Tuesday Twigs: The Fuller Family Mystery

As you may have seen, last week I helped plan and attend a family reunion near Fort Dodge, Iowa.  One of the many fantastic experiences was dropping by the Webster County museum in Otho, Iowa and talking with the docents there.  Upon hearing that we were related to the Fullers of the region, they picked up the phone and called Roma Fuller to come down and talk to us!  Now I knew that there were three branches of Fullers living in and around Otho township at the same time:  our David Fuller, a Sylvester Fuller, and a Clark Fuller.  It turned out that Roma was descended from the Sylvester Fuller line and generously sent me a packet of information this week detailing her lines.

I hadn’t devoted much time to sussing out where those Fuller lines connected, if at all, so figured I might as well, since Roma had contacted two other of her Fuller cousins with instructions to contact me and I’ve since had a phone message and an email message!  The universe is telling me to work on this!

Talk about dopplegangers – my David Fuller was born in 1823 in New York, died in 1900 in (Otho) Iowa, the father of the other Sylvester Fuller, David Fuller was born in 1823 in New York, and died in 1900 in (Dubuque) Iowa.  Eerie.

Alright, sometimes I make things too tough.  There it is, when I search my Lindstrom family tree:  Sylvester Fuller, paternal grandfather of husband of sister-in-law of 1st cousin 2x removed.  Yikes – that’s not complicated. But it still doesn’t mean that there isn’t another relationship between the same-generation Fullers.  Onward.  Okay, it looks like this line is too far apart for a reasonably close connection.  Sylvester’s grandfather was born in Vermont in 1793 and my Fullers of that generation were all in Leyden, Massachusetts.  I’m sure they are connected somehow, but I don’t have the time or inclination to go down that rabbit hole.

The other candidate is Clark Fuller, who was born in 1794 in New York.  From my Lindstrom family tree he is my paternal grandfather of husband of sister-in-law of 2nd great-uncle.  His parents were Cornelius and Zilpha Knapp. Cornelius’ father was John Fuller, born in Hebron, CT and died in Dutchess County, NY.  (I’m going with established family trees for reference for efficiency, and if I find anything, then go into any primary sources that are available) Looks like the same story… I’d have to wade into the thicket of branches and sort through all the dead wood.  

I guess it would be nice to find out what relationship there is between Roma Fuller and I, since she did take the time to send me her tree info.  Again, there’s nothing direct.  Her husband is the husband of the sister-in-law of my 1st cousin 2x removed.

I’ll send her the cliff notes.

image courtesy of BionicBotanist (CC attribution)
 UPDATE:  I’ve since connected to Roma Fuller via facebook and corrected her family connections.  She’s the wife of nephew of husband of sister-in-law of my 1st cousin 2x removed!


2 thoughts on “Tuesday Twigs: The Fuller Family Mystery

  1. Elaine Kidwell

    BC (before computers) “my” Peter Huskey who died in Missouri in 1803 really put the Tennessee State Geneologist'”knickers in a twist”. “her” Peter Huskey never moved to Missouri aBut died and was buried in Gatlinburg TN in 1799….. Same man

    1. Cara Jensen, historical researcher

      Isn’t it funny how people move or don’t move around? Certainly makes it tough for us historians!

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