** Connected to the Ralph Jones Family at Ralph Jones (1623-1692) **
Edward Fuller b. 1575, baptized 4 September 1575, Norfolk, England; m. Unknown; d. btw 11 January- 10 April 1621 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
1. Matthew- b. abt 1605 at England
2. Samuel-b. abt 1608 at England; m. 8 April 635 Jane Lothrop;
It is believed that he was with the Pilgrims in Leiden, Holland. His wife's name is not truly known but has been referred to in various books to be Ann. Edward died in the died between 11 January and 10 April of 1621. His wife passed away after 11 January 1621. Samuel survived and Matthew came over before 1640.
Matthew Fuller- b. abt 1605 at England; m. Frances Fuller Nee Unknown; d. Aug 1678 at Barnstable, Barnstable, MA, aged
1. Mary b. 1625 at England; m. 17 April 1650 Ralph Jones at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; d. 1691 at Barnstable, Barnstable, MA, aged 66 years.
2. Elizabeth b. abt 1627 at England; m. 22 April 1652 Moses Rowley at Barnstable, Barnstable, MA; d. aft 1714, aged 87 years.
3. Samuel b. abt 1629 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m. 12 December 1673 Mary Iyde at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; d. 15 August 1686 at Rehoboth, Bristol, M, aged 57 years.
4. John b. abt 1631 at England; m(1) Hannah Morton; m(2) Abigail Titus; m(3) Bethia Fuller Nee Unknown
5. Anne b. abt 1633 at England; m. Samuel Fuller
" The question of the paternity of Matthew Fuller was examined exhaustively by Bruce C. MacGunnigle, Robert M. Sherman and Robert S. Wakefield in 1986, and they came to the conclusion that Matthew was a son of EDWARD FULLER [ TAG 61:194-99]. Bruce C. MacGunnigle has published the definitive treatment of Edward Fuller and his descendants in the fourth volume of the Mayflower Society's Five Generations Project. "
He was the oldest son of Pilgrim Edward Fuller and did not make the passage with his parents and younger brother, Samuel. When he arrived in New England, he was already married and a parent. In April of 1642, ten acres of land was granted to him in Plymouth. Also in 1642 he served as juryman and was made a freeman. He was sworn and admitted on 7 June 1653. In 1643 he was appointed sergeant in the military company under Captain Myles Standish.
Around 1650 he moved to Barnstable, Barnstable, MA, in 1653 he was a representative at the colony court and a lieutenant in the militia. On 20 June 1654 he was appointed lieutenant under Standish in the proposed expedition against the Dutch ant Manhattan. On 2 October 1658 he was on the Council of war, served in 1671 as one of its chairmen. on 17 December 1673 he served as Surgeon General of the colony troops and the Massachusetts troops and was give 4 shillings a day. During King Phillip's War he was captain of the Plymouth forces. Captain Fuller was also the first regular physician in Barnstable,.
He lived at the northwest corner of Barnstable at Scorton Neck. He also owned large tracts of land in Falmouth and Middleboro. His will was dated 25 July 1678 and was proved 30 October 1678. His estate was appraised at £1667,04,06, among the items were pearls, precious stones, and diamonds.
"CAPT. MATTHEW FULLER died at Barnstable between 25 July, 1678, the day he made his will, and 22 August, 1678, the date of the inventory. The will and inventory are recorded in the Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories, Volume III, Part II, Pages 127 - 129.
[CAPT. MATTHEW FULLER'S WILL]
[3: 2: 127] The five and twentieth Day of July in the yeer of our Lord one thousand six hundred seaventy and eight; I Mathew ffuller of the Towne of Barnstable in the Collonie of New Plymouth; being sicke of body but of Good and prfect memory thankes be unto almighty God; and Calling to Remembrance the uncertaine state of this transitory life and that all fflesh must yeild unto Death when it shall please God to Call; Doe make Constitute and ordaine; and Declare this my last will and Testament, In manor and forme following; Revoakeing and Anulling by these prsents all and every Testament and Testaments will and wills heertofore by mee made and Declared either by word or writing; and this to be taken onely for my last will and Testament; and none other; and first being pen itent and sorry from the bottom of my hart for my sins past most humbly Desireing forgivenes for the same; I Give and Comitt my soule unto almighty God my Saviour and Redeemer, in whom and by the Merretts of Jesus Christ, I trust and be leive assuredly to be saved, and my body to be buried in such place, as my executors heerafter Named shall appoint; and Now for the settleing of my temporall estate; and such Goods Chattles and Debts as it hath pleased God farr above my Deserts to bestow on mee; I Doe order Give and Dispose the same in manor and forme following That is to say first I will That all those Debts and Dutyes as I ow in Right or Consience to any manor of prson or prsons whatsoever shalbe well and truely Contented, or ordained to be payed, within Convenient time after my Decease by my executors heerafter Named;
Item I Give and bequeath unto Shubeall Jones my Grand Child the Reputed son of Ralph Jones, the angle lott of Marsh meddow, which I formerly bought of his father Ralph Jones, after ffrancis my wifes Decease
I Give and bequeath the one halfe of all the Rest of my Lands & meadows I have in the Townshipp of Barnstable, or else where in America To my welbeloved son John ffuller; after ffrancis my wifes DeceaseI Give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Jones the wife of Ralph Jones Ten pounds in mony;
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Anne ffuller The now wife of Samuell ffuller ten pounds in mony;
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Rowley the wife of Moses Rowley ten pounds in mony;
Item I Give and bequeath unto Sarah Rowley the Daughter of Moses Rowley all my sheep; and by these prsents I Doe appoint Jedediah Jones to oversee the sheepp That they be Imployed wholly for the use of the said Sarah;
Capt. Matthew Fuller's Will and Inventory 9
Item I Give and bequeath ten pounds to Jedediah Jones the son of Ralph Jones in mony;
Item I Give to every one of my Male Grandchildren halfe a Crown a peece in old England mony;
[p. 128] Item I Give to every one of my femall Grandchildren twelve pence a peece in old England mony;
Item I Give to Ralfe Jones Samuell ffuller Junir: and Moses Rowley senir my sones in law five shillings apeece in mony;
Item I Give and bequeath unto my onely beloved son John ffuller twenty pounds in silver mony, and to bethya his wife twenty shillings in Gould;
I Give to Mary ffuller the late wife of my son Samuell ffuller Deceased five shillings in Mony;
I Give and bequeath unto Robert Marshall the Scotsman a peece of Cloth Intended to make mee a suite; off;
Item I Give to Jaser Tayler two Raysers;
Item I Give and bequeath to ffrancis my Deare and welbeloved wife; whoe by these prsents I Doe ordaine and Declare to be the sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament the use and Improvement of all my housing lands and Meddowes Dureing her Naturall life; as alsoe all my Moveables houshold stuffe Cattle horse kind swine; and whatsoever else Can be Named undisposed of to be att her Dispose for ever
In witnes wherof I have heerunto sett my hand and seale the Day and yeer abovesaid
Signed and sealed Mathew ffuller and a seale
in the prsence of
Leift: Joseph Laythorp and John hawes made oath to the truth of the Will abovewritten: viz: That they Did see Capt: Mathew ffuller above said; signe and seale and Declare this aforsaid Will to be his last Will and Testament; before the Court holden att Plymouth the 30th of October 1678"
1. Genealogy of some descendants of Edward Fuller of the Mayflower. Fuller, William Hyslop,.Palmer, Mass.?: unknown, 1908.
3. Genealogy of some descendants of Captain Matthew Fuller, John Fuller of Newton, John Fuller of Lynn, John Fuller of Ipswich, Robert Fuller of Dorchester and Dedham : to which is added supplements to volume I: Genealogy of some descendants of Edward Fuller of the Mayflower, and volume II: Some descendants of Dr. Samuel Fuller, of the Mayflower. Fuller, William Hyslop,.unknown: Printed for the compiler, 1914.