George Herbert Fuller died 2 November 1934

George H Fuller was born in Portsmouth, NH on 12 February 1860, the third child of Joseph W Fuller and Eliza Jane Hawkins.  Some records on line list his year of birth as 1861, but the 1860 census, dated 10 July 1860, lists George with his parents and two older sisters, plus his half-sister from Eliza’s first marriage.  The census says he is 5 months old, which corresponds with the date of 12 February 1860.  George’s father was a farm laborer, with real estate valued at $1500 and personal property at $500.  The family list concludes with John Fuller, a seaman, age 21.  In 1860, the family relationships were not listed.  He might be Joseph’s son from his first marriage although I did not find a birth record for him. 

The 1870 census lists the Fuller family   in Portsmouth.  Their real estate is valued at $1000, with personal property of $50.  Joseph is a laborer, Eliza is keeping house.  John is listed next, age 31, a laborer.  Family relationships still aren’t listed but the placement of his name on this list is still a clue that he may be Joseph’s son.  George’s half sister Elizabeth Josephine is not in the household, but Fanny, Maria, and George are all attending school.  Little Theodore Henry is only six. 

George’s father died 10 March 1880 in Portsmouth.  The 1880 census lists Eliza and the rest of the family on Sagamore Road in Portsmouth.  The household includes his half sister Elizabeth Denney, and Fannie, Maria, George, and Henry.  Eliza was listed as keeping house.  The sisters were listed as “without occupations” and George and Henry were laborers. 

On 28 January 1886 in Portsmouth, George married Adeline L Spinney, daughter of Henry P Spinney and Olive Newbergin.  Addie had previously been married to Charles Tetherly and had a daughter, Estella born in 1882. 

In 1888, George and his family lived with his mother.  He was listed in the 1895 Portsmouth city directory living at the rear of 31 Court Street. 

The 1900 census lists George’s family at 25 Gates Street in Portsmouth.  He worked as a railroad laborer.  The record says that Addie has had two children, both living, but this count is not accurate.  Her daughter Estelle is still living. George Jr was born in 1886, Olive Eliza (apparently named for her two grandmothers) was born in 1888, but died at age two of membranous croup.  Elizabeth Eveline had been born in 1895, and was called Bessie in her younger years. A stillborn son was born on Christmas Eve of 1896.  She has had at least five children born, with three still living.  The 1905 city directory lists George Fuller as a laborer, residing at 25 Gates. 

In 1910, the family was still at 25 Gates in Portsmouth.  George was a laborer in a stable.  Addie now reports seven children born, and three still living.  The “still living” are Estelle, George, and Bessie.  Violet had been born in 1900 and died in 1903 of convulsions.  At this point, two children not living are yet to be identified.

The 1918 city directory lists George H Fuller at 180 Gates.  I’m not sure if they moved, or if the houses were renumbered.  The 1920 census also lists them at 180 Gates.  This census says that George could read and write.  The occupations are hard to read, but it appears that George was a general helper for the government.  Addie was a housewife.  George Jr was perhaps a messenger for the government.  Lizzie (called Bessie previously) had no occupation.  George Jr’s wife Rose was a general helper, perhaps in a laundry room.  They also had two boarders. 

The 1926 directory list George, (laborer) Addie (nurse), Elizabeth, and George Jr at 180 Gates.  The 1928 and 1931 directories have the same listing. 

The 1930 census lists George at 180 Gates.  They rented their home for $14 a month. George, now 70, had no occupation, nor did Addie at age 66.  George Jr was a laborer, doing odd jobs. 

Searching the local newspaper on-line at Ancestry, I saw several items that referred to Mrs. George H Fuller visiting friends, or being visited. Besides this George, and George Jr, there may have been another George H Fuller in the area and I was not able to determine which Mrs. Fuller was in the news.  However, an item in the 8 Feb 1934 Portsmouth Herald has the following item: The friends of George H Fuller of Gates St will be sorry to learn that he has been confined to his bed for the past four weeks.  He has been in failing health and unable to work for nearly five years, but is a very patient sufferer. 

George died 2 November 1934 in Portsmouth of a cerebral hemorrhage.   He was buried at Sagamore Cemetery in Portsmouth.  Addie died 14 January 1954 and is also at Sagamore. 

It is possible that the houses have been renumbered since 1930.  The house currently at 180 Gates, built about 1750, is on the market, for just under $800,000, or $3200 per month – quite a jump from the $14 that George was paying.  To see what that house looks like now (assuming it is still on the market when you read this) check out the realtor’s website at


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