HISTORY OF THE FULLERS
(Excerpted from the book "Mountain Legacy" by Gayle Fuller Stanley)
The Fuller name originated in England as a trade name for those workers who
were shrinkers of new cloth in the many textile mills. The first two
Fullers in America were brothers who came to these shores aboard the
Mayflower. There were also many other Fullers who came to Virginia prior to
There was a well known officer, in Oliver Cromwell's Roundhead Army, whose
name was Captain William Fuller. He was the Governor of Maryland and
married a great-aunt of George Washington. He was in Maryland as early as
1651. It is not known whether he first landed in Maryland or Virginia. He
was in Virginia prior to mid 1600's. We know this because he was one of
five Puritans from Isle of Wight County, who were on the committee that
made Treaty with the Susquehannah Indians July 5, 1652. In December of that
same year he was appointed Commander and Chief of forces to go against the
Indians. captain Fuller had also fought for the Puritan's cause at the
Battle of Dunbar. The late Jessie Owens Shaw, a professional genealogist
from Washington, D.C. felt that most Fullers in the Southern States were
descendants of Captain William Fuller.
As far as is known, the first Fuller to settle in the Sandy Basin was John
Fuller. He was married to a first cousin of Richard Colley's wife. Colley
was the first settler in the Sandy Basin. Fuller settled in Sandlick
shortly after Colley moved his family there in the early 1800's. The next
Fuller to settle in the Basin was John's brother, Thomas Fuller. Thomas was
our ancestor and it is his family line that I explore in the book.
Quoting from an interview by E. J. Sutherland with Matilda "Tip"
Fuller on May 15, 1924, "My husband's grandfather Fuller, George I think,
came from Scotland." Another Fuller descendant told Judge Sutherland that
John and Thomas Fuller were sons of George Fuller, from Scotland. Judge
Sutherland noted that, "William Sutherland's mother was Phoebe Fuller,
daughter of Jesse and Betsy Lee Fuller. Her parents brought her from North
Carolina as a child, and she is also a member of an old Scotch family."
An excerpt from another of Sutherland's interviews with Emory T. Fuller on
April 1, 1930, Fuller says, "I was born at the John Harvey place on the
ridge above Tilda Anderson Branch (Sandlick), January 14, 1862. My parents
were Jonas Fuller and his first cousin, Rhoda Fuller. My father's parents
were John Fuller and Crissa Rasnick; and my mother's parents were Thomas
Fuller and Annie Gobble. Both my grandparents were brothers and came from
Scotland. Their father's name was George." Colonel Theodore Albert
genealogist of Sylva, North Carolina doesn't believe our ancestors are of
Scotch descent, noting that all the Fullers he ever heard of were English.
But, it does seem possible that they may have migrated to Scotland from
England prior to their voyage to America, especially considering that
Scotland borders England to the north.
Colonel Fuller thought we were descendants of Henry and Catherine (Salling)
Fuller of Caswell County, North Carolina. They migrated from the forks of
the James River to Orange County, North Carolina sometime prior to 1761.
Catherine was the daughter of the famous explorer, John Peter Salling. But,
it isn't clear which Fuller was Henry's father. John Peter Salling was an
early explorer of Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. Salling, John Howard and
his son, Peter Sinclair, and two other men made up the famous "Salling
Howard Journey of 1742." These men were captured by the French and taken
New Orleans where they were imprisoned, but Salling escaped and returned to
his home by way of Charleston, South Carolina. Salling lived at the forks
of the James River.
Colonel Fuller believed that Henry, husband of Catherine, was the same
Henry Fuller who, with his brother Nehemiah, came from Dorchester County,
Maryland. These two men were sons of a John Fuller. Keep in mind that the
name John Fuller appears often in our known ancestry. Henry Fuller married
Catherine Salling in Augusta County on April 5, 1751. They bought land from
her father, John Peter Salling when they moved to Orange County, North
Carolina. Henry later sold this land without her signature. Caswell County,
North Carolina was formed from a part of Orange County, and afterward this
family was found in Caswell County records. Later, Persons County was
formed from part of Caswell, after which they were listed in Persons
Henry and Catherine had 14 children, as proven by Henry's will on record in
Caswell County. This will, dated February 15, 1788, names all the children
in order of their birth. They were Sarah Majors, Keziah Reynolds, John,
Peter, Elizabeth Rankin, Mary Fuller, Henry, George, Abraham, Stephen,
Isaac, Ann, Jacob and Isaiah. If we are to assume that this couple was in
our ancestry,then their son George would be the one we are concerned with.
We know our ancestor, Thomas, who settled in the Basin near Sandlick, was
the son of a George Fuller. It is known that some of Henry and Catherine
Salling Fuller's sons settled in Russell County, Virginia. And we know that
our Thomas Fuller also lived in Russell County at one time.
In an excerpt from another of Judge Sutherland's interviews with Matilda
(Tip) Fuller dated May 15, 1921, she says, "My husband was Thomas Fuller.
cannot go back beyond his father in his family. His father was named Thomas
Fuller, and he lived at first in Montgomery County, Virginia. Later he
moved to Washington County Virginia... where he married Annie Gooble
(Gobble)." We know that John Fuller (the first Fuller settler in the
Basin) was born in North Carolina about 1798, and his brother Thomas (our
ancestor), was born in 1800 in Virginia.
It is thought that when George first came to Virginia from North Carolina,
he brought his family to the Clinch River settlements. We know from public
records that Thomas lived in the settlements, and this is where he married.
Also, a George Fuller filed a land claim in Washington County in 1813. This
may have been our ancestor.
There were Fullers in the Revolutionary War from all the southern states.
There were thirty Fullers who were North Carolina patriots. Twelve were
soldiers with proof of service. Eighteen others were paid claims for
service or supplies. Roxie Hammil Wilcox, a genealogist from Portland,
Oregon, once obtained a war record and pension application for the only
George Fuller listed as a Revolutionary soldier from North Carolina. This
man had first applied for pension from Russell County, but his request was
denied. From census and tax records it seems this George Fuller came to
Russell County about 1797, and lived there at least until 1820. In 1825,
this George once again applied for a pension when he was living in Roane
County, Tennessee. He stated that he was poor and the Sheriff had sold his
horse to pay part of his debts. He further stated that his wife, Mary, was
crippled and their daughter, Nancy, lived with them and was in delicate
There was another reference found later, according to Mrs. Wilcox, that
said, "George Fuller, a son of Henry and Catherine, moved to Roane
Tennessee." In the 1830 census of Wythe County, Virginia, our Thomas
was listed, age 30 to 40, his wife in the same age bracket, and two
children. This could be our Thomas, as Matilda Fuller said they lived in
Montgomery County when they first came to Virginia from North Carolina.
Wythe County was formed from part of Montgomery County. In the 1860
Buchanan County census, after the death of Anne, Thomas was listed as being
60 years old, Nancy age 32, and his son John age 20. Notice that Thomas had
a daughter named Nancy. Remember the George Fuller who applied for pension
from the Revolutionary War in Roane County, Tennessee also had a daughter
named Nancy. In all the interviews Judge Sutherland conducted with Fuller
descendants, no one mentioned knowing the name of John and Thomas' mother.
If there had been a reference made to it being Mary, we could feel certain
that we are indeed descendants of Henry and Catherine Salling Fuller.
Perhaps someday someone will be able to find the proof needed to establish
the connection beyond any doubt, but until that day arrives, our Fuller's
ancestry remains a mystery.
The two known children of George and Mary (?) Fuller are:
1. JOHN FULLER, believed to have been born 1798, and died between
1860-1870. He was born in North Carolina, and married Christina "Lucretia"
Rasnick in 1817 or 1818. She was the daughter of Jacob and Mary
Counts Rasnick and was probably born in Shenandoah County, VA. John was the
first Fuller settler in the Sandy Basin. He settled first at Sandlick and
later moved to Buchanan County.
John and Christina had the following 8 children:
(1) Elijah Fuller, born 1818, and died 1899. He married (1st) on March 05,
1838, Frances Thompson, born 1821, and died June 14, 1878. She was the
daughter of Abner and Polly Powell Thompson of Pike Co., KY. They had the
following children: George Fuller, married Pricey King; Mary Fuller;
Harrison Fuller married Cyrene Smyth; Lucretia Fuller married James Estep;
Nancy Jane Fuller married Shadrach Dotson; Elizabeth F. Fuller married John
Robinson; Roxalina Fuller married Bob Yates; John H. Fuller married Matilda
Jane Stacy; and Catherine Fuller who married Benjamin Stacy (brother of
Matilda). Elijah married second M.A. Anderson, daughter of James and Ellen
Anderson. He is buried on Paw Paw Mountain in Buchanan County, VA.
(2) "Big" George Fuller, born 1820, and died August 8, 1868. He
Sarah "Sallie" Deel, born 1821. She was the daughter of Benjamin
Deel and Mary "Polly" Stilton Deel. Mary's parents were Charles and
Elizabeth Stilton.They had the following children: Elijah Fuller, never
married; Phoebe Fuller married Willoughby Deel; Jacob Fuller, married Leah
Compton; Squire Fuller, was crippled and never married; George W. Fuller
married Peggy Deel; Franklin Fuller married a McCoy and was killed shortly
after their marriage in a logging accident. They had no children; Henderson
Fuller married Mary Jane Matney; and John Letcher Fuller married first
Polly Deel and second Sarah Rose.
(3) Jonas Fuller, born 1824, and died August 14, 1909, married his first
cousin Rhoda Fuller, born 1832. She was the daughter of Thomas and Anne
Gobble Fuller. Their children were as follows: Martha Fuller, married
Joshua Deel; Mary "Polly" Anne Fuller, married Sparrell T. Newberry;
W. H. "Bird" Fuller, married Pherbe Owens; Nancy Jane Fuller,
Lilburn Mullins; Pricey Fuller, married George W. Hackney; Emery T. Fuller,
married ? Deel; John Harvey Fuller, married Mary Jane Robinson; Crissa
Fuller, married James D. H. Sutherland; and Emeline Fuller, married Elihu
Owens. Both Jonas and Rhoda Fuller are buried in the Compton Cemetery on
the mountain above Laurel Branch.
(4) Rachel, born 1826, married Abraham Belcher and lived on Rock Lick near
(5) James Harvey Fuller, born 1828, married Charlotte "Lottie"
born 1826 of Grayson County, VA. Their children were as follows: John Hugh
Fuller; William Henderson Fuller; Susannah Fuller; Lucretia Fuller; Sarah
Fuller; Lydia Fuller; Harry Sim Fuller; Thomas James Fuller; Elijah F.
Fuller; Roxalina Fuller; and Octavia Fuller.
(6) Nancy Fuller, born 1832, married Richard Lee in Pike Co., KY November
02, 1851. They had the following children: Mary Lee; John W. Lee; James H.
Lee; and Shadrach Lee.
(7) Mary F. "Polly", born 1830, married March 14, 1852 in Pike
William Ramey, Jr., son of James Madison Ramey and Pricy Elswick Ramey.
William apparently added the "Jr." to his name to avoid confusion
uncle. William Ramey was a soldier during the Civil War. While home on
furlough, he was standing in the doorway of his home eating a peach, when
he was shot and killed by a sniper. Mary and William had the following
children: Christina; Pricy; Louisa; and Nancy.
(8) Thomas Fuller, born 1836, and on May 12, 1866, married Jane Jackson,
born February 26, 1843. She was the daughter of Isaac and Margaret Jackson
of Tazewell County. They had no children. Thomas and Jane operated a
General Store near Rock Lick, above Big Rock, near the bridge. This store
is mentioned by Mrs.Peter Marshall in her best seller book,
log house of Thomas and Jane was on one side of the road, and the store on
the other side. Evidently Jane died before Thomas. He moved to the village
of Salkum, Lewis Co., Washington, along with his nephew, John. Later,
Thomas returned to Virginia, where he operated a grist mill on the Russell
Fork River. He is buried there.
2. THOMAS FULLER: Thomas Fuller was born in Virginia around 1800, according
to census records. He married Anne Gobble in Washington County, Virginia on
November 6, 1823. (Refer: Book 1, pg. 144.) Thomas and Anne bought 20 acres
of land from John and Jemima Linder Gobble (Anne's Uncle), according to a
deed on record in Washington County. They gave $50.00 for the land located
on the banks of the North Fork of the Holston River, just below the falls.
Thomas' brother John had settled in an area known as Sandlick in the Sandy
Basin. He sang the praises of this wilderness as a hunter's paradise to his
brother Thomas. Game was abundant. Thomas became interested in the area and
began coming here on long hunting trips. There is a section of Dickenson
County along Lick Creek that has long been known to the local people as
"The Middle Of The World." Thomas was involved in the humorous
leading up to the naming of that section.
Quoting from an interview by Judge E. J. Sutherland with Noah K. Counts on
December 24, 1922: "One October, before anybody lived on Lick Creek, a
party of hunters - Clabe Hicks, Joshua Counts, Jonas Rasnick and Thomas
Fuller, from Russell County came out on Lick Creek to hunt. They camped at
the mouth of Josh's Branch. While out hunting on Lefthand Fork one day,
Clabe Hicks got separated from the others and started back to camp. When he
came to the top of the ridge where S. D. Counts now lives, it had become so
foggy that he could see but a short distance. Seven times he left this gap
and seven times he returned to it in bewilderment. He was completely lost.
On the eighth attempt, he succeeded in reaching camp assisted materially by
the shouts of his comrades who had become alarmed at his continued absence
and started to search for him. In explaining his adventure, he said he
believed it was the middle of the world as every path, ridge and hollow led
Thomas eventually brought his wife and settled in the area. We know they
were living at Sandlick in the mid 1840's because Anne joined the Sandlick
Baptist Church in August, 1845. (Refer: Church Book No. 1.) Neither Thomas
or Anne could be found in the 1850 census of Washington, Russell or
Tazewell Counties. However, they may have been missed in the tabulation.
Anne died in Buchanan County on March 29, 1859 at 56 years of age.
Thomas died sometime between 1860 and 1870. In the 1860 Buchanan County
census, after the death of Anne, Thomas was listed as being 60 years old.
He could not be found in any 1870 census. Thomas was one of the first
settlers in this area. He was a hunter and a farmer. By his hands, and the
hands of his children, another section of the Sandy Basin was settled.
Thomas and Anne had the following seven children:
1. GEORGE FULLER, born in 1828 in Washington County. On March 09, 1857 in
Russell County he married Mary Jane Thompson, age 20. Mary Jane was the
daughter of Emory Thompson and Phoebe Fuller Thompson. (Phoebe's father was
Stephen Fuller of North Carolina. Stephen was the son of Henry and
Catherine Salling Fuller, possibly making Mary Jane and her husband George
second cousins.) George and Mary Jane lived in the New Garden section of
Russell County. They had one known child: (1) Beverly J. Fuller, born 1859.
2. NANCY FULLER, born ca 1829. Never married.
3. JACOB FULLER, born March 8, 1829 in Washington County. On October 25,
1849 in Russell County he married Margaret "Pud" Jane Colley
was the daughter of Richard "Fighting Dick" and Christina Counts
"Pud" was the widow of Ephriam Pressley, who died about 1848 in a
epidemic. Jacob and Pud lived on Fuller Hill at Sandlick and on Crooked
Branch near Birchleaf. She became a member of the Sandlick Baptist Church
in July 1842. In 1858 they moved to Bartlick Creek. Pud died June 28, 1900
and Jacob died three years later on June 26, 1903. Both are buried at
Bartlick. Their children were: (1) Christina "Crissa" Owens, born
20, 1939, and died February 22, 1939. She married Matthias Owens; (2) Henry
Hawkins Fuller born July 5, 1852, and died August 23, 1940. He married
Elizabeth Kiser; (3) Mary "Polly" Anne Sutherland born July 25,
died November 23, 1929; (4) James H. Fuller born June 21, 1856, and died
February 9, 1937. He was married to Christine Hicks; (5) Didema Owens born
June 8, 1858, and died June 16, 1955. She was married to James Owens; (6)
Martha Lurinda Mullins, born June 1860; (7) Almeda Fuller born May 23,
1862, and died June 2, 1862; (8) William Walter Fuller born February 16,
1863; (9) Margaret Jane Owens born October 11, 1865. She was married to
George W. Owens; (10) Richard "Dick" Morgan Fuller, born March 8,
died July 8, 1955; (11) Noah Calhoun Fuller, born July 19, 1870, and died
January 23, 1944. He married Belle Stanley on August 8, 1894. (12) George
Fuller, born 1872, and died July 13, 1952.
4. RHODA FULLER, born ca 1830 in Washington County. She married her first
cousin, Jonas Fuller, about 1823 in Russell County. Jonas was the son of
John and Christina "Crissa or Lucretia" Rasnick Fuller. They lived
Ridge in what later became Dickenson County. Rhoda died on March 15, 1908.
Jonas died August 14, 1909. They are both buried in the Compton Cemetery
near Laurel Branch. Their children were: (1) Martha Deel, born ca 1848, and
married Joshua Deel, son of Willoughby and Frances Deel; (2) Mary "Polly
Ann" Newberry, born September 18, 1850, and died July 20, 1922. She
Sparell J. Newberry; (3) George "Bird" W. H. Fuller, born in 1855,
married Ferby Owens; (4) Nancy Jane, born in 1857, and married Lilburn
Mullins on June 4, 1877; (5) Pricy Fuller, born 1859, and died in 1930. She
married first George Hackney on February 2, 1879, and second Lewis Fuller;
(6) Emery T. Fuller, born January 14, 1862, and died April 6, 1943. He
married Pricy Jane Deel; (7) John Harvey Fuller, born 1865, and married
Mary Jane Robinson; (8) Cristina "Lucretia", born 1869, and died
21, 1937. She married James Sutherland on April 5, 1888; and (9) Emeline,
orn November 12, 1890, and married Elihu Owens.
5. JAMES FULLER, born ca 1835, died young. Never married.
6. THOMAS FULLER, born July 16, 1838, and died October 21, 1918. On January
19, 1860, in Buchanan County, he married Matilda "Tip" Deel, born
18, 1842, and died April 30, 1923. She was the daughter of David and Mary
Ann Colley Deel. He fought in the Civil War, serving in the Virginia State
Line and in Company E, 21st Cav. Engagements included Wyoming County, West
Virginia and Warfield, Kentucky. He was Justice of the Peace, Sandlick
District and Overseer Of The Poor in Dickenson County from 1916-1918.
Thomas became a member of the Sandlick Primitive Baptist Church in
September, 1898. Their children were: (1) David Crockett Fuller, born
January 29, 1861, and died February 4, 1862; (2) Almeda Sutherland, born
July 7, 1862, and married James H. Sutherland on May 25, 1882; (3)
Alexander Fuller, born December 17, 1862?, and died December 19, 1862?;(4)
Mary Ann Grizzle, born July 26, 1866, and died June 5, 1942. Married Jonas
Grizzle on January 22, 1891; (5) James Harvey Fuller, born November 1868,
and married Aurora Charity Sutherland on January 2, 1893;(6) John Walker
Fuller, born November1, 1870, and died September 1, 1885. Never married;(7)
Nancy "Nan" Emeline Deel, born November 1873, and married William P.
on April 20, 1898.He was the son of Silas and Mary Deel; (8) Noah Caldwell
Fuller, born November 4, 1874, and died March 18, 1959. Married first Nicy
Deel on January 29, 1896. She was the daughter of Silas and Mary Deel. He
married second Zerida Owens on March 7, 1928; (9) Charles Hawkins Fuller,
born March 28, 1878, and died April 20, 1957. Married Elzena Deel, also
daughter of Silas Deel, on October 15, 1896;(10) Sarah Jane McCowan, born
June 15, 1885, and married James O. McCowan on May 21, 1908; and (11)
Margaret Elizabeth Colley, born April 15, 1886, married Lawson Colley.
7. JOHN HENRY FULLER: John Henry Fuller was born May 8, 1844, and died
August 31, 1921. He was the son of Thomas and Anne Gobble Fuller. He was
born on his father's farm on the Russell Fork River, about one mile above
the mouth of Frying Pan. John Volunteered for service as a Confederate
soldier early during the Civil War. In 1862 the General Assembly of
Virginia created the Virginia State Line Organization (militia). This
company of Confederate soldiers was to be used as Home Guards and to
prevent invasion from the North and West. The company was formed from
residents of Sandlick and Clinch River in the summer of 1862 by Ezekiel
"Zeke" Counts for service under General John B. Floyd. Zeke Counts
elected Captain of this company.
On February 28, 1863, the State Line Organization was abolished and Captain
Counts' company was reorganized into Company E and mustered into service at
Sandlick on March 28, 1863. John Fuller was a member of this company and
came out of the war being called "Colonel" John. This title was most
a nickname. I have found two stories of how he received this nickname or
"title". I will relate both and the reader can decide. The first
this story was found in a curious little book entitled, "The Wagon Train
Andrew Edward" by C. E. Lyall published in 1985. A passage from the book
"John H. Fuller was in the Civil War and was fighting at Dog-Branch Gap.
Several were killed and they put John H. in charge. John asked, "Why put
in charge, I don't know anything." They said, "You are the next in
its your commission." They gave John H. battlefield rank of Colonel.
are a few graves at Dog Branch Gap on the Nealy Ridge side of the mountain
that are Confederate soldiers, and were buried by John H. and his
According to research conducted by the late Judge Elihu Sutherland, John
received the nickname of Colonel while in the Civil War Battle of Bean
Station, TN. General Jackson was giving orders when John spoke up and said,
"Scatter the soldiers on this end a little General," and Jim Turner
up and said, "That's it General, you should lay down your job and turn it
over to Colonel Fuller." The men had a big laugh, and the nickname stuck.
An interesting firsthand account of the Civil War was included in
Recollections" by E. J. Sutherland, in an interview with Noah B.
on January 27, 1927. In this account Noah mentions being in the army with
John Fuller. The actual account is as follows:
"I first volunteered in the southern army for three months under Arch
of Tazewell County at Sand Lick. The next day we met at Prater and then
went on to Grundy. From there we went to Shade Ratliff's at Richlands the
second night. The next day we went on to Jeffersonville where we stayed
awhile and drilled and got homesick. Mr. Peery tried to get equipment and
arms for us but failed because our enlistment period was too short. So he
told us we could choose either to go home or volunteer for a longer period.
Most of us went home, on foot. Arch acted a gentleman and was honest with
us. Some of the others along with us was my brother-in-law, Rean Owens, R.
J. Colley, John Fuller, Dow Owens and Ben Edwards. Rean Owens had two or
three children at the time he volunteered and he was very homesick when Mr.
Peery let us start home. We stayed at Shade Ratliff's the last night in
Tazewell and the next morning we started home. Rean was so anxious to get
there the same day that he outwalked us. I kept up with him for awhile and
we met a man and Rean said to him: "Stranger, how far do you expose it is
to New Garden?" He cleared out and left us and went on home that night.
stayed at Bart Compton's on Hurricane that night. When all of us got to
Bart's and ask to stay all night, he said: "They's several of you and I
don't think I 've got enough beds to bed all of you, but come right in and
you can stay." We got our first mess of green beans that year at the
at Grundy. Later on that year... Uncle Zeke Counts made up his company at
Sand Lick where I again enlisted. Noah Counts was the first lieutenant and
Rit Smith third lieutenant." (See chapter on Clarke and Sarah
Owens Harrison for more of Mr. Sutherland's account of the Civil War.)
John married first, Arminta "Mintie" Edwards, born June 26, 1842 in
County, and died November 25, 1887 in Dickenson County. She was the
daughter of Elder Lewis Edwards and Nancy Howell Edwards. John and Arminta
lived at various places in the Basin, and finally settled on Nealy Ridge.
There they made their living and raised their children mostly by farming.
Their children were as follows:
1. NANCY ANN FULLER ROSE, born in 1865. She married William R.
They had the following children: (1) Emitt married (?) and (2) Beldon
married Loretta Baker Rose. (See more about her in the Memories section.)
2. MARTHA JANE FULLER FLEMING, born July 13, 1868, and died Feb. 22, 1945.
She was married at one time to Calvin Fleming. After her divorce from
Calvin, Martha moved to Hellier, KY, where she lived out the remainder of
her life. She is buried in the Martha Johnson Cemetery there. Her children
were: (1) Leander Fuller who married Dora Elizabeth Mullins Hall; (2)
Luther Fuller who married Callie French; (3) Elbert Fuller who married
first Bell Rasnick, and second Princess Parsada Hall; (4) Rosetta Fuller
who married Daniel Green; and (5) Nervie Fleming who married Rufus French
and stayed in Dickenson County when her mother and the other children moved
to Hellier, KY. (See Martha's story in the Memories section of this book.)
3. MARY CATHERINE FULLER PERRIGAN, born October 18, 1870, and died July 14,
1961. On March 1, 1893, she married Fletcher Perrigan, died May 22, 1945.
They lived on Backbone Ridge. They had the following children: (1) Lemuel
who married Bessie Counts; (2) Charles who married Frances Turner; (3)
Armintie who married Jerry Yates; (4) Rufus who married Susie Turner; (5)
Linkous who married Mintie Belle Edwards; (6) John who married Pearlie
Rose; and (7) Emory who married Paradine Woods. (See her story in the
Memories section of this book.)
4. HETTIE E. FULLER VIERS, born February 14, 1872, and died July 18, 1966.
She married Samuel J. Viers. They had the following 12 children: (1) Talt
married Alpha Stanley; (2) Everett married Verna Deel; (3) Junior married
Viola (?); (4) Larkin was killed in the mines at the No. 7 coal mine in
Clinchco in 1927, and was never married; (5) Woodrow married Anna Lee Rose;
(6) Dave never married; (7) Linda married Luther Perrigan; (8) Rosa married
Clarence Wesley Hearl; (9) Maxie married Monroe Robinson; (10) Lou married
Mckinley Perrigan; (11) Stella married Wiley Turner and (12) Zella married
Johnny Deel. (See Hettie's story in the Memories section of this book.)
5. LEWIS FULLER, born October 5, 1873, and died December 6, 1949. He
married first Tennessee Compton, and married second Martha Frances
Harrison. (OUR ANCESTORS - CHART NUMBERS 2 & 3 - SEE THEIR SEPARATE
CHAPTER.) Also, see their story in the Memories section of this book.
6. THOMAS FULLER, born January 10, 1874, and died November 14, 1874?.
(These dates are from his tombstone, but I doubt they are correct. I
believe the correct year of his birth and death was 1875. He is buried in
the Martha Arrington Cemetery on Backbone Ridge next to his father and
mother, and the stones were erected some years after his death by
7. SINDUSTA R. "SINDUSTIE" FULLER BARTON, born April 10, 1880; and
January 19, 1919. She married Floyd Barton. They had the following
children: (1) Granville married Nancy Stanley; (2) Della married William
Edwards; (3) Hetty married first James Harlan Harrison, and married second
Wes Hearl; (4) Henry married Lilly Edwards; (5) Arvil, (6) Bertha married
Larkin Turner; (7) Alta married first John Gartin, and married second Ranel
Charles; and (8) Gracie who married French Turner. (See Sindustie's story
in the Memories section of this book.) 8. LEAH "LEEAR" FULLER ROSE,
October 15, 1882, and died April 11, 1970. She married Stonewall Jackson
Rose. They lived on Hill Ridge and had the following 12 sons: (1) Arthur
married Polly Tipton, (2) Avin married Exie Turner, (3) Albert married
Gaynell Turner, (4) Arville married Ester Hill, (5) Tivis married Effie
Perrigan, (6) John married Minnie Stone, (7) Lawrence married Olive Viers,
(8) Stuart married Mae Bise, (9) Alan married Ruby Edwards, (10) Ernest
married Ethel Hare, (11) Delmon, never married; and (12) Clements married
Nervie Bowman. (See Leear's story in the Memories section of this book.)
9. JOHN HENRY "JOHNNY" FULLER, born July 18, 1884, and died January
1964. He married first Mary Molinda "Lindie" Harrison. They had the
following two children: (1) Willie who married Vadna Fuller; and (2) Tivis
who married Stella Wood. After her death John married second Bertie
Sutherland Miller, third Nervie Sykes Ring, and fourth Flora Hackney. (See
Johnnie's story in the Memories section of this book.)
Arminta died on November 25, 1887, preceding her husband in death by some
34 years. She is buried in the Arrington Cemetery on Backbone Ridge. John,
at the age of 50, married second Louisa Cannady Barton. She was born in
1848, and was the daughter of Randolph and Mary Jane Viers Cannady. Louisa
was the widow of John Hugh Barton. Together, John and Louisa had one child:
10. SARAH FULLER PERRIGAN ROSE, born 1893; and died 1985. She married first
Thurman Perrigan. Their children were: (1) Elsie who married Perry Fuller;
and (2) Virgil "Buster" married Fannie Castle. Sarah married second
Rose. Their children were: (3) Gladys who married Lee Wilson; (4) Ivis
married Jim Buck; (5) Macel married Alton Bise; (6) Nora married Julian
Franklin; (7) Harry Allen married Yvonne Salyer; (8) Nina married Robert
Story; (9) John, Jr. married Shirley (?) ; and (10) an infant child who
"Colonel" John Henry Fuller died August 31, 1921; and Louisa died in
They are both buried in the Arrington Cemetery on Backbone Ridge. John is
buried alongside his first wife, Arminta; and Louisa is buried beside her
first husband, John Hugh Barton.
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