Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England


Joshua FULLER [Parents] 1, 2 was born 3 on 16 Feb 1654 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 4 on 27 Jun 1752 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Joshua married Mary BUCKMINSTER on 19 Jul 1742 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
GRIGGS, Hannah
WARD, Elizabeth

Source: History of Newton Massachussets, by Francis Jackson

19 Jul 1742 to Mary Buckminster, widow of
Dana, in her 88th year. Last 2 marriages were in Newton,MA.


Hannah (Griggs) Raynsford married Joshua Fuller by 1697 when the first of their three known daughters was born, On 2 Oct. 1706 Joshua Fuller of Cambridge conveyed to his "loving brother, Jeremiah Fuller of Newton," for £60, land "of our hon'd father John Fuller, late of Newtown, dec'd.," and Hannah Fuller surrendered her dower right (witnessed by Joseph Fuller and John Staples, recorded 30 June 1712, Middlesex Deeds, 16:216). Hannah also joined in two deeds Joshua Fuller made 18 Feb. 1714/5 to Benjamin Dana of Cambridge (both recorded 13 April 1722, ibid., 22:60, 66), and in one made 6 Sept. 1716 to Gershom Beals of Newton (recorded 14 Sept. 1720, ibid., 21:186). On 19 April 1706 Joshua Fuller and Hannah his wife and Edward Raynsford and Abigail his wife, all of New Cambridge, Middlesex Co., deeded to Deborah Man of Boston, widow, for £62-10s. land "at the end of Boston" bound east on land formerly belonging to Elder Edward Raynsford, dec d., and northwest on land of the widow Silence Eliot. Joshua and Hannah Fuller (she signed by mark) acknowledged 19 Sept. 1706 while Edward and Abigail Raynsford acknowledged 24 April 1707. On 12 Oct. 1712 Edward and David Raynsford of Newton, weavers, sold Henry Wright of Boston, bricklayer, for £110, land in the south end of Boston bound on Essex Street, and lands late of Edward Taylor, dec d., Joseph Elliot, dec d., and Solomon Raynsford, dec d. Edward s wife Abigail relinquished her dower rights, and all acknowledged same date (Suffolk Co. Deeds, 23:115, 26:253).

Joshua Fuller married at Cambridge, 19 July 1742, as his third wife Mary Buckminster. The entry notes that Joshua was in his 88th year, his bride in her 75th year, and that she was then widow of Benjamin Dana (Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 [Boston, 1914-1915], 2:154). Joshua's death is recorded at Newton, 27 June 1752,aged 98 (Newton VRs, 449). Priscilla R. Ritter and Thelma Fleishman's, Newton, Massachusetts, 1679-1779: A Biographical Directory (Boston, 1982), 36-37, fails to include Hannah among the wives of this Joshua Fuller, though she is so noted by Savage, Genealogical Dictionary, and Paige, History of Cambridge.
The will of Joshua Fuller of Cambridge, yeoman, made 15 Jan. 1741/2, left £5 each to Elezr. Ward, Jonathan Shepard, Nath ll Shepard, Joshua Child and Joshua Gearfield "whom I brought up & lived with me," 40 shillings each to Nath ll. Pond, Isaac Danee, and Jonathan Morse "who lived with me" (all to be paid in bills of credit), left "to Edward Ransford a Copper Kettle, & to David Ransford a Silver cup which they each of them have already Received," and directed the balance of his estate be divided in equal shares, one each to "my beloved Children & Grandchildren hereafter named, viz., my daughters Elizabeth Allen, Hannah Cook, Experience Child, Abigail Gearfield and Ruth Chennery, and to the surviving children of my beloved daughter Sarah Parke. also my grandchild Eliz h. Cady the daughter of my beloved daughter Mercy Cady, dec d." He named Samuel Jackson, Esq., of Newton and "my sons-in-law Stephen Cook & Joseph Gearfield" as executors, but on 3 Dec. 1742 substituted Thomas Sparrowhawk, Esq., "instead of Sam Il. Jackson, Esq., this day dec d." (Middlesex Co. Probate #8765).

Mary BUCKMINSTER was born about 1667. Mary married Joshua FULLER on 19 Jul 1742 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Source: History of Newton Massachussets, by Francis Jackson


John FULLER 1, 2 was born on 14 Dec 1611 in Lavenham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He died 3 on 7 Feb 1698 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He was buried in 1698 in Centre St Cem., Newton, Massachusetts, United States. John married 4 Elizabeth COLE about 1644 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

John had a will 5 on 30 Jan 1695/1696 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. His will was probated 6 on 28 Feb 1697/1698 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

The following was received from Don Fuller of Chicago, ILL.

INDIVIDUAL RECORD FOR JOHN FULLER (SR.] - FULLER.PAF, 15 May 1999 Page 1 of  9
NAME: John FULLER (Sr.] SEX: M
BIRTH: 1611 PLACE: Lavenham Parish,Suffolk County,England1UK of GB and NI CHR: 17 Dec 1946 PLACE:
DEATH: 7 Feb 1698 PLACE:  Newton,Middlesex,MA.
BURIAL: 1698 PLACE:  Centre St. Cem.,Newton,Middlesex,MA. RIN: 379 AFN: ID-NUMBER:  512


PARENTS: 1) William or James or Edward poss FULLER-20559 -  Biological


SPOUSE: 201 Elizabeth COLE-380 Bef 1645 Cambridge,Middlesex,MA.

BIRTH FACTS: our John often confused with 2 of the other John's who immigrated to New England (U.S.A.) from England in the United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland: 1.John,  (ours), 1611-1698, of Newton, MA.,  (settled 1644/35), M Elizabeth Cole. 2. John,  (not ours), 1620-1666/81, of Ipswich, MA., (settled 1634/35/40/48), Ml Elizabeth Fuller (his cousin), M2 to Elizabeth Emerson. 3. John, (not ours), 1602-1695, of Lynn, MA., (settled 1630/35/39/45), M Elizabeth Farrington.

1611 in England; Gen. of Capt Matthew Fuller, John etc. by Fuller & Rec. of Desc. of John Fuller etc. by Clarke & History of Newton, MA. by Jackson & LDS Ancestral File.

9 Sep 1611/21 Jan 1611 in England; per Marjorie Rush (b 1909).

1611; Newton, MA. 1679-1779, A Biog. Review & Western NY. Gen. by Cutter & History of Middlesex County, MA. etc. by Samuel Adams Drake, 1880.

John Fuller of Lavenham Parish, Suffolk, England, settled in Cambridge, MA.; p. 157 Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650, 1937 by Charles Edward Banks, per NEHGS register 49/491.

14 Dec 1611 in Toperton, N., England, m 1646 in Newton, MA. to Elizabeth Farrington, d 4 Jun 1666 in Ipswich, MA., son of John b abt 1589, died Jun 1666/Edward b abt 1560, died 1656 in Olney, B., England (WRONG-THIS IS CONFUSED WITH BOTH JOHN FULLER OF LYNN & IPSWICH(; LDS Ancestral File.

1611 in Lavenham, Suffolk, England, son of William; IGI.

BAPTISM FACTS: Possibly 14 Apr 1611 at Stoke, Hammond to John Fuller (also show 1604 & 1614 etc. birth's of John's); IGI.

Possibly 19 Sep 1611 in Lavenham, Suffolk, Enland, son of William; per Nancy French (b 1943).

No record of Baptism 1608-1613 in Lavenham Parish Registers; per Suffolk Record Office, Bury St. Edmund Branch, Raingate St., Bury St. Edmunds, 1P33 lRX, Suffolk County, U.K. of G.E. & N.I.

17 Dec 1946 [in Mormon Church] ; per Patsy Burns (b 1945).

ANCESTRY FACTS: a number of researchers show his father as Edward with no proof. My theory is that James who died in Lavenham was his father. I have stablished that there is a village of Shropham in Norfolk which is mentioned in James will of 1618. I am informed that this place has a parish church but unfortunately the early records were lost so they start in the 1720's. However, the church is l3th- l4th century vintage according to the locals living there; per Ernest Frederick Fuller (b 1930).

These 5 sons lived to the following ages: John 75, Jonathan 74, Joseph 88, Joshua 98, and Jeremiah 83. They (John Fuller & Edward Jackson) divided their lands among their children, in their lifetime, confirming the division by their wills, & have a far greater number of descendants than any of the earlier settlers of the town. It was said by the late Henry H. Fuller, Esquire, of Boston, that our John Fuller was a son of Dr. Samuel Fuller, of Plymouth, who came in the Mayflower; but that statement is erroneous. Dr. Samuel died 1633, leaving an only son Samuel-no other son is named in the will, or in the division of cattle in 1627. This only son Samuel, was Minister of Middleboro and died there 1695, age 71. Edward Fuller, also a Mayflower man, died 1621, leaving an only son Samuel, who settled on the cape: History of the early settlement of Newton, county of Middlesex, MA. from 1639 to 1800 with a Geneological Register of it's Inhabitants prior to 1800 by Francis Jackson of Boston, a Native of Newton, 1854.

One John, aged 15, came 1635, in the Abigail, and he may be the man of Lynn or of Cambridge. Samuel, Plymouth 1620, one of the most valuable pilgrims of the Mayflower, the 1st Physician that came to settle in our country. He had been a deacon at least 8y at Leydon, tho his wife Bridget came in the Ann 1623, with a child that, I think, lived not long, may have been married but a short time before he left Holland . .. Bridget died 1664; Gen. Dic. by Savage.

Born 1611, died 7 Feb 1697/8, immigrated to New England around 1635, farmer & malster, settled at Newtown, MA. around 1644, married to Elizabeth_____; The Fuller Family, American Gen. Research mt. Div., Heritage Press Inc., 1235 Kenilworth Ave. N.E., Washington, DC., 20019, 1975.

MARRIAGE FACTS: 1653, Prob of will of Walter Cole, of Lavenham, who's daughter married John Fuller of New England (EEAC);  The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660 by Peter Wilson Coldham, p. 266.

To Elizabeth Cole, dau of Walter Cole & Susan of Lavenham, Suffolk, England, per Walters will; NEHGS Register, #49, pp. 490/491.

John (ca1611-1698) & Elizabeth ________ (Cole written in pencil) (-1700); Cambridge/Newton; New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Torrey.

To Elizabeth; Rec. of Desc. of John Fuller etc. by Clarke. & History of Newton, MA. by Jackson & Hist. of Camb., MA. etc. by Gozzaldi. & Gen of Capt. Matthew Fuller, John etc. by Fuller & Western NY. Gen. by Cutter.

To Elizabeth_______ (died 1700); Newton, MA. 1679-1779, A Biog. Review.

1643 to Elizabeth Cole; per Marjorie Rush (b 1909).

Died 2-7-1698 (1699?), age 87, Wife Elizabeth, dau of Walter Cole, a surgean of Lavenham, Suffolk, England, whose will probated on 9-24-1653 lists his dau Elizabeth now wife of John Fuller of New England. The Fuller Farm is now what is Watertown, MA.; Ancestry of Edward Wales Blake & Clarissa Malinda Glidden with 90 allied families by Edith B. Sumner, pp. 100-101.

To Elizabeth Cole1 dau of Walter Cole of Lavenham, England; per Jennie B. Fullers notes in possession of E. Frederick Fuller (b 1930).

RESIDENCE FACTS: came over in 1635 with John Winthrop Jr., and settled in Cambridge Village (New Town) in 1644. In 1658 he bought a tract of one thousand acres in the northwest part of the town, long known as the Fuller farm.; Historic Fields and Mansions of Middlesex County, MA., by Samuel Adams Drake, 1874, p. 351.

John settled in Cambridge in 1644, Edward Jackson & John Fuller came to U.S. at the same time, probably knew each other in England; History of Middlesex Co., MA. by Samuel Adams Drake, 1880.

Fuller, John, Cambridge,  (Newton), died 1698; A Geneological Register of the First Settlers of New England by John Farmer, reprinted by Samuel G. Drake, 1989, p. 115.

Signed Newton petition for seperation from Cambridge along with sons Jonathan & Joseph in 1678; History of Newton, MA. by Jackson.

Issac, youngest son of John and Elizabeth, who came from Lavenham, England, in 1644; per note by author Thelma Fleishman on photo of Issac Fuller at Jackson Homestead, Newton, MA.

To America 1635, and to Cambridge Village, now Newton in 1644; American Fuller Gen. by Clarence A Dame.

William, age 25 & John, age 15 embarked in Abigail May 1635 for New England. This age of John does not correspond with the age of the first John Fuller of Newton who died Feb 7, 1698/9 age 87. Perhaps there is an error in one of these dates. Elizabeth, widow of John of Newton died Apr 13, 1700." (THIS FIRST JOHN IS OF IPSWICH BUT IS FOLLOWED BY JOHN OF NEWTONS GENEOLOGY) Geneology of Some of the early Descendants of Watertown, including Waltham & Weston by Bond, Vol 2, p. 766;

Newton, MA. established from a part of Cambridge, MA. 15 Dec 1691; per Janet Gardner (born 1933).

1644 to Newton, 1658 bought 750 acres, later added 250 more etc., p. 26. Tradition has it that John Fuller (1611-1698) and his sons stopped one noon on it's shady banks (Cheescake Brook) to eat their cheese and cake, thus giving the stream it's name. John is believed to have built thefirst house in Newtonville. He settled in 1644 and became one of the largest landowners in the town. Part of his land now is in what is Waltham. Stone wall dividing land from neighbor Richard Park can still be seen on Fair Oaks Ave. Photo of wall in book; p. 2 & 3 Newton's Older Houses, Newtonville, MA., by Jackson Homestead, pub. 13.

To U.S. 1635, to Cambridge Village/New Towne/Newton 1644, Newton became a town in 1691, a city in 1873; History of Cambridge, MA. etc by Gozzaldi.

1658 purchased 75 acres, 150... in Newton, formerly Cambridge, MA. John Sr. had 22 desc. who served in the War of the Revolution Fuller, Abraham & Fuller Family of Newton, MA., Sketch of William Hull, whomarried Sarah Fuller1 by Mary H. Roberts, Hull Papers (William 1753-1825)

John 1611-7 Feb 1697/8, came to N.E. ca 1635, settled at Cambridge, MA. (now Newton, MA.), ca 1644 m Elizabeth (d 1700); Immagrant Ancestors, a list of 2500 Immigrants to America bef 1750, by Frederick Adams Virkus.

John settled south side of river, now Newton & was extensive landholder, farmer & malster, died 1698, age 87, children & marriages listed; History of Cambridge, MA. by Paige.

Newton first part of Cambridge, then called East Cambridge, then called New Towne, then called Newton by Judge Abraham Fuller, but there is no legal record of it's change in the town records from New Towne to Newton, one of the first settlers of Cambridge Village in 1644; History of Newton, MA. by Jackson.

Another John, of Ipswich came to America in 1635 on the ship Abigail with his brother William. JOHN OF NEWTON DID NOT. The two are often confused. John of Ipswich Married Elizabeth Emerson, p. 175. John Fuller of Cambridge, one of the first settlers of Cambridge Village, was born in England in 1611, came to America about 1635, and settled in Cambridge Village-now called Newton-about 1644. Newton was established as a town in 1691, and in 1873 was incorporated as a city. In Dec 1658, John Fuller bought 750 acres of land for about $1.00 per acre, the tract being bounded on the north & west by Charles River. Later he increased his holdings to upwards of 1,000 acres, and became one of the 2 largest land owners in the village. His tract was long known as the "Fuller Farm." He divided his land among his children in his lifetime, confirming the division by his will, with the proviso that they should not sell to any stranger, until they, or their next relation, should have the offer of it,; Genealogy of some descendants of Capt. Matthew Fuller, John Fuller of Newton, John Fuller of Lynn, John Fuller of Ipswich, Robert Fuller of Dorchester and Dedham, compiled by William Hyslop Fuller of Palmer, MA., 1914.

Farmer & Malster, born England, settled at Cambridge, MA. 1635; Directory of Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Frank R. Holmes.

FULLERS OF NEW ENGLAND
In the Mayflower came Edward Fuller and Dr. Samuel Fuller. Edward died in the great mortality, 1621, leaving only son Samuel, who settled on the cape. Dr. Samuel Fuller died in 1633, leaving an only son Samuel, who became minister of Middleboro, and died there in 1695, age 71. John Fuller, supposed to have come with J. Winthrop Jr. in the Abigail, Hackwell Master, in 1635, was born in England in 1620.  (in the Abigail, Hackwell Master, May 41635, came Wm. Fuller 25: Jo. Fuller 15 - James Savages Notes in Historical Collections). (PREVIOUS IS JOHN OF LYNN-FOLLOWING IS JOHN OF CAMBRIDGE/NEWTON BORN 1611) He settled in Cambridge Village in 1644. In Dec. 1658, he purchased of Joseph Cooke, of Cambridge, 750 acres of land in the N.W. part of Newton, for 160 pounds sterling. It was bounded north & west by Charles river, east by land of Thomas Park, and south by S. Shepards farm. His house stood on the south side of the road, and west side of the brook, within a few rods of both. By subsequent purchases he increased his track to upwards of 1000 acres. Edward Jackson & John Fuller were the largest land-holders in the town. Cheese-Cake brook ran through this track, which was long known as "The Fuller Farm." He divided it among his five sons by will (son Issac having died in 1691), with the proviso that they should not sell to any stranger, until they, or their next relative should have the offer of it. Twenty-Two of John Fullers descendants were in the army of the revolution, from Newton (Jacksons History of Newton) . The following document, apparently in John Fullers handwriting, is in the possession of a descendant: "Wee whose names are subscribed are able to give this theire testimony that when the land was sould to Ensign John Spring liveing in New Towne in the county of Middelsexe in NWE England that there was reserved a high waye, through this land for the use of the inhabitane of the saide town to pass in namely the highway for_________in the place were it was then occupied and if the said John Spring did fence in the said land he should hang gates. And this is so to be undrestood of ye land which ye above said John Spring now lives upon.

New Towne December 15, 1691  John Fuller, Senect  Jonathan Hide Camb. April 15 1692

Attested upon oath before the court by John Fuller, Senect Jonathan Hide, Saml Phipps Clk"

Records of Some of the Descendants of John Fuller, Newton, 1644-98, by Samuel C. Clark, 1869.Samuel C. Clarke, author of above is 4th great grandson to John and 4th cousin, 3 generations removed to Don Fuller (b 1953).

Son of Dr Samuel of Plymouth, bought Fuller Farm from Joseph Cook, resided 4/F,G/F,G (West Newton-Waltham) and owned land 4/f (Newtonville); Townsman 1686-87, Surveyor of Highways 1687, Tithingman 1690, Selectman 1693-94, Fence Viewer 1694, Commitees; to negotiate with Cambridge on taxation and seperation 1686, to choose county clerk of the writs 1689, to defend Abraham Jackson from serving as Cambridge constable 1695, to handle claim of Capt. Thomas Prentice for reimbursement for support of widow Susanna Clements 1695-96; recieved payment for repairing north end of meeting house 1681 and for a burying cloth 1693, rated 2 persons and estate 1688, held meeting of Townsmen at his house 1694, Fuller Farm divided among his heirs 1699, referenced in agreement among his heirs and others over an open way through Fuller Farm 1730.

Above paragraph from: GRl(Old Burying Ground, Centre St. Cem., Newton Centre) PD (The New England Historical & Ceneological Register) TMIA (Town Meeting Book NOlA 1679-1703-City of Newton Archives) VR (Vital Records of Newton, MA. to the year 1850-Boston 1905). Newton, MA. 1679-1779, A Biographical Directory, OF 74 .N56 R57, 1982 Compiled & Edited by Priscilla R. Ritter & Thelma Fleishan, Boston, The New England Historical Geneological Society.

One of the first settlers of Cambridge Village, MA. Settled in Cambridge 1644.  Dec 1658, he purchased 50 acres of land, which by subsequent purchases he increased to 1000 acres. This tract was long known as the "Fuller Farm"; Western NY. Gen. by Cutter.

Fuller Farm in bend of Charles River opposite Waltham Plain. Includes nearly all the land taken from Newton & annexed to Waltham. It was, however, more extensive, extending farther down & farther back from the river; Watertown, MA., 2nd edition by Henry Bond.

To America in abt 1635, settled Cambridge Village, later called Newton abt 1644, made will 1696, died 7 Feb 1697/8 at age 87; per Valiant in the Faith by  Archibald F. Bennett, Ella Bennett & Barbara Bennett Roach.

John Fuller, ca. 1611-Newton 7 Feb 1697/8 ae 87(g.s.) (VRs, p. 448), immigrant to Cambridge and Newton, Mass.; NEHGS NEXUS, Vol. XIV, No. 5, p. 148.

EMPLOYMENT FACTS: Farmer, malster, settled south side of river, now Newton in 1644; signed petition for seperation from Cambridge Village 1678; constable 1669 & 1675; History of Camb. etc. by Gozzaldi.

Pope in his "Pioneers of MA." says he was a farmer and a malster; Gen. of Capt. Matthew Fuller etc. by Fuller.

Malster; per Allen Gilbertson  (b 1954).

MILITARY FACTS: 22 of his deacendants, it is said, went into the army of the revolution; Gen. of Capt. Matthew Fuller etc. by Fuller.

Petition, Presumably Written By John Fuller To The Governor & Council On 3 Oct 1675 - To the honored Governor and Deputy and the rest of the honored Council now sitting in Boston: December the 3th (3rd) 75 (1675). The Humble request and petition of your humble suppleken (supplicant) John Fuller living in Cambridge Village on the south side of Charles River in a remoute farm from neighbors and have a great estate heing (lying) in land and housing come and cattel (cattle) and haay. I have also fortified my house at my owe (own) charges which hath corst (cost) mee several pounds and also two of my soons (sons) have bine in the services of the country near this eighte(e(n weekes and one not yet come whom (home) and more of my help is in a likely way to goo and I am like to be lefte with labor or no helpe. Thou foll(ow)ing humble request to this honored Council is that you would be pleased to grant mee liberty to keep the rest of my helpe at whom (home) and also liberty to heier (hire) some other(s)at my own charges (expenses) if not I shall be forced to remove which I humbly consceed (or consider/conceed?) will be great damages not only to my selfe but also to ye Country in generall. For I can not move my housing nor my come and cattell (cattle) and haay without much trobell (trouble) and damages the winter is so fare come on. and to leve (leave) my house empty with a fort about it I humbly consider it will be a refuge for the Indians if the(y) should come to shelter them in. But I do not intend to trobuell (trouble) this honored council with much. I le(a)ve it to your seve(r)al consideration(s) to don as God in his wisdom shall giveth you and so I reste your humble subject and suppleken (supplicant). John Fuller Senior: Dated the 3th (rd) of the 10th month 1675. (The footnote shown below is the councils reply). 9th December 1675. It is ordered that the petitioner shall not have more then two of his sons in the service at one time [and then rest shall be free from impresement] and that he shall have liberty to hire at free [   ] what other men [be] required at his own charges for [     ] [wages] By ye Council Edw. Rawson Clerk; From MA. State Archives - Military Records, Vol. 68, 85a.

DEATH FACTS: John Sr., 7 Feb 1698; Newton V.R.

John, 7 Feb 1699; Newton V.R.

7 Feb 1698/9, age 87; History of Newton, Ma. by Jackson.

1698, age 87; History of Camb. etc. by Gozzaldi.

7 Feb 1697/8, age 87, according to gravestone record. Made his will in 1696; Gen. of Capt. Matthew Fuller, John etc. by Fuller.

7 Feb 1698, age 78; Rec. of Desc. of John Fuller etc. by Clarke.

7 Feb 1698, 7 Feb 1697/8, age 87, Centre St. Cem., Newton; Vital Rec. of Newton, MA. to 1850.

He divided his land among his five sons by his will dated 1696, one son Issac having died before him; Western NY. Gen. by Cutter.

7 Feb 1698 (1697-8), age 87, Old Burying Ground, Centre St. Cem. Newton Centre, grave #337); Newton, MA. 1679-1779, A Biographical Directory, by Priscilla R. Ritter & Thelma Fleishman.

7 Feb 1698, Centre St. Cem., Centre St., Newton Centre, MA., Grave #337; Per Priscilla Ritter, City Archivist, do City Clerk Office, City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton Centre, MA. 02159, Phone #16175527033.

John Fuller, settled 1644, d 1698, age 87, 4th person from top, West side of First settlers monument in Centre St. Cem., Newton Center; per Cem, monument.

John Fuller, 7 Feb 1697/8, age 87, grave 337; per Cem. rec. at Newton City Hall.

7 Feb 1697/8 in Cambridge/Newton, MA.; LDS Ancestral File.

There is a tombstone with insert missing, more modern 19th century or later on his plot, located in front of son Joseph & his wife Lydia, right in between the two, stone faces West; per tombstone in Centre St. Cem., grave 337.

Index to Probate Records of County of Middlesex, 1st ser. 1648-1871 lists John Fuller of Newton, died 1698, file 8745 - Middlesex County Probate, Court, Cambridge, MA. says they have no such record (this is a lie, see below)

Will of John Fuller as decifered by Don Fuller (b 1953) and E. Frederick Fuller (b 1930)

In the name of God Amen
I John Fuller of Newtown in the County of Middlesex in his Majesties Province of the Massachusets-bay in New-England being week in body, but in sound and disposing memory, Praise be given to God for the same to make this my last will and testament in manor & form following, that is to say first, and principally I resign my soul into the merciful hand of almighty God my creator asuredly hoping through the merits of my Blessed savior, to obtain pardon & remission of all of my sins and my body I commit to the earth whence it was taken to be Decently buried by the discretion of my executor and herin after named and as for the wordly goods and estate the Lord hath lent me I dispose therof as follows \ E Impl. I give and bequeth to my loving and dear wife Elizabeth a comfortable maintenance of my movable estate and if that shall not be enough then to have the liberty of any of my other estate, any thing hereafter to the contrary not withstanding and a living in my now dwelling house and all this during her natural life, to be allowed her by my executors herin after named, out of my estate.
2 secondly I give and bequeth to my son John Fuller the housing and lands he now enjoys lying along the south side Charles River, ading therto as much out of the farm I now live on as shall make the same two hundred acres as I have butted and bounded the said addition to him and his heirs forever.
3 thirdly I give and bequeth to my son Jonathan Fuller the housing and land he now enjoys adding thereto out of the farmland I now live on as much as makes up the aforsaid land one hundred and fifty acres as I have bounded the same to to him and his heirs executor and administrator forever.
4 fondly I give and bequeth to my son Joseph Fuller the lands he now enjoys  and also a piece of [moads] : wland over the brook at the [uperend] of the great meadow, adjoining unto the land of [Tm 0] (see **) Parks to make him equal with the rest of my sons to him and his heirs forever.
5 fifthly I give and bequeth to my son Joshua Fuller the housing and lands he now livethg on to him and his heirs forever.
6 I give and bequeth to my son Jeremiah Fuller the land I formerly gave him wheron he now liveth, adding therto out of the farm abovesaid as much as Maketh up what he already enjoyeth, one hundred and fifty acres as the [farm] is now butted and bounded to him and his heirs forever and it further my will that if any of my above named sons shall by A joint consent agree to the altering of the bounds of the lands above given and bounded to them, nary thing contrary notwithstanding, and also it is my will that my above son shall each and every one of the have equal liberty to Dig and Cart of clay from the clay-pits in the above farm.
7 seventhly to all that I have formerly given unto my daughter Elizabeth Hide Deceased, I give and bequeth unto her children tho which I have had the Care of bringing up and maintaining what they have already had and to my grandson, alias grandchild Jonathan Hide the youngest son of my above said daughter, ten pounds in or as money to be paid to him by my son Joseph Fuller, whom Jo Hide shall be twenty one years of age, and my [so] son Joseph to pay the same forth Right and interest I have in the Malt house he now occupieth, and further it is my will that if the abovesaid Malt=house shall by Causualty be burnt or any ways destroyed by accidental cause, the abovesaid legacy of 10 pounds to be paid by my five sons above named, and if [so] Jonathan Hide do not live to the age abovesaid, then my will is that the abovesaid ten Pounds shall be equally divided between my three grandchildren viz Mary Brown & Elizabeth Hide [see paragraph below, this is Bethia] , and Hannah Hide.
8 eighthly I give and bequeth to my daughter Bethiah Bond twenty pounds in addition to what she hath already recieved of me towards her portion, to be paid her by my son Joseph Fuller, as followeth fewer pounds per year, until the whole sum be paid in consideration wherof I give to my son Joseph Fuller the land I purchased of Jeremiah Moss, be the same more or less.
9 ninethly I give and bequeth to my five sons abovesaid house barns out--houses orchard and land conveying two hundred and fifty acres be the same more of less to them and their heirs forever, to be equally divide betwen them at my death. Provide my five sons abovesaid do comfortably and honorably maintain my abovesaid wife in sickness and health during her natural life, and further my will is that my abovesaid sons shall not alinate the above given and granted unto any stranger until first the next Relation of the above said Fullers have the offer of it, and all the rest and residue of my estates goods and cattle, not herin before bequethed after my debts and funeral expenses discharged, I do give and bequeth unto my very dutiful sons John Fuller, Jonathan Fuller, Joseph Fuller, Joshua Fuller & Jeremiah Fuller, who I do make sole executor of this my last will and testament [peroling] all other wills by me. In witness wherof I have herunto set my hand and seal this thirteeth day of January one thousand six hundred ninety five [six] and the seventh year of his Majesties Reign.

Signed Sealed and Published in the presence of witness, Issac Williams John Ward Munings Sawin
the mark of  John 3 '' Fuller ''

Thou Munnings Sawin and Issac Williams and also all ye Executors in said will with Jno- Jonathan, Joseph, Joshua and Jeremiah Fuller did testify that the named Elizabeth in ye testament of ye 7th paragraph was caused caused by a moot mistake of said Sawin ye writer of said will and ought to have been written Bethiah Hide as appears by ye copy taken from ye deceased mouth by wich he wrote such will. Attest: Samuel Phipps Registrar

Charleston, Feb 28th, 1697/8 by ye Hon. James Russell, Esq., Capt. Issac Williams, John Ward, Munnings Sawin the witness subscribed, personally appearing made oath & they were personally and saw ye subscriber, John Fuller, deceased sign and seal and heard him publish and declare the above written to be his last will and testament and wich he so did he was of a disposing mind -
Jeremiah [Coream]
J. A. Russell
Seal Placed  Samuel Phipps Registrar

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The Inventory of the estate of John Fuller late of Newtown who deceased the 7th day of Febuary 1697/8 taken the 15th day of Febuary the year above said

To waring apparrill                                        011-00-00

To houfheld fluff in the parlor                           010-16-00

To houfheld goods in the Fitthin and other iron ware       016-10-00

To boufheld goods in the West Chamber                      034-07-00

To houfheld goods in the East Chamber                      004-01-00

To provifion and other goods in the feller                 003-14-00

To Meat Cattle and wine 008-17-00

To Howing and land                                         320-00-00

To Debts [indicated] to the [Wfuer]                       1250-14-00
the Fum total                                             [30]34-0N-00

To Debts due from the Estate                               030-19-10

Aproved by US
Issac Williams
Thomas Oliver

** Richard Park's land went to his son Thomas when Tom purchased it from his fitbers widow in 1678- Per History of Newton, by Jackson, p. 383.; from John Fuller's Will at Middlesex County, MA. probate Court.

Elizabeth COLE [Parents] 1 was christened 2 on 1 Jan 1622 in Lavenham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She died 3 on 13 Apr 1700 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Elizabeth married 4 John FULLER about 1644 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


Source: History of Newton Massachussets, by Francis Jackson

They had the following children.

  M i John FULLER was born in 1645. He died on 21 Jan 1720.
  F ii Elizabeth FULLER was born after 1645. She died on 28 Nov 1685.
  M iii Jonathan FULLER was born in 1648. He died on 12 Aug 1722.
  M iv Joseph FULLER was born on 10 Feb 1652. He died on 5 Jan 1740.
  M v Joshua FULLER was born on 16 Feb 1654. He died on 27 Jun 1752.
  M vi Jeremiah FULLER was born on 4 Mar 1658/1659. He died on 23 Dec 1743.
  F vii Bethia FULLER was born on 23 Nov 1661. She died in 1698.
  M viii
Isaac FULLER was born 1 on 2 Dec 1665 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 6 Oct 1691 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

David RAINSFORD [Parents] was born 1 in Aug 1644 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died in 1691 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. David married 2, 3 Hannah GRIGGS about 1683 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

David was baptized 4 on 1 Sep 1644 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
, Abigail

BAPTISM: "being about 3 days old"

Hannah GRIGGS [Parents] was born 1 on 23 Oct 1659 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She was christened 2 on 23 Oct 1659 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 28 Nov 1739 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 4, 5 David RAINSFORD about 1683 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
FULLER, Joshua

widow of Rainsford


John GRIGGS [Parents] was born 1 in 1622 in Boxted, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He died 2 on 23 Jan 1691/1692 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. John married 3, 4, 5, 6 Mary PATTEN on 11 Nov 1652 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

John, b. Ca. 1622, d. in Roxbury, 23 Jan. 1691/2 (Vital Records of Roxbury, Mass., vol. 2, p. 540; mar. there, 11 Nov. 1662 (ibid.. p. 182). MARY PATTIN, daughter of William and Mary, b. ca. 1638, d. after 1674: issue 4 children.

Mary PATTEN [Parents] 1 was born in BET 1632 AND 1634 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died in 1674 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 2, 3, 4, 5 John GRIGGS on 11 Nov 1652 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.


Cambridge or Newton (same place)

They had the following children.

  M i
John GRIGGS was born on 10 Aug 1653 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened 1 on 10 Aug 1653 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.
  M ii John GRIGGS was christened on 27 Mar 1658/1659. He died in 1723.
  F iii Mary GRIGGS was christened on 27 Jan 1658/1659.
  F iv Hannah GRIGGS was born on 23 Oct 1659. She died on 28 Nov 1739.
  F v Abigail GRIGGS was christened on 22 Sep 1661. She died on 28 Jan 1714/1715.
  vi
GRIGGS was born 1 about 1663 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. GRIGGS died 2 on 21 Jul 1663.
  M vii
George GRIGGS was christened 1 on 18 Jul 1664 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 10 Jan 1724/1725 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.
  F viii Sarah GRIGGS was born on 9 Aug 1666. She died on 15 Nov 1738.
  M ix James GRIGGS was christened on 17 Dec 1671. He died in 1752.
  F x
Ruth GRIGGS was christened 1 on 27 May 1673 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 28 Sep 1673.

Joseph GARFIELD. Joseph married 1 Abigail FULLER on 3 Dec 1718 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Abigail FULLER [Parents] was born 1 about 1697 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 23 Apr 1774. Abigail married 2 Joseph GARFIELD on 3 Dec 1718 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


Ebenezer CHINERY. Ebenezer married Ruth FULLER in 1721.

Ruth FULLER [Parents] was born 1 on 14 Nov 1702 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Ruth married Ebenezer CHINERY in 1721.


Edmund FREEMAN Jr [Parents] [scrapbook] was christened 1, 2 on 26 Nov 1620 in Billingshurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. He died on 29 Mar 1673 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He was buried on 8 Apr 1673 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Edmund married 3, 4 Rebecca PRENCE 5 on 22 Apr 1646 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
PERRY, Margaret

Edmund FREEMAN bapt. 26 Nov 1620 St. Mary's, Pulborough Essex England; married: (1) 22 Apr 1646 Rebecca PRENCE (2) 18 Jul 1651 Margaret PERRY in Sandwich MA; died: 29 Mar 1673 in Sandwich MA; buried at Plymouth MA; Son of Edmund FREEMAN and Elizabeth

Children with Rebecca PRENCE:
1. Patience - 2. Rebecca b. (Sandwich MA)
with Margaret PERRY:
3. Margaret b. 2 Oct 1652 - 4. Edmund b. 5 Oct 1655 in Sandwich MA m. bef 1683 Sarah in Sandwich MA d. 18 May 1720 in Sandwich MA - 5. Alice b. 29 Mar 1658 (Sandwich MA) - 6. Rachel b. 4 Sep 1659 (Sandwich MA) m. John LANDERS - 7.
Sarah b. 6 Feb 1662 (Sandwich MA) m. 6 Jan 1695 Richard LANDERS - 8. Deborah b. 9 Aug 1665 (Sandwich MA) m. Thomas LANDERS

The Sandwich vital records record both marriages: "Edmond ffreeman jru & Rebecca Prence marryed the xxiith of Aprill 1646 ... Edmond ffreman juniour and Margaret Perry wer maried the 18th of July Anno.Dom 1651". Edmond served as a Deputy to the General Court in 1669 and was prominent in local affairs.

Sources: Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut- Biographies - 1903; Freeman Genealogy in Three Parts by Frederick Freeman - 1875; Sandwich MA Vital Records; Our Family Museum: A Collection of Family History Notes

Marriage Source: FHL Number 775836 "Civil Records for Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts"

Rebecca PRENCE 1 was born 2 on 22 May 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Rebecca married 3, 4 Edmund FREEMAN Jr on 22 Apr 1646 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Patience FREEMAN was born about 1647. She died on 16 Apr 1738.
  F ii Rebecca FREEMAN was born about 1649. She died on 16 Apr 1738.

Edmond FREEMAN [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was christened 2, 3 on 25 Jul 1596 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. He died 4 on 21 Jun 1682 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. Edmond married 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Bennet HODSOLL 10 on 26 Jun 1617 in Cowfold, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
RAYNIER, Elizabeth

Mentioned in his mother's will. Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Bowyer 56.

Twenty-two coats of Arms are registered to the Freeman name in Great Britain and Ireland, but only two came to America. The one in this file is the one that Edmond brought with him to Lynn in 1635. The motto is "Liber et Audax" , "Free and Bold"
Source: FHL US/CAN book area 929.273 A1 No.4583

Edmund FREEMAN bapt 25 Jul 1596 in St. Mary's, Pulborough, Sussex, England; married: 13 Oct 1617 Bennett Hodsoll (had 6 children, two died early; died in 1630); secound marrige to an Elizabeth Raymen or Raymond or Raynier August 10, 1632 at Cowfold, Shipley, Sussex and had four children with them, Alice 17, Edmund Jr. 15, Elizabeth 12, and John 8 (ages in 1635 when embarked on the Abigail and a fifth child, Mary, may have been born in Mass. or adopted); died: 1682 "age 92" in Sandwich MA; will dated 21 Jun 1682, proved 2 Nov 1682; Son of Edmond FREEMAN and Alice COLES.
Edmond - remained in Sandwich all his life, suported good causes such as rebuilding the mill and meeting house, oppossed persecution of the Quakers, died 1682 the of the Ten Men of Saugus.

Sources: Sandwich A Cape Cod Town by R.A. Lovell, Jr. 3rd edition and the Cowfold, Shipley, Sussex, Enland church records.

Children:  1 Alice b. 1618 (England ae 17 on Abigail - 1635) bapt 4 Apr 1619 (St. Mary's Essex Eng) m. 24 Nov 1639 Deacon William PADDY d. 24 Apr 1651 - 2. Edmund bapt. 26 Nov 1620 in St. Mary's, Pulborough, Essex England m. 18 Jul 1651 Margaret PERRY in Sandwich MA d. 29 Mar 1673 in Sandwich MA - 3. Bennett bapt 20 Jan 1621 d. 1633 - 4. Elizabeth b.  1623 (England ae 12 on the Abigail - 1635) bapt. 11 Apr 1624 m. John ELLIS - 5. John b. 1627 (28 Jan 1626) (England ae 8 on the Abigail 1635) m. 13 Feb 1649 Mercy PRENCE d. 28 Oct 1719 (Eastham MA) - 6. Nathaniel bapt 2 Sep 1629 d. 1629 - 7. Mary b. aft 1635 (MA) 1653 Edward PERRY

Indisputably Edmund helped to establish the wonderful Cape Cod town of Sandwich MA in what is now Barnstable County. He migrated from England aboard the Abigail in 1635 where the ship's manifest list him as age 45 and travelling with his wife Elizabeth and children Alice (age 17), Edmund (age 15), Elizabeth (age 12) and John (age 8). The family first went to what is now Lynn where he is recorded in in 1635. He also appeared in Plymouth (where he was made a freeman 2 Jan 1637) and in Duxbury records before finally moving to Sandwich (his grant for the settlement of Sandwich was given by the king and was dated 3 Apr 1637). He was the first English settler on Cape Cod and served as assistant governor to the Colonial Governor (William Bradford) seven consecutive terms beginning in 1640. Other public offices that he was known to have held included membership on the Council of War in 1642 and Deputy to the General Court in 1646. His two sons who survived to manhood both married daughters of Governor Thomas PRENCE (who's wife was Mayflower daughter Patience BREWSTER). The Tolland & Windham book says that he "continued to hold public office and exert a wide influence up to the time of his death" and that he was "buried on his own land on the hill at the rear of his dwelling".

Sources: Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut- Biographies - 1903; Freeman Genealogy in Three Parts by Frederick Freeman - 1875; Sandwich MA Vital Records; Our Family Museum: A Collection of Family History Notes

Edmond was generally recognized as disfavoring the church and legislative censure and coercion of the Quakers. He was said to have sympathized with them, and that his views were too liberal for the times. Edmond, after having been a Maglstrate or assistant to the Governor for several years, was permanently dropped at the next election, and some said it was because of his theological tolerance.

It was in the year 1658 that the "Monthly Meeting" of the Quakers was established at Sandwich. Public opinion in this section in favor of the Quakers became so prevelant, and efforts to protect them from the harshness became so frequent that in June 1658 the Plymouth government appointed George Barlow as the state marshal for the locality. He was to coliect the fines and punish the offenders, but his unfairness only increased the resentment. Knowing the feelmg of the Freeman family toward the Quakers, George Barlow had the audacity to ask Edmond for aid in his duties, for which he received an indignant refusal. This prompted Barlow to make a complaint at court for which Edmond was fined ten shillings.

At one court in 1661 the fines amounted to 150 pounds for the attendance at Quaker meetings, and for refusing to take the oath of fidelity. One list of fines imposed upon nineteen Quakers in and a-round Sandwich for this period showed a total of 660 pounds, of which over 89 pounds was paid by Edward Perry. In March 1676 Edward Perry proclaimed that he had received a message from God, saying that the sufferings of New England were caused by general sin and by the persecution of the Quakers, and demanded that this message be published by the governments of Plymouth and Massachusetts.

Edmond's wife Elizabeth died on 14 February 1675-76 and was buried on the hill of the Freeman farm. It is said that Edmond and his sons placed a large stone which in shape resembled a pillion, as a monument for her grave Another, longer stone was placed nearby, which was similar in form to a saddle. These two large stones are known as "the saddle and pillion", and family tradition tells us that they reminded Edmond of the early years in Sandwich when he and Elizabeth traveled by horseback over the fields of their farm. Edmond Freeman died in 1682 and was buried beside Elizabeth and the longer stone, "the saddle", was placed over his grave.

At one time these graves were encircled by a stone fence, remnants of which were still visible in the late 1800's. The beautiful bronze tablets which are presently on these stone monuments were placed there on 22 August 1910 by members of the Freeman family, descendants of Edmond. The photographs of these monuments on page five are by courtesy of Stanley C. Freeman.

ref: Freeman Genealogy; Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines; Planters of the Commonwealth by Charles E.Banks
Source: "Freeman Families of Nova Scotia" FHL Book area US/CAN 929.271 F877f v.1

CHRISTENING: In the parish records the son and father's names were spelled "Edwarde".

Bennet HODSOLL [Parents] 1 was christened 2 on 23 Aug 1596 in All Saints Barking. London, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 3, 4, 5 on 12 Apr 1630 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. Bennet married 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Edmond FREEMAN 11 on 26 Jun 1617 in Cowfold, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i Alice FREEMAN was christened on 4 Apr 1619. She died on 24 Apr 1651.
  M ii Edmund FREEMAN Jr was christened on 26 Nov 1620. He died on 29 Mar 1673.
  F iii
Bennett FREEMAN 1 was christened 2 on 20 Jan 1621/1622 in Billingshurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. She died 3 in BET 28 NOV 1633 AND 13 JAN 1633/4 in England, United Kingdom.
  F iv Elizabeth FREEMAN was christened on 11 Apr 1624. She died on 24 Jun 1692.
  M v Major John FREEMAN was christened on 28 Jan 1626/1627. He died on 28 Oct 1719.
  M vi
Nathaniel FREEMAN [scrapbook] was christened 1 on 2 Sep 1629 in Billingshurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 12 Sep 1629 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

John FISH was born 1 on 13 Apr 1651 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 8 Mar 1729/1730 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. John married 3 Margaret FREEMAN about 1678.

Margaret FREEMAN [Parents] was born 1 on 2 Oct 1652 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 after 9 Jun 1705 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. Margaret married 3 John FISH about 1678.

Birth Source: FHL Number 775836+ " Civil Records for Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts"


Isaac POPE was born 1 about 1664 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. Isaac married 2 Alice FREEMAN in 1686 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.

Isaac had a will 3 on 19 Nov 1734 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.

Alice FREEMAN [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 29 Mar 1658 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. She died in 1755. Alice married 3 Isaac POPE in 1686 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.

Birth Source: FHL Number 775836+ " Civil Records for Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts"

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