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Ralph Fuller

  • Birth 8 Nov 1584 Redenhall, South Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
  • Death 12 Jul 1649 Wortwell, South Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
  • Burial Unknown, Specifically: Presumably at Redenhall Churchyard, Redenhall, Norfolkshire, England
  • Memorial ID 64288720

Ralph Fuller, s. of William "the younger" Fuller and Alice Linge, was bapt. Nov. 8, 1584 at Redenhall, Norfolkshire, England [parish of Redenhall cum Harleston and Wortwell record]. He died testate and was bur. July 12, 1649 at Wortwell, Norfolkshire [ibid.] He m. 1) an unnamed 1st wife and had the following recorded child:

• i. Robert Fuller, bapt. Aug. 21, 1604 at Topcroft near Wortwell; d. testate at Mendham in Suffolk but was bur. Aug 11, 1667 at Redenhall in Norfolkshire. Robert m. Anne Crashfield and left the following will of record:

Will of Robert Fuller of Mendham, Suffolk, linen weaver, dated 12 November 1663, proved 1667:

• To wife Anne so much goods and household stuff as be worth ten pounds.
• I give and bequeath unto my brother Thomas Fuller of New England the sum of ten pounds, to be paid to him, his executors or assigns, within two whole years next &c., he to seal and deliver unto my executors a full and lawful acquittance or discharge in law of all matters, things, &c. touching or concerning the goods and chattels of Ralph Fuller and Elizabeth Fuller, my father and mother, late of Wortwell in the County of Norfolk deceased.
• Three of my sons, Thomas, Stephen and Ralph.
• Wife Anne executrix and her two brothers Stephen Crashfield of Denton, Norfolk, and Thomas Crashfield of Mendham, Suffolk, to be assistants.
[re: Consistory Court of Norwich, B. Stockdell, L. 335].

On Nov. 3, 1608 at Redenhall, Norfolkshire [op. cit., Redenhall rec.], Ralph Fuller, s. of William "the younger" Fuller, m. 2) Elizabeth Elliot, and had seven additional children of record, four of which were buried of record in infancy at Redenhall. The three surviving sons by 2nd wife Elizabeth were John, Thomas and James. An abstract of Ralph's will follows:

Will of Ralph Fuller of Wortwell, Norfolk, linen weaver, dated 23 October 21 Charles (1645) proved 17 August 1650.

• Very sick of body. My body to be decently buried in the churchyard at Redenhall.
• To Elizabeth my wife one tenement called Gandookes in Wortwell next the land of Gyles Gadye's on the East and on the common pasture on the West part and abutteth upon the common pasture called Bridgehenn on the South part and the Kings Highway towards the North, and now in the occupation of one William Woodcocke &c. during her natural life, and after her decease I give it to John Fuller my natural son. To her also two enclosed pieces of land in Redenhall called Sandfield (four acres), the second piece being on the way leading from Redenhall church to Gaddy Hill East and Sungodown Lane North and is copyhold. This is hers for life and after her decease to John.
• To John Fuller son of my son Robert Fuller, twenty shillings after the decease of Elizabeth my wife.
• To John Fuller, son of my son Thomas Fuller now in New England, twenty shillings after the decease of Elizabeth my wife.
• To John Fuller, son of my son James Fuller now of Wortwell, ten shillings after my wife's decease.
• To Sarah Dodget, daughter of Thomas Dogete of Wortwell, ten shillings after my wife's decease.
• To my wife all my household stuff during her life and after her decease to sons Robert and John.
• Wife Elizabeth to be executrix and Robert and John to be supervisors.
[re: Consistory Court of Norwich (1647-1651), 56].

The concluding focus of this memorial is Ralph's son Thomas of New England, the younger brother of Robert of Mendham, Suffolk:

• v. Lieut. Thomas Fuller, bapt. Jan. 20, 1619/20 at Redenhall, Norfolkshire [ibid.], d. Sep. 28, 1690 at Dedham, Mass. [DeVR 21.] Thomas' 1st child, s. John, was b. Nov. 1 (bp. Nov. 3), 1644 at Dedham, Mass., but d. Feb. 21, 1644/45. This child was followed by a second son named John b. Dec. 28, 1645, two months after his paternal grandfather Ralph wrote his will at Redenhall, England. But, as Ralph of Redenhall died several years after Thomas Fuller's 2nd s. named John was born, there was no reason for Ralph to change his will regarding "John Fuller, son of my son Thomas..." See Thomas Fuller's memorial for further detail.

The foregoing wills of Ralph Fuller and his eldest known son Robert prove that Robert Fuller of Salem and Rehoboth, Mass. WAS NOT, as often claimed, the brother of Lieut. Thomas Fuller of Dedham, Mass.

Edited and rearranged for better clarity 3/28/2015.

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  • Created by: Don Blauvelt
  • Added: 16 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64288720
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ralph Fuller (8 Nov 1584–12 Jul 1649), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64288720, ; Maintained by Don Blauvelt (contributor 46932939) Unknown, who reports a Presumably at Redenhall Churchyard, Redenhall, Norfolkshire, England.