ORIGIN: Leiden, Holland
MIGRATION: 1620 on Mayflower
FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth
ESTATE: In the 1623 Plymouth division of land Samuel
Fuller Junior received three acres as a passenger on the Mayflower [PCR 12:4]. He was not included in the 1627
Plymouth division of cattle.
BIRTH: Baptized Redenhall, Norfolk, 4 September 1575,
son of Robert Fuller [NEHGR 55:192].
DEATH: Plymouth shortly after 11 January 1620/1
MARRIAGE: By about 1605 _____ _____; she d. Plymouth
shortly after 11 January 1620/1 [Bradford 446].
i MATTHEW, b. say 1605; m. by about 1630
Frances _____ [TAG 61:198-99; MF 4:5-6]. (Although he wrote before the
demonstration that Matthew was son of Edward, Paul Prindle prepared an
excellent account of Matthew Fuller and his family [Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie ... (n.p. 1976), pp. 157-62].)
ii SAMUEL, b. about 1608; as "Samuell
Fuller Junior" he is the third person in the eighth company (and in the
household of his uncle Samuel Fuller) in the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle
[PCR 12:11]; "Sammell Fowller" appears in the "1633" list
of Plymouth freemen, just ahead of those admitted on 1 January 1634/5 [PCR
1:4]; assessed 9s. in the Plymouth tax list of 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:28]; m.
Scituate 8 April 1635 Jane Lothrop, daughter of Rev. John Lothrop [NEHGR
ASSOCIATIONS: Brother of SAMUEL FULLER of Leiden and
COMMENTS: In his list of passengers on the Mayflower Bradford included "Edward Fuller
and his wife, and Samuel their son" [Bradford 442]. In the accounting of
the Mayflower families made in 1651, Bradford reported that "Edward
Fuller and his wife died soon after they came ashore, but their son Samuel is
living and married and hath four children or more" [Bradford 446].
The question of the paternity of Matthew Fuller was examined exhaustively
by Bruce C. MacGunnigle, Robert M. Sherman and Robert S. Wakefield in 1986,
and they came to the conclusion that Matthew was a son of EDWARD FULLER [TAG
61:194-99]. They also noted that the evidence connecting EDWARD FULLER and
SAMUEL FULLER to Robert Fuller of Redenhall, Norfolk, is not so strong as
might be desired, leaving open the possibility that future research might
lead to a different ancestry for the two brothers [TAG 61:194]. Extensive
data on the Fullers of Redenhall and vicinity were published in 1901 by
Francis H. Fuller [NEHGR 55:192-96, 410-16].
Jeremy Bangs cites a document placing Edward Fuller in Leiden [MQ
In his third volume treating early settlers on the Penobscot, Philip Howard
Gray sets forth a completely new structure for the family of Edward Fuller,
including children not previously suspected [Penobscot Pioneers, Volume 3 (Camden, Maine, 1993), pp.
62-66]. Gray employs a style of logic and argumentation not normally found in
the genealogical literature, and his conclusions are not adopted here.
NOTE: Bruce C. MacGunnigle
has published the definitive treatment of Edward Fuller and his descendants
in the fourth volume of the Mayflower Society's Five Generations Project.