John Fuller of Newton

This Website has 5 main sections:

  1. Ancestral Fullers
    1. History Books of Newton show up to 12 Fuller families  immigrating to New England before 1650
    2. John Fuller of Newton – We do not have documented evidence:
        1. Birth record for John
        2. Marriage record for John and Elizabeth 
        3. Birth records for the first 3 children
        4. Immigration records for the family
    3. Ancestral Line – Most likely line is through James Fuller of Lavenham
    4. 3 John Fullers in New England prior to 1650
      1. John of Ipswich – 1635
      2. John of Lynn – 1639
      3. John of Newton – 1644
      4. Conflicting information
    5. Lavenham, Suffolk County, England, UK and John Fuller
    6. John Winthrop and his Puritans to New England
  2. The Family
    1. John –  Some Information about John
    2. Children – some detail about each of John’s children
    3. Judge Abraham Fuller and Ancestors – interesting research
    4. Album with pictures of some of very early descendants
    5. Maltster – what is a Maltster
    6. Documents, early original family documents – Baptism, Marriage Burial & more
      1. 1593 Guild admission
      2. 1609 License and Marriage
      3. 1622 Baptism
      4. 1658 Burial
      5. 1675 Petition
      6. 1678 Petition
      7. 1678 Letter to the Probate Court and Who Was Simon Onge
      8. Fuller vs Onge court case
    7. Cemeteries in Newton – descendants of John, Interments, Grave Stones, Pictures
      1. East Parish Burying Ground, 1660 
      2. West Parish Burying Ground, 1781
      3. Newton Cemetery, 1855  
    8. Wills (Probate date) of many Descendants
  3. Fuller
    1. Fuller Name Origin
    2. DNA – We know John Fuller of Newton’s Y-DNA
    3. DNA Origins
    4. Vikings
    5. Fuller Crest – Coat of Arms
    6. Descendants of John who participated in the Revolutionary War
    7. Revolutionary War – about
  4. Newton, — a short history, where is Newton
    1. Land Purchases
      1. 1655 Purchase
      2. 1657 Sale
      3. 1658 Purchase
      4. 1676 Purchase
    2. Fuller Farm in Newton, MA
    3. Fuller Farmsteads and Map 
    4. Farm – 1st Division, 1699
    5. Farm – 2nd Division, 1730
    6. Land Distribution – John + 5 sons  
    7. Town Officers
    8. The Church – history and the role of some of the descendants
    9. Maps – some old maps of Newton, MA and an Album with family related pictures
    10. Vital Records
    11. 1790 Census
    12. 1856 West Newton
    13. Maps – some old maps of Newton 
    14. Album of some Family related pictures
  5. Genealogy
    1. Surname Index of thousands of descendants and their spouses
    2. John Fuller of Newton’s Personal Page
    3. Descendants Tree showing 4 generations – expandable
    4. One Branch of 8 generations:                                                                                                    Sebastian8 Fuller (Charles7, Pulaski 6, Sumner5, Joseph4, Josiah3, Jeremiah2, John1 Sr.)


Did You Know

In England

Old English documents;,  a double “ff” denotes the capital letter “F”.

Old English documents; the use of “f “ or “ſ   is not an ‘ f ’, but a long “s”.

In 1538 the church was ordered to register baptisms, marriages & burials known today as Parish Records.

In 1837 it became the responsibility of the local civic authority to register all births, marriages and deaths; however some of these may have been destroyed by fire.

Wills were administered by the Church of England before 1858.

Lavenham Parish is within the Deanery of Sudbury which is within the Archdeaconry of Sudbury.

The Calendar and the first day of New Year

The Julian Calendar was introduced Julius Caesar in 46 BC and was the prominent calendar used in Europe and European settlements in the Americas until it was refined and gradually replaced by the Gregorian Calendar, starting in 1582. In Britain and British Colonies, the civil or legal year began on 25 March until 1752 after which it was changed to January 1.
To reduce misunderstandings about the date, some parish registers placed a new year heading after 24 March (for example “1661” followed by the 1661 events from March 25) and another heading at the end of the following December, “1661/62”, to indicate that the following entries for several weeks were year 1661 (Old Style) and 1662 (New Style). For a period of 170 years (1582–1752) both dating systems were in concurrent use in different parts of Western Europe and colonies.

The Gregorian Calendar
Was introduced by Pope Gregory VIII in 1582 after whom it was named.

Countries adopted the Gregorian calendar over the Julian calendar as follows:

Four Catholic Countries, SpainPortugal, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and most of Italy— adopted the Gregorian calendar on 15 October 1582, the date specified by the Pope.

Britain and British Empire (including the eastern part of what is now the United States) adopted the Gregorian calendar on 14 September 1752.

Other Countries

The Dutch provinces of Brabant, Zeeland and the Staten-Generaal adopted it on 25 December, 1582; the provinces forming the Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium) except the Duchy of Brabant on 1 January 1583, and the province of Holland followed on 12 January 1583.

– France, adopted on 20 Dec 1582; Alsace and Strasbourg on 16 Feb 1682; Lorraine on 28 Feb 1760.

– Denmark, which then included Norway and some Protestant states of Germany, adopted on 1 March 1700.

Prussia, on 2 Sept 1610.

– Hungary, on 1 Nov 1857.

– Sweden,  on March 1, 1753.

– Canada, on 14 Sep 1752.

– Romania, on 14 April 1919.

– Russia, on 14 February 1918.

– The Kingdom of Bulgaria, on 14 April 1916.  Other countries of Eastern Europe, most notably Orthodox countries, adopted the Gregorian calendar in the 1910s or early 1920s. The last country of Eastern Orthodox Europe to adopt the Gregorian calendar was Greece on 1 March 1923.

As European powers colonized or otherwise took control of various parts of the world, they generally applied their calendars in those countries.

In the USA:


Brief History of Massachusetts Name and Jurisdiction Changes

  1.  Massachusetts Bay Colony, (1628-1686), was an English settlement on the east coast of North America and was one of the first thirteen colonies in America.
  2.  Dominion of New England, (1686-1692), all New England Colonies were brought under one administration.
  3.  The Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England (1692-1776), was a Crown Colony in British North America and was chartered Oct 7, 1691, and took effect May 14, 1692. The Province of Massachusetts Bay was one of the thirteen original States of the United States in 1776.
  4.  The State of Massachusetts Bay (1776-1780), as of July 4, 1776 was one of the original States of the USA.
  5.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1780—,  the new constitution written on June 15, 1780 among other things, changed the name of Massachusetts Bay State to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which it retains today.
  6. The State of Maine (abt. 1650-1820)during this period prior to Maine becoming a State on March 20, 1820, the area was a district of Massachusetts. Researchers may find some Massachusetts documents that reference the area as: Eastern Parts or Eastern Lands or he died at the eastward. 

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