Notes for Robert Fuller: From "Known Ancestors and the Descendants (July 1964) of Charles Augustus and Lucy Vardiman Harrison Fuller" The word "fuller" denotes a skilled workman who fulls or cleans, or otherwise treats cloth. Presumably the various families named Fuller in England are descendants of those early-day fullers. It is highly unlikely that they were all related, having derived the name, as they did, from their occupations rather than from one ancestor. The Fullers were freeholders in Redenhall, Norfolk, as early as 1482.
(Information taken from "Records of Robert Fuller of Salem and Rehoboth and Some of his Descendants" by Clarence C. Fuller, Oxboro, Mass., and "A Record of Some of the Descendants of Rubert Fuller of Salem and Rehoboth," by James Fuller Spoerri.
In 1638, Robert Fuller came from Southampton, England, aboard the ship Bevis, and settled in Salem, Mass. According to land deeds, he bought or held land rights in Reheboth in 1645, but remained in Salem. He was a bricklayer for several years, but not the only one as indicated in some genealogy histories of Robert Fuller. About 1642, he and Sarah Bowen, daughter of Richard Bowen of On June 28, 1653, he signed a treaty to settle differences of the town of Rehoboth with Capt. Myles Standish, and Thomas Willett and Josias Winslow, as found in the Bristol County, Mass., Plymouth County Deeds, v. 2, part 1, page 79. As a property owner in Rehoboth, Robert drew shares in general division of land in 1658 and 1668. He took the Freeman's oath in 1658, and in 1673, he paid taxes of 4 Pounds 10 shillings and 3d. for the expense of King Phillip's War (G.H. Tilton in "Story of Rehoboth Mass." And James Arnold, Vital Records of Rehoboth, 1897.) In "Early Rehoboth, v 3 by Richard Bowen: In 1676, Robert's wife, Sarah and two sons, John and Samuel ("Robert Fuller of Salem ..." by Jean Muir, Dorsey, Urbana, Ill.), and son-in-law Nehemiah Sabin, were killed during an Indian attack on the town. His home and most of those in the town were destroyed in a raid during King Philips' War. After the tragedy, Robert gave much of his property to his sons and grandchildren, and held some jointly with son Jonathan. In 1677, he returned to Salem, and was admitted as Selectman of Salen. He married Margaret Falton Waller about 1678. He was admitted to First Church in Salem on March 10, 1679. When assignment of seats were made in the meeting house, he and xxx Meacham Sr., were seated in a prestigious spot, directly behind the ministers (Essex Institute Historical Collection, v 69; P 140, 147) He often received pay for work done on the Salem Townhouse. On March 30, 1697, Robert and Margaret received 65 Pounds from Jacob Manning of Salem for their homestead of house, barns, 10 acres and adjoining tract known as North Field (Essex County Mass. Deeds v 11; P 228.) Shortly after, he moved back to Rehoboth, where his sons Benjamin and Jonathan lived. Robert divided his estate among his children before he died. No settlement of the estate has been found. He is buried three miles from Seekonk, per Rehoboth Town Records.
More About Robert Fuller: Census 1: 1658, Took Freeman's oath. Census 2: 1653, Signed treaty to settle differences for Rehoboth with Capt. Miles Standish. Census 3: 1673, Paid taxes for King Philip's War. Fact 1: Brick layer in Salem; only one in New England?. Fact 5: 1678, Married Margaret Felton Waller. Fact 6: 1679, Admitted to First Church of Salem; assigned seat directly behind ministers. Fact 7: Fuller Cemetery is in Seekonk, a part of Rehoboth. Military service 1: 1638, Sailed to New England aboart Bevis Ship. Military service 2: Settled in Salem, MA. Occupation 1: bought land in Rheoboth, MA, but remained in Salem. Occupation 2: 14 October 1676, Wife Sarah Bowen, 2 sons, son-in-law die in Indian attack on town. Occupation 3: 1677, Returned to Salem, admitted by Selectmen as Inhabitant.
More About Robert Fuller and Sarah Bowen: Marriage: Abt. 1640, Salem?, Mass.
More About Robert Fuller and Margaret Felton Waller: Marriage: 1678