By Namesnot Mary
In this fascinating short video, independent researcher Namesnot Mary examines a well-known Newtown family’s history, its potential ties to the Freemasonry, the entertainment industry and private aviation.
Robert Fulton (1765-1815) is a well-known colonial era Mason, engineer, and inventor who contributed to the development of steamboat technology, and for a time defected the newly-formed United States to work as an inventor for British Prime Minister William Pitt and his military. Nevertheless, five US Navy ships have been designated Fulton. Further, numerous townships and similar undertakings bear the family name.
A potential “collateral descendent” of the senior Fulton, Robert Edison Fulton Jr. (1909-2004), is highlighted in the video below. Edison Fulton bears the name of American innovator Thomas Edison, a close friend of Fulton’s father. Robert Jr. was also an inventor, his most famous project being the “airphibian.”
Introduced in 1947, the unusual aircraft “could be converted into a car in less than five minutes, chiefly by removing its wings and propeller,” the New York Times observes. The device was adopted for use by the Central Intelligence Agency and US military. One of Fulton’s major accomplishments, it may explain the airstrip in close proximity to his Newtown residence.
Robert Jr. and his son, Robert III (1939-2002), both developed interest, skills, and professional endeavors in cinematography. Fulton family scion Elgin Fulton, a probable namesake of Robert Jr.’s maternal uncle, cross-country transit tycoon Elgin Travis, has recently worked for Anderson Cooper, ABC News, and is linked to Ryan Seacrest’s Million Second Quiz game show. As the Namesnot Mary video suggests, this relation also potentially ties the Fulton descendent to local Newtowners Mary Fellows and John Conk.
Another well-known Newtown resident is US presidential candidate, former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd. Dodd is presently CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, the US entertainment industry’s foremost advocacy organization.
Susan Collins, author of the widely successful Hunger Games series, also resides in Newtown.