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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.

  
 

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Miss Nannie Peairs Fulton

Nannie P. Fulton was born in Keokuk, the daughter of Wm. Fulton and Elizabeth Dalzell, who were married in Keokuk, June 22, 1865.  Mrs. Fulton died in 1898, and Mr. Fulton in 1908.  Mr. and Mrs. Fulton were born in Pennsylvania, coming to Iowa in the early 60's.  Miss Fulton has been the very efficient librarian of the Keokuk public library since 1896.  The library is one of the oldest in the state having been founded in 1863 and been a free library since 1894.  James L. Rice gave the first $10,000 which made the library possible.  Miss Fulton is a member of the Westminster Presbyterian church in which her father served as Deacon and Elder for forty-one years, and of which her mother was a devoted member for forty years.  She is descended from an unusual lineage.  The name Fulton was originally a Scotch-Ayreshire name, this line having crossed to Ireland and then to America.  Her great-great-grandfather, Abraham Fulton, came to America, to Westmorland Co., Penn., in 1772.  Her great grandfather, Robert Fulton, served in the War of the Revolution;  her grandfather, William Fulton, served in the War of 1812.  Her maternal grandfather, William Dalzell, came to America from Belfast, Ireland in 1824.  He married Jane Dalzell, another branch of the same family.  The origin of the name Dalzell, and the coat of arms is traced historically to the time of the reign of Kenneth II, King of Scotland in 853.  The name originally was De Dalzell, meaning, "I dare," and many heroes of Scottish history bore the name.  Miss Fulton has two brothers and a sister:  Robert Dalzell Fulton, Portland, Ore.;  James McQueen Fulton, Keokuk;  Mrs. Elizabeth Fulton Patterson died June 13, 1908.

 

 

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