Joseph W Fuller born 1803

Joseph Fuller was born in 1803, in Rye, NH, the son of Theodore Atkinson Fuller and Hannah Jenness.  The Dover Gazette & Strafford Advertiser, (Dover, NH) reported on Tuesday, June 10, 1828:  Marriage notices – Mr Joseph Fuller to Miss Mary T Gale.  Mary Tucker Gale was born 23 February 1800 in Wakefield, NH, daughter of John Gale.

Joseph and Mary were counted in the 1830 federal census in Portsmouth.  They had no children at that time.  I have not yet found the family in the 1840 census.    Joseph and Mary had a son, John born about 1839.

John, Mary, and John were in the 1850 census in Portsmouth, NH.  Joseph was a farmer, with property valued at $500.  The 1851 Portsmouth city directory lists Joseph as a farmer, living on Sagamore Road.  The 1857 and 1860 directories indicate the property is on Sagamore between Auburn Street and the city cemetery.

According to her headstone, Mary T Fuller died in 1851, and she is buried at Harmony Grove in Portsmouth.  Within the next couple years, Joseph married Eliza Jane Hawkins, daughter of Cornelius Hawkins and Sarah Winkley.  Eliza was the widow of Joseph W Denny, and had daughter, Elizabeth Josephine, who had been born in 1850 in Chelsea MA. 

Joseph and Eliza had four children – Frances (Fanny) born in 1855, Maria born in 1857, George born in 1860, and Theodore born in 1864. 

The 1860 census lists the Fuller family living in Portsmouth.  The household included Joseph and Eliza, his step-daughter Elizabeth, their first three children, and his son John.  Joseph’s real estate was valued at $1500, with personal property of $500.  His occupation was farm laborer.  His son John was a seaman.   The 1867 city directory lists him as a farmer, with a house on Sagamore Road.

The 1870 census lists the family in Portsmouth.  Joseph’s real estate was valued at $1000, with personal property of $500.  Joseph’s household included his wife and five children.  His stepdaughter was not in the household.  Joseph and John were laborers.  Fannie, Maria, and George were attending school. 

The 1871, 1877, and 1879 directories all list Joseph living on Sagamore Road.  John was also listed there in 1871, but that is the last record I have for him. 

Joseph died 10 March 1880 in Portsmouth, and is buried at Harmony Grove.  The death record for his son George says that Joseph was the cemetery caretaker.  Cause of death was listed as shock.  The Portsmouth Journal reported his death: In this city, March 10, Mr. Joseph Fuller, aged 76 years. Mr. Fuller has for many years been employed at the South Cemetery, and was well and favorably known to most of our citizens.  He was stricken with paralysis Feb 28.   

While researching the Hawkins family, Joseph helped me connect his second wife, Eliza Jane Hawkins, to Sarah Ann Hawkins, wife of Barney Laclair.  Sarah’s grand niece remembered that when her mother (Josephine LaClair Hemmings) was little, an Uncle named Fuller came to visit – he had a wooden leg.  Joseph Fuller was Josephine’s uncle – her mother’s (Sarah) sister’s (Eliza) husband.


  1. Aleta Bilodeau said,

    May 30, 2014 at 14:36

    I wonder if the Joseph Fuller family is related to my moms George H Fuller, Sr family. All lived in Portsmouth NH.

    • sooze471 said,

      May 30, 2014 at 15:06

      Hi Aleta

      George Fuller 1886-1936 is son of George Fuller 1860-1924 (and Adeline Spinney). George Sr is son of Joseph W Fuller 1803-1880 and his 2nd wife Eliza Jane Hawkins 1829-1906. I will try to contact you directly to see about exchanging more information. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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