Emily (Morrill) Fuller gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. about 1810 in Vermont
D. November 20, 1892 in Illinois
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  • Father: Phillip Morrill born February 20, 1782 in Tewksbury, Middlesex County MA, son of Jeremiah Morrill (1752-1838) and Hannah (Kittredge) Morrill (1755-1834); Jeremiah was a Veteran serving as Sergeant in Captain Forbush’s company, Col. Ebenezer Bridge’s regiment from Metheun, MA; Phillip married (1) Judith M. Fuller on August 19, 1810 in Danville, Caledonia County, VT; married (2) Elizabeth S.; Phillip died July 24, 1870 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL; buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL

According to Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, dated May 21, 1870:

“Know all men be these presents that I Phillip Morrill of the town of Avon, in the county of Lake and State of Illinois of the age of eighty-nine years, and being of sound mind and memory, do hereby, make publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby invoking all other and former wills by me at any time made. – First. I desire that my medical bill, funeral charges and just debts (if any there are) shall be paid. – Second. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth S. Morrill one feather bed and suitable bedding therefor, and also all my right and title claim and interest (in any I have) in and to Lots Number three (3), four (4), nine (9), and ten (10) in the village of Hainesville in said county of Lake, with the appurtenances thereunto belonging, being the same premises heretofore conveyed by Matilda King and William King to the said Elizabeth S. Morrill, which shall be in full of all dower, and of all other claims, which she my said wife Elizabeth S. Morrill shall or may have against my estate. – Third. I give and bequeath to my daughter Emily Fuller wife of John Fuller the sum of ten dollars. – Fourth. I give and bequeath to my son Hiram B. Morrill the sum of fifty dollars. – Fifth. I give and bequeath to my daughter Adeline Higby widow of Amby Higby the sum of Fifty dollars. – Sixth. The rest, residue, and remainder, of all my property and estate, both real, personal and mixed and of every name and nature whatsoever I do give and bequeath to my children namely my daughters, Maria Rich wife of David Rich, and Hannah Hamilton wife of Spencer Hamilton and my sons, Samuel Morrill, Franklin Morrill and George W. Morrill to be held or divided among them equally share and share alike deducting however from the share of George W. Morrill the sum of one hundred and twenty-five dollars for moneys heretofore advanced to him by me. – Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my son-in-law David Rich of the town of Avon and Chauncey E. Morse of the town of Fremont to be the executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal at Hainesville in said county this twenty-first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy. – Phillip Morill {seal}

  • Mother: Judith M. (Fuller) Morrill born January 28, 1791 in Vermont; Judith died December 1843; buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL
  • Husband: John Fuller born January 1 1809 in Canada; John died October 17, 1876 in Fremont Township, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to John Fuller buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Mary Jane (Fuller) (Harvey) Fisher born June 1832 in New York; married (1) Eli B. Harvey born about 1815 in Ohio; married (2) unknown Fisher between 1860-1870 (possibly divorced before 1880); Mary died November 3, 1916 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Mary Jane (Fuller) (Harvey) Fisher buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    2. Jeremiah P. M. Fuller born about 1837 in New York; Jeremiah died September 24, 1860 in Illinois. (See section pertaining to Jeremiah P. M. Fuller buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    3. William J. Fuller born February 10, 1839 in Hume, Allegany County, NY; married Caroline E. Millard (1842-1923) on November 14, 1861 in Lake County, IL. William was a Civil War Veteran (September 5, 1862-January 10, 1865), Private, Company B, 96th Illinois Infantry from Avon Township, Lake County, IL.; William died March 5, 1909 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL; William and Mary are buried in the Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein, Lake County, IL

According to the Lake County Independent (Libertyville IL) Friday, March 12, 1909, page 5:

William J. Fuller Died Suddenly
Friday Morning of Heart Trouble
Following Brief Illness

   On Friday, March 5, 1909, occurred the death of William J. Fuller at his home in Libertyville.  He had been ailing for nearly a week, but was not considered dangerously ill until Friday morning when he suddenly succumbed to heart trouble.  He was born Feb. 10, 1839, in Hume, Allegheny (sic) County, New York.  When eight years of age he came with his parents to Illinois locating on a farm in Fremont known as the old Fuller homestead.  There he lived until his enlistment in the Union Army.
   He was married to Miss Caroline Millard Nov. 14, 1861.  To them were born eight children two having departed this life some years ago.  He is survived by his widow, two sons and four daughters.  E. W. Fuller of Chicago, J. M. Fuller of Wauconda, Mrs. F. E. Clark, of Urbana, Mrs. L. Z. Protine, Mrs. Charles Lang, and Alice Fuller, of Libertyville, also twelve grandchildren and one sister.
   His record as a soldier in the dark days of the Rebellion is one that will be cherished by his family and his many friends.  August 9, 1862, he enlisted in Company B, 96th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  On Feb. 22, 1863, he was detailed in the 9th Ohio Battery where he served until August 1863 when he was detailed in the 18th Ohio.  There he served as cannonier at Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge.  The regimental history states that he took part in every skirmish and battle in which his regiment was engaged.  This included all the movements of the Army of the Cumberland from Murfreesboro to the close of the war, June 10, 1865.  At the Battle of Nashville in Dec. 1864 we read further of the charge of the regiment upon the rebel breast works.  A dozen or more men from the 96th leaped simultaneously over the heads of the fore and rushed directly to the battery that had been playing upon the Union lines.   William Fuller because of his previous experience in batteries was first to the guns which were hot with rapid firing and smoke still issuing from the muzzles when seized.  He called to his comrades to help with the guns upon the enemy but the heavy wheels stuck so deep in the mud that they could not be moved.  As they continued in pursuit of the enemy hats and handkerchiefs were shook behind most every tree and log and the rebels were promptly invited to step out and run to the rear.
   In 1892 William Fuller came with his family to Libertyville where he has since made his home.  He was widely known not only in this vicinity but throughout the county.  He was a kind husband and particularly solicitous for the interests of his family.  When about fifty years of age he united with the Methodist Episcopal church.  He was an active member and a faithful Christian.  He seldom missed a public service of his church.  For many years he was a trustee of the church and interested himself in its business affairs.  The church had no more loyal and liberal friend than he.  His surviving comrades will miss one who so highly esteemed their fellowship in the G. A. R.  His family and friends will miss the rugged geniality of his presence.
   The funeral was held Monday at one o’clock from his late home on Newberry avenue and from the Methodist church.  The body was escorted from the residence to the church by about fifty army comrades from Wauconda, Grayslake and Waukegan.  Rev. J. R. MacGultin read the scriptures and spoke appreciatively of his long acquaintance with the deceased.  Rev. H. F. Lawler read the above memoir and preached a short sermon.  Past Commander C. A. Partridge had charge of the post services in with the veterans joined.  The body was laid to rest in the Ivanhoe cemetery.”

4. Judith Aurilla “Aurilla” (Fuller) McMillen born about 1845 in New York; married James H. McMillen (1839-1895) on February 6, 1867 in Lake County, IL, son of Allen McMillen and Lydia A. McMillen; James was a Civil War Veteran (September 5, 1862-June 24, 1865), Private, Company B. 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry; Judith died July 9, 1894 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL  (See section pertaining to Judith Aurilla “Aurilla” (Fuller) McMillen)  (See section pertaining to James H. McMillen buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)

  • Siblings:
    • Joseph O. Morrill born about 1815 in New York; Joseph died June 24, 1864; buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL
    • Maria (Morrill) Rich born December 2, 1817 in Allegany County, NY; married David Rich (1812-1879) in 1834; Maria died September 13, 1903 in Lake County, IL; Maria and David are buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL
    • Jeremiah Quincy Morrill born about 1819 in New York; married Mariah Antoinette Wells (1820-1905); Jeremiah died June 23, 1861 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL
    • George Washington Morrill born December 23, 1820 in New York; married Sylvia Amelia Bean (1828-1910); George died February 15, 1894 in Portage County, WI; George and Sylvia are buried in Morrill Cemetery, Amott, Portage County, WI

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette (Green Bay WI) Friday, February 16, 1894, page 3:

“George W. Morrill, father of Bert Morrill, of this city, died yesterday morning at Plover, Wis., aged eighty-years.  The funeral will take place Sunday.”

    • Thomas F. Morrill born about 1825 in New York (died before 1870)
    • Hannah (Morrill) Hamilton born July 1826 in New York; married Spencer Hamilton (1821-1884) on July 16, 1849 in Lake County, IL, son of Chester Hamilton (1791-1872) and Dorothy (Brooks) Hamilton (1801-1859); Spencer died February 23, 1884 in Amador County, CA; According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Hannah was living in Amador County, CA
    • Hiram Bond Morrill born about 1830 in New York; married Mary L. Clark (1842-1924) on March 31, 1864 in Lake County, IL, daughter of Bradford Clark and unknown (Caswell) Clark; occupation: sewing machine agent; Hiram died in August 25, 1876 in Waterloo, Black Hawk County IA; After the death of Hiram, Mary married (2) James G. Hunter; Hiram is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo, Black Hawk County, IA; Mary is buried in River View Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, OR.
    • Rachel A. (Morrill) Kapple born about 1830 in New York; married Durham Kapple (1813-1888) on December 7, 1860 in Lake County, IL as his second wife

According to the Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999 for Durham Kapple:

“That said deceased left surviving him Rachel Kappel his widow, and Charles G. Kappel and Edward C. Kapple children by a former wife his children, as heirs.”

    • Adeline (Morrill) Higby; married Amby Higby (alive as of 1870)
    • Samuel Morrill (alive as of 1870)
    • Franklin Morrill (alive as of 1870)

Additional Information:

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the Town of Fremont, Lake County, IL the household members were:

“John Fuller, age 40, occupation: farmer, born in Canada; Emily Fuller, age 40, born in Vermont; Mary J. Fuller, age 16, born in New York; Jeremiah Fuller, age 13, born in New York; William J. Fuller, age 9, born in New York; and Judith A. Fuller, age 6, born in New York”

According to the 1860 U.S. Census for the Town of Fremont, Lake County, IL with a Fremont Center post office, the household members were:

“John Fuller, age 46, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Mary Fuller, age 43, born in New York; Jeremiah Fuller, age 22, born in New York, William Fuller, age 20, born in New York; Mary Harvey, age 24, born in New York; and John Harvey, age 6, born in Iowa”

According to the 1870 U.S. Census for Fremont, Lake County, IL with a post office of “23 to 28 Hainsville (sic), 28 to Deans Corner”, the household members were:

“John Fuller, age 61, occupation: farmer, born in Canada; Emily Fuller, age 59, wife, born in Vermont; John S. Harvey, age 16, born in Illinois”

According to the 1880 U.S. Census for the Town of Fremont the household members were:

“Emily Fuller, age 68, widowed, keeping house, born in Vermont, parents born in Vermont; John S. Harvey, age 26, grandson, married, occupation: farmer, born in Illinois; Amelia Harvey, age 25, granddaughter (possibly wife of John), married during census year, born in New York, parents born in New York; Allen McMillen Fuller, age 13, grandson, single, occupation: works on farm, born in Illinois, parents born in New York”