BARNABAS W. FULTON, a well-known and influential citizen of Moultrie County, bears a prominent
part in various local affairs. He has an established reputation as a good farmer, and an upright
man, and were it for no other reason save his valiant services as a soldier in the late war he would
deserve representation in this volume. In agricultural affairs he has been very especially successful
and is now the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of as fine land as is to be found in the county.
This goodly tract is located on section 5, Lowe Township, and is well developed and is supplied with a
full line of farm buildings.
The parents of our subject were among the earliest settlers of Moultrie County, coming here in 1832
shortly after their marriage in Kentucky. Both were natives of Kentucky and bore the names of John B.
and Amy (Hagden) Fulton. Upon their arrival in this county they located in Jonathan Creek Township,
where they improved a tract of wild land and passed their remaining years. During the first years of
their residence here they endured all the hardships of pioneer life, but by unflagging perseverance
and indomitable energy they conquered adversity and in their declining years were surrounded by the
comforts for which they had labored so arduously in earlier life. All who love their country and are
interested in its development, will hold in reverence the names of John F. Fulton and his good wife.
The sixth in a family of eight children, our subject was born in Jonathan Creek Township, this county,
April 19, 1840. His earliest recollections are of the scenes of frontier life and he has not only
been an interested witness of the growth of this section, but has contributed his quota to its progress.
He deserves especial mention not only as a pioneer but also as a brave defender of the Union. He was
in his early manhood when the war broke out and all the enthusiasm and patriotism of his nature were
fired in behalf of the Government. Accordingly he enlisted in August, 1862, in Company C, One Hundred
and Twenty-sixth Illinois Infantry, and served until the close of the war.
When the Government had no further need of his services he returned to Jonathan Creek Township and
resumed farming, to which he has ever since devoted his attention. He was married in that township
in November, 1868, to Elizabeth Maston, a native of Coles County, Ill., and their union was blest by
the birth of two children -- William, who died when one and one-half years old, and Barnabas, who is
still under the parental roof. The wife, and mother passed from the earth at her home in Jonathan
Creek Township, October 28, 1873.
The cozy home of Mr. Fulton is presided over by a lady of intelligence and refinement, whose maiden
name was Sarah Maston and who was born in Jonathan Creek Township, September 12, 1854. Her parents
were James and Mary (Campbell) Maston, the former of whom died in this township. The marriage of
our subject and his estimable wife was solemnized March 23, 1874, and the congenial union has been
blest by the birth of one child -- a son -- Isaac W. Mr. Fulton continued to reside in Jonathan Creek
Township until 1875, when he came to Lowe Township and settled on section 5, of which he has since
been a resident. Politically Mr. Fulton is a Democrat, believing that the principles of that party
are best calculated to advance the interest of the nation. Socially he and his wife are highly
esteemed for their hospitality and many noble attributes of heart and mind.
Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, 1891 - p. 314/317
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