Finding Clara

The Biography of Clara Fuller and Her Colonial Ancestors, 1875–1638

by Jeri Fuller



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/11/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 168
ISBN : 9781665718271
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 168
ISBN : 9781665718264
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 168
ISBN : 9781665718288

About the Book

The one thing I knew for sure was, the more family history I found, the more I knew there was more to find!

The question was asked if our ancestors came from England on the Mayflower. I answered no, “Our English ancestors sailed into Cambridge Harbor, Massachusetts in 1638, instead!”
Finding Clara is a result of a single genealogical lead, that became a family mystery in 1972. Jeri Fuller’s great-grandfather, Charles Emery Fuller and first wife, Martha had a daughter named Clara in 1875. She was born in Northfield, Minnesota. My mother did not know that he had been previously married, because there was no family history, stories or photos handed down of Clara or her mother.
Jeri solved the mystery of finding Clara, old school, by writing to relatives and obtaining copies of vital records. She provides intimate details of Clara’s life, where she lived, attended college, who she married and her children, after she traveled to Northfield in 1997.
Her get-up and get-personal research method gets results. While completing Clara’s biography she found that Charles Emery Fuller had served in the Civil War. She tells where she obtained a copy of his mustered-in and mustered-out record and the narrative of where his regiment served.
Finding Clara reveals the discovery of numerous Fuller family connections to Northfield’s unique history. One ancestor witnessed Northfield’s famous attempted robbery of the First National Bank by Frank and Jesse James and the Younger Brothers in 1876. Some ancestors served as volunteer fire fighters for Northfield’s Hook and Ladder No. 1, some attended either Carleton or St. Olaf College. The connections of her family to these places and events are amazing.
Jeri recounts her Fuller family history, alongside America’s history from colonial New England to the eighteenth-century in the Mid-West. She tells of how Chauncey C. Olin supported the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin. She goes on to solve seven family history mysteries. Using the strategy of her family’s naming convention, she identified her Violet Barber who was born in 1796. Her inspiring stories of tenacity and perseverance are insightful.
Her research located her family’s American Revolutionary Soldier, who moved to Canton, New York in the early 1800s. She includes eleven generations of her Fuller family tree. The staff at the Flint Public Library in Middleton, Massachusetts provided a map locating Thomas Fuller’s home built in 1684. These stories in Finding Clara can assist any novice or expert genealogist find inspiration to complete their family histories.

About the Author

A genealogist and family historian of forty-years, Jeri Fuller began tracing her family tree in 1972, when there was no internet or online databases. Her success comes from preforming family research first-hand at the local level across the country, in the towns where her ancestors lived. She documented over three-hundred-eighty years of her family’s history, unfolding alongside America’s history. She developed some great what-if strategies, which allowed her to break through some brick walls, solving over seven family history mysteries, identifying her ancestors back eleven generations to Cambridge, Massachusetts to 1638. Jeri’s first book, Finding Clara, is the result of an arduous labor of love, curiosity, and dedication.