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Thomas Fuller

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Wortwell, Norfolk, England
Death: June 3, 1698 (76-84)
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Fuller, of Redenhall and Audrey (or Anne) Fuller
Husband of Elizabeth Fuller (Tidd); Sarah Fuller, of Woburn and Hannah Fuller
Father of Elizabeth Dean (Fuller); Ruth Wheeler; Deborah Richardson; John Fuller; Jacob Fuller, of Middleton and 4 others
Brother of Sarah Fuller; Robert Fuller; Samuel Fuller; John Fuller; Anna Fuller and 2 others

Occupation: Blacksmith, came from eng. in1638, he and son acquesed john willard of witchcraft in death of danial wiksnes
Managed by: Lorna (Lund) Collins
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About Lieut. Thomas Fuller, of Woburn

Thomas Fuller, who came to America from England in 1638 and settled in Woburn MA was born April 1618. Died in Salem Massachusetts in 1698, age of 80 and 2 mths.

Parents: Not Proven. Said to be Thomas Fuller of Redenhall, Norfolk, England, and Audrey Glymore. His descendant, futurist R. Buckminster Fuller, hired an English genealogist to investigate.


  1. 1st June 13, 1643, Elizabeth Tedd daughter of John Tedd of Woburn.
  2. 2nd wife aug. 25 1684, Sarah (Nutt) Wyman, the widow of Sgr Wyman. She died May 24th 1688.
  3. 3rd wife was Harriet (Palmer) Wilson Date of marriage not known date of Death not known.

His children were all by his first wife Elizabeth Tedd and born in Woburn.

According to Stiles History of Essex County, Thomas Fuller purchased in 1663, some 300 acres in that part of Salem now known as Middleton, (incorporated in 1728) and erected a dwelling house There ans had a Blacksmiths shop. He made his will June 9, 1698 and it was probated in Salem July 4,  1698. the legatees were sons  Thomas, Benjamin, Jacob, daughter 'Deau" Ruth Wilkins, and his Daughter  Deborah Shaw and her 2 sons and 3 daughters Ruth Wheeler, Grandson David Richardson and grand -daughters Bethia Fuller and Ruth Wheeler- with son Jacob Fuller as Executor.

Brief Biography

Thomas Fuller, our immigrant ancestor, was one of the very earliest settlers of this country, arriving about 1638 in colonial New England, before Massachusetts was even a Province, and not long after the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620. He was just one of several different Fuller families to arrive about that time, two of which were actually on the Mayflower. See here.

It appears that Thomas came from the western part of England, probably Wales as some old accounts give it, at the age of about 20. Some say he belonged to a family of high social standing in England[1] and this was to be a trip of observation, where he did not intended to stay more than a year. However he changed his plans before that limit was reached.  Some say this change of purpose was a result of a conversion to Puritanism under the eloquent preaching of Rev. Thomas Shepard, of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Others suggest this was because he had become attached to a maiden who refused to return with him, back to England. So, he went alone, as this story goes, and having secured his patrimony from his father, returned to this country, married and settled in that part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony just north of Boston now called Woburn. Here he began a family and became prominent in local matters, serving often as a town officer.

"Woobourne" was one of the earliest settlements in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and for that matter in all of the new world. In fact, it was recognized by the general court of Massachusetts as the twentieth town in the colony when it began regular town organization on April 13, 1644, about the time we can first find Thomas there. He was a subscriber to the Town Orders, drawn up at Charlestown in December of 1640, was a smith by trade and had a meadow granted him in Woburn at Ragg Rock in 1648; and also 4 poles square of swamp next his smith shop. He was a Selectman in 1663 1064 and again in 1685 and a petitioner with others to the General Court 1664 for an additional grant of land to the town

As nearly as can be ascertained he left Woburn about 1665, after the death of his first wife and settled nearby in the part of Essex county known then as Salem,[2] Massachusetts, which 63 years later, 1728, was incorporated into the town of Middleton. He located on selected lands on a stream then known as Pierce's Brook, a tributary to Ipswich river, and was the second man in this early settlement. This was not far from the Harbour town of Salem where in the early 1690's, the infamous 'Salem Witch Trials' developed. It appears, however, that about 1684 he once more became a citizen of 'Woobourne,' married again and remained there till 1687 when, about the time his second wife dies, returned to the same North Salem area (Middleton). Here he married for a third time and where he remained till his death in 1698.

In this country he followed the vocation of blacksmith, probably having learned the trade from his father, and although over three hundred years have passed since he ceased from his labors, cinders from his forge are still to be found where his shop once stood.

Thomas was somehow connected with the military of that time, perhaps as part of a local colonial militia. There are records in 1656 that have him a Sergeant, and later, in 1685, he is shown as a Lieutenant.[3]

The early records of Middleton show a large number of citizens by the name of Fuller all of whom are clearly traceable to Thomas the emigrant. Very many of them held important places of trust and were always found worthy of the honor given them.


Woburn incorporated Sept 27th 1642, was preciously a part of Charleston according to Seawall's History of Woburn. Thomas fuller was a subscriber to the town orders of Woburn drawn up on Charleston in Dec. 1640. He was a Blacksmith and had a meadow land granted him 1648 ans also four poles square of Swamp next to his shop. (a pole is 161/4 ft.) he bore the title of Sargent in 1656 and of Lieutenant in 1685. he was Selectman in the years1663 , 1664 and 1665.

His wife Elizabeth (Tedd) dying he appears to have removed to Salem about 1664 to have return in 1684. married his 2nd wife Sarah (Nutt) Wyman. Who died May 24th 1688 then he return again to Salem and married his 3rd wife Harriet (Palmer) Wilson who survived him came to Woburn to live with her daughters.




  • 'Thomas Fuller
  • 'M, b. 20 January 1619, d. 3 June 1698
  • Father Ralph Fuller b. 8 Nov 1584, d. 12 Jul 1649
  • Mother Elizabeth Elliott b. c 1588, d. a 1645
  • ' Thomas Fuller was christened on 20 January 1619 at Redenhall, Norfolk, England. He married Elizabeth Tidd, daughter of John Tidd and Alice Clayton, on 13 June 1643 at Salem, Essex, MA. Thomas Fuller died on 3 June 1698 at Salem, Essex, MA, at age 79.
  • 'Family Elizabeth Tidd b. 19 Sep 1626, d. Jun 1649
  • Children
    • ◦Thomas Fuller+ b. 30 Apr 1644, d. 18 Apr 1710
    • ◦Ruth Fuller b. 17 May 1648
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A brief sketch of Thomas Fuller and one line of his descendents [!] with notes


  1. Historical notices of Thomas Fuller and his descendants: with a genealogy of .... By Arthur Buckminster Fuller. Page 3. Jacob .... Born 1655. resided on the farm in Middleton until his death in 1731. He married Mary Bacon and had five children. His fifth child and second son was also named Jacob, Married Abigail Holton, and they had 10 children, 6 sons, 4 daughters. Timothy Fuller, 6th child, 3rd son, of the 2nd Jacob Fuller was born 1739 ....

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Lieut. Thomas Fuller, of Woburn's Timeline

April 16, 1618
Wortwell, Norfolk, England
January 20, 1619
Redenhall, Norfolk, England
January 20, 1619
Redenhall, Norfolk, Eng
April 30, 1644
Age 26
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
September 12, 1645
Age 27
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
May 17, 1648
Age 30
Woburn, Middlesex, MA
May 12, 1650
Age 32
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
March 1, 1653
Age 34
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 11, 1655
Age 37
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States