Lt. Thomas Fuller, of Woburn

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Lt. Thomas Fuller, of Woburn

Birthplace: Wortwell, Norfolk, England
Death: June 03, 1698 (80)
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Fuller, of Redenhall and Audrey “Anne” Fuller
Husband of Elizabeth Fuller; Sarah Fuller, of Woburn and Hannah Fuller
Father of Thomas Fuller; Elizabeth Dean; Ruth Wilkins; Deborah Richardson; John Fuller and 4 others
Brother of Sarah Fuller; Robert Fuller, (died young); Samuel Fuller; John Fuller and Anna Fuller

Occupation: Blacksmith, came from eng. in1638, he and son acquesed john willard of witchcraft in death of danial wiksnes
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About Lt. 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.

Elizabeth Tidd - b. Sep. 19, 1626, Charlestown, Yarmouth, England; d. Jun 1649, Salem, Essex Co., MA.

Married Jun. 13, 1643, at Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA, Thomas FULLER (b. Jan. 20, 1619, Rendenhall, Norfolk, England; d. Jun. 16, 1698, Salem, Essex Co., MA), son of Ralph FULLER and Elizabeth ELLIOTT.

Children of Elizabeth and Thomas FULLER include:

  1. Thomas married Ruth RICHARDSON;
  2. Elizabeth;
  3. Ruth married first Timothy WHEELER, and second Henry WILKINS;
  4. Deborah married first Isaac RICHARDSON, and second Mr. SHAW;
  5. John married Rebecca PUTNAM;
  6. Jacob married Mary BACON;
  7. Joseph died young;
  8. Benjamin married Sarah BACON; and
  9. Samuel did not marry.

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
  • ___
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 ....

Lt Thomas Fuller

Born about 16 Apr 1618 in Whitwell, Norfolk, Englan uncertain]

Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]

[sibling(s) unknown]

Husband of Alice Elizabeth (Tidd) Fuller — married 13 Jun 1643 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Husband of Sarah (Nutt) Fuller — married 25 Aug 1684 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Husband of Hannah (James) Fuller — married 24 May 1688 [location unknown]

Father of John Fuller, Thomas Fuller, Elizabeth (Fuller) Dane, Ruth (Fuller) Wilkins, Deborah (Fuller) Richardson, Hannah Fuller, John Fuller, Jacob Fuller, Joseph Fuller, Sarah Fuller, Benjamin Fuller and Samuel Fuller

Died before 3 Jun 1698 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

Profile last modified 3 Sep 2019 | Created 27 Jul 2010

Thomas Fuller migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).

Disputed Origins

A previous version of this profile claimed, without source, parents Thomas Fuller and Audrey Anne Gylman, baptized in Redenhall 16 Apr 1618, but there is no such baptism for Thomas son of Thomas (or anyone else) in 1618 in the Redenhall registers. These parents have been detached. matching posits that he was son of Rafe (Ralph) Fuller (ca. 8 Nov 1584 - 12 Jul 1649, Redenhall, Norfolk, England) and Elizabeth Eliot (ca. 1588-1645). Along these lines, this Find A Grave: Memorial #64288626 narrative supports these origins, but is indeterminate in proof; further, the death date conflicts with other reports, as do the living dates of the spouse Hannah (and her maiden name). It is possible that this Fuller is mismatched in any number of respects with the FindAGrave memorial, or vice-versa (noting that a 1690 death date applies to the Thomas Fuller in the memorial).


Flag of England Thomas Fuller migrated from England to United States. Flag of United States Lieutenant Thomas Fuller migrated to Middleton, formerly a part of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1638; and is regarded as the progenitor of the Fullers of New England.[1]

Thomas Fuller, who came to America from England in 1638 and settled in Woburn, died in Salem in June, 1698, aged 80 years and 2 months. He married 1st, June 13, 1643, Elizabeth Tidd, dau. of John Tidd of Woburn, and 2d, Aug. 25, 1684, Sarah (Nutt) Wyman, who died May 24, 1688. His 3d wife was Harriet (Pamer) Wilson; date of marriage, and of her death not found. Woburn, incorporated Sept. 27, 1642, was previously a part of Charlestown. According to Sewall's History of Woburn, Thomas Fuller was a subscriber to the Town Orders of Woburn, drawn up in Charlestown, in December, 1640. He was a blacksmith, and had meadow land granted him in 1648, and also, "4 poles square of swamp next to his shop." He bore the title of "sargeant" in 1656, and of lieutenant in 1685. He was Selectman in the years 1663, 1664 and 1685. His wife Elizabeth dying, he appears to have removed to Salem about 1664; to have returned in 1684; married his second wife, and after her death returned to Salem and married his 3d wife, who survived him and came to Woburn, to live with her married daughters. According to Stiles' History 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, and had a blacksmith shop. He made his will June 9, 1698, and it was probated in Salem, July 4, 1698. The legatees were sons Thomas, Benjamin, Jacob; daughters "Dean," Ruth Wilkins and her daughter, Deborah Shaw, and her two sons and three daughters--Ruth Wheeler, grandson David Richardson, and grand-daughters, Bethiah Fuller, and Ruth Wheeler--with son Jacob Fuller as Executor.[2] He possibly migrated with brother on the ship Bevis of Hampton.

Several milestones are also described by another researcher:[3]

He was a surveyor and ensign in militia 1642, Dedham, Massachusetts He married Elizabeth Tidd 13 Jun 1643, in Woburn, Massachusetts. He married second Sarah Nutt. He married third Hannah James. Children

By first wife:[4] Thomas Fuller, b. April 30, 1644, Woburn, MA, d. Bef. 1721, Windham, CT. Elizabeth Fuller, b. September 12, 1645, Woburn, MA, d. date unknown. Ruth Fuller, b. May 17, 1648, d. date unknown. Deborah Fuller, b. May 12, 1650, Woburn, MA, d. date unknown. John Fuller, b. March 01, 1652/53, Woburn, MA, d. June 25, 1675. Jacob Fuller, b. May 14, 1655, Woburn, MA, d. November 15, 1731, Middleton, MA. Joseph Fuller, b. August 08, 1658, Woburn, MA, d. date unknown. Benjamin Fuller, b. April 15, 1660, Woburn, MA, d. 1754. Samuel Fuller, b. May 09, 1662, d. January 01, 1688/89. Witchcraft at Salem Village - examination of Tituba

Thomas Fuller was a witchcraft accuser in the Salem Witch Trials This source might refer to testimony given by Lt Fuller:

Lieutenant Fuller and others said at this time, when the child saw these persons, and was tormented by them, that she did complain of a knife, - that they would have her cut her head off with a knife. "Written by Ezekiel Cheever, March the 1st, 1692"[5] Later in the same text:

Tituba had been apprised of Elizabeth Hubbard's story, that she had been "pinched" that morning; and, as well as "Lieutenant Fuller and others," had heard of the delirious exclamation of Thomas Putnam's sick child during the night. "Proceedings connected with these examinations were continued several days. The result appears, in the handwriting of John Hathorne, . . ." Info Added by Gedcom import, needs to be verified and integrated

Fact: Christening (20 January 1619) Redenhall, Norfolk, England Fact: Burial (4 June 1698) Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America Fact: Not to be confused with Lieut. Thomas Fuller of Dedham (born in Redenhall) (LRB4-6P1). Also known as Thomas of Woburn, Arrived in colonies with brother Robert aboard the "Bevis" which left England in May 1638. 1618: Thomas Fuller was born APR 1618 in Whitwell, Alysham (Norfolk) England 1638: Thomas Fuller came to America.� 1640, December: He was a subscriber to the town orders of Woburn drawn up in Charlestown.� 1643, June 13: Thomas Fuller married (1st) Elizabeth Tidd at Woburn, Massachusetts.�"New England Marriages Prior to 1700" compiled by Clarence Almon Torrey; p. 289; The Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1985 (974.0 NEa/Marriage SCGS)� 1648: He had meadow land granted him and "4 poles square of swamp next to his shop".� 1656: He bore the title of Sargeant.� 1663-4 and 1685: He was a selectman.� 1664: Following the death of his wife, he moved to Salem, but returned to Woburn and then back to Salem.� 1685: He bore the title of Lieutenant. [Research of Susan P. Canney, WorldConnect]�� 1698: Thomas Fuller died, Death: JUN 1698 in Salem Village (Essex) Massachusetts Colony 1698, July 4: His will was proved at Salem (Essex) Massachusetts. [Research of Susan P. Canney, WorldConnect] "New England Marriages Prior to 1700" compiled by Clarence Almon Torrey; The Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1985 (974.0 NEa/Marriage SCGS)�� Thomas Fuller married Elizabeth Tidd at Woburn, Massachusetts.�"American Marriage Records Before 1699" edited by William Montgomery Clemens; pp. 95, 212; The Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1975 (974.0 NEa/Vitals SCGS ____


↑ Richardson memorial, Vol ii, Pages 554 & 555. ↑ Fuller, William Hyslop. Genealogy of Some Descendants of Thomas Fuller of Woburn. 1919, page 9. Compiler. Google Book from University of Wisconsin - Madison. ↑ Family Trees. Better source sought. ↑ William Hyslop Fuller, Genealogy of Some Descendants of Thomas Fuller of Woburn, To which is added Supplements to Volumes I, II, and III; Privately Published, 1919, (pages 9-10). ↑ Upham, Charles Wentworth. Salem Witchcraft: With an Account of Salem Village, and a History of Opinions on Witchcraft and Kindred Subjects 1867, page 25. Boston: Wiggin and Lunt. "Family Tree," database, FamilySearch ( : modified 24 September 2018, 08:19), entry for Thomas Fuller(PID; contributed by various users. Jesse Franklin Fuller, A Brief Sketch of Thomas Fuller and His Descendants, Appleton Wisconsin: Crescent Printing House, 1896 John Adam Vinton, The Richardson Memorial; Full History and Genealogy of Ezekiel, Samuel, and Thomas Richardson. Portland ME: (1876). Vol II.

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Lt. Thomas Fuller, of Woburn's Timeline

April 16, 1618
Wortwell, Norfolk, England
January 20, 1619
Harleston, Norfolk, England
January 20, 1619
Redenhall, Norfolk, England
January 20, 1619
Redenhall, Norfolk, Eng
April 30, 1644
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
September 12, 1645
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
May 17, 1648
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, American Colonies
May 12, 1650
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
March 1, 1653
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony