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The subject of this sketch is one of the progressive farmers and enterprising citizens of Grant township, DeKalb county, where he has made his home for a number of years, being closely associated with its development and welfare. He is a thoroughly practical agriculturist and a man of business, and, liked the great majority of successful men, has been the architect of his own fortunes. His fidelity to his duties, has never been neglected in acting his part as a worthy son of the great American commonwealth. Wesley Fulton was born on October 10, 1847, in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and is a son of David and Mary (Knight) Fulton. David Fulton was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and was a son of James Fulton, who was of Irish parentage, his forbears having come from the north of Ireland. David Fulton was married to Mary Knight, who was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, the daughter of James Knight and wife. David Fulton remained in Pennsylvania about four years after his marriage, then spent about nine years in Perry county, Ohio, after which he returned to Fayette county, Pennsylvania, to care for his parents, who were getting old. He remained there about nineteen years and in 1865 went to Carroll county, Illinois, where he bought a farm and spent the remainder of his life there, his death occurring in February, 1884. He was survived a number of years by his widow, who died in 1898 on the old farm in Illinois. David Fulton was a life-long farmer and was also a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal church. He was prominent in the local public affairs of the communities where he lived both in the East and in Illinois. Wesley Fulton lived under the parental roof until 1869, when, at the age of twenty-two years, he was married and then began farming for himself near his home. He conducted agricultural operations about six years and then moved to Lucas county, Iowa, where he bought a small farm, on which he lived until the death of his wife in 1880.

About 1882, or the year following, Mr. Fulton sold his Iowa property and came to Indiana, where he was again married, and he then engaged in farming on the place where he now lives south of Waterloo. He is the owner of sixty-five acres of good land, which has engaged his undivided attention and which he has developed into one of the choice agricultural homesteads of the section of the county in which he lives. His life here has been characterized by persistent and wisely directed industry, his efforts being rewarded with a degree of success commensurate with his efforts. He has a good set of farm buildings, while all the operations of the farm are given his personal supervision, and in the conduct of his affairs he has been guided by the soundest of judgment which has characterized him in everything to which he has given attention.

In 1869 Mr. Fulton married Elizabeth Dorns, who was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Dorns. Her parents moved to Fulton county, Illinois, when she was but a child, and there she lived until about a year before her marriage, when she located in Carroll county, Illinois. Her death occurred in 1880, she leaving three children, namely: Newton A., Cora B. and Mary L. Newton, who was born in December, 1874, now lives at Danbury, Connecticut, where he is engaged in pedagogical work, being superintendent of the commercial school. He has taught six or seven years in New York and Connecticut. Cora B. became the wife of Oscar Kent, and they live on a farm near Alma, Nebraska. By her second union she is the mother of three children; Mary L. is the wife of Fred Lampman, of Milledgeville, Carroll county, Illinois, and they have three children, Ethelyn, Margie and a baby boy.

Mr. Fultonís second marriage was to Mrs. Sarah A. (Stroh) Dunn, the widow of the late William Dunn. She was born in Greensburg, Summit county, Ohio and is a daughter of John and Catherine (Dice) Stroh. She was brought to DeKalb county when only nine months old by her parents, who located on the northern edge of Union township, and there she was reared and received her education, her marriage to Mr. Dunn occurring on January 1, 1865. After that event they lived on the Dunn homestead in Grant township until Mr. Dunnís death in 1871, he leaving three children, namely: Mrs. Ettdessie Goodwin, deceased; John Dunn, of Waterloo, and William Dunn, of Grant township. To Mr. Fultonís last union has been born one child, Zella G., who is now the wife of Ernest Cole, of Toledo, where he has a good position with the street car company. Religiously, Mr. and Mrs. Fulton are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the prosperity of which they are deeply interested and to the support of which they contribute of their means. Mr. Fulton is one of the leading citizens of his community and enjoys in a marked degree the confidence and esteem of his neighbors and friends throughout Grant township. His career has been eminently honorable and all who know him speak in high terms of his many sterling qualities and characteristics. Submitted by: Arlene Goodwin Auburn, Indiana

Contributed by Paty Jo Ringer-Brown Biography of Wesley Fulton, pages 614/615/617. History of DeKalb County, Indiana; B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, 1914.