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Captain Thomas Fiske

b. March 25, 1632 Wingfield, Somerset England
m. About 1650 Wenham, Massachusetts (English Colony) & May 14, 1695 Boston, Massachusetts (English Colony)
d. August 15, 1707 Wenham, Massachusetts (English Colony)

Spouse:

Joanna (White) Fiske & Martha (Fitch) Fiske

Children:

1. Thomas Fiske (b. 1653 Wenham, Massachusetts)
2. Mary Fiske (b. 1655 Wenham, Massachusetts)
3. Josiah Fiske (b. November 04, 1657 Wenham, Massachusetts)
4. Amos Fiske (b. February 01, 1660 Wenham, Massachusetts)
5. Eleazer Fiske (b. December 22, 1664 Wenham, Massachusetts)
6. Martha (Fiske) Dodge (b. February 27, 1667 Wenham, Massachusetts; m. 1682 Wenham, Massachusetts; d. December 29, 1697 Wenham, Massachusetts)
7. Eleazer (2) Fiske (b. May 03, 1670 Wenham, Massachusetts)
8. Sarah Fiske (b. January 14, 1672 Wenham, Massachusetts)
9. Hannah Fiske (b. July 25, 1674 Wenham, Massachusetts)
10. Elizabeth Fiske (b. February 13, 1677 Wenham, Massachusetts)

Biography:

As a young child, Thomas Fiske came to America with his father, Captain Phineas Fiske, and they settled in Wenham, Massachusetts.

In 1661 Thomas Fiske became a freeman and later he became the most influential member of the town of Wenham as he was repeatedly a representative of the General Court (1671-1672, 1678-1680, 1686, 1694, and 1697), he was the captain of the Colony forces, he was in charge of the sole public school in Wenham (established in 1700), he was town treasurer (1696), he was deputy of the general court (1678), he was moderator of town meetings (1700-1704 and 1705), he served as town clerk (1661-1694) and starting in 1686 the town instructed him to keep a record of births, marriages, and deaths. He was also repeatedly made a selectman (1663-64, 1667-71, 1674-76, 1678, 1680, 1682-84, 1688-90, 1692, 1697, and 1699-1700).

Captain Fiske's influence spread beyond Wenham though. He was made a jury member of the trials in Salem in November 1670 and again in August 1671, in March 1679 he was chosen Deputy of the general courts in Boston, and in September 1680 he was appointed to attend the committee at Boston for the college (Harvard).

Perhaps, most famous though, Captain Thomas Fiske was the foreman of the jury in 1962 in the case of Rebecca Nurse, who was accused of being a witch. The jury found Rebecca Nurse not guilty, but the court overturned the decision and the "witch trials" began.

After the death of his wife, Joanna White on May 04, 1695, Captain Thomas Fiske married Martha Fitch on May 14, 1695 in Boston.

Three of Thomas Fiske's daughters married sons of Lieutenant John Dodge. Martha Fiske married John Dodge, Hannah Dodge married Andrew Dodge, and Sarah Fiske married Josiah Dodge.

Captain Thomas Fiske made his will on April 24, 1705, his witnesses were Jacob, James Jr., and Hannah Brown, all of Ipswich. He stated that his wife Martha should receive 100 pounds, as by contract when he married her, to have her wood from his land joining Pleasure Pond, and son, Thomas Fiske had already received his double portion. Having belonged to the church of Boston, he willed them five pounds. His son-in-law, John Perkins for his children should have two parcels in great meadows that he already occupied, estimated to be about six acres. He gave five pounds to Ann Perkins, and his grandson, Andrew Dodge was to receive twenty pounds, when he came of age. His son-in-law, John Dodges four children, Phineas, Amos, Martha, and Elizabeth were to receive three pounds each. Daughters, Sarah (Fiske) Dodge and Elizabeth (Fiske) Browne to have the residue according to the appraisal of three disinterested men, chosen by son-in-laws Josiah Dodge and Nathaniel Browne.

On August 15, 1707 Captain Thomas Fiske died at the age of seventy-six, at which point all his sons had died except his first, Thomas. Captain Thomas Fiske was buried in the old graveyard at Wenham, near the grave of Ruth, Widow of Thomas White and his eldest son, Thomas. On September 01, 1707 his will was proven by all three witnesses. The executors of the will were Thomas Fiske and son-in-law, Nathaniel Browne.

After his death, Captain Thomas Fiske was called "the Patriarch of the town" in Wenham.

England

Massachusetts

Ethnicity:

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References:

-Fredrick Clifton Pierce, Fiske & Fisk Family: Being the Record of Descendents of Symond Fiske, Lord of the Manor of Stadhaugh, Suffolk County, England, From the Time of Henry IV to Date, Including All the American Members of the Family, (Self Published, 1896), 24, 29, 37, 52 59, & 64-66.
-Almira Larkin White, Genealogy of the Descendants of John White of Wenham and Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1638-1900, Volume I, (Haverhill, Massachusetts: Chase Brothers, Printers, 1900) 16-17, 78.
-Wenham Town Records, Volume I: 1642-1683, (Wenham, Massachusetts: Wenham Historical Society, 1927), 21-22, 25, 27-28, 30, 33-34, 39, 42, 44-46, 49, 53, 58, 66.
-Wenham Town Records, Volume II: 1683-1696, (Wenham, Massachusetts: Wenham Historical Society, 1928), 71, 74, 89, 91, 99-101, 128.
-Wenham Town Records, Volume III: 1696-1706, (Wenham, Massachusetts: Wenham Historical Society, 1929), 141, 157, 179, 184, 187.