A Line of the Fuller Family

Wayne County, NY

Kindly contributed by Gayle Wadsworth! Some names have been bolded by the site coordinators for ease of online reading.

"I have attached a document found in my family records that I transcribed. I think it may be of historical interest as well as containing much genealogical information. It was written by the son of Noah Fuller (who is listed as one of the early settlers), Alvah Fuller, in 1867. I won't vouch for the dates. However, I have been able to confirm much of the information, especially the military service of individuals in the transcript. I have also prepared an index of names. Most of the people listed lived in Wayne Co. at some time during their lives, or were descended from those who came from here.

Gayle Wadsworth

Transcribed by Gayle Wadsworth March 5, 2002 from a transcript in family possession that is marked "Copy". Assumed to be typed by Henry Clay Fuller in 1898 from his father's original. I have left all spelling, punctuation, capitalization and dates as written. Further research I have done have shown some dates to be in error but the general stories i.e. military service, places lived, occupations, etc. have proven to be right in the cases I have researched. I include the numbers but I have no idea what they refer to.

Information furnished by Alvah Fuller for Hon. Thomas Spooner, author of the Spooner Memorial, May 25, 1867. Extract from Vol. V of the Spooner Memorial Unp. Unpublished; Vol 7 is published. (Vol. V has been marked over in pen with I and Vol. 7 has been changed to II)

No. 8548.

Thomas Fuller, my grandfather, who resided at North Adams, Mass., owned a forge, and was engaged in the manufacture of Iron for many years; believed in the final restoration of all things, and the ultimate happiness of all mankind, strenously refused to pay any tax for the support of the Established Church. His oxen were taken from his yard at one time, and sold to pay this tax, but his neighbors who highly respected him for his strict integrity and honest religious belief, bought them at the public sale and returned them to him unsolicited. He died in Macedon, N.Y., about 1820 his wife having died many years before. His children 2 sons and 4 daughters all survived him.

Noah Fuller, born in North Adams, Mass., May 4th, 1781; died in Ontario, N. Y. Sept 8th, 1825 of liver complaint; was a man of fine personal appearance, of a speculative turn of mind, was once well off, but in his speculations in Salt works and other matters, lost all. He was Capatain of an Independent Rifle Co., at the breaking out of the war of 1812; lived upon a farm upon the shore of Lake Ontario; was taken prisoner by 12 British red-coats sent on shore from the war vessel King George. When he saw them coming, told his wife and children to take his rifle and sword and uniforms and go to the woods to hide them, and he would go down to the beach and meet them, which he did in company with two of his neighbors; all were taken prisoners, but set on shore 4 miles below at Poultneyville, where they, the red-coats, plundered the town of all the flour they could find. He was soon with his Company called into active service to guard the frontier on the border of the Niagara River. Crossed over into Canada, and was engaged in several successful battles. Continued in the service till the close of the war, and was honorable discharged. He married Lois Spooner of Oakham, Mass., and removed to Western N. Y. at an early day; by whom he had six children: Wm. A.; Stillman; Alvah; Charles W.; Hannah M.; and Eliza Ann. His wife died a few months after the birth of the latter, Nov. 2nd, 1814. His domestic relations were most happy: in the family circle he was the centre of reverence and affection both of wife and children. He married for 2d wife Lydia Edmunds, a young widow, whose husband died from disease contracted in the war of 1812; by whom he had 4 children: Azel, Lydia, Ester and Noah. The latter died when about 18 months old. Azel learned the tailor's trade, and died in 1846 in Elkader, Iowa, leaving a widow and 2 children. The son enlisted in the War of the Rebellion as a private, served to its close and was honorably discharged.

Ester the only one of the 4 living, Married and lived in Chautauqua Co., N.Y. The last known of her, her husband married for her 3d husband a Mr. Blackman of that Co.



Wm. A. Fuller, born in Ontario, N. Y., Dec. 10th, 1801, a carpenter by trade, but has been engaged in the mercantile business for a number of years, and a carriage manufacturer; has been an active J.P. since 1829, and a number of years Associate Justice of the Co. Court of Wayne Co., N. Y. Has always resided in the same town where he was born. He united with the Methodist Church at the age of about 16 years, but has changed his views upon the subject; believes now in the universal happiness of all mankind. He married Polly Stolp in ______ ________ 1824, by whom he had 4 children: Albert B.; Cornelia: Charles and Ellen; the latter died at the age of 10 years of congestive fever. Albert B. chose the profession of the law; was admitted to practice in 1852 in Circuit Court, Kane Co., Ills.; was a distunguished member of the bar; was a candidate for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the City of Aurora where he resided in 1854 but was defeated by an older member of the bar. Was a member of the order of Free-masons; died April 28th 1858, of consumption. Left a widow, but no children. Cornelia married a Mr. Franklin May 3d, 1860, and died June 15th, 1866, leaving a daughter 2 years old, who is cared for by her father. Chas. Fuller went to California in 1856, and but little is known of him since. Polly wife of Wm. A. Fuller, died in Ontario in 1850 of Consumption. Her husband married for 2d wife Lucy Bettis, who had one child; are now living at the old homestead, Ontario, N. Y.; her maiden name was Lucy Hopkins; born in Mount Washington, Mass., Feb. 22d, 1814.


Stillman Fuller, born Sept. 9, 1804, in Ontario, N. Y., a mason by trade. Carried on business extensively in Syracuse as a builder and merchant with and of the firm name of "Cheeney, Chapman & Fuller". (Married Nancy Stolp of Onondage Co., N. Y., by whom he had six children: Owen, Catharine, Newton, Harriet, Harrison, and Warren.)

Moved to Aurora Ills., in 1846, and in 1852 went to California, where his family rejoined him in 1859, except Harriet who was married about the time the family left for California to a Mr. Isbel, a locomotive engineer and still resides in Aurora; has 2 children.

Owen and Newton married sisters in California, the former a mason by trade, and the latter a clothier. Catharine is unmarried, school teacher by profession. Harrison is also teaching school. Warren the youngest, incapacitated for any kind of business; has been subject to fits for the past 8 years.


Alvah Fuller, born April 30th, 1806, in Ontario, N. Y.; at the age of 16 years fell from a tree in a swamp upon the ice and fractured the bone of the right thigh, which became diseased, and most of it came out, making him a cripple for life; taught school two years and 7 consecutive winters. Married Aurelia Fisk of Williamson, N. Y., formerly of Heath, Mass., Jan 23d, 1834, by whom he had 2 children: Eliza J., and Joseph A. He removed to Allegan, Mich., in 1836; entered the mercantile business in company with Jos. Fisk (brother-in-law); subsequently carried on the business alone for many years, in Michigan, Iowa, and Illinois; also been engaged in the lumber business in Illinois. Held the office of County Treasurer and J. P. 4 years in Allegan, Mich. His wife died July 16th, 1842, and in 1843, with his children, he returned to Ontario, N. Y. In 1844 again married, Sophie Higbe of Tioga Co., N.Y., by whom he had five children: Ann Amelia, Alice C., Noah H., Henry C., and Wm. A. Removed to Aurora, Ills., in Oct. 1850, a small town on Fox River, but now contains 10,000 inhabitants. The car and machine-shops of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy R. R. are located at Aurora. It is a business and enterprising town 40 miles west of Chicago.


Eliza J. married Wm. H. Miller of Aurora, Ills., at that time Assistant Cashier and Teller of the Aurora Bank of Hall & Bros. The bank failed in 1860, its scarcity of capital, being in Southern Stocks. Mr. Miller then at the solicitation of his friends started a private bank business and carried it on successfully for 2 years alone, when he associated with him R. C. Mix one of the wealthiest men of Aurora. They are doing a profitable and safe business. Mr. Miller was elected to the office of County Treasurer in Nov. 1865, which office he now holds; the office is worth $3500.00 a year. He has one son, Alfred Allen, born Aug. 20, 1863.


Jos. A Fuller born July 7th, 1837, in Allegan, Mich., graduated D. V. at Bell's Commercial College in Chicago in 1856; went to Emporia, Kansas, in April 1857, married Mildred S. Payne in 1859, by whom he had one son, Robert W. (crossed out in pen and changed to Allen) He enlisted for 3 months at the outbreak of the rebellion in Co. H 2d Kansas Reg't.; was elected 2d lieutenant; served 5 months, when from the loss of an eye was forced to leave the service; was in the battle of Springfield, or Willow Springs, when his Col. (Mitchell) was wounded was himself hit in the right side with a Bullet, but his knife and comb being in his vest pocket saved his life. He suffered much pain from the loss of his eye and neuralgia that set in, and finally died from an overdose of morphine, Sept. 30th, 1862.

Noah H. Fuller died June 1851 with cholera infantum; the other 4 children are unmarried and all at home.


Charles W. Fuller, born April 30th, 1808, in Ontario, N. Y.; died in Ontario, Sept. 1829 of dysentery; was a carpenter by trade.


Eliza Ann Fuller born in Ontario April 3d, 1814, married Geo. F. Miers in Ontario, N. Y.; a farmer, by whom she had 3 children: Catharine, Charles, and Geo. W. The(y) removed to Aurora, Ills. in 1846. Catharine married Henry Nichols in 1847, a Southernman from Georgia. She died at Aurora, March 1852 of Consumption. Mr. Miers went to Cal. in March 1850 leaving his family in charge of his son-in-law Mr. Nichols. In April 1854 Mr. Nichols and Chas. Miers went to Cal. leaving Mrs. Miers and Geo. behind; in 1862 Geo. Miers enlisted as a private in C. H 13th Ill. Reg't. Col. Wyman Commanding. On account of his fine penmanship and scholarship he was soon transferred to the Q. M. Dept. where he remained til January 1864, when on account of his failing health he was obliged to leave the army. He returned to his friends in Aurora where he and his mother had boarded with his uncle A. Fuller 6 years previous to his going into the army. His mother had rejoined her husband in Cal. and Geo. was left to die with his friends in Aurora. His disease was consumption aggravated by fistula, a disease contracted in the army. He died in January 1865 at the residence of Wm. H. Miller, who married his cousin, Eliza W. Fuller, daughter of A. Fuller. He was a noble, manly boy; was very anxious to enlist in the outset, but his mother would not give her consent as he was not quite 21. In an earnest conversation one day he said to his mother somewhat excited "Mother, other mothers consent to let their sons go into the army and I believe if you was a true woman you would do the same." She noticed his anxious manner, and replied: "If you think so, Geo., you can go.: In less than 10 minutes his name was on the roll. He never regreted it; said it was her duty to let him go.

Chas. Miers is a thorough student; has studied medicine about 3 years; is Deputy Assessor in Yteka, Cal; is part owner, and teacher in a high school at Yteka; his father, mother, and Henry Nichols, brother-in-law, reside on a farm near Yteka.


Hannah M. Fuller, born in Ontario, April 7th 1810; married William Greenwood M. D., in 1829, April 22nd, by whom she had one son, Wm. Eugene. Her husband died February 12th, 1831, and she married Joseph Patterson, October 24th, 1831, farmer; he passed through college; chose as a profession the study of law which he commenced, but abandoned it and turned his attention to agricutural pursuits; was born and raised in Brown Co., N. Y., but went to Ontario, N. Y., where his father had left him some 300 acres of land; his wife died in 1828, and in 1831 he married the widow of Dr. Greenwood by whom he had four children: Eliza, Sophia, Charles P., and Ella K. He died in Emporia, Kansas, Aug 11th, 1857 of congestion of the brain. His widow again married, Dea. A Huston, Dec. 19/61, member of the Baptist church at Ontario. She united with the Baptist church when quite young, and a member at her death. She died 10th, Jany, 1866, of dropsy in chest, and heart disease; suffered much for many months before her death.

Eliza Patterson married L. P. Cone, in 1854; a merchant tailor; moved to Davenport, Iowa, where they now reside; have had three children: Fanny, Willie, a daughter born 12th April 1857; Willie died about one year since from spinal complaint, caused by falling down stairs.

Martha Sophia, born Dec. 16th, 1834 in Ontario, N. Y.; married Abner Hill, farmer, and miller, by whom she had 2 sons, W. A. born July 14/60; Charles, Aug. 27/62, and Mary, April 28/67. The youngest son, about 5 years old, was killed about a year since in his father's grist mill by being caught in machinery.

Chas. P. Patterson, born in Ontario, N. Y., Aug. 18, 1836, went to Kansas with his father in 1857, but returned to Ontario after his father's death; married a Miss Potter in 1860; has no children but has adopted his youngest sister after her mother's death; she is about 16 years old: he entered the service in 1862 with his half--brother, Wm. Eugene Greenwood, who was elected Lieutenant of their Company. A son of Secretary Seward was their Colonel. They were most of the time on guard duty about Washington. chas. had a commission, and had charge of a fort there. They were sent to the Battle of the Wilderness, where they were both wounded, Chas. by a piece of shell in foot, and wm. by a ball passing through the fleshy part of thigh, and both discharged by this reason from the army. Charles' wound has healed but that of William's is to last him through life; cannot heal if permanently. Wm. has one daughter, about 12 years old. They both reside upon one farm in Webster, N. Y.; both, with their wives members of the Baptist church.

Chas. P. Patterson, has been living in California for several years---was Mayor of Pomora (Pomona?) for 1897.

                        H. C. Fuller
                        2/8/98      (1898)

End of Transcript GAW 3/5/2002


Names with an * indicate those born or at some point residing in Wayne Co., NY, according to the text.

Bettis, Lucy
Cone, Fanny
Cone, L. P. *
Cone, Willie
Fisk, Aurelia *
Fuller, Albert B. *
Fuller, Alvah *
Fuller, Azel *
Fuller, Catharine
Fuller, Charles *
Fuller, Charles W. *
Fuller, Cornelia*
Fuller, Eliza Ann *
Fuller, Eliza J. *
Fuller, Ellen *
Fuller, Ester *
Fuller, Hannah M. *
Fuller, Harriet
Fuller, Harrison
Fuller, Joseph A. *
Fuller, Lydia *
Fuller, Newton
Fuller, Noah *
Fuller, Noah (Jr.) *
Fuller, Noah H.
Fuller, Owen
Fuller, Robert Allen
Fuller, Stillman *
Fuller, Thomas *
Fuller, Warren
Fuller, William A. *
Greenwood (M. D.), William *
Greenwood, William Eugene *
Higbe, Sophie *
Hill, Abner *
Hill, Charles *
Hill, Mary *
Hill, W. A. *
Huston, A. (Deacon) *
Miers, Catharine *
Miers, Charles *
Miers, George F.*
Miers, George W. *
Miller, Alfred Allen
Miller, William H.
Nichols, Henry
Patterson, Charles P. *
Patterson, Ella K. *
Patterson, Joseph *
Patterson, Martha Sophia *
Payne, Mildred S.
Potter, (female)*
Spooner, Lois *
Stolp, Nancy
Stolp, Polly *

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