Richard Fulcher was born near Hingham, England, on January 16, 1796, the son of Richard Fulcher and Sophia D'Urban. He had at least three siblings: Thomas, Elizabeth, and Sophia. Thomas Fulcher (1801-1888) served as curate and rector of the Old Buckenham Parish Church throughout the late 19th century. Richard Fulcher was educated at Oxford and practiced law in London before moving to Michigan with his brother William in 1835. The Fulcher brothers settled near Three Rivers, Michigan, where William died in 1845. Richard later became a farmer in Fabius Township, Michigan. On June 19, 1845, he married Esther Bridgman; they had eight children: Esther Sophia (1846-1850), Elizabeth Agnes (1848-1850), Dorothea (1850-1915), Ada D'Urban (b. 1852), Richard Bransby (1855-1856), John (1857-1942), Amelia (1859-1888), and Mary Mabel (1861-1941). Richard Fulcher died on May 26, 1877.