JOHN FULLER OF NEWTON
In his 1854 Book, Jackson wrote:
FULLER, JOHN, one of the first settlers of Camb. Village. He was born in 1611, and settled in Cambridge Village about 1644. In Dec, 1658, he purchased of Joseph Cooke, of Camb., seven hundred and fifty acres of land, for £160, bounded N. and W. by Charles River, the winding part of the river W.; E. by land of Thomas Park, and S. by Samuel Shepard’s farm, being a straight line between. His house stood on the S. side of the road, and W. side of the brook, and within a few rods of both road and brook. By subsequent purchase, he increased his tract to upwards of one thousand acres. Cheese-cake brook ran through it. This tract was long known as the “Fuller farm.” He divided it among his five sons, by his will, dated 1696, (s. Isaac having d. in Oct. 1691,) with the proviso that they should not sell to any stranger, until they, or then’ next relative, should have the offer of it. These five sons lived to the following ages: John 75, Jonathan 74, Joseph 88, Joshua 98, and Jeremiah 83.
He and Edward Jackson were the largest land owners in the village. They divided their lands among their children, in their life time, confirming the division by their wills, and have had a far greater number of descendants than any other of the early settlers of the town. Twenty-two of his descendants went into the army of the Revolution, from Newton. He m. Elizabeth, and had John, 1645; Jonathan 1648; Elizabeth; Joseph, Feb. 10, 1652; Joshua, April 2, 1654; Jeremiah, Feb. 4, 1658; Bethia, Nov. 23, 1661; and Isaac, Dec. 2, 1665, and d. Oct. 6, 1691, prob. unmarried. Elizabeth m. Job Hyde, 1663 — Bethia m. Lt. Nathaniel Bond, of Wat., Feb. 27, 1685. He d. Feb. 7, 1698-9, re. 87. Wife Elizabeth d. April 13, 1700. It was said by the late Henry H. Fuller, Esq., 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 d. 1633, leaving an only s. Samuel – no other son is named in the will, or in the division of cattle, in 1627. This only s. Samuel was Minister of Middleboro’, and died there 1695, æ. 71. Edward Fuller, also a Mayflower man, d. 1621, leaving an only s. Samuel, who settled on the Cape.
1. Francis Jackson, A History of the Early Settlement of Newton, County of Middlesex, Massachusetts: From 1639 to 1800 – with a Genealogical Register of its Inhabitants prior to 1800. By Francis Jackson (of Boston) a Native of Newton. Boston: Printed by Stacy and Richardson, 1854, pages 278/9.
2. We know from his DNA, that John Fuller of Newton was not related to the Fullers on the Mayflower. Read More