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Samuel Fuller (abt. 1608 - 1683)

Samuel Fuller
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
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Son of and [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 8 Apr 1635 in Scituate, Plymouth Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 75 in Barnstable, Plymouth Colonymap
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Samuel Fuller came on the Mayflower with his parents.

He was orphaned shortly after landfall and was raised by his uncle, Dr. Samuel Fuller, the physician of the Pilgrims.

He was admitted a freeman in Plymouth Colony in 1634, and moved to Scituate in 1635, where he built a house. He joined the Scituate church on 7 November 1636 and and was elected constable there in 1641.

Sometime later he moved to Barnstable, to which his father-in-law John Lothrop, had moved in 1638.

Samuel was the only Mayflower passenger to settle permanently in Barnstable, and was one of the last surviving Mayflower passengers.

He owned an Indian slave named Joell, whom he bequeathed to his son John upon his death.

The will of Samuel Fuller Sr. of Barnstable names eldest son Samuel, son John, daughters Elizabeth Tayler, Hannah Bonham, Mary Williams and Sarah Crowe, his Indian, Joell; sons Samuel and John as Executors." MF-4 p 7

Samuel Fuller is believed to be buried either on the grounds of his estate, or the ancient burial grounds on Lothrop's Hill in Barnstable (known today as Lothrop Hill Cemetery). [1]


Transcribed from the original records, by George Ernest Bowman. [2]

Samuel2 Fuller (Edward1) died at Barnstable, 31 October (10 November), 1683. His will and inventory are recorded in the Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories, Volume IV, Part II, pages 138 and 139. [3]
[p. 138] The last Will and Testament of Samuell ffuller of Barnstable Late Deceased Exhibited to the Court held att Plymouth the fift of June 1684 on the oath of Capt: Josepth Laythorp and Mr Samuell Allin as followeth
The nine and twentyeth Day of October in the yeer of our Lord one thousand six hundred eighty and three; I Samuell ffuller senir of the Towne of Barnstable in the Govrment of New Plymouth being ancient and very weake in body but of good and Compitent memory thankes be unto allmighty God; and Calling to remembrance the uncertaine state of this transitory life and that all fflesh muste yeild unto Death when it shall please God to Call, Doe make ordaine and & Constitute & Declare this my last will and Testament in Manor and form following;
Revoking and Anulling by these presents all and every Testament and Testaments will and wills heertofore by mee made and declared either by word or "righting; and this to be taken onely for my last will and Testament and none other; and first I give and Comitt my soule unto almighty God my Saviour in whom and by the merritts of Jesus Christ I trust and beleive assuredly to be saved; and my body to the earth; from whence it was taken to be buried in such Decent and Christian manor as to my executors heerafter Named shalbe thought meet and Convenient; and Now for the settleing of my temporall estate and such goods Cattles and Debts as it hath pleased god farr above my Deserts to bestow upon mee; I Doe order Give and Dispose the same in Manor and forme following; That is to say first I will that all those Debts and Dutyes as I owe in right or Consience to any manor of prson or prsons whatsoever shalbe well and truely Contented and payed or ordained to be payed within Convenient time after my Decease by my executors heerafter Named;
Item I Give and bequeath unto my eldest son Samuell ffuller two prsells of Marsh one of them I bought of mr Samuell house Deceased and the other I bought of Captaine Matthew ffuller Deceased that hee had of mr John ffreeman;
Item I Give and bequeath to my son John ffuller four acrees of Marsh and one halfe which I bought of Peter Blossome
Item I Give and bequeath that prsell of Marsh that lyes by Ralph Jones, his Marsh, To my two sones Samuell ffuller and John ffuller to be equally Devided betwixt and one prsell of Marsh that lyeth on this side Scoton ffeildes to be Devided as abovesaid and the angle Lotts of Marsh att Scoton point to be equally Devided between them alsoe and alsoe the Eelcreik Lott of Marsh to be alike Devided as above specifyed and the Lott of Marsh att Sandy neck upon the same accoumpt alsoe; and all my upland upon Scoton Neck to be equally Devided betwixt them as the other above Mensioned
Item I Give to my son Samuell ffuller all my upland that lyeth above my uppermost ffeild and to range quite Crosse my land upon one and the same lyne as the uppermost ffence as my upmost feild Now ranges, but alwaies to allow Cart wayes to the Comons into the Comons for his brother John ffuller his heires and assignes
Item I Give and bequeath unto my son John fuller my now Dwellinghouse orchyard and all outhousing and all the rest of my upland wherever it doth lye, but alwaies to allow a Cart way into the meddowes for his brother Samuell ffuller his heires and assignes
Item I Give and bequeath to my son John ffuller one three yeer old horse runing in the woods;
Item I Give and bequeath to my son Samuell ffuller two mares runing in the woods;
Item I Give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Tayler five pound in Mony and two Cowes;
Item I Give unto my Daughter Hannah Bonham four pounds in Money and two Cowes;
Item I Give unto my Daughter Mary Williams four pound in Money and two Cowes
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Crowe four pounds in Mony and two Cowes
Item I Give and bequeath unto my four Daughters Hannah Bonham Mary Williams Elizabeth Tayler and Sarah Crow all my houshold Stuffe to be equally Dvided betwixt them
Item I Give and bequeath to my son John ffuller the Indian Joell; my prte in the oxen the Cart and plow and the Cart and plow Geares and working tooles and one fatt Cow that is to kill and my bald faced horse; and my Great bible;
Item I Give and bequeath to my two sones Samuell ffuller and John ffuller all the rest of my Neat Cattle to be Devided To my son Samuell one third prte; and to my son John ffuller the other two third prtes therof; and all my sheep to be equally Devided betwixt them;
Item I Give and bequath to my son Samuell ffuller ten pounds in mony which hee now owes to mee and hath now hath it alredy; and all the rest of my estate in what kind soever it be I Give and bequeath it to my two sones Samuell ffuller and John ffuller; to be Devided to my son Samuell ffuller one third prte therof and to my son John ffuller the other two third prtes therof, and by these prsents make ordaine & Declare the above said Samuell and John ffuller the executors of this my last Will and Testament; In Witness wherof I the said Samuell ffuller have heerunto sett my hand and seale the Date above written;
Witnesse Samuell ffuller and a seal Joseph Laythorp
Samuell Allin
Captaine Joseph Laythorpe made oth as a witnes to this will before the Court held att Plymouth the fift of March 1683/84
Mr Samuell Allin Made oath as a witnes to this Will above written this 10th of March 1683/84 before mee Barnabas Laythorpe Assistant


  1. Hannah, b. Scituate ca 1636; married Nicholas Bonham
  2. Samuel, b. Scituate; baptized 11 February 1637/1638 at Scituate
  3. Elizabeth, b. Scituate; married Joseph (?) Taylor
  4. Sarah, b. Scituate; baptized 1 August 1641; died about 1651-1654
  5. Mary, b. Scituate; baptized 16 June 1644; married Joseph Williams
  6. Thomas b. 18 May 1651; d. young
  7. Sarah b. 10 December 1654; married ______ Crowe
  8. John b. about 1656
  9. Infant b. 8 February 1658; d. 15 days after [23 February 1658].


From Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691 Part Three:

A son of Edward, Samuel accompanied his parents on the 1620 Mayflower to Plymouth. He married Jane Lothrop, daughter of Rev. John Lothrop (MD 16:129). Though the 1627 cattle division list should have covered the senior Samuel Fuller plus two second generation Samuel Fullers, the son of the senior Samuel and the son of his brother Edward, only one second generation Samuel is actually on the list, and this most likely is Samuel, son of Edward, who was indisputably living in 1627. The evidence for Samuel, son of Samuel, being in Plymouth in 1627 is the inscription on his gravestone, which shows him dying in his seventy-first year on 17 August 1695, thus having him born ca. 1624. However, gravestone inscriptions frequently contain some error, and if this one overstated his age by a few years, he might not even have been born by the 1627 division. Samuel Fuller, the son of Edward, died at Barnstable 31 October 1683. He dated his will 29 October 1683, inventory 14 November 1683, and in it he named his sons Samuel and John, and his daughters Elizabeth Taylor, Hannah Bonham, Mary Williams, and Sarah Crowe (MD 2:237). He had other children who died young. His daughter Hannah, who married Nicholas Bonham, moved with her husband to Piscataway, New Jersey, thus bringing the Edward Fuller line there at an early date.

(as quoted from pages 6-7 of Mayflower families through five generations)

3. SAMUEL FULLER (Edward) b. prob. England ca. 1608; d. Barnstable 31 Oct. 1683.
He m. Scituate 08 April 1635 JANE LOTHROP, bp. Edgerton, co. Kent, England 29 Sept. 1614; d bef. her husband; dau. of the Rev. John and Hannah (Howes) Lothrop, his first wife. The will of John Lothrop, paster of the Church of Christ at Barnstable dated 10 Aug. 1653, probated 7 March 1653/4, names daughter Jane as already having her portion.
After being left an orphan shortly after arriving in Plymouth on the MAYFLOWER, Samuel was brought up by his uncle, Dr. Samuel Fuller, the physician of the Pilgrims. Samuel was admitted a freeman in Plymouth Colony in 1634, moved to Scituate in 1635 where he built a house; he joined the Scituate church on 7 Nov. 1636; and was elected constable there in 1641. Sometime later he moved to Barnstable, to which his father-in-law had moved in 1638. Samuel was the only MAYFLOWER passenger to settle permanently in Barnstable and was one of the last surviving MAYFLOWER passengers.
The will of Samuel Fuller Sr. of Barnstable dated 29 Oct. 1683, exhibited 05 June 1684, names eldest son Samuel, son John, daughters Elizabeth Tayler, Hannah Bonham, Mary Williams and Sarah Crowe, and his Indian, Joell (bequeathed to son John); sons Samuel and John as Excutors.
No probate record for Jane Fuller in Barnstable.

Research Notes

Samuel Fuller's wife Jane was baptized at Edgerton, Kent, England. Edward Fuller, Samuel's father seems to have been baptized at Redenhall, Norfolk, England. Samuel may have been born in England, or born while his parents were living with the English separatist in Holland. The date of his birth is also unknown. He married in 1635. If he was the usual age at marriage, 22, he may have been born by 1613. He became a freeman in 1634 at age at least 21. The range of 1608 to 1612 seem reasonable for his birth.

William Bradford wrote: “Edward Fuller and his wife dyed soon after they came ashore; but their sone (sic) Samuell is living and maried and hath four children or more”. [5]

John Winthrop wrote: “The deacon, Mr (Samuel) Fuller, put the congregation in mind of their duty of contribution; whereupon, the governor and all the rest went down to the deacon's seat, put into the box and then returned.” [6]


DNA Results R-Y85916
Previous Y-STR testing [7] through the Mayflower Society DNA Project[8], including descendants of both Edward and Samuel Fuller, has found where the Mayflower Fuller lineage belongs to the R1b-U106 Y-DNA haplogroup, which is quite common in Northwestern Europe. NGS/WGS testing will be able place the Fuller lineage more precisely within the broader R1b-U106 haplogroup and may be able to identify individual-level markers that indicate descent from either Edward or Samuel. NGS/WGS testing As of 21 May 2021, the Mayflower DNA Project and the Fuller - Family Finder Project are displaying nine individuals as patrilineal (all male line) descendants of Edward Fuller, two additional individuals as patrilineal descendants of his brother Samuel, as well as a total of twelve individuals who likely descend from Robert Fuller of Salem & Rehoboth.[9] These results document where the Fuller family of Redenhall, Norfolk fall under U106>>S12025>FGC12021>S17339>FGC53777>S25007>FGC31905>FGC53757>BZ3170>Y85916. In addition, they document where some descendants of Edward Fuller[10] fall under a subclade of Y85916, namely FT14518.[11]


  1. Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 25 April 2023), memorial page for Samuel Fuller (8 Apr 1608–31 Oct 1683), Find A Grave: Memorial #221915263, citing Lothrop Hill Cemetery, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA; Maintained by Linda Mac (contributor 47062703).
  2. "The Will and Inventory of Samuel2 (Edward 1 ) Fuller," The Mayflower Descendant a Quarterly magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History (1900). Volume II, pages 237-241: digital image, Internet Archive, ( accessed : November 2023).
  3. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 16 March 2023), Wills 1633-1686 vol 1-4 > image 606-607 of 616; State Archives, Boston.
  4. William Hyslop Fuller, Genealogy of Some Descendants of Edward Fuller, (Palmer, Massachusetts: C. B. Fiskes and Co., 1908),
  5. Bradford, William “Of Plim̃oth Plantation” : Wright & Potter Printing Company, Boston 1898 pp 533, 538
  6. Hosmer, James Kendall “John Winthrop’s Journal” : Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York 1908 Vol I pp 52, 93, 94
  7. Three Y-DNA descendants of Samuel Fuller listed at wikitree profile for Samuel Fuller and Matthew Fuller
  8. The Fuller DNA Project currently does not publish their DNA results
  9. Robert is said to have been a nephew to Edward and Samuel, believed to be a son of their brother, Thomas Fuller.
  10. Edward, Samuel, Samuel, Matthew.
  11. Descendants of Robert Fuller fall under two different subclades of Y85916, some fall under FT67161 while others fall under Y98567.

See also:

  • Anderson, Robert Charles, "Edward Fuller", The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts 1995 pages 712-713.
  • Amis Otis, Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families, F.B & F. Barnstable, Massachusetts 1888-90 (republished Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1979). pages 371-384, [1]
  • Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Volumes 1-4, published online by Google Books, 2006 Cutter: Massachusetts Families 1910; original publisher: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1910.
  • Dunham, Isaac Watson. Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth, Massachusetts 1589-1669 and His Descendants. Hartford, Connecticut. 1907.
  • Keller, James Callow. Fuller: From the Michigan. November 19, 2010
  • MacGunnigle, Bruce Campbell, Mayflower Families for Five Generations: Edward Fuller, Volume 4 (Plymouth: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1990).
  • MacGunnigle, Bruce Campbell. "Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts, December 1620, Volume Four, Third Edition, Family of Edward Fuller." Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2006, pages 3, 6-8.
  • MacGunnigle, Bruce Campbell; Sherman, Robert M. and Wakefield, Robert S.; "Was Matthew Fuller of Plymouth Colony a Son of Pilgrim Edward Fuller?", The American Genealogist 61(1986):194-199
  • Robinson, Ida May. Items of Ancestry by a Descendant. Privately Printed, Boston, David Clapp & Son 1894.
  • Roman, Michael J. The Lathrop Family. 1968-2000
  • Stratton, Eugene Aubrey Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691. , FASG. Ancestry Incorporated, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1986. True to its name, this book includes a history of the Plymouth Colony, along with biographical sketches of important colony members. Also included are lists of others who also arrived in the early days of the settlement.
  • Stratton, Eugene Aubrey, Plymouth Colony: Its History and its People, 1620-1691 (Ancestry Publishing: Salt Lake City, 1986).
  • Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Online publication - Provo, Utah: Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Wikipedia. Note that Wikipedia lists Edward Fuller as "Planters recruited by London merchants". It lists Dr. Samuel Fuller as a pilgrim.
  • Bradford, William. “History of Plymouth Plantation” : Wright & Potter Printing Company (State Printers), Boston 1651/1898 pp 533, 538 "Edward Fuller, and his wife, and Samuell, their sonne” [2]

p. 449 p. 454 "Edward Fuller and his wife dyed soon after they came ashore; but their sone Samuell is living, & maried, and hath 4. children or more."

  • Bradford, William, 1590-1657. Of Plimoth Plantation: manuscript, 1630-1650. State Library of Massachusetts "List of Mayflower Passengers." In Bradford's Hand.

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When my dad first discovered that Samuel Fuller was our ancestor, he wondered what a young boy would be thinking about on the long voyage to America and the death of both parents shortly afterwards.
posted 11 Nov 2012 by Becky (Nally) Syphers   [thank Becky]
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One Mayflower Connection for Donita Reams to Samuel Fuller. May I join the Mayflower Society? How do I proceed please? Thanks!

Samuel Fuller is 12 Degrees from Donita Reams Samuel Fuller →✖Fuller-244.jpgMary Fuller (his daughter)→✖John Williams (her son)→✖Mary Knowlton (his wife)→✖Thomas Knowlton (her brother)→✖Thomas Knowlton (his son)→✖Rosel Knowlton (his son)→✖Elisha Knowlton (his son)→✖Elbridge Knowlton (his son)→✖Henrietta Knowlton (his daughter)→✖Samuel Reams (her son)→✖Reams-343.jpgRussell Don Reams (his son)→Donita Reams (his daughter)

posted by Donita Reams
See my answer to your other post.
posted by Anne B
WikiTree is showing that I am related to several Mayflower passengers with Samuel Fuller at 12 degrees, I believe. Is this enough information to be an official Mayflower Descendant and join this group? If so, how do I proceed please?

Thank you, Donita Reams

posted by Donita Reams
Hi Donita, to Join the Wikitree Mayflower Project you don't actually have to be a descendant. You just need to be interested enough to help with the project goals and you would need to be per-1700 certified. Here's I join post Read it carefully and when you become pre -1700 certified ask to join by answering the post.

Joining the Mayflower Society is a whole different matter. You must be able to prove with good sources each and every parent child relationship between you and the Mayflower passenger. Wikitree might be a good place to start, but it's probably not adequate for the Mayflower Society.

posted by Anne B
Fuller-19004 and Fuller-48 appear to represent the same person because: These are clearly the same person. One fundamental principal of WikiTree is one profile per person. This merge should not be rejected again.
posted by Marty (Lenover) Acks
Hi. In the 7th paragraph in the Biography, I believe the name Samuel is missing the "a". Thanks, Ed Gates
posted by Edward Gates
Thank you Edward, I've fixed it, but in the future please feel free to correct obvious typos, unless they are in direct quotes.
posted by Anne B
Samuel =>Mary F Williams is my line
posted by Tom Wright
In the profile, it says he had 2 sons named Samuel. The one born second (younger) is said to be the father of the older (Samuel jr.). This is causing me (at least) many headaches. Can this be sorted out, please?
posted by Jerry Fuller
Image 147 or 291 copy of original of will but we already have a transcription in notes
posted by Beryl Meehan
For one of Samuel Fuller, I have John Fuller, born 1655/56 married Mehitable Rowley about 1679 at Barnstable, MA. They had a son, Joseph Fuller who married Lydia Day on December 22, 1722 at Hartford, CT.

Their son, Zachariah Fuller, born 1725, married Abigail Hubbell. Their daughter, Dimis Fuller, born October 10, 1755 and married Stephen Skiff who was born September 20, 1742. Both Dimis and Stephen were born at Kent, Litchfield, CT. Stephen and Dimis (Fuller) Skiff had a son, Jeremiah Skiff who married Esther Ayers on September 15, 1792 at Litchfield, CT. Their son, John Ayers Skiff married Lois Adeliza Drake on March 25, 1836 at Freedom Twp., Portage, Ohio. Their son, artist, Frank D. Skiff. CHICAGO SUNDAY TRIBUNE,December 17,1871,p.7--"Skiff & Co's great panorama of the CHICAGO FIRE.

posted by Frank Gill

This week's featured connections are from the War of the Roses: Samuel is 15 degrees from Margaret England, 14 degrees from Edmund Beaufort, 13 degrees from Margaret Stanley, 14 degrees from John Butler, 15 degrees from Henry VI of England, 14 degrees from Louis XI de France, 13 degrees from Isabel of Clarence, 14 degrees from Edward IV of York, 15 degrees from Thomas Fitzgerald, 14 degrees from Richard III of England, 14 degrees from Henry Stafford and 13 degrees from Perkin Warbeck on our single family tree. Login to see how you relate to 33 million family members.