Some personal comments from Thom Foulks, amateur genealogical researcher:
As of early 2001, my Foulks family tree has been posted on the Web for more than four years; three of them, at its own domain, www.foulks.com -- making it very easy to find for anyone researching Foulks information. Although hundreds carry the Foulks surname, it is still not a common name -- ranked 14,330 on the list of unique U.S. surnames, according to the 1990 census.
Hardly a month goes by that I do not hear from some Foulks, whose name doesnot link to the William/George Foulks lineage this site memorializes. They are tantalizing contacts, and I remain ever-hopeful that I will hear from some other Foulks researcher who has found enough information to link some of these other Foulks families to some common ancestor. Alas, that has not happened.
The existence of at least one other Foulks family in the U.S., with ancestry back to the 1700s, is quite clear. Here's some of the evidence, as gleaned from my email. (In case it's not obvious, my comments are in the boxes.)
Christopher Foulks Christopher Foulks (Addendum) Rowland Foulkes John R. Foulkes A Fulks Link? Confusing Name Overlap Proximity Factor: A Myth The Kentucky Foulks George's Indian Daughter? Another Indiana Foulks
June 24, 1935
Mr. Guy G. Foulks
This is the text of a letter received by a California cousin of mine, before I was born. Guy Foulks was a son of Euphemia Foulks, a widow with five children, who travelled by wagon to the Sacramento area in 1852.
Dear Mr. Foulks:
It is with pleasure I have your letter of June 10th and see you are a descendant of George Foulks 1769.
My ancestor was Christopher Foulks 1780, and his brothers were Joseph, John, George and William. I know of Joseph and John, but I have no trace of George and William, so whether or not your ancestor George and my ancestor Christopher were brothers, or related, remains to be proven.
Christopher's father was named "Jacob" but I know nothing other than his name. All I know of Christopher is that my own grand-father Charles Foulks told me of his father Christopher as being born in Pennsylvania near were now stands the city of Bethlehem in about 1780. Then, the family moved to New Jersey, for my grand-father was born in New Egypt, New Jersey in 1808. In this town Christopher established a snuff mill but it was burned by the British in the war of 1812, and my Grandfather often told me of remembering seeing his father Christopher returning from the war. The next step was that Christopher, Josph and John came west in about 1815, with Christopher settling in St. Clair County, Illinois, while Joseph and John went to Logan County, Kentucky.
I presume you have records of the "father" of George Foulks 1769? And do you know the brothers of George? Would you mind advising me?
Unfortunately, there is no record of what information Guy Foulks shared with H.F. Hunter; but it appears they did not find a linkage. And, we know nothing of a Charles W. Foulks.
I am sending a copy of your letter to Charles W. Foulks of Goshen, Indiana as he comes of the Foulks Family from Richland County in Ohio where your Alfred Foulks lived.
If you can give me any further information I will appreciate it, for I want to keep in touch with you as I know that we can establish many more steps of the Foulks Genealogy.
2850 North Stowell Ave.
More Christopher Foulks
Dear Thom Foulks from Michael Hawker:
It seems possible that many people wearing the Foulks surname today are descendants of or linked to, Christopher Foulks. Consider the lineage of Michael Hawker...
I have much information of the Foulks in my family, which after discovering your wonderful website today leads me to estimate we might have a family connection.
My great great grandfather was Joshua Sweet Foulks, born May 1, 1844. Joshua is a great grandson of George and Catherine Foulks.
I have much historical and specific information on Foulks, but this is the information that may link our 'Foulks' families. I have not confirmed these records with official documents, but this information comes from typed papers my grandfather passed along to me. I am not sure who researched the information, nor if it is complete and accurate.
George Foulks, born 1745 in Germany, emigrated to Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in 1771, died in 1809 in New Jersey. George married Catherine Godshall. She was born 1750 in Germany, also emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1771 and died 1818 in New Jersey.
Famous Foulks ancestor Indian scout George, also married a wife named Catherine; in 1796.
George and Catherine had seven children: Christopher, William, George, Jacob, Joseph, John, and Mary. It is assumed that William, George and Jacob died in Pennsylvania, while the others emigrated west. Joseph Foulks emigrated with Christopher since records show his eldest son Louis Marshall Foulks was born in Logan County, Kentucky on September 3, 1817. Joseph later moved from Kentucky to St. Clair County, Illinois to be with Christopher.
Christopher, born 1771 in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, was a captain in the War of 1812, and died in St. Louis, Missouri about 1846. He emigrated with the family to Freeburg, St. Clair County, Illinois in 1817, then to St. Louis in 1822. He married Margaret Grundy. Christopher was in the tobacco business, his company being the foundation for the company to become the Liggett and Meyer Tobacco Company.
Christopher and Margaret Foulks had nine children: Charles, Elizabeth, Catherine, Mary, William, Sarah, Rachel, Patty (died in infancy) and Hannah (also died in infancy). Of interest, Elizabeth married Joseph Liggett, one of the founders of the Liggett and Meyer Tobacco Company.
Charles Foulks, born August 2, 1808 in New Egypt, New Jersey, emigrated with his family to Freeburg, Illinois in 1817, then lived in St. Louis beginning 1887 until his death in 1896. Charles married Emily Armstrong Adams in Freeburg, St. Clair County, Illinois. She was the daughter of James Adams (1765-1835).
Charles and Emily Foulks had eight children: Eleanor Ewing, James Harvey, Christopher Columbus, Rachel Margaret, William Henry, John Ewing, Joshua Sweet, and Mary Elizabeth. All were born in Freeburg, Illinois.
"His father Charles, in all, would marry four times and have 22 children..." (Wow!)
My great great grandfather was Joshua Sweet Foulks, born May 1, 1844. His father Charles, in all, would marry four times and have 22 children.
I would like to share as much information I have with you and possibly you could help me with my information. If you e-mail me back with a mailing address, I can send you copies of what my grandfather passed on to me, far too much information to send via e-mail.
-- Michael Hawker
Christopher Foulks: Addendum
Thank you very much for your recent response to my e-mail in January. I am delighted to find all the other recent information. I wish only I could find more information on my own last name -- Hawker!
This is the Foulks information my grandfather William Davis Hawker (1913-1993) gave to me in 1985. I am not sure of the author/compiler, nor the accuracy of the information (I have not verified this through records), but I suspect that the Hunter family may be a key link. In the narratives that follow, there are many references to the Hunter family. I did discover this bit of information in my family tree regarding "H. F. Hunter":
An exchange of email between Michael and me brought this treasure trove of information. For me, it solved a lot of long-standing mysteries; including that 1935 letter from an H.F. Hunter in Wisconsin, to a Foulks cousin in California. Turns out Mr. Hunter is also a Foulks.
"H. F. Hunter" is Harry Frederick Hunter (b. 1844, St. Louis) and is one of the children of Henry Hunter (b. Feb 14, 1849 St. Louis; d. Sept 22, 1935 St. Louis; owner of a feed and grain company in St. Louis) and Mary Elizabeth Foulks (daughter of Charles Foulks, 1808-1896). Mary Elizabeth Foulks Hunter (b. 1847) was the sister of my grandfather's grandfather Joshua Sweet Foulks (1844-1903). Joshua Sweet Foulks (1844-1903) married Mary Owen (Kretschmar) (1858-1938). Her family was Owen, but apparently the several Owen children were all adopted when mother Owen died. This is where the Kretschmar surname came from. My grandfather had one of the Owen children as Mary Elizabeth Owen who married Henry Hunter. I think my grandfather was mistaken. The Foulks narratives that follow seem to clarify that Mary Elizabeth Foulks married Henry Hunter, and they had several children. I have some of this information already. My grandfather thought that Mary Elizabeth OWEN was adopted into the Bascom family before marrying into the Hunter family. Now, after rereading these Foulks narratives carefully, it is clear that the marriage to Henry Hunter was her second marriage, and that her first marriage was to Arthur Bascom.
Confused? I am also, until I can positively figure out the Owen family for sure.
Here is pretty much all the information I have on the Foulks side of my genealogy...
My grandfather William D. Hawker (1913-1993) wrote to me regarding his grandparents, Joshua Sweet Foulks (1844-1903) and Emily Maude Foulks (1893-1931):
"Attached are many papers concerning our roots. My mother was Emily Maude Foulks. Her father was Joshua Sweet Foulks. These papers trace the Foulks family back to George Foulks born in Germany in 1745.
"George's grandson -- Charles -- married 4 x and had 22 children. So my grandfather had 7 brothers and sisters and 14 half brothers and sisters. Therefore, many people of the following names could be related: Liggett, Adams, Ewing, Grundy, English, Griffin, Galbraith, Andres, Bull, Shaw, Kansteiner, Bowersox, Coan, Messmer, just to name a few.
"We should get records of my mother's mother named Owen. Also, of my father's other whom we suspect was illegitimate. But hang onto these papers for some day they would be of interest.
This letter was accompanied with a typewritten tree with information that may or may not be 100% accurate and may even conflict with the written narratives that accompany it. My grandfather wrote (in 1985) that "there are Foulks in 26 states and they probably number between 5-10,000 persons."
The typed tree shows a George Foulks (b. 1745 Ger; Penna. 1771; d. 1809 N.J.) married to Catherine Godshall (b. 1750 Ger.; Penna. 1771; d. 1818 N.J.). In the tree, Catherine had a brother named Ludwick and their parents were Peter Godshall and Catherine Godshall. Handwritten on this tree is that George and Catherine Foulks "came over on the ship 'Tiger'; and it took five months." Also in handwriting it notes that Ludwick "sold George Foulks' land."
The tree then shows George and Catherine Foulks with seven children. They are: Christopher Foulks (b. 1771 Penna.; New Egypt, N.J. 1803-1817; Freeburg 1817; St. Louis 1822-1846; d. St. Louis 1846) married to Margaret Grundy (b. 1773 Penna.; d. St. Louis 1832). In handwriting, it notes that Margaret Grundy was "a quaker." Christopher and Margaret Foulks are both buried in Memorial Rock Cemetery in St. Louis, graves 102 and 103, row 4. The other children typed in the tree were:
One can ponder over the similarities of first names between descendants of my William Foulks family and the descendants of the George/Christopher Foulks family. Most notably: William, Jacob, Charles, Catherine, Elizabeth and George.
Jacob (handwritten that all "died in Penna.")
Mary (handwritten that they all "moved west").
Where the handwritten information came from is uncertain. It almost looks very much like my grandfather's handwriting (William D. Hawker).
The tree continues with the children of Christopher Foulks and Margaret Grundy. Charles Foulks (b. New Egypt, N.J.; Freeburg 1817-1887; St. Louis 1887-96; d. St. Louis 1896). Charles was buried in St. Mathews Cemetery in St. Louis. He married Emily Armstrong Adams (b. 1807 Kentucky; Freeburg ?-1854; d. Freeburg 1854). The father of Emily Adams was James Adams (1765-1835). In handwriting, it notes that James Adams' wife as "Elizabeth Ewing of Logan, Kentucky" and that they are "probably buried in Kentucky ."
Other children of Christopher and Margaret Foulks typed in the tree were
Elizabeth (married Joseph Liggett)
The tree then ends showing the children of Charles and Emily Foulks:
Eleanor Ewing (noted in handwriting that she married "into the Bull family; Dr. Ron Bull of Alton, Illinois");
The narrative portion of the papers my grandfather William D. Hawker gave me in 1985 follows. The papers have a heading "Christopher Foulks (2) (7 to 16 inclusive)", which indicates to me that a much larger document exists somewhere, from which this was copied. Much of this information coincides with your recent e-mail letter from Robert Elliott Foulks and there are probable links with the other respondees. I may even try to contact Bob to see if his copy matches my copy and what other information he can provide. The narrative I have reads as follows [with my NOTES in brackets]:
"Christopher Foulks (2) (7 to 16 inclusive)"
"(1) The oldest child of Jacob Foulks, family of five sons." [NOTE: Jacob was crossed out, and then handwritten above is "George.]
"(2) Born about 1770 in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania near where stands the present city of Bethlehem.
"(3) Married about 1790 to Margaret Grundy, though Joseph Foulks of Hoisington [NOTE: the photocopy is not clear, so I am not sure of the town], Kansas says the name was Mrs. Warden...however, there is no other known record. The name of Grundy seems to be more authentic in view of Christopher's son being named William Grundy Foulks.
"(4) Christopher died in St. Louis, Missouri about 1846. No record of place of burial. [NOTE: buried in Memorial Cemetery, graves 102, 103, row 4]
The typical naming convention in use by many English and German families in the 1700s-1800s was:
First son named after paternal grandfather
Second son named after maternal grandfather
Third son named after father
Fourth son named after father's oldest brother
First daughter named after maternal grandmother
Second daughter named after paternal grandmother
Many families (but certainly not all) followed this convention absolutely. It can be helpful by giving a researcher at least a starting point to deduce the name of an unknown relative.
"(5) Children of Christopher:
Elizabeth Foulks (Liggett Shaw) (b. 1797, Lehigh Co., Pa.)
William Grundy Foulks (b. July 8, 1798, Lehigh Co., Pa.)
Catherine Foulks (English) (b. 1800, Lehigh Co., Pa.)
Mary Foulks (Sheppard Griffin) (b. Feb. 5, 1802, Lehigh Co., Pa.)
Sarah Foulks (Galbraith) (b. 1803, Lehigh Co., Pa.) Rachel Foulks (Andres) (b. 1808)
Patty Ann Foulks (died in infancy)
Hannah Foulks (died in infancy)
Charles Foulks (b. Aug. 2, 1808, New Egypt, NJ)
"(6) At what time Christopher Foulks left Pennsylvania to go to New Jersey is uncertain and also the fact as to whether his father and brothers accompanied him. But, we think they must have all emigrated together, inasmuch as they later emigrated together to the west.
"(7) The time must have about the year 1804 when Christopher at the age of thirty-four years, traveled to New Egypt in New Jersey, for his son, William was only a child of six years. The records are also definite that Charles Foulks was born in New Egypt, New Jersey in 1808.
"(8) It must have been a momentous decision for Christopher to make, considering the hardships of travel in those days, and also considering the group of very young children. Elizabeth was eight years, William was six years, Mary was two years, and Sarah but a year old. It was also a momentous decision for Christopher to make to give up his farm, and decide to embark as a dealer and manufacturer of snuff.
"(9) To find they owned snuff mills and dealt largely in tobacco and were quite prosperous until the War of 1812, when the British ships infested the waters about Philadelphia stopping all shipping. An embargo was established so that mills had to close, and were finally burned by the British.
"(10) Charles Foulks often told the story that after the British burned them out that his father Christopher went to war, and though only a small boy of six years, yet he remembered him returning from the war with his rifle.
"...The Foulks family lost all of their property during the war..."
"(11) The Foulks family lost all of their property during the war, and what they did until 1815 when they emigrated west is unknown...whether they stopped in New Jersey, or went back to Pennsylvania.
"(12) Christopher Foulks in 1816 again made a tremendous decision in his family life, and this time it was to listen to the call of the Frontier in the west. In the immediate years following the War of 1812, the people poured over the Alleghenies into the rich bottom lands of the Mississippi Valley. In the year of 1815 we still find Illinois and Missouri as territories, for Illinois was admitted as a state in 1818, and Missouri in 1822.
"(13) Christopher Foulks was forty-five years of age in 1816, and his group of children were much older than when they left for New Jersey in 1804. Yet, the children were not full grown men and women, but we imagine were of the sturdy pioneer stock of that time. We find Elizabeth now 18 years; William 17 years; Cather 15 years; Mary 15 years; Sarah 12 years; Rachel 9 years; and Charles but 7 years of age. It must have been a heavy responsibility for Christopher to take this group of young children and undertake all of the hazards of emigrating; the travel by water down the Ohio; the risk of Indians; and the hardships of the frontier.
The Allen W. Eckert book, "That Dark and Bloody River" is a fact-and-name filled book on the settlement of the Ohio River valley. It is non-fiction, and published by Bantam Books.
"(14) However, Christopher's brothers, Joseph and John were with him, as they traveled overland through Pennsylvania to Pittsburg and then down the Ohio River in keel, or flat bottom boats, as far as Shawneetown, Illinois.
"(15) Joseph Foulks must have emigrated with Christopher, for the family Bible of Joseph shows his oldest child, Louis Marshall Foulks, was born in Logan County, Kentucky, September 3, 1817.
"(16) Bear in mind that in 1815 the territory of Illinois was still a wilderness. Fort Dearborn which afterward became Chicago was only a town of 300 people in 1831, and it was in this year the first post office was established. The first public school in Chicago was in 1844...The Chicago Indian massacre was in 1812, with the Battle of Tippecanoe at Lafayette, Indiana in 1812. Shawneetown in 1815 and up to 1840 was the most important shipping point in Illinois and a frontier town of great activity.
"(17) At this point in the journey we find a split in the family with Joseph and his wife, Sally, going into Kentucky and settling in Logan County, for their Bible record shows their first child born in Logan County in 1817.
"(18) Christopher and his family continued overland from Shawneetown with teams and the Conostoga Covered Wagons, through Illinois forests and prairie trails toward their objective of St. Louis. But as they came nearly to St. Louis and were traveling in St. Clair County, Illinois, they found a small colony of German settlers who invited them to stop and settle with them. So they settled and open up farms near Belleville which afterward became part of the town of Freeburg, Illinois.
Freeburg is about 10 miles southeast of Belleville, not far from Scott AFB.
"(19) Joseph Foulks in the year 1822 moved from Kentucky to St. Clair County, Illinois to be with his brother, Christopher. It is also likely John came from Kentucky with Joseph.
"(20) Christopher Foulks afterward moved to St. Louis where he engaged in the tobacco business. This was the founding of what was afterwards known as the Liggett and Meyer [NOTE: should read Myers] Tobacco Company, makers of Star Plug Chewing Tobacco. The original cedar chest with which Christopher started and used in the tobacco business is still in the possession of the family of his grand-daughter, Mary Elizabeth Foulks Hunter.
"(21) Joseph K. Liggett married Elizabeth, the oldest daughter of Christopher Foulks...their son, John S. Liggett was the founder of the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company.
[NOTE: The Liggett Group published a brochure that describes this beginning..."The story begins in 1822 in a small shop in Belleville, Illinois, where the grandfather of John Edmund Liggett began to manufacture snuff. In 1833, he moved to St. Louis, and in 1844, his grandson entered the business at the age of eighteen. The company name became J. E. Liggett and Brother in 1849. George S. Myers entered the partnership in 1873, and the name Liggett & Myers appeared for the first time. In 1878, the firm was incorporated in Missouri as Liggett & Myers Company. By 1885, Liggett & Myers had become the largest manufacturer of plug chewing tobacco in the world. Its leading brand, STAR had been introduced in the Centennial year of 1876." The rest is history as they say.]
"(22) However, Christopher was never able to rid himself of his roving disposition and he eventually died about 1848 a poor man at the home of relatives living at the northwest corner of Third and Elm Streets in St. Louis.
"(23) No record is known of the burial place of Christopher, nor of his wife. [NOTE: I know they are buried at Memorial Rock Cemetery in St. Louis, row 4, graves 102 and 103.]
"(24) A large charcoal portrait of Christopher, executed by Conilli [spelling ?] of St. Louis is in the possession of the Hunter family.
The next typed narrative was titled "Charles Foulks (3) 15" and it reads:
"Youngest child of Christopher Foulks.
"BORN August 2, 1808 in New Egypt, or Little Egypt, New Jersey.
"DIED August 23, 1896 at the age of eighty-eight years at the home of his daughter Mary Elizabeth Foulks Hunter, 7521 Virginia Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri.
"BURIED in the Foulks-Hunter lot in St. Matthews Cemetery in St. Louis.
"MARRIED Emily Armstrong Adams, October 19, 1826 in the town of Freeburg, St. Clair County, Illinois at the age of eighteen. The log cabin which they built at the time of their marriage is still standing, and it is in excellent condition. The original hard wood oak floors are still as serviceable as ever. [NOTE: I have not tried to find this cabin, nor make a trip to Freeburg --- maybe I should!].
"Emily Armstrong Adams born February 28, 1807. Died April 21, 1854 and buried in the Adams Burying Grounds near Belleville. There is a photograph of her in the stone marking her grave. Religion, a Baptist.
"Charles, by religion, a Methodist. He had little schooling, how much it is not known although he could read and write. One of the tales he was fond of telling, was that as a boy he took turn about in building the fire in the school-room, it being the boy's duty to chop the wood and have the room heated for the opening of school. And watching his grand-children play cards, he would often remark it was the wrong way to bring up children; that when he was a child it was considered practically a sin, yet he was fond of the tale of how the Methodist Minister trailed and found him and some other boys playing cards far in the woods, and the Minister frightened him so that he never touched a card again.
"Freeburg, Illinois at the time Charles was married in 1826 was a forest, and from the forest the plain the Foulks with their neighbors hewed and plowed, raised cattle, sheep and grain; shooting deer and game right in their barn yard; enduring all of the hardships of the pioneer, yet happy and contented. And as the western country grew, so grew Freeburg, so grew the young family of Charles and Emily Foulks. He prospered in his possessions and crops, and became one of the influential settlers of those early times.
"Charles often talked of the cholera epidemic of 1849, and how it spread and reached such a stage that the Belleville undertaker, seven miles off, could not bury the dead fast enough, so Charles and his oldest boy, Christopher, assisted.
"His wife's health began to fail and she died in 1854, leaving a family of children. Mary, the youngest, being a little girl of seven years. (The gold wedding ring of Emily Armstrong Adams Foulks is in the possession of the Hunter family.)
"CHILDREN of Charles and Emily Foulks, all born in Freeburg:
Eleanor Ewing Foulks Bull, born February 1, 1828
James Harvey, born July 16, 1830
Christopher Columbus, born May 20, 1832
Rachel Margaret, born March 12, 1835
William Henry, born May 4, 1838
John Ewing, born June 1, 1841
Joshua Sweet, born May 1, 1844
Mary Elizabeth Foulks Hunter, born June 10, 1847
"Charles married a second time to Elizabeth Fithian Smith on November 2, 1854 in Freeburg. She was the widow of the late Captain Isaac Smith, a captain of one of boats plying between St. Louis and New Orleans. Captain Smith having died of yellow fever in New Orleans.
"Elizabeth Fithian Smith born Cincinnati, Ohio, May 24, 1820. Married Isaac Smith August 18, 1846. Died November 7, 1866. Buried in the Foulks Cemetery in Freeburg, Illinois.
Mrs. Smith had one little daughter, Matilda Isaacson, about the same age as the youngest daughter Mary Elizabeth of Charles Foulks."
"Charles and Elizabeth Foulks were extremely prosperous, and rapidly outgrew the log cabin and moved into a beautiful ten room brick house, at that time considered the finest in the village of Freeburg. Mrs. Foulks was an extremely progressive nature, very versatile, and ready to adapt herself to all circumstances. The Civil War broke out about this time, and Charles being too old for service, his wife saw the opportunity for increasing his wealth so she had Charles change the brick house into what was known at that time as the American Hotel. Freeburg, being a halfway station on the stage coach line between St. Louis and Sparta, Illinois.
"They were never slow to keep abreast of the times and it was with pride they told in after years, of having the first coal-oil lamp and first Wheeler sewing machine in St. Clair County. This was followed by the piano and other up-to-date additions for the comfort and convenience of the home. This was quite a contrast to the tallow candles, which Christopher and Eleanor had molded; and the home spun jeans, clothing made from the wool sheared by Christopher and James, and woven by Eleanor and Rachel; and their mother had also given way to red-top boots for the boys.
"Again death entered the home of Charles, leaving him with an additional family to look after...Clara Bell, the baby, being only two years old and in delicate health. Fortunately the two sets of children agreed nicely, though those of the first marria ge had all grown, married and settled in home of their own. What to do with the baby was the problem that worried Charles Foulks. The youngest daughter, Mary Elizabeth, by his first wife was married to Arthur Bascom, a handsome young fellow from Sparta, and she came to the rescue and legally adopted the baby Clara Belle. It was well for the child that she fell into such good hands.
"CHILDREN of Charles and Elizabeth Fithian Smith Foulks [NOTE: names are in full]:
Ada Alice, born July 16, 1855, Freeburg, Illinois
Josephine, born Nov. 10, 1856, Freeburg, Illinois
Henrietta Foulks Wharton, born Nov. 10, 1856, Freeburg, Illinois
Charles John Steele, born Sept. 25, 1856
Emily Elizabeth Foulks Kansteiner, born Aug. 30, 1860
Virginia Short Foulks Coan, born Aug. 22, 1862
Clara Bell Foulks Murrell, born March 2, 1864
"A little over a year after the death of his wife, Charles again married, and this time to a widow from Belleville by the name of Mrs. Story. She brought her children with her by her first husband, Mary and Alice Story. The children of Charles could not get along with their new step-mother so they all left home going mostly to St. Louis.
"CHILDREN of Charles and Clara Story Foulks
Annie Foulks Messmer, born August 3, 1868
"Charles had now reached the age sixty with all of his children married, or away from home. He was again attracted into married life by Mary Morgan just twenty one years of age. After Samuel, the youngest child, was about twelve years old, Charles came to St. Louis and lived the balance of his days with his older children.
"...Charles had now reached the age sixty with all of his children married, or away from home. He was again attracted into married life by Mary Morgan just twenty one years of age..."
"CHILDREN of Charles and Mary Morgan Foulks:
[NOTE: this ends the narrative.]
I realize this is lengthy, but I would appreciate it if this could be added to the 'Other Foulks' site so that it may be helpful to others trying to make a link. If others wish to respond, they can e-mail to me as well with information that might expand my own records and genealogy.
I may be reached at
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I may also be reached by phone during the day at 314-909-7109. I may also be reached via e-mail at "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Michael C. Hawker
And Still More Christopher
I'm Robert Elliott Foulks, born Long Beach, Cal. 8/22/34; Foulks line in reverse order, based on a 1917 letter written by my great grandfather Hiram A. Foulks:
The reference to the "tobacco business" seems to clearly indicate we are talking about the same Christopher Foulks as already mentioned. Also, the Charles Foulks mentioned here in Indiana could be the missing Charles W. Foulks who was in Goshen, Indiana, in 1935.
Charles A. Foulks Jr. born Kansas City, Kan. 8/22/1902; Charles Allison Foulks born 1832 Vincennes Ind. ; Hiram Abiff Foulks (source of my info) born 1798; Willam Grundy Foulks born Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 1798; Christopher Foulks born Bethlehem, Pa. about 1765; these Foulks had emigrated from Wales, year unknown.
Christopher Foulks and family moved to "Egypt" (New Egypt?) New Jersey in 1804 and got into the tobacco business. Their snuff mill burned down in 1812 (my source claims the British did it, but I couldn't find corroboration for this). In 1817 they emigrated west, to near Belleville, Illinois. William Foulks settled in Indiana (farming) about 1825 with a brother Charles, who eventually moved to and died in St. Louis, Mo. A sister of Willam's named Elizabeth married a Liggett (their sons apparently founded Liggett Brothers/ Liggett & Myers, a fact which horrifies one of my sons who is a fanatic antismoker).
Two of Christopher Foulks' brothers, one named Joseph, the other Jacob(?) moved to Ketucky (Hopkinsville or Shelbyville). One of them ended up in Missouri and Willam Foulks himself died in Warrensburg, Mo. (in 1875) His son (my source here) Hiram A. died in Vincennes in 1922. Of his sons, my grandfather Charles A. was a Kansas City doctor and great uncle Harry Edgar Foulks (born 1872) moved to Spokane, Wash. where eventually that branch of the family gave up the fight and went to the spelling "Foulkes".
An example of Foulks and Foulkes co-existing in the same generation of one family.
As for me, I have ended up back in New Jersey. Of my sons, two live in California: Charles, married, two sons, and Michael, single, wheelchair tennis star and the antismoker). A third son is in Galveston, Texas, and #4 is still with me. I have one married daughter (living in Tijuana, Mexico) who has a son and two daughters. Well, this has gone on long enough, I hope it isn't information overload. So far I haven't spotted any obvious connection between us other than Wales but I'll keep looking.
-- Bob Foulks
Bill Foulks, of Maryland, emailed me this information on a Welsh Foulkes, another Wisconsin settler.
I was born in Milwaukee on July 20,1920, and after living in the Chicago area (northern suburb of Wilmette) moved to the Washington, DC, area in 1969 and live in what I would call a suburb of DC (in Rockville, Maryland). Retired 1 1/2 yrs ago and am now finding more time to get more proficient on my computer. All of my research has centered around the Foulks family in Wisconsin - mainly the Milwaukee area. That doesn't mean there isn't some connection way back somewhere especially with the same last name.
Would be interested in keeping in touch to see if that link can be established. I'm not a very sophisticated geneaology type, just a casual one with an occasional contact with a couple of relatives. I looked over some of my not too well organized info and that is why I said I don't think we're related. At least it's not apparent from the info I have accumulated.
The furthest back I have info for is the birth of Rowland Foulkes in Caernarvon, Wales who married Jane Morris in Wales in 1820 and who died in Randolph, WI, in 1865. I presume your info goes back to Wales?
Hope to hear back from you to determine how far we can pursue this interest in our ancestors.
-- Bill Foulks (in MD)
Another Welsh Foulkes
The existence of a large Foulkes/Foulks lineage in Wisconsin is also borne out by this note fr om Barb Foulks, of the Milwaukee area.
Most of the information my family has is about the family that located in the Wisconsin area especially the Milwaukee area and the Randolph area. John R. Foulkes (notice spelling) and Sarah Jane Williams came from Wales and settled in Wisconsin in the 1800's. Their children were: Catherine Foulkes, Thomas Foulkes, Edward Foulkes, Foulkie Foulkes, Henry Foulkes, William Foulkes, John Foulkes and Roland Foulks. Notice the only child that spelled their name Foulks was my great grandfather Roland. I have never gotten an adequate reason for the spelling being different fo Roland. So I am not sure that we are related. Hope some of this info helps. Would be willing to share any info with you that would be helpful in your search.
-- Barb Foulks
A Fulks Link?
Thanks for the reply on my info about Charles Fulks. I can't help but feel that they must tie up because of the location and names. Charles Morgan Foulks also was living in Columbiana County and I think he was the son of Willliam or George Foulks because one was married to Elizabeth Morgan and I believe when William left Beaver County that he sold his land to a Morgan. Plus the fact that Aughenbaugh also had land in Western Beaver County and my Thomas and Susannah both list Pennsylvania as their birth place. Thomas' older brother Joseph was born in Virginia. Was that W. Virginia ? There is a Fulks Run in the Northern neck of Virginia (Rockingham County, Virginia)
Bob had asked about a link between Fulks and Foulks (my reply was that I knew of none).
The varying spellings of the Foulks name has confused nearly all of us. The circumstances of the disappeance of the "e" are not known to me. But the situation can be more confusing than that. In 1793, George signed the Pennsylvania "Scouts and Spies" payroll as George Fulks. Then, In 1806, when George and William laid claim to the Brotherhood tract in Pennsylvania, their land office patent shows their name as George and William Foulks.
It seems clear that the surname Fulks and Foulks/Foulks (as well as Faulk and Folk) were in use in the Beaver County, Pennsylvania-Columbiana County, Ohio area at turn-of-the-century 1800.
A note on my Fulks -- Charles was in Columbiana County and a veteran of the War of 1812 , is buried in Congress Cemetery, Wayne County, Ohio. He was married twice with two families. First wife unknown. Oldest child (Joseph) was born in Virginia (census). My Thomas (Fulks) was born in Beaver County as well as his wife Susannah Aughenbaugh. I have land records for William, George, and Jacob Foulks in Beaver County as well as a Phillip Auginbaugh. I understand William had a problem with his land and moved to Columbiana County.
My Thomas moved up to Lawrence County, Pennsylvania before his move to Illinois in the 1850's. Charles sold his land in Columbiana County and moved to Wayne County and passed away there in 1835. His second wife Sarah Mckinley remarried after his death. Any names or places that ring a bell? My great-grandfather William, son of Thomas, went back to Pennsylvania and enlisted in the 134th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. at Enon Valley, Pennsylvania. They left Illinois in 1908 with his four sons and my grandmother, Susannah (Fulks) Delahunt, and families and homesteaded in the southwest corner of North Dakota.
-- Bob Delahunt
More Name Overlap
With so many members of my branch of the Foulks family having passed through Columbiana County, Ohio, it is easy to be fooled into believing anyone with a family surname close to Foulks/Foulkes/Fulks/Faulk well may be linked. And some times it looks close, but things don't match even if they look like they should. That's the problem that Carole Wardles hit, during several messages between us.
I believe that we are related through the Foulk family who lived in the Calcutta, Ohio area. My name is Carole Wardles, mother, Mildred McIntosh; grandmother, Ida Mae (Davis) McIntosh; great-grandmother, Elizabeth Mary (Foulk) Davis. They owned a home and lived in Calcutta, Ohio. I have documation that tells me my Faulk relative was William Foulk. Please write back and tell me the connection we have and any info that you might have about our family.
After reading your on line history of the Foulks family. I really believe that we are related. My gg grandmother was Elizabeth Mary Faulk (sp) was the daughter of Charles Morgan Foulks. My aunt Florence (McIntosh) House told me that the Faulks family owned a lot of property in Calcutta, OH. I started looking in the 1850 Census report and there was a Charles Faulk in St. Clair Twp., Columbiana County. He had a daughter named Elizabeth. That is the connection. I think the name was spelled wrong. Whenever you say the word Faulk or Foulks they sound the same. On my grandmothers Ida Mae McIntosh death certificate it states that her Father was Charles Faulk. I believe the real spelling of the Faulk name is Foulk. An easy mistake to make.
What do you now think about our relationship?
I found some new Charles Faulk info last summer while I was back in Ohio the last of June and 12 days into July, 2000. My 1st cousin, Vondra Ruffeners had some hand written info that my g grandmother, Mary Elizabeth and written. It stated that Charles Faulk was born on March 3, 1815. His wife's name was Margaret and was born on Feb. 27, 1812. On the 1850 Census is found there. He lived near Solomon Faulk and some other Faulks who married to Smiths. On the 1860 Census the Faulk name was listed as Fulk. So I believe my connection is with that family. It is probably not the Foulkes name, but who knows for sure. I have been emailing some Faulk people and they believe that we are related. So on goes the searching again. Thought you might like this new info.
Well, nothing in my files even hints that Carole might be a cousin. The Charles Morgan Foulks from whom I am a descendant was born July 26, 1798, (not 1815) and his daughter Elizabeth was Elizabeth Jane (not Elizabeth Mary). Fortunately, the effort Carole put into trying to find a Foulks link led her in a direction that looks promising.
-- Cousin Carole, I hope.
Proximity Factor: A Myth
Another Ohio County where Foulks descendants have been prominent is Richland County. Family scion William Foulks is considered one of the county's pioneers, dying there in 1879. Indian scout George Foulks had tromped through the county's forests. Euphemia Foulks left Richland County for her pioneer trip to California. When I saw this note from MKLawson on a genalogical query list, I offered help.
FOULKS, James m Salome ? Lived in Harrison Co. in 1820, Stark Co and Richland Co by 1830. Children; Mary J., John, Aaron, Elizabeth, Salome, Rebecca, Nancy, James, and Mary Ann. Searching for parents of James and Salome and obit for James. Have info on children and will be happy to share.
I just read your saga on the net. In fact I copied it. It brought to mind an interesting possiblity. William and Ann had a son named John, born 1761, who was killed by the indians at age 21. He could have had a son named James. My ancestor James was born 1780- 1790. It would probably be impossible to prove, but James is so elusive that I am grasping at straws. The fact that he ended up in Richland County seems to suggest some kind of relationship.
My James Foulks had three sons: John and Aaron, born about 1810 and James, Jr., born about 1820. Your Charles was born about the same time. I know nothing about James, Sr.'s parents or siblings, so can not be of any help to you.
Mary K. and I swapped email for months, but could not find a link. Somehow, there was apparently a totally separate Foulks lineage present in 1830s Richland County.
I do know that there were many Foulks families in Ohio and many of them had more than ten children. James' wife, Salome, is a mystery also. Can't find her maiden name.
I have been working on this line for fifteen years and have pretty much given up. I hope you have better luck. If you do, please let me know.
-- Mary Kay Lawson
George's Indian Daughter?
The George Foulks family legend has it that he wed a Wyandot Indian while in captivity, and had two children by her...prior to marrying Catherine Ullery. That could explain this note, from Sue Taylor...except George died in 1840.
I saw your message concerning information on Foulks. My great grandmother's name was Mary Foulks married to a George Davis. Mary was born about 1875. They resided in Lytle, Ohio. I do have a picture of Mary and she is a Cherokee Indian. I was hoping you have information you could share with me? I appreciate your help!
-- Sue Taylor
The Kentucky Foulks
The Foulks name has also been prominent in Kentucky, apparently spread by the descendants of the Methodist Church Rev. Joseph Foulks; who has some notoriety, as you'll see in these biographical snippers. They came to my attention via email from Bob Erwin of Atlanta.
My son is a descendant of a George Foulks who died in 1809 in Monmouth County, NJ. He was also married to a Catherine. His children were Christopher, b. 1780? d in 1845? St. Louis, Mo., Jacob, John, Rev. Joseph Foulks, b 8/30/1786, d. 5/3/1863 in Logan County, Ky., Rev. William Foulks, d. in Philadelphia. I think it would be a huge coincidence if these families are not related. George and a Jacob Foulks were in the 1793 census of New Jersey. Some descendents believe that this George was the one captured by the Wyandots, but apparently not. Below is a sketch of the life of Joseph Foulks. Anyway, let me hear from you.
-- Bob Erwin
County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884, pp. 367-368.
REV. JOSEPH FOULKS, deceased, was born August 30, 1786, in Monmouth County, N. J.; his parents were from Wales. When in his seventeenth year he made a profession of religion and joined the Methodist Church, in which he was licensed to preach in 1811, soon after which he came to Kentucky, and for two years traveled the Henderson and Hartford Circuits. On account of loss of health, he located in 1815, settling a few miles from Russellville in Logan County, where on the 25th of September, 1816, he married Miss Sallie Marshall, a woman noted for her amiability and piety.
They remained in Kentucky until 1820, moving them to St. Clair County, Ill., where until 1825 he labored as a local minister, but in the year 1825 joined the Conference and traveled for some years, and until his health compelled him to locate. In September, 1837, he returned to Kentucky and settled in Logan County, where the remainder of his life was spent; he died on the 3d of May, 1863, his last hours being peculiarly characterized by that peace which he had so long and faithfully preached; his widow died in McLean County, Ky., in 1879.
Their family consisted of ten children, of whom six sons grew to manhood, viz.: Evan G., Dennis M., Ezra L., Samuel M., Joseph W. and James G. Foulks. Ezra L. Foulks was born near Belleville, St. Clair Co., Ill., January 12, 1823; he was educated chiefly in the McKendree College, of Lebanon, Ill., and in 1852, in Logan County, KY., was married to Miss Sarah A. Browder, daughter of Rev. Thomas and Sarah (Claywell) Browder. She was born March 6, 1826, in Logan County. Since 1858 they have resided in Hopkinsville, Ky. They have a family of four children: Ellen L., wife of G. B. Underwood; Thomas M. Foulks; William Ernest, married to Fannie Coleman, and father of one son, named Walter E. Foulks; Sallie B., the wife of W. H. Peace, of Hopkinsville - they have one child - Laura U.
Mr. Ezra Foulks, associated with his son, William E., is engaged in the coal trade and the sale of pumps, and Frye's combination fence, which they are manufacturing. Mr. Foulks is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
I emailed Bob some information, but mostly showing that I couldn't find any links
Thanks so much for the information you sent. It more or less matched what I had, with the exception of Jacob rather than George for the father's name. My son is the Foulks descendant through his mother. I had taken a note on the town of New Egypt and Christopher being a tobacco merchant.
Here is some more information:
New Jersey Colonial Documents - Calender of Wills - 1806-1809
1807, Apr 13. Foulks, George, of Upper Freehold Twsp., Monmounth Co., will of. Wife, Catherine, all estate, real and personal. To each of my children, one dollar, i. E., Mary Valentine, Chritopher, George, Jacob, John, Joseph and William. Executrix - Wife, Catherine (X) Wit:: Uriah Pittman, Elizabeth Pittman(X) and Lindamin Pittman. Proved Sept 4, 1809 1809, Sept 1 Inventory, $170.10; made by Uriah Pittman and Benjamin Laurence. File 8807 M.
Here's Christopher Foulks again. He links to a number of persons in this compilation.
George Foulks' children were Christopher, b. 1780? d in 1845? St. Louis, Mo., Jacob, John, Rev. Joseph Foulks, b 8/30/1786, d. 5/3/1863 in Logan County, Ky., Rev. William Foulks, d. in Phi ladelphia. George and a Jacob Foulks were in the 1793 census of New Jersey.
History of Methodism in Illinois From 1793 to 1832 - Rev. James Leartton D. D. - Walden and Stone - Cincinnati, 1883
Pg. 240 - Joseph Foulks . . . was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey August 30, 1786. His parents were from Wales and were members of the Moravian Church. His mother, however became a Methodist, and two of her sons afterwards became Methodist preachers. . . . In 1825, . . . he was readmitted to the Illinois Conference and appointed to Shoal Creek Circuit. Whilst on this charge, he killed a man in self-defense. He had said something in a sermon that displeased the man, a drunken half Indian, half negro, who swore that he would take the preacher's life. The fears of the family with whom he was staying being arroused by seeing the man whet his knife, they urged Mr. Foulks to be on his guard. Acordingly, upon retiring, he took with him a gun and remained awake to watch. In the night, the Indian crept stealthily up the stairway with his knife and a gun in his hand, and just as he appeared above, Mr. Foulks fired; the ball struck the man in the breast, killing him instantly. At the ensuing conference his conduct was "fully approved." . . .
Logan County, Ky, Will Abstracts
Foulks, Joseph, Book J, page 248 Sally Foulks, wife, is given estate to divide between the "boys." Written 24 April 1856. Exec: Sally Foulks. L. J. Richardson and W. E. Price swear the will is in his handwriting. Signiture is written. Date of probate: 26 May 1863.
Children of Joseph and Sally Marshall Foulks
Lewis M. - Sept. 8, 1817 - Sept 26, 1817 Evans - Oct 29, 1818 Dennis - Oct 26, 1820 Ezra - Jan 12, 1823 - St. Clair Co., Ill Charles - Sept 22, 1825 - St. Clair Co., Ill Martha Jane - Aug 21, 1827 - Nov., 1928 Samuel - Oct. 1829 Joseph - Dec 18, 1832 - 1912 George - Sept 8, 1836 James Grigsby - Jan 10, 1841 - Nov 20, 1929
James Grigsby Foulks
James was born January 10, 1841 in Logan County, Kentucky and baptised in 1843 by Peter Duncan. A farmer by profession; an M. E. South by religion; a Mason and a Democrat.
James G. Foulks at the age of 18 years, joined the Russellville, Kentucky Guards and they as a company joined the 9th Ky Regiment of Infantry, U. S. Confederacy. He served the entire four years of the Civil War and had the flag shot out of his hand, taking off the end of the thumb and one finger, this was the only time he was wounded in the war.
He married Jennnie Scott, the only daughter of James H. and Virginia Kennerly Scott of Bremen, Ky., on May 16, 1857, by Rev. J. L. Edrington. They lived near Bremen in their own home and here five children were born, Alice, Lillian, Charles, Florence and Jennie, but the wife only lived three days after the birth of the youngest child.
Jennie Scott Foulks, was born Octoober 25, 1843, near Bremen, Ky, and died Aug 21, 1876, and buried in the family cemetary near Bremen. The Scott family were originally from Virginia. The children of James and Jennie Scott Foulks are;
Alice Foulks, born Nov. 21, 1868, and died Dec. 9, 1868.
Lillian Foulks Aqua, born March 6, 1870 near Bremen, Ky Educated at Athens Female college, Athens, Ala. Married to J. C.. Aqua, Oct 6, 1896 at Oxmoor, near Birmingham, Ala., and lived in Brandon Miss. They had no children and were Methodist in religion.
Charles Grigsby Foulkes, born Feb., 18, 1872, near Bremen, Ky. Educated at Auburn College, Auburn, Ala. Graduated at Vanderbilt University in dentistry. Married Bessie McCaskill July 19, 1919 at Brandon, Miss. They lived at Amite, La., were they operated a farm. For some time the president of the Security Bank of Amite. They had no children and were Methodist in religion.
Florence Foulks Tyler, born Sep 14, 1874, near Bremen, Ky and died Dec 24, 1946. Educated in Public Schools of Birmingham, Ala., and Athens Female College, Athens, Ala. Married to Joe T. Tyler December 22, 1898, near Birmingham, Ala. They lived at Route 2, Box 354 in Birmingham. They had seven Children; Gladys, Alice, James, Virginia, Charlie, Margaret and Robert, all born near Birmingham. Ala.
Another Indiana Foulks
I was born in Allen County, Indiana, outside Ft. Wayne -- but other than my father, an aunt and an uncle, I've never met another Indiana Foulks. And I can't find a link to Roger's family from my family.
From: Roger D. Foulks, Indianapolis, Indiana
I have enjoyed reading the Foulks family heritage and want to see if you can link our family back to it.
My grandfather, Earl Peter Foulks, was a school teacher and farmer in the Monon, Indiana (White County) area. He was born September 25, 1891, the son of George and Margaret (Clark) Foulks, who also lived near Monon. We believe George's fathers name was Peter.
Earl married Mabel Luella English in 1915 and they had 8 children:
1. Lorin George Foulks, b. Nov. 13, 1915 Children: Sandra Kay Foulks
2. Richard William Foulks, b. Oct. 31, 1917 Children: William Earl Foulks, George Franklin Foulks, Robert Joe Foulks
3. Juanita May Foulks (Diemer), b. Sept. 26, 1919 Children: Harlan Gale Diemer, Gary Diemer, Carma Jean Diemer
4. Forrest Lee Foulks, b. Aug. 30, 1921 Children: Donald Lee Foulks, Susan Marie Foulks, Louella Kay Foulks
5. Lyle Dean Foulks, b. Sept. 15, 1923 Children: Linda Jo Foulks, John Dean Foulks, Martha Lucille Foulks, Diana Jean Foulks
6. Victor Harold Foulks, b. Dec. 2, 1924 Children: Roger Dean Foulks
7. Byron G. Foulks, b. Apr. 25, 1926 Children: Karen Lynn Foulks, Mabel Earline Foulks, Emma Ruth Foulks, Brian Lee Foulks
8. Viona Jean Foulks (Brown), b. Dec. 11, 1929 Children: Jerry Lee Brown
Earl and Mabel's family were raised on a farm south of Monon, Indiana during the Great Depression. Several of the boys fought in World War II in Europe. All returned safely to the White County area after the war. Loren was a John Deere mechanic for over 30 years. Richard, Forrest, Lyle (Dean), Victor and Byron were all farmers in White county, as were Paul and Juanita Diemer. Max and Viona Brown lived in Monticello, Indiana where Max was an accountant and business manager. Richard, Victor, Byron and Juanita Diemer have passed. Most of the rest still live in White County and spend their winters at Buttonwood Bay, just south of Sebring, Florida.
In a separate letter I will send a scanned article about the "Foulks Boys" that appeared in a recent Wolcott, Indiana Enterprise issue.
We have an extensive geneology published on the English family (my grandmother's) that traces origins back to Nailsworth, England on the Scotland border, between 1600 and 1625. Joseph English, Sr. came to America in 1683, up the Delaware River and settled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and was the fourth man granted land by William Penn, on March 16, 1683.
I hope you can help link our Foulks heritage back to your extensive research!
Well, that's it...in an untidy nutshell, a summary of what's been reported to me, of other Foulks families in today's United States. There are significant groupings of Foulks descendants with ties to New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin and California. But they descend from different forebears, who came from both Wales and Germany.
Oh, yes...I have received a lot of other Foulks-oriented email messages; but most of them were information requests, or they carried so little inform ation, they were not useful at this end.
I hope this information helps one or more of the many Foulks researchers to piece together at least one other Foulks family tree. The lineage of the 1745-George, and 1771/1780(?)-Christopher looks like the best place to start.
[Now if only German-born George were following his older brother, William, to the colonies in 1771, MANY other things would fall into place....! Ah, wishful thinking.]
-- Thom Foulks, Colorado Springs, CO, February 2001
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