Jeremiah P.M. Fuller gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. about 1837 in New York
D. September 24, 1860 in Illinois
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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.”

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; 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; John Harvey, age 6, born in Iowa”