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Thomas Fuson was born in 1765 in St. Paul's Parish, Hanover Co., Virginia. He was the son of John Fuson & Elizabeth Wheeler
Rachel Parmelia Robinson (also spelled Roberson) was born in 1768 in Patrick Co., Virginia or North Carolina. She was the daughter of Unknown Parents

THE FAMILY OF THOMAS FUSON & RACHEL ROBINSON:

Thomas Fuson & Rachel Parmelia Robinson/Roberson

Thomas Fuson & Rachel Robinson/Roberson were married aobut 1791 in Patrick Co., Virginia and they had 8 children. They had a child born in 1792 in Montgomery Co., Virginia, and one born in 1795 in North Carolina, but the family had settled in Smith (became DeKalb in 1837) Co., Tennessee by 1798. Census records do not exist for Smith Co., Tennessee in 1800 or 1810, but Thomas and Rachel had children who were born there through 1810. Records indicate that their son John served in the War of 1812 in a regiment from Kentucky, but Thomas is still listed on the 1820 census of Smith Co., Tennessee. He did move with his family to Knox Co., Kentucky sometime between 1820-1826, and lived at the mouth of Brush Creek, opposite Artemus, Kentucky. Thomas and his sons were farmers, and they raised a thousand bushels of corn with handmade plows and shop-made hoes. In 1826, Thomas & Rachel settled near Chenoa Knox Co., KY, where they lived the rest of their lives. They are listed on the 1830 census of Knox Co., Kentucky. Thomas Fuson died in 1849 near Chenoa, Bell Co., Kentucky. Rachel is listed at age 84 as a head of household on the 1850 census of Knox Co., Kentucky, living with some of her grown children. She is listed at age 94 in the household of Powel & Emily Senters. Rachel Robinson/Roberson Fuson died in 1860 near Chenoa, Bell Co., Kentucky.
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The Family of Thomas Fuson & Rachel Robinson/Roberson:

John Henry FusonJohn Henry Fuson was born on June 20, 1792 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. His parents were in North Carolina in 1795, but they had settled in Smith (later became DeKalb) Co., Tennessee by 1798 when John Henry was age 6. There are records that indicate that John fought in the War of 1812 in a regiment from Kentucky when he was about age 20. In a history on Bell Co., Kentucky, Henry Harvey Fuson wrote: "Thomas Fuson, the Kentucky pioneer of the family, came into this section with different hunting parties just before and just after 1800. His son John Fuson, under the name of John Fuston or Funston (which spelling was probably due to the enlistment officer who got the name wrong) was in the War of 1812 from Kentucky." After the war, John returned to Tennessee, where his parents were still living. John Henry married Mary Ann "Polly" Garner about 1815 in Tennessee and they had 14 children. The family is listed on the 1820 census of Smith Co., TN. Based on birthplaces of their children, they moved from Tennessee Kentucky about 1827. They are listed on the 1830, 1840, 1850 censuses of Knox Co., KY. They moved from Kentucky to Missouri, probably in the summer of 1850 with their son Ebenezer and his family. They are listed on the 1860 census of Lindley Twp, Mercer Co., MO. John Fuson moved from Missouri to Iowa between 1860 (probably after 1862) to 1865. Mary Ann "Polly" Garner Fuson died about 1862 in Mercer Co., MO. She is buried in Middlepoint Cemetery, Mercer Co., MO near the grave of her son John Garner Fuson, although there is no stone for Mary Ann. John married Nancy Catherine James on August 4, 1865 in Leon, Iowa. At the time of their marriage, John was age 71 and Nancy Catherine was age 17. John had 14 children from his first marriage (at least 10 of whom were still alive in 1865), and he and Nancy Catherine had 3 more children. Records I have found indicate that John & Nancy Catherine and all of the children for this second marriage used the last name FUSTON. The family is listed under the name John Houston on the 1870 census of Center, Decatur Co., IA, living next door to Nancy's parents. John Fuson died on December 31, 1877 in Leon, Decatur Co., IA. Nancy C. Fuston is listed as head of household on the 1880 census of Leon, Decatur Co., IA. Nancy moved from Iowa to Missouri between 1880-1900, probably between 1880-1883 with her three children. Nancy remarried Absalom Clark in 1884, probably in Harrison Co., MO as that is where Absolom is living with first wife Elizabeth in 1880. Absolom had at least 5 children from his first marriage, and his son Edwin married Nancy's daughter Arnetta on March 17, 1883, probably in Harrison Co., MO. Absolom & Nancy are listed on the 1900 & 1910 censuses of Washington, Harrison Co., MO. In 1900 they are living next door to the household of son George Fuston and on the same page of the household of married daughter Nettie (Mrs. Edward) Clark. In 1910 they are living with two of Absolom Clark's children from his first marriage. Absolom Clark died on October 7, 1912. I have not found Nancy on the 1920 census at this time. Nancy Catherine James Fuston Clark died on July 3, 1927, near St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO. She was killed in a car/train accident, along with her daughter Nettie & son-in-law Edwin Clark. Nancy is buried under the name Catherine Clark, and she is buried along with Absolom, Edwin & Nettie (Fuston) Clark in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Washington, Harrison Co., MO.
The Families of John Henry Fuson
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Jonathon FusonJonathon Fuson was born on September 01, 1795 in North Carolina. The 1810 census records no longer exist for that area, Jonathan married Becky Stanley on July 15, 1818, probably in Smith Co., Tennessee. He is listed as a head of household on the 1820 census of Smith Co., Tennessee on the same page as his parents. At that time he had a wife and a son under age 10. Becky died in 1822 in Tennessee, and Jonathan married Elizabeth Parker about 1823 in Tennessee. According to the book by Henry Harvey Fuson, Jonathan had 14 children, and at least 10 of them were born between 1824-1849 from his marriage to Elizabeth. DeKalb Co., Tennessee was formed from part of Smith County in 1837. The family is listed on the 1850 census of District 10, and on the 1860 census of District 9, both in DeKalb Co., Tennessee. Jonathan Fuson died in October 1867 near Smithville, DeKalb, Tennessee. Elizabeth is listed on the 1870 census of District 9 and on the 1880 census of Smithville, both in DeKalb, Tennessee. I have not found her on the 1900 census, and assume she died between 1880-1900 in Smithville, DeKalb, Tennessee.
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Hannah Bates FusonHannah Bates Fuson was born in 1798 near Smithville, Smith (later became DeKalb) Co., Tennessee. She was named after Hannah Bates, wife of William Fuson. The 1810 census records no longer exist for that area, but there is a female the right age to be Hannah, age 22 in the household of Thomas Fuson on the 1820 census of Smith Co., Tennessee. Hannah married Elijah Vanderpool on June 9, 1824 in Lebanon, Wilson, Tennessee and they had 8 children. (Hannah was probably Elijah's second wife, as he was married and living in Burke Co., North Carolina in 1810 and Smith Co., Tennessee in 1820.) Based on birthplaces of their children, the Elijah & their family moved from Tennessee to Kentucky about 1825. They are listed on the 1830 & 1840 censuses of Knox Co., Kentucky. The family moved to Iowa by 1850, and they are listed on the 1850 census of Wayne Co., Iowa. They had moved to Grundy Co., Missouri by 1859 when Elijah died. Hannah is listed at age 62 as head of household on the 1860 census of Jefferson, Grundy Co., Missouri. I have not found her listed in 1870 at this time. Hannah Fuson Vanderpool died sometime after 1860, probably in Grundy Co., Missouri.
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James Robinson Fuson, Sr.James Robinson (Roberson?)Fuson, Sr. was born on December 31, 1800 in in Smithville, Smith (later became DeKalb) Co., Tennessee. The 1810 census records no longer exist for that area, but there is a male the right age to be James, age 20, in the household of Thomas Fuson on the 1820 census of Smith Co., Tennessee. His parents moved sometime between 1820-1826 to Artemus, Knox Co., Kentucky, and in 1827 they settled in Chenoa, Knox (later became Bell) Co, Kentucky. James married Katie Lee about 1820. James is listed at age 49 in the housenhold of his recently widowed mother Rachel Fuson on the 1850 census of Knox Co., Kentucky. James married Rutha Jane Staniford about 1850 in Kentucky. He had 12 children. James Robinson Fuson died June 12, 1875 in Bell Co., Kentucky. He is buried in the Fuson Chapel Church Cemetery, Little Creek, Bell Co., Kentucky. James was the founder of the Fuson settlement on Little Clear Creek in Knox Co, KY. He was the ancestor of Drs. J.T. and W.T. Evans who established the Evans Hospital in Middlesboro, KY.
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Polly FusonPolly Fuson was born about 1804 in Smith (later became DeKalb) Co., Tennessee. I believe that Polly was a nickname for Mary. The 1810 census records no longer exist for that area, but there is a female the right age to be Polly, age 16 in the household of Thomas Fuson on the 1820 census of Smith Co., Tennessee. Her parents moved sometime between 1820-1826 to Artemus, Knox Co., Kentucky, and in 1827 they settled in Chenoa, Knox (later became Bell) Co, Kentucky. Polly married William Vanderpool in 1828 in Kentucky, and they had at least 9 children. Based on birthplaces of their children, they moved from Kentucky to Missouri about 1835. They moved from Missouri to Iowa about 1848. Polly Fuson Vanderpool died on August 18, 1849 in Leon, Decatur, Iowa. William is listed with the children on the 1850 census of Decatur Co., Iowa. William died on August 5, 1884 in Indian Territory, Oklahoma.
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Mahala FusonMahala Fuson was born about 1806 in Smith (later became DeKalb) Co., Tennessee. The 1810 census records no longer exist for that area, but there is a female the right age to be Mahala, age 13 in the household of Thomas Fuson on the 1820 census of Smith Co., Tennessee. Her parents moved sometime between 1820-1826 to Artemus, Knox Co., Kentucky, and in 1827 they settled in Chenoa, Knox (later became Bell) Co, Kentucky. Mahala married (?) John "Jack" Goodin, who was son of Thomas Goodin & Mary Ingram. Records on this family are confusing, because Jack appears to have had two families at the same time. Jack married Mariah Anna Morgan on September 03, 1824 in Knox Co., KY, and they had 6 children. They are listed on the 1830 census of Knox Co., KY. According to a book by Henry Fuson, Jack also married Mahala Fuson and they had 7 children. The book by Henry Fuson states: "Jack Goodin, son of Thomas Goodin, settled at White Church on Greasy Creek in pioneer days. Later Ebenezer Bronster Goodin, a son of his, lived there. Jack Goodin was married twice and had the following family: I. Anna Morgan: (First wife) (1) James Goodin, (2) Hannah Goodin, (3) Thursey Goodin, (4) Mack Goodin, (5) Hard Goodin, (6) Alex Goodin: II. Mahala Fuson: (7) John Goodin, (8) Joseph Goodin, (9) Thomas Goodin, (10) Ebenezer Bronster Goodin, (11) Rachel Goodin, (12) Amanda Goodin, (13) Sallie Goodin. They both died on Greasy Creek and were buried in the Goodin Graveyard near White Church." The book also states that Mahala had 3 additional children (Bethanian, Hannah & Sidney Fuson) before her marriage to Jack Goodin. On the 1840 census of Knox Co., KY, there is one male age 30-40 (John), but there are 2 females age 30-40, and 2 children that are in addition to his known ones with Mariah. John is listed on the 1850 census of Knox Co., KY with wife Mariah and children James, Hardin, Hannah, Andrew Mc., Thursy & Alexander, ages 5-21. In the same household is Mahala Fuson with children (last name indicated as being Fuson) John, Sidney, Thomas, Joseph, Ebenezer, Rachel & Sarah, ages 2-17. John is listed on the 1860 census of Greasy Creek, Knox Co., KY with wife Mariah and children James, Andrew & Thursday. Mahala Fuson is listed as head of household two households away with children Joseph, Ebenezer, Racheal, Amanda & Sally, again with last name indicated as Fuson. Mariah died between 1860-1870, and Jack & Mahala Goodin are listed on the 1870 census with children Alexander, Thursey & John. At that time Jack was age 64 & Mahala was age 63. The children of Mahala Fuson all used the name Goodin as adults. According to the Fuson book, Jack & Mahala's son Ebenezer Bronster Goodin settled on Jack's homestead at White Church, Greasy Co., KY, and their son John Goodin settled at the mouth of Greasy Creek and was Sheriff in Knox Co., KY for two terms and was one of the "chief men in the formation of Bell County" He later became a Judge, and one of his sons was Circuit Court Clerk of Bell County. Another daughter of Jack & Mahala, Amanda Goodin Stamper, had a son John Thomas Stamper who was a Baptist minister and also a County Judge in Knox Co., KY. John "Jack" Goodin died after 1870, and probably before 1880 in Knox Co., KY. Mahala Goodin is listed at age 73 as a head of household on the 1880 census of 6th Subdivision, Bell Co., KY, living with her granddaughter Mahala Partie. Mahala Fuson Goodin died in 1884 in Bell Co., KY. Anna (Mariah) Morgan Goodin & Mahala Fuson Goodin are both believed to be buried in the Eb Goodin Cemetery in Bell Co., KY, but there are no markers there for them, and I do not know where John "Jack" Goodin is buried.
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Betty FusonElizabeth "Betty" Fuson was born about 1808 in Smith (later became DeKalb) Co., Tennessee. The 1810 census records no longer exist for that area, but there is a female the right age to be Betty, age 12 in the household of Thomas Fuson on the 1820 census of Smith Co., Tennessee. Her parents moved sometime between 1820-1826 to Artemus, Knox Co., Kentucky, but I do not know if Betty went with them. According to the book by Henry Harvey Fuson, Betty married Bud Siler and they did not have any children. Elizabeth is listed at age 47 in the household of her recently widowed mother on the 1850 census of Knox Co., Kentucky. I believe that she is the Elizabeth who was the second wife of Burgess "Bird" Siler, and that they married soon after he his first wife (Mary Ann Croley) died on August 12, 1851 in Whitley Co., Kentucky as he had been left 12 children, ages 4 to 23. Burgess and Elizabeth are listed on the 1860 census of Boston, Whitley Co., Kentucky. Bird Siler died on December 12, 1864 in Cane Creek, Whitley Co., Kentucky. There is an older Elizabeth Siler who was born in Tennessee in the household of Bird's son James Madison Siler on the 1870 census of Jofields, Whitley Co., Kentucky that may be this Elizabeth, although she is listed as being age 55, and should be age 62. There is an Elizabeth Siler, age 70, born Tennessee who is listed as an Aunt in the household of William & Sarah Lambdin on the 1880 census of Boston, Whitley, Kentucky who is probably this Elizabeth. Elizabeth "Betty" Fuson Siler probably died sometime after 1880 in Whitley Co., Kentucky.
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Hall FusonHall Fuson was born about 1810 in Smith (later became DeKalb) Co., Tennessee. The 1810 census records no longer exist for that area, but there is a male the right age to be Hall, age 10 in the household of Thomas Fuson on the 1820 census of Smith Co., Tennessee. His parents moved sometime between 1820-1826 to Artemus, Knox Co., Kentucky, and in 1827 they settled in Chenoa, Knox (later became Bell) Co, Kentucky. There is a male the right age to be Hall, age 20, listed in the household of Thomas Fuson on the 1830 census of Knox Co., Kentucky. Hall married Elizabeth "Betty" Carter about 1845 in Kentucky. The Fuson book by Henry Harvey Fuson states that Hall & Betty did not have any children, but the 1850 census of Chenoa, Bell Co., Kentucky lists 4 children in their household who were born between 1846-1850. Hall Fuson died in 1851 in Chenoa, Bell, Kentucky.
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