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Joseph Fuller, Jr.

Birthplace: Colchester, New London, Connecticut, present United States
Death: July 13, 1795 (71-72)
Plymouth, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Wyoming, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Deacon Joseph Fuller and Lydia Fuller
Husband of Zerviah Fuller
Father of Benajah Fuller; Joshua Fuller; Lydia Slauter; Zeraviah Winters and Jehiel Fuller
Brother of Zachariah Fuller; Grace Cahoon; Lydia Hatch; Mindwell Parish; Abraham Fuller and 3 others
Half brother of Rachel Fuller; Jeremiah Fuller; Ruth Fuller and Isaac Fuller

Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Capt. Joseph Fuller

Captain Joseph Fuller, eldest son of Deacon Joseph Fuller (1699 - 1775) and Lydia Day Fuller (1698 - 1763), was born in 1723 at Colchester, New London County, Connecticut. On 9 August 1752, in Kent, Connecticut, he married Zerviah Hill (13 April 1732 Sherborn, Massachusetts -1794), daughter of Solomon Hill and Mary Adams Hill.

Joseph Fuller lived for a time in Stockbridge and Egremont, Massachusetts. Berkshire deeds show that he owned land there in 1767, and the same deeds show that he possessed land in the Wyoming Valley in 1772, where perhaps he had intention of settling. The outbreak of the Revolution caused him to return to Kent. Both he and his son Joshua were Revolutionary soldiers. A captain in the Eighteenth Connecticut regiment, Joseph served with it throughout the Revolutionary War, hastening to the defense of Boston at the Lexington Alarm of 19 April 1775, and rendering active service at different periods in the struggle for national independence.

Late in 1794 or early in 1795, following the death of his wife, Zervia Hill Fuller, he sold his land in Kent to his brother Jeremiah and accompanied the family of his son Joshua Fuller to Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Jackson township was set off from Plymouth and the first settlement made in 1795. Huntsville was also in this township. Joshua, Benajah and Jehiel Fuller were in Jackson in 1795. Wright's History of Plymouth speaks of these men as among a "class of pioneers who scaled the northern wall of the Shawnee Mountain, and settled on the western slope literally in the wilderness." The first frame house in Huntsville was built by the Fullers. Philetus Fuller, a grandson of Joseph, was the first white person buried in Jackson, being interred in the forest where the cemetery now is.

Joseph Fuller died soon after the move, at Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania on 13 July 1795, and is buried at Center Moreland, Luzerne, Pennsylvania.

Marriage and Children

On 9 August 1752, in Kent, Connecticut, Joseph Fuller married Zerviah Hill (13 April 1732 Sherborn, Massachusetts -1794), daughter of Solomon Hill and Mary Adams Hill. Their children were:

  1. Joshua Fuller (born 11 July 1753 Kent, Connecticut) married Sybil Champion (born 18 July 1756 Sharon, Connecticut, daughter of Daniel and Esther Champion)
    1. Sylvanus Fuller
    2. Abraham Fuller (died before 1828) married Rebecca LNU
    3. Stephen Fuller (born 20 March 1790 - 1882 Dixon)
    4. Lydia Fuller (22 November 1778 - 29 August 1828) married Benjamin Reynolds
    5. Lavina Fuller married FNU Brown
    6. Annis Fuller (died 1878); never married
    7. Hannah Fuller married Joseph Lovett Worthington, a native of Colchester, Connecticut, who settled at Harvey's Lake, near Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, where he died 1853.
  2. Benajah Fuller (born 4 June 1756 Kent, Connecticut) married Catherine Thompson. Settled at Huntsville [now Dallas], Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
  3. Lydia Fuller (born 23 April 1758 Kent, Connecticut)
  4. Joseph Fuller (born 19 December 1760 Kent, Connecticut)
  5. Jehiel Fuller (15 October 1763 Kent, Connecticut- 16 July 1827) He settled in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, thence removed to Huntsville [now Dallas], Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. His son, Chauncey D. Fuller, married Sarah Wheeler about 1819.
  6. Abigail Fuller (born 16 May 1766 Kent, Connecticut) married Darius Calkins on 11 April 1784
  7. Ruth Fuller (born 3 September 1769 Stockbridge, Pennsylvania)
  8. Zerviah Fuller (born May 1774 Sharon or Kent, Connecticut) married John Winter of West Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1793
  9. Jeremiah Fuller (24 February 1776 Sharon or Kent, Connecticut - 31 October 1837) "Uncle Jerry," as he was called, was a noted school teacher in Huntsville, now Dallas, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He wore a ruffled shirt and carried a silk umbrella, which showed very luxurious and extravagant tastes for those days.


  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 34, by New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1903 - New York (State), page 189.
  • Connecticut Men in the Revolution, Johnson, p. 624
  • Plymouth County, Mass., Probate Records, Vol. III., pp. 131, 348. They relate to Jabez4 Fuller (9), and his family. (See the Record for October, 1002, Vol. XXXIII., p. 229.)
  • Colonial And Revolutionary Families Of Pennsylvania, by John W (NA) Jordan, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2004, page 711.
  • Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A042292
    • Service: CONNECTICUT Rank: CAPTAIN
    • Service Source: JOHNSTON, CT MEN IN THE REV, P 624
    • Service Description: 1) 18TH MILITIA REGT
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 48204237
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Capt. Joseph Fuller's Timeline

Colchester, New London, Connecticut, present United States
July 11, 1753
Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
June 4, 1756
Kent, Litchfield County, Connecticut Colony
April 23, 1758
October 15, 1763
Kent, Litchfield County, Connecticut Colony
May 24, 1774
Sharon, Litchfield, CT, United States
July 13, 1795
Age 72
Plymouth, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States
July 15, 1795
Age 72
Rogers Cemetery, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, United States