Fulton Family Genealogical Papers

Identifier: 2014-11

Scope and Contents

The Fulton Family Genealogical Papers consists of materials gathered by Margaret Fulton from various family members from both the Fulton and Bertheau sides. Materials document the immigration of the Jordan and Bretheau families from Germany to San Francisco through mostly self-published books by the families. A small amount of information on the Fulton family in the form of articles and published material is included here. More information on the Fulton family can be found in the Special Collections Department (see related materials note).

Also included are two scrapbooks that contain both original and duplicated photos and documents. The first scrapbook contains information on the Jordan and Bertheau families and was mostly collected by Virginia Belz Chomat (niece of Margaret) and Rudolf Cesar Bertheau (uncle of Margaret). The second scrapbook contains materials on the Fulton family collected by Margaret, including information about Charles Allen Bragg, who established a Washoe Valley sawmill in Franktown, Nevada, Allan Charles Bragg, who owned the Reno Evening Gazette newspaper, and Margaret’s grandparents Mary Alice “May” Bragg, and Robert Lardin Fulton.

Of interest in this collection is a booklet of reminiscences of Mary Anita Bertheau Fulton (mother of Margaret) regarding the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. At the time of the quake, the Bertheau family lived on Vallejo Street in San Francisco.

The final four folders of this collection contains three volumes plus a CD of Letters from South Africa by John Allen Fulton. These letters were transcribed by Helene (Fulton) Belz, sister of Margaret.


  • 1927-2011
  • Majority of material found within 2000 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

The Fulton family has a long history in the state of Nevada beginning with Robert Lardin Fulton. A native of Ohio, Robert came to Nevada after a series of jobs led him to work as a land agent for the Central Pacific Railroad. In 1877, Robert married Mary Alice “May” Bragg, daughter of Robert’s business partner in the Pacific Wood and Lumber Company, Allen Bragg. Their son, John Allen Fulton was born on September 24, 1878. John graduated from the University of Nevada (Reno) in 1898 and served as the director of the Mackay School of Mines from 1929-1939.

John A. Fulton married Mary Anita Bertheau in 1914. The Bertheau/Jordan families immigrated to San Francisco, California in 1849 from Germany. John A. and Mary had five children: Mary Anita, Helen Fulton, Robert Bertheau, John Allen, Jr. and Margaret.


0.667 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Genealogical materials regarding the Fulton, Bertheau, and Jordan families collected between 1927-2001 by Margaret Fulton, relative. The collection consists of mainly secondary source material in the form of self-published books. Some original materials, such as formal invitations and photographs, documenting both the Bertheau family in San Francisco and the Fulton family in Reno are included.


Arranged without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Margaret Fulton in 2014 and 2017; and Helene Belz in 2012. 2012 materials transferred via the W. M. Keck Museum. 2017 materials transferred via University Archives Department, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.


Guide to the Fulton Family Genealogical Papers
Jessica Maddox
June 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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