Note: Matthew Fuller was a Doctor, Surgeon, and Military man. He immigrated with his wife and three oldest children to Plymouth in 1640, where his parents had died 20 years earlier. In 1656, because of the amount of money in the church coffers, a law was made by the Confederacy making each town appoint officers to rate the estates of all in habitants for a new pulpit tax. This was one of the "tyrannies" they had found so intolerable in the Anglican church. It took away the purely voluntary fellowship, a free association of like-minded Christians, to which each contributed what he would or could. This measure was greeted with much audible groaning and several vehement protest.
See also Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691, Part Three: Biographical Sketches Biographical Sketches, Fuller, Samuel: " xxx �It has been assumed in the past that Edward Fuller, unlike his brother Samuel, was not in Leiden, but Jeremy D. Bangs in MQ 51:58 cites a contemporary Leiden document to show that in fact he was there. Edward arrived at Plymouth on the 1620 Mayflower with his wife (see above) and son Samuel, q.v., and both he and his wife died shortly after arrival. Another son, Matthew, came to Plymouth Colony later; though there have been claims that Matthew was not Edward's son, there is good indirect evidence for the relationship�see Bruce Campbell MacGunnigle, Robert M. Sherman, and Robert S. Wakefield, "Was Matthew Fuller of Plymouth Colony a Son of Pilgrim Edward Fuller?" [p.295] TAG 61:194. Matthew became a captain and a colony leader. He married a Frances, whose surname is unknown, and they had Samuel, John, Mary, Anne, and Elizabeth, as is shown by Matthew's will (MD 13:7). Additional information on Edward Fuller can be found in Homer W. Brainard, "Edward Fuller and his Descendants" and Francis H. Fuller, "John Fuller of Redenhall, England, and his Descendants in New England," NYGBR 33:171, 211. For other published material, see Edward's brother Samuel."
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Fuller, Matthew (abt 1603-1678)
Matthew Fuller was born in England, son of Edward Fuller. He did not embark in the Mayflower with his parents, but came with a later group of emigrants as head of a family. It is thought that while in England, he had married Francis ___, credited with being the mother of some, if not all, of his children, two sons and three daughters, some of whom were born before leaving England. Matthew brought his family to Plymouth by 1640. Plymouth colony records in September of that year describe his garden place in Plymouth and the six acres of land which he had recently purchased from John Gregory. In 1642, he had land assigned to him, was a juryman, and was propounded as freeman. The next year he was appointed sergeant of the military company raised in Plymouth, Duxbury, and Marshfield, of which Myles Standish was captain. In about 1650, he removed to Barnstable where he followed the profession of physician. He took a public stand on the side of the unpopular Quakers there and received a fine for it. In 1654, he appears as lieutenant under Captain Standish of the fifty men raised as Plymouth's quota to expel the Dutch from Manhatten; however he saw no service because peace between England and Holland was declared before his force departed. In 1673, he became Surgeon General of the Plymouth colony forces, and he was a captain in 1676 in King Philip's War. Matthew Fuller of Barnstable prepared a will dated 25 July 1678 which was sworn 30 October 1678. His wife Frances was executrix.
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