Edward Fuller

Edward Fuller (abt. 1575 - aft. 1621)

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Edward Fuller
Born about in Redenhall, Norfolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died after in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified 11 Dec 2019 | Created 22 Dec 2009 | Last significant change: 11 Dec 2019
22:45: Marty (Lenover) Acks edited the Biography for Edward Fuller (abt.1575-aft.1621). (add links for sources, inline links per WT guidelines, minor spacing) [Thank Marty for this]
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Edward Fuller, son of Robert Fuller and Sarah Dunkhorn, was christened on September 4, 1575 at St. Mary's in Redenhall, Norfolk, England, England. Robert Fuller was a butcher, but the occupation of Edward is unknown. Edward and his siblings were named in their father's will.

The name of the wife of Edward Fuller remains unknown. Some have suggested that her first name was Ann, but the oldest record with this name seems to be a transcription error made in the nineteenth century. Other names attributed to Mrs. Edward Fuller have been Anne Hopkins and Hannah Lewis. Several marriages have been found for Edward Fullers in English records: Amy Lee, 21 November 1596, Abinger, Surrey, England; Ann Carpenter, 25 November 1597, Carlton, Bedford; Thomasine Sheppard, 2 May 1597, St. Gregory, Norwich, Norfolk; Joan Raven, 28 October 1599, Woodham Walter, Essex ; Elizabeth Buck, 25 July 1602, Great Finborough, Suffolk; Barbara Colman, 10 June 1606, Chigwell, Essex; and Agnes Croucher, 14 January 1607, West Horsley, Surrey.

Edward and his wife had two sons, Matthew Fuller and Samuel Fuller, who were probably born between 1597 and 1612. The family was probably part of the group of religious dissidents known as Separatists who moved to Leiden, Holland to escape persecution in England. Edward's brother, Dr. Samuel Fuller, belonged to this group. Edward, his wife, and their son, Samuel, left Holland on the Speedwell, and were transferred to the Mayflower, which arrived in the New World at the end of 1620. He and his wife both died the first winter, soon after the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth. The boy, Samuel, was left to the care of Edward's brother, Dr. Samuel Fuller. "Edward Fuller was the 21st signator of the 41 men who signed the Mayflower Compact. It was an agreement providing for the temporary government of the colony by the will of the majority, and therefore the first commitment to Democracy in America." (quoted from Wilson.ged as imported on 14 September 2010)

For more on the trip across the Atlantic, see: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:The_Voyage_of_the_Mayflower


  1. Matthew Fuller was born say 1605; m. about 1630 Frances
  2. Samuel Fuller was born about 1608. In 1623 he received three acres of land one acre for himself and one for each of his parents. Samuell Fuller Junior was the third person in the eighth company, living with his uncle Samuel Fuller in the 1627 land division.


  1. Anderson, Robert Charles. The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004). pp 215, 216.

See also:

  • MacGunnigle, Bruce Campbell, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Volume 4, General Society of Mayflower Descendents, Plymouth, MA., Third Edition, 2006 a/k/a "The Silver Book"
  • Robert Charles Anderson, "Edward Fuller", The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vol. I., Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society 1995
  • Willison, George F., Saints and Strangers, The Cornwall Press, Cornwall, NY, 1943, Third Printing
  • Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs. "The Pilgrims and other English in Leiden records: some new Pilgrim documents." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 1989, p. 195-214.
  • Francis H. Fuller, "Early New England Fullers," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 55(1901):192-196.
  • Francis H. Fuller, "Fullers of Redenhall, England," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 55(1901):410-414.
  • Bruce Campbell MacGunnigle, Robert M. Sherman and Robert S. Wakefield, "Was Matthew Fuller of Plymouth Colony a Son of Pilgrim Edward Fuller?", The American Genealogist 61(1986):194-199.
  • Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Plymouth Colony: Its History and Its People, 1620-1691 (Ancestry Publishing: Salt Lake City, 1986).

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On 12 Sep 2015 at 19:47 GMT Marty Quebral wrote:

On 20 May 2015 at 19:20 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

Knight-1632 and Fuller-13 do not represent the same person because: Gross Error

On 25 Feb 2015 at 04:52 GMT Tish Bucher wrote:

See the 2003 publication -- Third Supplement to "New England Marriages Prior to 1700".

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49372. Search for EDWARD FULLER since Ann's name has been removed and replaced by two blank ______ lines ______.

Ancestry is sourcing the 2004 reprint of Torrey's original work as their Green Leaf Hint.

NEHGS: Robert Charles Anderson's revised "The Pilgraim Migration" Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004 has dropped her name. http://www.plimoth.org/media/pdf/fuller_edward.pdf

See http://mayflowerhistory.com/fuller-edward and http://tinyurl.com/MAYFLOWER-EdFuller for how "Ann" was spread.

I don't think "Ancestry Family Trees" should be listed as a source because most of them about this are wrong.

Source on left http://mayflowerhistory.com/Passengers/EdwardFuller.php is dead. Current link is http://mayflowerhistory.com/fuller-edward/

On 6 Sep 2014 at 20:56 GMT Mary (Sullivan) Ryan wrote:

Outstanding information in all aspects. Thank you all!

On 30 Jul 2014 at 08:11 GMT Laura (Pickering) Pickering-Polstra wrote:

Fuller-4353 and Fuller-13 appear to represent the same person because: Same guy. please merge. thanks.

On 4 Jul 2014 at 20:59 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

Wife changed back to Ann Unknown. In fact, even her first name may be a 19th century error. So far, no contemporary primary source documentation has been produced to prove who the wife of this Edward Fuller was.

On 4 Jul 2014 at 15:48 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

The biography indicates his wife's maiden name is unknown, but the woman linked to as his wife is identified. What is the source for her identity? Or should she be changed to Unknown Unknown?

On 9 Nov 2012 at 02:21 GMT Sue Fitzpatrick wrote:

nice job. This is a nice example that could be followed for other projects

On 3 Apr 2012 at 22:23 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:

Great job, Becky!

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