An American Family History

Benjamin Fiske

Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts was settled in 1636. The first settlers called it Enon or Salem Village. It was officially set off from the Town of Salem on May 10, 1643.

Benjamin Fiske was born on April 6, 1674 in Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of William Fiske and Sarah Kilham.

He married Mary Quarles, of Ipswich on December 31, 1698. Mary was born in 1677 in Ipswich. Her parents were William Quarles and Martha Dickinson.

They resided in Wenham, where he frequently held town offices. He was a man of property and a liberal patron of the Wenham church. He left the church 5 pounds when he died.

He died June 6, 1742. Mary died in 1744.
Children of
Deacon William Fiske
and Sarah Kilham
  • William Fiske
  • Sarah Fiske Cook
  • Ruth Fiske
  • Samuel Fiske
  • Martha Fiske
  • Joseph Fiske
  • Samuel Fiske
  • Joseph Fiske
  • Benjamin Fiske
  • Theophilus Fiske
  • Ebenezer Fiske
  • Deacon Ebenezer Fiske
  • Jonathan Fiske
  • Elizabeth Fiske Foster
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    1677 Map of New England
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    Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."



    Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers

    Quarles, William, Ipswich 1678, prob. came in from Salisbury, or some other town, where in 1665 he was 18 yrs. old, but no more is kn. of him, exc. that his Inv. is found of 14 Mar. 1690.


    A Search for the Immigrant Ancestors of Vincent Beckley Roberts: A Family History with 139 Allied Lines, Volume 1

    William Quarles was the Immigrant Ancestor. He arrived at Salisbury, Essex, MA, before 1665 and later settled at Ipswich. He was listed as an early settler of Essex and old Norfolk in England. William Quarles name appears on a 1678 list of men residing in Ipswich.


    from History of Essex County, Massachusetts edited by Duane Hamilton Hurd
    Benjamin Fiske, of Wenham, in his will, which was proved in 1742, gave the church five pounds.


    (from The Fiske Family by A. A. Fiske)
    Benjamin Fiske, fourth son of Dea. William, of Wenham, married Mary Quarles, of Ipswich, in 1699, and resided in Wenham, where he frequently held town offices. He was a man of property and a liberal patron of the Wenham church. He died in 1742, leaving wife Mary, but no children, as heirs.

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