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James Frost

History of Montcalm County, Michigan
by John W. Dasef - 1916

Contributed by Gerry Christiansen

James Frost Bio
James Frost Bio

Fortain-Furtah

Citizens Historical Association
Indianapolis, Indiana
September 13, 1941; Pages 76 & 77
Verne Alfred Earle, Co-Partner, The EARLE Press
915 Pine Street, Muskegon, Michigan

The following account of this family was compiled through research of available records and an interview with one of the descendants still living in the area. Written records include the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census data, the list of deaths in Ira Township during the 1800s, and the grave list of St. Mary’s Cemetery in Anchorvile, supplied by the Ira Township Library. One of the difficulties in using these records is found in the many different spellings of the surname, and even of given names, as will become obvious to the reader. A note in the list of Ira deaths, for instance, reads: "Fortins and Furtins—Andrew, Elizabeth, Francois, Francis, Paul, Sophia, Stephen—Fretin in Denissen, p. 454." Another problem is the family use of given names, interweaving them in the fabric of a family to carry on the names of family members, often even deceased children as well as other relatives. Some of these may have been second names that through family use became more familiar and used than the given first name. One of the obvious benefits of these records, however, is the researcher’s abiity to cross-reference family names to achieve greater accuracy.

According to the 1850 Census, Francis Forton (Freton), age 46, and his wife Angelica (Frappier) Forton, age 42, both of French descent, had migrated to Ira Township from Canada with one child, Francis. The elder Francis’ parents are given as Francis Xavier and Soulange (Senet) Fortain. The younger Francis is listed as 17 years of age and as having been born in Canada.

The next child is Paul, 13, born in Michigan. If the children’s ages are correct, it can be assumed that the family came into Ira between 1833 and 1837. The father was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery as Francis Furtain, born February 15, 1804. He died on August 20, 1878. In the list of Ira deaths, he is listed as Francois Furton, dying on August 20, 1877. There is no record of Angelica’s burial in St. Mary’s; she may have preceded her husband in death and her stone is broken or illegible, or she may have outlived him and was buried in the new cemetery.

Other children listed in the 1850 Census are Charles, 11; Toussaint, 8; Fabian, 5, and Eleonore, 3. All were listed as born in Michigan. Since Charles, who eventually married Mary Chartier, the daughter of Hyacinthe and Monica (Boyer) Chartier, and who was the grandfather of Josephine Paquette, was born in Ira Township, it can be assumed that the last three’were born here, too.

The 1860 Census adds two more children: Zoe, 10, and Paul, 3, The latter also contributes to the confusion of names. In the previous census, the second son had been listed as Paul, 13. Perhaps he had died before the second Paul was born; or perhaps the second Paul was listed by a second name. However, in 1873 when the second Paul would have only been 13, a Paul (Hipolite?) Fortin is recorded as having lost a daughter. Whether this was the first Paul, or a different family, is unclear. In the 1860 census, the father is listed as Francis Furtow (Freton), adding further to the confusion of names due to the spelling based, no doubt, on the pronunciation. There is a record of Fabian’s marriage to Sophia Lemonde, the daughter of Frederick and Nancy (Chartier) Lemonde.

The 1860 Census also lists a Francis Furtaw, 20, born in Michigan, as a farmer who was married to Louisa Bisson, 19, also born in Michigan. A son Frank, three, is listed. On March 4, 1879, the death of a Francis Fortin, son of Francis and Louisa (Bisson) Fortin, is recorded. He was eleven months and two days old. On May 14, 1877, Francis and Louisa had also lost a son, Paul Furton, at age four years and one month.

Life was harsh, and children were frequent victims at early ages as can be seen in the deaths recorded of members of this family. Toussaint and Margaret Fortain also lost a son, Andrew Furtin, age five, on May 3, 1873. A Felix and Julia (Peltier) Fortain lost a daughter Elizabeth Furtin, age seven, on January 21, 1873. The sudden appearance at a Felix is difficult to reconcile with the other records.} Sophia Furtin, six months, the daughter of Hipolite (Paul) and Sophia Fortain, died on March 19, 1873. Charles and Mary (Chartier) Fortin lost a son Stephen, on December 21, 1870, when he was only a year, six months, and four days old.

Through an interview with Mrs. Josephine Paquette, the granddaughter of Charles Fortain, the following account of the Fortain—later Furtah—family brings us up to the present, with at least more knowledge of this branch of the family. Charles Fortain, who had been born December 6, 1841, lived his entire life in Ira Township, dying here on September 7, 1916. At one time he operated and possibly owned the Vernier Hotel. He and his first wife, Mary (Chartier), born in 1844 in Fair Haven, had 11 children. One was Maggie Furtah Schnoor, and another was Nancy Furtah Vigneron. Upon Mary’s death in 1888, Charles remarried, again to a Mary whose maiden name is unknown. Two sons were born to this second marriage: Alfred and William.

Both Alfred and William became sailors on the Great Lakes, and during the winter months they worked in the icehouse in Fair Haven. William eventually left the Lakes and finished his working vears at Chris-Craft. Alfred moved to Casco Township, where he raised his family of nine, while William remained in Ira, married Elvina Labadie from Wallaceburg, Ontario, and had three children: Noah, Henry, and Josephine. Mrs. Paquette remembers that French was spoken fluently in the home when she was a child. A room in William’s home on Dixie Highway in Fair Haven served as the D.U.R. office. During the early years of William’s marriage, the family name was changed to Furtah.

Noah, Henry, and Josephine attended Immaculate Conception School until they had made their first communions, about age eight. Then they attended Fair Haven Elementary and Algonac High schools. As a seventh and eighth grader josephine worked after school and on weekends at Copeland’s Corner selling hardware, cutting meat, and pumping gas. Sometimes she even helped unload delivery trucks. At the beginning of World War II, she worked at the Mt. Clemens Pottery and from 1943-48 at the Detroit Gasket factory in Marine City.

Josephine married Gerald Paquette of Marine City in 1946 at the Immaculate Conception Church; they held their reception at Vernier’s. After living in Fair Haven for two years, they moved into Cottrellville Township on the corner of Shea and Mayer. They have two daughters: Nancy Aspenleiter lives in North Carolina and has a daughter, Kim, and a son, Keith. Barbara Garby, who is an assistant to an oral surgeon in Petoskey, has a daughter, Tracie, and a son, Toby.

Elvina Furtah died in 1970 and William in 1977. Both are buried in Anchorville. Noah, who also became a Lakes sailor, lived in Marine City. Henry resides in Algonac. Noah is deceased.

The Fortain family had come to Canada from Marseille, France.

The Fortains (Furtahs or Furtaws) are linked with the Wagners of Fair Haven through marriage. They are related, also, to the Bourliers, Lewis Bourlier having married Louisa Fortain in 1894. A sister of Margaret (Maggie) Furtah Schnoor and Nancy Furtah Vigneron married a Wagner. Thomas Furtaw, their nephew, mar-ned Faith Wagner; they had two sons, Walker Charles and Albert. Faith died and was buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Anchorville. Thomas then married Faith’s younger sister, Ida Mae, and had several children from this marriage. Walker marned Alys Bathey of Port Huron; they have a daughter, Nancy, the namesake of Nancy Furtah Vigneron. Nancy married Richard Ameel of Marine City; they live and teach in Lapeer. They have two children, Mark Richard and jennifer Nicole. Alys Furtaw served as principal of Palms Elementary School for several years. The Furtaws are retired and living near Marine City.

Contributed by Hope Engelmann



 

FULLER FAMILY

by Nora Eliza Wellington Fuller

July 29, 1876 Montcalm County, Michigan - July 1966, Boise, Idaho

 
 

William Wellington was born September 19, 1815 in Kent, England. His wife, Eliza Thomas, was born May 2, 1821, also in Kent. They were married there on December 4, 1840. In 1854, they moved with their five sons (Joseph, William, George, Henry and Samuel) to Canada where four more children were born (Susan, John, Elizabeth and George). William died in 1888; Eliza died in 1889.

Their son, Joseph Wellington, was born March 22, 1842 in England. Joseph, when a young man went to Michigan to work for a lumber company operated by or called Botsford Lumber Camp. He boarded with John Edwards where John and his wife Emily Fish Edwards kept camp and boarded the men.

Degrass Fish was born February 8, 1809. His wife Sabrina Coon, was born May 9, 1816. Both were born in Canada and were married there on January 16, 1835. They had seven children (Emily, Thurman, Gilbert, Anna, Cordelia, Riley and Alice) before Degrass died in 1864 when daughter Alice was ten years old. His widow Sabrina married Norval Wait in 1872 and the family moved to Michigan. After Norval’s death, she lived on a little farm with her son till she moved into town at Pierson, Michigan.

Other families came to Michigan where there was plenty of work in the lumber woods. Alice, now a young woman, went to work for her oldest sister Emily Fish Edwards where John Edwards and Emily kept camp and boarded the lumbermen. Here she met Joseph Wellington who fell in love with her, despite a few years difference in their ages. He said, “I am going to wait for that girl.” and he did.

Joseph and Alice were married April 4, 1875. They bought eighty acres of heavy pine timberland in central Michigan and cleared ground for a small house and accommodations for a cow and a pig. There were no roads, only two neighbors within a radius of two miles, one a quarter mile away and one a mile away. Joseph kept busy clearing ground for crops and building roads which at first were no more than trails. It was a slow and hard work raising crops on stump land. All work was done by ox teams.

There was plenty of work to do in the lumber woods. The lumber company built a sawmill not far from their home. There were trees to fall, logs to cut and to be snaked out to the mill by ox teams, to be sawed into lumber. Camps to house and cook for company workers were located a mile from their home. More roads were built. The one in front of this farm later became the Michigan State Highway.

Joseph’s three brothers (Sam, Henry, and George) often visited at the farm. Sam bought a small farm about two miles away, built a small house and later sold it. He stayed with Joseph and worked with neighbors building roads. Some roads call corduroy were built by placing poles crosswise over low or marshy ground then covered with dirt. The nearest neighbor, Michael Switzer, had nine daughters by a first wife. When I was much older, I knew two of them and one of them came very near to being a relative of the Fullers.

Mr. Switzer had three sons by a second wife (we were taught to say Grandpa and Grandma Switzer) – William, Edward, and Philip. Mother said she and Grandma Switzer watched when every tree fell to see each other’s house.

On July 29, 1876, I was born. In those days, building roads meant lots of work for Mother. In addition to her housework, there were many baskets of food made for the men working on the road, sometimes two miles away. No household conveniences. All transportation was by ox teams.

Oftentimes while working on the road, a man would cut his foot and be unable to work for awhile. Mother said she nearly always had someone besides Father to wait on. Father’s cousin, Asa Wellington, cut his foot. Father’s brother, Sam hurt his hand and had his arm in a sling. George broke his arm and carried it in a sling. I can remember Sam and George in those days and was glad to have them visit us. My father too cut his foot.

When I was very small, my mother had to hunt the cows in the woods. The woods were dark and dense and she was afraid. Sometimes a bear was seen and the cry of a lynx was heard. She put me to bed with Father and went to hunt the cows. She said when she started the cows toward home, she kept close to the oldest cow for she would take the shortest way home. William Switzer, now about twelve years old, was a big tease. He liked to hide in the woods to scare Mother when she went to get the cows. When she left me on the floor to play, he would come pick me up and say ‘come on’ and carry me to his home and expect her to follow. Another time, Mother tied me in a high chair by the pantry window and when her back was turned, William stole me and hid out around the house.

These were lonesome days. Sometimes, before we had a well, we had to carry water from Switzers. We could carry only one bucket at a time. In the other hand, we’d carry a switch or brush to fight the mosquitoes.

On August 2, 1878, when I was two, my sister Edna was born. Ella was born April 11, 1880 but died when she was only twenty-one months old. My brother William was born on August 4, 1882. Myrtle was born August 2, 1884 and died that October.

When my sister Edna and I were just little girls, our house consisted of one room, one bedroom, a pantry, and an attic where father’s brothers slept. A brother of mother’s was sometimes with us for a few days. A lean-to kitchen and woodshed were added and a little later, the attic was finished for two bedrooms and a utility room.

As the country was cleared, more neighbors came. A one-room schoolhouse was built and called Gaffield School House. In it church services and Sunday School were held. Before my sister Edna was born, my father walked one mile and carried me to the services. When Edna and I were old enough to go to school, we walked through storm and snow. This same schoolhouse was still standing and in use in 1927.

When the logging company moved away, it left the camps quite empty. I can remember how some of the camps were used. One of the larger camps was rented to a family of Danes who lived in one and operated a greenhouse. We girls and Mother could walk the mile to see his flowers and watch his method of raising them. The men from the greenhouse worked for Father in the winter, cutting cordwood on our farm. There was a good market for stove wood in Howard City, six miles away. Another camp was used as a residence while the cook camp was empty for some time.

There was a nice grove of hard maple trees in back of our house. Father tapped the trees in the spring when the sap was running and we girls gathered the sap and carried it to the house where mother boiled it down to syrup and sometimes made a few cakes of maple sugar candy.

A neighbor across from us also had a nice grove of trees. He had two grown sons to help. They built a sugar house in the grove and with special equipment made syrup and sugar and sold the syrup at Howard City for five dollars a gallon.

A frame barn replaced our log barn. These changes made work a little easier for Father to feed the stock. At this time, he had horses, cows, sheep and hogs.

Still we had no conveniences, no water system, no reservoir and no electricity. Water was heated in a large boiler on top of the stove for washing. Our first well, between the house and barn, had the first iron pump and all water for household use was carried twenty or thirty feet to the house. Just over the fence from the well was a large wooden trough, hand-hewn out of a big log filled with water for the horses and cows to drink.

We used kerosene lamps. It was my work to wash and fill all the lamps every day. Later a cistern was built under the kitchen with a pump in the kitchen. This held rainwater used for washing and dish washing.

When Father replaced the log barn for a frame barn, it meant lots of help for a barn-raising. He invited friends and neighbors from near and far as two miles away. Beams were raised one at a time instead of one wall at a time. Refreshments were served out in the yard. Father bought a barrel of crackers and a cream cheese. Each man helped himself. Coffee and tea were served.

It was quite a sight for us to watch the first stump-pulling. A tall wooden derrick with three legs was set over a stump and a chain attached to a big root. With a large screw and chain and horse power, the stump was gradually pulled over on one side. Some stumps were piled up and burned. Some were cleaned of all dirt, moved and set in a row for boundary fences. On Father’s partly stumped land, he raised wheat, oats, rye, sometimes buckwheat, besides corn and potatoes and a small garden. No irrigation, all dry land farming. Lots of huckleberries and blackberries in the woods nearby, if a man had time to pick berries. Not easy for women folks to go and we girls were too young to go alone. Sometimes Father could spare a hired man to pick berries.

There was also a natural cranberry marsh about two miles or more from our home. With Mother and a neighbor woman, we girls could go with them to pick cranberries. The marsh was surrounded by trees and it was very easy to get lost. We marked our entrance to the marsh by a particular dead tree having a bird’s nest very high up. After the area around was cleared, the marsh must have dried up. Not too far away, there was another kind of low bush huckleberries. We girls, now a little older, could go alone and pick a few.

My father had four or five soft maple trees in a row in front of our house. Boys for sport would ride the first bicycles with high wheels from Howard City, six miles away, to our place, stop in the shade of our trees to rest and get a drink of water and ride on another six miles to Lakeview.

When I was still in the country school, whenever church services were held in the evening, I would spend my noon hours washing and filling the kerosene lamps. There were five wall lamps.

The Gaffield School was not graded. Promotions were first reader, second reader, third reader, on up to the fifth reader and other studies the same. Elemental and second books of geography, arithmetic, physiology and grammar, spelling books for all from A to Z to higher spelling sufficed until I entered high school in the tenth grade. In my last year at the country school, there were only three in my class. Miss Cora Lee taught not only the regular studies but bits of other subjects. Her teaching of grammar was of great help to me, more than I got in high school.

Miss Cora Lee was the daughter of a GAR veteran whose home was in Coral, Michigan. She was a reader, an elocutionist, a music teacher and a Congregationalist. She liked to get up programs and she helped to get our first school flag by asking for donations. She was a strong Republican. She asked one man who happened to be a Democrat if he would donate a flagpole. He said he would if she would accept a hickory pole. She agreed and he provided a nice, but not hickory, flagpole.

On Columbus Day, we had a very nice program and flag-raising. Miss Lee’s father came with a load of GAR veterans from Coral, five miles away. Some of the boys and girls marched to meet them and all in all, it was a great day. Her last year there, Miss Lee met a young preacher, Rev. Raven, who came to the school house to hold church services and they were married. She was a confirmed old maid and he was eligible!

When I was nineteen, I went to high school at Howard City for one term. I roomed with a Mrs. Bennet with two other girls and two teachers. We each furnished and cooked our own food and we all ate at one big table. We girls usually went home weekends but the teachers lived there during the school term. Mrs. Bennet was a widow and with two girls and two teachers, we could have a little fun of an evening. While it was natural for Edd Fuller to call on us, it was friendly to invite him to dinner sometimes.

There were no places to go for entertainment, no shows. Once a year to a county fair, six miles away or to a camp meeting three miles away. Sometimes to a Sunday School picnic. Time off was spent at Edd’s home or at mine. A walk in the woods on a Sunday afternoon where many wild flowers grew, also wintergreen berries which are very good to eat. These were still horse and buggy days. Edd drove a gray horse named Frank.

When threshing time came, Father and neighbors exchanged work. Threshing machines consisted of grain separator, an engine drawn by horses and a huge wooden water tank. We furnished a horse for power. This was a busy time. Three men came with the machine. We had to feed them and all the neighbors who were there at mealtime. We prepared lots of food and sometimes neighbor women helped with the mealtime work. It was fun and excitement for us children. When I became a farmer’s wife, I realized what it used to be for my mother. When threshers came to my own home, the engine came by steam power.

Still no washing machine, no electricity for lights, churning. We used the dasher type – a five-gallon earthen jar and a wooden dasher and hand power. Later we used a barrel-type churn. It was turned by hand by a crank handle which forced the cream from one end of the barrel to the other. Milk was set in pans till cream formed and then it was skimmed by a little tin saucer-type skimmer.

We never had a Christmas tree when I was young. We always hung our stockings up on Christmas Eve. We never had many gifts but at least we had one gift besides candy, nuts and perhaps an orange. One year when uncles George Wellington and Riley Fish were visiting us, they hung their high winter boots to the ceiling. Mother was ready for these boots. She put a piece of mince pie (nicely wrapped) and a few sticks of kindling wood in each boot. They enjoyed it as much as we did.

Still later, William Switzer, who bought Uncle Sam’s farm, built a house, married and had a family of three girls and a boy. He named his oldest girl Nora. He thought it would be wonderful to have a community Christmas tree in the schoolhouse. He rode horseback all over the neighborhood to get the consent of everyone. This was my first Christmas tree, a big one with real lighted candles.

Time marches on. Edd and I were meant for each other, I guess. We were married in the old home on December 8, 1897 by Reverend William Judd. We set up housekeeping on his father’s farm and lived there until he sold it.

After the births of Oral and Clarence, we moved to a farm of our own at Langston, Michigan. Here we had a kind old neighbor (Grandma Ellsworth) just one half mile from Clifford Lake. She had an old flat-bottomed boat in which she sat for hours, fishing. We were privileged to use that boat. There was good fishing there, many kinds of fish. Black bass, sunfish, blue gills and perch. Sometimes larger fish by trolling. Edd build a low bench for Oral and Clarence to sit on at my knees. They held a short pole and string and thought they were fishing, too.

Just before Father sold his old place, we had one Christmas tree there. Oral and Clarence were old enough to enjoy it. In January 1905, Oral died. On Christmas Eve1905, our daughter Elma Flora was born but died two days later. Son Evert was born in 1906.

Soon after we moved to Langston, my father’s health began to fail. He had pneumonia two winters so thought he would have better health in a warmer climate. He sold the old home, had a public sale and with Mother, my sister Edna and brother William went to Independence, Oregon. When my folks reached Independence, they visited with mother’s sister Emily and family who had moved there a few years before.

On our trip from Michigan to Oregon, we rode the Northern Pacific Railroad train. Clarence was seven years old and Evert six months old. We left Greenville, Michigan in a blanket of snow. When we reached Independence, Clarence was thrilled to see ripe strawberries in grandfather’s garden. It was June 1907.

Father and Mother next went to Blaine, Washington to visit his brother George and his family. Mother’s rheumatism was so bad she could not get around without help. The damp rainy weather was not good for her so Father and Mother and William went back to Independence where they lived until Father’s death in 1918. Edna stayed in Blaine working in a fish cannery where Uncle George was a carpenter. Edna was never very strong and in the camp climate, working in the cannery over the bay, her health failed. She came home to Independence and died there in 1909 of quick TB. Brother William died just three years later.

Edd got work soon on a government boat, the US Piledriver, on the Willamette River, driving piles for revetment work. We moved down the river on the boat with the boss and his family until we reached the job, then camped on the river bank. The boss too camped but with much better equipment for living and an office.

We stayed with this job until Clarence became ill. We moved back to Independence to be near a doctor but Clarence never improved. We had two doctors who could only experiment, first for worms, climatic fever, typhoid fever and spinal meningitis. His whole right side became paralyzed. He died Christmas Eve 1907, eight years old. We shipped his body back to Langston, Michigan for burial in the family cemetery. Since doctors could not do or understand this illness at that time, we studied and read much and observed the next cases very like his. It was later decided to be infantile paralysis. The doctor signed the burial certificate as spinal meningitis.

In 1908, when Evert was two years old, we visited the world’s fair at Seattle. Wellington was born in 1910 and died at age two of stomach flu. Norman was born in 1913.

Evert started school when he was five years old. In 1914, we moved temporarily to Toledo, Oregon where Edd worked in a sawmill that has since been destroyed by fire. We were back home in Independence for Christmas and then again moved temporarily to Corvallis. We returned to Independence for two years. When Evert and Norman were ten and three (1916), my father Joseph Wellington died.

With Evert and Norman, we moved to Silverton where Edd worked in the sawmill. He met with an accident – caught between two jitney loads of lumber which smashed his leg. With his leg in a cast, he was in a hospital at Silverton for seven months under the care of a company doctor. When he was released to go home, he fell and cracked his leg over again and was hospitalized a little longer. Infection still remained. Because of unsatisfactory treatment, we were forced to go to a state doctor in Salem. This required daily trips to Salem for therapy and exercise treatments. Finally, he was left with a crooked leg, a stiff ankle and two hammer toes, a cripple on crutches. After he was released, but still on crutches, he built a stool to sit on while picking hops. So we all picked hops.

After Father’s death, Mother lived alone at Independence. Six years after Father died, she sold her place and bought two acres in Silverton. There was room for another house and Edd was slowly trying to build one for Mother. While this was being done, Mother went to Seattle to visit Father’s brother George Wellington and his family. While there, she had a stroke and died very suddenly on June 4, 1923 at the age of sixty-nine years.

Evert quit school and was now working at the mill. He married Leona Meyers in November 1924.

While Edd was still on crutches but able to get around, he with Evert’s help when able, finished Mother’s little house for Evert and Leona. Still later when able to do without crutches, Edd worked for the county on road maintenance, kept two cows and worked a garden on our small acreage.

In 1927, Edd and I with Norman and Evert and his family drove to Michigan to visit Edd’s sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Snyder, and other relatives. While there, we attended a Fuller Family reunion held at Riverside Park in Belding, Michigan. There were fifty-nine present. We drove there in a 1925 Dodge touring car with wire wheels. It was quite a load, with camping equipment and baggage for six people.

When we returned to Silverton, Evert went back to the mill and Norman back to school. A little later, Evert and family moved to Seattle. Evert and Leona separated and in 1930, Evert went to Boise, Idaho. After working at different kinds of work, he became interested in photography.

Norman graduated from Silverton High School in 1932. In 1933, he went to Boise to be with Evert and then returned to Silverton and worked in CC Camps. He spent a few days in training at guard camp. Again Norman met Evert in Boise and worked with a crew doing roadwork for the forest service that winter. He too became interested in photography.

At Christmas 1933, both boys came to visit. Before Evert went back to Boise, he asked us to sell our place in Silverton and come to Boise to live. We sold and were soon on our way. We drove to Boise in a Star touring car and arrived in August 1936, just a few days after Norman and Margaret Louise Griffiths were married. At this time, Edd’s health began to fail. We spent Christmas in Boise but he was confined to bed and went to the hospital. We had only six months together in Boise before Edd died on February 22, 1937.

Evert and Norman both served in World War II. Norman was in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 and Evert was in the Seabees from 1943 to 1945. After the war, Evert returned to his job with Morrison-Knudson Company as a warehouseman. Norman returned to his job as a clerk and then as a UPSP letter carrier. While Norman was gone, Margaret worked for two years as a clerk at the post office.

Evert married Hazel Weybright in June 30, 1940. While with MK, he was a purchasing agent at the construction of Brownlee Dam, then warehouse assistant at Little Valley, Utah where a bridge was built across the Great Salt Lake. He was then transferred to Wamsutter, Wyoming for construction of interstate highways. While in Wamsutter, they bought a trailer house for their residence and lived close to his work. They returned to Boise in November 1958 and later lived on Whidby Island for many years.

I had lived with Evert and Hazel since Edd’s death but then to my own little house near Norman.

These lines were requested by my granddaughter, Betty Elaine Fuller.

Nora Eliza Wellington Fuller March 16, 1959


Descendants of William Wellington

Generation No. 1

1.   WILLIAM1. WELLINGTON was born September 19, 1815 in Kent, England, and died February 10, 1888. He married ELIZA THOMAS December 04, 1840 in England. She was born May 02, 1821 in Kent, England, and died February 09, 1889.
    Children of WILLIAM WELLINGTON and ELIZA THOMAS are:
2. i. JOSEPH2 WELLINGTON, b. March 22, 1842, Kent, England; d. January 16, 1918, Independence, Polk County, Oregon.
  ii. GEORGE WELLINGTON, b. September 27, 1843, Kent, England; d. July 03, 1858.
  iii. WILLIAM WELLINGTON, b. July 25, 1845, Kent, England; d. March 14, 1876; m. MARGARET WOOD, October 31, 1872.
  iv. HENRY WELLINGTON, b. October 20, 1847, Kent, England; d. April 08, 1923; m. AMELIA TUCKER, April 08, 1891; d. February 19, 1923.
  v. SAMUEL WELLINGTON, b. March 25, 1850, Kent, England; d. February 03, 1943.
3. vi. SUSAN JANE WELLINGTON, b. April 08, 1852, Canada; d. April 19, 1953.
  vii. JOHN WELLINGTON, b. August 06, 1856, Canada; d. May 13, 1858.
  viii. ELIZABETH WELLINGTON, b. March 26, 1858; m. FREDERICK SWEET, December 24, 1890.
4. ix. GEORGE WELLINGTON, b. May 16, 1860, Canada; d. October 11, 1957.
 

Generation No. 2

2.   JOSEPH2WELLINGTON (WILLIAM1) was born March 22, 1842 in Kent, England, and died January 16, 1918 in Independence, Polk County, Oregon. He married ALICE S FISH April 04, 1875, daughter of DEGRASS FISH and SABRINA COON. She was born September 10, 1854 in Canada, and died June 04, 1923.
    Children of JOSEPH WELLINGTON and ALICE FISH are:
5. i. NORA ELIZA3 WELLINGTON, b. July 29, 1876, Montcalm County, MI; d. July 1966, Boise, Idaho.
  ii. EDNA WELLINGTON, b. August 02, 1878; d. April 16, 1909.
  iii. ELLA J WELLINGTON, b. April 11, 1880; d. January 16, 1881.
  iv. WILLIAM WELLINGTON, b. August 04, 1882; d. March 25, 1912.
  v. MYRTLE M WELLINGTON, b. August 02, 1884; d. October 22, 1884.
3.   SUSAN JANE2 WELLINGTON (WILLIAM1) was born April 08, 1852 in Canada, and died April 19, 1953. She married ANDREW CHATTEN January 15, 1875. He was born May 25, 1845, and died February 12, 1923.
    Children of SUSAN WELLINGTON and ANDREW CHATTEN are:
  i. WILLIAM RICHARD3 CHATTEN, b. Abt. 1877; d. At four months of age.
  ii. ELIZA MAY CHATTEN, b. May 01, 1880; m. (1) BERT HILL; m. (2) HUGH ALLEN MCLEOD, August 11, 1910.
  iii. GEORGE WELLINGTON CHATTEN, b. December 05, 1880; d. December 25, 1901.
  iv. ROBERT CHATTEN, b. November 29, 1882.
  v. HILDA CHATTEN, b. August 11, 1885; d. March 29, 1952.
  vi. BERTIE CHATTEN, b. May 25, 1887; m. WILLIAM WHITMORE, December 04, 1912.
4.   GEORGE2 WELLINGTON (WILLIAM1) was born May 16, 1860 in Canada, and died October 11, 1957. He married ELIZABETH PALMER November 08, 1882. She was born January 01, 1861 in Canada, and died February 07, 1943.
    Children of GEORGE WELLINGTON and ELIZABETH PALMER are:
  i. MARTHA3 WELLINGTON, b. October 05, 1883, Canada; m. HOWARD WATSON.
  ii. FRANK WELLINGTON, b. December 12, 1886, South Dakota.
6. iii. RITA CHARLOTTE WELLINGTON, b. August 03, 1894, North Dakota.
7. iv. SAMUEL WELLINGTON, b. March 20, 1896, North Dakota.
 

Generation No. 3

5.   NORA ELIZA3 WELLINGTON (JOSEPH2, WILLIAM1) was born July 29, 1876 in Montcalm County, MI, and died July 1966 in Boise, Idaho. She married WILLIAM EDDY FULLER December 08, 1897 in Howard City, MI, son of DANIEL FULLER and THERESSA GAY. He was born May 12, 1869 in Michigan, and died February 22, 1937 in Boise, Idaho.
    Children of NORA WELLINGTON and WILLIAM FULLER are:
  i. ORAL EDDY4 FULLER, b. November 07, 1898, Amble, Montcalm County, Michigan; d. January 24, 1905, Michigan.
  ii. CLARENCE L. FULLER, b. November 20, 1899, Amble, Montcalm County, Michigan; d. December 24, 1907, Independence, Polk County, Oregon.
  iii. UNNAMED BABY FULLER, b. September 1901, Michigan; d. September 1901, Michigan.
  iv. EDNA FLORA FULLER, b. December 24, 1905, Michigan; d. December 25, 1905, Michigan.
8. v. EVERT LEWIS FULLER, b. November 17, 1906, Michigan; d. August 2000, Washington.
  vi. WELLINGTON J. FULLER, b. April 23, 1910, Independence, Polk County, Oregon; d. August 26, 1912, Independence, Polk County, Oregon.
9. vii. NORMAN ELWOOD FULLER, b. November 20, 1913, Silverton, Oregon; d. September 22, 1984, Boise, Idaho.
6.   RITA CHARLOTTE3 WELLINGTON (GEORGE2, WILLIAM1) was born August 03, 1894 in North Dakota. She married CLAUD W JOLLY May 17, 1918 in Seattle WA. He was born December 03, 1883 in Washington, and died August 07, 1941 in Oregon.
    Child of RITA WELLINGTON and CLAUD JOLLY is:
10. i. WALTER JAY4 JOLLY.
7.   SAMUEL3 WELLINGTON (GEORGE2, WILLIAM1) was born March 20, 1896 in North Dakota. He married MAY DOLAN November 1923 in Vancouver, WA.
    Child of SAMUEL WELLINGTON and MAY DOLAN is:
  i. TERRYLIN4 WELLINGTON, b. April 11, 1929.
 

Generation No. 4

8.   EVERT LEWIS4 FULLER (NORA ELIZA3 WELLINGTON, JOSEPH2, WILLIAM1) was born November 17, 1906 in Michigan, and died August 2000 in Washington. He married (1) LEONA SOPHONIA MEYERS November 23, 1924 in Oregon. She was born July 27, 1907. He married (2) HAZEL G. SEAMON June 22, 1940 in Boise, Ada County, ID.
    Child of EVERT FULLER and LEONA MEYERS is:
11. i. BETTY ELAINE5 FULLER, b. October 28, 1925.
9.   NORMAN ELWOOD4 FULLER (NORA ELIZA3 WELLINGTON, JOSEPH2, WILLIAM1) was born November 20, 1913 in Silverton, Oregon, and died September 22, 1984 in Boise, Idaho. He married MARGARET LOUISE GRIFFITHS August 08, 1936 in Idaho City, Boise County, Idaho, daughter of HENRY GRIFFITHS and GRACE LUFF. She was born February 13, 1910 in Boise, Idaho, and died November 1982 in Boise, Idaho.
10.   WALTER JAY4 JOLLY (RITA CHARLOTTE3 WELLINGTON, GEORGE2, WILLIAM1). He married CONSTANCE HEDBERG June 21, 1941.
    Children of WALTER JOLLY and CONSTANCE HEDBERG are:
  i. CLAUDIA5 JOLLY, b. February 1943.
  ii. KAREN JOLLY, b. April 24, 1946.
 

Generation No. 5

11.   BETTY ELAIN5 FULLER (EVERT LEWIS4, NORA ELIZA3 WELLINGTON, JOSEPH2, WILLIAM1) was born October 28, 1925. She married R C (JOHNNY) DAVIS May 18, 1946.
12.   Bruce Jay5 FULLER (Norman Elwood4, NORA ELIZA3 WELLINGTON, JOSEPH2, WILLIAM1) was born December 19, 1947.
     
 


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