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Lindley/Heisel Bible Library Research Project
County, died yesterday morning at her home on the West Dallas pike where she had lived for forty years. She was
the widow of Adam Heisel, who died in August 1913. She was born in Georgia seventy two years ago. She is
survived by her sons, A. J. and W. T. Heisel, one daughter, Mrs. R. V. Fullerton, one sister Miss Louisa Lindley;
two grandchildren June Heisel and Robert Vincent Fullerton, all of Dallas and a niece, Mrs. William Barnes of Fort
Worth...Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery." 46
Generation No. 2
According to the family Bible, Mary/Marie Lindley Heisel was born 4 January 1876 in Eufaula, Alabama.
Using the index to Dallas County Marriages we located her marriage to Robert Vincent Fullerton on 12 January
1903.' We located the couple on the 1910 census and learned that Robert Vincent Fullerton was born in Missouri.
From his death certificate we found his birth date of 16 April 1869. Turning to the Missouri 1870 census index,48
we narrowed our search for Robert Fullerton's father and found the one-year old Robert in the household of George
Fullerton and his wife Clara in Nodaway County.49 George Fullerton's family had grown by the time of the 1880
census to include four more children.50
Returning to Robert and Mary Fullerton, the city directories for 190651 and 190752 showed that the young
couple lived with her parents in West Dallas. By 1910 the city of Dallas had purchased an automobile ambulance,
and police wagons and fire engines soon were motorized. The city's population had reached 92,104; houses were
renumbered, and the artificial gas mains were replaced by natural gas.53 The Fullerton couple was also growing as
the couple had a daughter, June Heisel Fullerton (born 1 June 1906), and Robert Fullerton was employed as a clerk
at the Trezevant & Cochran Insurance Company. The 1910 census enumeration showed the family living in Justice
Precinct 7 of West Dallas.54 In 1912 the family added a son, Robert Vincent Fullerton Jr., born 4 November 1912.55
Robert Fullerton Sr. continued working in the insurance field until 1919, when he began farming the Heisel land in
West Dallas. The family was enumerated on 14 January 1920 in Justice Precinct 7 on the West Pike road, and
Fullerton's brother-in-law, William Heisel, was living with them.56
Robert Fullerton continued farming the family's acreage, and in 1924 was named Deputy County Tax
Assessor.57 He was elevated to County Tax Assessor in 1927, but by 30 April 1930, when the 1930 U.S. census
was taken, Robert Fullerton had retired.59
Robert Vincent Fullerton Sr. died 14 April 1938 in Dallas.60 His death certificate with son, Robert V.
Fullerton Jr. as informant, placed his age at 68 years, 1 1 months and 28 days and listed the cause of death as
"bronco pneumonia." His parents' names and birth places are not listed, and Robert V. Fullerton Sr. was buried in
Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas on 15 April 1938.6 A brief death notice appeared in the Dallas Times Herald on
14 April 1938: "Robert Vincent Fullerton, age 68, passed away Thursday. Survived by wife (unnamed), one
daughter Mrs. Mary January [sic-should be Mrs. June January], one son, Robert V. Jr. Services will be conducted
10 a.m. Friday at the chapel at Lamar & Smith. Rev. J. B. Davis officiating. Interment Laurel Land Memorial
Mary Lindley Heisel Fullerton continued to live at the family residence until her death on 12 November
1962.63 She died of"medulary and circulatory failure" at Stevens Park Hospital. Her daughter, June H. January,
was informant, and her parents were shown as Adam Heisel and Elmyra Lindley. Burial was scheduled for 13
November 1962 at Laurel Land Cemetery. The death notice appearing in the Dallas Morning News noted "Funeral
services for Mrs. Mary Lindley Fullerton, 86, of 1300 Plymouth Road, a resident of Dallas since the late 1870s, will
be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Lamar & Smith Funeral Chapel. Burial in Laurel Land Memorial Park. Mrs.
Fullerton came to Dallas with her parents, who lived at what is now the northwest corner of Main and Akard
Streets. Survivors: a daughter, Mrs. June Heisel January of Dallas; a son, Robert Fullerton of Dallas, and one
granddaughter." 64 The Dallas Times Herald ran an obituary entitled "Resident 80 Years Succumbs to Illness." The
article stated "Mrs. Mary Mindley [sic] Fullerton, 86, whose family established a home at Main and Akard streets
in the 1800s, died early Monday in a Dallas hospital following a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.
Tuesday at Lamar & Smith Chapel with Rev. Melvin West officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Land Cemetery.
Mrs. Fullerton came to Dallas 80 years ago with her family and had lived at 1300 Plymouth Road since moving
from the downtown home. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Heisel. Her father was an early day
boot and leather merchant. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. June Heisel January; a son, Robert V. Fullerton, and
one granddaughter, all of Dallas." 65
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Dallas Genealogical Society. The Dallas Journal, Volume 49, 2003, periodical, June 2003; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth186862/m1/10/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Genealogical Society.