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Dr. Samuel Fullenwider

This photograph appears in the following sources (page numbers not known):

1.  Augustine M. Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa and Its People (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1915).

2.       Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa  (Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co., 1905).

3.       J. W. Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron (Mediapolis, Iowa: privately printed, 1897

Dr. Samuel Fullenwider:

 

            Samuel Fullenwider was born 6 September 1803 in Shelby County, Kentucky,[i] the sixth child (of sixteen) of Jacob and Catherine (Winter) Fullenwider.[ii]  Other sources give his birth date as 1804.,[iii] and the 1856 Iowa state census says he was 51, which works out to a birth year of 1805.[iv]  I believe 1803 to be the correct date, but proof will require some further research. 

            The family story is that the Fullenwider family was of Holland Dutch origin, though other sources disagree.  Henrietta Bromwell, in her Bromwell Genealogy,[v]  quotes the story that was told to me by my father about the family’s origin:  “It is said that the ancestor who first adopted the name was a ‘morganatic’ son of a nobleman of the Royal Family of Holland, and as he could not legally assume his father’s name, he was called Full-wiler, or Veul-wiler, which meant in Dutch a wild or strong colt, he being as child and man of remarkable strength and activity.  This Fullwiler, or his son, passed into Germany, where the name in High Dutch became Fullenwider.”  She attributes the story to Dr. Austin L. Fullenwider, who was a son of Samuel Fullenwider.  She further states that Austin Fullenwider stated that the story had been written down by his father, and “stated that it was a tradition of his grandfather.” 

            Amanda Fulenwider, in her book Torchbearers of Freedom[vi], says that the name is of Teutonic origin and means “fullen” or foal, colt, or filly, and “wider” or devoted to; hence the “family devoted to the raising of horses.”  She says the family originated in Bavaria.  The Bromwell and Fulenwider books have long been the standard sources on the Fullenwider family.  Both, however, contain some errors.  In a more recent study on the Fullenwider family[vii] Raymond Martin Bell states that the family likely originated before 1500 in the village of Vollenweid, Bezirk  of Affoltern, Canton Zurich, Switzerland and that the name of the village means “horse-meadow,” a meadow where horses grazed.  Bell’s book, too, has some errors, and he does not tie his sources to specific names, dates, and events.

Whatever the family’s origin, it seems certain that the immigrant ancestor, Samuel’s grandfather, Heinrich Vollenweider (or Henry Fullenwider ) came to America from Switzerland in 1749, landing at Philadelphia.[viii]  The family soon moved west to what is now Washington County, Pennsylvania, and from there to Shelby County, Kentucky, where Samuel’s parents raised their family and where they both died. 

Samuel Fullenwider married, in 1828 , probably in Kentucky, Jane Houston of Mason County, Kentucky.[ix]  She was said to be a niece of General Sam Houston of Texas.[x]  Little more is known about her or her family.  This is obviously an area that needs more research.  

Samuel and Jane (Houston) Fullenwider had several children, perhaps as many as seven.  I have tentatively identified them as:

1.       Miriam D., born 8 April 1828, probably in Indiana; died 21 December 1870, Des Moines County, Iowa.[xi] She married 4 March 1852 in Des Moines County,  William H. Cartwright. [xii]

2.       John Houston, born about 1834 or 1835, probably in Indiana;[xiii]  married 13 November 1851, Des Moines County, Iowa, Harriet E. Harper.[xiv] 

3.       Nancy Jane, born about 12 December 1835, probably in Indiana; died 19 April 1856, age 18 years, 5 months, 7 days.[xv]  Her tombstone, located near Samuel’s in the Kossuth Cemetery, identifies her as “daughter of  S. & J. Fullenwider.”[xvi]

4.       Narcissa J., born 3 October 1836, probably in  Indiana; died 9 October 1916, McCammon, Idaho.[xvii] She married in 1867 in Des Moines County, Iowa James W. McDill.[xviii]

5.       Catharine (Kate) , born about 1841, probably Des Moines County, died before 1896.[xix]

6.       Samuel E., born about 1845. [xx] 

If there was a seventh child, I have so far been unable to identify him/her.  The sources vary widely on the names, spouses, and details of the lives of Samuel and Jane’s children.  This again, is an area that needs more research.

            Shortly after his marriage to Jane Houston, Samuel Fullenwider removed to Indiana, settling near Lafayette, where he practiced medicine.[xxi]  Nothing is known of Dr. Fullenwider’s medical education.  While in Lafayette, Samuel became deeply interested in the founding of Wabash College.[xxii]  The story is told of how he  and “a devoted band of christian ministers and others” knelt in the snow to dedicate the site selected for the college “to the use of christian and higher secular education.”[xxiii]

            In 1837 Samuel and Jane Fullenwider moved west to Iowa, settling in Des Moines County in the village of Columbus,[xxiv] later named Yellow Spring at the suggestion of Dr. Fullenwider.[xxv]   Here Samuel bought Reuben Westfall’s claim and established a store that sold dry goods, groceries, drugs and medicines.[xxvi]   Elijah Woods clerked in Dr. Fullenwider’s store and the doctor practiced medicine.[xxvii]  But Yellow Spring failed to develop as a center of business or population and many early businessmen, Dr. Fullenwider among them, moved on.

            Samuel Fullenwider then purchased  a large tract of land and became an extensive land owner.  On this land just north of the town of Kossuth he built a large brick residence about 1844, farmed, and continued to practice medicine.[xxviii]  By 1849 the town of Kossuth had become established and Dr. Fullenwider’s son-in–law, W. H. Cartwright and his brother-in-law J. J. Crowder established a store there. Dr. Fullenwider was for a time a partner in the firm of W. H. Cartwright & Company,[xxix] but retired and built the Kossuth House in 1856.[xxx]  Dr. Fullenwider eventually sold much of his land to Harvey Seeds and Major Hiram Leonard[xxxi] and moved into the town of Kossuth.  His granddaughter, Katie Dennis, said, that Kossuth “was a very small town and where Grandfather Fullenwider lived and practiced medicine for years….”  She remembered “the large house where Grandfather lived and had his ‘offices’—also a young Dr. had living quarters in the same house.”[xxxii]

            Dr. Fullenwider’s medical practice covered the north half of Des Moines County.[xxxiii]  He was the first doctor to locate in Yellow Spring Township[xxxiv] and “for many years was an active member of the medical profession of Des Moines county, and …[his] kindly spirit and Christian life, as well as professional skill, made him honored and respected by all men.”[xxxv]   His granddaughter said of him, “My  grandfather Fullenwider was a fine man—the old family Dr. type a fine consistent Christian man and beloved by all who knew him.”[xxxvi]  He continued his medical practice “until in advanced years he gave up his professional practice.”[xxxvii]

            Samuel Fullenwider also continued his interest in schools and education. He was one of the founders and charter members of Jefferson academy, organized in Kossuth in 1844[xxxviii]  and in fact owned the building in which  the academy was located.[xxxix]  The Jefferson Academy later became Yellow Spring College and existed until 1869.[xl]  He “continued his connection with, and interest in the institution from the academy to the organization of Yellow Springs College, and during its existence spent much time and money in promoting the interest of the institution.”[xli]

            “He was a staunch Presbyterian,,” according to his granddaughter Katie, “and his church meant much to him.  When his profession required him to make calls on Sunday, he gave all money received from such calls to his church.”[xlii]  Samuel and his wife Jane were among the eleven charter members who organized the Yellow Spring Presbyterian Church  on 12 September 1840[xliii] and Samuel was chosen as one of the ruling elders.[xliv]  This church, also known as the New School Church, first met in an old log schoolhouse building.  In 1842, when the church had outgrown the  schoolhouse, a church building was begun on land donated by Dr. Fullenwider.[xlv]  On 10 November 1869, when Yellow Spring and Round Prairie Churches combined to form the First Presbyterian Church of Kossuth, Samuel Fullenwider transferred his membership to the new organization and continued his membership and his support to the time of his death.[xlvi]

            Dr. Fullenwider also had a lifelong interest in politics and “worked hard to help build the new state of Iowa.”[xlvii]  He was a member of the council for the last Territorial Legislature when Iowa was preparing for statehood and a member of the senate of the first general assembly following the admission of Iowa to the Union.[xlviii]  He “was a zealous worker for all he deemed of benefit for his constituency.”[xlix]  His interest continued almost to the day of his death.  In 1896, at the age of ninety-three, “he walked to the polls and cast a vote for William McKinley, being a strong republican.”[l]

            In 1845 Jane (Houston) Fullenwider died and her grave was the first in the Kossuth Cemetery.[li]  On  10 November 1846 Samuel Fullenwider married Mary Ann Blair,[lii] daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Job) Blair.[liii]  A number of other sources give the date of the marriage as December 1846,[liv] but I believe the original marriage records provide clear and convincing evidence that the November date is correct.  Mary Ann Blair was born in Indiana about 1820[lv] and died in 1856 at Kossuth.  She is buried beside Samuel’s first wife, Jane.[lvi]

            The  children of  Samuel and Mary Ann (Blair) Fullenwider, all born in Des Moines County, Iowa,[lvii] were:

1.       Austin Lynn, born 17 March 1848; died 10 October 1900, Spangle, Spokane County, Washington;[lviii] married 12 September 1876 at Kossuth, Iowa Ellen A. Babb.[lix]  Austin Lynn, or A. L. as he was known, was also a physician.[lx]

2.       Thomas Blair, born 17 June 1851.[lxi]  At  the time of his father’s death he was believed to be ranching in Colorado.[lxii] Nothing more is known of him.

3.        Anna or Annie, born 24 March 1854; died young.[lxiii]

Samuel Fullenwider  died 19 November 1896 at the home of his daughter, Narcissa J. McDill, in Creston, Union County, Iowa.[lxiv]  Some sources give his death date as 18 November,[lxv] but I believe the evidence for the 19 November date, being more contemporary, is correct.  His funeral was held in the First Presbyterian Church in Kossuth, Iowa, on Sunday, 22 November 1896[lxvi] and he was buried in the Kossuth Cemetery, next to his two wives.[lxvii]  According to his obituary,  his funeral services were attended by “a large concourse of old comrades and friends, and neighbors…”[lxviii]    

Descriptions of Samuel Fullenwider are all consistent, and give a good picture of his personality.  “Dr. Fullenwider  was a man of wonderful will power, of strong convictions, and had a keen sense of right and wrong…..During his active life he was regarded as a leader in the community.”[lxix]  J. W. Merrill said of him, “He was a remarkable man in many respects.  His mind was strong and well balanced.  He was a great thinker and a deep thinker, always giving his best thoughts to the subject under consideration.”[lxx]  William Harper said, “He was a man of strong convictions and had the courage of his convictions.”[lxxi]  Garrett summed up: [He] has been a useful citizen to the people of the township” and adds on a more personal note,  that he “goes a fishing and enjoys the sport as in his younger days.”[lxxii]  His granddaughter Katie, who knew him in his later years, described him as “a rather irascible old gentleman with lots of white hair and whiskers. …I remember him when I was a child of six and remember I was rather afraid of him and that Mother was always reminding us not to be noisy and annoy grandfather.”[lxxiii]

While I have enough information about Samuel Fullenwider to accurately identify him and place him within his family , and to give a good picture of him as a person, there is more that needs to be done in the way of research.  More information is needed especially about his first wife and the children of his first marriage.  Sources that have not been adequately searched are census records and church records.  Further research objectives are to find clear and convincing evidence of dates that are still in question, fill in details of time and place, and continue to seek information about his life and his career.  Of the known sources about the Fullenwider family, none are, I believe, completely accurate in all respects, though all are accurate—and consistent—in most details.  Additional research will hopefully clear up some of the errors and inconsistencies. 

 

[i] Augustine M. Antrobus,  History of Des Moines county, Iowa, and Its People (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1915), 521; Ramond Martin Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition (typescript; copies made by the author at Washington, Pennsylvania); copy held in 1998 by Lethene Parks (3214 Clark Lake Rd., Hunters, WA 99137-9714), 13; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa (Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co., 1905), 1080; Henrietta E. Bromwell, The Bromwell Genealogy (Denver: no publisher listed, [1910]). Pages 201-215 are on the Fullenwider family, 212; katie Morris (Fullenwider) Dennis, Notes on Fullenwider, Babb and Dennis families, ca 1961. Notes sent to Lethene Parks; held in 1998 by Lethene Parks. Katie Dennis was a granddaughter of Samuel Fullenwider. Katie states in these notes that the dates were taken from an old Bible and that they may not all be completely accurate. This source is hereinafter cited as: Katie Dennis, Notes, ca 1961; Samuel Fullenwider household, 1856 Iowa state census, Des Moines County, Yellow Spring township, page 912, line 1; microfilm copy in genealogy collection, Burlington (Iowa) Public Library; J. W. Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron  (Mediapolis, Iowa: privately printed, 1897), 53; Samuel Fullenwider tombstone, Kossuth Cemetery, Des Moines County, Iowa (about one mile east of Mediapolis, Iowa); photographed by Lethene Parks, June 1997; G. E. E. Townsend and W. H. Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral (privately printed, [1896]; no pagination). Townsend was a son-in-law of Cartwright, who was a son-in-law of Samuel Fullenwider; the booklet includes a biographical sketch of Dr. Fullenwider by Hon, William Harper, “an old friend.” Original probably owned 1998 by Mrs. Merle Trimble (Pullman, Washington); transcription held in 1998 by Lethene Parks.

[ii] Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition,12-15; Bromwell, The Bromwell Genealogy, 211-214.

[iii] Directory of Des Moines County  (publication information not known), 719; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 53.

[iv] 1856 Iowa state census, page 912, line 1.

[v] Bromwell, The Bromwell Genealogy, 201.

[vi] Amanda Elizabeth Fulenwider, Torchbearers of Freedom (San Francisco: the Filmer Brothers Press, 1966), 4.

[vii] Bell,  “The Volenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 1.

[viii] Bell,  “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 11.

[ix] Bell,  “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 13; Biographical Review of Des  Moines County, Iowa, 1080; Bromwell, The Bromwell Genealogy, 201; Directory of Des Moines County, 719; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[x] Bromwell,  The Bromwell Genealogy, 210; Letter from William Garrett to the Edito; printed in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886; copy in genealogy collection, Burlington (Iowa) Public Library.

[xi] Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 834; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 54; Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa (Chicago: Acme Pulsihing Co., 1888), 187, says she was born in Kentucky; Miriam Cartwright tombstone, Kossuth Cemetery, Des Moines County, Iowa; photographed by Lethene Parks, June 1997; her birth in Indiana can be inferred from the information that Samuel and Jane moved to Indiana soon after their marriage in 1828 and did not move on to Iowa until 1837.

[xii] Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 834; Des Moines County, Iowa, Marriage Book #3, Jan. 1847-Dec. 1853 (Iowa Genealogical Society, no date); copy in genealogy collection, Burlington (Iowa) Public Library, #311; Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, 187; Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886, says Dr. Fullenwider’s daughter but does not name her; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 54, 187, gives the date as 4 March.

[xiii] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521; Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081; Directory of Des Moines County, 719; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 54; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr.Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral. The name as given in these sources variesJ. H., Houston, Hustin. J. Houston;  a family group sheet in the papers of Lethene Parks (source not recorded) gives his name as John Houston.  Birthplace inferred from the information that Samuel and Jane were living in Indiana ca 1828-1837.

[xiv] Des Moines County, Iowa, Marriage Book #3, 43.

[xv] Nancy Jane Fullenwider tombstone, Kossuth Cemetery, Des Moines County, Iowa; photographed by Lethene Parks, June 1997. Birth date inferred from age as given on her tombstone; birthplace inferred from information that Samuel and Jane were living in Indiana ca 1828-1837.

[xvi] Nancy Jane Fullenwider tombstone, Kossuth Cemetery, Des Moines County, Iowa.

[xvii] Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081; Directory of Des Moines County, 719; 1856 Iowa state census, Des Moines County, Yellow Spring township, page 912, line1, says she was born in Iowa; Narcissa (Fullenwider) McDill obituary, Burlington (Iowa) Hawkeye, 17 October 1916; reprinted from the Creston (Iowa) Advertiser-Gazette, says she was born in Indiana; Samuel Fullenwider estate, Union County Probate File No. 900 (Docket II, page 75), Office of County Clerk, Union county Court House, Creston, Iowa; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr.Samuel fullenwider’s Funeral.

[xviii] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521, mistakenly gives her name as Kate; Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886, says Dr. Fullenwider’s daughter but does not name her; Burlington (Iowa) Hawkeye, 17 October 1916; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 54.

[xix] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521, mistakenly says this was the daughter who married J. W. McDill; Directory of Des Moines County, 719; 1856 Iowa state census, Des Moines County, Yellow spring township, page 912, line 1. Her death date is inferred from the fact that she is not listed among Samuel’s survivors nor mentioned in his will.

[xx] Antrobus, History of Des  Moines County, Iowa, 521; Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081; Directory of Des Moines County, 719; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral; Union County (Iowa) probate file NO. 900; 1856 Iowa state census, Des Moines County, Yellow Spring township, page 912, line1, implies a birth date of 1847, which cannot be correct if his mother died in 1845. A family group sheet in the papers of lethne Parks (source not recorded) says that Samuel and Jane’s youngest child was an infant when his mother died, which implies a birth date of ca 1845.

[xxi] Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1080; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[xxii] Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1080.

[xxiii] Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral; Bromwell, The Bromwell Genealogy, 212, also mentions this incident.

[xxiv] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa,, 521; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1080; Directory of Des Moines County, 719; Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886; Merrill, YellowSpring and Huron, 53, 367; Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, 721; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[xxv] Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 367; Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, 721.

[xxvi] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521; Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 53, 367; Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, 721.

[xxvii] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 53,

[xxviii] Amtrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 834, 1080; Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 53; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[xxix] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521.

[xxx] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521; Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, 722.

[xxxi] Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886.

[xxxii] Katie Dennis, Miscellaneous notes, ca 1959.

[xxxiii] Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1080; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[xxxiv] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521.

[xxxv] Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1080.

[xxxvi] Katie Dennis, Miscellaneous notes, ca 1959.

[xxxvii] Biographical Review of Des Moines County, 1080.

[xxxviii] Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 54; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral; Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, 721, says the academy was organized in 1845.

[xxxix] Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 368.

[xl] Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, 721, 722.

[xli] Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral/

[xlii] Katie Dennis, Miscellaneous notes, ca 1959.

[xliii] Antrobus, History of Des Moines county, Iowa, 529; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 336, 337; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[xliv] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081.

[xlv] Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 387.

[xlvi] Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[xlvii] Kaite Dennis, Miscellaneous notes, ca 1959.

[xlviii] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 521; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081; Katie Dennis, Miscellaneous notes, ca 1959; Directory of Des Moines County, 719; Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886; Burlington (Iowa) Hawkeye, 17 October 1916; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 54; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[xlix] Merrill, Yellow Spting and Huron, 54.

[l] Samuel Fullenwider obituary, Farmington (Iowa) News, 26 November 1896.

[li] Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1080; Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 53; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[lii] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 532; Liahona Research, Inc., compiler, Iowa Marriages, Early to 1850, page number not known. This is a computer list compiled from orignal marriage licenses, returns, and register entries; Des Moines County Genealogical Society, compiler, Des Moines County, Iowa, Territory of Michigan, Early Marriages, Marriage Books 1 & 2, 1835-Jan. 1847 (Iowa Genealogical Society, 1979), page not known; Marriage license, Samuel Fullenwider and Mary Ann Blair, Office of district court Clerk, Des Moines County Court House, Burlington, Iowa; Marriage Certification, Samuel Fullenwider and Mary Ann Blair, Office of District Court Clerk, Des Moines County court House, Burlington, Iowa; Mary and Edith Scott, compilers, Our Scott and Blair Kinfolk  ([Salina, Kansas]: privately printed, 1992), 16.

[liii] Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 4; Scott, Our Scott and Blair Kinfolk, 16.

[liv] Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1080; Katie Dennis, Notes, ca 1961; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 53; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[lv] Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 53; Scott, Our Scott and Blair Kinfolk, 16.

[lvi] Antrobus, History of Des Moines County, Iowa, 532; Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1080; Katie Dennis, Notes, ca 1961; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 4, 53; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral; Jane Fullenwider and Mary Ann Fullenwider tombstones, Kossuth Cemetery, Des Moines County, Iowa; photographed by Lethene Parks, June 1997.

[lvii] Inferred from the fact that Samuel and Mary Ann were living in Des Moines County during the time period when the children were born.; 1856 Iowa state census, Des Moines County, Yellow Spring township, page 912, line 1, gives birthplace as Iowa.

[lviii] Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13, gives his middle name as Lane; Biofraphical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081; Bromwell, The Bromwell Genealogy, 212; Katie Dennis, Notes, ca 1961; Directory of Des Moines County, 719, gives his name as Orson L.; 1856 Iowa state census, Des Moines County, Yellow Spring township, page 912, line 1, implies a birth date of 1850; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 4, 54; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[lix] Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; Certificate of Marriage, State of Iowa, Des Moines County, No. 224, A. L. Fullenwider, M. D. and Ella A. Babb, Office of District Court Clerk, Des Moines County court House, Burlington, Iowa; Katie Dennis, Notes, ca 1961, gives the date as 22 September; Marriage Book 10, Des Moines County, Iowa, Nov. 1875-Apr. 1879; transcription in genealogy collection, Burlington (Iowa) Public Library, No. 224;Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 4.

[lx] Bromwell, The Bromwell Genealogy, 212; Certificate of Marriage, State of Iowa, Des Moines County, No. 224, Office of District Court Clerk, Des Moines County Court House, Burlington, Iowa; Marriage Book 10, Des Moines County, Iowa, No. 224; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 4; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[lxi] Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; Directory of Des Moines County, 719; 1856 Iowa state census, Des Moines County, Yellow Spring township, page 912, line 1; Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 4; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral; Union County (Iowa) probate file No. 900.

[lxii] Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 4; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[lxiii] Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; 1856 Iowa state census, Des Moines County, Yellow Spring township, page 912, line 1; the probability that she died young can also be inferred from the fact that she is not listed among Samuel’s survivors nor mentioned in his will.

[lxiv] Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; Biographical Review fo Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081; Bromwell, The Bromwell Genealogy, 212; Katie Dennis, Notes, ca 1961; Samuel  Fullenwider tombstone, Kossuth Cemetery, Des Moines County, Iowa; Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[lxv] Bell, “The Vollenweider Family in America,” 1994 edition, 13; Katie Dennis, Notes, ca 1961.

[lxvi] Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[lxvii] Tombstones of Samuel Fullenwider, Jane Fullenwider, and Mary Ann Fullenwider, Kossuth Cemetery, Des Moines county, Iowa; photographed by Lethene Parks, June 1997.

[lxviii] Farmington (Iowa) News, 26 November 1896.

[lxix] Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, 1081.

[lxx] Merrill, Yellow Spring and Huron, 53-54.

[lxxi] Townsend and Cartwright, Dr. Samuel Fullenwider’s Funeral.

[lxxii] Letter, William Garrett, in Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, 12 June 1886.

[lxxiii] Katie Dennis, Miscellaneous notes, ca 1959.

 

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