Chief William Fuller

Chief William Fuller

Birth
San Joaquin County, California, USA
Death 14 Jun 1958 (aged 85)
Tuolumne County, California, USA
Burial Tuolumne, Tuolumne County, California, USA
Memorial ID 79304988 · View Source
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He was the son of a white Ohio Settler and a Mi-Wuk Chieftain's daughter. His father, Albert Fuller was a 49er miner who married Jenita, an Indian princess.

Survivors: two sons, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Source: Stars and Stripes Newspaper, Friday June 20, 1958 Page 2 D.

The Clampers went to the Indian Reservation outside of Tuolumne City on the Memorial weekend of 1937. Chief William Fuller was a Clamper. I remember it well because I was a PBC. I was invited to become a Clamper by a schoolmate of mine in grammar and high school, Edgar Kahn. "Cable Car" Kahn, as we called him, was the author of Cable Car Days in San Francisco (1940). Anyway, Edgar was rather serious in some ways, and he said to me, "Al, don't bring any liquor because it's an Indian reservation. It's illegal. Also, Clampers are hardy, bring a sleeping bag." I did. At first we had an Indian dinner. I'll never forget it because I didn't eat it. It was fried grasshoppers and acorn bread. Try it some time. Anyway, I put my sleeping bag on the cold hard ground and prepared to sleep. Every Clamper, who had sense, left and went down to the hotel and the nearest bar. Hardly had I put down the sleeping bag, when the Indians who had performed the dances and served the horrible food, started eating hot dogs. They had hired a Filipino jazz band to play, brought out whiskey from every place, and got as drunk as skunks.

Francis Drake had claimed that the Miwok Indians had "freely resigne(d) their right and title in the whole land." William Fuller, who was hereditary chief of the Mi-Wuks, knew he had the authority to nullify the Englishman's claim. Before the assembled Brethren, he made this clamplamation:

Bee it knowne unto all men by their presence: Whereas, in the year of Grace of 1579, the Great Hi-oh, of the Mee-Wuks was seduced by that buccaneer, Francis Drake to deliver this land of Nova Albion to Elizabeth ye Queene,and Her successors forever. Now, therefore I the present Chief Hi-oh, of the Mee-Wuk Nation, do now revoke said grant on grounds of deceit, fraud, and failure to occupy the said domain. William Fuller, G.H. Done in the presence of E Clampus Vitus, May 29,1937.

A copy of this revocation reached the desk of the President of the United States. I have it on absolute authority, from a person of prominence. I can not mention his name, but he was in Washington, D.C., at that time. He said that it was the first time that he had seen President Franklin D. Roosevelt smile in a long time. Roosevelt knew that our glorious State would remain part of the Union. Thanks to ECV, you and your children are still under this flag, this glorious Star Spangled Banner!


Per 1900 census The Fullers had the following children all born in
California:
Harry b. 1891
Richard b. Nov. 1893
Alford b. Jan 1896
Edna b. Apr 1898
Daughter (can't read it but it begins with a P) b. Apr. 1900
Stepson to William Pedro or Tidro Bird b. 1889

Per 1910 census they had the following children living with them - Annie indicates that she has given birth to 8 children with only 5 living:
Bert, 21
Harry, 18
Richard, 16
Edna, 12
William, 2

Per 1920 census they had a 13 year old son, William R. Fuller living with them.

Per 1930 census they had a 23 year old son, Raymond Fuller (must be the William
R. from the 1920 census...)

Per 1940 census they had a 14 year old grandson, George Fuller, living with them
on the Toulumne Indian Racheria.

His father was reported to be Albert Fuller who was German-Irish. His mother was Jenita a Chilean Indian, who came from the royal family. Her half-brother was Charlie Moximo, leader of the Miwok people.

Chief Fuller was born in the Lockeford - Clements area just east of Lodi California. In an interview Moximo stated that he and his people worked at Sutter's fort.


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  • Created by: Lester Letson
  • Added: 25 Oct 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 79304988
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chief William Fuller (17 Apr 1873–14 Jun 1958), Find a Grave Memorial no. 79304988, citing Carters Cemetery, Tuolumne, Tuolumne County, California, USA ; Maintained by Lester Letson (contributor 46627920) .