Saturday, January 31, 2015

Surname Saturday ~ FULLER of Ipswich, Massachusetts

John Fuller's signature on his will


John Fuller (about 1620 – 1666) immigrated to Massachusetts on 4 May 1635 on the ship Abigail when he was about 15 years old with his older brother William.   John, my 8th great grandfather,  settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts and William went to Hampton, New Hampshire. 

John Fuller married Elizabeth Emerson.  They lived in Salisbury until about 1648 when they were back in Ipswich.  He had land, but does not appear in any record as a freeman, church member nor did he hold any public office.  He does appear in several court records, and he did file a will shortly before his death.  When he died he had nine children named in his will and one unborn child mentioned in his will.  No record of the name of this child exists.  He was an educated man because he not only signed his name, he left an inventory of books valued at 10 shillings.

John’s son, James Fuller (about 1644 – 1725), my 7th great grandfather, inherited his father’s house and land on Rocky Hill in Ipswich.  It was next to his brother, Nathaniel Fuller’s, land.  His daughter, Dorothy, granddaughter of the immigrant John Fuller, is the last Fuller in my lineage.  Dorothy married Josiah Stone of Beverly, Massachusetts in 1715. 

For more FULLER information:

Fuller Genealogies, by William Hyslop Fuller, Volume III Genealogy of some descendants of Captain Matthew Fuller, John Fuller of Newton, John Fuller of Lynn, John Fuller of Ipswich, and Robert Fuller of Dorchester and Dedham, with supplements to Volumes I and II, 1914, page 175

“John Fuller of Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1634” by Edward F. Everett, from the New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 53, (1899), pages 335 – 341.

“The English Origin of John and William Fuller of Ipswich, Massachusetts” by Leslie Mahler, The American Genealogist, Volume 77, pages 267 – 70.

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 -1635, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume II, pages 598 – 602.

History of Ipswich, by Joseph B. Felt, printed by Charles Folsom, 1834, pages 9 – 10.

My FULLER genealogy:

Generation 1: John Fuller, son of Roger Fuller and Jane Gowan, born about 1620 in England, died 4 June 1666 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married to Elizabeth Emerson, daughter of Thomas Emerson and Elizabeth Brewster.  She was born about 1623 at Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England and died 1700. Ten children.

Generation 2:  James Fuller, born about 1647, died 21 June 1725 in Ipswich; married on 20 October 1672 in Ipswich to Mary Rindge, daughter of Daniel Rindge and Mary Kinsman.  She was born about 1648 and died 16 October 1732 in Ipswich. Nine children.

Generation 3: Dorithy Fuller, born 18 December in Ipswich, died 1756 in Beverly, Massachusetts; married about 21 October 1715 in Ipswich to Josiah Stone, son of Nathaniel Stone and Mary Balch.  He was born 27 August 1681 in Beverly, and died after 1757. Six children.

Generation 4:  Josiah Stone m. Martha Ashby
Generation 5:   Josiah Stone m. Susanna Hix
Generation 6:  Eunice Stone m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 7:  Peter Hoogerzeil m. Mary Etta Healey
Generation 8:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 9:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

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  1. Heather Do the genealogies you cited cover the Fuller family history in England? I have a John Fuller and Cartherine Ann Bury of Redenhall, Norfolk in my tree, but it is not very well supported beyond their grand daughter Mary Fuller b. 1622 d. 1687. She is in turn the daughter of an Edward Fuller, which unfortunately many trees confuse with the "Mayflower"Edward, of which he clearly is not, in my opinion. Most records show her arriving in 1639 and making her way to Long Island.

    1. The article in TAG covers his English origins. His earliest known ancestor was William Fuller alias Lockyer, born about 1541 in Chelmsford, Essex, England. It is dated October 2002 and is the most recent article I've seen written on the Fuller family.

    2. Thanks Heather. I will track down the TAG article and see if if it yields any clues.