An American Family History

Martha Fiske Parks

Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.

Martha Fiske Parks was born on January 12, 1670/1671 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Lieutenant Nathan Fiske and Elizabeth Fry.  

She married Edward Parks (Park, Parks, Parke) on March 13, 1694/95. Edward was born on April 8, 1661. His parents were Thomas Park and Abigail Dix.

Their children included:
Nathan Parks,
Martha Parks (April 18, 1699),
Edward Parks (April 18, 1701), and
Thomas Parks (1703, married Elizabeth Harrington).

Edward died March 1, 1745 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

First printed in Boston 1745
Watertown was settled in 1630 by English Puritans in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Children of
Lieutenant Nathan Fiske
& Elizabeth Fry

  • Nathan Fiske
  • Elizabeth Fiske Ball
  • Martha Fiske Parks
  • Deacon Nathan Fiske
  • Susannah Fiske
  • Abigail Fiske Mixer
  • William Fiske
  • William Fiske
  • Anna Fiske
  • Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.


    Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.

    from Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts. Volume 3
    Thomas Park, son of Richard, was born in England in 1628. He was of Cambridge village, and died Aug. 11, 1690. On Dec. 7, 1653, he married Abigail Dix, daughter of Edward Dix, and

    they had nine children, five sons and four daughters, namely:
    Thomas, born Novr. 2, 1654;
    John, Sept. 6, 1656;
    Abigail, March 3, 1658;
    Edward, April 8, 1661;
    Richard, Dec. 21, 1663;
    Sarah, 21st day, 1st month, 1666;
    Rebecca, 13th day, 2d month, 1668;
    Jonathan, Aug. 27, 1670; and
    Elizabeth, 28th day, 5th month, 1679.

    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.

    Coverlets (Coverlid) are woven bedcovers, used as the topmost covering on a bed.

    Family Memorials: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts by Henry Bond, published by Little, Brown & Co., 1855

    Edward Park (son of Thomas), d. in Newton, Mar. 1, 1745, aged 84.

    Chil. by wife Martha (Fiske).
    1. Martha, b. May 16, 1699.
    2. Edward, b. Ap. 18, 1701
    3. Thomas, b. 1703; a weaver, and a selectman of Newton
    4. Nathan, went to Uxbridge.