Fulton, Mrs. Jesse


Sept. 10, 1842 - May 31, 1918
Sister Fulton was born in what is now Red River Parish on September 10th, 1842, being the daughter of Robt, E. Hammett, known to many of the older members of the Louisiana Annual Conference "as a most devoted layman." Her mother died when she was small, but not before her Christian character had made a marked and lasting impress on the unfolding life of the growing daughter. She united with the Methodist Church when but nine years of age some sixty-seven years since, "being soundly converted and maintained her spiritual life to the end."
She was twice married. Her first husband was W. W. Brown, a Red River planter,
to whom she was married in 1859. He lived but a short while, dying during the first year of the war, leaving one child, which also passed away during she trying days of the Civil War. Her life at this time was amid all the luxury of the old plantation life with all that it signified in those days.
In 1866 she met the Rev. Jesse Fulton and became an itinerant preacher's wife, "suffering the hardships of those early pioneer days." For thirty-one years she presided over his home and radiated the sunshine of her noble soul throughout the family living, uplifting it and beautifying it with the truth and purity of her own living. Brother Fulton passed away in 1897 in Meridian, Texas, and thus left alone she made her home with her daughter, Miss Alma Fulton until God called her.
She was living on Red River alone with her negroes when Bank's army raided the Red River country and both armies crossed her plantation on their way down the river. These days tried men's souls and this good woman left alone to face the dangers of those trying days often had to defend her own property with pistol in hand against the marauders of that day. Her fields produced abundant crops and her negroes remained with her for some years after the war.
"Her religious life was characterized by an absolute faith," and to her life was a daily walk with the Master. I have frequently looked back to the days when I was guest in the home of this good woman and at that time and since have said that she was one of the most sincere and calm souls 1 had ever met.
It was restful to be in her presence amid her simple faith and beautiful life caused one to think on holy things and yearn for the higher life. She was educated in the old Minden College under the Presidency of Dr.Slack and all through her life was a thoughtful student of life.
She died at the home of her daughter, Miss Alma Fulton, in Napoleonville, La., on May 31st, 1918, being seventy-five years of age. She leaves three sons, viz.. Dr. E. S. Fulton, now with the army in France, and the Revs. J. B. and R. V. Fulton, members of the Louisiana Annual Conference and one daughter, Miss Alma Fulton.
A noble, simple, true follower of the Master died when Sister Fulton fell on sleep. JNO.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1918, page 57-58, by. F. Foster

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