Big deal, you may say. I would have too, until I learned he might actually be a relative of mine.
Fulton was born in Pennsylvania, studied in Europe, married Harriet Livingston (his steamboat partner's niece), and eventually moved to New York, where he died on February 24, 1815, at the young age of 49.
But back to his possible connection with my family.
When I first saw my maternal grandmother's birth certificate, I smiled to read her father's name: John Fulton Jordan. I'd never heard his full name. But I didn't think twice about it. Then I started going through Ancestry.com census, marriage and other records. Here's what I found:
My great-grandfather John Fulton Jordan's parents were Oliver Perry Jordan and Ann Wright, who married in Harford County, Maryland on February 6, 1868.
|Statue of Robert Fulton in the |
National Statuary Hall Collection
at the U.S. Capitol.
Hubby's photo, September 2011.
But I quickly calmed down and thought hold on, girl. I had taken a very good genealogy starter course, so I knew: until I can document these branches of the family tree for myself, take it with a grain of salt. So I'm working on it. I've had a few trips to the county historical society. Next up will be a review of land records and wills, as they're available. And maybe a Jordan or Fulton will come forward with new information. Until this research can be completed, this connection remains a Mystery.