John Solomon Fullmer: The Man and His Writings
--Compiled by Jerry D Wells
--compiled by Iona Jarvis Belka (copied from a typescript she published for the Peter Fullmer family in Aug 1957)
The story of the life of John Solomon Fullmer is most interesting. His was life spent in devotion to his religious beliefs and he never faltered in his faith. He possessed a great dignity and a great pride in doing everything as nearly perfect as possible.
He came from a good, religious family whose means of livelihood for many years was that of farming. He spent his youth and early manhood on his father's farm in Pennsylvania.
His ancestors were among the very early settlers of Pennsylvania, those of the Fullmer family coming from Germany on board the ship "Friendship" in 1738. Those of the Zerfass family also came from Germany; arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Glasgow, 9 Sep 1738, just eleven days prior to the Vollmars' arrival on the Friendship, 20 Sep 1738. Facsimiles of the passenger lists of these ships are reproduced in Pennsylvania German Pioneers, pages 216 and 234.
John Solomon Fullmer was born in Huntington, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, Jul 21st 1807, a son of Peter and Susanna Zerfass Fullmer. He was their third child and one of seven children. He had two brothers and four sisters.
He received what was considered an “average” education. In those days and education considered as “liberal” would be to us but a grade school education. However, John S possessed a driving ambition to better himself in every way and he never ceased to study and improve himself. He acquired a knowledge of law by taking a correspondence course while working at a newspaper office in Nashville, Tennessee, and, although he never practiced as a lawyer professionally, this knowledge served him greatly throughout life.
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