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Samuel Fuller Jr. (abt. 1629 - 1695)

Rev. Samuel Fuller Jr.
Born about in Plymouth, Plymouth Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married before 1658 (to about 1659) in Plymouth Colonymap [uncertain]
Husband of — married about 1665 (to 17 Aug 1695) [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 66 in Middleborough, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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1629 Birth and Parents

Name: Samuel Fuller[1].[2][3]

Birth: about 1628/1629 at Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, [4][3] His year of birth is given as 1624 by other sources.[5]In May, 1627 there was an event in Plymouth Colony know as the "Division of Cattle". It served as a census of the colony. Samuel was born after this event.

Samuel Fuller, son of Samuel was born a bout 1629.[6]

Samuel, son of Samuel Fuller, Sr, and his wife Bridget Lee, was born about 1629. [7]

Rev. Samuel fuller was born in 1625 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was the son of Samuel Fuller, born before 20 January 1580 and died between 9 August 1633 and 26 September 1633 in Plymouth, Massachusetts; his mother was Bridget Lee, who died after 1633. His parents were married 27 May 1617 in Leiden, Netherlands.[8]

1654 Liaison with Ruth Bassett

At the General Court at Plymouth on 6 Jun 1655, John2 Sprague, son of Francis, and Ruth Bassett, daughter of William, of Duxbury were "present[ed] for fornication before they were married..." indicating that the infant John was born less than 9 months after the wedding. [9]

Ruth Bassett was born about 1633 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts and died between 22 March 1692/93 and 1 January 1699/00. [8]

This alone would be genealogically unremarkable, but comparison of the Y-DNA of descendants of eldest son John3 to younger sons Samuel and William and other Sprague children show John3 was not John2 Sprague's biological child. These descendants match the Y-DNA haplogroup of the Fullers of Plymouth. Only Samuel2 Fuller (Samuel1), born 1625, Plymouth Colony, died 17 August 1695, Middleboro, Plymouth County, was living near Duxbury. [9]

Documents will likely never answer whether John2 Sprague knew that he was not the biological father of his wife's first child.

First Marriage, Name Unknown

Rev. Samuel Fuller married twice. The name of his first wife was unknown. She was the mother of his first child Samuel and possibly of his second child Elizabeth.

His first wife's name is unknown. [7]

Wikipedia gives her name as Susanna.[6]

One of the genealogy books on the descendants of Dr. Samuel Fuller list is wife as Elizabeth Brewster. Don't know how factual this is.[10]

1663 Second Marriage to Elizabeth

He married second between 11 April 1663 and 2 May 1667 Elizabeth (Nichols) Bowen, daughter of John Nichols and widow of Thomas Bowen. [7]

His second wife was a widow when he married her, Elizabeth Nichols Bowen. The Fullers then had five more children: John, Experience, Hannah, Mercy, and Isaac.

Samuel Fuller married second, between April 11, 1663 and May 2, 1667, Elizabeth (Nicholas) Bowen. They had seven children. [6]


His title was "Reverend" [11] He was the first minister of the First church in Middleboro, Massachusetts.[12]

1695 Death

Death: Age at Death: 71 This would make him born before the cattle division. He is not listed there.[3]
Date: 17 AUG 1695 (gravestone) or 24 Aug 1695 (Church record). The Church record reads "Mr. Samuel Fuller, the Teacher of the chh at Midlebury a sincere Godly man whom wee had the last yeare dismissed to that service, dyed August 24 being about 66 yeares old a great losse to that place."[3]
Place: Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts,[13], [14][3]
Burial Place: Nemasket Hill Cemetery, Middleboro, Plymouth County, Massachusetts,[3][15] The stone is not his original stone. From the Church's records, the inscription on his original stone reads:

"Here lyes buried ye body of ye Rev. Samuel Fuller, who departed this life Aug. ye 17th, 1694, in ye 71st year of his age. He was ye 1st minister of ye Church of Christ of Middleborough."

Rev. Samuel Fuller died 17 August 1695 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachuetts. [8]



Biological Child of Samuel Fuller and Ruth Bassett

  1. Lt. John Sprague, b. Abt 1656, Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA, d. 6 Mar 1727/28, Lebanon, New London Co., CT (Age ~ 72 years) [8]

Children of Samuel Fuller and his wives

  1. Samuel b. c. 1658, Plymouth, d. 6 Sept 1728, 70th year in Plympton; m. 7 Jan 1685/6 Plymouth, Mercy Eaton. (See MBD 1:461 and MD 3:14 for 11 children. Samuel Fuller, b. 1659, d. 6 Sep 1728, Plympton, Plymouth Co., MA (Age 69 years) [8]
  2. Elizabeth Fuller b. 1663-1666, Plymouth; d. before June 1724; m. 24 May 1694, Middleboro Samuel Eaton [19] Elizabeth Fuller, b. 1666, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., MA,, d. Yes, date unknown [8]
  3. John Fuller b. c. 1667 Plymouth; d. c. 1710 ae 42; m. c 1688 Mercy Nelson. John Fuller, b. 1663, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., MA,, d. Abt 1710, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., MA, USA (Age 47 years) [8]
  4. Experience Fuller, b. c 1669 Plymout; d. between 16April 1725 (deed) and 21 Dec 1728 (husbands estate admin) m. James Wood [19] Experience Fuller, b. Abt 1661, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., MA,, d. Yes, date unknown [8]
  5. Hannah Fuller b. c. 1671 Plymouth d. between 11 june 1707 (deed) and 1709 (husband's 2nd marriage); m. Eleazer Lewis after 27 July 1696 [19] Hannah Fuller, b. 1668, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., MA,, d. Yes, date unknown [8]
  6. Mercy Fuller b. c. 1672/3 Plymouth; d. 25 Sept 1735 buried in Eastham; m. Daniel Cole [19] Mercy Fuller, b. Abt 1656, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., MA d. Yes, date unknown [8]
  7. Isaac Fuller b. c. 1674/5 Plymouth; d. pr 16 Nov 1727 Middleboro (adm.); m. Mary Pratt, perhaps widow of Joshua; [19] Isaac Fuller, b. Abt 1675, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., MA, , d. 1727, Brockton, Plymouth Co., MA, USA (Age ~ 52 years) [8]

Research Notes: Was his wife Elizabeth Brewster?

Some genealogies present his wife Elizabeth as Elizabeth Brewster, daughter of William. There is no evidence that William Brewster actually had a daughter Elizabeth.

About 1665 he married Elizabeth Brewster, born about 1637 and died 11 November 1713 [8]


  1. Mayflower Families Vol. 10 pp. 2 - 7.
  2. Findagrave
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Roser, Susan E. Mayflower Increasings. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1995) Accessed at
  4. Mayflower Families Vol. 10 pp. 2 - 7.
  5. Findagrave
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Wikipedia:Samuel_Fuller_(Pilgrim) Cites " A genealogical profile of Samuel Fuller, (a collaboration of Plimoth Plantation and New England Historic Genealogical Society accessed 2013)" Accessed 31 August 2020 jhd
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 New England Historic Genealogical Society. American Ancestors 2020. Profile for Samuel Fuller Sr Accessed 1 September 2020 jhd
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 Richard E (Dick) Weber, Developer, Sprague Database of the Sprague Project. A Genealogical Database of Over 465,000 Individuals; Celebrating our twenty-third year on the internet. Sprague Mill, Upwey, England. Profile for Samuel Fuller Sourced with (1) William Hyslop Fuller, 'Samuel Fuller Genealogy. (1910) Palmer, Mass; and (2) Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995, Volume 1, page 716. Last modified 16 January 2020. Accessed 31 August 2020 jhd
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lt. John Sprague (ca. 1655–1727/8) of Duxbury, Mass., and Lebanon, Conn., an illegitimate son of Samuel2 Fuller (Samuel1)? by Christopher Challender Child (an NEHGS staff member), published in Volume 67, Number 2, page 177 of the Mayflower Descendant: An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy, History and Biography (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Summer 2019), which is not yet available in the NHEGS database but is currently referenced on the NEHGS website.
  10. Genealogy of some Descendants of Dr. Samuel Fuller, (
  11. Source:
  12. There is no mention of his being a minister with the title "Rev." in Mayflower Families Vol. 10 pp. 2 - 7
  13. Mayflower Families Vol. 10 pp. 2 - 7.
  14. Source: Findagrave
  15. Source: Findagrave]]
  16. Mayflower Descendant 5:65
  17. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Probate records 1686-1702 and 1849-1867 vol 1-1F > image 118 of 490; State Archives, Boston.
  18. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Probate records 1686-1702 and 1849-1867 vol 1-1F > image 131 of 490; State Archives, Boston.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Roser citing Mayflower Descendant 39:85-7

See also:

  • Page 26-7: "But his ministry, after his ordination, was very brief, lasting for only seven months and twenty-one days. He died in the seventy-first year of his age,and was interred in the first burying-place, commonly called the Hill."

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The First Church of Middleborough, Mass: lists Rev Samuel Fuller’s wife as Elizabeth Brewster. This was published in 1854 by the Church from it’s original records I believe.
posted by Holly (Shipman) Martin
Please see the opening paragraph on the biography for Elizabeth (Nichols) Fuller and the Research notes on her profile.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Somehow Samuel Fuller has been listed as father of Lt. John Sprague. (My 8th Great-Grandfather). He is actually the son of John Sprague Sr. Sprague-114. It looks like a simple error.

Evidence that Lt. John' Sprague's father is Sprague-114 includes, among other things,

posted by David Finster
See the sources on John Sprague. New information has come to light, and although John Sprague raised him, he was the biological son of Samuel Fuller.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
I will check that information and try to repair the damage...I have been using the Sprague Project as a reliable source for a long time but if they got it wrong, I will also bring it to their attention. Thanks for your help.
posted by David Finster
I see the evidence, and the DNA information is indeed convincing! I somehow missed it on my first look, and am sorry for the turbulence that created. However, I am profoundly grateful to know John Sprague Jr's true parentage. Thank you so much. Been doing family history since 1964, and it is good to know I have not yet run out of things to learn!
posted by David Finster
No worries, David. Your question on this post will help others as well, as they strive to learn more about their ancestors.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
The men listed with yDNA haplogroups for this profile do not have any that match each other. Are any of them linear, strictly father to son?
posted by Leila (Phelps) Schutz
Many genealogies show Samuel Fuller married to Ruth Bassett and then to Elizabeth Brewster. He actually had a biological child with Ruth Bassett (as evidenced with Y-DNA) but there was no marriage involved, and it was Ruth's husband John Sprague who was hauled into court with her, after producing a baby in less than 9 months, for "fornication before marriage."

Elizabeth Brewster appears to be an unrelated legend. He did in fact married an Elizabeth, but naming her Brewster appears to have been an attempt to make his wife the daughter of William Brewster, who did not in fact have a daughter named Elizabeth.

I've added sections to detail these two matters.

posted by Jack Day
You just added Samuel Fuller as a second husband to Mary Turner Brewster, marrying in 1669. How is that possible when she married John Turner in 1645 and Turner died in 1697? Could we see some documentation or reasoning for this?
posted by A Fabry
Can someone explain for me the common association of Elizabeth Brewster as the spouse of Rev. Samuel Fuller?
posted by Leila (Phelps) Schutz
Fuller-5950 and Fuller-10 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, similar detail
posted by Bob Tonsmeire
Wakefield is the source for added children of Elizabeth and Samuel. Birth Dates very approx as not listed in Amazon listing of the book.
posted by Morag (Morrison) M

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