Father: Robert Fuller
Mother: Sarah Dunkhorne
Spouse-1: Alice Glascock
Spouse-2: Agnes Carpenter - bp: 16/Dec/1593 - Wrington,
Co. Somerset, England
d: June-July/1615 - bur: 3/Jul/1615 - Leiden, Holland
m: 24/Apr/1613 - Leiden, Holland
Child: (unnamed child) - b/d: ~Jun/1615 - bur: 29/Jun/1615 - Holland
Spouse-3: Bridget Lee - d: ~1665 - New Plymouth Col.
m: 27/May/1617 - Leiden, Holland
Child-1: (unnamed child) - b: ~1620 - Leiden, Holland
d: ~1623 - New Plymouth Col.
2: Samuel - b: 1624 - New Plymouth Col.
d: 17/Aug/1695, Middleborough Twp., Plymouth Co., MA
m: Elizabeth Brewster - m: Elizabeth Nichols Bowen
3: Mercy - b: 22/May/1627 - Plymouth Twp., New Plymouth Col.
m: Ralph James
Samuel Fuller has been attributed as a son of Robert and Sarah Dunkhorne Fuller. If this is so, then he was baptized in Redenhall Parish, County Norfolk, in England on January 20, 1580 (1581 N. S.).1 However, this identification is supported entirely on circumstantial evidence and is not beyond question.2 Nevertheless, no satisfactory alternative has yet been proposed. (In particular, the assertion that he was the son of Nicholas Fuller, a barrister from Stepney, does not merit serious consideration.) He seems to have become an important member of the Puritan Separatist congregation at Leiden and was mentioned in a number of Dutch civil records, which confirm his presence in Holland after 1611.3 Accordingly, it may be supposed that he left England about 1610 or 1611, probably, after his marriage to Alice Glascock; however, no details are known. In any case, she probably died about 1612; hence, Samuel was identified as a widower in March and April of 1613 when he betrothed and married Agnes Carpenter in Leiden. It seems likely that Agnes died in childbirth since it has been recorded that in the year 1615 Samuel buried a child on June 29th and his wife, Agnes, four days later on July 3rd. He married again, Bridget Lee, on May 17, 1617, who survived him. While living in Holland, Samuel Fuller supported himself and his family as a silkmaker (or "say-worker" in contemporary Dutch records). Of course, at this time well before the advent industrial mechanization, such work was necessarily a manual handicraft. Indeed, it appears that most of the English religious exiles in Leiden also supported themselves by some form of manual labor.Source Notes and Citations:
It seems clear from Bradford's account of the history of the Pilgrims that Samuel Fuller was personally involved in planning the expedition to New England since in June of 1620 he was one of the signers of a letter written from Holland to John Carver and Robert Cushman, who were then in London making financial arrangements with the "Merchant Adventurers" (primarily represented by Mr. Thomas Weston).4 Furthermore, it is evident from the content and tone of the text that negotiations were difficult and that the the investors were intent on driving a hard bargain. Within this context, the economic motivation for the settlement of the Pilgrims in North America has been nearly forgotten in contrast to their religious motivation, which over time has become an article of "civil mythology". Of course, they were Puritan Separatists and, as such, were strongly motivated by their faith and desire to extend Christianity to the New World, but they were also ordinary human beings intent on securing a better life for themselves and their descendants. Indeed, it is precisely this fusion of religious beliefs and practical skills that has come to be known as the "Puritan work ethic". Accordingly, those first immigrants sought by thrift and hard work to build a new society characterized by a simple and pious faith and individual industry in which all citizens could live freely and modestly in comparative comfort. This was arguably the very beginning of the "American Dream", which over the years and in various modified forms has brought and is still bringing waves of new immigrants to build American society. In any case, there can be no doubt that Samuel Fuller was aboard the "Speedwell" when it left Delftshaven and, subsequently, on the "Mayflower" when it left Plymouth, England. Concomitantly, Samuel was the eighth signer of the "Mayflower Compact". Even so, his wife, Bridget, remained behind in Holland until 1623 when she came to New England on the ship, "Anne". It is possible that she had planned to come with her husband in 1620, but due to lack of room when the "Speedwell" was abandoned, she returned with others to Holland. Alternatively, she may have never intended to come on the first voyage. Naturally, a likely reason could have been that she was pregnant or already had a small child; hence, the trip would have been difficult. In support of this, Savage asserted that when Bridget Fuller came to the New Plymouth Colony she had a small child with her that he did not think lived long afterward.5 Concomitantly, in 1623 Samuel Fuller was alotted two acres, viz., one for himself and one for his wife, on the "South side of the brooke to the baywards".6 The brook can be identified as the town brook, which in modern Plymouth, Massachusetts, runs through Brewster Park and lies just south of Leyden Street.
Although it has become celebrated in later history as a foundational document of American government, the "Mayflower Compact" was actually of dubious legality since it was not explicitly authorized by the Crown. Accordingly, in 1620 King James I chartered the Plymouth Council of New England to authorize and regulate settlement in this region. This was the successor of the original Virginia Company of Plymouth, i.e., the Second Virginia Company, which had been chartered in 1606, but became inactive a few years later after an unsuccessful attempt to establish a colony at the mouth of the Kennebec River in the present state of Maine. The charter of the reorganized company granted proprietary rights in North America between the fortieth and forty-eighth parallels from "sea-to-sea". Therefore, although the Pilgrims had obtained a patent from the Virginia Company of London, i.e., the First Virginia Company, which had successfully undertaken colonization at Jamestown, it was invalid. The situation was remedied by the Pierce Patent, which was granted by the Council on June 1, 1621, to the stockholders of the "Plymouth Plantation", i.e., the settlers and their financial backers in England. Unfortunately, it is clear from contemporary correspondence between William Bradford and others that the New Plymouth Colony was not a commercial success and the profits hoped for by the original investors, e.g., Mr. Weston, et al., failed to materialize. Thus, by 1624 financial backers of the colony in England were refusing to supply additional money, which slowed settlement and stranded Puritan Separatists remaining in Leiden who wished to emigrate to New England. Accordingly, on June 2, 1626, several "Old Planters", viz., William Bradford, William Brewster, Capt. Miles Standish, Isaac Allerton, Samuel Fuller, Edward Winslow, John Jeney, John Howland, and John Allden, bound themselves and agreed to send Allerton to London with authorization to raise additional funds and to enter negotiations with the "Merchant Adventurers". As a result, on November 15, 1626, agreement was reached for the settler party to purchase the entire interest of the investors in England for the sum of eighteen hundred pounds to be paid yearly in two hundred pound installments "on the west side of the Royal Exchange in London ... on the feast day of St. Michael", i.e., September 29th. Although this was a large sum and placed a heavy financial burden on the colony, it allowed them to be relatively free of unwanted outside interference. The following year, Samuel Fuller was identified as one of the fifty-three "Purchasers" who agreed to allow a group of twelve "Undertakers" consisting of eight men from New Plymouth and four from London to assume the debts of the colony in return for trade concessions. Accordingly, there was no longer any need to maintain a common accounting of assets and in 1627 livestock owned by the colony was divided.7 Of course, there can be no doubt that during that first decade at Plymouth, living conditions were primitive, the work backbreaking, and disease rampant. Nevertheless, settlers continued to arrive and, thus, continuation of the colony was never really in jeopardy.
In 1628, Purtian Separatists in the New Plymouth Colony were joined by Puritans from England, who began settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Colony farther north at what has subsequently become the modern urban center of Boston, Massachusetts. There has been much discussion in the intervening centuries regarding the precise relationship of the two colonies. It is true that although the new settlers were Puritans, they were not Separatists. Nevertheless, they had also come under increasingly hostile political and religious pressure from supporters of King Charles I (who acceded to the throne on March 27, 1625) and allied clergy of the traditional Church of England such as William Laud, who became Bishop of London in 1628. Of course, this turmoil must be seen within the larger context leading up to the English Civil War and the rule of Oliver Cromwell. Moreover, it seems clear that the new settlers included some men of higher social status than that of any of the original Puritan Separatists. Even so, relations between the colonies seem to have been friendly from the beginning. Accordingly, in the spring of 1629 at the request of Mr. Endicott, Governor William Bradford sent Samuel Fuller in the capacity of physician to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which was then experiencing a serious outbreak of disease.8 It is not clear how or when Samuel came to be the physician for the New Plymouth Colony, but it would seem likely that it was very early, perhaps, during the first winter of 1621. Of course, in the seventeenth century the practice of medicine was not a learned profession in any modern sense. This is not to say that medical practicioners were not competent within contemporary limitations, but that they were generally not trained formally. Therefore, it is probable that Samuel gained his medical knowledge by the necessity of experience. Nonetheless, it is evident that his skills were highly valued by the colonists both in New Plymouth and, subsequently, in Massachusetts Bay. Thus, he was, again, at Salem and Charlestown in the summer of 1630. This time he was apparently accompanied by Edward Winslow and Isaac Allerton. Moreover, it would seem from the texts of three letters sent back to Plymouth that the purpose of this visit was not only to provide medical services, but to discuss issues of doctrine and church government between the two colonies.9 It further appears that such discussions began during Dr. Fuller's visit the previous year. Indeed, in addition to being the colony's physician, Bradford and others have identified Samuel Fuller as a deacon of the Plymouth church.10 Within this context, in England the Puritans had generally remained within the established episcopal church structure; however, once they settled in New England, perhaps, in part due to the influence Separatists at Plymouth, they adopted a congregational organization and never instituted an episcopate. Consequently, the Puritans and Puritan Separatists became almost indistinguishable once that they were settled in North America. It is clear from civil records that Samuel Fuller was one of the leading members of the New Plymouth Colony.11 On March 25, 1633, "Sam: Fuller, Senior" was assessed tax of eighteen shillings, a considerable sum. Subsequently, Samuel Fuller, "the elder" made his last will and testament on July 30, 1633, and probably died at Plymouth shortly thereafter.12 He was one of, perhaps, as many as ten people that died in an outbreak of smallpox that year. The will was proved the following October 28th. Accordingly, on March 27, 1634, Widow Fuller and Samuel Fuller were each assessed a tax of nine shillings, i.e., half of Dr. Samuel's previous assessment. Obviously, these two individuals can be identified as the older Samuel's wife and nephew, respectively. It is further evident from the inventory of Samuel Fuller's estate that he was relatively well off since it amounted to a sum of more that two hundred and twelve pounds. Moreover, several books on religious, medical, and practical subjects were included, which indicates that he was reasonably well educated; however, no details are known. (Concomitantly, there is evidently no record that Samuel Fuller ever attended university or any other school in England.) Civil records indicate that Bridget Lee Fuller survived until at least March 1, 1664 (1665 N. S.).
In passing, it should be noted that in 1637 Thomas Morton, an opponent and critic of the Puritan inhabitants of New England, published a satirical book about their communities entitled New English Canaan in which he unfavorably portrayed the colony's "Doctor", i.e., Samuel Fuller, although he was not mentioned by name, as a quack. Even so, he admitted that the doctor was able to cure at least one patient, Captain Littleworth. Obviously, Morton was not a Puritan and in 1626 he established a trading post in New England at Passonagessit, which he renamed "Ma-re Mount" or "Merrymount" and then proceeded to offend the neighboring Pilgrims. Accordingly, he was arrested by Captain Standish and sent back to England in 1628. This would seem to be the cause of Morton's enmity with the colonists, which continued with various disputes over the next twenty years. Therefore, it should not be presumed that he was correct in all his facts, but he was, nevertheless, a contemporary observer of the Puritan settlers. Accordingly, it is Morton's book that is the source of the common assertion that Dr. Samuel Fuller was the son of a butcher. Naturally, the idea of a doctor or surgeon as a butcher's son would tend cast aspersions on his competence and, hence, would have been a convenient detail for inclusion in Morton's work and, as such, may be correct. Even so, it was also asserted that the doctor came from Wrington, in County Somerset, which is at variance with the origin of Samuel Fuller as the son of Robert Fuller of Redenhall. Nevertheless, this error may be explained by observing that Dr. Fuller's second wife, Agnes Carpenter, was from this locality (although it is possible that this place has been confused with Wrentham, in County Suffolk) and, moreover, she was the sister of Alice Carpenter, second wife of Governor William Bradford. (Alice had married Edward Southworth in Holland in 1613, but he died prior to her immigration to New England in 1623 on the "Anne", after which she married Bradford on August 14, 1624.) Indeed, it is this relationship that was the basis for Samuel Fuller addressing William Bradford as "brother-in-law" in their correspondence. It is plausible that Morton thought Dr. Fuller was Alice Bradford's brother, rather than her brother-in-law, which could account for the mistake. Naturally, other complimentary and, probably, more credible sources describe Dr. Fuller as "tenderhearted" and a "good man and full of the Holy Spirit". No doubt, these should be given precedence over Morton's critical description.
1. William Hyslop Fuller, Genealogy of Some Descendants of Samuel Fuller of the Mayflower, C. B. Fiske & Co., Palmer, MA, 1910: pgs. 9-14.
"SAMUEL1 FULLER, born in England; baptized there Jan. 29, 1580; d. -- 1633 in Plymouth, Mass.; m. 1, Alice Glascock; m. 2, April 24, 1613, Agnes Carpenter, who died -- in Leyden, Holland; m. 3, May 27, 1617, Bridget Lee.
Samuel1 Fuller was one of the band of Pilgrims, persecuted on account of religious convictions, who escaped fro England to Holland in 1608, and settled in Leyden, Holland, in 1609.
In the results of Mr. Dexter's researches among the records of Holland, published in a volume entitled 'The England and Holland of the Pilgrims,' Samuel1 Fuller is mentioned as a witness Oct. 7, 1611, to the betrothal of Degory Priest, and to that of William White Jan. 27, 1612.
As the widower of Alice Glascock, it is recorded he was betrothed to Agnes Carpenter March 15, 1613, and the witnesses were her father, Alexander Carpenter, Edward Southworth, William White, Roger Nelson, her sister, Alice Carpenter, and his sister, Anna or Susanna (Fuller) White.
Samuel1 Fuller was also a witness May 7, 1613, to the betrothal of his sister-in-law, Alice Carpenter, to Edward Southworth, and that of Samuel Terry May 16, 1614. He buried his child June 29, 1615, and his wife Agnes July 3, 1615. Later he lived in Pieterskerkof and was a witness Aug. 7, 1615, to the betrothal of Samuel Butler, and that of Edmond Jessup Sept. 16, 1615. He was betrothed to Bridget Lee May 12, 1617, and as witnesses there were her mother, Josephine Lee, and her brother, Samuel Lee.
They took up their residence near Marepoort, and Samuel1 Fuller witnessed the betrothal of John Goodman Sept. 16, 1619. He joined with Isaac Allerton, Mr. Bradford and Mr. Winslow June 10, 1620, in a letter concerning the affairs of the Pilgrims, to their associates, Mr. Carver and Mr. Cushman, then in England.
The Pilgrims left Holland for America about Aug. 1, 1620, by way of Southhampton, England, and Samuel1 Fuller's name appears as one of the signers of the 'Compact' drawn up for the government of the Colony of Cape Cod, in November, 1620, in the vicinity of what is now Provincetown, Mass. Some days later the Pilgrims made a permanent landing and settled at what is now Plymouth, Mass.
Bridget (Lee) Fuller, third wife of Samuel1 Fuller, came to America in 1623 on the ship Anne. The date and place of her death are not now known."
"It has been said that Samuel1 Fuller was ... from Wrington, but from the researches of Mr. Francis H. Fuller in England, it appears he was baptized in Redenhall Parish in Harleston, Norfolk County, England, as a son of Robert Fuller."
"Samuel1 Fuller was a physician, and the biographical sketches published mention him as eminent in his profession, devoutly pious, and wise in counsel in the affairs of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His will ... indicates that he was just, kind hearted and benevolent." This is a glaring error. The Pilgrims settled the New Plymouth Colony, not the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
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2. "Samuel Fuller has been generally identified as the son of Robert Fuller, baptized on 20 January 1580 at Redenhall, Norfolk. However, a number of genealogical scholars and Mayflower researchers, including Robert S. Wakefield, Robert Sherman, Robert Leigh Ward, Robert C. Anderson, Eugene Stratton, Leslie Mahler, and others, have all questioned the identification over the past couple of decades. The current identification is based upon circumstantial evidence only: the fact that the names Samuel, Edward, and Ann occur within the same family; and the fact the father is identified as a butcher. Thomas Morton, writing in 1637, says that Samuel Fuller was the son of a butcher. The name Matthew also occurs in this Redenhall Fuller family. The counter-evidence is primarily that the ages for the Fullers appear to be too old, when compared to their marriage dates, the ages of their spouses, and with the births of their children.
Samuel Fuller's 1613 Leiden marriage record indicates he had been formerly married to Alice Glascock; nothing is known of his first wife beyond her name. Most Alice Glascock's are found in Essex, which would support a Fuller origin in this region. His second wife, Agnes Carpenter, was the daughter of Alexander Carpenter, and was baptized at Wrington, Somerset on 16 December 1593. His third wife, Bridget Lee, was accompanied by her mother Josephine Lee at her marriage, and also had a brother Samuel living in Leiden.
Samuel Fuller came on the Mayflower in 1620, leaving behind his wife Bridget. She would come later, on the ship Anne in 1623. He was the Colony's doctor, and was a church deacon. His wife Bridget may have been the church's deaconess. Samuel Fuller spent time helping the sick at Neumkeag (now Salem), in 1629. He himself became sick in the autumn of 1633, and died, as did a number of other Plymouth residents." (Caleb Johnson,"Samuel Fuller", www.mayflowerhistory.com/Passengers/SamuelFuller.php, 2005.)
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3. Johanna W. Tammel, The Pilgrims and Other People from the British Isles in Leiden 1576-1640, Mansk-Svenska Publishing Co. Ltd., Isle of Man, 1989: pgs. 95-6, 138, 152, 170, 216, 256, & 290.
1611: "Preest, Diggorie of London in England, acc. by Willem Leesle and Samuel Fuller his acq. betr. 7 Oct. 1611, mar. 4 Nov. 1611 to Sara Vincent, widow of Jan Vincent, acc. by Jannetgen Diggens and Rasemyn Gipsyn her acq."
1612 : "With, Willem (William White) of England, Wool-comber, acc. by Willem Jopsen and Samuel Folle (Samuel Fuller) his acq. betr. 27 Jan. 1612, mar. 26 Febr. 1612 to En Foller (Ann Fuller) of England, acc. by Rosemen Jepson and Sara Pryst her acq."
1612 : "Foller, En (Ann Fuller) of England, acc. [accompanied] by Rosem Jepson and Sara Pryst betr. [betrothed] 27 Jan. 1612, mar. [married] 11 Febr. 1612 to Willem With (William White) of England, Wool-comber, acc. [accompanied] by Willem Jepson and Samuel Fulle his acq. [acquaintance]."
1613 : "Fuller, Samuel of London, widr. of Els Glaescoock (Alice Glasscock) acc. by Alexander Carpenter, William Hoyt (William White) his brother-in- law, Rogier Wiltsum (Roger Wilson) and Eduart Saetwood (Edward Southworth) his acq. betr. 15 March 1613, mar. 24 April 1613 to Agnys Carpenter of Wrenten in England, acc. by Agnys Weijt and Els Carpenter her sister." They were married before Andres Jaspers van Vesanevelt and Jacob Paedts, Sherrifs.
1613 : "Sodtwaert, Eduwaert (Edward Southworth) of England, Say-worker, acc. by Tomas Sodwaert (Thomas Southworth) his brother, Samuel Fuller his brother-in-law and Rogier Wilsom betr. 4 May 1613, mar. 27 May 1613 to Els Carpenter of England, acc. by Anna Ras and Elysabeth Gennings her acq."
1614 : "Terrier, Samuel of Caen in Normandy, Say-worker, acc. by Rogier Wiltsun and Samuel Fuller his acq. betr. 16 May 1614, mar. 31 May 1614 to Mildereth Charles of England, acc. by Jenne Tickens and Maycken Ring her acq."
1615 : "Jesep, Etmondt (Edmond Jessop), of Ackworth in England, widr. of Ellin Onderwot, acc. by Willem Jeps and Samuel Foller his acq., living in the Groene Poort, opposite the Bell-house, betr. 16 Sept. 1615 to Abigel Hont of Frensham in England, acc. Rosemen Jepson and Marye Wodt her acq."
1617 : "Foller, Samuel of England, Say-worker, widr. of Ann Carpenter, living on the Veste near the Marepoorte, acc. by Samuel Lee his acq. and future brother-in-law, betr. 12 May 1617, mar. 27 May 1617 to Bryget Lee of England, acc. by Joos Lee (Josephine Lee) her mother." They were married before William Tybault and Dirck van Hogeveen.
1619 : "Codmoer, Jan (John Goodman) of England, Linen-weaver, widr. of Marytgen Backers, acc. by Samuel Foller his acq. betr. 27 Sept. 1619, mar. 5 Oct. 1619 to Sara Hoepers of England, acc. by Anna White and Rose Gipson her acq."
1621 : "Lea, Samuel (Samuel Lee) of England, widr of Maria Nes (Mary Nash), Hatter, acc. by Isaack Marcijs betr. 26 March 1621, mar. 10 April 1621 to Sara Talbet, wid. of Willem Talbeth, acc. by Brudget Voller (Bridget Fuller) her future sister-in-law." It should be noted here that the Dutch were already using the Gregorian Calender, i.e., N. S. dates. (Pilgrim Hall Museum,"Samuel Fuller in the 17th Century Records", www.pilgrimhall.org/fullersamuel%20records.htm, 1998.)
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4a. William Bradford with Samuel Eliot Morison (ed), Of Plymouth Plantation: 1620-1647, Knopf Pub., New York. NY, 1991: pgs. 360-1.
June 10, 1620: "To their loving friends John Carver and Robert Cushman, these, etc.
Good brethren, after salutations, etc. We received divers letters at the coming of Mr. Nash and our pilot, which is a great encouragement unto us, and for whom we hope after times will minister occasion of praising God. And indeed, had you not sent him, many would have been ready to faint and go back, partly in respect of the new conditions which have been taken up by you (which all men are against), and partly in regard of our own inability to do any one of those many weighty businesses you refer to us here. For the former whereof, whereas Robert Cushman desires reasons for our dislike, promising thereupon to alter the same, or else saying we should think he hath no brains, we desire him to exercise them therein, referring him to our pastor's former reasons, and them to the censure of the godly wise. But our desires are that you will not entangle yourselves and us in any such unreasonable courses as those are; viz. that the merchants should have the half of men's houses and lands at the dividend, and that persons should be deprived of the two days in a week agreed upon, yea every moment of time for their own Particular; by reason whereof we cannot conceive why any should carry servants for their own help and comfort, for that we can require no more of them than all men one of another. This we have only be relation from Mr. Nash, and not from any writing of your own, and therefore hope you have not proceeded far in so great a thing without us. But requiring you not to exceed the bounds of your commission, which was to proceed upon the things or conditions agreed upon and expressed in writing (at your going over about it), we leave it; not without marveling that yourself, as you write, knowing how small a thing troubleth our consultations, and how few, as you fear, understands the business aright, should trouble us with such matters as these are, etc...
Thus beseeching the Almighty, who is all sufficient to raise us out of this depth of difficulties, to assist us herein; raising such means by His providence and fatherly care for us, His poor children and servants, as we may with comfort behold the hand of our God for good towards us in this our business which we undertake in His name and fear, we take leave and remain
Your perplexed, yet hopeful brethren, Samuel Fuller Edward Winslow William Bradford Isaac Allerton" (ibid.)
b. ibid.: pg. 158.
1623 (regarding the confession and relapse of John Lyford) : "so as they began again to conceive good thought of him [Lyford] upon this his repentance, and admitted him to teach amongst them as before; and Samuel Fuller (a deacon amongst them) and some other tenderhearted men amongst them, were so taken with his signs of sorrow and repentance, as they professed they would fall upon their knees to have his censurre released." (ibid.)
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5. James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England - Vols. 1-4, Little, Brown and Co., Boston, MA, 1860-1862: Vol. 2, pg. 218. (Reprint available from Genealogical Publishing Co., 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD, 21202-3897)
"SAMUEL, Plymouth 1620, one of the most valu. pilgrims of the Mayflower, the first physician that came to sett. in our country. He had been a deac. at least 8 yrs. at Leyden, tho. his w. Bridget, wh. came in the Ann 1623, with a ch. that, I think, liv. not long, may have been m. but short time bef. he left Holland. He brot. serv. William Butten, a youth, wh. d. bef. reach. the coast; had Samuel, and Mercy, b. here, both after 22 May 1627, and both liv. 1650; and d. 1633, betw. 30 July, the date of his will, and end of Oct. foll. when it was pro. His w. Bridget liv. until 1664. She was his third w. The first was Elsie Glascock, m. in Eng. and perhaps d. bef. the sad parting from his native ld. and, next, he m. at Leyden, 30 Apr. 1613, Agnes Carpenter, from Wrentham, Co. Suff k. sis. of Alice, the sec. w. of Gov. Bradford. She liv. not long; and he m. 27 May 1617, ano. maiden, Bridget Lee, her mo. and br. Samuel assist. at the solemnity. In the docum. to verify this m. F. is call. silkmaker of London.."
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6. "The meersteads & garden plotes of [those] which came first layd out 1620 ... The Falles of their grounds which came first over in the May-Floure, according as thier lotes were cast .1623. ... these lye on the South side of the brooke to the baywards
these containe .29. akers." Clearly, the sum is incorrect and should have been nineteen acres. (New Plymouth Colony Deeds, etc., 1620-51. (reprinted in Nathaniel Bradstreet Shurtleff and David Pulsifer (eds), Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, W. White, printer, Boston, MA, 1855-61: Vol. 12, pgs. 4-6. (reprinted AMS Press, New York, NY, 1968.)) (reprinted in Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 1, pgs. 227-30, 1899.) (cited in Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Plymouth Colony, Its History and People, 1620-1691, Ancestry Pub., Salt Lake City, UT, 1986: pgs. 415-8.))
Richard Gardiner 1 Frances Cooke 2 George Soule 1 Mr Isaak Allerton 7 John Billington 3 Peter Browen 1 Samuell ffuller 2 Joseph Rogers 2
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7. "At a publique court held the 22th of May  it was concluded by the whole Companie, that the cattell wch were the Companies, to wit, the Cowes & the Goates should be equall devided to all the psonts of the same company & soe kept untill the expiration of ten yeares after the date above written & that every one should well and sufficiently pvid for there owne pt under penalty of forfeiting the same.
That the old stock with halfe th increase should remaine for comon use to be devided at thend of the said terme or otherwise as ocation falleth out, & the other halfe to be their owne for ever.
Uppon wch agreement they were equally devided by lotts soe as the burthen of keeping the males then beeing should be borne for common use by those to whose lot the best Cowes should fall & so the lotts fell as followeth. thirteene psonts being pportioned to one lot."
"The eaight lott fell to Samuell ffuller & his company Joyned to him his wife
2 Bridget ffuller
3 Samuell ffuller Junior
4 Peeter Browne
5 Martha Browne
6 Mary Browne
7 John fford
8 Martha fford
9 Anthony Anable
10 Jane Anable
11 Sarah Anable
12 Hanah Anable
13 Thom Morton Senor
13 Damaris Hopkins
To this lott fell A Red Heyfer Came of the Cow wch belongeth to the poore of the Colony & so is of that Consideration. (vizt) thes psonts nominated, to haue halfe the Increace, the other halfe, with the ould stock, to remain for the vse of the poore. To this lott also two shee goats."
"It was farther agreed at the same Court: That if anie of the cattell should by acsident miscarie or be lost or Hurt: that the same should be taken knowledg of by Indifferent men: and Judged whether the losse came by the neglegence or default of those betrusted and if they were found faulty, that then such should be forced to make satisfaction for the companies, as also their partners dammage." According to Stratton, "For the purpose of this division, settlers were placed in twelve groups of thirteen people each, with each group receiving an equal portion of the livestock as its share (a share generally included one cow and two goats). Most Plymouth Colony scholars believe that the contemporary record of this 'Division of the Cattle' contains the name of every resident of the colony at the time, including even a recently born baby." (New Plymouth Colony Deeds, etc., 1620-51. (reprinted op. cit. (Shurtleff and Pulsifer): Vol. 12, pgs. 9-13.) (cited op. cit. (Stratton): pgs. 28-9 & 421-7.))
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8. Sidney Perley, The History of Salem, privately published, Salem, MA, 1924: Vol. 1, pgs. 99, 151-2, & 177-8.
"Sickness early manifested itself among the new comers. The servants of the Company, for want of wholesome food and suitable lodging, were seized with scurvy and other distempers, which shortened their lives, and prevented much labor. The winter that followed was fatal to some of the new colonists, including Mrs. Endecott. Apparently she had been sick on the voyage, and never regained her health. At the request of Mr. Endecott, the Pilgrims at Plymouth kindly sent to Naumkeag their physician, Dr. Samuel Fuller, to do what he could to allay the prevailing sickness. Governor Bradford sent a letter to Captain Endecott, with whom he was personally unacquainted. Through this kind act of Governor Bradford friendship between the Puritans anad (sic - and) Pilgrims was established." Naumkeag was the original name for Salem, Massachusetts.
"The presence of Dr. Samuel Fuller, who had been sent to Naumkeag by Governor Bradford of the Plymouth colony at the time of the sickness among the colonists in the spring of 1629, gave Captain Endecott and opportunity to learn of the principles of faith and church government of the Pilgrims. Captain Endecott wrote, in a letter to Governor Bradford, May 11, 1629, in reference to conferences with Doctor Fuller, 'that I am by him satisfied, touching your judgements, of the outward form of God's worship; it is (as far as I can yet gather) no other than is warranted by the evidence of truth, and the same which I have professed and maintained, ever since the Lord in mercy revealed himself to me, being far differing from the common report that hath been spread of you touching that particular.' Consultations were held with others from Plymouth, who 'with great satisfaction' laid before the Naumkeag planters the warrant they had in the laws of Christ for each particular in their church order."
"Dr. Samuel Fuller, Edward Winslow and Isaac Allerton, all of Plymouth, spent Sunday, July 25, 1630, at Salem. After the evening service, Mr. Johnson stated that he had received a letter from Governor Winthrop relative to the sickness at Charlestown, that it was very great and a number of the people had died. It was desired that a day be set apart to beseech God to remove his wrath thus manifested. The Salem church declined to do so without the advice of the Pilgrims who were then present. After conference with them it was agreed that Friday, the thirtieth, be set apart for the people to humble themselves before God and seek Him in His ordinances, the service to end with godly persons publicly stating their desire to walk before the Lord in righteousness. It was agreed that the day be observed in the three plantations of Massachusetts Bay; and Dr. Fuller and Mr. Winslow wrote from Salem the next day, to Governor Bradford, Rev. Ralph Smith and William Brewster, requesting that the church at Plymouth set apart the same day for the same purpose."
"Dr. Fuller went from Salem to Charlestown to assist in allaying the fever there, but he could do no good for lack of drugs, etc." (Benjamin Ray,"The History of Salem Massachusetts", etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Perley/, 2002.)
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9. Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 7, pgs. 79-81, 1905.
a. 28 June 1630 [from Salem]:
"Sir [William Bradford],
The gentlemen here lately come over (as I suppose you understand of their arrival ere this, by Jonathan Brewster) are resolved to sit down at the head of Charles river, and they of Matapan purpose to go and plant with them. I have been at Matapan, at the request of Mr. Warham, and let some twenty of these people blood; I had conference with them, till I was weary. Mr. Warham holds that the visible church may consist of a mixed people, godly, and openly ungodly; upon which point we had all our conference, to which, I trust, the Lord will give a blessing. Here is come over, with these gentlemen, one Mr. Phillips (a Suffolk man) who hath told me in private, that if they will have him stand minister, by that calling which he received from the prelates in England, he will leave them: The Governour is a godly, wise, and humble gentleman, and very discreet, and of a fine and good temper. We have some privy enemies in the bay (but blessed be God) more friends; the Governour hath had converence with me, both in private and before sundry others; opposers there is not wanting, and satan is busy; but if the Lord be on our side who can be against us; the Governour hath told me he hoped we will not be wanting in helping them, so that I think you will be sent for: Here is a gentleman, one Mr. Cottington, a Boston man, who told me, that Mr. Cotton's charge at Hampton was, that they should take advice of them at Plymouth, and should do nothing to offend them: Captain Endicott (my dear friend, and a friend to us all) is a second Burrow; the Lord establish him, and us all in every good way of truth: Other things I would have writ of but time prevents me; again I may be with you before this letter; remember me unto God in your prayers, and so I take my leave, with my loving salutations to yourself and all the rest.
Yours in the Lord Christ, Samuel Fuller"
b. 26 July 1630 [a letter from Salem]:
"To our loving brethren and christian friends Mr. William Bradford, Mr. Ralph Smith and Mr. William Brewster, these be. Beloved, &c.
Being at Salem the 25th of July, being the Sabbath, after the evening exercise Mr. Johnson having received a letter from the Governour, Mr. Winthrop, manifesting the hand of God to be upon them, and against them, at Charlestown, in visiting them with sickness and taking divers from amongst them, not sparing the righteous, but partaking with the wicked in those bodily judgments, it was therefore by his desire, taken into the godly consideration of the best here, what was to be done to pacify the Lord's wrath; and they would do nothing without our advice, I mean those members of our church, there known unto them, viz. Mr. Fuller Mr. Allerton and myself, requiring our voices, as their own, when it was concluded, that the Lord was to be sought in righteousness; and so to that end the sixth day (being Friday) of this present week is set apart, that they may humble themselves before God, and seek him in his ordinances; and that then also such godly persons that are amongst them and known each to other, publicly at the end of their exercise, make known their godly desire, and practice the same, viz. solemnly to enter into covenant with the Lord to walk in his ways; and since they are so disposed of in their outward estates, as to live in three distinct places, each having men of ability amongst them, there to observe the day, and become three distinct bodies; not then intending rashly to proceed to the choice of officers, or the admitting of any other into their society than a few, to wit, such as are well known unto them, promising after to receive in such, by confession, as shall appear to be fitly qualified for that estate; and, as they desired to advise with us, so do they earnestly entreat that the church at Plymouth would set apart the same day, for the same ends, beseeching God as to withdraw his hand of correction, so to establish and direct them in his ways; and though the time be very short, yet since the causes are so urgent, we pray you be provoked to this godly work, wherein God will be honoured, and they and we undoubtedly have sweet comfort in so doing: Be you all kindly saluted in the Lord, together with the rest of our brethren: The Lord be with you and his spirit direct you, in this and all other actions that concern his glory and the good of his:
Your brethren in the faith of Christ, And fellowship of the gospel, Salem, July 26, Anno 1630. Samuel Fuller, Edward Winslow."
From the text, this letter appears to have been written by Winslow, but it was also signed by Samuel Fuller.
c. 2 August 1630:
"Sir [William Bradford],
There is come hither a ship (with cattle, and more passengers) on Saturday last; which brings this news out of England; that the plague is sore, both in the city and country, and that the University of Cambridge is shut up by reason thereof; also, that there is like to be a great dearth in the land by reason of a dry season. The Earl of Pembroke is dead, and Bishop Laud is Chancellor of Oxford; and that five sundry ministers are to appear before the High Commission, amongst whom, Mr. Cotton, of Boston, is one. The sad news here is, that many are sick, and many are dead, the Lord in mercy look upon them! Some are here entered into a church covenent, the first four, namely, the Governour, Mr. John Winthrop, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Dudley, and Mr. Willson; since that, five more are joined unto them, and others it is like will add themselves to them daily. The Lord increase them, both in number and holiness, for his mercy;s sake. I here but lose time and long to be at home, I can do them no good, for I want drugs, and things fitting to work with: I purpose to be at home this week (if God permit) and Mr. Johnson, and Captain Endicott will come with me; and upon their offer, I requested the Governour to bear them company, who is desirous to come, but saith he cannot be absent two hours. Mrs. Cottington is dead. Here are divers honest christians that are desirous to see us; some out of love, which they bear to us, and the good persuasion they have of us; other to see whether we be so evil, as they have heard of us. We have a name of love and holiness to God and his saints; the Lord make us answerable and that it may be more than a name, or else it will do us no good. Be you lovingly saluted, and my sisters, with Mr. Brewster, and Mr. Smith, and all the rest of our friends. The Lord Jesus bless us and the whole Israel of God. Amen.
Your loving brother in law, Charlestown, August 2, Anno1630. Samuel Fuller."
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10. Anonymous, Plymouth Church Records, 1620-1859, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, 1920: Pt. 1, pg. 83. (also Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Vol. 22)
"When the Church Came away out of holland they brought with them one deacon Mr Samuell ffuller whoe officiated in that office amongst them vntill his death hee was a Good man and full of the holy speritt."
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11a. "The Names of the Freemen of the Incorporacon of Plymoth in New England, An: 1633 ... Samuell Fuller, senior" (New Plymouth Colony Court Orders, 1630-91. (reprinted op. cit. (Shurtleff and Pulsifer): Vol. 1, pg. 3.))
b. January 7, 1632 (1633 N. S.): "Whereas there were divers accounts between Samuell Fuller, the elder, & Peter Browne, wherein they differ, the said Samuell being plaintiffe, upon thexamining of things, they agreed to refer their cause to Robt Heeks & Francis Cooke, & to haue the hearing of their recconings, and according as they shall thinke meete & just to make even & sett streight the same at or before the last of this prnt moneth; and if either party shall fayle to stand to their arbitermt, then to forfeit the full sum of fiue pounds starling." (New Plymouth Colony Court Orders, 1630-91. (reprinted ibid.: Vol. 1, pg. 8.))
b. March 25, 1633: "According to an order in Court held the 2d of January, in the seaventh yeare of the raigne of o'r soveraigne lord, Charles, by the grace of God King of Engl., Scotl., France, & Irel., defendor of the faith, &c, the psons heere under menconed were rated for publike use by the Gov'r, Mr Will Bradford ... to be brought in by each pson as they are heere under written, rated in corne at vi s[hillings] p bushell, at or before the last of November next ensuing ... Sam: Fuller, Senior, ... 00 : 18 [shillings] : 00." (New Plymouth Colony Court Orders, 1630-91. (reprinted ibid.: Vol. 1, pg. 9.))
d. July 1, 1633: "It was agreed that Mr Will Collier mow the medow ground lying between ye west side of the brooke at Mortons Hole, & to the ground of Jonathan Brewster...
To Joh Wynslow, -- Allerton, Mr Fuller, Wido Wright, & Joh Adams that wch Mr Wilson mowed last yeare, & the rest adjoyning unmowed." (New Plymouth Colony Court Orders, 1630-91. (reprinted ibid.: Vol. 1, pg. 14.))
e. October 28, 1633: "At this Court the will & test. of Sam. Fuller was proved, upon the oath of the witnesses, John Wynslow & Robt. Heeks." (New Plymouth Colony Court Orders, 1630-91. (reprinted ibid.: Vol. 1, pg. 18.))
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12. "A true Coppy of the last will & Testm of Samuel ffuller the elder as it was proved in publick Court the 28th of Oct in the ninth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles by the grace of God King of Engl. Scotl. ffr. & Irel. Defender of the ffaith &c
I Samuel ffuller the elder being sick & weake but by the mercie of God in perfect memory ordaine this my last will & Testmt. And first of all I bequeath my soule to God & my body to the earth untill the resureccon. Item I doe bequeath the educacon of my children to my Brother Will Wright & his wife, onely that my daughter Mercy be & remaine wth goodwife Wallen so long as she will keepe her at a reasonable charge. But if it shall please God to recover my wife out of her weake estate of sicknes then my children to be wth her or disposed by her. Also whereas there is a childe comitted to my charge called Sarah Converse, my wife dying as afore I desire my Brother Wright may have the bringing up of her. And if he refuse then I comend her to my loving Neighbour & brother in Christ Thomas Prence desiring that whosoever of them receive her pforme the duty of a step ffather unto her & bring her up in the ffeare of God as their owne wch was a charge laid upon me pr her sick ffather when he freely bestowed her upon me & wch I require of them. Item whereas Eliz. Cowles was comitted to my educacon by her ffather & Mother still living at Charles Towne, my will is that she be conveniently apprelled & returne to her ffather or mother or either of them. And for George ffoster being placed wth me upon the same termes by his prents still living at Sago's (Lynn) my will is that he be restored to his Mother likewise.
Item I give unto Samuell my son my howse & lands at the Smeltriver to him & his heires for ever. Item [illegible - my] will is that my Howse & garden at towne be sold & all my moveables there & at the Smeltriver (except my Cattle) togeather wth the prnt Croppe of Corne there standing by my Overseers heereafter to be menconed, except such as they shall thinke meet in the prnt educacon of my two children Samuell & Mercy my debts being first pd out of them, the overplus to be disposed of towards the encrease of my stock of Cattle for their good at the discretion of my overseers. Item I give two Acres of land that fell unto me by lott on the Sowth side the Towne adjoyning to the Acres of mr Isaack Allerton to Samuell my son. Also two other Acres of land wch were given me by Edward Bircher scituate & being at Strawberry hill if mr Roger Williams refuse to accept of them as formerly he hath done. Also one other Acre by mr Heeks his Acres neer the Reed pond. All wch I give to the said Samuell & his heires for ever. It. my will is that my Cozen Samuell goe freely away wth his Stock of Cattle & Swine wthout any further recconing which swine are the halfe of six sowes Six Hogges one boare & fowr shotes Also one Cow & one heyfer. Item my will is that not onely the other halfe afore menconed but also all other mine owne propr stock of Swine be sold wth other my moveables for the use before expressed except my best hogg wch I would have killed this winter for the prnt comfort of my children. It. whereas I have disposed of my children to my Brother Will. Wright & Prisilla his wife my will is that in case my wife die he enter upon my howse & land at the Smelt River, & also my Cattle not disposed on together wth my two servts Thomas Symons & Robt. Cowles for the Remainder of their several termes to be employed for the good of my children he being allowed for their charg vizt. my childrens what my Overseers shall thinke meet. But if in case my said brother Will Wright or Prisilla his wife die then my said Children Samuell & Mercy together wth the said joynt charge comitted to the said Will & Prisilla be void except my Overseers (2) or the survivor of them shall think meet. To whos [illegible] godly care in such case I leave them to be disposed of else where as the Law shall direct them. My cattle not disposed on o to be employed for the good of my children I meane three Cowes & two steere calves Six old ewes & two ewe lambs two old wethers & three wether lambs together with such overplus upon the sale of my goods before expressed as my Overseers shall adde heereunto. It. I give out of this stock of Cattle the first Cow calfe that my Browne Cow shall have to the Church of God at Plymouth to be employed by the Deacon or Deacons of the said Church for the good of the said Church at the oversight of the ruling Elders. Item I give to my sister Alice Bradford twelve shillings to buy her a paire of gloves. Item whatsoever is due unto me from Capt Standish I give unto his Children. It. that a pr. of gloves of 5sh be bestowed on mr Joh. Wynthrop Govr of the Massachusetts. It. I give unto my Brother Wright aforesaid one cloath suit not yet fully finished lying in my trunk at Towne wch I give notw thstanding my wife survive. It. whereas Capt John Endecott oweth me two pownds of Beaver I give it to his sonne. It. my will is that when my children come to age of discretion that my Overseers make a full valuacon of that Stock of Cattle & the increase thereof, & that it be equally devided between my children. And if any die in the meane time the whole to goe to the survivor or survivors. It. my will is that they be ruled by my Overseers in marriage. Also I would have them enjoy that smale porcon the Lord shall give them when my Overseers thinke them to be of fit discretion & not at any set time or appointmt of yeares. It. whereas my will is that my Overseers shall let out that stock of Cattle wch shall be bought wth the Overplus of my goods to halves to such as shall be as well carefull as honest men. My will is that my brother Wright have the refusall of them. It. I give unto John Jenny & Joh. Wynslow each of them a padre of gloves of five shillings. It. I give unto mrs Heeks the full sum of twenty shillings. It. I give to old mr Brewster my best hat & band wch I h[illegible - ave] never wore. It. my will is that if my children die that then my stock be thus distributed. ffirst that what care or paines or charge hath been by any about my children be fully recompensed. Next at the discretion of the Overseers I thus bequeath the rest vizt so as it may redownd to the Governing Elder or Elders of this Church at Plymouth aforesaid & towards the helping of such psons as are members of the same & are [illegible] as my Overseers shall thinke meet. It. I give to Rebecca Prence 2sh 6d to buy her a paire of gloves. It. my will is that in case my sonne Samuell & other my children die before such time as they are fitt to enter upon my land for inheritance that then my kinsman Sam. ffuller now in the howse wth me enjoy wtsoever lands I am now possessed of except my dwelling howse at town or whatsoever shall be due to me or them. It. I give to him my Ruffet Cloake & my stuffe sute I now weare. It. I institute my son Samuell my Executor. and because he is young & tender I enjoyne him to be wholly ordered by Edw Wynslow mr Wil Bradford & mr Tho. Prence whom I make his Overseers & the Overseers of this my last will & Testmt. so often menconed before in the same. And for their paines I give to each of them twenty shillings apeece. It. I give to Mercy my daughter one Bible wth a black Cover wth Bezaes notes. It. I give all the rest of my bookes to my sonne Samuell wch I desire my Brother Wright Will safely preserve for him. It my will is that when my daughter Mercy is fitt to goe to scole that mrs Heeks may teach her as well as my sonne. It. whatsoever mr Roger Williams is indebted to me upon my booke for phisick I freely give him. Last of all whereas my wife is sick & weake I have disposed of my children to others my will is if she recover that she have the educacon of them, & that the other gifts & legacies I have given may be pformed And if in case any of my Overseers or all of them (3) die before my children be judged by them of age of discretion then my desire is they will before such time when they dispose of their owne affaires depute some other of the Church to pforme this duty of care & love towards my children, wch I allow & binde my children to obedience to them as before. In witnes that this is my last will & Test I have set to my hand & seale the 30th of July Anno 1633. /s/Samuell ffuller
Memorand that whereas the widow Ring comitted the Oversight of her sonne Andrew to me at her death, my will is that mr Prence one of my Overseers take the charge of him & see that he be brought up in the ffeare of the Lord & See that he sustaine no wrong by any. Witnesses heerun to Robt Heeks John Wynslow." Mary Ring died at Plymouth in July 1631 and in her will she appointed Samuel Fuller and Thomas Blossom as overseers. Accordingly, her son, Andrew, was a minor.
"A note of such debts as Sam ffuller acknowledged upon his death bed, at the making of the foresaid will.
I owe the Acco[unt] of Company in the Massachusets six or ten shillings if ffr Johnson of Salem have not pd it. It. I owe mr John Winthrop one hogsh of Corne for lines I bought of him, but doubt whether pd or not. If he demand it, pay it.
It. I owe him for a Sow of leade except X sh wch I have pd as appeareth pr receipt
It. whereas Henry Wood demands an old debt due at Leyden I desire that wtsoever he demand as due debt be pd by my overseers he dealing faithfully.
It. whereas I have an herball belonging to Joh. Chew of Plymouth in old Engl. I desire when the price is known he may be pd. Also whereas there is an Acco[unt] between Joh Jenny Manasseh Kempton & myselfe where in we are all debtors to Joh Cheew my desire is my pt may be pd."
The inventory of the goods of Samuel Fuller, deceased 1633:
Bookes Brightman on the Revelacon 00.03.00 Peter Martyr on Rom(e) 00.00.08 Musculus 00.00.06 Gultons Homilies 00.00.05 1 Bible 00.01.00 another Bible 00.00.06 another Bible 00.00.10 Dod on the Comandments 00.01.00 Thomas Dixionary 00.02.06 Babington 00.00.06 Bezaes Catechisme 00.00.06 A Concordance 00.00.08 Comunion of Sts 00.01.00 Aynsworth on Genesis 00.02.00 Notable things 00.00.06 Greenham 00.00.08 Robinsons Observacons 00.01.00 Goades husbandry 00.00.06 Dick on the heart 00.01.00 A psalme book 00.00.02 household Governmt 00.00.04 Denison on Pet. 00.00.02 Dods remedy of Cont. 00.00.02 Ecclesiasticall discipline 00.00.03 Catholikes peticon 00.00.02 Wilsons Dixionary 00.01.06 Phisicke bookes 01.00.00 A Chest 00.08.00 15 table napkins 00.07.00 3 Tablecloathes 00.10.00 2 pr of sheets 00.16.00 10 pillowbeeres 00.14.00 5 Tablecloathes 00.10.00 A peece of Bustin 00.04.00 10 yrds of Callico 00.09.00 8 handkerchers 00.02.00 1 pr of gloves 00.08.00 8 plaine bands & a ruffe 00.08.00 A peece of tuft canvis 00.01.00 9 shirts 01.16.00 3 wrought Caps 00.04.00 3 linnen Caps 00.01.00 1 peece of Cotten 00.03.04 1 Chest 00.02.00 4 pr of Sheets 01.04.00 7 pillowbeers 00.10.00 8 tablenapkins 00.04.00 Stuffe for Caps 00.02.00 3 wrought Coyfes 00.03.00 old linnen 00.05.00 A Chest 00.06.00 4 yron potts 01.04.00 A case of bottles 00.01.06 5 Cheyres 00.12.00 A fireshovell & tongues 00.03.00 1 pr Andyrons 00.02.00 3 ffrying pans 00.03.06 2 ladles 00.02.00 2 brasse morters & pestles 00.06.00 2 skellets 00.05.00 4 kettles 01.00.00 1 Caldron 00.03.00 3 pewter bottles 00.05.00 3 other pewter bottles 00.03.00 2 Caudle cups 00.01.00 2 beakers 00.08.00 A dowble salt 00.08.00 10 pewter platters & 2 basons 00.15.00 1 doz. 1/2 Alcumy spoones 00.04.06 A surgions chest wth the things belonging to it 05.00.00 2 ffowling peecs & a musket 02.00.00 1 pr hookes & hinges 00.02.00 a scumer 00.00.02 A bucking tub, a keeler 2 payles a churne & 3 traye 00.06.00 2 haire sives 00.01.06 A felling Axe an hatchet & 5 howes 00.05.00 4 augers a handsaw a whipsaw wth other tools 01.00.00 An Armour 01.00.00 2 skellets 00.10.00 3 spades & a pickaxe 00.05.00 wedges 00.05.00 A crop of corne of an hundred bushels at 5 sh pr bushell 25.00.00 2 ffetherbeds, a fetherbed tick & 2 bolsters 04.00.00 3 white ruggs & 3 pr blanckets 01.00.00 a fflock bed quilt & bolster 00.10.00
wearing apprell A cloake & gray sute 01.13.00 A stuffe sute 01.05.00 2 old sutes 01.00.00 an old pr black silke garters 00.02.00 2 pr worsted stockins 00.04.00 1 gowne 01.00.00 A hat & band 00.01.00 six Cushens 00.12.00 2 hangers & 2 pr pothookes 00.04.00 a trunck 00.08.00 pt in a boate 01.10.00 A new sute & Cloake 04.00.00 1 Asse 10.00.00 3 melch Cowes 60.00.00 2 steer Calves 05.00.00 6 ewe goates 2 wethers 2 lambs 21.00.00 6 barrow hogs 6 sowes 2 young sowes & 16 wening pigs 21.10.00 A dwelling howse &c in the towne 15.00.00 the Countrey house 10.00.00 besides the books & the Countrey house £212 16/ 0d
(New Plymouth Colony Wills, etc. (Pilgrim Hall Museum,"The Last Will & Testament of Samuel Fuller", www.pilgrimhall.org/willsfuller.htm, 1998.))
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13. New Plymouth Colony Tax List of 1633. (reprinted op. cit. (Shurtleff and Pulsifer): Vol. 1, pgs. 9-11.) (cited op. cit. (Stratton): pgs. 427-9.)
14. Thomas Morton with Charles Francis Adams (ed), The New English Canaan, Prince Soc., Boston, MA, 1883: pgs. 297-9. (Reprint available from B. Franklin, New York, NY, 1967) (originally published Thomas Morton, New English Canaan, or, New Canaan, Jacob Frederick Stam, printer, Amsterdam, Holland, 1637.)
15. Francis H. Fuller, "Early New England Fullers" in New England Genealogical and Historical Register, Vol. 55, pgs. 192-6, 1901 & Francis H. Fuller, "Fullers of Redenhall, England" in New England Genealogical and Historical Register, Vol. 55, pgs. 410-4, 1901.
16. Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 5, pgs. 198-9, 1903; Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 8, pg. 130, 1906; Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 9, pgs. 2-3, 1907; & Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 25, pg. 55, 1923.
17. Henry Ernest Dunnack, The Maine Book, pub. unk., Augusta, ME, 1920: pgs. 110-3. (Waterboro Public Library, "History of Maine", www.waterborolibrary.org/histme.htm, 2005.)
18. Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Plymouth Colony, Its History and People, 1620-1691, Ancestry Pub., Salt Lake City, UT, 1986: pgs. 27-8, 419-20.
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