John FULLER

HUSBAND:
[F2300]. John FULLER.
Born on 14 DEC 1611 in Lavenham Parish, Suffolk, England; possibly the son of James FULLER [F4600]. {S4}. John is often confused with two of the other John Fuller's who immigrated to New England:
  1. John Fuller. (ours). (1611-1698). Of Newton, Massachusetts. Arrived at least by 1643. He married Elizabeth Cole.
  2. John Fuller. (not ours). (1620-1666/81). Son of Rodger Fuller and Jane Gowan. Probably of Topcroft, Norfolk Co, England He arrived in America about 1635 aboard the Abigail, aged 15, as part of John Winthrop's fleet. He arrived with his brother William, age 25. He setteled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He married (1) Elizabeth Fuller (his cousin). He married (2) Elizabeth Emerson. He died 4 JUN 1666 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
  3. John Fuller. (not ours). (1602-1695). Of Lynn, Massachusetts. Arrived about 1630/35/39/45. He married Elizabeth Farrington.


It was said by the late Henry H. Fuller, Esquire, of Boston, that our John Fuller was a son of Dr. Samuel Fuller, of Plymouth, who came in the Mayflower; but that statement is erroneous. Dr. Samuel died in 1633, leaving an only son Samuel, with no other son named in the will, nor in the division of cattle in 1627. This only son Samuel, was Minister of Middleboro and died there 1695, age 71. Edward Fuller, also a Mayflower passenger, died in 1621, leaving an only son Samuel, who settled on the cape. {S4}.

He married Elizabeth COLE [F2301] about 1644 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. However, I suspect that this marriage occurred in England, possibly in Lavenham, prior to their departure for New England. It is said that John Fuller and Edward Jackson came to New England together. They settled in Cambridge Village, Middlesex County, Massachusetts about 1644.

Newton was first part of Cambridge, then called East Cambridge, then called New Towne, then called Newton by Judge Abraham Fuller, but there is no legal record of it's change in the town records from New Towne to Newton.

In December 1658, he purchased a tract of 750 acres in the northwest part of Cambridge from Joseph Cooke, of Cambridge for 160 pounds sterling. The tract was situated in the bend of Charles River on the south side of the river, bounded on the north & west by Charles River, on the east by the land of Thomas Park, and on the south by S. Shepards farm, and lay opposite to Waltham Plain. It included nearly all the land taken from Newton & annexed to Waltham. It was, however, more extensive, extending farther down & farther back from the river.

He soon purchased 250 acres more. His 1000 acre farm became long known as the Fuller Farm. Cheese-Cake brook ran through this tract. Tradition has it that John Fuller and his sons stopped one noon on the shady banks of Cheescake Brook to eat their cheese and cake, thus giving the stream it's name. His house stood on the south side of the road, and on the west side of the brook, within a few rods of both. John is believed to have built the first house in Newton.

Remnants of an early stone wall dividing his land from neighbor Richard Park can still be seen on Fair Oaks Avenue. His farm was called: "That large tract of land called the Fuller Farm, and upon which most of the families of this name have resided. It included nearly all the land lately [before 1860] taken from Newton, and annexed to Waltham. It was, however, more extensive, extending farther down, and farther back from the river."(S5). This farm lies partly in what is now Watertown and partly in what is now Waltham. {S4}.

Another Fuller farm, the nucleus of which was given to Joseph Fuller (1652-1740) by his father-in-law Edward Jackson at the time of his marriage to Lydia Jackson, is now the site of Newton North High School. This farm later became the home of Sarah Fuller, daughter of Judge Abraham Fuller (1720-1794), and her husband General William Hull.

He was a farmer and maltser. He divided his land among his children in his lifetime, confirming the division by his will.

Petition, Presumably Written By John Fuller To The Governor & Council On 3 Oct 1675 - To the honored Governor and Deputy and the rest of the honored Council now sitting in Boston: December the 3th (3rd) 75 (1675). The Humble request and petition of your humble suppleken (supplicant) John Fuller living in Cambridge Village on the south side of Charles River in a remoute farm from neighbors and have a great estate heing (lying) in land and housing come and cattel (cattle) and haay. I have also fortified my house at my owe (own) charges which hath corst (cost) mee several pounds and also two of my soons (sons) have bine in the services of the country near this eighte(e(n weekes and one not yet come whom (home) and more of my help is in a likely way to goo and I am like to be lefte with labor or no helpe. Thou foll(ow)ing humble request to this honored Council is that you would be pleased to grant mee liberty to keep the rest of my helpe at whom (home) and also liberty to heier (hire) some other(s)at my own charges (expenses) if not I shall be forced to remove which I humbly consceed (or consider/conceed?) will be great damages not only to my selfe but also to ye Country in generall. For I can not move my housing nor my come (home) and cattell (cattle) and haay without much trobell (trouble) and damages the winter is so fare come on. and to leve (leave) my house empty with a fort about it I humbly consider it will be a refuge for the Indians if the(y) should come to shelter them in. But I do not intend to trobuell (trouble) this honored council with much. I le(a)ve it to your seve(r)al consideration(s) to don as God in his wisdom shall giveth you and so I reste your humble subject and suppleken (supplicant). John Fuller Senior: Dated the 3th (rd) of the 10th month 1675.

The councils reply was given on 9 December 1675. It is ordered that the petitioner shall not have more then two of his sons in the service at one time [and then rest shall be free from impresement] and that he shall have liberty to hire at free [ ] what other men [be] required at his own charges for [ ] [wages] By ye Council Edw. Rawson Clerk; From MA. State Archives - Military Records, Vol. 68, 85a.

In 1678, he and his sons Jonathan and Joseph signed a petition to separate Newton from Cambridge. Newton become a town in 1691, and a city in 1873.

Constable in 1669 and in 1675, townsman in 1686-87, Surveyor of Highways 1687, Tithingman 1690, Selectman 1693-94, Fence Viewer 1694, Commitees; to negotiate with Cambridge on taxation and seperation 1686, to choose county clerk of the writs 1689, to defend Abraham Jackson from serving as Cambridge constable 1695, to handle claim of Capt. Thomas Prentice for reimbursement for support of widow Susanna Clements 1695-96; recieved payment for repairing north end of meeting house 1681 and for a burying cloth 1693, rated 2 persons and estate 1688, held meeting of Townsmen at his house 1694.

The following document, apparently in John Fuller's handwriting, is in the possession of a descendant: "Wee whose names are subscribed are able to give this theire testimony that when the land was sould to Ensign John Spring liveing in New Towne in the county of Middelsexe in NWE England that there was reserved a high waye, through this land for the use of the inhabitane of the saide town to pass in namely the highway for_________in the place were it was then occupied and if the said John Spring did fence in the said land he should hang gates. And this is so to be undrestood of ye land which ye above said John Spring now lives upon.
New Towne December 15, 1691 John Fuller, Senect Jonathan Hide Camb. April 15 1692
Attested upon oath before the court by John Fuller, Senect Jonathan Hide, Saml Phipps Clk" {S4}.

He made his will on 30 January 1696 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He died on 7 FEB 1698 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; age 87, according to gravestone record. He was buried in the Centre Street Cemetery in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. His estate was probated on 28 February 1698 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

WILL of John Fuller as decifered by Don Fuller (b 1953) and E. Frederick Fuller (b 1930)

In the name of God Amen
I John Fuller of Newtown in the County of Middlesex in his Majesties Province of the Massachusets-bay in New-England being week in body, but in sound and disposing memory, Praise be given to God for the same to make this my last will and testament in manor & form following, that is to say first, and principally I resign my soul into the merciful hand of almighty God my creator asuredly hoping through the merits of my Blessed savior, to obtain pardon & remission of all of my sins and my body I commit to the earth whence it was taken to be Decently buried by the discretion of my executor and herin after named and as for the wordly goods and estate the Lord hath lent me I dispose therof as follows \ E Impl. I give and bequeth to my loving and dear wife Elizabeth a comfortable maintenance of my movable estate and if that shall not be enough then to have the liberty of any of my other estate, any thing hereafter to the contrary not withstanding and a living in my now dwelling house and all this during her natural life, to be allowed her by my executors herin after named, out of my estate.

2 secondly I give and bequeth to my son John Fuller the housing and lands he now enjoys lying along the south side Charles River, ading therto as much out of the farm I now live on as shall make the same two hundred acres as I have butted and bounded the said addition to him and his heirs forever.

3 thirdly I give and bequeth to my son Jonathan Fuller the housing and land he now enjoys adding thereto out of the farmland I now live on as much as makes up the aforsaid land one hundred and fifty acres as I have bounded the same to to him and his heirs executor and administrator forever.

4 fondly I give and bequeth to my son Joseph Fuller the lands he now enjoys and also a piece of [moads] : wland over the brook at the [uperend] of the great meadow, adjoining unto the land of [Tm 0] (see **) Parks to make him equal with the rest of my sons to him and his heirs forever.

5 fifthly I give and bequeth to my son Joshua Fuller the housing and lands he now livethg on to him and his heirs forever.

6 I give and bequeth to my son Jeremiah Fuller the land I formerly gave him wheron he now liveth, adding therto out of the farm abovesaid as much as Maketh up what he already enjoyeth, one hundred and fifty acres as the [farm] is now butted and bounded to him and his heirs forever and it further my will that if any of my above named sons shall by A joint consent agree to the altering of the bounds of the lands above given and bounded to them, nary thing contrary notwithstanding, and also it is my will that my above son shall each and every one of the have equal liberty to Dig and Cart of clay from the clay-pits in the above farm.

7 seventhly to all that I have formerly given unto my daughter Elizabeth Hide Deceased, I give and bequeth unto her children tho which I have had the Care of bringing up and maintaining what they have already had and to my grandson, alias grandchild Jonathan Hide the youngest son of my above said daughter, ten pounds in or as money to be paid to him by my son Joseph Fuller, whom Jo Hide shall be twenty one years of age, and my [so] son Joseph to pay the same forth Right and interest I have in the Malt house he now occupieth, and further it is my will that if the abovesaid Malt=house shall by Causualty be burnt or any ways destroyed by accidental cause, the abovesaid legacy of 10 pounds to be paid by my five sons above named, and if [so] Jonathan Hide do not live to the age abovesaid, then my will is that the abovesaid ten Pounds shall be equally divided between my three grandchildren viz Mary Brown & Elizabeth Hide [see paragraph below, this is Bethia] , and Hannah Hide.

8 eighthly I give and bequeth to my daughter Bethiah Bond twenty pounds in addition to what she hath already recieved of me towards her portion, to be paid her by my son Joseph Fuller, as followeth fewer pounds per year, until the whole sum be paid in consideration wherof I give to my son Joseph Fuller the land I purchased of Jeremiah Moss, be the same more or less.

9 ninethly I give and bequeth to my five sons abovesaid house barns out--houses orchard and land conveying two hundred and fifty acres be the same more of less to them and their heirs forever, to be equally divide betwen them at my death. Provide my five sons abovesaid do comfortably and honorably maintain my abovesaid wife in sickness and health during her natural life, and further my will is that my abovesaid sons shall not alinate the above given and granted unto any stranger until first the next Relation of the above said Fullers have the offer of it, and all the rest and residue of my estates goods and cattle, not herin before bequethed after my debts and funeral expenses discharged, I do give and bequeth unto my very dutiful sons John Fuller, Jonathan Fuller, Joseph Fuller, Joshua Fuller & Jeremiah Fuller, who I do make sole executor of this my last will and testament [peroling] all other wills by me. In witness wherof I have herunto set my hand and seal this thirteeth day of January one thousand six hundred ninety five [six] and the seventh year of his Majesties Reign.

Signed Sealed and Published in the presence of witness, Issac Williams John Ward Munings Sawin

the mark of John 3 '' Fuller ''

Thou Munnings Sawin and Issac Williams and also all ye Executors in said will with Jno- Jonathan, Joseph, Joshua and Jeremiah Fuller did testify that the named Elizabeth in ye testament of ye 7th paragraph was caused caused by a moot mistake of said Sawin ye writer of said will and ought to have been written Bethiah Hide as appears by ye copy taken from ye deceased mouth by wich he wrote such will. Attest: Samuel Phipps Registrar

Charleston, Feb 28th, 1697/8 by ye Hon. James Russell, Esq., Capt. Issac Williams, John Ward, Munnings Sawin the witness subscribed, personally appearing made oath & they were personally and saw ye subscriber, John Fuller, deceased sign and seal and heard him publish and declare the above written to be his last will and testament and wich he so did he was of a disposing mind -

Jeremiah [Coream]
J. A. Russell
Seal Placed Samuel Phipps Registrar

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The Inventory of the estate of John Fuller late of Newtown who deceased the 7th day of Febuary 1697/8 taken the 15th day of Febuary the year above said

To waring apparrill 011-00-00
To houfheld fluff in the parlor 010-16-00
To houfheld goods in the Fitthin and other iron ware 016-10-00
To boufheld goods in the West Chamber 034-07-00
To houfheld goods in the East Chamber 004-01-00
To provifion and other goods in the feller 003-14-00
To Meat Cattle and wine 008-17-00
To Howing and land 320-00-00
To Debts [indicated] to the [Wfuer] 1250-14-00
the Sum total [30]34-0N-00
To Debts due from the Estate 030-19-10

Aproved by us:
Issac Williams
Thomas Oliver

John had 22 desc. who served in the War of the Revolution.

WIFE:
[F2301]. Elizabeth COLE.
Born (about 1620)(in 1622-S7), of Lavenham Parish, Suffolk, England; daughter of Walter COLE [F4602] and Susan [F4603]. Christened on 1 JAN 1623 at Lavenham Parish, Suffolk, England. She is identified as the wife of John FULLER from the will of her father in Lavenham in 1653, no other John FULLER being located in New England who could be her husband. A determination of the date and circumstances of her arrival in America would be of great value in support of this conclusion. She died on 13 April 1700 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

CHILDREN
  1. John FULLER. Born in 1645 in Newton, Massachusetts. He married (1) Abigail BALSTON (b. Aug. 20, 1662, Boston, MA), daughter of James BALSTON and Sarah ROOTES, in 1682. He married (2) Margaret HICKS (b. 1668), daughter of Zacariah Hicks, on 14 OCT 1714. Margaret married (2) John WELLS. He died on 21 January 1720.
  2. Jonathan FULLER. Born in 1648 in Newton, Massachusetts. He married Mindwell TROWBRIDGE (b. Jun. 20, 1662; d. Feb. 22, 1758), daughter of James and Margaret (ATHERTON) TROWBRIDGE, on 2 May 1684. They had no children. He died on 12 August 1722.
  3. Elizabeth FULLER. Born about 1650 in Newton, Massachusetts. she married Job HYDE. She died on 28 November 1685.
  4. Joseph FULLER. Born on 10 February 1652 in Newton, Massachusetts. He married Lydia JACKSON (b. 1656; d. Jan. 12, 1726), daughter of Edward JACKSON and Elizabeth NEWGATE, on 13 December 1680. He died on 5 January 1740.
  5. [F1150]. Joshua FULLER. Born on 16 FEB 1654 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was a landowner and farmer. Joshua had no sons, but raised 10 boys, all mentioned in his will: Eleazer WARD, Jonathan and Nathaniel SHEPARD, Joshua CHILD, Joshua GARFIELD, Jonathan MORSE, Nathaniel POND, Isaac DANA; and Edward and David RAINSFORD. He married (1) Elizabeth WARD (d. Aug. 17, 1691 at age 31), on 7 May 1679. He married (2) Hannah (d. Nov. 28, 1739). He married (3) Mary DANA (d. Feb. 13, 1754 at age 86, Newton, MA), on 19 July 1742. He died on 27 June 1752 in Newton, Massachusetts.
  6. (Lt) Jeremiah FULLER. Born on 4 February 1658 in Newton, Massachusetts. He married (1) Mary (d. Aug. 17, 1689). He married (2) Elizabeth BLAKE (d. 1700), daughter of William BLAKE. He married (3) Thankful (d. 1729). He married (4) Rachel (d. 1742). He died on 23 December 1743.
  7. Bethia FULLER. Born on 23 November 1661 in Newton, Massachusetts. She married Feb. 27, 1684/5 (Lt) Nathaniel BOND (b. Jan. 9, 1659/60; d. about Apr. 1, 1700), son of William and Sarah (BISCOE) BOND, on 27 February 1685. Nathaniel Bond became freeman at Watertown, Massachusetts on 18 April 1690. She died before her husband. His will was dated 25 March 1700 with inventory taken on 18 April 1700, valued at 275.
  8. Isaac FULLER. Born on 2 December 1665 in Newton, Massachusetts. He probably did not marry. He died in 1691.


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