Capt. William Fuller, Colonial Gov. of Maryland

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William Fuller

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Berkeley, SC
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Fuller and Margaret Balls
Husband of Sarah Fuller and Sarah Martiau
Father of William Fuller, Jr.; Ezekial Fuller and John Fuller

Occupation: Soldier, planter, politician
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About Capt. William Fuller, Colonial Gov. of Maryland

From EARLY SOUTHERN FULLERS by Theodore Albert Fuller...

"Capt. William Fuller, ranking officer in Oliver Cromwell's roundhead army and subsequent Governor of Maryland, was one of five Puritans on committee to make a treaty with the Susquehannah Indians on 5Jul1652 for Isle of Wight Co., VA."


I agree with Cindy that you are probably looking for Capt. William Fuller, Cromwell's aide. First I have heard that he was born in VA. He was in Md. in 1650s and 60s; probably in Barbados during 70s and wound up in SC by 1678. Most comprehensive source I know is book "Early Southern Fullers" by Col. Theo. Fuller published late 1970s. It traces hundreds of Capt. William Fuller's descendents. (1)

Not sure if this is the William Fuller History was telling about but one William Fuller owned a house in Providence Maryland in 1655. He was a commander. A body of a 16 year old was found in the basement of the house. It is belived it might have been an indentured servant.


  1. Re: William Fuller - b abt 1625 Virginia
  2. William Fuller of St. Andrew's Parish
  3. YADKIN COUNTY and CASWELL COUNTY Rootweb database
  4. A Brief Military History of the Colony of Maryland 1634-1707 The Parliamentarian Commissioners, appointed by a Parliament dismissed by Cromwell in December 1653, were in Virginia when Governor Stone, in May, proclaimed Cromwell Lord Protector of England and the colony of Maryland. They returned to Maryland and replaced Governor Stone with a council to rule Maryland in July. In January 1655 after Lord Baltimore attacked him for surrendering to the Commissioners, Governor Stone began to organize an armed force in St Mary’s County of approximately 130 men. Operating under orders from Governor Stone, CPT Josias Fendall leading a force of 20 men was involved in a raid to secure arms, ammunition and the colony records in Patuxent.  ....One volley and a follow on charge routed Stone’s army. The Proprietary force suffered seventeen men killed and thirty two wounded and CPT Fuller lost had three men killed and several wounded. This was the only battle of the Great Civil War fought in North America. Following the battle, ten of the leaders of the Proprietary army were condemned to death, with four executed and the rest released as a result of the request from the inhabitants of Providence. The property of those who had opposed CPT Fuller were plundered and all were subject to fines. The Puritans were in control of the colony until 10 July 1656

Birth: Jun., 1609 Redenhall Norfolk, England Death: 1695 Berkeley County South Carolina, USA

William Fuller sailed from London to New England aboard the Abigail on April 1635. In 1651, he arrived in Maryland and led Protestant forces.

In July 1652, he negotiated a peace treaty with the Susquehanna Indians. On November 25, 1652 he was named commander-in-chief of the expedition against the Eastern Shore Indians. In 1654, he became Member of Lower House of the Maryland Assembly.

William Fuller was the Puritan Governor of Maryland.

Source - Updike Genealogy.

In 1654 the new governor of Maryland, William Fuller, does away with the Toleration Act which gave Catholics the right to practice their religion and removes Lord Baltimore from authority.

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Captain William Fuller of the Severn. Governor of Maryland In 1654, he repealed the Tole ration Act and became Member of the Great Council and a Proprietor's deputy (assigned land grants). He was the ranking officer in Oliver Cromwell's Roundhead Army, Commander in Chief in Indian Wars and brought settlers to a colony in South Carolina.

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Married Sarah Martiau in 1655 in Virginia.

Children of William and Sarah Fuller:

Elizabeth Fuller 1695 xxxx Edward Fuller 1657 xxxx Belinda Fuller xxxx xxxx Mary Ann Fuller 1661 1730 William Fuller 1673 xxxx Ezekiel Fuller 1675 1722

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 Sarah Martiau Fuller (1625 - 1694)*

 Ezekiel Fuller (1675 - 1722)*
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Burial: Old Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church Cemetery Charleston Charleston County South Carolina, USA

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Created by: Jack Mitchell Record added: Aug 14, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 115434494

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Capt. William Fuller, Colonial Gov. of Maryland's Timeline

Age 48
Virginia, United States
Age 50
Newport Parish, Isle of Wight County, Virginia Colony
Age 70
Berkeley, SC