An American Family History

Deacon Nathan Fiske

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Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.

Deacon Nathan Fiske was born on January 3, 1672/73 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Lieutenant Nathan Fiske and Elizabeth Fry.   He was a selectman, town clerk, town treasurer, representative, and deacon in Watertown.

His married Sarah Coolidge on October 14, 1696 in Watertown. Sarah was born on June 27, 1680. She was the daughter of Ensign John Coolidge and Mary Wellington.

Nathan and Sarah's children included:
Sarah Fiske (November 4, 1698),
Elizabeth Fiske,
Nathan Fiske (February 25, 1701/02, married Ann Warren and Mary Fiske),
Josiah Fiske (October 10, 1704, married Sarah Lawrence),
Henry Fiske (Janaury 24, 1706/07, married Mary Stone),
Daniel Fiske (August 19, 1709, married Deliverance Brown and Jemima Shaw),
Samuel Fiske (February 16, 1711/12, married Lydia Bond),
Grace Fiske Goddard (May 9, 1714, married Benjamin Goddard) and
Hannah Fiske Smith (May 19, 1719, married William J. Smith, Jr.).

Sarah died on November 27, 1723.

On May 22, 1729 Deacon Nathan married Sarah's cousin, Hannah Coolidge Smith, the widow of Daniel Smith, Jr. and the daughter of Simon Coolidge and Hannah Barron. Hannah was born on December 7, 1671.

Nathan died on January 26, 1741. He is buried in the Old Burying Ground in Watertown (Arlington Street Burying Ground). Hannah died in October, 1750.

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Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

Deacons played a respected and important role in early New England churches. They sat in a raised pew near the pulpit and had special duties during communion.

Children of
Lieutenant Nathan Fiske
& Elizabeth Fry

  • Nathan Fiske
  • Elizabeth Fiske Ball
  • Martha Fiske Parks
  • Deacon Nathan Fiske
  • Susannah Fiske
  • Abigail Fiske Mixer
  • William Fiske
  • William Fiske
  • Anna Fiske
  • The town clerk was one of the first offices in colonial America. The clerk recorded births, marriages, and deaths.

    The New England Meetinghouse was the only municipal building in a town. Both worship and civil meetings were held there. It was customary for men and women to sit separately and the town chose a committee once a year to assign seats according to what was paid, age, and dignity.



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    Nathan [Fiske] (Nathan1, Nathan1), b. Jan. 3, 1672; d. Jan. 26, 1741;
    m. (1) Oct. 14, 1696, Sarah, dau. of Ensign John Coolidge [d. Nov. 27, 1723];
    (2) Hannah, dau. of Simon Coolidge and widow of Daniel Smith, Jr. [b. Dec 7, 1671;
    d. Oct. 4, 1750]. He was a selectman at Watertown for several years, also town clerk, town treasurer, and representative He was a deacon.

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    Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts by William Richard Cutter

    (III) Nathan Fiske, son of Lieutenant Nathan and Elizabeth (Fry) Fiske, and familiarly known as Deacon Nathan, was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, January 3, 1673. He married (first) Sarah [Coolidge] (1678-1723), daughter of Ensign John Coolidge. of Watertown, and (second) on May 22, 1729, Hannah Coolidge Smith, daughter of Simon Coolidge, and widow of Daniel Smith, Jr. He was made a deacon of the church at Watertown before 1717. He died January 26, 1741, and his wife Hannah died in October, 1750.

    The children of Deacon Nathan and Sarah (Coolidge) Fiske were:
    Sarah, born 1697, died 1713;
    Elizabeth, died young;
    Nathan, born February 25, 1701, married (first) Anne Warren, and as his second wife Mary Fiske, of Sudbury;
    Josiah, born October 10, 1704, married Sarah, daughter of John and Anne (Tarbell) Lawrence, of Lexington;
    Henry, born January 24, 1706, married Mary Stone;
    Daniel, born August 19, 1709, married (first) Deliverance Brown, and (second) Jemima Shaw;
    Samuel, born February 16, 1711, married Lydia Bond;
    Grace, born May 9, 1714, married Benjamin Goddard, of Shrewsbury;
    Hannah, born May 19, 1719, married William J. Smith, Jr., of Weston, died September 2, 1813.


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    William Fiske, son of Lieutenant Nathan and Elizabeth (Fry) Fiske, was born at Watertown, Massachusetts, November 10, 1678.

    He married, at Framingham, Massachusetts, November 3, I708, Eunice Jennings, born 1686, daughter of Stephen and Hannah (Stanhope) Jennings, and in 1715 removed with his family to Willington, Connecticut, where William Fiske died, November 8, 1750.

    His widow, Eunice, married (second) January 3, 1754, William Johnson.


    Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers by Henry Bond, Horatio Gates Jones

    John Coolidge, sometimes designated Ensign, took the oath of fidelity 1652. He m. (1st), Nov. 14, 1655, Hannah Livermore. She d. Dec. 23,1678, aged 45, and

    he m. (2d), Sept. 16,1679, Mary Maddock, wid. of Henry Maddock [1], and only dr. of Roger Wellington. [3].

    His Will, dated Feb. 9, 1690-1, and proved Ap. 7, 1691, mentions son John, of Sherburne, to whom he gave two-sevenths, son Richard two-sevenths, drs. Elizabeth, Sarah, and Mary, each one-seventh. He had probably already fully endowed his other children.

    [children of Hannah Livermore]
    1. Hannah, b. Feb. 29,1656-7; d. 1698; m., Aug. 6,1679, John Bond. [Bond, 19.]
    2. Mary, and 3. Sarah (twins), b. Sept., 1659, both soon d.
    4. John, and 5. Jonathan (twins), b. Sept. 22, 1660, both d. soon.
    6. John, b. Feb. 19, 1662, of Sherburne.
    7. Grace, b. Feb. 25, 1663-4; d. Ap. 11, 1699; m., Jan. 29, 1688-9, Col. Jonas Bond, Esq. [Bond, 35.]
    8. Richard, b. Ap. 13, 1666; d. Oct. 25, 1732.
    9. Abigail, b. Feb. 3, 1668-9.
    10. Elizabeth, b. 1671.
    11. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 1, 1673. [married Jonathan Poulter]

    [children of Mary Wellington]
    12. Daniel, b. Ap. 24, 1676; d. 1684.
    13. Sarah, m., Oct. 14, 1696, Dea. Nathan Fiske. [N. Fiske, 27.] She d. Nov. 27, 1723.
    14. Mary (by 2d wife), b. June 27, 1680; m., May 28, 1697, Daniel Livermore. [Livermore, 55.] She d. in childbed, Dec. 10, 1702.

    Childbirth was was perilous. Around 1.5 percent of births ended in the mother's death. Since women gave birth to many children, chances of dying in childbirth were quite high.
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    Colonial legislatures granted land to a group of settlers (proprietors) who chose how to divide the land. They had some rights of governance.

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    John (3) Coolidge (note change of name), son of William Cooledge. was baptized at Cottenham. England, September 16, 1604. He was one of the earliest settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, probably in 1630, and a proprietor in 1636. He was admitted a freeman May 28, 1636. He was a prominent citizen, selectman many times between 1636 and 1677; deputy to the general court in 1658: was often called upon to witness and draft wills, make inventories and settle estates.

    His will, dated November 19, 1681, proved June 16, 1691, bequeathed to wife Mary, sons John, Stephen, Simon, Nathaniel and Jonathan, and granddaughters Sarah and Mary Mixer. His inventory amounted to 237 pounds seven shillings. Grace, widow of Roger Porter, in her will calls Coolidge her brother. His homestall in 1642 was bounded on the north by the Cambridge line, west by land of William Paine, east by land of David Fiske, and south by the highway to the pond. In 1673 he bought the homestead of Fiske of his son, David Fiske Jr.

    He died at Watertown, May 7, 1691, aged eighty-eight, according to town records. His widow Mary died August 22, 1691, aged eighty-eight. Their gravestones are yet standing in Watertown.

    1. John, probably born in England.
    2. Elizabeth (?), married June, 1656, Gilbert Crackbone.
    3. Mary, born October 14, 1637: married, September 19, 1655, Isaac Mixer Jr.
    4. Stephen, born October 28, 1639: wife Rebecca died April 15, 1702; he died 1771, without issue.
    5. Simon, born 1632: mentioned below.
    6. Obadiah, horn April 18, 1642: died 1663 unmarried.
    7. Nathaniel, died 1711.
    8. Jonathan, born March 10, 1646-7;

    Simon [Coolidge], son of John (3) Coolidge, was born in Watertown, in.1632, and died in 1693. He married (first) Hannah Barron, who died July 14, 1680 daughter of Ellis and Hannah (Hawkins) Barron; (second) January 19, 1681-2, Priscilla Rogers, who died 1694.

    1. Mary, born December 11, 1660; married, July 21, 1681, Nathaniel Bright.
    2. Obadiah, born and died July, 1663.
    3. Obadiah, born 1664;
    4. Joseph, born May 31, 1666; died December 17, 1737.
    5. Hannah, born December 7, 1671; married, November 3, 1693, Daniel Smith; (second) Deacon Nathan Fiske.
    6. Stephen, born June 1, 1674.
    7. Lydia, born and died 1676-7. 8.
    Sarah, married, July 10, 1701, Samuel Hastings; died 1724.

    American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.


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