Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Canadian Branches ~ Finding Fulton Graves (From Afar)

Like so many other descendants of James and Margaret Fulton (my 6th great grandparents) of Bass River, Nova Scotia, I was familiar with the early family history: the immigration from Ireland, the settlement in New England, and the re-settlement in Nova Scotia. Short of visiting the ancestral homeland, I have immersed myself in the rich saga of "Judge" James Fulton, and his son, the chair-maker, George Fulton.

When it came down to locating the final resting places of my Fulton ancestors, however, it is a mixed bag.  To get a clearer picture of the graves I had located online, and to determine those I was missing, I put all I had in an Excel spreadsheet. I included Relationship, Name, Cemetery, Source/Site, URL/FAG #, and Picture?. This exercise showed me some burial plot patterns over time, but contained some surprises.

My 6th Great Grandparents, James and Margaret Fulton, three of my 5th Great Grand Uncles (with their wives), as well as a 4th Great Grand Uncle and his wife are buried in the Island Cemetery, in Bass River. Another 5th Great Grand Uncle and his wife are buried in the Portaupique Cemetery, in Portaupique.

Fortunately, I found pictures of all 12 of these graves on either Find A Grave, or Canada Gen Web's Cemetery Project.

The first surprise was the absence of any burial information for my 5th Great Grandparents, George Fulton and Esther Creelman. For each of them to be from two of the more prominent Colchester County families, this baffles me.

I also have found four Fulton cousins, most with spouses, buried in Pembroke Cemetery, in Upper Stewiacke, 7 out of 9 with pictures. And, yet, surprisingly enough, I have no burial information for my 4th Great Grandparents, Isabel Fulton and John Brown.

I posted my spreadsheet, from my Dropbox under Files on the Genealogy of Colchester County Facebook Page, and also posted a request for anyone to stop by and fill in some of my photo gaps. This resulted in my receiving some wonderful pictures from Burnt Hill Cemetery, in Burnside, of the graves of my 3rd Great Grandparents, Alexander MacKay and Eleanor Brown. Though not Fultons, these pictures were a great gift. With the photographer's permission, I was able to add them to their Find A Grave memorials.

Graves of Alexander MacKay and Eleanor Brown
Burnt Hill Cemetery, Burnside
c/o Floyd Mesheau


Bass River Heritage Society

Bass River...the Fulton ancestors http//

Colchester Historeum Cemetery Index

Dominion Chair Company, Our History

History of Bass River, by Marion R. Davidson, written for the centenary edition, Truro Weekly News, June 29, 1967.

History of Bass River, produced by the Women's Institute of Bass River in 1955, and revised in 1978 by the Bass River Senior Citizens Club.

History of Founders of Bass River, by J. Currie Creelman (1935).

James Fulton, in Dictionary of Canadian Biography

The Fulton Family of Atlantic Canada; Sponsored by the Fulton Family Associates, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada - 1979., The Fulton Family of Atlantic Canada, (Sponsored by the Fulton Family Associates, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada - 1979).

The Island Cemetery


  1. Pam, loved reading this blog. James is my 5th great great uncle and Margaret is my 1st cousin, 6 times removed. I have photographed many of the cemeteries, both in the Bass River, Economy and Castlereagh areas, but also in the Stewiacke area. Have many Fulton grave photos I would be glad to share.

    1. Marilyn, thanks for your comment! If you click on the link to my Dropbox above, it should take you to my spreadsheet, where you will find the ones I am missing and most want to find. Again, thanks for stopping!