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. Their interest came from the DNA discovery of Theresa's grandfather who was a Fulcher from Suffolk, England.

Please consider joining us.

Our main emphasis, at the moment, is with researching the family trees of babies born from 1837 up to 1920, as shown in the General Record Office (GRO) in London. From those indexes, using Ancestry, we construct the family trees, which are all available to view at

There is no cost involved with membership of The Fulcher Society. We share all our information freely, as we encourage others also to do.

We know that many of you will have already done work on researching your Fulcher ancestry, as we can see your trees on Ancestry. Hopefully, you will consider aligning with, or joining, this project, with a view to building a worldwide society of Fulchers.

We are also looking for male Fulchers to participate in the Fulcher DNA project at FTDNA, run by David Gilbert in the USA (but not at all restricted to the USA).

If you are a Facebook user, please look for us and join our group, for interactive discussion and up-to-date information about our progress.

Indeed, this is a work in progress and we will be expanding this web page to include all aspects of the Fulcher family. As a one-name society, we record all instances of the name, irrespective of whether we can fit them to a family tree.

Please keep coming back, or sign up to our Facebook group, where details will be given of changes and additions that are happening here.



June 2022

Chapter 1 (Introduction),

Chapter 2 (Fulcher Origins),

Chapter 6AA (Family AA story),

Chapter 12 (War Dead, part only),

Chapter 23 (DNA)

uploaded with link.


July 2022

Chapter 6 (family trees) - A, B and C family trees completed.


December 2023

Chapter 6 (family trees) - A, B, C and D family trees

completed, and most of E.

143 familes that we are unable to connect together,

7905 people shown on our published family trees.

Several uniquely USA Fulcher families added, mostly Virginia.

The Study


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



1 Introduction.


2 The Fulcher Name.

It is clear that, from the work we have already done, that 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 (also America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, etc.), they mostly all trace back to East Anglia - so far. There is a huge number of American Fulchers who cannot be traced to England.


6 Families and Family Trees.

See below.


12 Deaths Indexes.

British war casualties only, from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records.


23 DNA. The Fulcher Family DNA project.

Also, a guide to DNA in simplified form, can be found here.

This web page includes several families where the Fulcher surname used was from an illegitimate birth, the surname coming from the mother, not the father. Thus, any male chromosome match to a male Fulcher line of descent is lost, instead connecting to the unknown (usually) non-Fulcher father.



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.


1st Column - Family tree code, keyword, earliest date.

2nd Column - A description of the family tree, starting with the earliest person and following down through the generations. This means that we show the daughters in only brief detail, often adding the name of their husbands. These women lose the Fulcher name when they marry and so then belong to the husband's family tree, not ours. We concentrate on the sons, as it is they that pass on the name to the next generation. This information will be superceded by links to separate family chapters, when we have done the provisional work of building as many family trees as we can.

3rd Column - This is a simple tally of the number of people shown on the family tree and is therefore an indicator of the relative size of the family.

4th Column - not in use

5th Column - This column is intended as a search aid, where we list the counties and cities/towns/villages that our ancestors lived, some of their professions (most were agricultural labourers or general labourers, so this is not mentioned as it is so common), any noteworthy key words or names that may occur and, lastly, the maiden names of the wives that led to further Fulcher generations being produced. We also show our war heroes from the two World Wars.


Where you see an underlined code 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



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




The Fulcher Family starting with Samuel Fulcher, born in Charsfield, Suffolk in 1767 and his wife Mary, née Davy.

The story behind this family is shown as an attachment at

Please click on the link for more detailed information.


SUFFOLK, Charsfield, Claydon, Otley, Easton


a butler, war hero

Fulcher/Fulcher marriage


Davy, Potter, Capon, Lally




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.

Their daughter Emma had an illegitimate son, George Isaac Fulcher in 1855. She married the presumed father, Isaac Rowe, the next year. She and Isaac Rowe changed young George's name to Rowe in the 1861 census and, together, they went on to have 13 children, according to the 1911 census. However, young George reverted back to his Fulcher name, when he was older, married Sarah Miller in 1873 and they went on to have eight Fulcher children. One of their sons was George Isaac Fulcher, who became a dental mechanic.

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.

  • Isaac Fulcher, Leading Seaman of the Royal Navy, serving aboard HMS Louvain, was killed in action on 20th January 1918. His body not recovered for burial.


SUFFOLK, Framsden,

HAMPSHIRE, Portsmouth


Royal Navy, war hero

Fulcher/Fulcher marriage


Engledew, Emmerson, Rogers, Brown, Foster, Rands (5 years), Hewitt, Carey, Stockings, Rowe, Miller, Hammond, Holland





AC - 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'.

AC1 - Another Fulcher family with Samuel and Elizabeth and connected with Otley. We can find no clear link between the two families, but we place this one here because there must be a strong possibility of a connection. The name Philip appears often as well.



SUFFOLK, Clopton, Otley

AC - Catchpole, Catchpool, Spall, Ling

AC1 - Welton, Turner




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. 

  • Gunner Thomas Arthur Fulcher, of the 1st East Anglian Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, 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.
  • Trooper Eric George Fulcher, of the Reconnaissance Corps, died on 12th December 1942 in the Scarborough area, but was buried in Besthorpe All Saints Churchyard, near Attleborough, Norfolk. He was the son of William and Ellen Florence (née Lovett) Fulcher, of Besthorpe. He was born in 1923 in the Wayland, Norfolk area.


NORFOLK, Norwich, Attleborough

KENT, Margate

War heroes, three Daniels.

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




The Fulcher Family starting with William Fulcher and Mary, née Peacock, his wife. William was born in St Pauls district of Deptford in Kent in 1765. They had at least eight children, with two sons who raised strong Fulcher family lines. William was a butcher, and it would appear, a wealthy one. He left a PCC will, that gave legacies to his six daughters, and his gold watch to one of his grandsons (his adult son, the father of the grandson, having died a few years earlier). There was no mention of his second son and perhaps he felt that he was easily able to support himself.

Their daughter Harriet's marriage certificate states that William was a 'shipwright', with no mention of the butcher trade. Her new husband's profession, as was his father's, was 'chain and anchor manufacturer'.

He had two Fulcher grandsons, but only one, the deceased Thomas, is mentioned in his will. According to the marriage certificate of of one of Thomas' sons, Albert, he gave his father's details as 'Thomas James Fulcher, deceased, gentleman and shipowner'. By contrast, when Thomas's other son Edward was married, his marriage certificate showed 'Thomas Henry Fulcher, butcher'. This latter marriage between Edward and Mary Garrick was a double marriage, with Mary's (assumed) brother, Osmond Garrick, marrying on the same day in Camberwell in 1866. So, Thomas Fulcher had followed his father in the trade as a butcher, but clearly not just an ordinary butcher. How had they both made their wealth, one wonders?

The family tree divides with the two sons of William and Mary, as follows:

1. William George Fulcher, born 1794. He became a land and house proprietor, as mentioned in the 1851 census. One of his sons, Frederick Brooker Fulcher, born in 1828, is shown in the same census as a surgeon, a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, general practice, and a surgeon and apothecary in 1861. 

Frederick's son, Charles George Fulcher, born 1863, became and architect and surveyor. Charles George Fulcher's son, Howard Charles Fulcher, born 1891, was given the Freedom of London in 1819. He became a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF. Another son, Frederick William Fulcher, born 1893, became an estate agent and insurance broker.

Howard Charles Fulcher's son, John Howard Fulcher, married and emigrated to Florida in the USA. He had four sons.

 2. Thomas James Fulcher, born 1798. According to one of his sons' baptism, Thomas was a butcher by trade. He died in 1840, leaving his wife Elizabeth with two young sons and pregnant with another, who was one day old in the 1841 census. She is shown on later censuses as an annuitant and her gravestone mentions her late husband. The sons prospered in trade.





We follow the Fulcher line down through the generations, with his grandson Edward, a grocer, being the only one to have sons. Edward and his wife Mary, née Garrick, had three sons, but two died as infants, leaving the remaining son, George, and his wife Grace, née Clark, to continue the Fulcher line. Indeed,. they had two sons, one dying as an infant, and the other, Harold, being killed in the Great War in 1918. Thus, this Fulcher family line died in a hospital in France.




The various strands of the family settled in the Romford and West Ham areas of Essex and in Orpington, Kent.

Two brothers died during the first world war. Sydney Herbert Fulcher and Harold Arthur Fulcher, both sons of Edward and Eliza Fulcher, of 89 Mildenhall Road, London. See the pension card for further details, their mother Eliza receiving two pensions for her dead sons. 

  • Lance Corporal Sidney Herbert Fulcher, born 1898, of the 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (later KRRC), was killed in action on 16th August 1917, in France, aged 19.
  • Private Harold George Fulcher of the 1st/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, died in a Casualty Clearing Station in France, having been wounded in battle in Italy (the records conflict on this), on 14th May 1918, aged 26. He left a wife and one year old daughter.
  • Corporal Harold Arthur Fulcher, born 1896, of the 2nd/9th Battalion, London Regiment, Queen Victoria's Rifles, was killed in action on 8th September 1918 in France, aged 24.


KENT, Greenwich, Deptford, Blackheath, Orpington,

LONDON, Kentish Town

SURREY, Clapham

ESSEX, West Ham, Romford

USA, Florida

Butcher, merchants, shipwright, chain and anchor manufacturer, grocers, surgeon, apothecary, estate agent, architect, war hero.

Two brothers killed in action in WW1.

Peacock, Chisnell, Garrick, Clark, Brooker, Shead, King, Auger, Featherstone, Brown



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


ESSEX, Royston, Hunsdon

Bush, Turgood, Wrenn, Boyle




The Fulcher Family starting with Moses Fulcher born 1761 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and his wife Mary, née 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 unwittingly emigrated to Massachusetts, USA, as a result of being shipwrecked there. He grew to manhood, 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.

John and Josephine had at least twelve children, all born in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. They produced many Fulcher grandsons, which we would expect led to many Fulchers being in existence in Massachusetts today.

Aaron Fulcher, son of Moses and Mary, born 1802, had a son Walter, born 1840, who married Emily Brown in 1865. They lived in the rows in Great Yarmouth and raised a family of at least seven childen. It seems that Walter was a sailor who was lost at sea, some time before 1881, when Emily was shown in the census as a widow. Their last child was born in 1875, but, after a period of eight years, Emily had three further children, registered as Fulcher, but were later to take the name of Bonner. Emily married William Bonner in Great Yarmouth in 1888, and went on to have at least another two children, her last at the age of 51. So, Emily could not marry, as her husband could still turn up on her doorstep, but had found a new partner anyway.

  • 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.


NORFOLK, Great Yarmouth,

USA, Massachusetts.

Shipwreck survivor, hairdressers, sailors, fishermen, war hero

Amos, Aaron, Moses

Middleton, Forest, Botright, Doane, Thurtle, Dexter, White, Anderson, Durrant, Barnes, O'Connor, Brown, Bonner




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.

The Poplar located branch of the family did not fare well, with parents dying young and children being sent to the workhouse, later returning as orphans.


ESSEX, Harlow, Aldgate, Clerkenwell, Poplar

Carpenters, workhouse, orphans

Collins, Marr, Fosh, Strains

possible confusion with family BN




The Fulcher family of John Fulcher, born in Ipswich in 1826, and his wife Jessie, née McClachlan from Scotland. John's father 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.


SUFFOLK, Ipswich, Kettleborough,



McClachlan, Webster, Green, Abram, Smith




The Fulcher Family of John Fulcher born in Eye, Suffolk in 1781, and his wife Elizabeth, née Bird. Of their children, two appear to have produced Fulcher grandchildren.

Their daughter Mary had at least three illegitimate children, all taking the name Fulcher. She was living with her recently widowed father John, at the time of the 1841 census. Mary's son, John Herbert Fulcher, born in Eye in 1825, went on to found a huge Fulcher dynasty. One of this dynasty was Robert Thomas Fulcher, who was born in 1865 and he joined the Royal Navy. He married in 1887, but, by 1898, he had divorced his wife, due to her adultery. IThe children went to live with their Fulcher grandparents, John and Caroline. In the 1901 census, Robert was on board his ship in Gibraltar, a member of the crew and listed as the Chief Engine Room Artificer. He remarried in 1904.

James, son of John and Elizabeth, born in 1814, in Eye, also went on to have two children who produced Fulcher grandchildren. One of James' sons, 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 1880 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 (according to various documents).


Y-DNA broken


LANCASHIRE, Rochdale, Preston

YORKSHIRE, Sheffield


KENT, Dover, Gillingham, Chatham

Maltster, Cotton worker, sailor, divorce

Garnham, Bird, Crabtree, McKillop, Cooper, Smith, Houghton, Brooks, Greenslade, Burton



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.


NORFOLK. Diss, Shuston


LONDON., Bethnal Green, West Ham

KENT, Strood, Malling

NORTHUMBERLAND, Newcastle upon Tyne



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


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




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 are quite close to each other.

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'.

  • Private Charles Henry Fulcher of the 44th Battalion Australian Infantry, A.I.F, was killed in action in Belgium on 16th July 1917, aged 31. He was a milkman when he signed up in 1916, born in Tottenham, London, England.


NORFOLK, Oxborough, Kings Lynn,



LONDON, Camberwell


Arsonist, hosebreaker, soldier, Chelsea Pensioner, war hero.

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

Possible conflict with family BE, two James, baptised 1817/18, both with parents John and Sarah, John a labourer, both living in Kings Lynn.




The Fulcher Family starting with John Fulcher, a builder, of unknown birthplace or exact age, and his wife Elizabeth, née Chandler. In 1832 their son John Fulcher was baptised in Chelsea, London, but having been born illegitimately in 1830. 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.

  • Private George Frederick Charles Fulcher, of the 1st/14th Battalion, London Regiment (London Scottish), was posted missing on 13th October 1915 in France, aged 21.
  • Private Karl William Fulcher, of the 153rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), was killed in action on 27th July 1916 in France, aged 17.
  • Company Quartermaster, Serjeant Robert Claxton Fulcher, of the Royal Engineers, died in Libya on 30th May 1943, aged 34.


LONDON, Chelsea, St Martin in the Fields

SCOTLAND, Glasgow,

ESSEX, Shoeburyness,

YORKSHIRE, South Shields

Musicians, war heroes

Chandler, Carpenter, McLeod, Mcquillan, Dew, Payne




The Fulcher Family starting with Matthias (also known as Matthew) Fulcher, born in Swanington, Norfolk in 1799, and his four wives, Patience Warne, Mary Ann Jolley and Harriet Hammond. His wives all appear to have bore him children. We see his baptism in Swanington 1802, the son of Thomas and Ann.

He had at least five children with his first wife Patience, from 1825 through to 1835. He had at least one child with his second wife Mary Ann, in 1837. He had at least four children with his third wife Harriet, 1840 through to 1845. Five of their sons went on to raise 22 Fulcher grandchildren, with many more Fulcher great grandchildren following, one of whom, Archie Fulcher, was killed in action in Iraq in 1915. 

The 1841 census shows Matthias as a gardener, without a wife shown. However, a Harriet Hammond was living with him and his children as a house servant. He married Harriet Hammond in 1845, and named his father as Thomas Fulcher. When his son Robert married in 1858, Robert stated that his father was Matthew, a haytrusser. When his son Samuel married in 1862, he stated that his father Matthias was a trusser.

Two brothers married two Corbould woman, probably sisters.

  • Private Archie Fulcher of 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, died of his wounds on 2nd November 1915 in Iraq. His mother, Elizabeth Burman, had re-married by that time.


NORFOLK, Norwich, Swanington


Gardener, haytrusser, war hero

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


Possible confusion with the Matthias Fulcher born in Norwich in 1802, our family code DQ, who became a weaver.



The Criminal Branch

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 at least three sons.

Edward Fulcher born around 1821, who became a saddler and who migrated himself and his descendants to Oundle and then to Sheffield. One of Edward's sons, Edward Fulcher junior, born 1847, was taken to court in 1864 in Northampton, for larceny on two counts, receiving 7 days in prison for each offense. Then he was tried in 1889 in Sheffield, for unlawful wounding whilst attempting to steal 35 hundredweight of coal, in Sheffield. He was sent to Wakefield Prison for 6 months with hard labour.

A son of Edward Fulcher junior, Alfred Fulcher, born 1882 in Sheffield, was sent to prison, aged 17 years, for the offence of throwing stones and obscene language, 7 days for each, or the payment of fines. Which did he choose?

Another son of John and Sophia, Talbott James Fulcher, born around 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.

Another son of John and Sophia, John Story Fulcher, born around 1821, became a whitesmith and he and his wife Sarah Ann, née Reeves, had at least 10 children. Or did they? The 1851 census also shows two other children, Emma, aged 5, and Alfred, aged 3, but neither can be found in the births records as Fulcher births. John and Sarah Ann were married in 1850 and the first Reeves maiden name birth is for Walter Fulcher in 1851. Sarah Ann died in 1877 and John had remarried by the time of the 1881 census.

One of their sons, Herbert Horace Fulcher, like his father, became a whitesmith. However, it stopped there with father and son, as Herbert also became an habitual criminal, with at least three prison terms served, starting with a three year term in 1891 for theft of property. He seems to have started his prosecuted criminal activities in July 1883 when he was convicted of stealing 'dies and boots'. His criminal record makes interesting reading and his crimes were committed across many counties. He got a five year term in October 1896, with the addition of the remainder of a previous term in prison. Indeed, he had a string of convictions and of aliases (at least nine aliases). With so many convictions, did he ever reconsider a change of career? It looks as if he was named after his grandfather Horace Reeve, which must have been a big disappointment to him.

John Fulcher's sons, John and Herbert were also shown as being whitesmiths in the 1881 census. Another son, Walter, born 1851, also became a whitesmith, although, in the 1881 census he is shown as a policeman, and then, when Walter married for the second time in 1882, he stated again that he was a policeman. That career must surely have been compromised by his brother Herbert's later criminal activities, as well as the nefarious activities of other members of his family. Sure enough, by the time of the 1891 census, Walter had reverted to being a whitesmith and brazier, taking up his old trade.

The tree comes down to the marriage in 1928, John Albert Fulcher, whose father Albert Louis Fulcher was shown as being a scavenger by trade, presumably around the area of Bermondsey, where they lived. Steptoe and Son, sort of thing.


NORFOLK, Wymondham



YORKSHIRE, Sheffield


ESSEX, West Ham


DURHAM, Easington

LONDON, Bermondsey

Farmer, Soldier 8th Hussars, Saddler, Heavy Bomb Assembler, juvenile delinquent, miner, whitesmith, house breaking/false pretences/wounding/assault/larceny, etc. prison terms, habitual criminals, policeman, scavenger.


Story, Boulton, Beeston, Atkins, Grant, Reeve







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

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


There is a mystery here in that an Edward Fulcher is listed at GRO as born 1869 with mmn as Newman. We think that he became Frederick Edward Fulcher, who went on to have a remarkable criminal career, an incorrigible rogue. He had at least 34 criminal convictions, mostly involving poaching. It is also possible that he fathered two little girls with Caroline Evans, although we cannot prove that. He is shown living with Caroline in the 1901 census. He married Elizabeth Annie Beckway in 1902 and they had at least four children. We have given the tree a separate code, due to the uncertainty.

  • Rifleman James Henry of the 16th Battalion London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) was killed in action in France on 25th April 1918, in France, aged 18 years.
  • Leading Aircraftman Jack Eric Fulcher of 6001 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Volunteer Reserve, died 25 May 1945 in Germany, aged 22 years.



ESSEX, Althorne, Maldon, Rochford, Shoebury, Orsett, Latchingdon, Prittlewell, Chelmsford

HAMPSHIRE, Portland, Portsmouth

Royal Navy, war hero

Barnes, Eldrett, Mott, Byford, Eldred, Hawkes, Oddy, Goldstone, Windley, Tibble, Taylor, Newman, Mascall, Freeman, Clark, Birch, Clements, Carter, Beckway.



The Fulcher family of Aaron Fulcher and his wife Mary née Burgess. They were married in Lowestoft in 1803, with the records stating that Aaron was of Neatishead and Mary was of Lowestoft. Their son William was baptised in Lowestoft, but various census entries state that he was born in Barham, Suffolk in 1806. Aaron was apprenticed as a cordwainer in 1803, and this trade was in accord with marriage certificates for his children. However, we have no idea when or where he was born.

(There is confusion between this Aaron and another Aaron Fulcher, who was born in 1786 in Lowestoft, also a cordwainer. We know that this second Aaron also married a Mary, née Haylock, not Burgess. Both Aaron and Marys had a son named William, and shoemaking was another common link. See family DA.)

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

MIDDLESEX, Bethnal Green

Cordwainer/shoemaker/bootmaker, war casualty


Mason, Saxby, Wilkinson, Godbold



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.


NORFOLK, Great Yarmouth


Hepworth, Earl, Buxton, Turrell, Kemp




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. Their first two children were registered with the surname Slaughter, but neither produced sons that survived infancy. It seems probably that the father of these sons was Robert, but we cannot be sure. The only other male child that could have produced further Fulchers, appears not to have married, and so the Fulcher 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.


NORFOLK, Norwich, Aylsham,

Lacy, Slaughter, Winterborn




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

In 1891, Thirza was a widow and living in the Union Workhouse in Burton on Trent, with five of her children. She had died by 1895, leaving her children (one illegitimate) as orphans. We know that her children Frederick, Robert, Laura and James emigrated to Canada, to start a new life. We are told that Frederick had rescued his step-brother James from his orphaned condition and taken him to live in Canada.


SUFFOLK, Newbourn

CANADA, Ontario

USA, Michigan, Florida

Ag. Labs, orphans, illegitimacy


Banyard, Hill, Lewis, Hodds, Brown, Fiske




The Fulcher family of John Fulcher and his wife Elizabeth, née Utting, whose son John was born in 1811 in Yarmouth.

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 

  • Sergeant John Arthur Fulcher of the 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, born 20th Jun 1886 in Lowestoft, died 22nd January 1916 in Belgium, aged 29. He is buried and remembered at the Berks Cemetery Extension, Comines-Warneton, Arrondissement de Mouscron, Hainaut, Belgium. He was the son of George and Agnes A. Fulcher, of 74, Stanley St., Blyth, Northumberland, England. He had emigrated to Canada in 1909.


NORFOLK, Yarmouth

SUFFOLK, Kessingland



shoemaker, master mariner (Merchant Navy), war hero

Utting, Wright, Robertson, Roberts, Wilson, Dewhurst, Porteous



The Fulcher family starting with Benjamin and Sarah, née Chappel, who we believe married in Westminster in 1797. They had at least two children, two sons, baptised in Harrow, Middlesex, the incumbent stating that Benjamin was of Roxeth, Middlesex. Joseph, born around 1800, became a carpenter, Benjamin, born around 1802, was a master carpenter in 1851, employing two men.

Joseph had a son Joseph, born 1828, who married a French woman. That son became a solicitor. Their grandson, Joseph, was killed in action in 1918.

William James Fulcher, another son of Joseph, born 1830, was appreenticed in teh Merchant Navy. He was shown as being a mariner on his marriage certificate in 1855. We see him in 1891, a 'County Court Office'. In 1859, at the baptism of his son Alfred, he was shown as a bailiff. His marriage certificate showed his father to be Joseph Fulcher, a 'builder'. It would seem that his father 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.

Benjamin Frederick, born 1829, son of Benjamin, emigrated to Australia in 1857, arriving in May. By July he was dead, leaving a wife and two small children. What happened to them we know not.

  • Sergeant Joseph Guy Fulcher of the 5th Battalion Australian Infantry, A.I.F, son of Jospeh Barry and Amy Fulcher, died in France on 13th August 1918. His grandmother was French.



ESSEX, West Ham, Poplar

SUSSEX, Kennington



carpenter, mariner, builder, bookbinder, lunatic, war hero

Stokes, Thomson, Furner, Barry, Kelsey, Knight, Wright







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



to be completed


, 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



The Fulcher family starting with William Fulcher and his wife Martha, née Butcher. According to the 1841 census, Wiliam was born in 1771, somewhere in Norfolk. That is as far as we can go with his family.

Their son Robert Fulcher, was born in1809 in Sinfield, Wymondham, and his wife was Mary, née Reeve. 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.

  • Serjeant Percy Fulcher, of the 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, was killed in action in Belgium on 15th April 1918, aged 35.


NORFOLK, Norwich, Wymondham

War hero, baker, blacksmith

Butcher, Reeve, Hammond, Shinn, Loads



The Fulcher family starting with Robert Fulcher, born 1793 in Norwich, and his wife Sarah née Howard, whom we think Robert married in Gedney, Lincolnshire in 1815. However, we cannot see for sure that this was the same Robert that was born in Norwich.

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. In the 1861 census, aged 16, he was described as a 'mariner', as was his brother James. We lose track of Robert and James, the mariners. What happened to them? They had three sons that died under the age of two years. Another son, William Wilson Fulcher is also a mystery and does not seem to have married, to give us some much needed clues.

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


NORFOLK, Norwich

LINCOLNSHIRE, Gedney, Sutton Bridge

Mystery. Navy.

Howard, Wilson




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.

  • Private William Fulcher, of the 6th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 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.
  • George Christian Fulcher, born 1899, Rifleman of the London Regiment (The Rangers), was killed in action in Belgium on 26th September 1917, at the age of 18.


SUFFOLK, Bucklesham

KENT, Northfleet


war heroes

Pinkney, Bloomfield, Steward, Self, Rattle, Woods


26 families, 31 'A' trees, 2091 people

10 with records starting in Norfolk, 9 in Suffolk, 4 in Essex, 2 in London, 1 in Kent, 1 in USA





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?
  • Private Clifford Charles Fulcher of the 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, died 19th November 1944 in the Netherlands, aged 21 years.


NORFOLK, Wymondham

ESSEX, Southend-on-Sea,

DNA broken

agricultural labourers, platelayers, Royal Navy, war heroes

Amos, Honor

Pettitt, Eve, Fiddament, Smith, Rivett, Plummer, Haine




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.


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

agricultural labourer, carter,

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



The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher, born 1787 in Aylsham, who became a coachman, and his wife Charlotte, née 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.
  • Private George Eric Fulcher of the Australian Infantry, born in Queensland, Australia in 1890, was killed in Belgium on 20th September 1917. He had married in 1915.


NORFOLK, Aylsham, Chedgrave

SHROPSHIRE, Weston Cotton, Oswestry, Whitchurch



CANADA, Ontario

Workhouse masters, war heroes


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



The Fulcher family Starting with David Fulcher born around 1743 and his wife Mary, née Resker. The family were agricultural labourers. They had a son named David, who was born in 1788 in Beaumont-cum-Moze, who married Ann Springett from Little Clacton. They had at least seven children, spanning 1812 to 1834, with the last, James being born when Ann was 46 years old.

Their eldest son, David, born 1814, married Mary Bacon, who was born in 1809 in nearby Thorpe-le-Soken. One of their sons, William, joined the 'boys in blue'. He was a policeman in Takely in 1881, but 'Inspector of Police' in 1891, spending the night of the census at the Town Hall and Police Station in Harwich. By 1901 he had retired and they were living in Mistley. William, and his wife Harriet's, son Lindsey, also became a policeman and was a Police Constable in the Chelmsford area in 1891, Sergeant of Police in the Prittlewell area in 1901 (policemen didn't tend to live too close to where they were stationed), a Police Inspector in 1911 in the Rochford area.

David and Ann's youngest son James, born 1834, married Elizabeth Barton, and one of their sons, William, born 1876, also became a policeman, the census showing him in training in training in Covent Garden in 1901, a Station Sergeant with the Metropolitan Police, living in Bermondsey, London in 1911 and a Police Inspector when he retired in 1924. In 1939 he was living in retirement with his wife in Tendring, an ARP Warden.

As far as we can see, there are no modern day male Fulcher descendants from this family.

  • Corporal Frank William Fulcher of the 9th Battalion Essex Regiment, son of Lindsey and Elizabeth Fulcher, was killed in action in Belgium on 11th July 1915, aged 20.


ESSEX, Beaumont-cum-Moze, Thorpe-le-Soken, Little Clacton, Harwich, Mistley, Takely, Rochford, Debden.


Policemen, war hero.

Resker, Springett, Bacon, Goodchild, Barton.




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? Some of them did, we think, as we have an uncorrobborated reference to the family of Elijah and Sarah Ann Fulcher raising a family in Brazil. In 2022, we sent an email to the real estate business carrying the Fulcher name, to enquire about their presence in Brazil, but received no response. We have shown what details we have on the family tree.


NORFOLK, Kings Lynn





baker, labourer, plate layer

Rogers, Watson, Clitheroe

Possible conflict with family AL, two James, baptised 1817/18, both with parents John and Sarah, John a labourer, both living in Kings Lynn.



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.

  • Driver Cyril Fulcher of 12th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, died (drowned) on 18th March 1920, in Iraq, aged 18.



SUFFOLK, Bury St Edmunds

KENT, Boro

MIDDLESEX, Twickenham

tailor, accountant, war hero

Cooper, Peck, Seekins, Firman,




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.


Y-DNA broken

NORFOLK, Ludham, Neatishead, Norwich

twins, high child mortality

Grimes, Nudd




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 as 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.


KENT, Chatham, Medway, Northfleet, Deptford

MIDDLESEX, Poplar, Limehouse,

LONDON, Stepney,

NEW ZEALAND, Wellington, Manawatu-Whanganui

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, George




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.

  • Private Frank Fulcher of 'A' Company, 12th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action on 31st July 1916 in France, aged 25.


LINCOLNSHIRE, Sibsey, Skirbeck, Bracebridge, Boston, Spalding


publicans in Hull, war hero

Bland, Carey, Horrey, Cox (5 years), Flowers, Bailey, Barker, Prince




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 8th Battalion, The Buffs (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.


NORFOLK, Yarmouth, Kings Lynn

DORSET, Studland


LONDON, Bethnal Green


coastguard, hairdresser, mariner, coach painter, grocer, bricklayer, war hero

Jary, Thomson, Youngs, Lindsey, Granados




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.


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,


Lansly, London


The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, born 1811 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.

After his wife Maria died in 1859, John remarried to Martha Cooper and their marriage certificate names Robert Fulcher, dock labourer as John's father.

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?


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

bricklayers, war hero

Gilfred, Gilford

Lansley, Pope, Todd, Fudger, Dachtlar, Potipher, Cooper




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.


BERKSHIRE, Watchfield, Faringdon


SURREY, Croydon

LONDON, Lambeth, Southwark


upholsterer, bricklayers, corset makers

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


The Fulcher family that starts with Eliza Fulcher, single woman, who baptised her illegitimate son, William Edward Fulcher, in Greenwich in 1867. We cannot find any clear reference to him until he appears in the records when he married Rosa Simmons in Woolwich in 1893 - or was it him?

Tragically, their first child, Rose, died as an infant. Their second child, a son named William, was killed during the Great War, in 1918.

  • Private William Robert George Fulcher of the 5th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment was killed in action on 19th September 1918, aged 19.


LONDON, Greenwich

war hero, illegitimacy


possible confusion with family AH









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, née 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 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. We struggled to find who the mother was, as he lived with his grandparents when he was young. It wasn't until he was killed in action that his mother identified herself as Minnie Fulcher, later Minnie Brett, when she applied for his medals. Minnie had gone on to marry and raise a family with Mr Brett. Was Oliver her little secret?

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.


We have a John Fulcher, born around 1806 in Occold and who had a son named Noah around 1837. There was another son Noah born around 1837 in the BO tree. There has to be a connection somewhere, but we couldn't find it. So we have added a second family tree BO1 alongside, for further study.

Eleanor had an illegitimate son, James, born around 1840 aand who was deaf and dumb and does not appear to have married. Some 12 years later, Eleanor went on to to have two illegitimate daughters. They all lived with Eleanor's widowed father, James. Like mother, like daughter, Eleanor's daughter Emily had an illegitimate daughter, Jane. Also appears, in the 1871 and 1881, not 1891, John Fulcher, husband of Eleanor and 15 years younger than her. John was baptised in Thorndon, although we can find no marriage between them. As he wasn't on the 1891 census, we assume he died before then. His parents were William and Hannah Fulcher and we know no more of them either.


This is complete mystery in that we have a John Fulcher baptised in Thorndon in 1836, parents William and Hannah, who married Eleanor Fulcher from BO1. We see him with Eleanor in the 1871 and 1881 census, but we can find out no more about him. He was a journeyman miller, an uncommon profession, learned somewhere. We will place him and his tree here, until we can see where he really comes from.







NORFOLK, Occold, Winfarthing

YORKSHIRE, Pontefract, Castleford

ESSEX, Aldham, Fordham

INDIA, Karachi

IRAQ, Basra


lace makers, miller, soldier, coal face worker, war hero, shoolmaster

Noah, Oliver

Bolton, Harvey, Knevett, Thompson, Dickerson, Feavearyear, Varley, Chambers, Wetherell, Canham, Hopps, Elliot


deaf and dumb

Bass, Death, Linley, Stephenson

Fulcher to Fulcher marriage? Mystery.


SUFFOLK, Thorndon

journeyman miller



The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, and his wife Kezia, née Stone. There is a record of a marriage in Sudbury in 1808, but we have not seen the actual document. John and Kezia had at least three children, their son William and his wife Jane, née Hawes, having at least eleven children and with those children creating a large dynasty of grandchildren, including many male Fulchers.

We know that John was a 'husbandman' from the baptism of his son William, in Fersfield in 1814. Normally, husbandman would suggest a man of means, but it seems the clerk described many people this way, where other clerks would use the term agricultural labourer. Some have suggested that John was the son of Richard Fulcher and Sophia d'Urban in family CU, but the dates don't look right, nor the social standing.

John and Kezia's son William was born in 1813 in Fersfield and he was an agricultural labourer. He and his wife Jane had at least seven children, with six of their sons, William, Henry, Robert, George, John and James, going on to have their own children. On their marriage certificate, dated 1840, it stated that William's father John, was a labourer.

Robert was born in 1851 and married Mary Ann Hopwood in Birstall, Yorkshire in 1871. His father's name given as William. 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 a Yorkshire girl, Mary Ann, née Hopwood, and saying that he was born at Kinninghall, 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, Norfolk, living with Mary Ann, she having had ten children [we could only find eight children], four of whom had died. The move from Norfolk to Yorkshire was presumably due to a job opportunity, or to be near his wife's family.

George was an 'Ag Lab' and married Charlotte Patrick. They too, had ten children, losing one, James at the age of 14. Another of their sons, was killled in WW1.

  • Private Robert John Fulcher, of the 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, died of his wounds in France on 20th March 1916 at the age of 21.


NORFOLK, Kenninghall, Fersfield, Hingham


CANADA, Montreal

war hero

Stone, Hawes, Firth, Barker, Hopwood, Fletcher, Bell, Patrick, Collings, Dearnley, Reeve



The Fulcher family starting with George, born in 1825, and Caroline, née Budden. George became a bricklayer and was working in France as such, when his son George was born. As used to happen in France, the midwife at the birth took the information to the mayor of the town and a certificate of birth was created. This certificate stated that George senior was born in 'Mydenham', in Norfolk in England, which we assume was a transcription error from some document or other, that probably had the word 'Wymondham' written on it. There is no such place as Mydenham. The French document is a 'talking document' and a secular one, an interesting comparison to the way the English did such things through the church, not the secular state.

(There is a suggestion the George senior was the George Fulcher baptised in Horsham St Faiths in 1825, our family BB, but the distance and the fact that the BB George married a Charlotte, seems to discount that.)

George senior married Matilda Caroline Budden from Dorset. Their second child, George junior was born in Carentan [50500] in France, their third, Hannah, was born in Coubertin [77120], France and their third, William, was born in Rome, Italy. How might they have travelled so far in those days? Their other children were all born in England. George was clearly working on the continent for some of his life, variously as a navvy and/or a bricklayer.

There was a Matilda Budden shown in the 1841 census, aged 7, living with grandparents at Pamphill, Wimborne, Dorset. She is shown as Matilda Caroline, maiden name Budden, on the birth certificate of one of her daughters, Selina Elizabeth, thus identifying her as Caroline Budden, her assumed preferred name. The 1851 census shows Matilda Budden living with grandfather, who was receiving parish relief. Pamphill is mentioned in later census returns. She and George seem to have had at least nine children.

Their eldest son George (born in France in 1825) married Elizabeth Snook. Incredibly she gave birth to at least 18 children, all in the London area. However, the GRO only shows eight children's births were registered, the others only known to us from the various census and baptism records from Lizzie being born in 1882 through to Rose's birth in 1904. There appear to have been two sets of twins. So, that is 18 children born over a span of 22 years, the last born when Elizabeth was 41 years old.

Their second son William, born in Italy in 1864, married twice. Both wives were Mary Ann and their were at least seven children from the two marriages, all London based. One of the sons, Albert Victor, was a casualty of war in the Dardanelles in 1915.

  • Private Albert Victor Fulcher, of the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment, died of his wounds on 24th August 1915, in Gallipoli, at the age of 24.


NORFOLK, Wymondham

FRANCE, Mouroux, Coubertin, Carentan


Possible link to family BB

bricklayer, navvy, war hero

Budden, Snook, Kalaher, Eglin




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. Henry and Diana had two sons and one daughter.

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 their eldest son, Henry Fulcher, was baptised somewhere in Suffolk in 1797 and, according to various census records, he was born in Mildenhall. He was an innkeeper in Stroud when he and his wife Elizabeth Joyce née Shepard, where they raised two daughters. Henry had at least seven children with Elizabeth.

One of Henry's sons was William Lake Fulcher, who was described as a chartered accountant in the 1911 census. He and his wife Agnes, née Fulcher (sister to Alfred), had a son Lionel William, who was born in Bombay, India. His half sibling was Mary Ann Fulcher. Agnes was William's first cousin. Agnes and her brother Alfred, each married first cousins.

Lionel William Fulcher B.Sc. (3 January 1866–11 May 1945) was a British philatelist who co-edited, with Stanley Phillips, Gibbons Stamp Monthly, was Vice President of the International Philatelic Union and was a key figure in the Fiscal Philatelic Society. He was an expert on the early stamps of Japan and also studied Venezuela, Peru, Nicaragua, Papal States and Norway. He was for a time the editor of Morley's Philatelic Journal, a Monthly Paper For Collectors of Postage, Revenue, Telegraph and Railway stamps and also of The Philatelic Record. Fulcher was a member of the Royal Philatelic Society London from 1901 where he also became the Honorary Librarian and was a frequent exhibitor at meetings. In 1921, Fulcher was entered on the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists. Outside philately, professionally, Fulcher was employed as an Assistant Keeper at the Science Museum, South Kensington, retiring in 1928. The 1891 UK census, gives a clue to his science connections, but not his interest in philately.

Lionel married a lady named Sybil and they had a son, Charles Wilfred. Charles was born in Argentina (or Venezuela) and he became a geologist, working in the petroleum industry. We see this small family in records, travelling to North and South America in the 1920s to 40s.

(William Lake Fulcher married Agnes Fulcher. Alfred Fulcher married Mary Ann Fulcher.)

George Augustus Fulcher (an older brother of William Lake Fulcher) married Louisa Pickernell in 1856. He was described as a surgeon, although census records described him as a general practioner MRSA. However, the 1891 shows him as married, a surgeon and a lunatic, in the Gloucester Lunatic Asylum at Wooton St Mary Within. The 1901 census records show him as a widower, a surgeon and a lunatic in the Gloucester Second Lunatic Asylum in Barnwood. He died in 1903. His son, Herbert Ashton Fulcher, was described as a chemist in the 1901 census. By the time of the 1901 census he was described as a pauper, an alchemist, living in the Bromsgrove Union Workhouse. He was not classed as an lunatic, but he was there amongst imbeciles. How could this have happened to him? His work with chemicals and drugs may be the answer to that.

Another of Henry and Elizabeth's sons, 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. Henry Charles, born 1829, became a wine merchant. He and his wife, Anna Elizabeth, née Paget, had at least eight children, one of their sons, Clarence Alban Fulcher (a Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander), was shown in the CWGC as a war casualty, aged 42. However, it seems that he died in 1916 in Chatham Naval Hospital of 'cirrhosis of the liver'. A war hero, or not? An older brother of Clarence Alban, 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.

When Henry's wife Elizabeth died in 1836, he remarried, within a year, to Mary Ann Lofts and they had at least three children. He is variously described in census entries as a 'rectifier' in 1851, a 'gentleman' in 1861, and Mary Ann as 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 in the 1870s and founded a family in Illinois. He was a book keeper and accountant. Another of their three children was Mary Ann Fulcher, born 1844. She married her first cousin, Alfred Fulcher, son of George Fulcher, a merchant. The marriage described Alfred as a 'gentleman'. Her father, Henry, was described as a 'gentleman'.

This is but a summary of this quite remarkable branch of the family, perhaps originating in Mildenhall, Suffolk are in the mid 18th century. Clearly, a lot of wealth was created from the brewing/distilling world, taking the family into some of the best addresses in London and across the world.


SUFFOLK, Mildenhall



USA, Illinois, Kentucky, Washington



INDIA, Bombay



Gentleman and Lady

Two marriages of first cousins, brother and sister each marrying first cousins.

inn-keeper in Stroud, distiller, rectifier, merchant, Freemen iof the City of London, doctor, surgeon, lunatic, book keeper, scientist, philatelist, chartered accountant, chemist, alchemist, geologist, Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander, alcoholic, war hero and a war disgrace

Cook, Lofts/Fairlam, Shephard, Scott, Paget, Melville, Fleming, Pickernell, Nicholas, Nicholls




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

Their first son William was born around 1818 and his wife's name was Hannah, née Barrett. She was probably the sister of Harriet who married William's younger brother Edward. However, William married a Mary Ann Barrett in 1848. Hannah, née Barrett, is shown as mother to their child Mary Maria, when she was baptised, but as Mary Fulcher, née Barrett, when their child William Frederick was baptised. Perhaps the cleric had mis-written the name. Mary Maria had an illegitimate daughter Gertrude Alice in 1876, and, when Gertrude married in 1900, she gave her father's name as William Fulcher, a miller. That was presumably a lie, to hide the truth from her policeman husband, or his prying family. Meanwhile, William was living with his daughter Mary Maria Adcock in 1901, described as a 'horse man on farm' - not a miller.

John and Emily's second son, Benjamin, baptised in 1820 is a mystery. The 1841 census shows a Benjamin of the right age in the workhouse. He died in 1866, presumably unmarried.

Their third son Samuel, married and they had at least 12 children.

Their fourth son Edward, married Harriet, née Barrett. Edward was working at a paper mill in 1861, and his much older brother and his wife Hannah were living with them. They stated in the 1911 census that they had had 13 children but that 9 had died. Only four surviving children. Of course, they did not then know that their son James, at the age of 45, would be killed in the Great War in August 1918. Edward died a year later, in 1919.

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.

  • (52) Private James Fulcher of the 44th Battalion Australian Infantry, A.I.F, was killed in action on 8th August 1918 in France, at the age of 45. When he signed up to fight in December 1916, he declared that he was a British subject. He left a wife and child.
  • (72) Sergeant Louis Thomas Fulcher of the Royal Canadian Air Force, was shot down over Germany on 3rd April 1943, at the age of 24 years.


NORFOLK, Drayton,

LONDON, Chelsea


CANADA, Saskatchewan

platelayer, war heroes

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




The Fulcher family starting with Thomas Fulcher, born 1801 and Ann Fulcher, née 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 Spencer, née Crow, who, on doing some research, seems to have had three previous husbands. The 1891 and 1901 censuses show him and Sophie, she ten years his senior, living in Norwich Street, East Dereham, he an ostler/groom at the Fleece Inn, next door. 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.

Bertie Fulcher was born illegitimately to Sarah Fulcher, daughter of Thomas and Charlotte. Sarah married Ernest Head in 1888, some five years younger than her. In 1891, Bertie Head was shown as their son. She was was a widow by 1901, working as a servant and with no sign of Bertie. We found Bertie working as a servant in London in 1901. We could not find him under either surneme in the 1911 census. He married in 1915 and was killed in the Dardanelles as short time later, leaving a wife and young child. Oddly, there was another Bertie Fulcher, baptised as Bertie Walker in 1893, probable step son of Sarah's brother John. He seems to have been registered rather late, in 1895, as Bertie James Fulcher. A mystery there.

John Thomas married Emily Walker in 1894. Their son Thomas was killed in action during the Battles of the Somme. 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.

  • Private Bertie Fulcher of the 1st/4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment (son of Sarah) was killed in action at Gallipoli on 13th September 1915, aged 32.
  • Private Thomas John Fulcher, son of John And Emily Fulcher, grandson of Thomas and Charlotte, of the 1st Battalion, 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 is 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.


NORFOLK, Hindolveston, Norwich,

LONDON, Battersea, Marylebone, Wandsworth.

INDIA, Bangalore

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

Four husbands and outlived them all.

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


The Fulcher family starting with William Fulcher, date or place of birth unknown, and his wife Elizabeth, née Mason. The first of their children that we found was Amelia, who was born in 1822, but baptised in Salford, Lancashire in 1828, together with her younger brothers William and Thomas. Also baptised on the same day was William Fulcher, with no date of birth given, so assumed to be William senior. The family were recorded as living in Stockport, and with William senior being an 'Excise Officer'. This seems to suggest that mother Elizabeth was already a member of the church, but that her husband was not.

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'. He was shown as a gilder in the 1860 US census. He died in New York in 1880 and his wife shortly after in 1882. The 1880 US census shows that their daughter Alice was adopted, parents unknown.

Another of thir sons, John , became a 'wharehouseman' in Manchester and, he and his wife Sarah, had three children. A grandson died during the Great War, meaning that this family produced no Fulcher males to carry on the name.

  • Sergeant John Milner Fulcher, of 16th Battalion Manchester Regiment, was posted missing in action in France, on 9th July 1916, aged 24. The Battles of the Somme were, 1 July – 18 November 1916.


DERBYSHIRE, Chesterfield

CHESHIRE, Manchester, Chorlton


USA, New Jersey

Excise Officer, war hero

New Jerusalemite denomination church.

Mason, Wensley, Hudson, Milner


Bernard Vincent


The Fulcher family starting with William Fulcher, born 1807 in Walton, Suffolk and his wife Rosabella, née Popplewell. In 1841, William was living with his parents, William and Eliza, both farmers in Walton. In 1851 William was a farmer of 260 acres, employing 16 men. In 1861, William was a farmer in Walton, employing 12 men and 2 boys, living with his wife and his sister Mary, who was described as a 'gentlewoman'. The address for the three censuses was shown as Lower Street Walton. We cannot find them in 1871, and by the time of the 1881 census, William was a retired farmer, living with Rosabella in Ipswich. He died in 1889, a gentleman, leaving a substantial sum of assets to his wife. In 1891, Rosabella was living in a boarding house in Great Yarmouth. She died the following year, leaving her estate to her son William Popplewell Fulcher, gentleman.

William Popplewell died in 1932, leaving his estate to be handled by his widow Elizabeth and his son Victor. He and Elizabeth had three sons, none seeming to have had sons themselves, the Fulcher family tree ending there. Their eldest son Ernest lived in many places across the world but died in 1947 in Wimbledon and leaving a will, to be handled by his wife Wilhelmina and his brother Victor, a marine engineer.

Victor, we know, became a mariner. We have his second mate certificate for the Merchant Navy, but have later reference to him being an acting Lieutenant in the Royal Navy in 1917.

Their third son Bernard was killed in action in 1914. He had been educated at Wimbledon College, King's College School and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from August 1914, but was killed soon after. He was twice mentioned is despatches and was awarded the Military Cross.

The family line died out due to a lack of sons. A set of medals came on the market in 2009, a sad ending for a much decorated Fulcher soldier, although his life lives on in the medal collector's collection.

Date of Auction: 26th March 2009

Estimate: £320 - £360. Sold for £750

Long Service Medals from the Collection formed by John Tamplin

A Great War ‘Mesopotamia’ M.B.E. group of six awarded to Lieutenant Ernest William Popplewell Fulcher, Singapore Volunteer Corps, late Norfolk Regiment and Royal Engineers

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 1st type breast badge, silver, hallmarks for London 1919, reverse inscribed, ‘Lieut. E. W. P. Fulcher, 3rd Norfolk Regt., 1918’; British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oakleaf (Lieut.); Jubilee 1935 (E. W. P. Fulcher); Coronation 1937, unnamed; Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service, G.V.R. (Lieut., S.V.C.) mounted court style for wear, good very fine and better (6) £320-360


M.B.E. London Gazette 3 June 1919. ‘... for valuable services rendered in connection with military operations in Mesopotamia.

M.I.D. London Gazette 12 January 1920 (Mesopotamia).

Ernest William Popplewell Fulcher was born in Yarmouth, Norfolk, on 7 August 1884. He was educated at Victoria College, Jersey and Faraday House, London. He became an Electrical Engineer, and in 1913 was elected an A.M.I.E.E. His working life was spent in Malaya where he arrived in 1906 as an Assistant Electrical Engineer. Having probably been a member of the Singapore Volunteer Corps prior to 1914, on the outbreak of war he returned to England and joined the British Army. On 12 June 1915 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Because of his former employment and training he was seconded to the Royal Engineers on 2 October 1915. Fulcher was promoted Lieutenant, Norfolk Regiment, on 1 July 1917, and remained seconded. He served in France, arriving there on 9 December 1915, then in Egypt and Mesopotamia. For his services in the latter theatre of war he was mentioned in despatches and awarded the M.B.E. Lieutenant Fulcher relinquished his commission whilst retaining his rank on 1 April 1920. Returning to Singapore after the war he took up his duties as Municipal Electrical Engineer. As a Lieutenant in the Singapore Volunteer Corps he was awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Forces L.S. Medal, this published in the Straits Settlements Government Gazette of 4 May 1928. He was later awarded the Jubilee Medal (Straits Settlements Government Gazette 24 May 1935) and Coronation Medal (Straits Settlements Government Gazette 26 May 1937). Latterly living in Wimbledon, he died on 13 April 1947. Sold with copied research.

  • Lieutenant Bernard Vincent Fulcher, M.C. of the 2nd Battalion (82nd Foot) The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (south Lancashire Regiment), was killed in action at Ypres on the 17th November 1914, aged 22.



NORFOLK, Great Yarmouth

LONDON, Wimbledon



engineers, soldier, war hero


Popplewell, Hines




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 great grandsons, George Edwin Thomas Fulcher, 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.

By contrast, George's younger brother, Henry Robert Fulcher, found himself in the Woolwich Union Workhouse in 1891, presumably as a result of his father's death in 1886. He went on to join the army and raise a family. His mother, Sarah Jemima Fulcher, née Gennings, remarried in 1894.


NORFOLK, Norwich

LONDON, Bethnal Green, Woolwich

KENT, Charlton, Ashford.

dock worker, hammerman, soldier, commissionaire

Golze maiden name mystery

Annison, Wilson, Gennings/Jennings, Boon, Walker, Kelly


The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, born in 1813 in Livermore, Suffolk, and his wife Lucy, née Bailey. They had at least 11 children. John was a wheelwright, as became their eldest son Walter and a younger son Frederick. One of Walter's sons, William Herbert, was killed during the Great War, in 1917.

  • Private William Herbert Fulcher of the 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment was killed in action on 23rd April 1917, in France, aged 26.


SUFFOLK, Livermore, Rickinghall Superior, Lawshall, Kedington

HAMPSHIRE, Peakirk, Whepstead

ESSEX, Sturmer

Wheelwright, war hero

Bailey, Scrivener, Frost, Tanner



The Fulcher family starting with Joseph Fulcher, born 1763 and his wife Sarah, née Andrews who were married in Westwick, Norfolk in 1787. They farmed in East Bradenham. Their son Joseph, born in Cawston in 1799 became a farmer, perhaps taking over the farm from his father, the 1841 shows him at Stow Bardolph, the 1851 census showing him farming 459 acres in East Bradenham, employing 13 labourers, where his father farmed and who died in 1845. Also in 1861, he was at Manor Far Farm, East Bradenham with 460 acres. Also in 1871, employing 15 men, 4 boys and 5 women. By 1880 they had both died. What became of the farm? In 1871, their son, William Henry Fulcher, was raising a family in Shipdam, and was a farm steward. By 1881, he was Farm Bailif in East Bradenham, with 460 acres, 15 men, etc. This must have been his father's farm that he was now managing. In 1891 he was the farmer at Manor Hall Farm. So too in 1901. He died in March 1911, just before the census of that year was taken. The farmhouse was Grade II listed in 1951.

  • Private William Edwin Fulcher of the King's (Liverpool Regiment) was killed in action in Belgium on 1st August 1917, at the age of 24.


NORFOLK, East Bradenham, Westwick, Stow Bardolph, Shipdham, Cawston

SURREY, Croydon

farmers, land agent, bailiff, war hero,

Blomfield, Glaister, Ayres, Chappell, Peck




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, born 1781 in Wymondham, became a shoemaker, as did his son after him.

Their younger son Thomas, born 1787 in Wymondham, married Sarah Thilthorpe form Hingham and they lived there for a time raising a large family. It appears that Thomas was not baptised as a child, with an adult baptism being performed at Hingham for Thomas in 1816. Thomas and Sarah had, by then, already had their sons Samuel and Benjamin, and their daughter Martha, baptised at the same church, before somebody realised that the father had not been baptised.

Thomas and Sarah's son, Samuel Fulcher, born 1811 in Hingham, was a cabinet maker, as was his son Samuel, who married a Hannah Fulcher, his first cousin. So too, was his much younger brother, Christmas Fulcher, who was born on Christmas Day in 1830 and who also became a cabinet maker.

Thomas and Sarah's son, Peter Fulcher, born in 1818 in Hingham, was a carpenter. At the age of 20 he was convicted at Bury of stealing carpenter's tools and he received a seven year jail term, which he appears to have served on board a prison hulk, HMS York at Portsmouth. In 1819, York entered Portsmouth harbour, where she was stripped of her masts and guns, and converted into a prison ship. HMS York is best remembered in this state, thanks to a contemporary drawing by Edward William Cooke, which shows her fully converted, and with laundry above her decks where sails once would have been. She would have typically contained approximately 500 convicts. After many years at this harbour service, she was finally broken up in March 1854.

Peter received his pardon in September 1844. He married Elizabeth Downs in 1846 and they went on to live in Chesterton, and to have at least six children.

This family is full of artisans.

  • William George Fulcher of the 7th Battalion Northampton Regiment, died of his wounds 29th January 1917 in France, at the age of 21.
  • Private Joseph Alfred Fulcher of the 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment, was posted missing, presumed dead on 26th August 1914 in France, aged 30. He left a wife and three children.


NORFOLK, Wymondham, Saxlingham Nethergate, Saxlingham Thorpe, Hingham, Norwich

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, Chesterton, Cambridge

USA, Ohio

shoe maker, cabinet maker, carpenters, builder, bricklayers, coal carter, mustard miller, butcher, criminal, prison term, war heroes

Fulcher/Fulcher first cousin marriage

Christmas, Zachariah, adult baptism

Thilthorpe, Stubbings, Gray, Eagling, Fulcher, Thilthorp, Cazrey, Gotobed, Chapple, Moyes, Greengrass, White, Lunn, Porter, Tingey, Downs, Sherry

 26 families, 28 'B' trees, 1729 people

 14 with records starting in Norfolk, 4 in Suffolk, 2 in London, 1 in Berkshire, 1 in Cambridgeshire, 1 in Derbyshire, 1 in Essex, 1 in Kent, 1 in Lincolnshire





The Fulcher family starting with Thomas Fulcher born 1815 in Ipswich, and his wife Harriet, née Last. In 1851, Thomas was a 'journeyman iron moulder', and an 'ironfounder ' in 1861, when his son Thomas was aged 18 and described as an 'apprentice wheelwright'. By 1871, he was a widower and living with his son Henry, who was described as a 'pupil teacher'. Thomas remarried, to Eliza Walker, née Coleman, a widow and she brought her youngest child to live with them, whilst also having a daughter by Thomas, who was some 19 years older than Eliza , and 59 when his daughter, Alice May, was born in 1874.

Meanwhile, Thomas' son Thomas, a wheelwright, married and raised a family in Ipswich, with one of his sons, Joseph becoming a blacksmith. Thomas' other son, Henry, became a school teacher and moved to Northamptonshire to work. He married a girl from Colchester and they had two sons. By 1891, the census shows that he had become a 'political agent and secretary', no longer a school master.

No Fulcher males produced Fulcher sons, so the family line died out.


SUFFOLK, Ipswich


iron moulder, wheelwright, blacksmith, schoolmaster, political agent, chemist

Last, Ardley, Tansley, Moutell



The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, a carpenter, and his wife Elizabeth, née Perkins, who raised their children in Old Buckenham, Norfolk. We found five children in the baptismal records, although only one of the sons, William, seems to have married and had children. William Fulcher, born around 1823 in Old Buckenham, and his wife Margaret, née Gore, had at least ten children, with a further child, Susan, from William's previous marriage. Susan died in 1851, as did her mother a few months later.

Five of their sons married and had children, with one of them, Perkins Fulcher, taking the surname of his grandmother as a Christian name. James William and Lydia, his wife, had three children. Isaac (a milkman in 1891) and his wife Sarah, had eight children, with one of them, Ernest, being killed in action in the Great War. Perkins and his wife Elizabeth lived in Derby and they had seven children. William Gore Fulcher and his wife Sarah had eight children, the eldest of which, John Henry Gore Fulcher, was killed in action on the first day of the Battles of the Somme.

The first day of the Battle of the Somme has a prominent place in British history and popular memory and has come to represent the loss and apparent futility of the First World War. As the infantry advanced across no man's land, most were met with a hail of machine-gun fire. The British bombardment had largely failed to seriously affect German defences or neutralise German artillery fire, which took a heavy toll on 1st July. In most places along the front of attack, British infantry were unable to take their objectives. Some made it into the German trenches only to be forced back. Some could not get past the German barbed wire, which in places was still intact. These limited gains came at a high cost. The first day of the Somme was the deadliest day in British military history – of the 57,470 British casualties, 19,240 men had been killed. But there was no question of suspending the offensive with the French still heavily engaged at Verdun. Ultimately the Battle of the Somme would continue for another four months. It became an attritional battle of limited territorial gain, but one that taught British commanders important lessons for later fighting on the Western Front.

Many of the children of this family were given an extra name of Gore., in reference to their mother or grandmother.

  • Lance Corporal John Henry Gore Fulcher of B Company 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action on the first day of the Battles of the Somme, in France, on the 1st July 1916, at the age of 23. He left a wife and child.
  • Private Ernest Waters Fulcher of the 21st Battalion Duke of Cambridge's (Middlesex) Regiment, was killed in action on 25th March 1918 in France, aged 30. He left a wife, Henrietta.


NORFOLK, Old Buckenham, Hockwold cum Wilton



LANCASHIRE, Manchester

IRELAND, Windlass Roscommon

carpenter, milkman, soldier, coachman, two war heroes

Perkins, Gore,Edwards, Skinner, Simpson, Jackson, Tatham, Carly, Burgess



see also CH and CU


Creek, Clarke


The Fulcher family of William Fulcher, born 1771 in Ixworth Thorpe in Suffolk, and his wife Mary, née Creek. In 1851, William was described as a pauper (Ag Lab), living with his daughter Margarite Garrodd. By 1861, he was then aged 88 and living with his son Clarke Fulcher.

They had three sons, Shallum, Clarke and Isaac.

Shallum (a name from the bible) was baptised in 1794 and he married Mary Long. They had at least 11 children, with the four sons producing Fulcher grandsons, to carry forward the name. The eldest son John, with his wife Jane, née Colman/Cooman, had at least nine children, five sons and four daughters. Whilst we tend to follow the sons in our research, as it is they who pass on the name, in this case, we follow one of John (a son of Shallum) and Jane's daughters, Mary Elizabeth, who had an illegitmate son, Arthur John Fulcher. He was born around 1877 and was baptised at Wymondham in 1877. It was difficult family tree to follow, as his birth wasn't registered at the GRO and Elizabeth dropped the Mary part of her name and became plain Elizabeth. We can follow a little of her life from the various censuses. In 1871, she is living with her parents and three siblings. In 1881, Elizabeth is living with her parents, John and Mary, in Wymondham, with her two illegitimate children, Arthur J and Kate M.

In 1891 she was living with Robert Bunn and his two parents, in Wymondham, as a boarder. She has four children, Kate, Frederick, Willie and Mary A. We can find Kate Maria Fulcher born 1880, Frederick Fulcher born 1885, Willie Fulcher born 1887 and Mary Ann Fulcher born in 1889 (the latter with the extra name of Bunn) at the GRO births indexes. The big question is, who was their father - and Arthur John's too? Was it Robert Bunn? By 1901, she has married, and is living with, her husband Robert Bunn, She has her three children Frederick Fulcher, Willie Fulcher and Mary A Fulcher living with them, as well as her aged father, a widower aged 81 who stated that he was born in Wreningham, not Wymondham.

By 1911, she is Elizabeth Bunn, living with her husband, her two children with Robert and two boarders, her children Frederick and Willie. When they married in 1892, she gave her name as Mary Elizabeth Fulcher. Sadly, her son Arthur John was killed during the Great War, fighting in the Dardanelles.

Elizabeth had a brother Charles who raised a family of at least seven children with his wife Sarah Ann. One of those children, John Charles, and his wife Mary Ann, lost a son in the second war, in 1941. The second of Charles' two sons was William and who joined the Royal Navy and, when he was married in 1911, he stated that he was a 'stoker, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Foresight'.

Another of Shallum's sons, Benjamin, had two children, a boy and a girl. The boy, Charles James, married, but died young, and his widow Angelina, appears to have taken the decision to emigrate to Canada with their three sons. She remarried in Canada and her sons thrived in Canada, raising families of their own.

Another of Shallum's sons, Charles, married and had several children. One of the sons, Hugh Reginald, was killed during the Great War.

Shallum's youngest daughter, Hannah, appears to have had an illegitimate son when she was 15 years old, so pregnant at 14. She had been baptised at the age of 8, so it suggests that the family were not very religious.

Clarke and his wife Louise had at least three children, one, Robert, marrying Mary Ann Ayers, and having at least seven children, six sons and a daughter. One of the sons, Frederick was killed during WW1, the other sons having no children that would pass on the Fulcher name.

Isaac died young and unmarried.

This family stayed very close to Wymondham, Norfolk. They lost four sons in the two world wars.

  • Private Arthur John Fulcher, of the 1/4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, died of his wounds, at sea, on 1st September 1915, and was buried in Turkey, aged 37. He died aboard HMHS Salta, a steam ship originally built for Société Générale de Transport Maritime Steam, but requisitioned for use as a British hospital ship during the First World War. He left a wife, Laura, and four children.
  • Private Frederick Fulcher of the 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment was killed on the 12th October 1916, in France, aged 36. He left a wife and his 9 year old daughter.
  • Private Hugh Reginald Fulcher, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, died (missing in action) in Belgium on the 29th October 1914, aged 37.
  • Private Horace Fulcher of the 18th Battalion New Zealand Infantry, died on the 1st December 1941 in Libya, aged 33. He had emigrated to NZ in the 1920s.


SUFFOLK, Ixworth Thorp

NORFOLK, Winfarthing, Bressingham, Wymondham, Silfield, Suton

STAFFORDSHIRE, Burton on Trent


CANADA, Manitoba, Ontario

maltster, game keeper, coal hauler, Royal Navy, four war heroes, teenage mother

Shallum, Clarke

Creek, Ellsey, Ayers, Levington, Wade, Long, Nicholls, Saunders, Laynes, Dew, Holloway, Mackison, Warner , Smith, Bunn




The Fulcher family starting with Thomas Fulcher and his wife Dinah, née Reeve/Neeve/Neave., who was born in 1802 in Peasenhall. They were married in Badingham in 1822, but Thomas died in 1837, leaving Dinah to care for at least three children, according to the 1841 census, where the children bore the name of the new husband, John Nichols. She had remarried in 1839. We know that Thomas was 42 when he died, according to his death certificate. We can find no more information about Thomas, so he is our starting point for the tree.

They appear to have had at least four children, with a son Thomas born in 1836, who probably died as an infant, as he cannot be found in following records. Their son David and his wife Hannah, née Hart, raised a family in Suffolk but decided to emigrate to the USA in 1883, together with their other two sons, Arthur and Joseph. This was, no doubt, prompted by the fact that their son Thomas had previously done likewise in 1872, as had their daughter Mary Ann a year earlier, in 1882. Two other sons, David and Arthur (junior) had died earlier in infancy. A huge change for the family and to a land so very different to flat and fertile Suffolk. Little David was remembered on their gravestone, but Arthur was not.

Their eldest son Thomas and his wife Eliza, née Reed, appear to have had a son Arthur who died as an infant in 1869, conceived before they married. Then they had a daughter Caroline in 1871. They decided to emigrate to the USA in 1872, according to 1900 US census. They had at least seven children and there were many Fulcher grandsons and sons to bring the Fulcher families up to the modern day, perhaps all still living in Iowa.


SUFFOLK, Hoxne, Badingham

USA, Illinois, Iowa

Reeve, Hart, Reed, Pratt, Bryan




The Fulcher family of Robert Fulcher and his wife Martha, née Holladay. They married by licence in Woolwich in 1831, the banns stating that Robert was of St Pancras, Middlesex. When three of their sons were baptised, Robert's occupation was given as 'Bombardier, Royal Artillery', which fits well with their Woolwich location.

Their son James Henry, born 1834 in Woolwich, is a mystery. We can't find him. Did he marry? We know that his brother emigrated to Austtralia, so perhaps he did too. We think that he had a son, also called James Henry, who would have been born around 1858., as he said that his father was James Henry Fulcher, a coachbuilder. We cannot find James Henry junior either, until 1886 when his daughter Florence, was baptised. In the 1901 census, he didn't know where he was born, and in the 1911 census he said he was born in Wolverhampton. Without a baptism or birth record, we do not know who his mother was or where he was born.



KENT, Woolwich


soldier, coach builder, coach painter

Holladay, Dean, Young




The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher, born in Kettleburgh, Suffolk in 1787, and his wife Phoebe, née Moys. The 1841 and 1851 censuses show their grand-daughter Harriet Buckman living with them, as her mother Rebecca, James and Phoebe's daughter had died in 1839. Their son, John, married Mary Ann Symonds in Ipswich and raised a family there. They were agricultural labourers. There were at least eight children, with two of the sons marrying and having families of their own.

One of the sons, John Robert, married Hannah Bowden from Barking in Essex and they had eleven children, four of who died young. They raised their family in south Essex, East Ham area. although, from 1873 to 1872 they lived in Yorkshire, where John Robert worked in a wire mill as a 'wire pointer'. The family appears to have returned to London and JR went back to general labour. Their sons, Alexander and Frederick John, emigrated to Australia. Frederick John was killed in the Great War in 1917.

The other son of John and Mary, Samuel Francis, married Elizabeth Fulcher. She was the daughter of Henry Fulcher, born in Newbourn, Suffolk and his wife Charlotte, née Childs.

  • Sapper Frederick John Fulcher of the 3rd Company Australian Tunnelling Corps, was killed in action in France on 25th February 1917, at the age of 31. He left a wife, Rose Helen, née May.



SUFFOLK, Kettleburgh, Ipswich

ESSEX, Woolwich, Silvertown

LONDON, Milwall.

YORKSHIRE, Sheffield, Attercliffe

Fulcher to Fulcher marriage

war hero

Moys, Buckman, Symonds, Bowden, Fulcher, Joss



The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, born 1745, and his wife Faith, née Brittling. They raised at least seven children in Wisbech, but only one son, John Brittling gave them grandsons.

John Brittling Fulcher junior stated that he was a hairdresser when he married in 1841 and that his father, John Brittling Fulcher senior, was a pawnbroker. When his sister Caroline married in 1844, she stated that her father was deceased and that he was a silversmith. We found two burials, one for each John, father and son, who both died in 1853. His brother, Thomas Kelly Fulcher, appears to have followed in his father's steps and was also a pawnbroker. There is a mystery child, Edmund Fulcher, born 1897, in the 1901 census who is denied in the 1911 census. A love child of his father Thomas Kelly perhaps?

John Brittling senior had a daughter Hannah, born in 1834, who appears to have had an illegitimate child, James Dennis Fulcher in 1856. She married a farmer named John Ward and went on to have several Ward children. He, and his wife Mary Jane, née Harlay, went on to have nine children, although the Fulcher DNA line is broken here.

The Fulcher DNA line ceased with the children of the two brothers John Brittling and Thomas Kelly Fulcher.


DNA broken


LONDON, St Pancras, Brentwood


pawnbroker, silversmith, hairdresser, dentist

Brittling, Simpson, Knight, Harlay, Munger, Pink




The Fulcher family of William Alexander Fulcher, born around 1816 in Diss, Norfolk, and his wife Betsey Benson, née Clarke. William became a cabinetmaker. We have been unable to find details of his baptism or parents, although, in the 1871 census, a Lydia Cracknell, a widow, is living with the family and described as 'mother' of William. We found that she was Lydia Leech, when she married William Cracknell in 1838, naming her father as William Fulcher, and that she was born around 1795 in Old Buckenham in Norfolk.

Following the trail further back, we find that Lydia Fulcher was baptised in July 1795, the daughter of William and Ann Fulcher. It would appear that William Alexander was the illegitimate child of Lydia. She went on to marry Aaron Leech in Redgrave, Suffolk in 1821. Aaron died in 1838 and Lydia remarried soon after to William Cracknell. We can follow her life through the census years, until she died in Redgrave in 1881.

Two of William Betsey's sons gave them Fulcher grandchildren. Thomas became a carpenter and, he and his wife Eliza, née Morley, raised at least nine children. His brother William became a wheelwright and, he and his wife Emma, née Hubbard, raised at least eight children, one of whom, George, was killed during the war in Italy.

Two brothers and two sisters, Florence (corset maker), William (blacksmith), Ethel (corset maker) and George were shown living together in the 1911 census.

It seems that there were no Fulcher sons beyond this family tree and so the Fulcher line died out.

  • Private George Charles Fulcher of the 1st/1st Bucks. Battalion , Oxford and Bucks, Light Infantry died of his wounds on 1st November 1918 in Italy, aged 24.



DNA broken

NORFOLK, Diss, Old Buckenham,

SUFFOLK, Redgrave with Botesdale, Rickinghall, Wortham

Nathaniel, Lydia, names in tree

Carpenter, blacksmith, corset makers, war hero

Clarke, Hubbard, Morley


see also CU, where several Fulcher baptisms in Old Buckenham, were recorded by Thomas Fulcher, perpetual curate, and CB.




The Fulcher family of Isaiah Fulcher, born 1830 in Barling, Essex, and his wife Sarah, née Saward. From their marriage record, we can see that Isaiah's father's name was George, but, any more than that, we cannot say. They had at least nine children but, sadly most of them died in infancy. We know of no grandchildren being born, and so the tree dies out.

Isaiah, was born near Maldon in Essex, and their first two children were born there too. However, Isaiah took a job as a prison warder at Portland Jail, and they removed to live in the Weymouth, Dorset area.


ESSEX, Barling

DORSET, Weymouth, Portland

prison warder




The Fulcher family starting with Job Fulcher, born 1811 in Livermore Parva, Suffolk, and his wife Mary, née Trudgett. Job became a wheelwright, as did his son David, after him.


SUFFOLK, Little Livermere, Thornham St Martin

Chelsea Pensioner

Trudgett, Moore, King, Taylor




The Fulcher family starting with George Fulcher, an agricultural labourer, born 1811 in Norfolk, and his wife Sarah, née Amos. We get a fleeting glimpse of George in the 1841 census, but he had died by 1851. Therefore we do not know where he was born or who his parents were, as his marriage was before 1837, when groom's fathers were named.

John George Fulcher married Harriet Kemp, and, according to the 1911 census, they had 17 children, although we could only find 13. Five of those children had died by 1911. We see five of their children baptised in the parish church of South Lopham.

A couple of the sons migrated to Yorkshire and raised families there.


NORFOLK, Blo' Norton, Dickleburgh, South Lopham, Garboldisham, North Lopham

YORKSHIRE, Thorrmanby, Sessay, Thirkleby

Amos, Kemp


Canada, Lewis

The Fulcher family starting with Joseph Fulcher born 1790 and his wife Sarah, née Crisp, we think. Joseph and Sarah were married at Bracon Ash, Norfolk in 1816, and there their story fades away. We see a baptism for their daughter Sarah in Kettleburgh in 1827, about 35 miles to the south of where they were married. Researchers in Canada have taken this Sarah, born in England, to be the Sarah Fulcher that was married to James Macafee in Canada and have added four brothers to the family tree. We can see no records that allude to this connection, so we must treat this with caution. The four brothers mentioned certainly seem to have been born in England, but who their parents were, we cannot prove. One of them, Peter Fulcher baptised in 1826 in Brandeston, had parents Joseph and Sarah, but we have no way of knowing if this is the same Joseph and Sarah as for Sarah junior. A further story is that another of the brothers, George, was born on board ship in 1830, on its way to Canada, presumably with mother Sarah, Sarah junior, and the other three brothers, but we have no evidence of that either.

The 1861 census in Canada shows the two families of William and Joseph, both born in England, presumably/possibly/probably brothers.

What we do have is a family tree for the alleged four brothers and one sister that shows how the family grow, after they all arrived in Canada. Some migrated to the USA, but most stayed in Ontario. One of George's many grandsons gave his life for us in WW1.

This family is large, with many children born into it. Researching this family is quite straightforward, as the Canadian records are good and there are very few unrelated Fulchers to confuse matters, as there are when researching in Norfolk or Suffolk in England. This is a fairly pure and unique Canadian family; pioneers in many ways. Presumably, the Fulcher name is alive and well in Ontario today.

  • Private Henry Louis Fulcher of the Canadian Infantry, was presumed killed in action on 16th Deptember 1916 in France and is commemorated on the Vimy memorial, aged 20. The records state that he was 'previously reported missing, believed killed. Now for official purposes presumed to have died. Attack near Courcelette.'.The records state he was born in 1897. He was actually born in 1896.


NORFOLK, Bracon Ash, Brandeston, Kettleburgh

CANADA, Ontario, Saskatchewan

USA, Michigan, New York

cooper, blacksmith, war hero

Crisp??, Moses, Walne/Waun, Betteridge, Gillington, Gillingham, Harris, Case

Mystery, unproven facts.




The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher born 1800 in Hasketon, Suffolk, and his first wife Caroline, née Wright, and his second wife Charlotte, née Bear. With Caroline he had one son, John, who became a 'journeyman miller' and who founded a long line of Fulchers. With Charlotte, he had at least ten children, most born in Melton, Suffolk, with two sons (both also millers) producing Fulcher sons. In 1851 they were living in Melton, and James was also described as a 'journeyman miller'.

In 1911, Jonny Fulcher was shown in the census as a park constable in Kew. T the age of 17, he had signed up in the Royal Navy, serving for four years, from 1886 to 1890, and with a good conduct record. He and his wife Emily, née Edwards, had five sons. His brother William had three sons, with all but one of these eight sons being born after 1900. It is not easy to follow the family lines after 1900, due to privacy issues, but we guess that this will have resulted in many Fulcher families living in Suffolk and Essex in recent times.

In 1918, Frank Stanley Fulcher was divorced by his wife Mary Ann, née Edmunds, for desertion and adultery.


SUFFOLK, Hasketon, Melton, Bredfield

ESSEX, Romford, Barking, Dedham, Colchester

miller, shoe maker, divorce, sailor, park constable in Kew

Bear, Knights, Prentice, Wright, Dove, Storey, Chatton, Catton, Richards, Manning, Edwards



The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher, born around 1797 in Newbourne, Suffolk, and his wife Mary, née Little. There is considerable confusion here as we have found three children baptised, with parents named as James Fulcher and Mary Little, three sons, James 1827, John 1827 and Henry 1835. However we also found a baptism for James Fulcher in 1832, with the parents names given as James Fulcher and Mary Butcher. We cannot see the original parish register pages, only a transcript, so some checking is needed. All that we can do, with reasonable certainty is to follow their son Henry, baptised in 1835 and who married Charlotte Childs and who raised at least 13 children.

Mary Little was shown in the 1851 and 1861 census as having been born in Gosfield, Essex. Indeed, she and James were married in 1817 in Gosfield. We can also say that they both were innkeepers of the Cardinal's Head in Ipswich and that they (from the 1851 census) had a son called James who was born around 1835 in Newbourne and who became a coach painter's apprentice. Their other son Henry was born around 1835 in Newbourne and became a bricklayer's apprentice. By the time of the 1861 census, James had died and Mary was left to run the same inn, her grandaughter Mary Fulcher living with her, who was born around 1847 in Ipswich.

Leaving this mystery to one side, their son Henry and his wife Charlotte, lived in Southend, where Charlotte was born. Henry was, by 1861, a bricklayer. Two of their sons also had large families, but there was a high infant mortality.


Mystery with Newbourne parish records

SUFFOLK, Newbourne, Ipswich

ESSEX, Gosfield, Southend

LONDON, Herne Hill, Wandsworth

KENT, Chatham

Fulcher to Fulcher marriage

inn keeper, coach painter, bricklayer

Little, Butcher, Childs, Burford, Walker




The Fulcher family starting with Stephen Fulcher, born in 1697, probably in Ludham, Norfolk, and his wife Phoebe, née Fuller, who married in Ludham in 1834. It was Stephen's second marriage. They appear to have had at least two children, Thomasin in 1740, and Samuel 1747. Samuel married Sarah Edwards and they had at least two children, Jonathan and James. James does not appear to have married, but Jonathan did. He was born in Ludham in 1794 and married Matilda Curtis. They had at least two children, a daughter and a son. The son, William was born in Cantley, Norfolk in 1824 and he went on to marry Sarah Oakley, single woman at Strumpshaw Church. It appears that Sarah had an illegitimate son , William Oakley, who took the name Fulcher for a while, as he was growing up. He later reverted to using the name William Oakley.

William and Sarah had at least nine children, although, of the five sons, three died as infants. One son, Alfred, married Hannah Walpole in and they had 13 children according to the 1911 census, losing only one. Of all those children, only two of the sons had children and, as far as we can see, there were no male Fulchers to continue the family tree. One of their sons, Edward, was killed in France in 1914. He had joined the Navy in 1905, but later signed up as a soldier with the Coldstream Guards, where we see him in barracks in the 1911 census. He would therefore have been one of the first to go to France to fight.

From Ancestry records, we have been able to construct an eight generation family tree.

Herbert Edgar Fulcher was shown as a Private in the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment in the 1911 census.

A branch of this family starts with Moses Fulcher, born around 1786 in Hemblington, Norfolk, and his wife Mary, née Osborn. We see Moses in the 1851 census as an 'agricultual labourer' and the 'parish clerk'. Living next door was his son Moses, a pauper and blind. They had at least seven children, but only the one son, William, born 1811, produced a male Fulcher heir. That heir was named Stephen, born in 1838, but who married in Dublin, Ireland in 1859. He and his wife Catherine had children in various locations in Ireland and also a son, Richard in Carnarvon, Wales. Catherine was born in Ireland, so, did they meet there, was Stephen in the military, why live in Ireland?

Richard and his wife Annie, had at least eight children, all born in Lancashire, one of whom, their son Charles died during the Great War. He had a twin sister, Hannah. 

  • Private Charles John Fulcher of 12th Company, Machine Gun Corps, Royal Lancashire Regiment, died of his wounds in France on 2nd August 1916, aged 22.
  • Private Herbert Edgar Fulcher of the 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, died of his wounds on 2nd May 1915 in France, aged 27.
  • Private Edward Clifford Fulcher, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed in action in France on 14th September 1914, aged 25.


This tree has been constructed aided by the work of Barbara Payne, whose Blyth tree was viewable on Ancestry. Thankfully, the Ludham parish registers are well preserved and available. It is the oldest origin family tree that we have yet to find and has been made easier to research due to the family remaining in Ludham for several generations.


NORFOLK, Ludham, Cantley, Strumpshaw, Hemblington, Blofield, Norton Subcourse, Loddon

IRELAND, Dublin, Tipperary

WALES, Carnarvon


Sailors, twins, war heroes

Lettice, Myhill, Fuller, Cook, Edwards, Kitchen, Harrison, Stamp, Curtis, Howes, Lingwood, Turner, Bull, Ebbage, Oakley, Walpole, Moore, Amis, Osborn, Caston, Gotts, Evans, Powell



The Fulcher family starting with Eli Fulcher, born 1796 in Winfarthing, Norfolk, and his wife Lydia, née Peck. We cannot find a link with other family trees but the name Shallum appears in two generations in this family, a name that also appears in family CC.


NORFOLK, Winfarthing, Wymondham

Shallum, Noah, Eli

Peck, Turner, Moore, Moult, Ashley



The Fulcher family starting with Dack Fulcher, baptised in 1762 in Heydon cum Irmingland, Norfolk, and his wife Susanna, née Bishop, whom he married in 1774. Dack was the son of Thomas Fulcher junior and was presumably a few years old when he was baptised, to have been married in 1774. They had at least four children. Their son Thomas was born 1784 and, he and his wife Elizabeth, née Allen, had three sons, who each raised large families, the descendants of some ending up in Queensland, Australia.

James Fulcher, born 1812 in Whitwell, and his wife Susannah, née Rudd, are assumed to fit with this tree, as we found their son Charles had died in Croydon in 1870, leaving a wife and two young children under the age of two years. Charles' widow Susannah, née Hughes were married in 1868. He was a policeman, according to his marriage certificate. When he died, Susannah and the two children are seen in the 1871 census, living with Robert and Harriet Fulcher and described as their niece. Another clue to this connection is that James and Susannah named one of their daughters, Leticia, a family name. However, we have not found James' baptism to prove the link.

John Fulcher baptised in 1818 stated that he was a tanner and that he was born in Lynn, in the 1851 census. His neighbours worked in the leather industry, so this profession fits in. His wife was Susannah, born 1820 and their son Benjamin was one year old. By the time of the 1861 census, John had become a cab proprietor in London and stated that he was born in Whitwell, Norfolk, which fits well with his baptism in Great Witchingdon.


NORFOLK, Heydon cum Irmingland, Whitwell

LONDON, Bermondsey, Southwark

ESSEX, Romford

LANCASHIRE, Oswaldwhistle

AUSTRALIA, Queensland

fishmonger, tanner, cab proprietor, hairdresser, Japanese prisoner of war, civilian war casualty, policeman


Bishop, Allen, Rudd, Elsden, Pegg, Lands, Bonds, Thurgur, Halfpenny, Brookman, Davies, Wesley, Rooke, Barnard, Drake, Tunnicliff, Hobcraft, Boreham, Lawton, Duckworth, Walker, Harwood, Hughes, Carman, Wilkin, Bunnett.



The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher, born 1801 in Holbeach, Lincolnshire and his wife Elizabeth, née Norman. Their son Richard was born in 1840. The earliest reference that we see to James is with the baptism record of Richard, when the surname was spelled Fulsher. His daughter Catherine Delilah Fulcher was born in Gedney, in 1847, but to his new wife, Sarah, née Martin. We cannot find him in the census until 1871, when he is shown as an agricultural labourer, living with his wife Sarah and two children. By 1881 he is in the workhouse and a widower.

James' son Richard, appears to have married a woman with the maiden name Reader, but we can find no marriage record. They had at least three children, but, by the time of the 1881 census, as was his father, he was in the Holbeach workhouse, with two of his children.

What became of them all, we do not know. A mystery family.


LINCOLNSHIRE, Holbeach, Gedney

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, Wisbech, West Walton


Norman, Martin, Reader





The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher, born 1755 in Virginia, USA, and his wife Elizabeth, née Hough.

James Fulcher was born in Virginia in 1755 and was the son of William Fulcher and Nancy Armistead. During the Revolutionary War he served as a soldier in the Continental Line from Georgia and saw service in Georgia and South Carolina. For his services to his country he received land grants in several Georgia counties, including Richmond, Screven, and Muscogee.

He married Elizabeth Huff in 1777 in Virginia and they are believed to have had the following five children.

1) Armistead Fulcher (born 1778) married Nancy Daniel.

2) Margaret Fulcher (born 1780) married Augustine Hewlett.

3) John LaFayette Fulcher (born 1781) married Mary Colson.

4) James Fulcher (born 1783, died 1823).

5) Nancy Fulcher (born 1789) married William Colson.

In addition to being a land owner, James served as a Justice of the Peace and was the owner of an inn on McBean Creek not far from Waynesboro. George Washington breakfasted there on his tour of the South in 1791. President Washington entered into is diary "Wednesday 18th - Breakfast at Fulcher's, 15 miles from Waynesboro." The desk said to be the one at which George Washington made this entry in his diary has been passed down to a present day descendent of James Fulcher.

Patriot James Fulcher died on March 23, 1839 in Richmond County and is buried in the Fulcher Cemetery located near the intersection of Piney Grove Road and the present day Highway 56. He left an interesting will, naming some of his family. He bequeathed his home to his son John Fulcher, with 100 acres of land and included a 'negro woman named Phoebe, her son Tom, her son George, her daughter Jessie'.

Armistead Fulcher owned six slaves, according to the 1820 census. He married and the legal grant for them to marry, appears to have been signed by his father James. We found that John Coulson Fulcher and his younger brother Valentine Fulcher both owned slaves, as shown in the 1850 and 1860 slave schedules.

This family has been well researched by other researchers and there are additional family members shown on trees for which we can find no records. So, we will leave this in the state that we show here, knowing that there is more to be found, if of interest. The mystery will be as to where the family originated, before they were in Virginia.

See also family DG, a negro family living in Virginia, who may just have been related to the negro woman Phoebe, mentioned in James Fulcher's will.


The Fulcher family starting with Philip Fulcher, born around 1800 in Virginia. We first see him in the records when he married Jane Williams in Patrick, Virginia in 1846. They seem to have had three children together, George, Lucinda and James, with a Creed Fulcher showing in the 1850 census, aged 14 years - perhaps a child from another marriage. We have placed this family here for the simple reason that they are white and that they lived in Virginia, as are those in the CS tree. Whether there is a connection, we cannot determine. The family mainly stayed in Virginia but one branch migrated to North Carolina.




USA, Virginia, Georgia

George Washington visit, slave owners

Armistead, Hough/Huff, Coulson/Colson,



USA, Virginia, Patrick





The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher and his wife Frances. They had at least five children, with two sons that produced Fulcher grandchildren. One son, Robert stating in the census that he was born in 1788 in West Dereham.

Another son, Thomas Fulcher was born in West Dereham in 1780, and he married Honor Rowe. Their son James married Anne Muriel in Tilney, but was a widower and a farmer when he married again, this time in Hunstanton in 1876.  His second wife, Susan, née Hensby, was also widowed, and was some 25 years younger than James. She bore him three further children, her last at age 41.

Then we have Thomas Robert who married Annie Cook in 1883. Annie had two children, 14 years apart. Thomas had managed to catch her, a second time. Planned or a surprise?

Most of the grandchildren were born in Terrington, but, as usually happens, people drifted away to find work further afield as mechanisation of farming reduced the amount of labour needed.

  • Private Harry Henry Fulcher, of 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, died of his wounds on 16th November 1916 in Iraq, aged 28. His birth was registered in 1888 as Harry Hurn, son of James and Harriet Hurn. It appears that he used the name Fulcher, which was that of his paternal grandmother Sarah Fulcher, for some unknown reason.


NORFOLK, West Dereham, Tilney, Hunstanton, Terrington, Clenchwarton


rope maker, war hero

Rowe, Harrison, Bunting, Murrell, Hensby, Hurn, Neep, George, Hufton, Bean, Wharfe, Kelton, Cook, Styles, Twindley, Burton, Roberts, Slingsby



The Fulcher family starting with Richard William Fulcher, who married Sophie d'Urban in Shotesham in 1789. The document showed that the marriage was by licence and that Richard came from Great Massingham. Both died before 1838, so we have no census records to tell us more about them. Richard's parents were Thomas and Mary, and in Thomas' will proved in 1806, much information is given about the family. We learn that Thomas was a surgeon and that his son Richard was a farmer.

Richard and Sophia's son John was privately baptised in 1793 at Shotesham St Mary and St Botolph with St. Martin, Norfolk. John married Ann Louisa Brown in Norwich. He became a surgeon, like his grandfather before him, and they lived in Hingham.

Some have suggested that their son John is the same John Fulcher that married Kezia Stone in family BP. This seems unlikely, as the latter John was an agricultural labourer, they lived over 20 miles away from Shotesham and, with an 1808 marriage, John would have been 15 years old when he married.

Their son Richard emigrated to America and raised a large family with his wife Esther, née Bridgman. He became a lawyer.

Another son, Thomas, became a clergyman. He was baptised in Thurston in 1801. Thomas' monumental insciption in Old Buckenham Church tells us that Thomas was a Bachelor of Arts and was curate and then vicar of the church for 64 years, and he died in 1888 at the age of 88. He did marry but there appear to have been no children.

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883 tells us that Old Buckenham 'is a large village of detached houses, skirting a pleasant green of 40 acres, shaded with trees, and distant about 2 miles N. by W. of New Buckenham, and 3 miles S. by E. of Attleborough. It is in Guiltcross union, Attleborough county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Shropham hundred, Guiltcross and Shropham petty sessional division, Attleborough polling district of South Norfolk, Rockland rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 1146 inhabitants in 1881, living on 4986 acres, and has a rateable value of £7566...... The Parish CHURCH (All Saints) is an ancient thatched edifice, comprising nave, chancel, north aisle, and octagonal tower with six bells; and was reseated in 1859. The perpetual curacy, now worth £100 per annum, is in the patronage of the inhabitants, and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Fulcher, B.A. It was augmented by a parliamentary grant of £800, in 1769, and £200 given by William Holbeck, Esq., in 1768.

The family tree only produced Fulcher daughters, no Fulcher males, so the Fulcher name died out.



NORFOLK, Great Massingham, Shottesham St Mary and St Botoph with St. Martin, Old Buckenham, Thurston, Hingham

USA - Michigan

clergyman, perpetual curacy, surgeon, lawyer

D'Urban, Bridgman


see also CH, where Thomas Fulcher, perpetual curate of Old Buckenham recorded several Fulcher baptisms and burials. Probably only a coincidence of names.


Vincent 2


The Fulcher family starting with George Fulcher, born 1812 and his wife Hannah, née Vincent, who lived in Marylebone and raised at least nine children. Two of their sons married sisters with the name Grant, one of them, with the unusual biblical name of Tahpenes.

We have combined the two Fulcher families here as George and Hannah's son Nathaniel William Fulcher, born in 1840 in Rickmansworth (although his siblings were born in Marylebone too), married Charlotte Fulcher, born 1839 in Marylebone. She was the daughter of William Fulcher, born 1815, in St Georges, Middlesex and his wife Martha, née Rogers. It was one big Marylebone family.

Harold Wilfred Fulcher was born Harold Wilfred Leman, to parents Joseph Henry and Harriet Leman, in 1893. Harriet married George Vincent Fulcher in 1898. However, Joseph Henry and Harriet had their son Harold Wilfred Leman baptised in Islington in 1900. When Harold was married, he gave George Vincent Fulcher as his father. We found that Harriet had divorced her husband in 1896, on the grounds of his adultery and his cruelty towards her. She was given custody of Harold and his sister Florence. They must have come together in 1900 to have their son Harold baptised, for their son's sake. Surprisingly, they enjoined again for the adult baptism of their daughter Florence, in 1917. Harold died during war service in 1918.

Edgar William Fulcher emigrated to Canada in 1921, at the age of 17 years, with £40 in his pocket, his passage paid by his parents and with a wish to 'take up farming'. He went on to marry four times.  

  • Corporal Harold Wilfred Fulcher (born Leman), of the 977th M T Company (Norwich), Army Service Corps, died at military headquarters in Norwich, of an unspecified illness, on the 21st July 1918. He was buried nearer home in Hammersmith. He left a wife and a young child.


MIDDLESEX, St Georges, Marylebone, Paddington

HERTFORDSHIRE, Rickmansworth

CANADA, Quebec, Kelowna, British Columbia


Fulcher/Fulcher marriage


tobacconist, divorce, war hero, geengrocers

Vincent, Rogers, Fulcher, Grant, Bicknell, Leman




The Fulcher family starting with Thomas Fulcher and his wife Mary Ann, née Edwards. Thomas is shown as deceased when their son Thomas was baptised in Westminster in 1835. They had married in Camden in 1829. So, we have a dead end, as we can go no further back with Thomas' life. They had at least three children, with their son Thomas Samuel dying as an infant. They named their next son Thomas, who was later to marry Eleanor Winks in St Pancras in 1863. Thomas became a schoolteacher and they lived in Peasenhall, Suffolk in their later years.

Thomas and Eleanor had seven children (according to the 1911 census), with two Thomas Samuel Fulchers. The first died as an infant, with the next son taking the same name. However, the 1881 census shows Eleanor working as a servant, with no sign of her husband.

A mystery!


LONDON, Westminster, St Pancras

servant, schoolmaster, proof reader

Edwards, Winks, Butler, Wilson




The Fulcher family starting with William Major Fulcher, born 1787 in Southminster, and his wife Annis, née Gridley. We see them both in the 1851 cesus, living in Great Wakering, William and agricultural labourer. His baptism gives his mother's name as Mary Fulcher, so this suggests that he was illegitimate. Their son William was a publican and is shown living at the White Hart Iinn, in Wakering in 1851 and in 1861, with his wife Sarah and their three children.


ESSEX, Southminster, Latchingdon

Gridley, Tanner, Burgess, Buxton

publican, farmer

DNA broken


The Fulcher family starting with Edmund Fulcher, baptised in 1753 in Stanhoe with Barwick, Norfolk, and his wife Mary, née Bowen. They had at least seven children. One son, William, born 1785 in West Newton with Appleton, and his wife Mary, née Lincoln, taking the Fulcher line a further generation with at least four children, all born in Litcham, from 1817 to 1837. Their three sons, each had Fulcher children, most of them also born in Litcham, the youngest son, John becoming a publican, running the Anglesea Arms, Bromley Kent. in 1871. The early family were mainly agricultural labourers.

The 1891 census shows that George Arthur Fulcher was a sergeant in the Royal Artillery, Coast Brigade, and his younger brother Alfred was a clerk at the Royal Arsenal, both living with their widowed mother in Woolwich. By 1911 George was a captain in the Royal Garrison Artillery stationed in Woolwich. Alfred remained in a clerical position, with the 1911 census showing the birth of his son Malcolm Fraser Fulcher, who was later to be killed in action in Italy.

  • Sapper Robert William Fulcher, of the 577 Army Field Company, Royal Engineers, died 19th December 1943 at the age of 29 years. Buried at the Sangro River War Cemetery in Italy.
  • Lieutenant Malcolm Fraser Fulcher, of the 64 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, died 23rd February 1944, at the age of 33. Buried in the Anzio War Cemetery, Italy.


NORFOLK, Stanhoe With Barwick, West Newton with Appleton, Litcham

KENT, Bromley, Woolwich

Publican, soldiers, war heroes

Mason, Bowen, Lincoln, Smith, Riches, Gibson, Ashton, Pearson, Sizeland, Howell, Fraser, Cook, Seaman


The Fulcher family starting with Aaron Fulcher and his wife Elizabeth, née Seamon. Aaron was born in Norwich in 1734 and we know of one surviving son, Robert, born 1772 in Norwich. This Robert lived in Hull, for a time, and we assume is the Captain Robert Fulshar that is listed in a local directory in Hull in 1822. He married Catherine Ryall in 1790, and their son, John Nordaby Fulcher, was born in 1798 in Hull, became a cabinet maker and was living in Westminster in 1841, 1851 and 1861. He and his wife Isabella, née Cooke, had at least ten children, all taking the name Fullcher, not Fulcher.

This spelling falls outside our record collection, so this will need further research at some time.

We received an email in April 2022 from Brad Wray, which stated, 'My great-great grandmother's name was Emma Fullcher (1837-1910). I know she died in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her husband's name was John Noble Landen (b. 1837). Emma's father was John Nordaby Fullcher (1798-1870). He lived and died in England. Emma's mother was Isabella Cooke (1798-1867). She too lived and died in England. John N. Fullcher's father, I think, was Robert Fulcher (b.about 1772) - he was from Norwich. And his wife was Catherine Ryall (1768-1852). I think Robert's parents were: Aaron Fulcher and Elizabeth Tuffield. Does this fit into any of the family history you know about?'.


NORFOLK, Norwich


LONDON, Westminster

Fullcher, not Fulcher. Also Fulshar, Fulsher.

cabinet maker

Seamon, Ryall, Nordaby, Cooke, Collings, Lampard

 26 families, 27 'C' trees, 1843 people.
11 with records starting in Norfolk, 7 in Suffolk, 2 in Essex, 2 in Middlesex, 1 in London, 1 in Cambridgeshire, 1 in Lincolnshire, 1 in the USA.




The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher, born around 1816, place and parentage unknown, and his wife Jane Ann, née Chaplin. We don't see James on any of the census records, but he is mentioned in baptism records relating to their children. We also know that he was a sailor, as the 1851 census states that Jane was a 'sailor's wife'. Jane was born in Ipswich, as were all of their children. They had at least ten children, with two of their sons raising Fulcher families.

The 1881 Census shows the two brothers aboard the merchant vessel 'Tam o' Shanter', with Charles William Fulcher as 'Master', and his younger brother, Ernest Robert Chaplin Fulcher, as 'Mate'.

On the 1891 census for Guernsey, Ernest was shown as Master of the 'Sunbeam', with a crew of five. In 1901, he was Master of of the 'Enterprise', with a crew of three, one of whom was one of his sons, Ernest Charles Fulcher, then an 'Able Bodied Seaman'. Another of his sons, Edward Harry Fulcher also became a merchant seaman, who attained his Master's certificate in 1913.

Charles was Master of the cargo carrying 'Shark' in 1893, with a crew of seven, mainly docking in Hull, Boston Wisbech, Leith. He died the following year, in 1894, aged 45 years, his gravestone giving his name as Captain Charles William Fulcher.

There are several families in our collection with Fulcher sons born around 1816, in Ipswich, but we can see nothing that connects this one with any of them.


SUFFOLK, Ipswich



sailors, master mariners, Merchant Navy

Chaplin, Alliker, Nathan, Ainscough, Williams



The Fulcher family starting with William Fulcher born around 1811, a sawyer, and his wife Eliza, née Randall who came from Kirton. They had at least six children, with the two sons producing grandsons. Their son John, in 1871, was an iron founder and an army reserve, which is perhaps how he met his Irish wife Esther. Their son became a boot maker. Their other son, Robert, in 1871, was an engineer, later working as a teacher of engineering. In 1891 he was an electrical instrument maker, in 1901 a painter and artist. By 1911, both he and his second wife Margaret were inmates at 'The Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Heeley Bank, Sheffield - Home for the Aged Poor.'

Stanley John Fulcher, the illegitimate son of Ada Fulcher, seems to have emigrated to Canada. In Canadian records he was shown as Stanley Leslie, not Stanley John, his father John Fulcher. He may be the same Stanley Laird Fulcher mentioned in other records in Ontario, claiming Scots descendants. A Walter Mitty character?


SUFFOLK, Newbourne, Kirton, Woodbridge, Melton


YORKSHIRE, Sheffield

CANADA, Ontario

sawyer, foundry worker, army reservist, bootmaker, engineer, teacher, artist

Randall, Lockyer, Boyne


The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, born 1771, and his wife Charlotte, née Shimmans, born 1799. They were both widowed when they married in Gorlestone, in 1831. They had at least four children together, with the one son, George, marrying and having sons. Both this George and his son George were fishermen.


SUFFOLK, Gorleston


Shimmans, Candler, Tills


The Fulcher family starting with Samuel Fulsher/Fulcher, place and date of birth unknown, and his wife Alice, née Gadsby. We have found no marriage for them, but we start to see them raising a large family in Holbeach, Lincolnshire. We needed to research people as Fulsher and Fulcher, although the name became Fulcher as time went on. 

Of their children, their son, Daniel Fulcher, born in Holbeach in 1810, and his wife Elizabeth, née Flowerday, raised at least nine children in Holbeach, and were farm labourers.

One of Daniel's children was Samuel, who, in the 1911 census is shown living with his wife Harriet, and one John Alfred Fulcher, nephew to Samuel Fulcher, described as unable to work, an imbecile. Whilst John Alfred's birth is recorded in the GRO, it does not give a mother's maiden name, so we do not know where he fits in the tree. Presumably, one of Samuel's sisters or nieces had an illegitimate child. John Alfred died in Holbeach in 1920. His birth certificate would reveal who his mother was, and which would enable us to add him to the family tree, where he belongs.

 Another of Samuel and Alice's sons, John, born 1821, was difficult to place at first, as we could find no baptism for him. We did find the baptism for John Fulsher, not Fulcher, which confirmed his existence. We were relying on his naming his father as Samuel on his marriage certificate, the fact that he came from Holbeach, and that his first child was named Alice. There was also a son John, aged 15, living with an Alice Fulcher in the 1841 census. John and his wife Susannah, née Ward, raised a family of at least seven children in Holbeach.

They had three prolific sons, producing male Fulcher children. Of these, Daniel, born 1852, and his wife Sarah Ann, née Croft, raised 12 children, four sons marrying and perhaps producing more sons ( this is a one-name study, so it is the Fulcher males that we are concentrating on). One of their sons, Arthur Daniel Fulcher, emigrated to Canada.

Another son of John and Susannah was John, who married Mary Ann Sacker. They had at least seven children together and, when John died in 1891, his widow appears to have kept on producing children, at least four more, father(s) unknown. Mary Ann never could quite her age right. She came close in the 1911 census, but said she was 77 in the 1939 register, instead of the 87 she undoubtably was.


LINCOLNSHIRE, Holbeach, Gedney, Whaplode, Spalding


CANADA, Ontario

imbecile (mystery)

pea pickers (seasonal work that coincided with the census time)

Flowerday, Lambert, Yallop, Markley/Markillie, Peach, Bourne, Rudkin, Croft, Sacker, Rhodes


Also frequent use of the name spelled Fulsher in the 1800s, although it became Fulcher.



The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher, baptised in Diss, Norfolk in 1766 to parents Thomas and Mary, and his wife Mary Ellis. We couldn't find any siiblings for James being baptised in Diss, at around that time. Their son Robert became a farmer and married Susannah Mears, raising a family in Great Ellingham. They had at least seven children, with one son, Robert James marrying Elizabeth Cooper and producing a next generation of Fulchers. Robert and Elizabeth had at least four children, two of the sons providing at least 22 Fulcher grandchildren from 1884 to 1912. They were all mostly farm workers.


NORFOLK, Diss, Bressingham, Great Ellingham, Deopham, Hackford, Morby, Mulbarton


Ellis, Mears, Cooper, Reynolds, Eagling, Kingshott, Rudd


The Fulcher family starting with Thomas Fulcher, of Heigham near Norwich, a tanner, and his wife Susan née Claxton, who were married in Norwich in 1802. They had at least four children, all baptised in Heigham. Their son Samuel became a shoemaker and married Rachel Thompson. They had at least 12 children.

There is a mystery here as, one of Samuel and Rachel's children, Samuel was born in 1859, but appears to have died in 1861. He is mentioned in the 1861 census and it seems probably that he died soon after. Rachel was probably pregnant with a son, whom they also named Samuel, born in 1861. This second Samuel gave his dead brother Samuel's 1859 birthdate in 1939.

The 1871 census entry for the family appears to be missing.

Another Samuel Fulcher, this one born 1885, arrived in Canada in 1907 and married soon after, and raised three sons.


NORFOLK, Norwich, Heighton

CANADA, Manitoba

tanner, shoemaker, carter

Claxton, Thompson, Fuller, McFadzen


The Fulcher family starting with William Fulcher and his wife Eliza, née Smith. According to the 1880 US census, William was born around 1850 in Virginia and they were then living in Cople, Westmoreland, Virginia, with their four children. We think that they had at least eight children, as later censuses showed younger children born until 1888. Eliza died in Cople at the age of 40 in 1892. William married again, Levinia, although her date of birth varies widely in the 1900 (b 1850), 1910 (b 1875) and 1920 (b 1885) censuses. That could have simply been a matter of vanity, not wishing to divulge the true age. However, Levinia's eldest child, Maggie, was born around 1893 and her youngest, Rosa, was born around 1903, so, 1875 would probably have been the most likely date. In the 1910 census, Levinia stated that she had borne eight children, which fits with what we have found. The 1900 census is misleading as it states that she had borne nine children, but only seven had survived. This showed seven children in the household, of which four were from William's first marriage to Eliza.

William appears to have had at least 30 Fulcher named grand-children from his sons, with his daughters, no doubt, providing him with many more grand-children. As we only follow the male line, we cannot give better details than this. The family appears to have remained quite firmly located in and around Cople, VA.

The family became a large one and we have benefitted in our research with details given in obituaries by the 'African-American Funeral Programs'. We are confused by some of the names, presumed to be pet-names rather than official ones, but we have managed to follow most of the lines.

We assume that William was a slave and that we only know of him from 1880 because individuals who are listed by name on the 1850 or 1860 federal census population schedule were almost certainly free. Those who were enslaved were included on a separate schedule called a “slave schedule,” which includes only the names of the enslavers and the age, sex, and color of enslaved individuals. Individuals who gained their freedom after the Civil War may appear within a list of married couples or children on a “Register of Colored Persons… cohabiting together as Husband and Wife on 27th February 1866,” better known as a cohabitation register. Enslaved individuals could not legally marry, so these registers served to legalise marriages that occurred prior to the end of the Civil War. These registers usually included names of former enslavers, where individuals resided, and where they were born.

The US records are very different to the UK ones. Whilst their census records bring us up to 1950 (currently), as opposed to the UK's 1921, their birth, marriage and death records are not so easily searched as they are in the UK. One particular benefit to researchers is that the US records show the race of the person, up to at least 1940, so we can easily identify lines of descent on a race basis.

See also family CS, where a slave owner in Virginia passes-on a negro woman named Phoebe, and her three children, as possessions in his will. Could Phoebe have been William's grandmother?



USA, Virginia, Westmoreland, Cople

negro slave, farmer

Smith, Jones



The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, born 1812 in Hertfordshire, and his wife Sarah, née Vallins. He joined the Royal Navy in 1830, serving aboard various ships, but becoming a coast guard in 1835. The census records him as a coastguard in Kent in 1841, 1851 and 1861. Two of their sons, James and John, both went to sea. There appear to be no male Fulchers to carry on the name to the modern day.

James married Caroline Mumbray and they had at least four children, Their only son died in infancy. The 1881 census show James and Caroline as a married couple, with James' brother John living with them. James died from an accident, on board his ship Orleans, in December 1881, and, so it appears, his brother John, later, took Caroline as his wife. The 1901 census shows them as man and wife. Also in 1901, John was master of the 408 ton Sea Gull, stating that he was married. The 1911 census, shows that John and Caroline had been married for 22 years, suggesting that they became a couple in 1889. We could find no marriage for them though.

It is possible that John Fulcher, born 1812, is the same John Fulcher that is mentioned in the will of Algernon Green Fulcher, family MA. However, we can find no record that would confirm that. There are several clues with children's names, but nothing more.



KENT, Greenwich, Cliffe

DURHAM, Hartlepool

SUFFOLK, Alderton

coast guard, mariner, seamen, sawyer, two brothers/same wife

Vallins, Ferguson, Mumbray

possible link to MA


The Fulcher family starting with Robert Fulcher, born around 1791, and his wife Mary, née Laws. They had a son John, born around 1822 in Littleport, Cambridgeshire. Robert was an agricultural labourer. We don't know of any other children, the 1841 census only showing John, aged 19 years. John married Mary Padget, although we cannot find a marriage record for them. John and Mary had at least nine children, with only one son giving them Fulcher grandchildren. One of their sons, William, was being held as a prisoner in a jail in Market Street, Ely, at the time of the 1871 census. There were 26 other males being held, which inluded two others from Littleport. We next see him posted as a deserter from the Royal Artillery at Shorncliffe aged 20 years, in 1876. What happened to him? Some of John and Mary's children's births were not registered, so we assume that officialdom was not an important part of their lives.



SUFFOLK, Mildenhall

prisoner, army deserter

Laws, Padget, Cawthorn, Harley


The Fulcher family starting with Richard Fulcher, a labourer, and his wife Sarah. At the non-conformist baptisms of their children, from 1806 onwards, Richard was variously described as being of Wherstead, Ipswich and Chelmondiston. They had three sons, Jabez, Jude and Joshua. Only Joshua appears to have married and had children. Joshua's son William became a brickmaker. The family were mostly born in and worked in Stowmarket.


SUFFOLK, Wherstead, Chelmondiston, Ipswich, Stowmarket

brickmaker, cordite worker, butler

Mills, Macro, Robinson, Plummer, Lucas


The Fulcher family starting with Mary Ann Fulcher, who is a complete mystery. We don't know whether that was her maiden or her married name. We first see her in the 1851 census as a visitor to a home in Little Stonham, a farm labourer's widow, born around 1820 in Broome, Suffolk. She had a son, William, who was born around 1851 in Stonham Parva, but who had become the stepson of John Marjoram, by the time of the 1861 census. William was baptised in December 1851 in Little Stonham, and just Mary Ann Fulcher was named as the parent, suggesting that William was illegitimate. When William married in 1878, he gave his father's name as James Fulcher, farmer, on the marriage certificate. William married Louisa Kimber and they had eight children, according to the 1911 census, but no Fulcher grandchildren.


SUFFOLK, Broome, Little Stonham, Stonham Parva



The Fulcher family of Aaron Fulcher, born in 1786 in Lowestoft, and his wife Mary, née Burgess. They were married in Lowestoft in 1803, with the records stating that Aaron was of Neatishead and Mary of Lowestoft. Their first son, William, was baptised in Lowestoft in 1806, but who died at the age of 7 years. They had at least seven children. Aaron was apprenticed as a cordwainer in 1803, and this trade was in accord with the marriage certificate for his daughter Esther. We have no idea when or where he was born.

In 1814, Aaron was described as a cordwainer and an inn keeper. By 1816 he was a publican and in 1820, he was described as an inn-keeper. By 1850, he was back to being a shoemaker, according to his daughter Harriet's marriage certificate.

We have no idea when or where Aaron was born.

Their son William (the second), was baptised in 1814 and also became a cordwainer/shoemaker. He married Mary Haylock and they had at least four children. One of their children, William, born 1851, married and raised a famly in Sunderland.


NORFOLK, Lowestoft, Neatishead

DURHAM, Sunderland

cordwainer, shoe maker, inn keeper

Burgess, Haylock, Errington, Morgan



The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, born 1833 in Rawreth, Essex. He married two sisters, first Sarah Ann Mascall, and then her younger sister Elizabeth Mascall. Between them all they had at least nine children.


ESSEX, Rawreth, Rochford



The Fulcher family starting with Nathaniel Fulcher, born 1789 in Occold, and his wife Harriet, née Scott. In 1851, he was a farmer of 126 acres of land in Stonham Aspell and employing four men. They had at least eight children. We know that Nathaniel's parents were John and Mary, but we do not know anything more that about them. Occold is about 10 miles away from Stonham Aspell. Two of Nathaniel and Harriet's sons became farmers, employing local men and boys, persumably tenant farmers on leased land. This was a true farming family.



SUFFOLK, Occold, Stonam Aspell, Winston


Scott, Stedman, Taylor, Race, Cook,



The Fulcher family starting with Samuel Fulcher, born 1819 in Diss, Norfolk, and his wife Maria, née Foreman. They appear to have only had one child, Jesse Fulcher, in 1842. Samuel died at the age of 30 and Maria remarried, raising son Jesse with her new husband. Jesse married Emma Nunn and they had eight children, with seemingly no Fulcher grandsons. Thus the family name died out.



plumber, glazier, decorator, shopkeeper

Roper, Foreman, Nunn



The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher and his wife Jane, née Woodhouse, who married in Norwich in 1787. The banns of marriage stated that James was of Great Yarmouth. Their son, Samuel Barnard Fulcher, married Ann Fulcher (same surname) and they had at least four children, all daughters.

One of the daughters, Elizabeth's baptism record states that Samuel was a cooper.

One of the daughters, Maria, born in Yarmouth in 1827, who had at least two illegitimate sons, Charles Samuel Pye Fulcher in 1849, and Walter Pye Fulcher in 1851. Both used Pye as their surname in various census years. However, Charles was Charles Samuel Fulcher when he married Hannah Grimmer in Yarmouth in 1871, his father's name left blank. He was a shipwright and they both gave addresses from the 'Yarmouth rows'. His mother married Charles Samuel Pye in 1852 and they had children together. So, the big question is, who was Charles' father, Pye, or unknown?


NORFOLK, Norwich, Great Yarmouth

KENT, Sheppey

cooper, mariner, shipwright, fish merchant

Grimmer, Pye, Blake


The Fulcher family starting with Uriah Fulcher and Mary Spooner.

In 1797, Mary had an illegitimate son who was named Uriah Fulcher Spooner and who was baptised in Drayton, Norwich in 1797. We assume that Uriah's father was Uriah Fulcher, who later married Mary Spooner. The 1841 census shows Uriah Fulcher, aged 79 years, an army pensioner, living with his son Samuel, baptised in 1800, and a Rebecca Fulcher, aged 30, a presumed daughter of Uriah and Mary.

Uriah Fulcher Spooner, a dyer, married Dinah Philips. Uriah and Dinah had two sons, both called Uriah Fulcher Spooner, one born and dying in 1821 and the second one born in 1825 and dying in 1826. Uriah and Dinah had another son, who was Thomas Fulcher Spooner, born 1825 in Norwich, but later changed to Thomas Spooner Fulcher. Indeed, he married Charlotte Brereton as Thomas Fulcher Spooner, but later was to become known simply as Thomas Fulcher.

Thomas and Charlotte Fulcher had at least ten children, the older ones born in Norwich and then moving to St Pancras in London. There was one Fulcher grandson, but the Fulcher name died out with him.

In 1802, Uriah and Mary ('late Spooner spinster') Fulcher had a son named Matthias baptised. We could find no marriage between them, hence perhaps the cleric's use of the word 'spinster'. They did, in fact, marry in Drayton in 1804. Matthias was also known as Matthew, both versions of his name being used in later decades. He married Elizabeth Able in 1823 but, by the time of the 1861 census, we see Matthias living alone, a widower and a weaver by trade. Soon after the census, he married Mary Evans, some 19 years his junior. The 1871 census sees him as an inmate, married, in 'The Great Hospital, a charitable institution, for the maintenance of aged men and women'. By 1881, he was living with his wife Mary, both inmates in 'The Great Hospital, a charitable institution, for the maintenance of aged men and women'. He died in 1884. Mary reverted to life as a widow, a washerwoman in the 1891 census.


DNA broken?

NORFOLK, Drayton, Norwich

LONDON, St Pancras, Camden Town


dyer, weaver

Spooner, Philips, Brereton


Possible confusion with the Matthias Fulcher born in Norwich in 1799, our family code AN, who became a gardener/trusser.



The Fulcher family starting with Charles Fulcher, born around 1795 in Spitalfield, Middlesex, a silk weaver, and his wife Susan, née Butler. They were living in Bethnal Green in 1851, but Charles emigrated to the USA in 1853, leaving Susan behind. We have a record that Charles and his son Andrew were on the ship Hendrik Hudson, docking in New York in 1853. Their son, Richard, had emigrated to the USA aboard the Hendrik Hudson in September 1852, so we assume that he sent back word that there were opportunities for his father there. Richard had enlisted in September 1862 as a soldier on the Union side, for the Civil War (1861 - 1865).

Their son Charles Henry, born in 1821, became a hawker and remained in Bethnal Green until he died, choosing not to emigrate with the others of his family.

Their son Thomas William also emigrated to the USA in March 1869, aboard the SS Atalantic, together with his mother Sarah (joining her husband after a 16 year separation), his wife Martha and children, Martha, Sarah, Elizabeth and Harriet.

Samuel Fulcher married Sarah Rolfe in and they had at least six children. Tragically, five of those children died as infants, with only one, a son named Frederick surviving into adulthood. In 1869, Samuel, Sarah and their son Frederick also emigrated to the USA, also aboard the SS Atalanta, but in October 1869. They lived in New Jersey, Samuel being in the hat industry. Frederick followed in the same trade.

In total, four of the sons of Charles and Susan Fulcher, emigrated to the USA. A true emigration success story for this branch of the Fulcher family.


LONDON, Bethnal Green, Hackney

USA, New Jersey


infant mortality, silk weavers, hatters

Butler, Rolfe, Boin



The Fulcher family starting with Richard and Mary Fulcher, whose child John Fulcher was baptised in Ely Trinity, Cambridge in 1801. John was a bricklayer's labourer in 1851, when he listed a James Fulcher as his brother, some 23 years younger than him. Mary Fulcher was probably too old to have borne James, so there is a mystery here. John appears to have married twice, his first wife Elizabeth, née Woods presumably died, as his second wife, Elizabeth Seekins, he married in 1847. This second Elizabeth was over 20 years younger than John and she seems to have cuckolded John by taking up with one Ephraim Parnell, with whom she appears to have had three children, all given the surname Fulcher. When John died in 1875, Ephraim and Elizabeth were married.

John had children with his first wife Elizabeth and this led to at least four great grandsons, all born between 1910 and 1919, to carry on the Fulcher family name to recent times.

Elizabeth Seekins' sister married a Fulcher from family BF.



WALES, Pembroke

coprolite picker, sailor, cuckold

(Ephraim Parnell)

Seekins, Woods, Williams, Knight


The Fulcher family starting with Henry Fulcher, born c1797 and his wife Elizabeth, née Elliot, who were married in Diss, Norfolk in 1818. Henry was described as a farmer. They had at least four sons, but no Fulcher grandsons. A peculiarity of this family tree is with one of their daughters, Maria Elizabeth, who married an Albert Newdick. She appears to have had at least nine children, but registering five of them as Fulchers, not Newdicks. There seems to be no pattern, or obvious reason for it, and all of the children in later life to the name Newdick, thus disappearing from our research in the Fulcher surname.



Elliot, Newdick


The Fulcher family starting with George Fulcher born around 1777 at Caston, Norfolk, a farmer, and his wife Mary, née Eade, born around 1797 at Carlton Colville, Suffolk. They raised at least five children, all taking a middle name of Eade. Their one son, George Eade Fulcher, born in Carlton Colville in 1838, married Elizabeth Baker and they raised their family there. George, like his father, was a farmer and, in 1881, farmed 43 acres, employing one man and one boy. His sister Elizabeth, married a blacksmith and they lived nearby in 1881. His elder sister Mary appears to have emigrated to the USA where she lived with her husband in Utah. A Mormon connection!

George and Elizabeth had at least four children, three girls and one son, also George Eade Fulcher. He too became a farmer, perhaps farming the same land as handed down through his grandfather and father before him, marrying Alice and raising six children.



SUFFOLK, Carlton Colville



Eade, Baker, Bedwell



The Fulcher family starting William Fulcher, born in Southminster, Essex in 1804, presumed to be illegitimate, the son of Elizabeth Fulcher. He married Ann Wright in 1826. William became a soldier, a private in the 3rd Guards, when his daughter Rachel was baptised in 1827. His Chelsea Pension record shows that he left the Scots Fusilier Guards in 1836. They had at least five children and, by 1861, ran the Victory pub in Marylebone.

Their son George stated that he was born at the Tower of London in the 1861 census and that he was a Hackney Carriage driver. George married Susannah Davis and they had at least four daughters and one son. William their son became a 'marble mason' in London and, he and his wife Elizabeth, née Davis, had at least eleven children. As far as we can tell, there were no male Fulchers born after 1900, so this Fulcher family tree expired.


ESSEX, Southminster


MIDDLESEX, Westminster, Bassishaw, Clerkenwell, St Pancras

soldier, publican, marble mason

Wright, Davis



The Fulcher family starting with James Fulcher born around 1793 in Bury St Edmunds, and his wife Jane, née Rutherford, who was from Scotland. Where they met, we can ony guess, but it was probably as a result of military activities. We see from the 1851 census that James was a pensioner, of the 4th or Kings [regiment]. This is confirmed by the 1841 and 1861 censuses. They married in 1829 in Lanark, Scotland. They had at least seven children, although, seemingly, no Fulcher grandchildren, raising their family in Bury St Edmunds.

It is only in modern times today that we see the importance of the fact that James fought at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, as we have a record of his Waterloo Medal, which shows that he was:


James Fulcher




1st Battalion 4th (or Kings Own) Regiment

Sub Unit

Captain Fletcher's Company No.3.

Records show that he was born in 1793, had enlisted at the age of 18 in 1811, and had been discharged at the age of 38, in 1831.

In 1751, the official title 'The King’s Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)', changed to the 4th (The King’s Own) Regiment of Foot, recognising its status as the fourth oldest line infantry regiment in the British Army. Evacuated to England after the Battle of Corunna in 1809, it returned to the Peninsula in 1810, seeing action at Badajoz (1812), Salamanca (1812), Vitoria (1813) and San Sebastian (1813). It then carried the fight across the Pyrenees into France. It was in North America again in 1814, this time fighting in the War of 1812 (1812-15), but was back home in time to fight at Waterloo (1815).


SUFFOLK, Bury St Edmunds

Waterloo hero



The Fulcher family starting with the illegitimate birth of Charles David Fulcher, registered in 1885 in Marylebone and baptised at St John´s Wood, St Mark, Westminster with mother's name shown as Mary Jane Fulcher. The 1891 and 1891 censuses both show him as a boarder, so, presumably, his mother had chosen not to have him live with her. In both censuses, he is living with, or as neighbour to, Emma M Scragg, who was, presumably Charles' guardian - or perhaps his grandmother. The 1911 census sees him working as a waiter in a golf club (shown as Charles Henry, not Charles David). He married in Coulsdon, Surrey in 191, he had become a club steward and marrying Rosina May Larke. His marriage certificate showed no father's name. They had at least five children. Two of their sons, Cecil Eric and Norman Francis, died during WW2. We cannot find Mary Jane's birth family, so the tree is one of mystery.

  • Lance Bombardier Cecil Eric Fulcher of the 12 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery, died between 1st and 2nd October 1942 and is commemorated on teh Sai Wan Memorial in Hong Kong. His record shows that, on 25 Dec 1941, he was a British Prisoner of War, held in Japan or Japanese-Occupied Territory.
  • Ordinary Seaman Norman Francis Fulcher, serving aboard Royal Navy vessel H.M.S. Daffodil, died 18th March 1945. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial and was buried at Chatham.


LONDON, Marylebone, Westminster

SURREY, Coulsdon

war heroes



The Fulcher family starting with Thomas Sidney Fulcher, born 1870 in St Pancras and who married Elizabeth Slade in 1896 in Alverstoke, Hampshire. The first that we see of Thomas in the census is in 1881, when is ten years old and living with his mother Elizabeth Fulcher. He was probably illigitimate, father unknown. Elizabeth simply stated that she was born around 1847 in Suffolk, probably moving to London to have her child. The next we see of him is in the census for 1901 when he was living with his wife and two children. He was then serving in the Royal Navy, a sergeant in the marines, but stating that he was born in Gosport. However, the 1911 states that he was born in Pancras, which fits with an illegitimate birth in 1870. Elizabeth stated that she was born in St Pancras, although it seems more likely that she was born in or near Alverstoke.

By the time of the 1911 census, Thomas is living with his three children, Tom, Emily and Charlotte, with no sign of Elizabeth or the two other children, Edward and Adelaide. Where were they?

Their son Tom, married and raised at least ten children in the Portsmouth area, with one of those children emigrating to Australia.

This family is a mystery. There is a possible connection with a Seager family in the Gosport area.



LONDON, St Pancras

HAMPSHIRE, Gosport, Alverstoke, Portsmouth

AUSTRALIA, New South Wales

Royal Marines




The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, born around 1806, a haberdasher and hosier living in Shoreditch, London in 1841. He married Sally Chambers, in Shoreditch, by licence in 1832 and he died in 1849, the probate being by Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Clearly a man of means. He and Sally had at least four children, with at least one male Fulcher grandchild. However, that seems to have been the end of this Fulcher line. As John died in 1849, we don't get to see the 1851 census where his place of birth would have been given.


LONDON, Shoreditch

haberdasher, hosier

PCC will


26 families, 26 'D' trees, 1042 people.
8 with records starting in Norfolk, 8 in Suffolk, 2 in Essex, 1 in Hertfordshire, 1 in Lincolnshire, 2 in Cambridgeshire, 3 in London, 1 in USA. 


A, B, C and D.

105 families, 109 family trees, 6705 people

 43 with records starting in Norfolk, 28 in Suffolk, 9 in Essex, 8 in London, 4 in Cambridgeshire, 3 in Lincolnshire, 4 in the USA, 2 in Kent, 2 in Middlesex, 1 in Berkshire, 1 in Derbyshire, 1 in Hertfordshire.




The Fulcher family starting with Robert Fulcher and his wife Sarah, of Ipswich. We were lead to Robert by several mentions of him on the marriage certificates of his various children. He appears to have died in 1814, as he made a PCC will of that date and which was proved in that year. He names his wife as Sarah, but does not name his children, referring to them only as not yet having attained the age of 21 years. He described himself as a timber merchant of Ipswich. His will reveals considerable assets that he held, suggesting that he was a wealthy man when he died. We have found at least three sons, for whom middle names of Page and Baker have been variously used, which might suggest Sarah's maiden name - but we have no clear indication of that. We have found no actual records to his or Sarah's births, marriage or deaths, so that alone is a big mystery.

This is not an easy family line to follow, and we only have clues rather than structure. Much of this is probably due to connections with France and the military. We note that other researchers have far more information of their family trees, for which we can find no corroberative evidence. This is not unusual when dealing with wealthy individuals.

We see William Baker Fulcher, Commander East India Maritime Service, marrying Marie Henriette d'Amboise, he a bachelor, she a spinster, in Marylebone in 1839. He named his father as Robert Fulcher, esquire, and she named her father as being a vicomte. Later census records show that he was born around 1803 in Ipswich and Marie was a British subject, born in France. We can find no baptism for William. His presumed (the middle name of Baker is not written) Master's Certificate of Service, shows his birthdate in Ipswich in 1802, and that he had been in service in the Merchant Navy for 27 years in 1851, in foreign service. In 1861, William and Marie's son, William Henry, aged 20, was in the chief accountant's department of the Inland Revenue, Somerset House, London. At their wedding, a witness was an R P Fulcher, who we assume would have been Robert Page Fulcher, William's brother, a retired captain in the Bengal Army, born in 1810 in Ipswich.

Robert Page Fulcher first appears in records in 1823, when he marries in Cape Town, South Africa. His obituary in Colchester, Essex, dated 1884, gives his age as 83 years, meaning that he was born in 1801. He died in London and was buried in South Weald, Essex. We see him in the 1861 census, living as a lodger, a widower, aged 60, born in Ipswich, in Hanover Square, Middlesex.

Frederick Page Fulcher first appears in records in 1840, when he marries in Marylebone, Middlesex, aged 34, his wife aged 19 years, he an esquire and naming his father as Robert Fulcher, esquire. By 1841, they were in India, where his wife Georgina died in that same year. He died in London in 1853.

Edward Coope Fulcher, born 1855 in India, Lieutenant 12th Regiment of Her Majesty's Lancers, a bachelor, died in 1880 in Secunderabad, India. He was the brother of Arthur William Fulcher, then of Colchester, and a great grandson of Robert and Sarah Fulcher of Ipswich.

The 1901 census shows Gertrude Fulcher living with two of her children in Fyfield, Hampshire, the household including a housekeeper, cook, lady's maid, scullery maid, housemaid, footman, butler, hall boy.

George William Page Fulcher married in 1917 to Gladys Mary Finnis. He was then a lieutenant in the Indian Army and located with the British Expeditionary Forces in France.

  • Captain Arthur Guy Fulcher of the 1st Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry, died 5th May 1943 in Tunisia. Son of George William Page and Gladys Mary Fulcher.


SUFFOLK, Ipswich

ESSEX, Colchester

SUSSEX, Brighton




PCC will

timber merchant, gentlemen, Merchant Navy, war heroes, war dead

Page, Baker



The Fulcher family starting with Joseph Fulcher and Mary Gill, who had an illegitimate child named William in 1816, baptised in Saxlingham, Norfolk. William became a shoemaker and he married Mary Whitley in 1833. They had a daughter named Mary Ann, who provided them with five illegitimate grandchildren, before marrying Isaac Cullum and going on to have four more (legitimate) children. Some of her earlier children took the Cullum name for various censuses. It seems unlikely that Isaac was the father of the earlier children, as he is not named in marriage certificates, the spaces for father being left blank.

Mary Ann's son, Frederick William Fulcher (father unknown), married Jessie Banthorpe, who brought two young illegitimate sons to the marriage, both having been registered with the surname Banthorpe. The younger one, Frederick James Banthorpe, took the name Fulcher and was married as a Fulcher in 1901.

Frederick William and Jessie went on to have at least seven children, mostly daughters. One son, Walter Fulcher, born 1884, married and raised a family in Cornwall, where he worked as a tin miner. Their son Walter, was married, lived in Penzance and, in 1939, gave his occupation as a concreter and a nursery clockmaker.

Apart from the Penzance branch of the family, all the other members of the family were born grew up and died in the Saxlingham area. Mostly agricultural workers. There are plenty of illegitimate children in this tree, perhaps a case of fun and games during or after the harvest was brought in.


DNA broken?

NORFOLK, Saxlingham

shoemaker, tin miner in Cornwall, nursery clockmaker.

Gill, Whitley, Cullum, Banthorpe, Hook, Searle



The Fulcher family starting with William and Ann Fulcher who lived in the area of Flitcham, Norfolk. Their (assumed by us) son George Fulcher was born around 1797, although we can find no baptism record for him. We only know of George by the 1871 census, where his unmarried son Thomas was living with his aunt Elizabeth Gibson, daughter of William and Ann. George married Hannah Bateson in Norwich and they had at least seven children, all baptised in Flitcham.


NORFOLK, Flitcham


CH ?


The Fulcher family starting with Thomas A Fulcher, born 1833 in Arkansas, son of Elizabeth Fulcher, born around 1800 in Tennessee, and his wife Lou Ann, née Hudson. It is possible that Elizabeth was the Elizabeth Hudson who married a Thomas Fulcher in 1814, he being from South Carolina, but we cannot be sure that this is the correct Elizabeth. She appears in the 1840 census in Crawford, Arkansas, with no male Fulcher shown, although there were two young males and an older male, all unnamed. It appears that Elizabeth was of Crawford County, Arkansas, when she bought 40 acres of land in 1844, according to a land document.

Thomas and Lou Ann had at least five children, with their two sons producing large Fulcher dynasties.


USA, Tennessee, Arkansas Crawford, Texas San Saba County

Hudson, Moore, Thompson,

Connects with tree EE with the marriage of Roy Warnock Fulcher of this tree, and Marcella Fulcher from family tree EE.



The Fulcher family starting with John Fulcher, born 1798 in Tennessee, USA and his wife Mary Anne, née Hayes. They had at least seven children, all mostly born in Bell County, Texas. Their working lives appear to have been associated with raising stock, cattle and horses. One of their sons, Nathaniel Peter Fulcher, was born in 1842. He and his wife Laura Ann, née Brill, raised their own large family of at least nine children, three being sons. Their eldest son William Francis Fulcher, was to spend two years in prison for theft. Their second eldest son, Thomas Henry Fulcher, served a 25 year prison term for robbery of a mail train, aided and abetted by one of his sons. The third son, Carroll Kendrick Fulcher, seems to have learned from his errant male siblings and became a strong leader of his church.

It is a large family tree, but one branch, in particular, produced some criminals and involved one Fulcher being killed in a gang dispute.

The family lived mostly in Texas and Arizona, where the story unfolds, between the Arizona and New Mexico borders. The first part of our criminal branch story started in July 1922, near the Carlisle Mining Camp. There was a gun battle between the Bradberry and Fulcher Clans, where both Bate Bradbury and John Francis Fulcher were killed. Thomas Henry Fulcher, the father of John, was implicated in the affair, which came about after a mail robbery was committed by father and son Sidney. There was extensive coverage in the local newspapers, which we have transcribed and published in our research documentation.

An account of the family's criminal activities has been produced by Gwen Kubberness, whose blog is/was to be found (in Nov 2023) here:


USA, Tennessee, Texas Bell County

Farmers, stock raisers, deputy sheriff.

duelling, murder, bank robber, jail, suicide

Ermantrout, Brill, Hayes, Williams, Woods, Smith, Rayburn


Connects with tree ED with the marriage of Marcella Fulcher of this tree, and Roy Warnock Fulcher from family tree ED.


The Fulcher family starting with Edmund Fulcher, born 1800 in Patrick County, Virginia, USA, and his wife Nancy Nowlin. They were farmers and they raised at least six children, all sons. Those sons went on to have male Fulchers and the family got larger and larger. This large Fulcher family mainly confined itself to Virginia.

Peter H Fulcher was killed in battle, in 1864, aged 20 years, whilst serving with the Confederate Army.

It appears that Randolph Dewey Fulcher and his half sister Mary Evelyn Fulcher, were married in 1956. This needs to be checked.





USA, Virginia Patrick County, Michigan Richmond, Kentucky Pike County

farmers, killed in battle.

Illegal marriage?

Nowlin, Taylor, Rogers, Dalton, Shelton, Wood, Grady, Reynolds, Wiggington, Gravely, Younts, Spencer, Martin, Zigler, Hill, Livengood, Conrad, Walton.




The Fulcher family of John Fulcher, born around 1858 in King's Lynn and his wife Rose, née Thomas. John was a publican in 1901 and a travelling showman in 1911. Harcourt Fulcher's RAF record dated 1919 names his next of kin as his mother Dora. She would have been his step-mother. We can find no marriage for John and Rose, but they had several children together. Rose seems to have died around 1904, when John took Dora Meadows, some 23 years younger than him, as his wife, although, we can find no marriage for them. This family is quite mysterious, as we cannot determine who John's parents were or whether he married. Ethel was possibly the illegitimate child of Dora Meadows, with John, her step-father. We can find no record at GRO of children John or Ethel. It looks as if Norman was a patient in a mental hospital in 1939 in Canterbury, the same location as lived Dora and Maurice. It is all a puzzle to unravel.


NORFOLK, Kings Lynn


KENT, Canterbury

publican, traveller, showman, mystery

Thomas, Meadows



The Fulcher family starting with Joseph Fulcher, born 1817 in Badingham, Suffolk, and his wife Sarah Ann, née Dyson. His baptism record gave his parents as William and Mary, possibly née Basket. We cannot be sure about which Thomas this was, there being others of that name in the records.

There is a record of a Joseph Fulcher at Colne Barracks, Lancashire, a soldier, in the 1841 census, but we cannot be sure that it is him. It would fit with his next census appearance in 1851, living in Derbyshire, having married Sarah Ann Dyson in Derby in 1846. By 1861 he was a brewer's labourer, and his son, Arthur, a brewer's clerk. By 1871, he was a foreman in a brewery and Arthur was to be found in Dublin Ireland. Arthur married in Dublin and he and his wife Martha, née Giltrap, raised a family there. We see Arthur next in the 1911 England census, living back in Stoke on Trent, with his second wife Ellen, née Clarke. His first wife must have died and Arthur decide to return 'home'. He was then a pensioner, a brewer's clerk.

Whilst Arthur had four sons by his first marriage and a daughter by his second, only one son, Arthur Edwin Fulcher, born in Dublin in 1874, had children, two daughters. Thus this small Fulcher dynasty died out.


SUFFOLK, Badingham

DERBYSHIRE, Stoke on Trent



(possible ET connection)

brewery workers

Dyson, Giltrap



The Fulcher family of Joseph Fulcher, born in Lancashire around 1800 and his wife Mary, née Jowitt. The married in Manchester in 1825, Joseph was a widower. He became a warehouseman. They had at least four children, with one of them, a son named Joseph Hill Fulcher, both marrying in 1853 and serving a six month prison sentence for larceny. The 1861 census shows him as a book keeper, out of employment. He and his wife Georgiana had at least four children.


LANCASHIRE, Manchester

LONDON, Hampstead

warehouseman, bookeeper, criminal, railwayman


Jowitt, Atkinson, Able



The Fulcher family starting with William Henry Fulcher, born 1785 in North Carolina, USA, and his wife Ann Ford (Nancy), née Blaydes. They raised at least seven children in Virginia, and they were slave owners.


USA - North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia

John Coleman Fulcher married Darthula Fulcher from family EL


Coleman, Keys, Blaydes, Shaffer



The Fulcher family starting with Philip Fulcher born 1743 in Virginia, USA and his wife Jane, née Anderson. They had at least three children, one of whom, Alexander, was a physician. Another son, Philip, was a farmer in 1850. In the census of 1850, another son, Joseph Fulcher, was recorded as a butcher. They had a 50 year old black woman named Mahala, living with them in the 1850 census. Was she a slave or a 'free black'? One of their grand-daughter, Darthula, married a Fulcher from another Virginia family, but we cannot find any recent connection.


USA - Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, California

Darthula Fulcher married John Coleman Fulcher from family EK


Anderson, Woodfin, Lamb, Wisdom, Engleman, Vaughn



The Fulcher family of Moses Fulcher and his wife Elizabeth, née Folkard, who baptised their children at Raveningham in Norfolk. According to the 1841 census, Moses was born in Norfolk and Elizabeth was not. Both were born around 1770. Moses was a blacksmith, as too became his son Robert. We can follow the family tree down through seven generations to the modern day.


NORFOLK, Raveningham, Hemblington, Bungay

blacksmith, farmer

Folkard, Riches, Mickleburgh, Welton


Nelson County

The Fulcher family starting with John Andrew Fulcher born 1833 in Nelson County, Virginia, USA and his wife Mary Susan, née McCormick. John was killed in batttle in 1862. They had at least four children. Their two sons, John Andrew junior and Jacob Copeland, produced large Fulcher branches through following generations, all, seemingly, living their lives in Virginia.


USA - Virginia

Amherst County, Lynchburg City, Nelson County.

Civil War death

McCormick, Copeland, Jones, Tyree, Burley, Worley, Gowen, Almond



The Fulcher family starting with Oscar Fitzhugh Fulcher, born 1820 in Amherst County, Virginia, and his wife Mary Ann, nee Campbell. We cannot find any information about Oscar and this tree is small.


USA - Virginia

Amherst County.

Fulcher to Fulcher marriage, joining with tree EZ

Fitzhugh, Campbell, Tucker



Joseph Fulcher born 1821 in Ipswich and his wife Ellen, née Haugh. Joseph was a soldier and we see him in various military locations with Ellen. Their children all seem to have been born in different locations and were in schools during census years, making it hard to connect them to their parents. Their daughter Ellen was baptised in Fulford, Yorkshire in 1850, her father described as 'Private 2nd Dragoon Guards. We were able to determine Ellen's maiden name of Haugh from this birth entry at GRO. They were living in barracks. A daughter was born at sea, a son in Dublin, Ireland and another daughter in Leith, Scotland. When Joseph left the army, he became a coachman in civilian life.

They had one son that we know of, Joseph Fulcher, born in Ireland in 1856, and his wife Mary Ann, née Ridley, were married in Bromley, Kent and later lived in Chelsea, Westminster, St George Hanover Square, etc, where Joseph junior was a cab proprietor, then a publican.

One of their daughters was named Princess Isabella Fulcher, presumably due to the fact that, according to the 1891 census, she was born on board the troop ship 'Princess' in the Irish Sea. We followed her life as it was so interesting. She married a Matthew Bramble Gallon in Canterbury in 1871 and, according to the 1911 census, had 11 children, five of whom had died by that time. Using the name Isabella on occasions made it difficult to follow her trail but it appears that Matthew died in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1889, with Princess shown in the 1891 census, living as the wife of Francis Lee, who was born in Scotland. By 1911 she was back to using the surname Gallon.

It seems that Ellen must have died, some time before 1861, as Joseph married a Sophie Ward in Canterbury in 1861, a widow. The 1871 census suggests that they had a son Harry in 1863, but that is the only reference that we were able to find. Sophie would have been aged 42 years when Harry was born! Or could it be that Sophie was really Ellen Sophie Waugh, born in Suffolk, not Ireland, born in 1819, not 1828, that the 1861 marriage was irrelevant, as other researchers would have it?


SUFFOLK, Ipswich

KENT, Canterbury

birth at sea, military, soldier, coachman, publican


Fulcher Cottage, 35 Chandos Road, Egham (Phoebe)

Haugh, Ridley, Gallon, Ward



The Fulcher family starting with Harden Boaz Fulcher, born 1815, and his several (three, at least) wives.

We first see Harden Fulcher in the 1840 census, one below a James Boaz, in Patrick County, Virginia. Aged between 20 and 30, James Boaz betweenn 90 and 100. Living with Harden is a female 20 to 30 and a female child of less than 5 years of age. Sadly, this census tells us little else.

In 1850 he married Luvena Griffin in Rockingham, North Carolina and with whom, he had several children. However, at some point he was charged with bigamy, as he had a wife elsewhere, named Missouri (aka Zurie, Zenie) Fulcher, née Keaton. There is a handwritten document that shows Harden pleading to the court for a divorce, which was granted. A story about Missouri's life, written by another researcher, is shown below.

We see that Harden marries Charity Murphy in 1869 in Stokes County NC. That marriage gives his parents as Robert Boaz and Polly Fulcher. We know that Charity had married Nathaniel Murphy in 1861 as Charity Gilley, and that she was living as Harden's wife in the 1870 census. By the time of the 1880 census, she was shown as the wife of Willis Mahon aged 88, she aged 40. Records show that Harden Fulcher had died a year before in 1879.

Harden seems to have had at least 16 children with his three wives. One of his sons, Crockett Fulcher, seems to have been in trouble with the law for attempted murder and grievous harm around 1877 to 1882, but he seems to have settled down in later life.

The 16 children produced a large Fulcher dynasty that must be represented today in Virginia.

Click on the link EQ for further information. 


USA - Virginia, North Carolina

Patrick County VA, Rockingham NC, Stokes County NC

Bigamy, attempted murder.

Boaz, Griffin, Keaton, Gilley, Lester, Crandall, Wooten, Brim, Collins, Thompson, Raglan, Franklin, Huff, Goin, Goolsby, Gilmore, Casteen.




Thomas Samuel Fulcher, born in Bethnal Green in 1800, and his wife Sarah, née Spring. Thomas was a silk weaver in 1851 and his wife Sarah, a straw bonnet maker. They had at least seven children, two being sons. Of the sons, only one, Samuel, born 1832 in Sudbury, seems to have produced Fulcher grandchildren. However, his three sons all died young, so the Fulcher family tree stopped there.


MIDDLESEX, Bethnal Green

SUFFOLK, Sudbury, Cornard

ESSEX, Bulmer

silk weaver

Spring, Brown


Thorndon, Tyler

The family of Thomas Fulcher, born around 1794 in Thorndon, Suffolk, and his wife Mary, née Tyler. As far as we know, they had three children, although one of their sons, Robert, gave them Fulcher grandchildren. Robert married Caroline Harvey. Their grandchild, Hilda Rose Fulcher, seems to have led a mysterious life, being associated with a man named Wileman, who made her beneficiary in his will. As far as we can tell, the Fulcher name died out at Hilda's generation.


SUFFOLK, Thorndon, Stoke Ash

(possible EI connection)

agricultural labourers

Tyler, Harvey, Braiseworth, Killingback





The family of John Henry Fulcher, born in Shoreditch in 1815 and his wife Mary Ann, née Fox. He was the son of John Fulcher, also a weaver. They were married in Hackney in 1840, raising children but, by 1846, they had emigrated, as a family to the USA. They had three sons, John, Thomas and George. John became an attorney and does not seem to have married. Thomas, became a church minister, rising to position as canon of All Saints Cathedral, Albany, New York. George, actually George Washington Fulcher, was born in New York in 1849 and was married with children. He became a lithographer. However, no male Fulchers were born to continue the line and the tree dies out there.


MIDDLESEX, Shoreditch

USA, New York, Massachusetts

weaver, canon, attorney, lithographer

Fox, Gilroy




The family of Thomas Fulcher, born around 1804 in Weybread, Suffolk, a farmer, and his wife Mary, née Hunt. They raised their family in Yaxley, Suffolk. Their first son was given the middle name of Harley, which is a possible clue to his grandmother's maiden name. Another son, Henry, married a French woman from the Channel Islands. We have a three generation family tree for them, but none of the sons seem to have survived or produced male heirs, so the line died out.


SUFFOLK, Weybread, Yaxley

FRANCE, Channel Islands

farmer, engineer, accountant

Hunt, Mallandaine



The Fulcher family starting with William H Fulcher, born 1807 in Amherst, Virginia and his wife Martha, née Angus. Mostly farm workers and the family centred around Temperance in Amherst County. There was a Fulcher to Fulcher intermarriage.

Other researchers show a link to John Fulcher and his wife Elizabeth, née Huckstep, but we cannot verify that.


USA - Virginia

Amherst County.

Fulcher to Fulcher marriage, joining with tree EO

Angus, Blair, Easter, Saunders, Fulcher, Canody, Jenkins, Cash.

21 families, 21 'E' trees, 1356 people.
4 with records starting in Norfolk, 5 in Suffolk, 2 in Middlesex, 1 in Lancashire, 8 in USA (comprising 935 people).


Miscellaneous Trees with little information. Temporary codes, hopefully.


Algernon, Avenell

Algernon Green Fulcher, civil engineer of Stepney, London who died in 1846. In his will he mentions his brother John Fulcher and his sister Caroline, wife of William Smith. From that, we found the Smith family and their son Charles Algernon Smith, who is also mentioned in the will. Algernon married in 1837, but his wife died in 1839. We see him briefly in the 1841 census, living as a border. We can find no reference to his birth or that of his sister's, although she stated that she was born in Suffolk. We only see John Fulcher mentioned once, in the will, with no other information known about him.

Various other researchers have allied members of this family with our family DH and with Caroline Currey who married a William Smith. However, we can see no such connection. There is a similarity of a father John Fulcher and his children's names of Algernon, Caroline and William Smith Fulcher with family DH, but no obvious documentary connection.



PCC will

civil engineer, stockbroker


possible link to DH



John Fulcher and Catherine Barnes married in Norwich in 1868 and lived in Lakenham. They had four sons.


NORFOLK, Lakenham





George Fulcher, born Cromer 1830 and his wife Anne, née Skerritt. They had several children, with two sons producing daughters only. So the Fulcher line died out.



LINCOLNSHIRE, Grantham, Little Gonerby

Skerritt, Hazard



Henry Fulcher, born 1806 in Drayton, and his wife Elisabeth, née Wakefield. Their only son died in infancy, with no known male Fulchers to continue the line.


NORFOLK, Drayton




James Woodhall Fulcher married Ann Charlotte Gribble at Gorleston, Suffolk in 1817. An 1830 trade directory showed him as a sailmaker in Yarmouth, together with a William Fulcher, also a sailmaker. One of their sons, Thomas Holmes Fulcher, also a sailmaker, baptised in 1818, married Mary Ann Easlick and they had at least four children, as shown in the 1851 census, when they then lived at Wells next the Sea. However, we then see them in the US 1855 census, living in Brooklyn, New York, having lived there for four years. Then came the 1860 census, but Mary Ann is missing. Thomas Holmes Fulcher junior found himsel in Sing Sing prison in 1866.


SUFFOLK, Yarmouth, Gorleston

USA, New York

Sing Sing Prison

sailmakers, convict

Gribble, Woodhouse, Holmes, Easlick,



William Foulcher (not Fulcher), born 1814 in Ashford, Middlesex and his wife Sarah, née Collins. Two children were registered as Fulcher, but the family was clearly Foulcher.








Edward Henry Fulcher, born 1862 in Southampton, and his wife Hannah, née Brown, married for 22 years with no children, according to the 1911 census.


HAMPSHIRE, Southampton





James Fulcher and his wife Eleanor, née Shulver/Shilver/Shelver. James was born around 1811 and Eleanor around 1808 in Rishangles, Suffolk.


SUFFOLK, Wetheringsett, Rishangles, Kenton

Shulver/Shelver/Shilver, Barrett, Goffin




John Fulcher, illegitimate son of Frances Fulcher and John Lance, baptised 1826 Fincham, Norfolk.


NORFOLK, Fincham

Lance, Carter, Johnson



Logan Fulcher, born around 1806, and his wife Carolin, née Prewitt. We see him in 1867 in a voter's roll, and then in 1870 in the census with their two children, where it is stated that he was born in Texas. However, their son James stated that Logan was born in Mississippi in the 1900 census.



USA, Mississippi, Texas Marlin, California

negro, mulatto, city teamster

Prewitt, Walters



Joshua Fulcher who died in Craven County, Alabama, USA in 1796. In his will he mentions his wife, to whom he left the bulk of his assets, which included negroes, stock, household goods. He mentions landholdings, money, plantation goods. Also mentioned are two brothers, Ephraim and Levi Fulcher, and his nephew Shadrack Fulcher. To Levi, he bequeathed his 'negro man Hamton'. To Ephraim he bequeathed his 'negro man Primis'. To his wife he left his 'negro man Jo and my negro girl Rachel'. To Elizabeth Truckleton (a daughter?) he bequeathed a 'negro girl Sall and a feather bed'.

The 1790 census showed that he owned 16 slaves. We know no more about this family, who, presumably, produced further Fulchers in later generations.


USA, Alabama, Craven County

negro slaves mentioned




Walter Henry Fulcher was killed, aged 17, in 1941 in a flying accident in Lincolnshire. His parents were Walter Fulcher, born 1888, a dock worker in 1939 and his wife Edith Maud, née Pittman, born 1895. They were married in St George East in 1923.


need marriage certificate to find grandfather's name.



Starting with Charles Fulcher born 1871 in Bury St Edmunds. He had an older brother who died as an infant. We see Charles in the 1881 census as a pauper and orphan, aged 10 years. He is missing from the 1891 census, he marries Alice Barton in Tendring, Essex in 1894, and then appears in the 1901 census, married to Alice and again in 1911 having had six children.


SUFFOLK, Bury St Edmunds

ESSEX, Tendring, Ramsey

pauper, orphan

Smith, Barton

birth certificate needed




George or John Fulcher, born around 1809 in St James. We see him in the 1851 census, with wife Maria, née Steadman, and their two children Edward and Arthur. John is shown as a servant, living at 7 Upper York Street, St Marys, Marylebone. Edward and Arthur Fulcher are seen in the 1861 census as step-sons of Robert Joslin and his wife Emma née Martin. This family tree is a complete puzzle, as Maria gives her name as Maria Fulcher and her father's name as James Fulcher, when she married Joslin. We assume that there were good reasons to give false information.



MIDDLESEX, Marylebone, St Pancras

Steadman, Joslin, Josling, Martin



Richard Fulcher, born around 1791 and Elizabeth Tynan from Ireland, raised their family in Bury St Edmunds. None of the sons appear to have married.


SUFFOLK, Bury St Edmunds




John Fulcher and his wife Martha, née Utting, of Great Yarmouth. Martha was born around 1766 and died in 1811. There is another Fulcher Utting family, family AU, also of Great Yarmouth, but, with which, we can find no connection. They had one son, Daniel, who married twice, two with the Boyce maiden name. They had children, all daughters.


NORFOLK, Great Yarmouth, Ravenham

SUFFOLK, Southwold

builder, land surveyor

Utting, Boyce




John Fulcher, born 1833, a ship/chip broker[?] married Elizabeth Walkley in Marylebone in 1854 and they had a child in Marylebone, and two in Swansea. They emigrated to the USA in 1880. We can find no records of them other than this.


MIDDLESEX, Marylebone







17 families, 194 people

Overseas Families - unidentified


The Fulsche family of Johann Christian Fulscher, born in Germany in 1804 and his wife Martha Ernestine, also born in Germany. They emigrated to the USA in 1854, arriving New York. This family is clearly of Germanic origin, with the name changing for some of the descendants who took the more English spelling, name Fulcher. We therefore have categorised the family separately from the English families which form the bulk of this research.


Germany, Thüringen

USA, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, South Dakota,

farmers, policemen

Fulsche, Fulscher, Fulcher



  • Harry Edward Fulcher, only son of Harry Robert Fulcher and Catherine née Ross, died in action in Belgium on 4th October 1917, aged 22. He was a part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force of 1914. We have built up a tree as far as we can go, mainly using records from other researchers, but all that we can see records for is Harry's military record and the names and marriage of his parents.




We have several families that are recorded in the USA. We have highlighted these in the tables above.


USA families from earliest records are:


Amounting to 1400 Americans shown on those trees, where we cannot see a link to England, or to each other.

(All of these families, with the exception of DG and MM, we assume, would have originated in England.)


Families where Fulchers from the UK are known to have emigrated from UK to the USA are:



USA Fulcher families that were originally negro slaves are:

DG and MM (and slaves mentioned in CS, EK, EL, MN).

Their African names have been lost with time.


USA immigrant families who became Fulcher are:

ZH (Germany, originally Fulsche).


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