Today’s letter is F. There is only one person I could use for F. That is my 10th Great Grandfather and the first Fuller in my line to come to the United States. Most of the following information come from various books on Thomas Fuller and his Descendents. If you’d like the exact books I used comment before and I can look them up for you.
At the age of just 20 years old Thomas embarked on a journey that would changed his life. He left England in 1638 intent on staying only one year before going back to England. He was curious about the “wilderness world” and after being satisfied by his observations he would leave and go back home to share what he saw.
While Thomas was in Massachusetts he listened to a sermon by Rev. Thomas Shepard of Cambridge. It was after this teaching that he took an interest in the Puritan religion. He became less interested in the way England structured religion and was attracted to the freedom that America offered, where God could be worshiped freely.
The following is the actual record that Thomas left on his views which caused him to change his life and leave England for good and come to America.
For myself there is something so amazing that from one teaching Thomas felt called to leave everything he knew and trust that God wanted him to be here. That he had amazing things to do in the country.
After Thomas settled down he lived on a large plot of land in New Salem,MA. This land is still owned mainly by is descendants. He did not stay here but moved to Woburn, MA and was one of the first settlers there. He was also a very active resident of the town, being included in many town records. Thomas would marry three times before his death in 1690 at 80 years young.
Although Thomas Fuller did not have an adventurous life, he is one of my favorite ancestors to learn about. A lot of the immigrants that came to the US in the 1600s came because they wanted religious freedom. Thomas Fuller came to survey the land and stayed because he found religion. That’s pretty awesome to me.