An American Family History

Joseph Fiske and Susannah Warner

Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
The town of Ipswich was established on August 5, 1634, from common land called Agawam. On October 18, 1648, that portion called the "Village" at the New Meadows was set off as Topsfield. The boundary line between Ipswich and Topsfield was established, February 28, 1694.

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."

Joseph Fiske and Susannah Warner married about 1694 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Their first child named Joseph Fiske was born on January 4, 1695. Hannah Fiske Platts was born on December 21, 1697. 

On May 12, 1698 Susannah’s father, John Warner, conveyed his farm to Joseph.

The first Joseph, Jr. died on December 5, 1698. Susanna Fiske Kilburn was born on March 18, 1700. Sarah Fiske was born June 19, 1702. Elizabeth Fiske Dwinnell was born on September 15, 1704. Ruth Fiske Estey was born on August 20, 1707. Abigail Fiske was born on August 8, 1711. The second child named Joseph Fiske was born on October 20, 1713. Mark Fiske was born on November 20, 1716. 

John Fiske was born on October 13, 1719. Their daughter, Sarah died on August 7, 1720.

On February 1, 1723/24 Joseph and Susannah Fiske sold to shopkeeper, Ammi R. Wise of Ipswich, one quarter of a right in the eighth division consisting of five acres and they sold some of the great meadow in the West End of Wenham consisting of five acres acres bounded southwesterly on land of Theophilus Fiske and Northwestly by Ebenezer Fiske.

On February 7, 1723/24 they sold to Mr. Perley of Boxford 1½ acres upland in Rowley ¼ lot on the Range known by the letter C bound westerly and southerly by Perley’s meadow and easterly and northerly by their land.

John died on December 21, 1725.  Abigail died on June 29, 1729 when she was 18 years old. The second Joseph, Jr. died on May 24, 1731.

Susannah died in July, 1742 and Joseph married Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller soon after.

Joseph died on May 2, 1745. His will left his wife Elizabeth

all ye household goods she brought to me at marriage," and among other things the executor “shall carry her to meeting on a good horse on Sabbath day & Lecture days when she shall desire it.

His daughter Susanna Kilburn (Kilborne), daughter Ruth Estey, and Grandson Mark Platts were to have four pounds old tenor “his mother having had considerable of me before." Son Mark Fiske was named the executor and inherited the residue.

Elizabeth Fiske died on October 30, 1755.

First printed in Boston 1745
Old Style Calendar
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.

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.

ye is an archaic spelling of "the."

Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1639.



The town common (commons) was a small, open field at the center of the town which was jointly owned. It was used as a marketplace, a place for the militia to drill, or for grazing livestock.

from Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy, 1898 by Frederick Pierce

Susannah, b. March 3, 1676; m. Joseph Fiske (see Fiske Genealogy, by Fred C. Pierce, p. 83).

Joseph Fiske (William, William, John, William, Robert, Simon, Simon, William, Syraond), b. Wenham, Mass., April 14, 1672; m. Susannah or Susan Warner, of Ipswich, d. July, 1742; m. 2d, Jan. 7, 1743, Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller. She d. Oct. 30, 1755.

Joseph Fiske of Ipswich yeoman & wife Susannah sold to Ammi R. Wise of Ips shopkeeper ¼ of a right in the 8th div. 5 acres in the Right Feb 1 1723-4. Joseph and Susanah also sold to Ammi some of great meadow in the West End of Wenham 5 acres bounded southwesterly on land of Theophilus Fiske & Northwesterly by Ebenr Fiske Feb 1 1723-4.

Joseph Fiske & wife (no name given) of Ipswich yeoman sold to Mr. Parley of Boxford, ye acre upland in Rowley ye lot on the Range know by the letter C bound westerly & southerly by sd Perley's land meadow easterly & northerly by sd Fiskes land Feb 7 1726-7.

Joseph Fisk of Ipswich, yeoman, made his will May 1, 1745, which was proved same month in 1745 on the 13th, by Capt. Samuel Waite,

Daniel Chapman and Daniel Chapman, Jr. Wife Elizth "all ye household goods she brought to me at marriage, " &c., among other things the executor

shall carry her to meeting on a good horse on Sabbath day & Lecture days when she sliall desire it.

Daughter Susanna Kilborne. Daughter Ruth Esty. Grandson Mark Platts to have four pounds old tenor "his mother having had considerable of me before."
Son Mark Fisk to be Exr & have the residue.

He d. May 2, 1745; res. Ipswich, Mass.

i. Joseph, b. Oct. 20, 1713; d. May 24, 1 73 1.
ii. Mark, b. Nov. 20, 17 16; m. Lydia Smith,
iii. Susanna, b. March 18, 1700; m. March 22, 1723, Jedediah Kilburn.
iv. Sarah, b. June 19, 1702; d. Aug. 7, 1720.
v. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 15, 1704; m. Dec. 10, 1724, Michael Dwinell. died, in Topsfield Dec. 26, 1729. . .
vi. Ruth, b. Aug. 20, 1707; m. March 6, 1731, David Kilburn [probably not] of Rowley; in. 2d, Esty.
vii. Abigail, b. Aug. 8, 1711 ; d. June 29, 1729.
viii. John, b. Oct. 13, 1719; d. Dec. 21, 1725.
ix. Joseph, b. Jan. 4, 1695 ; d. Dec. 5, 1698.
x. Hannah, b. Dec. 21, 1697; m. Oct. 29, 1720, James Platts, of Rowley.

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.


The Fiske Family: A History of the Family (Ancestral and Descendant) of William Fiske, Sen., of Amherst, N. H. by Albert Augustus Fiske

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.

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