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Surnames: Fulton, Caldwell, Brown
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If your great grandmother was raised as a Fulton, in the household of Robert Fulton and
Jean Caldwell, and got their through no fault of her own, I'd say she was clearly a
Fulton and Fultons and Caldwells are, for practical purposes your ancestors. Don't
get confused over purity of blood line. There's probably a lot less of that than
we'd like to admit.
It's family culture that counts.
I got to this place searching Rootswebb for something on Fulton and Caldwell, preferably
from either Ayrshire or Renfewshire. Your initial comment regarding a hand loom weaver
caught my eye.
Janet Fulton, a native of Fenwick, was my 4g-grandmother. She married Mathew Brown, a
stone mason, my 4g-grandfather. Their son Robert Brown was a handloom (cottage) weaver. He
married a Jean Caldwell in abt 1802. He had a shop with a number of looms in Lochwinnoch
in the first couple of decades of the 19th cent. When the handloom trade fell into
unrecoverable decline around 1820, he followed his son, John, my gg-grandfather to upper
Sorry I don't have anything more on your (?) Fulton and Caldwell (quasi)ancestors.
Cheers, John McDonnell
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