An American Family History

Joseph Fiske

A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.

Joseph Fiske was born on April 14, 1672 in Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of William Fiske and Sarah Kilham. He was a yeoman.

He married Susannah Warner. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Joseph and Susannah Warner.

He married his second wife Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller on January 7, 1743.

Joseph made his will on May 1, 1745. It was proved the same month on May 13, 1745 by Captain Samuel Waite, Daniel Chapman and Daniel Chapman, Jr.

He died on May 2, 1745. Elizabeth Fiske died on October 30, 1755.

First printed in Boston 1745
Old Style Calendar
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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
  • Wenham was first settled by English Puritans. The church was formed in 1644 with John Fiske as pastor.
    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."



    The Fiske Family by Albert Augustus Fiske, 1867

    Joseph Fiske, third son of Dea. William, of Wenham, married Susan Warner, of Ipswich, to which place he removed about 1700. He had sons Joseph (died young) and Mark, and daughters Susanna, Sarah, Elizabeth, Ruth, and Abigail.

    By second wife, Elizabeth, married 1742, he had son John, who also died young.

    Joseph Fiske died in May, 1745. His executor and son Mark, born in 1716, married Lydia Smith in 1738, and had Lydia, Joseph (1741), Mark (1743), John (1746), and Susanna. Of these, Joseph was twice married, and had following — Eleanor, Joseph (1767), Benjamin (1768), Sarah, Lydia, Elizabeth, and Mark (1778). Some of this family were living in Ipswich as late as the beginning of the present century.

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