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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Martin V. Fulbright, a successful farmer and stockman, of Laclede County, Mo., was born in Camden County of the same State, and is the son of Daniel and Phoebe (McCloud) Fulbright. Daniel Fulbright was born in North Carolina, and when about twenty-six years of age he came to Missouri direct from North Carolina, and first located in Madison County, near Old Jackson. Here he remained but a few years, and then moved to the Glaize, where he opened up a large farm. He was the owner of one negro, who afterward killed his eldest daughter. Mr. Fulbright was first married to Miss Nancy Woolsey, a native of North Carolina, who bore him four children, two now living, John and William, both in Texas. After the death of the mother of these children, Mr. Fulbright married Miss McCloud, a native of Kentucky. When a girl she ran away from home with her little sister, crossed the Mississippi River, and after finding a place for her little sister to live, she went with a family to Laclede County, Mo., where she was married to Mr. Fulbright. This union resulted in the birth of eight children: Mahala, Martin V., James H. (deceased), Merritt C., Daniel L., Leonidas (deceased), Jesse W. and Samuel H. The mother of these children died in February, 1879. The father died December 22, 1856. They were members of the Christian Church, and he took an active part in church and school affairs. He was a Democrat in his political views. Martin V. Fulbright was reared in Laclede County, Mo., and here he has ever since lived. He served in Price’s army six months, and was at the battle of Lexington and in several skirmishes. After the war he returned to the home place, where he remained until 1882, when he came to the “Goodwin Hollow,” where he has a good tract of land well under cultivation. He was married December 15, 1861, to Miss Nancy Cunningham, who was a native of Tennessee, but who was reared in Kentucky. She came to Missouri in 1859, and located on the Glaize. To Mr. and Mrs. Fulbright were born two children, James D. and Mary F. James D. is married, and lives on a part of the home place. He was married to Miss Mary L. Hickman, a native of Laclede County, Mo., and the daughter of Mastin Hickman, one of the early settlers of this county. To this union have been born three children: Louisa, Mastin V. and Joseph. Mr. Fulbright (subject of this sketch) is a Democrat politically, and he and wife and son are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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