Name: Jonathan Fisk
Birth: 1 MAY 1751 in Wenham, MA
Death: ABT 1825 in Berlin, VT
Event: Rev War
Military Service 1777 Wenham, MA
BIOGRAPHY: (CONT'D FROM FISKE AND FISK FAMILY P. 134)
Change Date: 1 SEP 2014 at 20:07:54
A correspondent writes: "Judge Fiske was a justice of the peace and town clerk in Williamstown from my earliest recollection until a brief period before his death, and as such made public all the marriages, and did most of the marrying. He represented that town in the state legislature, I think, over twenty years in succession, and afterward at various times. He was also judge of probate at an early date, and continued in that office until his sight failed and until too old and otherwise infirm to discharge its duties. He was also a deacon in the Congregational church at Williamstown further back than I can remember, and when he died his mantle fell on two of his worthy sons now living."
From a file of the Wenham records it appears that Judge Jonathan Fiske was married to Mrs. Mary Bragg by Rev. Joseph Swain in Dec. 1772. They were the parents of twelve children, eight sons and five daughters, all of whom except one matured, married, and had families, and all excepting three lived to be over seventy years of age. Their grandchildren number upward of seventy, fifty-three of whom are still living (1867), including the fourth generation. Their living descendants will probably reach one hundred souls.
Judge Fiske, after living to see his children all married and comfortably settled in life, died in 1825--his wife the following year--both at the age of seventy-four. Their closing days were spent with their son, Samuel, who then resided in Berlin, Vt., and after their deaths their remains were taken to Northfield for burial. The sons, Nathaniel, William, John, Samuel, and daughters Elizabeth and Anna were married by their father in Williamstown, where most of the family appear to have originally settled. Some of them afterward removed to Northfield, where a number of their descendants yet remain.
Amherst, N.H., is situated in Hillsborough County, forty-seven miles from Boston and twenty-eight from Concord, the state capital. The town had its origin in a grant of the general court of Massachusetts to the surviving officers and soldiers of the Naragansett war and to the posterity of those now living. The claimants had seven towns awarded them. Amherst was principally settled by people from Wenham and adjoining towns and incorporated in 1760. In 1771 Amherst became the shire town of Hillsborough County, and after many years was one of the most flourishing villages in the state. Its residents contained many people who later attained prominence in the state and nation, among the number being President Franklin Pierce, Horace Greely and Daniel Webster.
He d. 1825; res. Amherst, N.H. and Williamstown, Vt.
Mary Bragg b: ABT 1752
26 NOV 1772
in Wenham, MA
- Jonathan Fisk b: 26 SEP 1773 in Amherst, NH
- Nathaniel Fisk b: 6 JUL 1775
- William Roby Fisk b: 11 APR 1777 in Williamstown, Orange, VT
- Mary Fisk b: 13 MAY 1781 in Williamstown, Orange, VT
- John Fisk b: 24 FEB 1783
- Benjamin Fisk b: 17 NOV 1784
- Elizabeth Fisk b: 15 OCT 1786
- Sarah Fisk b: 17 SEP 1788
- Anne Fisk b: 12 OCT 1790
- David Fisk b: 2 FEB 1793 in Williamstown, Orange, VT
- Samuel Fisk b: 24 OCT 1794 in Williamstown, Orange, VT