From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Fiske Ancestry in England
Conflicting data exists on the early generations, including
one forged ancestry for Robert FISKE that was published in 1896
and is still being circulated. The ancestry of Richard FISKE
(d. 1565) is summarized here from the work of Hugh Fiske, who
has been researching, revising and expanding the 1901/2 Fiske
Family Papers of Henry Fiske. Continuing work on this project
and extensive additional details are available at Hugh Fiske's
web site. Information
for the line from Richard FISKE (d. 1565) to Nathaniel FISKE,
Sr. is based on the work of G. Andrews MORIARTY as revised in
Ancestral Lines Revised, compiled by Carl Boyer III (Newhall,
CA, 1981), pp. 198-200, and in Mr. Boyer's Ancestral Lines,
Third Edition (Santa Clarita, CA, 1998), pp. 252-254.
Simon and Susannah (Smyth) Fiske
Simon FISKE - b. about 1400, Laxfield, Suffolk; d. 1464,
Laxfield, Suffolk. Probably the son or grandson of Hugh FISKE
mentioned as being in Laxfield in 1340. Wheelwright. His will
mentions wife Katherine, three unmarried daughters, sons William,
Geoffrey and John the Elder, daughter Margaret DOWSING, son Edmund,
wife Katherine again, and son John the Younger, in that order.
Married second Katherine CRISPE.
Susannah SMYTH - While it is not possible to positively
identify Simon's children with their respective mothers, it seems
probable that John the Elder was son of Susannah and John the
Younger was son of Katherine. It also appears that the three unmarried
daughters were by Katherine, on the basis of the wording of Simon's
1463 will. Son Simon is not mentioned in Simon's will.
- William - b. about 1423, Studhaugh, Laxfield, Suffolk; d.
about 1504. Married in 1460 to Joan LYNNE of Norfolk. Her will
of Jul. 15, 1504 indicates whe was a widow and named her sons
John, Augustine and Simon, and daughters Margery and Margaret.
- Jeffrey - b. about 1425, Laxfield, Suffolk; d. May
1504, Laxfield, Suffolk.
- John, the Elder - b. about 1428; d. about 1488. His will
of 1488 names his wife Elizabeth. Resided at Diss, Norfolk.
- Edmund - b. about 1430, Laxfield, Suffolk; d. about 1495.
Will dated Aug. 7, 1494. Married Margery, and probably resided
at Eye, Suffolk.
- Margaret - b. about 1432. Married Mr. DOWSING.
- Three daughters - b. about 1434-37.
- John, the Younger - b. about 1440; d. 1512, Laxfield, Suffolk.
His will, dated Jan. 18, 1506 and proved Feb. 5, 1512, names
sons Sir John Ffyske and Sir Robert Ffyske, canon of Leiston,
Suffolk, and the latter's daughter Jone. Granted land at Laxfield
on Sep. 8, 1500
- Simon - Resided at Diss, Norfolk.
Jeffrey and Margaret Fiske
Jeffrey FISKE - b. about 1425, Laxfield, Suffolk; d.
May 1504, Laxfield, Suffolk. Son of Simon FISKE and Susannah
SMYTH. His will, dated May 3, 1504 and proved May 13, 1504,
naming son John, daughter Johane, daughter Maryon, Margaret Kempe,
son Jeffrey, and son Simon, in that order.
Margaret - d. about 1504, Laxfield, Suffolk. Her will,
dated May 4, 1504 and proved May 13, 1504, naming husband Jaffrey,
John Fyske, Jaffrey his brother, Margarett Cryspe, and others.
- Jeffrey - b. about 1460; d. after 1536.
- Simon - d. about 1505. Of Freston, Suffolk, his will was
dated Jun. 25, 1505. Simon was a legatee and executor of his
father's will. Married Joan. Three daughters.
- John - b. about 1465; d. after 1505. A priest, Master John
was named as supervisor of his brother Simon's will in 1505. He
was a legatee and executor of his father's will.
- Joan - b. about 1467. Named in her father's will.
- Maryon - b. about 1469. Named in her father's will. Possibly
married Thomas THROWER.
- Margaret - b. about 1472. Probably married Geoffrey CRISPE,
Jeffrey FISKE - b. about 1460; d. after 1536. Son of
Jeffrey FISKE and Margaret. Named in wills of his
father and mother, and a legatee and executor, with son John,
of will of Sir John FISKE in 1536. John possibly resided at Stradbroke.
- John - Living in 1536.
- Richard - b. about 1480; d. about 1565.
Richard FISKE - b. about 1480; d. about 1565. Son of
Jeffrey FISKE. Reportedly he left a will dated Jan. 25,
1565. Lived at Broadgates, Laxfield, Suffolk.
See Notable Cousins
for line to: Lynne Anne (VINCENT) CHENEY
- John - b. about 1514. Lived at Tittishall, Norfolk. Perhaps
married about 1552 to Margaret CRISPE (b. about 1552), sister
of Johane CRISPE and daughter of William CRISPE and Anne GODBOLD.
- George - b. about 1516. Taxed in 1543. Married and had one
- Nicholas - b. about 1517; d. 1569, Dennington, Suffolk. His
will was dated Aug. 20, 1569 and proved Sep. 28, 1569. Married
Johane CRISPE (b. about 1527) of Laxfield, daughter of William
CRISPE and Anne GODBOLD. Children: William married Helen PAYNE;
Amos married Mary GIRLING; Rachel; Esther; Mary married Anthony
FISHER; and Martha married Robert GOLDING.
- Geoffrey - b. about 1519; bur. Apr. 29, 1591, Laxfield, Suffolk.
Married and had two daughters.
- Robert - b. about 1521; d. 1602; Suffolk.
- Jeremie - b. about 1523.
- William - b. about 1525; d. Jan. 1578/9, Suffolk. His will
had a codicil dated Jan. 2, 1578/9 at South Elmham, Suffolk,
and it was proved Jan. 30, 1578/9. William was a wheelwright
and member of the Church of England. His wife's name was perhaps
Mary. Children: Gelyon/Gyllyan married Thomas ALDOWES; Margaret
married Mr. BANCROFTE; Agnes married Mr. BOROWGHE/BURROUGH; and
Mary married Robert LAWTER.
- Richard - Married Agnes CRISPE.
Robert and Sibilla
Robert FISKE - b. about 1521; d. 1602. Son of Richard
FISKE. His will was dated Apr. 10, 1590, and proved July 28,
1602 at Metfield, Suffolk. Robert, a wheelwright, lived at Fressingfield
and St. James, South Elmham, Suffolk. He is reported to have fled
to Geneva during the reign of "Bloody Mary" due to religious
convictions. Married second Joan (bur. Aug. 3, 1587, St. James).
Sibilla GOLD - At the time of her marriage to Robert,
she was the Widow BARBOR. One source reports that she was confined
to the castle of Norwich for religious convictions, and escaped
with her brother's help. Robert and Sibilla became ancestors
of 7 immigrants to New England.
See Notable Cousins
for line to: Clarissa Harlowe 'Clara' BARTON, David Campbell
BIGELOW, Calvin COOLIDGE, and Carole LOMBARD
- William - b. about 1550; d. 1620, Ditchingham,
- Jeffrey - b. about 1552; d. 1629. Resided at South Elmham.
Married Mary (or Sarah) COOKE. Children: Lydia married John SAWYER;
David married Sarah SMYTHE; Samuel married; Nathan married Susanna
(they resided at Watertown, MA, and became ancestor of Clara
BARTON); Mary married first Mr. BRAHAM, and second John MORE;
Anne married William BIRD; Martha married Martin UNDERWOOD (resided
at Watertown, MA); Elizabeth married Mr. PYGOTT; Nathaniel died
young; and Clara probably died young.
- Richard - bap. July 16, 1554, Fressingfield; d. young.
- Eleazar - bap. May 31, 1556, Fressingfield; d. about 1615.
His will dated June 3, 1613 names his nephews Nathaniel, son
of William, and David, son of Jeffrey. Married Elizabeth. No
- Elizabeth - Married Robert BARNARD of Custrick Hall, Weeley,
- Thomas - b. about 1560; bur. Feb. 26, 1610/1, Fressingfield,
Suffolk. A resident of Fressingfield, he wrote his will Feb.
20, 1610/1. Married about 1587 to Margery. Children: Thomas married
Mary WARD; James married Alice CHETLEBOROW; John; Elizabeth possibly
married Philip WHISOLCROFT; and Phineas married first Sarah FRANCIS
(they became ancestors of Pres. COOLIDGE), and second Elizabeth
William and Anna (Austye)
William FISKE - b. about 1550; d. 1620, Ditchingham,
Norfolk. Son of Robert FISKE and Sibillia GOLD.
His will dated Nov. 25, 1616 at Ditchingham, Suffolk, and
proved May 17, 1620, left lands in St. James and Metfield, Suffolk,
and left money to the poor of Ditchingham and Bungay, Suffolk.
He was churchwarden at St. James in 1601, but stated he was of
Ditchingham. William married second, after Feb. 1600/1, Alice.
Anna AUSTYE - bur. Feb. 13, 1600/1, St. James, South
Elmham, Suffolk. Daughter of Walter AUSTYE of Tibbenham,
Long Row, Norfolk.
See Notable Cousins
for line to: Lynne Anne (VINCENT) CHENEY, Anna Tuthill (SYMMES)
HARRISON and Benjamin HARRISON
- John - b. about 1580; bur. May 14, 1633, St. James, South
Elmham, Suffolk. He was churchwarden at St. James in 1628. Married
his second cousin Anne LAWTER (d. enroute to America), daughter
of Robert LAWTER. Children: Rev. John FISKE (minister at Wenham
and Chelmsford, MA) married first Anne GIPPES, and second Elizabeth
(-?-) HINCHMAN; Eleazer married Elizabeth; Anne married Francis
CHICKERING (ancestors of Mrs. William Henry HARRISON and grandson
Pres. Benjamin HARRISON); Nathaniel died as infant; Martha died
as infant; Hon. William (of Wenham, MA) married Bridget MATCHET;
and Martha married Capt. Edmund THOMPSON.
- Hannah - Married May 4, 1603 William GILLETT alias CANDLER,
a schoolmaster at Yoxford. Children: Rev. Mathias CANDLER, genealogist;
John; Anne died young; Mary died young; a daughter died young
- Esther - Married John CHALKER of Rednall as his second wife.
Children: Esther married Anthony NOBLETT; and Matthias married
- Eleazer - Lived in Norwich, Norfolk. Married Mary BRABOURNE.
Children: a daughter; and a daughter died as infant.
- Eunice - Died young.
- Nathaniel -
Nathaniel and Abria
(Hovel Leman) Fiske
Nathaniel FISKE - Son of William FISKE
and Anna AUSTYE. Resided at Weybred, Suffolk. Named
in the wills of father, his Uncle Eleazar FISKE and his cousin
of the same name.
Abria (HOVEL) LEMAN - The wife of Nathaniel is also
found as Alice HEND (or HENEL).
- Nathaniel - b. 1592, Weybred,
Suffolk; d. probably enroute to America. Married Dorothy
- Sarah - b. Weybred, Suffolk. Married Robert ROGERS. Children:
Sarah; and Margaret.
- Abria - b. Weybred, Suffolk. Married Francis WRETTS. Children:
Sarah; Benjamin; and Abria.
Symonds Ancestry in England
- Simon, Lord of St. Sever, of Normandy, died about
- Richard de GOY, Viscount of Arranchas, died in 1168.
He married Edith, daughter of Sir Richard de PENESTHORPE,
of Norfolk, a "founder of the Order of Garter."
- Adam SYMONDS, of Suffiel, married Joan de REPPES,
- William FITZSIMON "received large tracts of land
from King John."
- John SYMONDS of Croft, Lancashire, married a daughter
of Sir William KORDING.
- Robert SYMONDS, of Croft, Lancashire, died at Staffordshire.
He married a daughter of CONGREVE of Stratton.
- John SYMONDS, of Stratton, married a daughter of GRAVENOR
of Bellaport, Co. Salop.
- Thomas SYMONDS, of Stratton, married a daughter of
Thomas WORTHINGTON, gentleman of Stratton.
- John SYMONDS, born at Newport, Co. Salop, married
Ann, daughter of Thomas BENDBOW.
- John SYMONDS, born about 1575 at Wendham, Suffolk,
England. John's daughter Dorothy SYMONDS married
Nathaniel and Dorothy (Symonds) Fiske
Nathaniel FISKE - b. 1592, Weybred, Suffolk, England.
Son of Nathaniel FISKE and Abria (Hovel) Leman.
A descendant of the FISKE Family of Suffolk,
England, Nathaniel reportedly "died in passage to New England."
Dorothy SYMONDS - b. about 1596, Wendham, Suffolk, England.
Daughter of John SYMONDS of Wendham. In
addition to the children shown here, some publications list daughter
Martha, wife of Martin UNDERWOOD, and son Nathan, husband of Susanna,
both families being residents of Watertown, MA. However, it seems
more probable that Martha and Nathan were in the prior generation
as children of Jeffrey FISKE and Mary COOKE.
- John - b. about 1619, England; d. Oct.
28, 1684, Watertown, MA.
- Nathaniel - Died as infant.
- Esther -
The Wyeth Family in America
Nicholas and Margaret (Clarke) Wyeth
Nicholas WYETH - bap. Jan. 20, 1600, Saxtead, Suffolk,
England; d. July 19, 1680, Cambridge, MA. Notwithstanding reports
of earlier arrival, it is proabable that Nicholas did not arrive
in America until shortly before purchasing a house and land at
Cambridge, MA, and joining the church in 1645. He made a rather
detailed "confession" or testimony, recorded by Rev.
Thomas SHEPARD, upon his acceptance as a church member. In his
testimony, reference is made to traveling 4 miles to hear Mr.
Salby, and 16 miles to hear Mr. Burrows preach. Richard Salby
was rector at Bedfield, Suffolk to 1610, and Jeremiah BURROUGHS
was at Bury St. Edmonds in the late 1620s, with the area around
Ipswich, Suffolk meeting the distance criteria. Nicholas further
testified that he had left England to avoid persecution and to
enhoy freedom. On Oct. 8, 1664, He subscribed to an oath of loyalty
to the King, with the oath including language claiming liberties
and privileges, and freedom from "arbitrary power of any
who are not chosen by this people." Nicholas married first
before about 1631, possibly at Saxtead, Suffolk. Nicholas married
second at Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Rebecca CRADDOCK (bap.
Nov. 1, 1623, London, England; d. Mary 1698, Salem, MA), widow
of Thomas ANDREWS. Rebecca was married third on Dec. 16, 1685
to Thomas FOX. Nicholas' step-daughter, Rebecca (ANDREWS) FROST
JACOBS, was one of those accused of witchcraft in Salem, together
with her husband George JACOBS, Jr., and daughter Margaret. Nicholas'
step-son Daniel ANDREWS was arrested and jailed for witchcraft
Margaret CLARKE - b. Oct. 12, 1608, Westhorpe, Suffolk,
England; about 1647. Whether Margaret came to America with her
husband and daughter is uncertain, but the 1645 testimony of Nicholas
uses the plural "we" several times, seeming to imply
his wife was with him and his daughter.
Children of Nicholas and Margaret
- Sarah - bap. Oct. 28, 1632, Saxtead,
Suffolk, England; d. after Jul. 1701. Married John
- John - bap. Oct. 18, 1634, Saxtead, Suffolk, England; bur.
Apr. 23, 1638, Saxtead, Suffolk, England.
Children of Nicholas and Rebecca
- Mary - b. Jan. 26, 1648/9, Cambridge, MA; d. May 1698. Did
- b. Aug. 10, 1651, Cambridge, MA; d. about 1720. Married first
on Sep. 6, 1681 at Arlington, MA to Lydia FISKE (b. Apr. 19,
1647, Watertown, MA; d. Mar. 10, 1697/8, Watertown, MA), daughter
of David FISKE and Lydia. Nicholas was married second on Jun.
30, 1698 at Watertown, MA to Deborah PARKER. Nicholas and Lydia
had no children. Daughter of Nicholas and Deborah: Mary.
- Martha - b. Jul. 10, 1653, Cambridge, MA; d. befoe 1680.
Married Thomas IVES.
- John - b. Jul. 15, 1655, Cambridge, MA; d. Dec. 13, 1706,
Cambridge, MA. Married on Jan. 2, 1682/3 to Deborah WARD.
- William - b. Jan. 1, 1657, Cambridge, MA; d. Oct. 1, 1703
(killed by Indians). Married on Oct. 16, 1683 to Ruth SHEPARD.
The Fiske family in America
John and Sarah (Wyeth) Fiske
John FISKE - b. about 1619, England; d. Oct. 28, 1684,
Watertown, MA. Son of Nathaniel FISKE and Dorothy
SYMONDS. Immigrated from St. James, South Elinham,Suffolk
to America about 1636. Took oath of fidelity 1652. John FISKE
is mentioned several times in the Watertown, MA records between
1670 and 1675, being admonished on his neglect in educating his
children in reading and in religion. Inventory Nov. 28, 1684 amounted
to £94.10, according to Dr. Henry Bond. Married Dec. 11,
1651, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA..
Sarah WYETH - bap. Oct. 28, 1632, Saxtead, Suffolk,
England d. after Jul. 1701. Executed deed with sons John FISKE
and William FISKE on Jul. 26, 1701. Daughter of Nicholas
WYETH and Margaret CLARKE.
Children of John and Sarah Fiske
- Sarah - b. Feb. 1, 1652/3, Watertown, MA.
- John - b. Nov. 7, 1654, Watertown, MA; d. there Feb. 1654/5.
- John - b. Nov. 20, 1655, Watertown, MA; d. Jun. 6, 1718,
Watertown, MA. Married first Dec. 9, 1679, Watertown, MA Abigail
PARK (b. Mar. 3, 1658/9), daughter of Thomas PARKS and Abigail
DIX, and granddaughter of Richard and Marjorie (CRANE) PARKS,
and Edward and Jane DIX; and second Jan. 1699/1700 Hannah RICHARDS
(d. 1714). Children by Abigail: Abigail married John STEARNS;
Elizabeth married Benjamin WHITNEY; John married first Mary WHITNEY,
and second Elizabeth CHINERY; Jonathan died in infancy; Jonathan
married Lydia BEMIS; Hepzibah married George HARRINGTON; a daughter
died in infancy; and David married Elizabeth BURKEE/DURKEE. Daughter
by Hannah: Hannah died young.
- Margaret - b. Nov. 28, 1658, Watertown, MA; d. Jan. 15, 1750.
Did not marry.
- Mary - b. Jul. 5, 1661, Watertown,
MA; d. Jan. 6, 1723, Watertown, MA. Married Joseph
- William - b. Feb. 23, 1663/4, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA;
d. 1742. Married Oct. 20, 1693 Hannah SMITH (d. Dec. 7, 1728).
Hannah is said to have been the daughter of John SMITH and Mary
BEERS, and granddaughter of Thomas SMITH and Mary KNAPP. If this
relationship is correct, Hannah (SMITH) FISKE was born Dec. 27,
1672 at Watertown, MA. William's will was dated Feb. 18, 1734/5
and proved Mar. 29, 1742. Children: William died young; Hannah;
Mary died young; Thomas married Mary PIERCE; William married
Mary SANDERSON; John married Sarah CHILD; and Samuel married
- Martha - b. Dec. 15, 1666,
Watertown, MA. Married George ADAMS.
- Elizabeth - b. May 11, 1669, Watertown, MA. Married Dec.
27, 1688 Simeon MELLEN, Jr. of Framingham, MA. Three children.
- Nathaniel - b. Sep. 11, 1672, Watertown, MA.
- Abigail - b. Oct. 8, 1675, Watertown, MA. Married Jul. 14,
1699, Watertown, MA Dea. Jonathan SANDERSON (b. Oct. 28, 1673,
Cambridge, MA; d. Oct. 4, 1743, Watertown, MA), son of Dea. Jonathan
SANDERSON and Abia BARTLETT. Children: Dea. Jonathan married
Grace BARNARD; Abigail married James MELLEN; Margaret married
Benjamin WHITNEY; Eunice married Isaac PIERCE; Thomas married
first Mrs. Rebecca FISKE, and second Anna DIX; Nathaniel married
Mary DRURY; and David married Abigail JONES.