Fullmer, David J. (History - 1829)


Janet Schwarze




----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

           Charles Fullmer                               Mr. & Mrs. David J. Fullmer


DAVID J. FULLMER, a pioneer, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., Feb. 14, 1829, the son of Benjamin Franklin Fullmer. The family in America originated with three brothers, Conrad, George and Andrew Fullmer, who came from Germany. They had many exciting adventures as colonists, and for a time, George and Andrew were held in captivity by the Indians. Benjamin Franklin Fulhner was born in Buffalo, N. Y., July 5, 1798, and died Sept. 14, 1831. He and his wife had four children: Sarah A., born Nov. 16, 1821, died Oct. 23, 1831 Catherine M., born May 23, 1823, died in 1893 Alfred D. was born May 20, 1825 David J. was born Feb. 14, 1829, and died March 27, 1900. David J. lost his father when he was two and a half years old, and was reared by his uncles, Colonel Spitzer, of Bloomington, Ill., and Jacob Fullmer, of Canada.


He was married Sept. 14, 1851, at Meadsville, Pa., by Hon. William Culberton, to Julia A. Herbert, born at Springs, Pa., Sept. 8, 1828. After their marriage, they moved to Canada, where for seven years he worked at his trade as a mechanic, and where their four oldest children were born. In 1858 they moved to Ridge, Wis., where he was employed for seven years at his trade, and where two more children were born. In the fall of 1865 he came to Loyal Township, this county, driving by ox team from Tomah. In Loyal Township, he secured 160 acres of wild timberland in section 11. There were no roads in the vicinity, but he soon secured the construction of one. For a time he worked at his trade in Neillsville, making the trip back and forth on foot every two weeks. With the passing of the years he attained prosperity, replaced his original log cabin with a frame building, and constructed other farm buildings as necessity required, until he had a good place. He died March 27, 1900, and his wife Oct. 16, 1908.


In the family there were ten children: Hervey and Herbert R. (twins), born July 9, 1852 Charles B., born Dec. 9, 1854 Eva Mary, born Sept. 9, 1856 Benjamin F., born July 7, 1861 Carrie Effie, born Oct. 11, 1863 Ella Martha, born April 15, 1866 Lee David, born Aug. 2, 1868 Hettie A., born June 7, 1880 and Lois J., born Aug. 5, 1882. Julia A. Herbert, Mrs. David J. Fullmer, was the daughter of Jacob B. (Jr.) and Rebecca (Danner) Herbert, and granddaughter of Sir Jacob B. Herbert. Sir Jacob B. Herbert, by his marriage to Miss Venote, a lady of French extraction, had two children Jacob B., Jr., and Nancy. Jacob B., Jr., was born in Point Pleasant, N. J., July 21, 1777, and died Dec. 9, 1873. He was a sea captain, and the old sailing vessel which he commanded was dry docked on the coast of Africa at the beginning of the War of 1914. By his first marriage to Elinor Baily he had several children.


By his marriage, Oct. 21, 1827, to Rebecca Danner, who died March 16, 1886, he had eight children: Julia A., born Sept. 8, 1828, and died Oct. 16, 1908 Mariam, born Dec. 29, 1830, and died Feb. 1, 1831 Mary C., born July 29,.1831 Henry J., born April 3, 1833, and died Jan. 18, 1910 Hettie M., born Dec. 11, 1834, and died Aug. 22, 1909 Elizabeth C., Feb. 25, 1837 Alma J., May 8, 1841 and Marilla S., born June 24, 1843.



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