Taken from: Fullers, Sissons and Scotts
by Carol Clark Johnson

Robert Fuller was born circa 1615 in Southampton, England, and came to Hingham, Mass. in May, 1638, on the ship Bevis of Hampton. Thomas Fuller of Woburn and Salem may have been Robert's brother and have come with him on the Bevis; he died in Salem in June 1698 at 80 years, two months. They are believed to have been the sons of Thomas Fuller, the elder brother of Edward and Samuel of the Mayflower. This Thomas died testate in England but his will has been lost.

Robert Fuller was a bricklayer and may have completed his apprenticeship before coming to America. The colonial mason constructed foundations and cellar walls, fireplaces, bake ovens and chimneys of brick or fieldstone. To add needed warmth to houses, some were back-plastered on walls and ceilings with lime mortar. The mason's horse pulled a drag or sledge of heavy planks which served to carry the bricks, stones and lime necessary to his trade. Robert also farmed and was probably married circa November 1639 when he requested land for planting. His wife, Sarah, was born in Wales circa 1616, daughter of Richard and Ann Bowen.

In 1645 Robert was granted land in Rehoboth and was a resident there by 1650. The family lived in their new home there at the southwest end of the "Ring of the Green" on Seekonk plain (now East Providence R.I.). Rehoboth was the first town in New England to have free schooling paid for by taxes.

Robert's family suffered a succession of losses in King Philip's War. Nehemiah Sabin, his son-in-law, was killed in May of 1676. Robert's sons, Samuel and John were killed in August; Abigail may have been a victim. His wife was also presumably killed by Indians Oct. 14, 1676. Every able-bodied man had a musket, was supplied with ammunition and did guard duty at the garrison-houses. Robert was a resident of Rehoboth a year after Sarah died but was admitted an inhabitant of Salem Jan. 7, 1677/78. Then, ca 1677/78 he married Margaret Felton, widow of Christopher Waller; she died Jan. 30, 1699/1700. In 1678/79, Robert became a member of First Church of Salem and took the Freeman's Oath at Salem, Dec. 30, 1680. He served on the grand jury. About 1697, he returned to Rehoboth and died there May 10, 1706.

Sons John and Samuel left sons brought up and provided for by their grandfather, Robert. The latter received a share in the meadowland distribution at Rehoboth, June 22, 1658; and in the division of Mar. 18, 1669, he acquired 50 acres "lying on both sides of the Ten Mile River." He deeded the latter Oct. 26, 1676, to his grandson John and there is evidence he also gave 50 acres to grandson Abial. He gave commonage rights to sons Jonathan and Benjamin.