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Fussell family of King and Whatcom/San Juan Co, WA
Posted by: lamb (ID *****7348) Date: April 06, 2009 at 11:16:11
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Capt. John Fussell came around the Horn about 1874. He was born in Mass. in 1858 to JOhn Fussell born 1818 and his wife Euphinia. John was a well known and respected Steamboat Capt. in Seattle. He was married twice and I don't have the first wife's name. His second wife was Elizabeth Bene (Bean). He married her 1879 in Seattle. I believe the first wife was named _____McCormick of Astoria Oregon as a news clipping from Decatur Island says his Father in Law Mr. James McCormich of Astoria is visiting here at Decatur Island in a clipping from 1896. When John Fussell was 2 he was living in Roxbury Ward 4, Norfolk, Mass. By 1870 he is in North Haven, Knox Co Maine with a couple named Brown...unsure of the relationship. By 1880 he is in King Co, Seattle, WA and is a harness maker. By 1889 he lives in Whatcom Co. I know he lived here on Decatur Island in 1893-96 or 97. Some of his children are in local school records. His wife was the postmisstress from that time. They were friends of my grandmother and her parents. I have been writing a history of this island which I am hoping to finish. I am trying to get a photo of Capt. Fussell. His children were Muriel b. 1889, Effie b. 1880, John Jr. born 1888 who was also a boatman of historical note, Alice who may or may not have married someone named Cockroft and who was born in 1892 or 93 and Arthur who was born while they were on Decatur in 1898. Or he might be the new son mentioned in local news as having been born at Decatur Dec 16, 1897. Somewhere I have a baby photo given to my grandmother of Arthur. Muriel seems to have been at Holy Names Academy in Seattle when she was 11 and she may have married a Greaves. I am positive that she died in San Francisco Nov 20, 1958 as her name was Muriel A. Fussell Simpson born May 23, 1889 and her death record says her mother was a McCormick. Maybe the second wife was Agnes McCormick which is a name I have always heard but am not sure where that is from. Since she was the last known born, of these children, it is possible she was the second wife.
I am not related to the Fussells. I have done extensive research on their maritime activity for my History of Decatur Island. Now I am looking for Fussell photos and I have a few but I would like to find a good photo of the Capt. and of his tugboat the Janette or Jeanette. Help me if you can. I will help you back.


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