- John FULLER - b. 1611, England; d. Feb. 7, 1698 , Newton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Arrived in America about 1635; settled at Cambridge Village (Newton), Middlesex Co., Massachusetts about 1644. In 1658, he purchased one thousand acres northwest of Cambridge Village, long called the Fuller Farm. In 1678, he and sons Jonathan and Joseph signed a petition to separate Newton from Cambridge, Newton becoming a town in 1691. A farmer and maltster, he made his will 1696. Married about 1644, Massachusetts.
JOHN FULLER (1611-99), from Lavenham Parish, Suffolk Co, England; settled at Cambridge, 1644, in that part known as Newtown.
John, a farmer and maltster, was No. 5 on the list of First Settlers of Cambridge.
During King Philip's War, Corporal John Fuller served in the Militia under Capt. Morlens, Dec. 10, 1675.
John Fuller served as Selectman 5 consecutive years, from 1688.
He was admitted Freeman in 1690, although his first four sons were together made Freemen ten years earlier, Oct. 13, 1680.
He d. Feb. 7, 1698, in 87th year.
John Fuller's will, dated Jan. 30, 1696 , mentions wife Elizabeth and sons, John, Jonathan, Joseph, Joshua and Jeremiah; dau. Elizabeth Hyde, deceased; dau. Bethia Bond; Gr. Child, Mary Brown, Elizabeth Hyde, Hannah Hyde, and Jonathan Hyde.
Text from Clarence L. Dame: "John Fuller, born in England about 1611, came to America in 1635 and settled in Cambridge Village (now Newton), Mass, in 1644. In December 1658 John bought of Joseph Cook of Cambridge 750 acres of land for £160, bound N & W by land of Thomas Park and S by Samuel Shepard's farm, this being a straight line between. By subsequent purchase he increased his holdings to upward of 1,000 acres. Cheese Cake Brook ran thorugh it and this tract was long known as the Fuller Farm. For other details of this land, also of the first three generations of the Fullers, see 'History of Newton, Mass', by Francis Jackson, published in 1854, pp. 278-279, early Cambridge records, Fuller genealogies, Middlesez Co records, etc. By his will, dated 1698, he divided the farm among his five sons, with this proviso, that they should not sell to any stranger until they, or their next relative, should have the offer of it. It was said by the late Henry R. 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. . . . Twenty-two of his descendants, it is said, went into the Revolutionary Army. Pope in his 'Pioneers of Massachusetts' says he was a farmer and a minister. He made his will in 1696 and died 7 Feb 1698 , aged 87 years, according to his greavestone record. His wife was Elizabeth ----------, who died 13 April 1700."
John Fuller was one of the first settlers of Cambridge Village, now Newton, Massachusetts.; he arrived there 1644. When deposed 16 May 1656, he gave his age as "about 40 years" (Pope, pg. 178). He was a farmer and a maltster. In Dec., 1658, he purchased 750 acres of land from Joseph Cooke of Cambridge and, with additional purchases, increased his holdings to 1,000 acres. He and Edward Jackson were the largest landowners in Newton. At his death, he divided his land between his 5 surviving sons, each of whom had long lives: John, 75; Jonathan, 74; Joseph, 88; Joshua, 98; & Jeremiah, 83. Each of these lived their lands among their children in their lifetimes and had a far larger number of descendants than any other of the early settlers of Newton. 22 of John Fuller's descendants served in the army, from Newton, during the Revolution.
Born about 1611, per "Thankful Hyde & Prudence Crary: Two Great-Great-Grandmothers of Emily Dickinson," NEHGS NEXUS, Vol 14, No. 5, pg. 148. Feb. 1698 is an alternate year of death, from, "Pioneers of Massachusetts," Charles H. Pope, 1986 & "Genealogy of Some Desc. of John Fuller of Newton, et. al.," William Hyslop Fuller, 1914, pg. 97.
Fuller Genealogies by William H. Fuller. Pub abt 1914
John Fuller, one of the first settlers of Cambridge Village, was born in England in 1611, came to America about 1635, and settled in Cambridge Village -- now called Newton -- about 1644.
Newton was established as a town in 1691, and in 1873 was incorporated as a city.
In December, 1658, John Fuller bought 750 acres of land for about $1.00 per acre, the tract being bounded on the north and west by Charles River. Later he increased his holdings to upwards of 1,000 acres, and became one of the two largest land owners in the village. His tract was long known as the “Fuller Farm.”
He divided his land among his children in his lifetime, confirming the division by his will, with the proviso that they should not sell to any stranger, until they, or their next relation, should have the offer of it. Twenty-two of his descendants, it is said, went into the army of the Revolution. Pope in his “Pioneers of Massachusetts” says he was a farmer and a maltster.
He made his will in 1696, and died “Feb 7, 1697-8, aged 87” according to his gravestone record.,, [3, 5]