Dayton Fullmer, Indiana Genealogy
Dayton Edward Fullmer, my Dad in 1939
The 4 generations: Taken
about 1917, In front:
his Fulmer ancestors were Pennsylvania Dutch.
The Pennsylvania Dutch are not Dutch at all. They are not from the country that we know today
as the Netherlands. Some say that the Pennsylvania Dutch should be
more properly known as Pennsylvania German. Deutsch means German and
the early English in America corrupted the term Deutsch to Dutch.
The term German though had a different meaning before 1800. The
Germans were not members of a formal country at that time, but were
a loose collection of principalities, free cities, protectorates and
confederations. The country that we know today as Germany came into
being in 1848 with the unification process starting around 1800.
German areas before 1800 included areas that are now part of Poland,
the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Russia, France and other areas as
well as Germany. A more formal definition of Pennsylvania Dutch then
are those that came to America from those areas where the German
language was spoken before 1800. Those that came after 1800 are
usually referred to as Pennsylvania Germans or just German
Dayton Edward, Treva or Bertha, Ruth, Bertha or Treva, Uree Fulmer
Dayton left Elkhart and moved to Indianapolis after he and my Mom, C. Virginia Rush, married.
When I was a child, we traveled to Elkhart to visit Dad's family. It was fun to visit Grandmother Fulmer and Aunt Treva and Uncle Orville Parcell, Aunt Bertha (her husband Ward Kilmer, died young) and Aunt Ruth and Uncle Vernon Noel. Aunt Ruth had 3 daughters and they had such a fun house, with a basement and a second floor bedroom for their oldest daughter, Sharon. My memories as a child are eating pears from Grandmother's tree, picking up pinecones at Aunt Treva and Uncle Orville's and playing with Sharon, Joanne and Sandy at Aunt Ruth and Uncle Vernon's.
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