June 7, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)
[From Here and There Section]
Smithfield Herald: Mr. John Fulghum, fifty years old, near Pine Level, died on the 20th. He leaves a wife and three children and a host of friends to mourn his death.
[Find a Grave has his birth date as June 5, 1832, and his date of death as May 21, 1883. It also says that he is buried in the John Collins Fulghum Cemetery, with a photo. I love the idea of family cemeteries, which I had not really been aware of until I moved to North Carolina.]