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Fulton County, Indiana

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  • Vester Lee Williams (1915 - 1985)
    Published in The Rochester Sentinel Monday, April 29, 1985 Vester L. Williams Vester L. WILLIAMS, 69, Rt. 5, Rochester, died at 12:50 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital where he had been a patient o...
  • David Rearick, Sr (1863 - 1941)
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  • Mary Ellen Tobey (1908 - 1962)
    Published in The Rochester News-Sentinel Saturday, February 24, 1962 Mary E. Tobey Mrs. Mary Ellen TOBEY, 53, secretary of the Fulton County Republican Central Committee and former manager of the...
  • Howard Felix Tobey (1906 - 1985)
    Published in The Rochester Sentinel Monday, August 26, 1985 Howard F. Tobey Howard F. TOBEY, 79, of 1201 Jefferson St., died at 10:15 p.m. Sunday at his home. He was born Aug. 19, 1906 in Loga...

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The county was formed in 1836. It was named for Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat. Native Americans in the county believed that a terrible monster lived in Lake Manitou and for that reason they never lived around the lake. Early settlers called it the Devil's Lake and there were many reported sightings of a monster.

The Potawatomi Trail of Death came through the town in 1838. This was the forced removal of the Potawatomi nation from Indiana to reservation lands in what is now eastern Kansas. The march began at Twin Lakes, Indiana (Myers Lake and Cook Lake, near Plymouth, Indiana) on September 4, 1838, and ended on November 4, 1838, along the western bank of the Osage River, near present-day Osawatomie, Kansas. During the journey of approximately 660 miles over 61 days, more than 40 people died, most of them children. It marked the single largest Indian removal in Indiana history.

The first non-Native Americans to ever set foot in what is now Fulton County, Indiana were French traders. Few of them remained permanently as year-round residents of the area and by the 1830s there was no French population of what is now Fulton County.

In the 1820s and 1830s migrants from New England began moving to what is now Indiana in large numbers (though there was a trickle of New England settlers who arrived before this date). These were “Yankee” settlers, that is to say they were descended from the English Puritans who settled New England during the colonial era. While most of them came to Indiana directly from New England, there were many who came from upstate New York. These were people whose parents had moved from New England to upstate New York in the immediate aftermath of the American Revolution. Due to the prevalence of New Englanders and New England transplants from upstate New York, the northern third of Indiana was very culturally contiguous with early New England culture for much of its early history.

The Yankee migration to Indiana was a result of several factors, one of which was the overpopulation of New England. The old stock Yankee population had large families, often bearing up to ten children in one household. Most people were expected to have their own piece of land to farm, and due to the massive and nonstop population boom, land in New England became scarce as every son claimed his own farmstead. As a result, there was not enough land for every family to have a self-sustaining farm, and Yankee settlers began leaving New England for the Midwestern United States.

They were aided in this effort by the construction and completion of the Erie Canal which made traveling to the region much easier, causing an additional surge in migrants coming from New England. Added to this was the end of the Black Hawk War, which made the region much safer to travel through and settle in for white settlers.

In the case of Fulton County, there were no attempts by United States settlers to permanently settle the area until the conclusion of the Blackhawk War. Fulton County's first permanent non-Native American settlers arrived in September and October 1832, most of whom came from New England though some of whom were New England transplants from upstate New York. Most of Fulton County's New England settlers came from Franklin County, Massachusetts, Grafton County, New Hampshire and Orange County, Vermont, as well as several farming families from Maine and the rural northern region of Connecticut. At first, virtually all of these settlers were farmers.

These settlers were primarily members of the Congregational Church, though due to the Second Great Awakening, many of them had converted to Methodism, and some had become Baptists before coming to what is now Cook County. The Congregational Church has subsequently gone through many divisions, and some factions, including those in Cook County, are now known as the Church of Christ and the United Church of Christ.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Townships

  • Akron
  • Athens
  • Aubbeenaubbee
  • Delong
  • Fulton
  • Grass Creek
  • Henry
  • Kewanna
  • Leiters Ford
  • Liberty
  • Newcastle
  • Richland
  • Rochester (County Seat)
  • Tiosa
  • Union
  • Wayne




The Lyman Brackett House

The John Haimbaugh Round Barn

Prill School

The John W. Smith House

The Utter-Gerig Round Barn