When Andrew Lee Hatchell came to Beaufort in 1826 there were 1665 people, or about 230 families in Beaufort and the immediate area . As fate would have it, 23-year-old Andrew Lee Hatchell met Charity Fuller, who lived with her parents on the waterfront. The couple were married on November 16, 1826. Little did he know that this marriage would lead to inherited land and a home for him and his new wife. Even though Andrew met an early death in 1841, this marriage began the Hatchell/Hatsell lineage in Beaufort.
Charity Fuller, who would become mother, grandmother and caretaker of the family, was the daughter of Belcher Fuller and Zilphia Gutherie. Belcher Fuller's father Nathan Fuller (1750-1800) served in the Revolutionary War as an ensign in the Carteret County Militia. In Beaufort’s Old Burial Ground Mamré Wilson wrote, as a “navigator and ship owner, Fuller sailed from Beaufort to the
The Front Street house was originally built by William Borden Jr. Borden purchased property and built the original portion of the house before 1768. His father, William Borden, Sr., was a shipbuilder from
In 1796, Nathan's son Belcher Fuller (1777-1828), married Zilphia Gutherie (1780-1846). Belcher inherited the house from his father in 1800. Belcher Fuller was a
Belcher and Zilphia Fuller had four daughters. Their daughter, Charity Fuller 1807-1891, married Andrew Lee Hatchell in 1826. In his will, Belcher Fuller left Charity property on the west side of the first block of
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