1838 Harry Fuller
I am the direct descendant (gg grandson) of Harry Fuller. Harry was born the ninth child of Firman Fuller (1804 – July 26, 1869) and Eliza Reeves (c1805 – 1870) in 1838. He was born in a small town of March, Cambridshire.
March, the county town of the Isle of Ely, once formed a chapelry in the northern part of the parish of Doddington. The town probably owes its origin to the ford on the old course of the River Nene, where the road between Ely and Wisbech (the two chief towns of the Isle), and by the 1500’s it had outstripped the parent settlement of Doddington. The main cause of the rapid growth of March was however, emergence as the chief railway centre of the Isle. The first line was that from Ely to Peterborough, opened in 1846, from which branches were laid to Wisbech and to St. Ives respectively in the two following years. Another important line (to Spalding) was opened in 1867 and provided through communication between the north and east of England.
Gardner’s directory of Cambridgeshire 1851 (p529) records that Firmin must have had green fingers as well, for he had laid out Exotic Gardens in 1836, which had grown to be quite a feature of the town, with 'choice flowers, evergreens, American plants etc. . . . giving them a very pleasing aspect'. Indeed Harry’s father Firmin was the local quack vet, chemist and druggist for the town. The term quack at this period of history, referred to a vet who was not formally trained. I suspect that Firmin had severed in the military and received his training on horses. The RCVS (Royal College Veterinary Surgeons) was formed by Royal Charter in 1844, and Firmin had sent his sons (from the fifth one Frederick) to study there. It was not illegal to be a quack until 1888, when I assume Harry to have died by.
Harry was baptised on March 05, 1841, at the ornate St. Wendreda's Church. He is recorded as Harvey on 1841 census of Fathers address in the High St, March. I can’t find him at the RCVS in London, and am searching its rival college in Edinburgh. I know that he was a vet from the documents of his son (Marriage), but the cost of sending three sons through the RCVS in London must have been crippling for Firmin. I believe that he married a Mary Ann White, who may have been from Loughborough in Leicestershire. More than this I do not know, as his sudden death threw his little family into turmoil, I know of two of the four children were born in March, which is not usual for this family, as Firmin's children all seem to have returned back to March to give birth, Harry (jr) and Topsy were born in Maldon, Essex. Essex is where Harry’s brothers William and Robert had set up veterinary practices, and causes me to assume it may be where Firmin is originally from.
Around the time of the 1881 census the eldest child Alice, has disappeared of the record books, her sister Topsy, is found in an Orphanage in Bristol, the other side of the country to Cambridge. Alfred is with his grandmother (Sarah White nee?) and Aunt (Emma ROBINSON nee white) in Kingston upon Hull, and Harry (jr) is staying with his aunt (Mary O. FOULDJER nee fuller). I cannot find Harry or his wife Mary Ann White on the census returns yet, and on the wedding certificate of his son, Alfred to Emily Birchenough, I know that he was deceased by March 05, 1896.
Children of HARRY FULLER and MARY WHITE are:
KATE FULLER, b. 1864, March, Christening: August 13, 1871, March, Cambridgeshire
TOPSY FULLER, b. 1866, March. d (as Topsy Fuller White) 1918 Nottingham Christening: Aug 13, 1871, March,
HARRY FULLER, b. 1868, March, Christening: August 13, 1871, March,
ALFRED FULLER, b. September 1871, March; m. EMILY BIRCHENOUGH, March 05, 1896, Nottingham St Ann, (my Ggparents)
1881 Census returns RG11 2488 / 102 2
Topsy FULLER Scholar Female 14 Maldon, Essex, England Scholar
Institution "The New Orphan Houses" Ashley Down, Bristol St James & St Paul Out, Gloucester
Household: RG11 1691 / 28 7 High St. March, Cambridgeshire
Mary O. FOULDJER Head W Female 48 March, Cambridge, England Grocer & China Dealer
Elizabeth E. FOULDJER Daur Female 12 March, Cambridge, England Scholar
Fanny FOULDJER Daur Female 9 March, Cambridge, England Scholar
James T. MUXTAGH Boarder M Male 25 Ireland Inland Revenue Officer (C S)
Harry FULLER Nephew Male 12 Maldon, Essex, England Scholar
Elizabeth JERVIS Visitor W Female 45 Doddington, Cambridge, England Housekeeper
Jessie SHIELL Boarder U Female 17 Scotland Pupil Teacher
Isabel SHIELL Boarder U Female 14 Scotland Candidate for Pupil Teacher
1881 census RG11 4778 / 99 19. 30 Constable St. Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire
Emma ROBINSON Wife (Head) M Female 30 Cambridge, England Wife Of marine Engineer
Benjamin J. ROBINSON Son Male 6 Hull, York, England Scholar
Eliza ROBINSON Daur Female 4 Hull, York, England Scholar
Thomas C. ROBINSON Son Male 1 Hull, York, England
Emma ROBINSON Daur Female 4 d Hull, York, England
Alfred FULLER Nephew Male 9 Cambridge, England Scholar
Sarah WHITE Mother In Law W Female 75 Loughborough, Leicester, England
Elizabeth HAWLEY Servant W Female 61 South Milford, York, England Monthly Nurse
Any information would be most welcome