Matthew Fuller (1603 - 1678) MP

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Birthplace: Redenhall Parish, Harleston, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Barnstable, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Occupation: Surgeon General
Managed by: James Lathrop, Jr.
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About Matthew Fuller

Mayflower descendant; his father was Edward Fuller. -tcd

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Captain Matthew FULLER was born in 1603 in Redenhall, Norfolk, England. (3811)(3812) (3813)(3814) Whether Matthew was a son of the Mayflower immigrant Edward Fuller was been disputed for nearly a century before it was resolved. In the article, "Was Matthew Fuller of Plymouth Colony a Son of Pilgrim Edward Fuller," Bruce Campbell MacGunnigle tackles all of the arguments on both side and concludes that he was. His parents and brother Samuel arrived on the Mayflower on 1620. His parent died shortly after but Matthew did not come to Plymouth until 1640. He emigrated before 26 Oct 1640 to Plymouth, Plymouth Colony.(3815) (3816) He sold a parcel to Andrew Ridge (first recorded document of Matthew in America) on 26 Oct 1640 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony.(3817) He took the oath of a freeman in 1642 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony. (3818)(3819) He appeared in court in 1642 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony. (3820)(3821) He was on a jury. He assigned 10 acres near Thurston Clark in 1642 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony.(3822) He served as a in 1643 in English-Narragansett Conflict (1643-1645). (3823)(3824) He two acres of land which he recieved as a gift from his brother Samuel on 16 Mar 1648 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony.(3825) (3826) He moved before 1652 to Barnstable, Plymouth County.(3827) (3828) He lived in the northwest corner of Barnstable at Scroton Neck. He served as a Barnstable Militiaman between 1652 and 1673 in Barnstable, Plymouth County.(3829) (3830) On 20 Jun 1654, he was appointed a Lieutenant under Mile Standish, as part of a 50-man quota, to fight the Dutch at Manhattan, but peace between England and Holland was declared 23 Jun 1654, and the expedition was cancelled. On 2 Oct 1658, he was elected to the Council on War and in 1671, he became its Chairman. In 1673, he became Surgeon General of the Colony troops. He appeared in court after 1652 in Barnstable, Plymouth County. (3831) Fined for taking public stand in support of the Quakers. He was Deputy to the Plymouth County court in 1653 in Barnstable, Plymouth County. (3832)(3833) He took the oath of a freeman on 7 Jun 1653 in Barnstable, Plymouth County. (3834) He appeared in court on 2 Oct 1658 in Plymouth Colony.(3835) Fined 50 shillings for speaking reproachfully to the court concerning the law governing maintenance of ministers. He served as an Added to Council of War in 1671. Captain of the Plymouth Colony forces and surgeon in 1675 between 1671 and 1675 in King Philip's War (1675-1676).(3836) (3837) (3838)(3839) Being in his 70s at the time of the war, Matthew was somewhat reluctant to take the job. he told Colonel Benjamin Church that he had become "ancient and heavy" and feared he would be overwhelmed by travel and fatigue. He signed a will on 25 Jul 1678 in Barnstable, Barnstable, MA. (3840)(3841) 667 £ including 200 £ in pearls, diamonds and other stones. He died between 25 Jul 1678 and 22 Aug 1678 in Barnstable, Barnstable, MA. (3842)(3843) (3844)(3845) Besides his land in Barnstable, he had been granted land in Falmouth and Middleboro for distinguished service. He died a wealthy man. He left, according to his inventory, £667 (including £200 in pearls, diamonds, and other stones) on 22 Aug 1678 in Barnstable, Barnstable, MA.(3846) He was a physician, surgeon in Massachusetts.(3847) (3848) (3849) He was one of the first surgeons to settle at Barnstable. He was appointed surgeon of the force of the colony. In 1673, he was appointed Surgeon General of the Colony Troops in Barstable. He granted land in Falmouth and Middleboro for distinguished service.(3850) Parents: Edward FULLER and Wife.

He married to Francis about 1629 in England. (3851)(3852) (3853) I assumed that they were married one year before the birth of their eldest child. MacGunnigle (478) say that he was fined for taking a stand in support of Quakers. Children were: Samuel FULLER, Mary FULLER , Elizabeth FULLER, Anne FULLER, John FULLER.

Francis Lyde was born before 1614 in England.(121) I assumed that she was at least 15 when she bore her first child. She emigrated before 26 Oct 1640 to Plymouth, Plymouth Colony. (122) She died after 26 Oct 1678.(123) (124)

She married to Captain Matthew FULLER about 1629 in England. (125)(126) (127) I assumed that they were married one year before the birth of their eldest child. MacGunnigle (478) say that he was fined for taking a stand in support of Quakers. Children were: Samuel FULLER , Mary FULLER, Elizabeth FULLER, Anne FULLER, John FULLER.

http://www.familyorigins.com/users/b/l/o/Peter-E-Blood/FAMO5-0001/d27.htm#P2046

Samuel FULLER was born before 1630 in England.(3866) (3867) Probably born in England Parents: Captain Matthew FULLER and Francis.

http://www.familyorigins.com/users/b/l/o/Peter-E-Blood/FAMO5-0001/d27.htm#P2039

Mary FULLER was born between 1630 and 1640 in England. (3809)(3810) Probably born in England Parents: Captain Matthew FULLER and Francis.

http://www.familyorigins.com/users/b/l/o/Peter-E-Blood/FAMO5-0001/d27.htm#P1516

Elizabeth FULLER was born between 1630 and 1640 in England. (3795)(3796) (3797) Probably born in England She emigrated before 26 Oct 1640 to Plymouth, Plymouth Colony.(3798) She appeared in court in May 1714 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. (3799) According to Daniels (648), there must have been friction about moving to Haddam because Elizabeth claimed that her husband Moses sold land in Falmouth without her consent and tried to deed the rights to the land to her children in Falmouth in return for support. She died after 7 Mar 1715 in CT. (3800) Probably died in East Haddam or Colchester. Parents: Captain Matthew FULLER and Francis.

She married to Moses ROWLEY on 22 Apr 1652 in Barnstable, Plymouth County.(3801) (3802) (3803)(3804) (3805)(3806) Children were: Mary ROWLEY, Moses ROWLEY , Child ROWLEY, ROWLEY , Shubael ROWLEY, Mehitable ROWLEY, Sarah ROWLEY, Nathan ROWLEY, Aaron ROWLEY, John ROWLEY, Matthew ROWLEY.

http://www.familyorigins.com/users/b/l/o/Peter-E-Blood/FAMO5-0001/d27.htm#P2366

Anne FULLER was born between 1630 and 1640.(3781) (3782) May have been born in England of Plymouth Colony. Parents: Captain Matthew FULLER and Francis.

http://www.familyorigins.com/users/b/l/o/Peter-E-Blood/FAMO5-0001/d27.htm#P2041

John FULLER was born after 1640 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony. (3807)(3808) Probably born in Plymouth Colony. Parents: Captain Matthew FULLER and Francis.

http://www.anamericanfamilyhistory.com/Fuller%20Family/FullerMatthew.html

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First Colonial Surgeon General -------------------- 1652 elected as Lieutenant for Barnstable Militia, 1654 Served as Lietuenant under Capt. Miles Standish,10/2/1658 elected a member of the Council of War,12/17/1673 he was appointed Surgeon General of the Colony troops,Captain of the Plymouth Colony forces

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  1. Genealogy of some descendants of Captain Matthew Fuller, John Fuller of ... By William Hyslop Fuller. Page 11

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CAPTAIN MATTHEW FULLER'S DEATH AND WILL:

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Capt. Matthew Fuller’s Will


Transcribed from the Original Recrords BY GEORGE ERNEST BOWMAN MD 13:7


CAPT. MATTHEW FULLER died at Barnstable between 25 July, 1678, the day he made his will, and 22 August, 1678, the date of the inventory. The will and inventory are recorded in the Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories, Volume III, Part II, Pages 127 – 129.


[CAPT. MATTHEW FULLER'S WILL]

[3: 2: 127] The five and twentieth Day of July in the yeer of our Lord one thousand six hundred seaventy and eight; I Mathew ffuller of the Towne of Barnstable in the Collonie of New Plymouth; being sicke of body but of Good and prfect memory thankes be unto almighty God; and Calling to Remembrance the uncertaine state of this transitory life and that all fflesh must yeild unto Death when it shall please God to Call; Doe make Constitute and ordaine; and Declare this my last will and Testament, In manor and forme following; Revoakeing and Anulling by these prsents all and every Testament and Testaments will and wills heertofore by mee made and Declared either by word or writing; and this to be taken onely for my last will and Testament; and none other; and first being pen itent and sorry from the bottom of my hart for my sins past most humbly Desireing forgivenes for the same; I Give and Comitt my soule unto almighty God my Saviour and Redeemer, in whom and by the Merretts of Jesus Christ, I trust and be leive assuredly to be saved, and my body to be buried in such place, as my executors heerafter Named shall appoint; and Now for the settleing of my temporall estate; and such Goods Chattles and Debts as it hath pleased God farr above my Deserts to bestow on mee; I Doe order Give and Dispose the same in manor and forme following That is to say first I will That all those Debts and Dutyes as I ow in Right or Consience to any manor of prson or prsons whatsoever shalbe well and truely Contented, or ordained to be payed, within Convenient time after my Decease by my executors heerafter Named;


Item I Give and bequeath unto Shubeall Jones my Grand Child the Reputed son of Ralph Jones, the angle lott of Marsh meddow, which I formerly bought of his father Ralph Jones, after ffrancis my wifes Decease


I Give and bequeath the one halfe of all the Rest of my Lands & meadows I have in the Townshipp of Barnstable, or else where in America To my welbeloved son John ffuller; after ffrancis my wifes Decease


I Give and bequeath unto the Naturall sonnes of my son Samuell ffuller Deceased, Thomas ffuller Jabez ffuller Timothy ffuller Matthias ffuller, and Samuell ffuller, The other halfe of all the Lands and meddowes I have in the Townshipp of Barnstable or elsewhere in America; after my wifes Decease;


I Give and bequeath to Samuell ffuller the son of Samuell ffuller my Eldest son Deceased, my now Dwelling house with all the land and meadow belonging to the homsted where I now live; after my wifes Decease; and if it happen that hee should Die without Issue That then it shall Goe to the Rest of them bretheren that Doe survive Item It is my will that if my son John ffuller Die without Issue that then the lands and meddowes I have already Given to him Bethyah the wife of John ffuller shall enjoy the full benifitt; and use of them to her Dieing Day; and then to Goe to the Rest of my Children begotten of my owne body;


I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Jones the wife of Ralph Jones Ten pounds in mony;


Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Anne ffuller The now wife of Samuell ffuller ten pounds in mony;


Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Rowley the wife of Moses Rowley ten pounds in mony;


Item I Give and bequeath unto Sarah Rowley the Daughter of Moses Rowley all my sheep; and by these prsents I Doe appoint Jedediah Jones to oversee the sheepp That they be Imployed wholly for the use of the said Sarah;

Capt. Matthew Fuller’s Will and Inventory 9


Item I Give and bequeath ten pounds to Jedediah Jones the son of Ralph Jones in mony;


Item I Give to every one of my Male Grandchildren halfe a Crown a peece in old England mony;


[p. 128] Item I Give to every one of my femall Grandchildren twelve pence a peece in old England mony; Item I Give to Ralfe Jones Samuell ffuller Junir: and Moses Rowley senir my sones in law five shillings apeece in mony;


Item I Give and bequeath unto my onely beloved son John ffuller twenty pounds in silver mony, and to bethya his wife twenty shillings in Gould;


I Give to Mary ffuller the late wife of my son Samuell ffuller Deceased five shillings in Mony;


I Give and bequeath unto Robert Marshall the Scotsman a peece of Cloth Intended to make mee a suite; off;


Item I Give to Jaser Tayler two Raysers;


Item I Give and bequeath to ffrancis my Deare and welbeloved wife; whoe by these prsents I Doe ordaine and Declare to be the sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament the use and Improvement of all my housing lands and Meddowes Dureing her Naturall life; as alsoe all my Moveables houshold stuffe Cattle horse kind swine; and whatsoever else Can be Named undisposed of to be att her Dispose for ever.

In witnes wherof I have heerunto sett my hand and seale the Day and yeer abovesaid


Signed and sealed Mathew ffuller and a seale in the prsence of Joseph Laythorpe John Hawes


Leift: Joseph Laythorp and John hawes made oath to the truth of the Will abovewritten: viz: That they Did see Capt: Mathew ffuller above said; signe and seale and Declare this aforsaid Will to be his last Will and Testament; before the Court holden att Plymouth the 30th of October 1678

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Capt. Matthew Fuller's Timeline

1603
October 16, 1603
Harleston, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
October 16, 1603
Redenhall, Norfolk, England
October 16, 1603
Redenhall, Norfolk, England
October 16, 1603
Redenhall, Norfolk, England
1625
1625
Age 21
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1629
1629
Age 25
Harleston, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
1630
1630
Age 26
UK
1632
1632
Age 28
Norfolk, UK
1640
1640
Age 36
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
1640
Age 36
Plymouth, Plymouth, MA