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Peter Fullmer

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann George Follmer and Anna Juliana Fullmer
Husband of Susannah Fullmer
Father of David Fullmer; Mary Elizabeth M Fullmer; John Solomon Fullmer, Sr.; Charlotte Fullmer; Louisiana Fullmer and 2 others
Brother of Catharine McIlrath

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About Peter Fullmer

Peter Fullmer, along with his family, moved from Pennsylvania to Richland Co. Ohio in 1835. This was the HQ of the Mormon church. Peter and wife Susanna were baptized into the church in 1836. In 1839 they moved to Nauvoo, Illinois were Peter purchased land. Peter and Susanne left Nauvoo in about 1846 and moved in with his son David. Peter and Susanna accompanied their Daughter-in-law, Rhoda Ann to Utah in 1850. Peter and Susannah Zerfass had 7 children of which John Solomon Fullmer was my direct descendent.

This Family history is derived from “Peter Fullmer and Susannah Zerfass Their Ancestry and their Posterity”, Complied and edited by Jerry D. Wells and published by the Peter Fuller Family Organization.

Pennsylvania Germans

Peter Fullmer was born 27 February 1774 in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Johann George Follmer and Julianna Kessler.  Peter changed the spelling of his last name from Follmer (or Vollmar, as it was known in Germany) to Fullmer. Peter grew up in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and followed the occupation of farmer throughout his life.  Family letters indicate that he acquired land wherever he lived so that he could actively pursue his vocation.  One of his sons, Almon, faithfully assisted his father for many years in farming his properties.
When he was 28 years old, Peter met and courted Susanna Zerfass from Whitehall, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Captain Adam Zerfass and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Shafer.  They were married on 2 March 1802 in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, after which they settled in Chillisquaque, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  After a few years, Peter acquired a farm in Huntington, Luzern County, Pennsylvania, and moved his family there.
Seven children were born of their union, namely, David, Mary Elizabeth, John Solomon, Desdemona, Charlotte, Louisiana, and Almon Linus.  All three sons and their sister, Desdemona, would later play important roles in embracing and promoting the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and in helping to establish the State of Deseret. 
Fullmer Family Embrace Mormonism

All of the family except David moved to Jefferson Township, Richland County, Ohio about 1829. It was there that they first heard the gospel preached.. Peter, Susanna, David, and Desdemona all became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while living in this place.

John Solomon left the family home in 1832 to go to Nashville, Tennessee, where he engaged in business. Letters from home brought him news about this strange new religion, but he was very reluctant to join the Church until he had given it a long careful study. In 1839, John Solomon and Almon Linus both accepted the gospel and were baptized. In 1841, Almon baptized his sister Mary Elizabeth, but Charlotte and Louisiana never joined the Church.

Nauvoo, the Beautiful 

After the family was raised, the eldest son, David, was given the responsibility of caring for his aged parents. Thus, in the spring of 1839, after David and his family had been driven out of Missouri, he assisted his parents in moving to Nauvoo, Illinois. There, they obtained land four miles east of Nauvoo on which to build homes for all of the boys in the family. The Fullmer family owned one quarter section of land known as "The Fullmer Tract". A map of the City of Nauvoo hangs on the wall in the Church Historian's office showing where the land was situated. The city of Nauvoo has a Fulmer Street which borders one side of the original tract.

From the time of their arrival in Nauvoo until the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Fullmer family was closely associated with him and his brother Hyrum, and their families. The several families socialized together, and there are tales about them rolling up the rugs in the Prophet's home so that they could engage in dancing, and so that the Prophet and John Solomon could engage in wrestling matches.

The Expulsion of the Saints from Nauvoo

Peter was ordained a High Priest on 7 August 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois, however, there is no record of who ordained him. Following the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, the prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the Latter-day Saints were expelled from the State of Illinois and made their way across the plains to the valley of the Great Salt Lake. When the Saints left Nauvoo in 1846, Peter, then seventy-six years old, and Susannah sixty-seven, made the arduous journey to Salt Lake City with their son, David, where they remained under his care until their deaths. Susannah died on 11 November 1856 at age 73. Peter died on 6 January 1857 at age 83. They are both buried in the David Fullmer plot in the Salt Lake City cemetery.

 Building the State of  Utah

Life in the Salt lake Valley was very difficult during those early days of settling, establishing communities and spreading the gospel. All three of their sons were industrious and were leaders in their Church and in the communities in which they lived. They were called upon to make major sacrifices. They were called to extended missions for their Church, were officers in militia activities and representatives in the territorial legislature.

Peter FULLMER was born 27 Feb 1774 in Reading, Berks, PA. He died 6 Jan 1857 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT and was buried July 1857 in City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, , UT. Peter was baptized 31 Aug 1967. He was endowed 15 Dec 1845. Peter married Susannah ZERFASS on 2 Mar 1802 in, Schuylkill Co, PA. They were sealed 22 Jan 1846 in the Nauvoo. 

Susannah ZERFASS was born 17 Sep 1773 in Whitehall, Northampton, PA. She died 11 Nov 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT and was buried Nov 1856 in City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT. She was sealed to her parents on 15 Sep 1955 in the Arizona temple. Susannah was baptized 6 Feb 1969. She was endowed 15 Dec 1845. Susannah married Peter FULLMER on 2 Mar 1802 in , Schuylkill Co, PA. They were sealed 22 Jan 1846 in the Nauvoo.

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Peter Fullmer's Timeline

February 27, 1774
Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States
July 7, 1803
Age 29
Chillisquaque, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States
July 17, 1805
Age 31
Chillisquaque, Nrthmb, Pennsylvania
July 21, 1807
Age 33
Huntington, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA
October 6, 1809
Age 35
Huntington Mills, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States
January 21, 1812
Age 37
Huntington, Lzrn, Pennsylvania
June 3, 1814
Age 40
Huntington, Lzrn, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1816
Age 42
Huntington, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States
January 6, 1857
Age 82
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States