Henry Fullenwider 1 2
- Born: 5 Apr 1722, Canton Zurich, Switzerland
- Marriage (1): Barbara about 1747 in Switzerland 1
- Died: 1793, Shelby County, Kentucky, USA at age 71
From, Crawford County Indiana Trails, (http://genealogytrails.com/ind/crawford/connections_v.htm)
Henry Fullenwider of Kentucky is possibly the ancestor of this branch of the Fullenwider family. He grew up in Kappel, Switzerland. Henry is likely the Peter mentioned in Bromwell's Genealogy. In 1749 Henry emigrated with his wife Barbara and their baby. They were accompanied by his younger brother Jacob and his cousin, also called Jacob. The trip was a hard one and the baby died at sea. After trying Pennsylvania Henry moved into Frederick County, Maryland near Lewistown. Frontier wars made living here hazardous but Henry stayed on. When the wars were over he migrated again in 1774 and settled on the Western frontier of Pennsylvania. This was an area known as Dutch Fork and is now Donegal Township, Washington County. Henry taught school at the Dutch Fork settlement. At this point Henry's name became Fullenwider.
Henry's neighbors were Jacob Leffler and Jacob Rice. Henry Jr. claimed land on the creek in 1780. This area now became another war front and Indians attacked the forts in the settlement. Apparently neither Henry Sr. or Henry Jr. were present when Rice's Fort was attacked by Indians in 1782. Son Peter Fullenwider and five other men successfully defended the but a child of Henry Jr. was killed in the attack.
Father Henry Sr. was a restless person and in 1785 he migrated once more to Kentucky. Young Henry decided to stay in Pennsylvania but the rest of the family moved on, including Peter. The travelled by boat on the Ohio to Kentucky and then went on to Shelby County (at that time part of Virginia). Peter died here in 1790 leaving two small children. Henry Sr. died three years later and Jacob returned to Dutch Fork in 1796. Here he married Catherine Winter. Henry Jr. died in Pennsylvania in 1789 also leaving three small children. His wife remarried and they left for Kentucky. Peter's widow married again also, Jonathan Boone, son of Squire Boone and nephew to Daniel Boone.
Property apparently often changed hands without official notification judging by the absence of wills. Records were undoubtedly kept but they often were destroyed or lost. The following two Fullenwider wills are on file.
In the name of God, Amen, I Henry Fullenwider of the County of Shelby and State of Kentucky, being in a low state of health but sound in mind do make and ordain this my last Will and Testement hereby revoking all by formerly made. In the first place I give my sould to God who gave it to me and as to the worldly goods he hath bestowed upon me, I give and bequeath as follows.
Item. I give and bequeath to both of my son-in-laws, John Carr and Samuel Ryker, Ann Fullenwider and my son Peter* Fullenwider's two children Henry and Elizabeth Fullenwider to be equally divided amongst them all that may be recovered on two bonds on Isaac Morris one for fifty pounds and the other for fifty-nine pounds except nine pounds which is to be paid to the person who goes for the money, to them and their heirs forever.
Item. I give unto my son Jacob Fullenwider all the ballance of my estate of whatever kind it may be. That is all my household and plantation utensils together with all my stock of every kind to him and his heirs forever.
Lastly I appoint my son Jacob Fullenwider and my son-in-law John Carr Executors to this my last Will and Testament.
In witness thereof I have set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of March 1793
The will was witnessed by Martin Daniel, James Crockett and Caty Fulender (undoubtedly Fullenwider. All were signed with their marks so they may have been illiterate). James Craig was the clerk and the will was proved in Shelby County May Court 1793
From "History of Crawford County" (http://genealogytrails.com/ind/crawford/history.html)
He was a leading citizen at Alton for many years. He built a mill near his home to which the farmers took their grist. When the citizens divided up township four south, range one east, into school districts about 1837 Henry Fullenwider was elected district trustee for District No. 4. One finds in those days that each man had his private cemetery. So on the hill west of Alton about two miles, "Uncle Henry," as his good neighbors called him, selected the site for the cemetery. The follow-ing article appeared in the Crawford County Democrat a few months ago. "A handsome and appropriate monu-ment, a gift of their five living sons, Doctor Jack Fullen-wider of Mount Vernon, Professor Percy Fullenwider of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, John, William and Marshall of Roberta, Kentucky, was erected over Haden Fullenwider's grave, a descendant of Colonel Henry and Delilah, his wife at Fullenwider's cemetery, Tuesday, October 13th. This ceremony recalls the open hospitality of this honored couple for many years of their happy life spent at the old Colonel Henry home which was the social center of the community during the years in which they raised their family of six boys and four girls. The ceme-tery also contains the grave of Jonathan Boone, a nephew of Daniel Boone, who died in 1827. The colonel's part is separated from the rest by a stone wall. His descendants live near Alton to-day, one of whom married Doctor H. H. Deen, who has a large practice at Leavenworth."
Crawford County Indiana - Pioneers of Crawford County, Indiana (pages 38-40):
Because of the Indians settlers were reluctant to move into the area but in 1814 Henry Fullenwider and Daniel Boone came across the Ohio River at the Esarey Landing to look over a tract of land there. Boone was supposed to be friendly with a tribe of Indians who were camped in the area. The Indians were friendly and made a deal with Colonel Fullenwider for the ridge of land above the river west of Alton. Colonel Fullenwider became a leading citizen of Alton. He built a mill near his home and when the town divided the township into school districts in 1837 Colonel Fullenwider was elected for District #4.
Private cemeteries were normal in these early days but Colonel Fullenwider selected a site for a public cemetery. He has a section seperated from the rest by a stone wall. This cemetery also contains the grave of Jonathan Boone, a nephew of Daniel Boone. He died in 1830 and was the husband of Catherine Fullenwider.
Fullenwider also donated land for a school. The school was about a mile east of the Perry County line in the SW corner of Boone Township. School was held there until 1938 when children were taken by bus to Alton. Because of the lovely setting the school was sometimes called "Happy Hollow". 3
Henry married Barbara about 1747 in Switzerland.1 (Barbara was born about 1745 in Switzerland.)