An American Family History

William Fiske

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."
It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.

William Fiske was born on January 30, 1662/63 in Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of William Fiske and Sarah Kilham.

He married Marah or Mary. Their children were born in Wenham:
William Fiske (1695, married Mary Kenney/Kinney and Sarah Fiske),
Joseph Fiske (1701),
Ebenezer Fiske (1703, married Susannah Buck),
Jonathan Fiske,
Sarah Fiske,
Ruth Fiske (could have married Richard Estey),
Lydia Fiske, and
Mary Fiske.

The family moved to Andover, Massachusetts about 1710 where died on December 10, 1745 when he was 83 years old. Marah was still in Andover as late as 1734.

First printed in Boston 1745
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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, 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.

    Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.



    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

    from The Fiske Family by Albert Augustus Fiske, 1867

    William Fiske, eldest son of Dea. William, resided in Wenham until about 1710, when he removed to Andover, Mass. By wife, Marah, he had sons
    William (born 1695),
    Joseph (1701),
    Ebenezer (1703),
    Jonathan, and daughters
    Lydia and

    All these were living in Andover in 1726, and had property distributed to them by deed from their father, who died there in 1745, in his 83d year.

    His wife Marah (often called Mary) was living in Andover as late as 1734, as appears by her signature to a deed of that date.

    His eldest son, William [Fiske], married for his first wife Mary Kinney, of Salem, in 1723, who died in 1825, having buried an infant daughter the year previous.

    In May, 1829, he married, for 2nd wife, a Sarah Fisk, (or Fish) of Woburn, and had sons
    William (born 1731) and Asa (1739), and daughters Mary and Rachel.

    William and Sarah Fiske were living in Andover as late as 1750.

    Ebenezer [Fiske], son of Wm. and Marah, married Susanna Buck, and had among other children, Eben'r and Ephraim. Both families subsequently removed from Andover, but to what localities the compiler is not informed.

    Wenham was first settled by English Puritans. The church was formed in 1644 with John Fiske as pastor.
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