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Experience (Fuller) Wood (abt. 1669 - bef. 1728)

Experience Wood formerly Fuller
Born about in Plymouth, Plymouth Colonymap [uncertain]
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Wife of — married 12 Apr 1693 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Baymap
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Died before before about age 59 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Experience Fuller[1] was the daughter of Samuel Fuller Jr. (abt.1629-1695) and his wife Elizabeth (Nichols) Fuller (abt.1637-1713).[1] There is no record of her birth, but 1 Oct 1695 an agreement was made by the heirs of Samuel Fuller: the widow, James Wood and wife Experience, and her other siblings and their spouses.[1][2]

Experience's birth is estimated about 1669, probably in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony.[1] It is known that in 1670 her father was on a list of Plymouth freemen.[3] The family moved to Middleborough by 1680.[1]

Experience Fuller and James Wood married 12 April 1693. The marriage is recorded in the printed Bridgewater records, citing the Plymouth Colony Records.[4] In the explanations page 4 is the following: "The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Bridgewater does not prove that it occurred in this town; but whenplaces other tha Bridgewater and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy." Indeed, the marriage actually took place in Middleborough, listed on page 11 of the original records, but was not included in the printed records for that town. The addition has been published in several journals.[5][6][7][8]

5 May 1721, acknowledged 16 April 1725, James Wood and his wife Experience exchanged Middleborough land that belonged to their father, Samuel Fuller, with land owned by Jacob Tomson.[1][9]. On the same date they gave land in Middleborough to their son James Wood.[1][10]

Still alive in April 1725,[9] Experience Wood died before 21 Dec 1728, the settlement of her husband, James Wood's, estate.[1][11]

James Wood's probate documents show the following children:[1]

  1. Lydia Wood b. c. 1694
  2. Jonathan Wood b. c. 1697
  3. James Wood b. c. 1699
  4. Barnabas Wood b. c. 1701
  5. Benjamin Wood b. c. 1703 (based on age at death)
  6. Abel Wood b. c. 1706 (based on age at death)
  7. Ichabod Wood b. c. 1709 (based on age at death)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Stover, Margaret Harris and Robert S. Wakefield. Mayflower Families through Five Generations : Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620 Vol. 10, Family of Samuel Fuller (Plymouth:GSMD, 1996) pp 7, 11
  2. "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.
  3. Shurtleff, Nathaniel, (ed.). Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England; printed by order of the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by New Plymouth Colony. Vol. 5 Court Orders 1668-1678 (Boston: Press of William White, 1856) p. 274
  4. Vital records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850. 1916. Boston, Mass: Pub. by the New England historic genealogical Society, at the charge of the Eddy town-record fund.p. 142
  5. Bowman, George Ernest (ed.) "Marriages on Plymouth County Court Records." Pilgrim Notes & Queries p 122
  6. "Marriages entered on the Court Records." The Mayflower Descendant 26:38 (1924) link American Ancestors
  7. "Middleborough and Plymouth Marriages from the Plymouth County Court of Common Pleas." The Mayflower Descendant 56:47 (2007) Link at AmericanAncestors ($)
  8. Genealogical Advertiser Vol 1 (1898) pp 1-3 link google books
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2014), Plymouth > Deeds 1724-1726 vol 18-20 > image 300 of 679; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts. Plymouth County Land Records 19:46
  10. "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2014), Plymouth > Deeds 1741-1745 vol 35-37 > image 655 of 724; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts. Plymouth County Land Records 37:159
  11. The Mayflower descendant : a quarterly magazine ... vol.18 (1916). [ pp 229-231.

See also:

  • Roser, Susan E. "Mayflower Births and Deaths." Vol 1,& 2 Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., (Vol 1, 1992)
  • Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.) Torrey cites the following sources: NYGBR 33:171; Reg. 101:338; TAG 24:188; Bradford (1900) 14; Bailey: Early MA Mar. 2:70; MD 5:69, 18:227, 26:38; Fuller 2:15; Gen. Adv. 1:3; Pilgrim Notes 5:71. [[Space:Sources-Torrey|Key to abbreviations]

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