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Collection Michael Fulp House
Object Name Typescript
Title Michael Fulp (Folb) Chronology
Description Three page typewritten document outlining the researched military service, tax, census, and estate records for Michael Fulp{a}, first resident of the Michael Fulp House ("Bridge Keeper's House.") {b}
{a} recorded in the Berks County Register of Wills file and Index as "Folb," and listed in the 1790 First Federal Census as “Folp,” one of two “Free White males upward of 16 years” in a household also including 5 “free white females”
{b} Michael Fulp died a quarter-century before the first bridge was constructed across the Schuylkill River at the White Horse Ford site fronting the Fulp house. This early bridge was a Burr-arch trussed structure which survived a few powerful floods (but not "progress") for over a century [see MVPH1--1003.01.002].

In addition to the transactions and events referred to in these archive records, numerous entries in the George Douglass, Douglass-Jenkins, and "Amity" store day-books [see HPTOBJ1--1008.01.022] provide glimpses into the activities of Michael Fulp as a "laborer" and "journeyman farmer," the terms describing his status in contemporary tax and census records. The store was only a few minutes walk from Fulp's river-front house. Nevertheless, the records of Fulp's transactions are somewhat sporadic, indicating that he probably received compensation, sustenance, and provisions from numerous other individuals for whom he performed his day-labor.

Some examples of these day-book [also "journal"] entries from 1786 through February 1807 [see a summary of "Douglass-related" store day-books and ledgers in archive record HPTOBJ1--1008.01.022] indicate that Michael [also "Micle" in these records] Fulp acquired store credit and cash loans in barter transactions by:

providing butter in substantial quantities, 2 pigs , 2 "mackrel," and veal
threshing and "cradling" [harvesting with a cradle-scythe] oats; "Hawling dung"
"making and stacking" hay
killing cow, "calph"/"calf," "sheap"/"sheep", and "beef"
additional credit for unspecified day-labor, and the "remainder" over his debits; "cuching" [cooking], in the vernacular Germanic dialect;

In exchange for his labor performed for store credit [including, in March, 1788, "cutting 3 cords of wood Last Spring", and "staking …around the little Meadow"] and commodities, and cash [some "Rd (received) of your Mother"], Fulp acquired:

potatoes, straw, sugar, hay, a trunk, a hat, a stove plate, 7 yards of chintz fabric, a "rasor," beef, calico and flannel fabric, shoe leather, "wine for your Mother," cash and "sundries"--which were debited against the "net remainder" of credits accrued to Fulp's account.

PLEASE NOTE: Bridge Keeper's House is now referred to as the "Michael Fulp House" in this archive since the discovery of these records and re-dedication of the house in the spring of 2011.
Date 01/12/2011
People Fulp, Michael
Dehaven, John
Dehaven, Catarina
Sands, Capt. Joseph
Folb, Michael
Catalog Number 1005.01.062
Archive Number MFHTX2
Search Terms MFHTX
Michael Fulp House Text
Michael Fulp House
Fulp Chronology
Estate Records
Tax Records
Day Book