Edward Fuller (1575-1621)

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Edward Fuller was born 4 September 1575 in Redenhall with Harleston, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom to Robert Fuller (c1548-1614) and Sarah Dunkhorn (1551-1584) and died 11 January 1621 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Anne Hopkins (1581-1621) 1602 in Redenhall with Harleston, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom.

1620 passenger on the Mayflower and early settlers of Plymouth Colony.

Vital Statistics

  • Son of Robert Fuller and Sara Dunkhorn. Robert was a butcher in the Norwich area.
  • Brother to Samuel Fuller (1580-1633) - fellow Mayflower passenger
  • Born 1575 (Baptized 4 Sept 1575 - at Redenhall Parish, Harleston, Norfolk, England. )
  • Married to Ann
  • Died 1621 (Between 1621-Jan-11 and 1621-Apr-10 : During first harsh winter in Plymouth)


His Brother, Samuel Fuller (1580-1633) took his apprentice and servant William Butten with him and sailed to North America. He left his wife behind in Plymouth (England) to care for his young child, which later died in Plymouth. Samuel's brother 'Edward Fuller joined him, along with Edward's wife Ann. The settlers founded a colony in North America and named it Plymouth Colony, after the city they had set out from.

Voyage of the Mayflower

Edward Fuller crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower with his wife and his 12 year old son, Samuel Fuller (1608-1683). Also accompanying the family was Edward's brother Dr. Samuel Fuller. Edward Fuller was the twenty-first signer of the Mayflower Compact. Both Edward Fuller and his wife died during the first winter in Plymouth Colony. Samuel survived and lived with his uncle after the death of his parents.


Mayflower at Provincetown Harbor

The Mayflower, originating from London with a group of Adventurers bound for the New World rendezvoused on 22 July with the Speedwell just arriving from Holland with a group of religious refugees from Leiden. Originally intended to sail jointly to the English Colony in Virginia it soon became evident that Speedwell was not seaworthy. Passengers and cargo were combined onto Mayflower (with many left behind) for the journey, finally departing on September 9.

During the voyage fierce storms blew the ship off course, arriving at Cape Cod on the Eastern Massachusetts coastline on November 9th. For two days they attempted to sail south to Virginia but exhausting supplies and fierce storms caused them to abort this effort and drop anchor at what is now Provincetown Harbor. On November 11th, the group decided to settle here and start their own colony. They wrote a governmental contract called the Mayflower Compact, Stephen was the 21st of the 41 signers on this document.

Mayflower compact 2016

Signing the Mayflower Compact 1620, a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899

About the middle of December 1620, the ship moved and dropped anchor in Plymouth Harbor. All the while the pilgrims were conducting several exploring missions of the area and negotiations with the local natives. Almost half of the passengers died, suffering from an outbreak of a contagious disease described as a mixture of scurvy, pneumonia and tuberculosis. In the spring, they built huts ashore, and on March 21, 1621, the surviving passengers disembarked from the Mayflower into their new settlement at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Marriage & Family

Edward's wife is commonly believed to be named Ann though no historic documentation exists supporting this name. Edward and his wife had two sons: Mathew and Samuel. Samuel traveled with his parents on the Mayflower. Mathew, however, traveled to Plymouth in about 1640 with his wife and three children. Descendants of his brother still live around the Plymouth area to this day.

  • Samuel Fuller (1608-1683) - Mayflower passenger in 1620 at age 12.
  • Matthew Fuller - Came to Plymouth later in 1640 with his wife and three children. Matthew became a captain and colony leader. He married Frances and had children Samuel, John, Mary, Anne, and Elizabeth as is listed on his will.


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)


Offspring of Robert Fuller and Sarah Dunkhorn (1551-1584)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Fuller (1573-1659)
Edward Fuller (1575-1621) 4 September 1575 Redenhall with Harleston, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom 11 January 1621 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States Anne Hopkins (1581-1621)

Ann Fuller (1577-1638)
John Fuller (1578-1608)
Samuel Fuller (1580-1633) 20 January 1580 Redenhall, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom September 1633 Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States Alice Glascock (1585-)
Agnes Carpenter (1582-1615)
Bridget Lee (1600-1667)

Robert Fuller (1581-1614)

Famous descendants

Famous descendants include Melville Weston Fuller, Joseph Smith, Jr., David Souter, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Erskine Hamilton Childers. Smith descends from Edward's son Samuel who married John Lothropp's daughter Jane

Vital Records

Bradfords Passenger List

From the 1651 list of Mayflower passengers by Gov Wm Bradford:

Edward Fuller, and his wife, and Samuell their sonne.

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


Sources and notes

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