Matthew Fuller was born circa October 1605 in England to Edward Fuller (1575-1621) and Anne Hopkins (1581-1621) and died circa 1678 in Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Francis Iyde (1605-1678) circa 1625 in England. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.
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Migration from England

Matthew Fuller did not accompany his parents and brother on the Mayflower. He was likely older than his younger brother Samuel Fuller (1608-1683) and may have stayed in England (with other children?) to continue his education. He is first mentioned in the Plymouth Colony Records in a deed October 1640 and it's believed that 1640 is the year of his arrival and that of his family. He was granted 10 acres in Plymouth in April, 1642, the same year he was a juryman and propounded Freeman. However, he did not take the Freeman's oath until 7 June 1653. He was appointed sergeant in the militia in 1643; Miles Standish was Captain. He removed to Barnstable, Massachusetts from Plymouth by 1652, possibly as early as 1650.

Plymouth Colony Physician

A physician, he was named lieutenant of the military company of Barnstable at the General Court in Plymouth 5 Oct. 1652 and, in 1653, he represented Barnstable in the General Court. On 2 Oct. 1658 he was elected one of the Council of War and, in 1671, named it's chairman and one of the magistrates of the Colony. In the same year he was named lieutenant of the forces to be sent against the Saconet Indians. He was appointed surgeon of the forces of Plymouth colony 17 Dec. 1673; named Captain of the Plymouth forces in 1675 during King Philip's War.

Barnstable Residence

He was the first regular physician at Barnstable and resided in it's northwest corner, in an area called Scorton Neck. He also owned land in Middleborough MA and Falmouth MA, granted for services provided to the Colony.

Will of Matthew

His will was dated 25 July 1678 and was proved 30 Oct. 1678. His estate was appraised on 22 Aug. 1676 at 1,667 pounds, 4, 6, a very large amount for the times. " Among items is the following: " Pearls, precious stones and diamonds, at a guess, 200 pounds." (From "Genealogy of Some of the Desc. of Capt. Matthew Fuller, " William Hyslop Fluller, 1914, pg. 12).

Marriage and Children

All children before 1640 were born in England.

  1. Mary Fuller (1626-)
  2. Samuel Fuller (1628-1676) - died in battle against Indians at the Great Swamp Battle as Lieutenant of Militia.
  3. Elizabeth Fuller (1626-1715) - English immigrant to America
  4. Anne Fuller (1640-)
  5. John Fuller (1635-1691) -


Offspring of Matthew Fuller and Francis Iyde (1605-1678)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Fuller (1626-)
Samuel Fuller (1628-1676) 1627 England 26 March 1676 Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island Mrs Mary Fuller (c1630-)

Elizabeth Fuller (1626-1715) 1630 England 7 March 1714 East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut Moses Rowley (1632-1705)

John Fuller (1635-1691) 1635 Plymouth, Pllymouth County, Massachusetts 11 May 1691 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Bethia (1633-1687)
Hannah Morton (1659-1738)

Anne Fuller (1640-)


Offspring of Edward Fuller and Anne Hopkins (1581-1621)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Matthew Fuller (1603-1678) October 1605 England 1678 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Francis Iyde (1605-1678)

Samuel Fuller (1608-1683) 8 April 1608 Redenhall, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom 31 October 1683 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States Jane Lathrop (1614-c1680)



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