52 Ancestors: #20 Reverend Daniel Fuller

Reverend Daniel Fuller was born April 20, 1699 in Dedham, Massachusetts to Thomas and Esther Fisher. He is my fifth-great grandfather on my father’s side. His second wife, Mary Edgerton, gr.gr.granddaughter of William Bradford of the Mayflower was my fifth great-grandmother. Her daughter, Mary “Molly” Fuller married Joseph Hunt.

In a family history of the Ballard/Fuller families, the following was said: ” Israel Ballard married again to Ellis Fuller (b. December 17, 1751 in Willington, Conn.) on September 14, 1774. Ellis was the youngest daughter of Rev. Daniel Fuller (according to a genealogy prepared by Rev. Dodge, 1936). Rev. Daniel Fuller died 6 Dec 1758 in Willington; he had been born 20 Apr 1699 Dedham, Norfolk, MA, married Lucy Goodrich in 1723 in CT but she died 21 Jul 1736; he married second Mary Edgerton (b.17 May 1713 Norwich, New London, CT—d.12 Sep 1769) on 26 Oct 1742 in Willington.

She was the mother of Ellis/Alice. In the Willington church records a Mrs. Fuller, wife of Mr. Daniel Fuller was dismissed from the church and recommended to the church of Eastbury. Rev. Daniel Fuller, the father of Ellis/Alice, was born at Dedham, MA on April 20, 1699, the son of Thomas and Esther (Fisher) Fuller; he married 1st, August 7, 1723, Lucy daughter of Jonathan and Abigail (Crafts) Goodrich of Wethersfield. Lucy was born 9 Sep 1699 and died 21 Jul 1739. Rev. Fuller married 2nd on 26 Oct 1742, Mary Edgerton of Norwich. She died 6 Dec 1758. Daniel Fuller graduated from Yale college in the class of 1721; taught school at Needham, MA, the records of that town showing that “on December 11, 1731, Ensighn Thomas Fuller and John Fisher were appointed ‘to treat with Mr. Danill Fuller to keep schoole,’ and he received 8 pounds for fifteen weeks.”

He then studied theology, and from 1728 (ordained September 11) until the time of his death was the first settled pastor of the Congregational church at Willington; here he exercised great influence due both to his ability and to his decided opinions. F. B. Dexter’s Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Yale College gives the following sketch of his life: Daniel Fuller, son of Thomas Fuller, Jr., of Dedham, MA, was born in Dedham, 1699; he studied theology, and in April, 1725, was called to the pastorate of the ecclesiastical society in Paquoinoc, in the northwestern part of the town of Windsor, Con., to which he had been preaching for a year; arrangements for his settlement proceeded so far that a council was called for his ordination, but in the meantime the society became dissatisfied, and a council advised him to withdraw, which he did. Mr. Fuller (then residing in Wethersfield) appealed, October, 1726, to the General Assembly for redress, but was for a time unsuccessful; in May, 1727, he renewed his petition, and was awarded 50 pounds damages.

At the same session of the Assembly, 1727, the township of Willington was constituted and provision made for the maintenance of public worship; a church (Congregational) was accordingly gathered, July 3, 1727, and Mr. Fuller was ordained on September 11, 1728, their pastor. There he remained, gaining a subsistence with great difficulty, until his death, of the small-pox, December 8, 1768, his 60th year.

He married, August 7, 1723, Lucy, daughter of Jonathan and Abigail (Crafts) goodrich, of Wethersfield. One son by her, Jonathan, became a noted physician in Mansfield, and had sons who graduated from Yale in 1783 and 1793.

In his will, dated December 2, 1758, Mr. Fuller mentions his wife Mary, four sons and four daughters. He inventory was 254 pounds, and included twenty-five volumes of books. In the theological divisions he was classed as an “old light”. The original will is in the State Library at Hartford. In it we find that Daniel left: “to wife Mary one-half of household goods; one-third part of the real estate as long as she remains my widow. To daughters Lucy, Mary and Alice, an equal part in remainder of the household goods, and one equal part of rest of my books, etc.” In the inventory is listed the major items of his library. A wig is mentioned; also 108 acres and buildings; 1 horse, 2 cows, yoke of oxen, 11 sheep, 2 swine. Total inventory 451 pounds, 13 shillings, 7 pence.

The administration account dated October 15, 1759, shows that the debts, consisting of notes and bills exceeded the value of the personal property. Claims against the estate exceeded 200 pounds.

The Colonial Records of Connecticut, 1757-62, at page 400 make record of the memorial of Mary Fuller and Daniel Fuller of Willington, executors of the last will and testament of the Rev’d Mr. Daniel Fuller, deceased, showing that debts against the estate surmount the personal property, and praying for power to sell so much of the real estate to raise 152 pounds 9s,2d; the Assembly granted permission. At page 515 of the same Records: “Upon the memorial of Daniel Fuller of Willington, showing that in 1758 he exchanged land with Rev. Mr. Daniel Fuller, who about the latter end of November, 1756, was taken sick of the small-pox, who did in the time of his sickness came a deed for conveyance of 81 acres of land in Willington to be made conveying the same to the memorialist, which deed is dated December 1, 1758, which deed the said Mr. Daniel Fuller did sign seal and deliver before witnesses and was desirous to have acknowledged the same but that there was no authority to be had to take the acknowledgment of the said deed, by reason of the infectious distemper, and that the said Rev. Mr. Daniel Fuller soon after died of said sickness, never having acknowledged said deed etc. etc. Resolved by this Assembly, that the said deed….shall be allowed….as though  the same had been acknowledged.”

It is said that during the Rebellion someone of his descendants sold nearly one thousand pounds of Rev. Daniel’s letters, sermons and other papers for paper rags.

The body of the Rev’d Daniel Fuller was buried in the Willington Hill cemetery, and the epitaph upon his tombstone reads: “Here lyes interred the body of ye Revd. Mr. Daniel Fuller late worth pastor of ye Church of Christ at Willington who died of ye smallpox Decembr ye 6th AD 1758 in ye 60th year of his age and ye 31st of his ministry. Beside him rests the body of his wife, the epitaph upon her tombstone reading: “In memory of the pious and well beloved consort of the Rev. Daniel Fuller, who departed this life Feb. 22d, 1764, in ye 71st year of her age.”

Daniel Fuller - Old Willington Cemetery

Daniel Fuller – Old Willington Cemetery

Daniel Fuller Reverend (1699 – 1758)
is your 5th great grandfather
daughter of Daniel Fuller Reverend
daughter of Mary “Molly” Fuller
son of Sarah Hunt
son of William Hunt Eldredge
son of Willard Holt Eldredge
son of Lester Fremont Eldredge


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