An American Family History

Stephen Fiske

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Stephen Fiske was born on September 14, 1714 in Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut. His parents were William Fiske and Eunice Jennings. He was christened on April 17, 1715 in Weston, Massachusetts.

He married Prudence Farley (1719) in Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts on August 5, 1742. Her parents were John Farley and Mary Johnson.

Stephen and Prudent's children included:
Prudence Fiske (1745),
Olive Fiske (1747),
Mary Fiske (1749), and
Lieutenant Rufus Fiske (1752, married Dorcas Gleason).

He later married Ann Bradish Green on June 26, 1758 in Hardwick, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Ann was born on June 6, 1729 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts. Her parents were James Bradish and Damaris Rice. She was a widow and had been married to John Green who was killed in the Battle of Lake George on September 8, 1755.

Stephen and Ann had at least one child, James Fiske, who was born November 17, 1844 in Greenwich, Massachusetts.

Stephen died October 20, 1764 and Ann died in 1826 in Vermont.
Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1749 and dissolved in 1938. It was renamed from Quabbin in 1754 .
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.

Children of William Fiske
and Eunice Jennings
  • William Fiske
  • Hannah Fiske Powers
  • Stephen Fiske
  • Nathan Fiske
  • Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

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



    The Battle of White Plains was on October 28, 1776 near White Plains, New York. The Americans retreated from New York City and the British landed troops in Westchester County to cut them off. The Americans attempted to establish a position in White Plains, but the British drove them from a hill near the village.

    from Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service during the war of the Revolution, 1775-1783. edited by Henry P. Johnston, M.A.

    Rufus Fiske was a private in Capt. Gallup’s Company of Col. Parsons’ regiment (10th Continental), Nov 6th 1776.  Nov 6, 1777, his name appears as Corporal of Capt. Hewit’s Company of Colonel Latimerls regiment at Sarasota. 

    from Fiske and Fisk Family by Frederick Clifton Pierce, p 261  

    Lieut. Rufus Fiske – b. Willington, Conn., Mar 28, 1752 m. there Dorcas Gleason.  He was born in Willington, Conn., where he resided nearly all his life and where he was a leading and prominent citizen. He served in the Revolutionary war as Corporal and later was a representative in the General Court for some years. He was call Lieut. Fiske.

    He was a Revolutionary pensioner was at the campaign of Long Island and White Plains with Col. Parsons’ regiment at the battle of Stillwater and capture of Burgoyne, and nine years a member of the Conn. Legislature. He died Dec 2, 1813 res at Willington and Stafford, Conn.

    The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.


    History of Hardwick, Massachusetts: With a Genealogical Register by Lucius Robinson Paige published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1883

    Green, John, prob. s. of Thomas, and b. in Shrewsbury 2 Mar. 1726, m. Anna Bradish 7 Dec. 1751, and had William, b. 21 Sep. 1752; John, b. 3 May1754. John the f. was a tanner and a soldier. He was killed in battle 8 Sep.1755. In his will he made provision for his wife and two children, and also for his mother Mary. His w. Anna prob. m. Stephen Fisk of Gr. 29 June 1758.
    A tanner treats animal skins to produce leather. After the tanning process, the currier dresses, finishes and colors the tanned hide.


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