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Dr. Matthew Fuller

Male Abt 1605 - 1678  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name Dr. Matthew Fuller 
    Born Abt 1605  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 25 Jul 1678 and 22 Aug 1678  Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Alternate death Aft 25 Jul 1678  Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I8981  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2017 

    Father Edward Fuller,   b. Bef 4 Sep 1575, Redenhall with Harleston, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 11 Jan 1621, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 46 years) 
    Mother (Unknown wife of Edward Fuller),   d. Aft 11 Jan 1621, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1605  [2
    Family ID F2853  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frances,   d. Aft 26 Oct 1678 
    Married Bef 1630  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Fuller,   b. Aft 1630, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 7 Mar 1715, Colchester, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 84 years)
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F120  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Arrived in Plymouth before 26 Oct 1640, when he sold to Andrew Ringe land in Plymouth "lately bought of John Gregory." Removed to Barnstable at an unknown date, but he was lieutenant of the Barnstable militia in October 1652.

      "He was one of the first regular physicians to settle at Barnstable. He lived in the northwest corner of Barnstable at Scorton Neck, and owned land in Falmouth and Middleboro which had been granted to him by the Colony for distinguished service. He died a wealthy man, for the times." [MacGunnigle et al., citation details below.]

      "In the Quaker controversy, he was in favor of religious toleration; in 1658 he was presented for saying; 'The law enacted about ministers' maintenance was a wicked and devilish law, and that the devil sat at the stone when it was enacted'; which he admitted that he uttered, and for which he was fined 50 shillings." [Ancestors and Descendants of Andrew Lee and Clarinda Knapp Allen, by Gerald R. Fuller. Esther Fuller Dial, ed. The Andrew Lee Allen Family Organization, 1952.]

      There have been many doubts over the years that Matthew Fuller was a son of Mayflower passenger Edward Fuller. But Robert Charles Anderson's The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 says "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 [The American Genealogist 61:194-99]. They also noted that the evidence connecting Edward Fuller and Samuel Fuller to Robert Fuller of Redenhall, Norfolk, is not so strong as might be desired, leaving open the posibility that future research might lead to a different ancestry for the two brothers [TAG 61:194]."

  • Sources 
    1. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    2. [S1647] The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New York Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.

    3. [S1508] Bruce Campbell MacGunnigle, Robert M. Sherman, and Robert S. Wakefield, "Was Matthew Fuller of Plymouth Colony a Son of Pilgrim Edward Fuller?" The American Genealogist 61:194, 1985.

    4. [S634] Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume 4, Third Edition, Family of Edward Fuller, by Bruce Campbell McGunnigle. Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2006.