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Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England
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The first record of Robert Fuller in this country was in Salem, MA in 1639 when he requested 5 acres to plant. He is believed to have arrived on the "Bevis" which left England in May 1638. England. It was in that year that Governor Winslow ceased to record the arrival of ships, there being so many, 20 in that year with over 3000 persons. Perhaps Robert and his brother Thomas of Woburn slipped in among that large group of unrecorded persons. It is known they came from England. Robert Fuller was a bricklayer by trade. In those days the mason gathered, hauled and cleaned his stone for construction. Usually stone was used for the foundation, chimneys, and cellar walls. At some point he moved from Salem to Rehoboth. He owned property there in 1645. His wife, Sarah Bowen had sisters and brothers already living in Rehoboth. Of Robert Fuller family and his early descendants it is said:

"The Fuller families were of strong Puritanical character; marked for integrity, industry, a strict regard for truth and justice, accompanied by an affability or manners both pleasing and of controlling influence."

Robert FULLER Of Salem and Rehoboth was born about 1616 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. He died on 10 May 1706 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts. Robert Fuller was born about 1615 perhaps in Suffolk or Norfolk county near the southeastern coast of England. Most everyone with the surname of "Fuller" lived in this region when the name first came into use because it was where the woolen cloth manufacturers were located. The name comes from the trade of "fuller." A fuller's job was important to the refinement of finished cloth. A fuller scoured wool and other cloth after it was woven to make it whiter, tighter, thicker, and more durable. In part of his process, the fuller would sprinkle the woven cloth with a clay called "fuller's earth", then fold and soak the cloth in a tub of water. While in the tub, he would walk on the cloth with his bare feet to even out the fill. In 1638, Robert Fuller is said to have sailed from the port of Southampton to Salem, which was in the English-chartered, Massachusetts Bay Colony. His passage was probably on the ship "Bevis of Hampton." The Bevis made only one voyage to America and Robert's name does not appear in the ship's manifest. However, he may have worked for his passage as an ordinary seaman, in which case, his name would not have appeared among those of the regular passengers.

At the time of his arrival, colonial Salem was twelve years old. There were already several other Fullers living in Massachusetts when Robert arrived. Some had sailed with the Puritans from England to Plymouth Rock in 1620 on the Mayflower. It has not been shown using civil records that Robert was in fact related to these other Fullers, but it is remotely possible. If Robert was related to brothers Samuel and Edward Fuller, or Susanna (Fuller) White of the Mayflower, then he was probably a nephew. If so, he would have been the son of Thomas Fuller, who remained in England. Robert may also have had an older brother named Thomas who came to Massachusetts in 1638, but lived first in Woburn and then in Salem. Again, no proof has been found yet of this relationship.

Robert married Sarah Bowen at Salem in about 1639. She was born in Wales in about 1616 to Richard and Ann Bowen. The entire Bowen family was living in Salem--already a busy seaport--by the time Robert arrived. In 1645, however, Robert was given land in Rehoboth, which was in an unsettled area to the southwest of Salem about 60 miles away. By 1650, he had moved his family there. Robert and Sarah had six children: Jonathan, Elizabeth, John, Samuel, Abigail, and Benjamin. He and Sarah built a new home at the southwest end of a scenic area called the "Ring of Green" which was on the Seekonk plain. The family lived there for about the next twenty-five years, until serious problems with Indian attacks made life there intolerable. Today this land is part of East Providence, Rhode Island. During his first years in America, Robert made his living as a bricklayer. He is mentioned many times in this regard in the early records of Town meetings of both Salem and Rehoboth. In those days, a bricklayer's job consisted mainly of building fireplaces, bake ovens, chimneys, foundations, and cellar walls. Houses were not generally brick, but were back-plastered with lime on the walls and ceilings for greater warmth. At first, a bricklayer in Massachusetts had his pay set by the Court of Assistants; In 1630, the order had been that carpenters, joiners, sawyers, bricklayers, and thatchers could be paid no more than two shillings a day. This order was repealed, however, because it failed to promote the skilled labor which was vital to the growing colony. Robert did not become a "freeman" until 1655. Unless you were granted the status of freeman, you could not vote or hold public office. In order to be a freeman in the Plymouth Colony, however, you had to be approved by the minister of the congregation--in Massachusetts this meant you had to be a Puritan. Indeed, Robert was a loyal Congregationalist, and received his grant. Later, in 1668, he and his brother-in-law were elected constables for one year. "Att the General Court of Elections held att Plymouth the third Day of June, Anno Dom 1668, Prence Gour, Constables of Rehoboth-- Robert ffuller George Kendricke" Constables kept the peace, made arrests, served warrants, and among other popular activities, collected taxes. In 1675 and 1676, Rehoboth was attacked several times by the Wampanoag Indians in what was called "King Philip's War." Scores of townspeople were ambushed in the fields or killed in surprise attacks by angry natives. King Philip, or "Metacomet" (which was his Indian name), was the son of Massasoit, chief of the Wampanog tribe. Apparently, the Indians had become increasingly angry with the encroachments of the early settlers, and resorted to violence. As a result of these attacks, Robert lost his wife, Sarah, and three of his children, John, Samuel, and Abigail. His daughter Elizabeth lost her husband, Nehemiah Sabin. Shortly after these tragic losses, Robert returned to Salem. Soon he remarried to Margaret Waller, whose husband had also been killed. Margaret and Robert lived in Salem until the late 1690s. Fortunately for them, they were not among the 125 persons accused of witchcraft in 1692. After trial, many witches were hanged. (None was ever burned.) The governor of the Massachusetts colony finally put a stop to the incredible nonsense in 1693. Eventually, Robert went back to Rehoboth to live out his last years with his grown children. Margaret died about 1700 and Robert in 1706. They are both probably buried in the oldest cemetery in Rehoboth.

[Much of the above was based on information provided by Clarence C. Fuller in his book "Robert Fuller of Salem"] He was married to Sarah BOWEN in 1639 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Arrived in colonies aboard the "Bevis" which left England in May 1638. First record in this country is in Salem, MA where on 18 Nov. 1639 he requested 5 acres of land on which to garden Robert was a bricklayer, or mason, and had many opportunites to ply his trade as the town of Salem was growing rapidly. Foundations and basements were usually constructed of field stone which was gathered, cleaned and hauled by the mason. The mason also mined or dug and hauled the lime used as mortar. No record of his marriage is found, although Newton Fuller in his Fuller Memorial lists the names of Robert's wife and children. According to the records Robert owned land in Rehoboth in 1645 where is wife, Sarah Bowen had sisters and brothers already living. He worked in both communities and were living in Rehoboth by 1652. Her father, Richard Bowen, b. abt 1590 and his second wife were among the first settlers there having emigrated from Kittle Hill, Glamorganshire, Wales, England via Weymouth, MA. before moving on to Rehoboth. So far as we know Robert was a loyal Congregationalist, and may have felt that his allegiance to his church precluded his declaring his allegiance to the state. He twice proposed taking up his freedom, but delayed taking the oath of fidelity for six years. Along with hihs brother-in-law, George Kendrick, Robert was elected a constable in 1668. Their duties included keeping the pace, making arrests, serving warrants, and the collection of taxes. Since there was very little cash in those days they were reuired to accept payment in produce at rates set by the town council. The handling of such produdce made the collection of taxes an arduous task. The King Phillips war began in Swansea, MA 23 June1675, when a merchant had his son shoot a pilfering Indian. Next day a band of Phillips Indians attacked killing the merchant and his son as well as other inhabitants. Massasoit, the chief who had befriended the settlerswas sachem of the Warpanoag Tribe had died in 1662. His eldest son, Wamsutta became sachem in his stead but died a year later. Metacomet (Phillip) another son they reigned as sachem. The Indians resented the efforts to convert them to the English religeon and to force them to live by English law, so Phillip formed an alliance with other tribes and determined to drive the English out of the country. To finance the war the colonists were asked to contribute money. People of Rehoboth contributed 570 pounds. Robert Fuller contributed 4 pounds-10 shillins-3 pence. In addition to financia costs were the cost of lives.Robert lost his wife, two sons, and a son-in-law. His daughter Abigail was also thought to have been killed by the Indians.

Source of Notes: "Chumbley / Crook Ancestors" (Contact: Glenna Chumbley; Updated: 2004-06-11 02:17:02 UTC (Fri))

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Robert Fuller (son of Thomas Fuller and Anne) was born Abt. 1615 in Southampton, England, and died 10 May 1706 in Rehoboth, Mass.. He married (1) Sarah Bowen on Abt. 1640 in Salem?, Mass, daughter of Richard Bowen and Ann ---. He married (2) Margaret Felton Waller on 1678.

Includes NotesNotes for Robert Fuller:

From "Known Ancestors and the Descendants (July 1964) of Charles Augustus and Lucy Vardiman Harrison Fuller"

The word "fuller" denotes a skilled workman who fulls or cleans, or otherwise treats cloth.

Presumably the various families named Fuller in England are descendants of those early-day fullers. It is highly unlikely that they were all related, having derived the name, as they did, from their occupations rather than from one ancestor.

The Fullers were freeholders in Redenhall, Norfolk, as early as 1482.

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(Information taken from "Records of Robert Fuller of Salem and Rehoboth and Some of his Descendants" by Clarence C. Fuller, Oxboro, Mass., and "A Record of Some of the Descendants of Rubert Fuller of Salem and Rehoboth," by James Fuller Spoerri.

In 1638, Robert Fuller came from Southampton, England, aboard the ship Bevis, and settled in Salem, Mass. According to land deeds, he bought or held land rights in Reheboth in 1645, but remained in Salem. He was a bricklayer for several years, but not the only one as indicated in some genealogy histories of Robert Fuller.

About 1642, he and Sarah Bowen, daughter of Richard Bowen of

On June 28, 1653, he signed a treaty to settle differences of the town of Rehoboth with Capt. Myles Standish, and Thomas Willett and Josias Winslow, as found in the Bristol County, Mass., Plymouth County Deeds, v. 2, part 1, page 79.

As a property owner in Rehoboth, Robert drew shares in general division of land in 1658 and 1668. He took the Freeman's oath in 1658, and in 1673, he paid taxes of 4 Pounds 10 shillings and 3d. for the expense of King Phillip's War (G.H. Tilton in "Story of Rehoboth Mass." And James Arnold, Vital Records of Rehoboth, 1897.)

In "Early Rehoboth, v 3 by Richard Bowen: In 1676, Robert's wife, Sarah and two sons, John and Samuel ("Robert Fuller of Salem ..." by Jean Muir, Dorsey, Urbana, Ill.), and son-in-law Nehemiah Sabin, were killed during an Indian attack on the town. His home and most of those in the town were destroyed in a raid during King Philips' War.

After the tragedy, Robert gave much of his property to his sons and grandchildren, and held some jointly with son Jonathan.

In 1677, he returned to Salem, and was admitted as Selectman of Salen.

He married Margaret Falton Waller about 1678. He was admitted to First Church in Salem on March 10, 1679. When assignment of seats were made in the meeting house, he and xxx Meacham Sr., were seated in a prestigious spot, directly behind the ministers (Essex Institute Historical Collection, v 69; P 140, 147)

He often received pay for work done on the Salem Townhouse. On March 30, 1697, Robert and Margaret received 65 Pounds from Jacob Manning of Salem for their homestead of house, barns, 10 acres and adjoining tract known as North Field (Essex County Mass. Deeds v 11; P 228.)

Shortly after, he moved back to Rehoboth, where his sons Benjamin and Jonathan lived.

Robert divided his estate among his children before he died. No settlement of the estate has been found. He is buried three miles from Seekonk, per Rehoboth Town Records.

More About Robert Fuller:

Census 1: 1658, Took Freeman's oath.

Census 2: 1653, Signed treaty to settle differences for Rehoboth with Capt. Miles Standish.

Census 3: 1673, Paid taxes for King Philip's War.

Fact 1: Brick layer in Salem; only one in New England?.

Fact 5: 1678, Married Margaret Felton Waller.

Fact 6: 1679, Admitted to First Church of Salem; assigned seat directly behind ministers.

Fact 7: Fuller Cemetery is in Seekonk, a part of Rehoboth.

Military service 1: 1638, Sailed to New England aboart Bevis Ship.

Military service 2: Settled in Salem, MA.

Occupation 1: bought land in Rheoboth, MA, but remained in Salem.

Occupation 2: 14 October 1676, Wife Sarah Bowen, 2 sons, son-in-law die in Indian attack on town.

Occupation 3: 1677, Returned to Salem, admitted by Selectmen as Inhabitant.

More About Robert Fuller and Sarah Bowen:

Marriage: Abt. 1640, Salem?, Mass.

More About Robert Fuller and Margaret Felton Waller:

Marriage: 1678

Children of Robert Fuller and Sarah Bowen are:

  1. +Jonathan Fuller, b. Abt. 1640, Salem, Mass.287, d. 10 February 1708/09, Attelboro, Mass287.
  2. Elizabeth Fuller, b. 1645.
  3. John Fuller, b. 1647.
  4. Samuel Fuller, b. 1649, Salem, MA, d. 15 August 1676, King Philip's War.
  5. Abigale Fuller, b. 1653.
  6. Benjamin Fuller, b. 1657, Salem, MA, d. 11 January 1710/11, Rheoboth, MA.

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Robert Fuller1

  1. 12179, b. 1615, d. 10 May 1706
    Robert Fuller was born in 1615 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. Robert Fuller may have been related to the Fullers from Redenhall, Norfolk, England, but the relationship is unclear. He may have been the son of Thomas Fuller, brother of Edward and Samuel who came on the Mayflower. Thomas of Salem and Woburn may have been his brother.1,2 He married as his first wife Sarah Bowen, daughter of Richard Bowen and Ann Born, on 23 April 1639 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, now Essex County.3,4 Robert Fuller married as his second wife Margaret Felton in 1678 in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony, now Bristol County, Massachusetts.2,5 Robert Fuller died on 10 May 1706 in Rehoboth, Province of Massachusetts Bay.6,5
    Robert Fuller immigrated on the Bevis, departing from Southampton, England, May 1638., arriving June 1638. Clarence Fuller reports that Robert Fuller was not included in the passenger list though he could have worked his passage as a member of the crew.2,4 He became a freeman in 1640 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, now Essex County.2 He was a bricklayer.2

He was one of the first proprietors of Rehobeth. He most likely traveled back and forth between Salem and Rehobeth before that.2,4 He became a freeman on 22 February 1657/58 in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony, now Bristol County, Massachusetts.4 Robert returned to Salem about a year after Sarah was killed.4 Robert and Margret returned to Rehobeth about 1697.4

Children of Robert Fuller and Sarah Bowen

   * Jonathan Fuller+2,4 b. 1640, d. 10 Feb 1708/9
   * Elizabeth Fuller+4 b. c 1645, d. 11 Jan 1688/89
   * John Fuller3,4 b. 1647, d. b 23 Aug 1676
   * Samuel Fuller4 b. 1649, d. Aug 1676
   * Abigail Fuller4 b. 1653, d. date unknown
   * Benjamin Fuller4 b. 1657, d. 11 Jan 1711/12

Citations

  1. [S710] Jim Bullock, "Rehobeth Roots", Nov. 12, 2003, unverified.
  2. [S714] Ron Fuller, "Fuller, Henderson, Dalley, Curtis, Devol, Meacham", Nov. 10, 2002, unverified.
  3. [S713] Clarence C. Fuller, "Abigail Fuller."
  4. [S718] Clarence C. Fuller, Robert Fuller.
  5. [S835] Early VR Bristol CO MA (published), Vital records of Rehobeth.
  6. [S711] Vital Records of Rehobeth MA (published).

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The first record of Robert Fuller in this country was in Salem, MA in 1639 when he requested 5 acres to plant. He is believed to have arrived on the "Bevis" which left England in May 1638. England. It was in that year that Governor Winslow ceased to record the arrival of ships, there being so many, 20 in that year with over 3000 persons. Perhaps Robert and his brother Thomas of Woburn slipped in among that large group of unrecorded persons. It is known they came from England. Robert Fuller was a bricklayer by trade. In those days the mason gathered, hauled and cleaned his stone for construction. Usually stone was used for the foundation, chimneys, and cellar walls. At some point he moved from Salem to Rehoboth. He owned property there in 1645. His wife, Sarah Bowen had sisters and brothers already living in Rehoboth. Of Robert Fuller family and his early descendants it is said: "The Fuller families were of strong Puritanical character; marked for integrity, industry, a strict regard for truth and justice, accompanied by an affability or manners both pleasing and of controlling influence."

Robert FULLER Of Salem and Rehoboth was born about 1616 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. He died on 10 May 1706 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts. Robert Fuller was born about 1615 perhaps in Suffolk or Norfolk county near the southeastern coast of England. Most everyone with the surname of "Fuller" lived in this region when the name first came into use because it was where the woolen cloth manufacturers were located. The name comes from the trade of "fuller." A fuller's job was important to the refinement of finished cloth. A fuller scoured wool and other cloth after it was woven to make it whiter, tighter, thicker, and more durable. In part of his process, the fuller would sprinkle the woven cloth with a clay called "fuller's earth", then fold and soak the cloth in a tub of water. While in the tub, he would walk on the cloth with his bare feet to even out the fill. In 1638, Robert Fuller is said to have sailed from the port of Southampton to Salem, which was in the English-chartered, Massachusetts Bay Colony. His passage was probably on the ship "Bevis of Hampton." The Bevis made only one voyage to America and Robert's name does not appear in the ship's manifest. However, he may have worked for his passage as an ordinary seaman, in which case, his name would not have appeared among those of the regular passengers. At the time of his arrival, colonial Salem was twelve years old. There were already several other Fullers living in Massachusetts when Robert arrived. Some had sailed with the Puritans from England to Plymouth Rock in 1620 on the Mayflower. It has not been shown using civil records that Robert was in fact related to these other Fullers, but it is remotely possible. If Robert was related to brothers Samuel and Edward Fuller, or Susanna (Fuller) White of the Mayflower, then he was probably a nephew. If so, he would have been the son of Thomas Fuller, who remained in England. Robert may also have had an older brother named Thomas who came to Massachusetts in 1638, but lived first in Woburn and then in Salem. Again, no proof has been found yet of this relationship. Robert married Sarah Bowen at Salem in about 1639. She was born in Wales in about 1616 to Richard and Ann Bowen. The entire Bowen family was living in Salem--already a busy seaport--by the time Robert arrived. In 1645, however, Robert was given land in Rehoboth, which was in an unsettled area to the southwest of Salem about 60 miles away. By 1650, he had moved his family there. Robert and Sarah had six children: Jonathan, Elizabeth, John, Samuel, Abigail, and Benjamin. He and Sarah built a new home at the southwest end of a scenic area called the "Ring of Green" which was on the Seekonk plain. The family lived there for about the next twenty-five years, until serious problems with Indian attacks made life there intolerable. Today this land is part of East Providence, Rhode Island. During his first years in America, Robert made his living as a bricklayer. He is mentioned many times in this regard in the early records of Town meetings of both Salem and Rehoboth. In those days, a bricklayer's job consisted mainly of building fireplaces, bake ovens, chimneys, foundations, and cellar walls. Houses were not generally brick, but were back-plastered with lime on the walls and ceilings for greater warmth. At first, a bricklayer in Massachusetts had his pay set by the Court of Assistants; In 1630, the order had been that carpenters, joiners, sawyers, bricklayers, and thatchers could be paid no more than two shillings a day. This order was repealed, however, because it failed to promote the skilled labor which was vital to the growing colony. Robert did not become a "freeman" until 1655. Unless you were granted the status of freeman, you could not vote or hold public office. In order to be a freeman in the Plymouth Colony, however, you had to be approved by the minister of the congregation--in Massachusetts this meant you had to be a Puritan. Indeed, Robert was a loyal Congregationalist, and received his grant. Later, in 1668, he and his brother-in-law were elected constables for one year. "Att the General Court of Elections held att Plymouth the third Day of June, Anno Dom 1668, Prence Gour, Constables of Rehoboth-- Robert ffuller George Kendricke" Constables kept the peace, made arrests, served warrants, and among other popular activities, collected taxes. In 1675 and 1676, Rehoboth was attacked several times by the Wampanoag Indians in what was called "King Philip's War." Scores of townspeople were ambushed in the fields or killed in surprise attacks by angry natives. King Philip, or "Metacomet" (which was his Indian name), was the son of Massasoit, chief of the Wampanog tribe. Apparently, the Indians had become increasingly angry with the encroachments of the early settlers, and resorted to violence. As a result of these attacks, Robert lost his wife, Sarah, and three of his children, John, Samuel, and Abigail. His daughter Elizabeth lost her husband, Nehemiah Sabin. Shortly after these tragic losses, Robert returned to Salem. Soon he remarried to Margaret Waller, whose husband had also been killed. Margaret and Robert lived in Salem until the late 1690s. Fortunately for them, they were not among the 125 persons accused of witchcraft in 1692. After trial, many witches were hanged. (None was ever burned.) The governor of the Massachusetts colony finally put a stop to the incredible nonsense in 1693. Eventually, Robert went back to Rehoboth to live out his last years with his grown children. Margaret died about 1700 and Robert in 1706. They are both probably buried in the oldest cemetery in Rehoboth.

[Much of the above was based on information provided by Clarence C. Fuller in his book "Robert Fuller of Salem"] He was married to Sarah BOWEN in 1639 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Arrived in colonies aboard the "Bevis" which left England in May 1638. First record in this country is in Salem, MA where on 18 Nov. 1639 he requested 5 acres of land on which to garden Robert was a bricklayer, or mason, and had many opportunites to ply his trade as the town of Salem was growing rapidly. Foundations and basements were usually constructed of field stone which was gathered, cleaned and hauled by the mason. The mason also mined or dug and hauled the lime used as mortar. No record of his marriage is found, although Newton Fuller in his Fuller Memorial lists the names of Robert's wife and children. According to the records Robert owned land in Rehoboth in 1645 where is wife, Sarah Bowen had sisters and brothers already living. He worked in both communities and were living in Rehoboth by 1652. Her father, Richard Bowen, b. abt 1590 and his second wife were among the first settlers there having emigrated from Kittle Hill, Glamorganshire, Wales, England via Weymouth, MA. before moving on to Rehoboth. So far as we know Robert was a loyal Congregationalist, and may have felt that his allegiance to his church precluded his declaring his allegiance to the state. He twice proposed taking up his freedom, but delayed taking the oath of fidelity for six years. Along with hihs brother-in-law, George Kendrick, Robert was elected a constable in 1668. Their duties included keeping the pace, making arrests, serving warrants, and the collection of taxes. Since there was very little cash in those days they were reuired to accept payment in produce at rates set by the town council. The handling of such produdce made the collection of taxes an arduous task. The King Phillips war began in Swansea, MA 23 June1675, when a merchant had his son shoot a pilfering Indian. Next day a band of Phillips Indians attacked killing the merchant and his son as well as other inhabitants. Massasoit, the chief who had befriended the settlerswas sachem of the Warpanoag Tribe had died in 1662. His eldest son, Wamsutta became sachem in his stead but died a year later. Metacomet (Phillip) another son they reigned as sachem. The Indians resented the efforts to convert them to the English religeon and to force them to live by English law, so Phillip formed an alliance with other tribes and determined to drive the English out of the country. To finance the war the colonists were asked to contribute money. People of Rehoboth contributed 570 pounds. Robert Fuller contributed 4 pounds-10 shillins-3 pence. In addition to financia costs were the cost of lives.Robert lost his wife, two sons, and a son-in-law. His daughter Abigail was also thought to have been killed by the Indians.

Source of Notes: "Chumbley / Crook Ancestors" (Contact: Glenna Chumbley; Updated: 2004-06-11 02:17:02 UTC (Fri))

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Robert Fuller (son of Thomas Fuller and Anne) was born Abt. 1615 in Southampton, England, and died 10 May 1706 in Rehoboth, Mass.. He married (1) Sarah Bowen on Abt. 1640 in Salem?, Mass, daughter of Richard Bowen and Ann ---. He married (2) Margaret Felton Waller on 1678.

Includes NotesNotes for Robert Fuller:

From "Known Ancestors and the Descendants (July 1964) of Charles Augustus and Lucy Vardiman Harrison Fuller"

The word "fuller" denotes a skilled workman who fulls or cleans, or otherwise treats cloth.

Presumably the various families named Fuller in England are descendants of those early-day fullers. It is highly unlikely that they were all related, having derived the name, as they did, from their occupations rather than from one ancestor.

The Fullers were freeholders in Redenhall, Norfolk, as early as 1482.

  • **

(Information taken from "Records of Robert Fuller of Salem and Rehoboth and Some of his Descendants" by Clarence C. Fuller, Oxboro, Mass., and "A Record of Some of the Descendants of Rubert Fuller of Salem and Rehoboth," by James Fuller Spoerri.

In 1638, Robert Fuller came from Southampton, England, aboard the ship Bevis, and settled in Salem, Mass. According to land deeds, he bought or held land rights in Reheboth in 1645, but remained in Salem. He was a bricklayer for several years, but not the only one as indicated in some genealogy histories of Robert Fuller.

About 1642, he and Sarah Bowen, daughter of Richard Bowen of

On June 28, 1653, he signed a treaty to settle differences of the town of Rehoboth with Capt. Myles Standish, and Thomas Willett and Josias Winslow, as found in the Bristol County, Mass., Plymouth County Deeds, v. 2, part 1, page 79.

As a property owner in Rehoboth, Robert drew shares in general division of land in 1658 and 1668. He took the Freeman's oath in 1658, and in 1673, he paid taxes of 4 Pounds 10 shillings and 3d. for the expense of King Phillip's War (G.H. Tilton in "Story of Rehoboth Mass." And James Arnold, Vital Records of Rehoboth, 1897.)

In "Early Rehoboth, v 3 by Richard Bowen: In 1676, Robert's wife, Sarah and two sons, John and Samuel ("Robert Fuller of Salem ..." by Jean Muir, Dorsey, Urbana, Ill.), and son-in-law Nehemiah Sabin, were killed during an Indian attack on the town. His home and most of those in the town were destroyed in a raid during King Philips' War.

After the tragedy, Robert gave much of his property to his sons and grandchildren, and held some jointly with son Jonathan.

In 1677, he returned to Salem, and was admitted as Selectman of Salen.

He married Margaret Falton Waller about 1678. He was admitted to First Church in Salem on March 10, 1679. When assignment of seats were made in the meeting house, he and xxx Meacham Sr., were seated in a prestigious spot, directly behind the ministers (Essex Institute Historical Collection, v 69; P 140, 147)

He often received pay for work done on the Salem Townhouse. On March 30, 1697, Robert and Margaret received 65 Pounds from Jacob Manning of Salem for their homestead of house, barns, 10 acres and adjoining tract known as North Field (Essex County Mass. Deeds v 11; P 228.)

Shortly after, he moved back to Rehoboth, where his sons Benjamin and Jonathan lived.

Robert divided his estate among his children before he died. No settlement of the estate has been found. He is buried three miles from Seekonk, per Rehoboth Town Records.

More About Robert Fuller:

Census 1: 1658, Took Freeman's oath.

Census 2: 1653, Signed treaty to settle differences for Rehoboth with Capt. Miles Standish.

Census 3: 1673, Paid taxes for King Philip's War.

Fact 1: Brick layer in Salem; only one in New England?.

Fact 5: 1678, Married Margaret Felton Waller.

Fact 6: 1679, Admitted to First Church of Salem; assigned seat directly behind ministers.

Fact 7: Fuller Cemetery is in Seekonk, a part of Rehoboth.

Military service 1: 1638, Sailed to New England aboart Bevis Ship.

Military service 2: Settled in Salem, MA.

Occupation 1: bought land in Rheoboth, MA, but remained in Salem.

Occupation 2: 14 October 1676, Wife Sarah Bowen, 2 sons, son-in-law die in Indian attack on town.

Occupation 3: 1677, Returned to Salem, admitted by Selectmen as Inhabitant.

More About Robert Fuller and Sarah Bowen:

Marriage: Abt. 1640, Salem?, Mass.

More About Robert Fuller and Margaret Felton Waller:

Marriage: 1678

Children of Robert Fuller and Sarah Bowen are:

  1. +Jonathan Fuller, b. Abt. 1640, Salem, Mass.287, d. 10 February 1708/09, Attelboro, Mass287.
  2. Elizabeth Fuller, b. 1645.
  3. John Fuller, b. 1647.
  4. Samuel Fuller, b. 1649, Salem, MA, d. 15 August 1676, King Philip's War.
  5. Abigale Fuller, b. 1653.
  6. Benjamin Fuller, b. 1657, Salem, MA, d. 11 January 1710/11, Rheoboth, MA.

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Robert Fuller1

  1. 12179, b. 1615, d. 10 May 1706
    Robert Fuller was born in 1615 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. Robert Fuller may have been related to the Fullers from Redenhall, Norfolk, England, but the relationship is unclear. He may have been the son of Thomas Fuller, brother of Edward and Samuel who came on the Mayflower. Thomas of Salem and Woburn may have been his brother.1,2 He married as his first wife Sarah Bowen, daughter of Richard Bowen and Ann Born, on 23 April 1639 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, now Essex County.3,4 Robert Fuller married as his second wife Margaret Felton in 1678 in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony, now Bristol County, Massachusetts.2,5 Robert Fuller died on 10 May 1706 in Rehoboth, Province of Massachusetts Bay.6,5
    Robert Fuller immigrated on the Bevis, departing from Southampton, England, May 1638., arriving June 1638. Clarence Fuller reports that Robert Fuller was not included in the passenger list though he could have worked his passage as a member of the crew.2,4 He became a freeman in 1640 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, now Essex County.2 He was a bricklayer.2

He was one of the first proprietors of Rehobeth. He most likely traveled back and forth between Salem and Rehobeth before that.2,4 He became a freeman on 22 February 1657/58 in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony, now Bristol County, Massachusetts.4 Robert returned to Salem about a year after Sarah was killed.4 Robert and Margret returned to Rehobeth about 1697.4

Children of Robert Fuller and Sarah Bowen

   * Jonathan Fuller+2,4 b. 1640, d. 10 Feb 1708/9
   * Elizabeth Fuller+4 b. c 1645, d. 11 Jan 1688/89
   * John Fuller3,4 b. 1647, d. b 23 Aug 1676
   * Samuel Fuller4 b. 1649, d. Aug 1676
   * Abigail Fuller4 b. 1653, d. date unknown
   * Benjamin Fuller4 b. 1657, d. 11 Jan 1711/12

Citations

  1. [S710] Jim Bullock, "Rehobeth Roots", Nov. 12, 2003, unverified.
  2. [S714] Ron Fuller, "Fuller, Henderson, Dalley, Curtis, Devol, Meacham", Nov. 10, 2002, unverified.
  3. [S713] Clarence C. Fuller, "Abigail Fuller."
  4. [S718] Clarence C. Fuller, Robert Fuller.
  5. [S835] Early VR Bristol CO MA (published), Vital records of Rehobeth.
  6. [S711] Vital Records of Rehobeth MA (published).

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Robert was a bricklayer by trade. He may have come to New England on the ship "Bevis", first settling at Salem and then Weymouth. He and Sarah married and moved to of Rehoboth by 1644, along with Sarah's parents. They were among the first settlers. Robert's name appears on a list of land owners there in 1646, and they had land grants made there until 1668.

The family's home in Rehoboth was burned in an Indian attack and sons John and Samuel died during King Philip's War . Sarah died shortly afterwards so Robert returned to Salem . He married his second wife, Margaret there.

It was said that Robert was the first and only bricklayer in New England for many years. Between 1682 and 1684, he was paid for brickwork done on the Town House in Salem. In 1697, he sold his homestead and moved back to Rehoboth, where his sons Benjamin and Jonathan were living. He married thirdly, after 1700, Elizabeth.

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  • Richard Bowen, the immigrant ancestor, came from Kittle Hill, Glamorganshire, Wales, to this county about 1638 and settled at Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He was a son of James and Eleanor Bowen, of Ilewyndwar, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and grandson of Mathias Bowen or Bowin. He was a proprietor and town officer in Rehoboth, and was admitted a freeman, June 4, 1645. He married (first) Ann ___, and (second) Elizabeth ___. He was buried February 4, 1674, and in his will, dated June 4, 1673, he bequeathed to his wife and children. His widow was buried in 1685. Children: William; Obadiah, mentioned below; Richard; Thomas; Alice, married ___ Wheaton; 'Sarah, married ___ Fuller'; Ruth, married ___ Leverich.
    • (II) Obadiah Bowen, son of Richard Bowen, was born in Wales about 1627, died 1727. He married Mary Clifton. Children, born in Rehoboth: Obadiah, September 18, 1650; Mary, January 18, 1652; Sarah, November
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    • 6, 1654; Samuel, July 16, 1659; Joseph, mentioned below; Thomas, August 3, 1664; Hannah, May 3, 1665; Lydia, April 25, 1666; Marcy, March 18, 1672; Isaac, September 20, 1674.
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  • Richard Bowen came from Kittle Hill, Glamorganshire, Wales, to this country, about 1638, lived for a time at Weymouth and settled at Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He was a proprietor and town officer in Rehoboth, and was admitted a freeman, June 4, 1645. His first wife bore the name of Ann and the second Elizabeth. He was buried February 4, 1674, and in his will dated June 4, 1673, he bequeathed his property to his wife and children. His widow was buried in 1685. Children: William; Obadiah, mentioned below; Richard ; Thomas ; Alice, who married a Wheaton ; 'Sarah, married Robert Fuller'; Ruth, married George Kendrick.
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Robert Fuller, of Salem & Rehoboth's Timeline

1616
1616
Southampton, Hampshire, England
1643
June 15, 1643
Age 27
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
1645
1645
Age 29
Windham, Connecticut, United States
1645
Age 29
Rehoboth, Mass.
1646
1646
Age 30
1647
April 23, 1647
Age 31
Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts, United States
1653
1653
Age 37
1665
December 16, 1665
Age 49
Barnstable, Barnstable, MA
1678
1678
Age 62
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1706
May 10, 1706
Age 90
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts