berkshire and that she and William lived for a time in Paris. We were confused by this, as two of their children were shown as living with their grandparents when they were young.

William and Martha's son William became a bricklayer and lived in London. His son, Albert Fulcher, born in Southwark in 1871, seems to have changed his name to William Albert Fulcher Bucknell, after his father William died in 1871 and his mother remarried a Mr Bucknell in 1873. He married Thirza as a Bucknell, not a Fulcher, and their children took the surname Bucknell, not Fulcher.

William and Martha's son George Knapp Fulcher married Ann Macmillan from Scotland, and they founded a large family in Watchfield, Berkshire.

William and Martha's son Henri, was born and died in Paris. We therefore assume that whilst having two sons born in England, they lived in France. Henri's profession at his death in Paris in 1871 was given as 'tapisserie'. The grandparents surname was Knapp, a name that was carried through as a second name, for several generations.

The family gradually migrated away from Berkshire to Swindon, London, Croydon, Chelmsford.

Hilda and Alister Fulcher, two children of William Knapp and Jane Fulcher, sailed unaccompanied to South Africa in 1921. Alister died there in 1947, and Hilda appears to have returned home at some point.

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BERKSHIRE, Watchfield, Faringdon

WILTSHIRE, Swindon

SURREY, Croydon

LONDON, Lambeth, Southwark

FRANCE, Paris

upholsterer, bricklayers, corset makers

Knapp, Macmillan, Stratford, Jacks, Bisley, Panting, Bucknell

BN

BO

Oliver

1795

The Fulcher family starting with Noah Fulcher, born 1796 in Occold, Suffolk, and his wife Elizabeth, née Bolton. Noah was an agricultural labourer. The 1851 census shows that two of his daughters were 'bobbin lace weavers'. By 1871, Noah was the 'parish clerk'. They had two sons, James and Noah, who both continued the Fulcher family tree for further generations. James was an agricultural labour but was shown as being a 'sexton' in 1881.

Francis and May, nee Dickerson, had at least 15 children, although two were born before they were married and who both carried the Dickerson name.

One of James' grandsons (we cannot be sure who the mother was), was Oliver Arthur Fulcher, who died on 29th June 1916 in Iraq. In 1901, Oliver is shown as a Private in the Suffolk Regiment, stationed in the Channel Islands. He was shown as a Bombardier with the RGA in the 1911 census, commanded by Lt Col Bickford and stationed in Karachi, India. Sergeant Fulcher was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1915. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery when he died and was buried in Basra War Cemetery.

Noah's son Noah, married Charlotte Feavearyear (a rare name but occurring mostly in Norfolk and Suffolk) and they appear to have had two sons, one of whom, Robert, probably emigrated to either the USA or Australia. Noah became a miller. He died in Winfarthing, at the age of 40, in 1879, a few months after, in the same year as Noah senior.

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NORFOLK, Occold, Winfarthing

INDIA, Karachi

IRAQ, Basra

lace makers, miller, war hero

Noah, Oliver

Bolton, Harvey, Knevett, Thompson, Dickerson, Feavearyear, Varley

BP

BQ

BR

Rectifier

1775

The Fulcher family starting with Henry Fulcher, born around 1775, who married Diana Cook in 1796 at St Giles in the Fields, Middlesex, both claiming to be of the same parish. Here we have a family of some considerable standing.

A will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury dated 1824, stating that he was Henry Fulcher the elder of Bishopgate Street, London. He made bequests to his 'dear sons Henry Fulcher and George Richard Fulcher of one thousand pounds each, and to my grandson William Henry one hundred pounds...' We do not know which Henry this is.

It would seem that Henry Fulcher, born in 1797 in Mildenhall, was an innkeeper in Stroud when, he and his wife Elizabeth Joyce née Shepard, had two daughters. When Elizabeth died in 1836, Henry remarried, to Mary Ann Lofts, within a year. He is variously described in census entries as a 'rectifier' in 1851, a 'gentleman' in 1861, and Mary Ann a 'lady', a 'retired rectifier' in 1871 and 1881. A distiller, presumably of alcoholic spirts, gin, rum, etc.

Henry and Mary Ann's son Henry Merrett Fulcher, emigrated to the USA and founded a family there.

Henry Charles Fulcher was described in the census of 1871 as a 'wine and spirit broker of the City of London'. He married Anna Elizabeth Paget and they had at least eight children.

Charles Augustine Fulcher was described as an 'East Indian Merchant' and we see him travelling the world in the records. He died in Hong Kong.

William Alban Fulcher is shown in the CWGC as a war casualty, aged 42, Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. However, it seems that he died in Chatham Naval Hospital of cirrhosis of the liver.

Clearly, there is a lot more work to be done on this family, due to the high standing of the people involved and therefore the records that are available to researchers.

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SUFFOLK, Mildenhall

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, Stroud

LONDON

USA, Illinois, Kentucky, Washington

SOUTH AFRICA

HONG KONG

Gentleman and Lady

inn-keeper in Stroud, distiller, rectifier, merchant, Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander, alcoholic, war hero

Cook, Lofts/Fairlam, Shephard, Scott, Paget, Melville, Fleming

BS

Samuel

1791

The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, born 1791 in Drayton, Norfolk, and his wife Emily, née Langham, born 1797.

There is probably a close connection with this family and BB, as both start in Drayton, but without us being able to connect them. Both families have Fulcher sons marrying Buttle girls, with some difficulty with deciding the identity of some of the children.

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NORFOLK, Drayton,

AUSTRALIA

platelayer

Langham, Buttle, Barrett, Broom, Chapman, Hill, Rudling

BT

Thomas

1801

The Fulcher family starting with Thomas Fulcher, born 1801 and Ann Fulcher, nee Bumfrey. We first see Thomas in the 1841 census, innkeeper of the Chequers inn in Hindolveston. He and Ann were there with three of their children, William, Frances and James, aged 8 months. Not far away, were two more of their children, Thomas and Sarah, living with grandparents or carers, John and Ann Southgate. What baptisms we have found, their first two sons have the middle name of Howe. An Ann Bumphrey married a Thomas Hone (or Howe) in Aylsham in 1826. Could that be an indication of something?

Ann died in 1858. In 1861 Thomas was inn keeper of the Fox and Hounds in Hindolveston, with a new wife Elizabeth, born 1818 in Bressingham. In 1871 Thomas has a wife by the name of Ann, born 1818 in Bressingham and he had now become a farmer of 18 acres of land in Hindolveston. This was presumably the same woman, but with a different name. A mystery.

Their first son, William Howe Fulcher born 1829, married and had five sons.

Their second son, Thomas Howe Fulcher, born 1833 in Hindolveston, married Charlotte Stoakley in 1853. We know from his marriage certificate that his father was Thomas, a publican. When Charlotte died in 1888, Thomas remarried to Sophie Crow, who, on doing some research, seems to have had three previous husbands. Thomas died in 1907 and Sophie three years later. She had outlived four husbands.

Their third son James Fulcher born 1840, became a 'master tailor'. He doesn't appear to have had the Howe middle name. He married Susannah, and the 1891 census tells us that he had a daughter named Rachela who was born in Bangalore, India. Another mystery. He moved to London, presumably due to his busines, Marylebone, Battersea, Wandsworth. He seems to be missing from the 1881 census, which may have something to do with the mention of India.

Thomas and Charlotte's first son, Henry William was baptised in 1856, and Thomas was described as a brazier. By 1861, Thomas had become a brazier and letter carrier. In 1883 he was an ostler.

John Thomas married Emily Walker in 1894 and it is probable that Bertie Fulcher, born illegitimately in 1893 was John's son. Strangely, in the 1911 census, John has a new wife, Matilda, whom he married in 1905, shown as mother to all his children, not just two. Bertie's younger brother was killed in action during the Battles of teh Somme, as follows:

  • Private Thomas John Fulcher, son of John And Emily Fulcher, grandson of Thomas and Charlotte, of the Northamptonshire Regiment, was killed in action on the 9th September 1916 in France, aged 20.
  • The Battalion attacked German positions at the eastern corner of High Wood following the explosion of the second of two mines under German lines (the double crater is now a water filled pond just inside the wood next to the Cameron Highlanders memorial).
  • This from the 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment War Diary – 9th September 1916
  • Battalion under orders to move up to High Wood – but considerable delay owing to 3rd Brigade requiring trenches for a fresh attack, refilling dumps, etc. Our own stores had also to be re-established. The 1st Battalion North Lancashire Regiment found a carrying party of 200 for this purpose that entered Elgin Trench at 12 noon. 12.30 p.m.: Companies begin to move up Elgin Trench. “D” Company led and took over left of Battalion front, meeting right of 2nd Munster Fusiliers at Sap 4. “B” Company following “D” Company took over right of the line in the wood. Front line companies only got into position at about 3 p.m. while “C” Company in Support was utterly blocked in the trenches and was unable to get into position until after 6 p.m. when the attack was over. “A” Company, in Reserve, managed to force its way through the crowd into Black Watch Trench during the evening. 4.45 p.m.: “B” and “D” Companies attacked from the right edge of the wood to Sap 4. A crater was blown on the right on the site of the crater blown for the 1st Brigade attack on 3rd Inst. first taken by the Black Watch and then lost. There was no artillery bombardment within the wood except for a short Stokes mortar bombardment, which was ineffective, for the instant our men went over the parapet, the Germans opened a very heavy rifle and machine gun fire. Our attack was unable to reach their objective except on the right where the crater – the debris of which injured several of our men – was occupied by Second Lieutenant A H G Clarke and his platoon. This platoon was supported by another under Second Lieutenant D K Cooper and a Lewis Gun. The Germans counter-attacked strongly with bombs, put the Lewis gun out of action and drove out our men. Second Lieutenants Clarke and Cooper were missing (the former known to be wounded). The majority of the men of these two platoons {of “B” Company} were killed, wounded or missing. The third platoon of “B” Company on the left of the above was also hard hit, Second Lieutenant H G Manning being badly wounded. “D” Company on the left of “B” met with no better success, but more men got back. Second Lieutenant N W G Jackson was killed. Total casualties: 4 officers, 135 men. The action is also covered in some detail in 'The Hell they called High Wood', by Terry Norman.

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NORFOLK, Hindolveston, Norwich,

LONDON, Battersea, Marylebone, Wandsworth.

INDIA, Bangalore

Innkeeper, ostler, groom, brazier, letter carrier, master tailor, valet, war hero.

Four husbands and outlived them all.

Crow, Stoakley, Spilman/Spelman, Walker, Harvey, Neale/Neal, Stebbings, Blanch, Trappett, Le Grys,

BU

BV

BW

Wilson

1784

The Fulcher family starting with Robert Fulcher born in Norwich in 1784 and his wife Sarah, née Annison. They moved to London, where Robert became a dock labourer, also a carpenter in 1840. Their son became a 'hammerman' and he raised his family in the Bethnal Green area, later in Charlton and Ashford, Kent. One of the grandsons entered the army and was described as 'Battery Quartermaster Sergeant' with the Royal Field Artillery, stationed in Wales in 1901.

The military career of George Edwin Thomas Fulcher

Posted 12 Nov 2013 by johnboon1

George Fulcher was born 27 August 1875 in Woolwich , Kent and was a Sergeant Major in the Royal Artillery at the time of his marriage in 1899. His father was William Robert Fulcher, who was deceased at the time of George's marriage.

In 1914 George was a Lieutenant and District Officer with the Durham RGA in Hartlepool, and involved the Bombardment of Hartlepool 16 December 1914, when Hartlepool fell under the guns of 3 German warships. 118 lives were lost. The Royal Garrison Artillery was part of the Royal Artillery and was responsible for heavy guns.

The Durham Royal Garrison Artillery at Hartlepool. The Durham RGA was a Territorial RGA unit, and is noteworthy for being the only coastal battery to see enemy action during the Great War. Although heavily outgunned, the gunners of the defensive batteries would inflict such damage on the German attackers that they would be forced to cut short their raid by almost twenty minutes. The following are recorded to have served with the Durham Royal Garrison Artillery largely at the Heugh and Lighthouse Batteries during the Bombardment of the Hartlepool , December 16th 1914. The majority of these men were territorials from the town who served on a part time basis but among them are a number of regulars from the Royal Artillery, as well as seconded members of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

George Fulcher’s medal card, dated 1923, states that ‘Lieut (indecipherable squiggle, possibly 'to') Captain’. The card records that he was awarded the British War Medal.

G. E. Fulcher appears in a 1935-36 directory, living at 3 Radcliffe Terrace, Hartlepool , where the family lived until the Major died.

Major George Fulcher was appointed Air Raid Precautions Officer for Hartlepool Borough Council in 1939, having retired from the Army after many years in India. He died 26 June 1950 at his home. The funeral took place at St. Hilda's Church, Hartlepool on 29 June 1950.

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NORFOLK, Norwich

LONDON, Bethnal Green

KENT, Charlton, Ashford.

dock worker, hammerman, soldier

Annison, Wilson, Jennings, Boon, Walker, Kelly

BX

BY

BZ

Zachariah

1755

The Fulcher family starting with Benjamin Fulcher, born in 1755, and his wife Ann, née Eagling. They married in Wymondham and he was buried there too. Their son Joseph became a shoemaker, as did his son after him.

Samuel Fulcher, born 1811 was a cabinet maker, as was his son Samuel who married a Hannah Fulcher, perhaps a cousin. So too, wa his much younger brother, Christmas Fulcher, who was born on Christmas Day in 1830 and who also became a cabinet maker.

William George Fulcher died of his wounds 29th January 1917 in France.

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NORFOLK, Wymondham, Saxlingham Nethergate, Saxlingham Thorpe, Hingham

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, Chesterton, Cambridge

shoe maker, cabinet maker, coal carter, mustard miller, war hero

Christmas, Zachariah

Eagling, Fulcher, Thilthorp, Cazrey, Gotobed, Chapple, Moyes, Greengrass, White, Lunn, Porter

 

WILSON

William and Elizabeth's son And daughters were baptised at the 'New Church signified by the New Jerusalem in the Revelation on the London Terrace of the Parish of St Peters in Derby'. They lived in the parish of St Werburgh, Derby and William was an Excise Officer. We see their son James in 1891, unmarried and 'in the velvet department'. In 1855 we see that their son Jonah had emigrated and was a boarder in New York, his profession as 'gilder'. Their son son became a 'wharehouseman' in Manchester and, he and his wife Sarah raised at least

John Milner Fulcher, Sergeant in the Manchester Regiment, was posted missing in action on 9th July 1916, aged 24.The Battle of the Somme, 1 July – 18 November 1916.

DERBYSHIRE, Chesterfield

CHESHIRE, Manchester, Chorlton

NORTHUMBERLAND, Tynemouth

USA, New Jersey

Excise Officer,

New Jerusalemite denemonination.

Mason, Wensley, Hudson, Milner

 

We invite you to either send us your Fulcher, etc. family member details, father, grandfather, and so on, for us to hopefully place you in one of the family trees, or for you to have a go yourself and and find out more about your family tree. We would welcome corrections and additions.

   

Chapters (continued)

7 Demographic Studies. - under construction

8 Census Records. - under construction

9 Genealogical Indexes. - under construction

9a General Index. Births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials.

10 Births Index. 1837 onwards - under construction

11 Marriages Index. 1837 onwards - under construction

12 Deaths Index. 1837 onwards - under construction

13 Wills and Administrations. - under construction

14 Monumental Inscriptions. Gravestones, etc. - under construction

15 Freemen of the City and Apprenticeship Records. - under construction

16 University Graduates and Scholars. - under construction

17 Army, Navy and Air Force Records. - under construction

18 Taxation, Law and Order. - under construction

19 Trade and Telephone Directories. - under construction

20 Newspapers and other Publications. - under construction

21 Miscellaneous Sources. - under construction

22 Reference. - under construction

23 DNA. - under construction

This completes the 23 chapters of 'The Fulcher Family' book, which forms the basis of our research that we are presenting to you. Here follows some supplementary information that may, or may not be, included within the book. 

 

Supplementary Links

The Origin of the Name - a simple guide - under construction

The Suffolk Circle - a major concentration point - under construction

Surname Spelling Variants - there are different spellings of our name - under construction

Roll of the Fallen - Those from within the family that gave their lives in WWI and WWII - under construction

DNA study - The Fulcher Family DNA project - under construction

Family Tree Types - Some examples. - under construction

 

 

 The Origin of the Surname

  

The earliest reference that we have found is in the Domesday Book 1086 and 1066.

 

 

 

The Suffolk Circle

Where you see SC in the tables above, this stands for the Suffolk Circle. We have many families from this circle of parishes. Due to there being so many John, Thomas, William, etc. first names, it is difficult to decide who is who. All we can do is record what is clearly belonging to each branch of the family.

 

 

Surname Spelling Variants

 

Like it or not, our ancestors were not always literate. What use did a farm labourer (for instance) have for reading and writing? Indeed, well into the latter half of the 19th century, some of our ancestors were still making their mark on documents with a 'X' instead of a signature.  

Fulcher, Fulsher, Fletcher, Futcher, Fulker

So far, all of our Fulcher families trace back to East Anglia in England and all of the spelling variations have shown to errors of spelling, rather than an indication of a true family tree with a variant spelling of Fulcher.

 

 

The Fulcher Y-DNA Study Project

is at

jephcott.one-name.net/tjs/tjsdna.htm

 

also, a guide to DNA in simple form is at

 jephcott.one-name.net/DNA.pdf

 

This web page highlights at least four families where the surname used was because of an illegitimate birth, the surname thus coming from the mother, rather than the father.

Therefore, it would be expected that the Y chromosome DNA would not be the normally expected haplogroup match, it matching that of the putative father, instead.

 

 

The Fulcher Roll of the Fallen

This link will take you to a list of those of our men who gave their lives in the first and second world wars.

Debt of Honour Register  

 

 

 

To contact us please send an email to jessjephcott@aol.com

- or search for us 'The Fulcher Society' on search engines and Facebook.

 

 

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