George Taylor Fulford I (1852-1905) married Mary Wilder White (1856-1946) in 1880
Dorothy Marston Fulford (1881-1949) married Arthur Charles Hardy in 1904
Martha Harris Fulford (1883-1910) married G. Sherrif I in 1906 and C. MacLean in 1908
George Taylor Fulford II (1902-1987) married Josephine C. Weller in 1926 and Jutta (Judy) Kruse in 1964
George Taylor Fulford III (1927-1995)
Martha Charlotte Fulford (1928-2010)
Dwight Wilder Fulford (1931-2009)
The Fulford family occupied Fulford Place from 1900 to 1987. George Taylor Fulford I, one of the 10 children of Hiram Fulford (1807-1876) and Martha Harris (1811-1880), built the house in 1900. His son, George Taylor Fulford II, assumed responsibility for Fulford Place in 1946, after the death of his mother, Mary Wilder White. George II’s children lived there as well: George Taylor Fulford III, Martha Charlotte Fulford and Dwight Wilder Fulford. George Taylor IV, the great-grandson of George Taylor Fulford I, often visited Fulford Place.
Following George Fulford I’s death, Mary Fulford raised her infant son and maintained the estate with the help of her domestic staff.
Raised in an upper class American family, Mary made use of her social skills to further her son’s career.
Throughout her life, Mary played the role of hostess, opening her home as an unofficial state residence. Her reputation and wealth attracted many prominent figures, including royalty.
As the first child of George and Mary, Dorothy (1881-1949) witnessed her father’s meteoric climb to millionaire status. She was 20 years old when the family moved into their new residence.
While Fulford Place was being built, the Fulfords lived in Thornton Cliff, the mansion east of their property. They later purchased this adjoining estate as a wedding gift for Dorothy.
In 1904, Dorothy married Arthur Charles Hardy, son of a former Ontario premier. The wedding was the first and largest celebration George Fulford I presided over in his new home. The occasion provided an opportunity to display the family’s wealth and social status.
Dorothy’s younger sister, Martha, married twice. Her first husband died shortly after their marriage in 1906. In 1908, she married again, this time aboard the family yacht, the Magedoma, in Montreal. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada, gave the bride away. Martha died in 1910 during childbirth.
Mary Fulford was 46 years old when she gave birth to George Taylor Fulford II in 1902.
George Taylor Fulford II became involved in the family business and pursued a career in politics, just as his father before him.
He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1934-1937) and the House of Commons (1940-1945 and 1949-1953) and remained active in the community until his death in 1987. He was survived by three children, George Taylor Fulford III, Martha Charlotte Fulford and Dwight Wilder Fulford.