|Birth: ||Oct., 1605, England|
Born, say 1605 to Edward Fuller of Redenhall, Norfolk, England. Married Frances (perhaps Iyde) about 1625 in England.
Their child: Elizabeth (Fuller) Rowley.
His death date is not of record, but his will was written on July 25, 1678 and the inventory of his estate was made on Aug. 22, 1678.
Source: Anderson:Great Migration Study Project
According to FINDaGRAVE contributor Jeanne Garrett, all his children were:
Mary Fuller, born Bet. 1625-1630
Samuel Fuller, Lt.
Elizabeth Fuller, born 1632
Anne Fuller, born 1640
John Fuller, Dr., born Aft. 1640
Matthew Fuller did not accompany his parents and brother on the Mayflower. He was likely older than his younger brother Samuel (b. about 1608) and may have stayed in England (with other children?) to continue his education. He is first mentioned in the New England Records in a deed October 1640 and it's believed that 1640 is the year of his arrival and that of his family. He was granted 10 acres in Plymouth in April, 1642, the same year he was a juryman and propounded Freeman. However, he did not take the Freeman's oath until 7 June 1653. He was appointed sergeant in the militia in 1643; Miles Standish was Captain. He removed to Barnstable from Plymouth by 1652, possibly as early as 1650.
A physician, he was named lieutenant of the military company of Barnstable at the General Court in Plymouth 5 Oct. 1652 and, in 1653, he represented Barnstable in the General Court. On 2 Oct. 1658 he was elected one of the Council of War and, in 1671, named it's chairman and one of the magistrates of the Colony. In the same year he was named lieutenant of the forces to be sent against the Saconet Indians. He was appointed surgeon of the forces of Plymouth colony 17 Dec. 1673; named Captain of the Plymouth forces in 1675 during King Philip's War.
He was the first regular physician at Barnstable and resided in it's northwest corner, in an area called Scorton Neck. He also owned land in Middleboro and Falmouth, grandted for services provided to the Colony. His will was dated 25 July 1678 and was proved 30 Oct. 1678. His estate was appraised on 22 Aug. 1676 at 1,667 pounds, 4, 6, a very large amount for the times. " Among items is the following: " Pearls, precious stones and diamonds, at a guess, 200 pounds." (From "Genealogy of Some of the Desc. of Capt. Matthew Fuller, " William Hyslop Fluller, 1914, pg. 12).
Although I have read of the possibility that Matthew married a second time to a wife named Hannah who bore him daughter Anne, Matthew's will clearly names his wife as Frances, as well as names daughter Ann, wife of Samuel Fuller. See " Was Matthew Fuller of Plymouth Colony a Son of Pilgrim Edward Fuller?" in TAG Vol. 61, pp. 194-199 for a discussion of Matthew's parentage and the strong evidence that Edward was his father, rather than John, brother of Edward.
CAPTAIN MATHEW FULLER'S WILL
Transcribed from the Original Records
By George Ernest Bowman
Capt. Mathew Fuller died at Barnstable between 25 July, 1678, the day he made his will, and 22 August, 1678, the date of the inventory. The will and inventory are recorded in the Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories, Volume lll, Part ll, Pages 127-129.
(Capt. Mathew Fuller's Will)
(3:2:127) The five and twentieth Day of July in the yeer of our Lord on thousand six hundred seaventy and eight; I Mathew ffuller of the Towne of Barnstable in the Collonie of New Plymouth; being sicke of body but of Good and prfect memory thankes be unto almighty God; and Calling to Remembrance the uncertaine state of the transitory life and that all fflesh must yeild unto Death when it shall please God to Call; Doe make Constitute and ordaine; and Declare this my last will and Testament, In manor and forme following; Revoakeing and Anulling by these prsents all and every Testament and Testaments will and wills heertofore by mee made and Declared either by work or writing; and this to be taken onely for my last will and Testament; and none other; and first being penitnet and sorry from the bottom of my hart for my sins past most humbly Desireing forgivenes for the same; I Give and Comitt my soule unto almighty God my Saviour and Redeemer, in whom and by the Merretts of Jesus Christ, I trust and be leive assuredly to be saved, and my body to be buried in such place, as my executors heerafter Named shall appoint; and Now for the settleing of my temporall estate; and such Goods Chattles and Debts as it hath pleased God farr above my Deserts to bestow on mee; I Doe order Give and Dispose the same in manor and forme following That is to say first I will That all those Debts and Dutyes as I ow in Right or Consience to any manor of prson of prsons whatsoever shalbe well and truely contented, or ordained to be payed, within convenient time after my Deceased by my executors heeafter Named;
Item I Give and bequeath unto Shubeall Jones my Grand Child the Reputed son of Ralph Jones, the angle lott of Marsh meddow, which I formerly bought of his father Ralph Jones, after ffrancis my wifes Decease
I Give and bequeath the one halfe of all the Rest of my Lands & meadows I have in the Townshipp of Barnstable, or else where in America To my welbeloved son John fuller; after ffrancis my wifes Decease
I Give and bequeath unto the Naturall sonnes of my son Samuell ffuller Deceased, Thomas ffuller Jabez ffuller Timothy ffuller Matthias ffuller, and Samuell ffuller, The other halfe of all the Lands and meddowes I have in the Townshipp of Barnstable or elsewhere in America; after my wifes Decease;
I Give and bequeath to Samuell ffuller the son of Samuell ffuller my Eldest son Deceased, my now Dwelling house with all the land and meadow belonging to the homested where I now live; after my wifes Decease; and if it happen that hee should Die without Issue That then it shall Goe to the Rest of them bretheren that Do survive
Item It is my will that if my son John fuller Die without Issue that then the lands and meddowes I have already Given to him Bethyah the wife of John ffuller shall enjoy the full benifitt; and use of them to her Dieing Day; and then to Goe to the Rest of my Children begotten of my owne body;
I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Jones the wife of Ralph Jones Ten pounds in mony;
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Anne ffuller the now wife of Samuell ffuller ten pounds in mony;
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Rowley the wife of Moses Rowley ten pounds in mony;
Item I give and bequeath unto Sarah Rowley the Daughter of Moses Rowley all my sheep; and by these prsents I Doe appoint Jedediah Jones to oversee the sheepp That they be Imployed wholly for the use of the said Sarah; Capt Mathew Fuller's Will and Inventory 9
Item I Give and bequeath ten pounds to Jedediah Jones the son of Ralph Jones in mony;
Item I Give to every one of my Male Grandchildren halfe a Crown a peece in old England mony;
(p.128) Item I Give to every on of my femall Grandchildren twelve pence a peece in old England mony;
Item I Give to Ralfe Jones Samuell ffuller Junir: and Moses Rowley senir my sones in law five shillings apeece in mony;
Item I Give and bequeath unto my onely beloved son John ffuller twenty pounds in silver mony, and to bethya his wife twenty shillings in Gould;
I give to Mary ffuller the late wife of my son Samuell ffull Deceased five shillings in Mony;
I Give and bequeath unto Robert Marshall the Scotsman a peece of Cloth Intended to make mee a suite;
Item I Give to Jaser Tayler two Raysers;
Item I give and bequeath to ffrancis my Deare and welbeloved wife; whoe by these prsents I Doe ordaine and Declare to be the sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament the use and Improvement of all my housing lands and Meddowes Dureing her naturall life; as alsoe all my Moveables houshold stuffe Cattle horse kind swine; and whatsoever else Can be Named undisposed of to be att her Dispose for ever
In witnes wherof I have heerunto sett my hand and seale the Day and yeer abovesaid
Signed and sealed Mathew ffuller and a seale in the prsence of Joseph Laythrope John Hawes
Leift: Joesph Laythrop and John hawes made oath to the truth of the Will above written: viz: That they Did see Capt. Mathew ffuller above said; signe and seale and Declare this aforsaid Will to be his last Will and Testament; before the Court holden att Plymouth the 30th of October 1678
Edward Fuller (1575 - 1621)
Ann Hopkins Fuller (1581 - 1621)
Frances Iyde? Fuller (1605 - 1678)*
Samuel Fuller (____ - 1676)*
Mary Fuller Jones*
Elizabeth Fuller Rowley (1626 - ____)*
Ann Fuller Fuller (1639 - ____)*
Matthew Fuller (1605 - 1678)
Samuel Fuller (1608 - 1683)*
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: Feb 22, 2009
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