Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Henry Alexander Fuller

Henry Fuller was born in Habersham County, Georgia in 1835, one eight children of John Elder Fuller and Livonia Reed Jeffers.  The family seems to have always had a tradition of working as merchants, John Fuller being one in Clarkesville before the Civil War.  Henry had served as a first lieutenant in the Georgia Infantry, but was eventually found unfit for duty because of consumption of the lungs.  According to family stories, the family's farm was burned during the Civil War.   Afterward, Henry decided to move his young family to Reconstruction-era Atlanta, establishing the most successful grocery store in he city during the that period, Fuller & Oglesby, on Whitehall (now a part of Peachtree Street) Street.  Eventually the store became Fuller & Sons, and Henry's sons, as well as some of his brothers, worked for him, starting at the bottom and working up. 

My paternal grandfather, Spann Fuller, is living with his brother in 1870 and working in the store, along with another brother and Henry's children.  Spann eventually returned to Clarkesville, where he operated a grocery, then moved to Anderson, SC and opened Evans & Fuller Fancy Grocers.

The Fullers owned a beautiful home on Whitehall Street and were apparently well-thought of in the city.  Unfortunately, Henry's wife Martha suffered so much trauma from the war that she became an invalid for the remainder of her life, dying in 1882.  Their son, Oliver Clyde, became a successful banker and the President of the Wisconsin Bank - Trust Company.  Walter Fuller opened the historic "Jungle Club Hotel" In Florida and owned a steamship.  Clarence Paul followed his father and became a grocer, and daughter Ann married a minister, Mr. Best. 

Two years after Martha's death, Henry married Julia Rushton and they moved to Florida, opening a store near his son Walter, in Bradenton.   Julia passed in 1906.  Henry survived for seven years more, dying at age 77 when a cold progressed to his lungs.  His funeral was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, Florida.  His burial is still a bit of a mystery.

Both Martha and Julia Fuller are buried in separate plots at historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.  Henry was said to be buried with his son Oliver at Woodlawn Cemetry in Brooklyn, New York, but cemetery records do not show him.  He is not at Oakland and no burial has been found in Manatee, Florida. 

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