Fulgham - Fulghum Family National Association, Inc.

Foljambe Arms

Fulgham Coat of arms Arms description:Sable (black), a bend between six escallops or (gold)
Crest: a jambe unarmed and spurred quarterly or and sable
Motto: Soyez Ferme (Be Steadfast)


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Key Contacts
Purposes and Mission; Publications
Brief History of the Foljambe, Fulgham, Fulghum Family (and how to pronounce this name)
Facilities and Data; Services and Education
Fulgham-Fulghum Y-DNA Project
Scholarship Fund
Museum/Library Fund
Membership in the Fulgham-Fulghum Family National Association and National Reunions
Governance of the Fulgham-Fulghum Family National Association
Table of Officers, Addresses and Telephone Numbers


Peggy Fulghum Wood, Secretary/Treasurer

2970 St. Johns Avenue, #12G
Jacksonville, FL 32205-8729
Telephone: (904) 389-6510
E-mail: wpegow@aol.com

J. Grant Fulgham, Historian and Archivist

2551 Corte Tela
Camarillo, CA 93010-2219
Telephone: (805) 482-6698

Robert S. Fulghum, Associate Archivist and Newsletter Editor

2109 Westminster Court
Greenville, NC 27858-5553
Telephone: (252) 355-0615
E-mail: R7efulghum@suddenlink.net

The Rev. Peter C. Fulghum, Scholarship Committee Chairman

13007 Still Meadow Road
Smithsburg, MD 21783-1322

Purpose and Mission

The Fulgham-Fulghum Family National Association, Inc. (FFFNA) is a non-profit educational, historical, and genealogical research society incorporated in the State of Florida. FFFNA is tax-exempt under US IRS Internal Revenue Code, paragraph 501 (c)(7). Our mission is to study, research, interpret, and preserve family history and the achievements of our family and related families through the ages. We promote family interaction. We stimulate interest in family history by funding and maintaining active research programs, and by supplying historical and genealogical information on our family and related families to interested persons and the public. We further stimulate interest in family history and genealogy through reunions with exhibits, programs, workshops, and lectures. The interactions of our family, and related families, with World history are studied to provide insight into the achievements of our family in important historical, governmental, and religious movements of the time.

The Fulgham-Fulghum National Family Foundation, Inc. (FFNFF) is a non-profit Foundation. It is incorporated in the State of Florida. FFNFF is tax-exempt under US IRS Internal Revenue Code, paragraph 501 (c)(3). The stated objectives of the FFNFF are: 1) to establish a scholarship program for graduating high school students to attend college and complete their programs of study, and 2) the establishment, building, and operation of a Museum/Library of artifacts and documents of the descendants of Captain Anthony Fulgham. These objectives are found in the Articles of Incorporation and in the By-Laws of the FFNFF. These documents state that the FFNFF shall not engage in any activities not permitted by an organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501 (c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. This means that all donations in funds and "in kind" (such as books, documents, artifacts, useful items, etc.) to the FFNFF are tax exempt and are deductible on the donor's tax return. Donors should make checks payable to the foundation using the full name of the foundation: "Fulgham-Fulghum National Family Foundation, Inc." Donations in funds should be addressed to the FFFNA Secretary-Treasurer, Peggy Fulghum Wood. Donations of "in kind" items should be addressed to Robert S. Fulghum, PhD, Associate Archivist. Before sending "in kind" items, please contact the Associate Archivist for information and shipping instructions. Items to be donated at the death of an individual should be listed with FFNFF in advance (please contact the Associate Archivist) and instructions should be left with wills and estate disposition instructions.


FFFNA publishes a newsletter, FULGHAM-FULGHUM FAMILY FACTS, available to Fulgh*ms and Fulgh*m kin at no cost and to others for $5.00 (the small cost of printing, postage, etc.) per year. Please contact the Secretary-Treasurer for subscription information and the Editor for submitting manuscripts or suggestions.

FULGHAM-FULGHUM FAMILY FACTS is also available FREE on-line as an E-mail attachment. If you desire to receive the newsletter by E-mail, please request this by contacting the Secretary-Treasurer and furnishing your E-mail address.

Back issues of the newsletter are available on-line.

Brief History of the Family

The Foljambe family is an ancient family. We trace its origins to the Viking ancestors of the inhabitants of the Normandy area of France. The de Foleschampes migrated to England during and following the conquest of England by William the Conqueror. In England, the name changed to Foljambe. See the Foljambe Arms (sidebar). This family was significant at the Royal Court, in other aspects of English history. Fulghams had important roles in American Colonial history and in early U.S. History.

The Fulgham - Fulghum family was established in America by Captain Anthony Foljambe ca. 1643 when he and his family emigrated from England to Virginia and patented land in the Smithfield, Virginia area. The diligence of the citizens of Isle of Wight County, Virginia in preserving their courthouse records, plus the fact that only one family of this name established families in America (so far as is documented), as well as the unusual name, has made it possible for family genealogists to work out most of the lines of descent of present Fulgham and Fulghum families from Captain Anthony Foljambe. Not all American Fulgh*m lineages have been proven with documentation at this time. Presently, Fulgh*m's reside in nearly every state in the United States.

The name is properly pronounced as in the French, Foljambe (FOL' jam with the "j" pronounced like the "z" in azure). Most American Fulgh*ms now pronounce it (FUL' jum or FUL' jam) with a hard "j" like the "j" in jug.

Facilities and Data; Services and Education

We are striving to maintain libraries and archives of family information. Currently we have over 20,000 names with genealogical information and lineages in our Family Database Please contact the Archivist or the Associate Archivist for more information. Not all of our data is proven or documented from primary sources at this time. We actively seek new information. We appreciate receiving documented corrections, new data, and references to primary documentation. The Master Copy of the new GEDCOM FFFNA Family Database, maintained by the Family Historian, is the only officially sanctioned FFFNA database. RIN numbers may differ in the new, FFFNA Database from those in older FFFNA databases and other databases on the Internet.

Fulgham-Fulghum Y-DNA Project

Dan N. Fulghum of Conroe, Texas is leading a Fulgham-Fulghum Y-DNA Project. As of this writing, Ten family members have been tested, five Fulghums and five Fulghams. All ten match perfectly at the 12-marker test. Five of these men descended from Michael Fulgham, third son of Captain Anthony Fulgham, while the other five were descended from Captain John Fulgham, the eldest son of Captain Anthony Fulgham. This indicates that Captain Anthony Fulgham is the common ancestor of the Fulgh*ms. There are currently no male descendants of the other two sons of Captain Anthony Fulgham, who was born about 1610 in England.

Please consider joining the Fulgham-Fulghum Y-DNA Project!

Results from the Fulgham-Fulghum Y-DNA Project can also be included in the National Geographic Genographic Project, which is an attempt to trace migratory patterns of families through both Y-DNA (male ancestors), and Mitochondrial DNA (female ancestors).

Service and Education:

The FFFNA will provide Fulgham - Fulghum Family history and individual lineage data to individual family members and related persons at no cost. FFFNA will provide such information to all others for the small cost of printing and postage [$1.00 for the first (and up to four) sheets and $1.00 each additional four sheets mailed]. FFFNA will answer all inquiries. Please address inquiries to the Associate Archivist. You may enter "Fulghum" or "Fulgham" at the site: http://rsl.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/rslsql.cgi to view other Fulgh*m researchers.

The Family has a tie to St. Luke's Church Shrine, the Nation's oldest standing brick gothic church, which was built in the 1600's near Smithfield, Virginia. Michael Fulgham, the son of Captain Anthony Fulgham, sold the land to the church vestry on 6 September, 1683, and the Family has placed a memorial stone commemorating this in the St. Luke's church yard. St. Luke's Church is a National Shrine.

The Library of Virginia is now the official library site for the FFFNA library materials. All contributions of Fulgh*m materials for the FFFNA library should be addressed to the Senior Accessioning Archivist, The Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Many of the holdings of The Library of Virginia are digitized. Some Fulgh*m material is available on line.


The FFFNA is dependent upon dues paid by members, subscriptions, donations, and volunteer efforts. No association funds accrue to any individual family member, other than for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses for specified expenditures for the family association. The FFNFF is dependent upon donations to the Scholarship Fund and to the Museum/Library Fund.

Scholarship Fund

The Rev. Peter C. Fulghum
13007 Still Meadow Road
Smithsburg, Maryland 21783-1322

The FFNFF offers one $1,000.00 scholarship annually on a competitive basis to High School seniors accepted by a college or University. Applicants must be made on an official Fulgham-Fulghum Family Scholarship Application form. Applicants must request a FFNFF form by U.S. Postal Service mail from Rev. Peter C. Fulgham. Applicants MUST include a self-addressed envelope bearing first class postage with their request for an application form.

The deadline for requesting an application form is March 15th each year.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is April 15th each year.

Priority will be given to High School Seniors entering a post-secondary program leading to a career in the teaching profession. Eligibility is limited to High School seniors.

The completed application must contain the following information:

  1. The completed official FFNFF application form;
  2. Acceptance information by an accredited college or university;
  3. A summary of academic achievement in high school and any college work to date. Official transcripts are required;
  4. A list of the applicant's outside the classroom achievements and volunteer work;
  5. A 150-word essay

The applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, and the award is made each year to the applicant deemed most deserving based on the complete application. The scholarship recipient will be notified by the end of June. Only the successful applicant will be notified.

The Committee members decided to limit the scholarship to high school seniors entering a program leading to a degree in teaching. Applicants must strictly follow the above rules in order to have their application considered by the committee.

Scholarships are separately funded by donations to the FFNFF Scholarship Fund, not by Association dues.

Museum/Library Fund

The FFNFF is working to establish a family history museum and library, possibly in the vicinity of the St. Luke's Church Shrine. Parties interested in donating items of historical significance to the family, property, or other items should contact the Associate Archivist.

Access to the Museum/Library will be available to historians, genealogists, and the public at no cost. The Museum/Library is separately supported by donations to the FFNFF, not by Association dues.


Membership in FFFNA is open to any interested individual. We encourage interested persons to join the FFFNA. Annual dues are $40. Dues include a subscription to our newsletter, FULGHAM-FULGHUM FAMILY FACTS. Please contact our Secretary-Treasurer, or join on-line.

Back issues of the newsletter are available on-line.

National Reunions:

The FFFNA has held 24 reunions since 1985:

The Fulgham-Fulghum Family is an official Virginia Community in the Jamestown 2007 Commemoration organization.

Please contact Peggy F. Wood, Secretary-Treasurer, for more information on future Reunions and for membership information.


The Officers of the Fulgham-Fulghum Family Association are listed here

The Officers of the Fulgham-Fulghum National Family Foundation are listed here