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confusion on Fiske ancestry in England
Posted by: Dora Smith (ID *****6264) Date: March 19, 2009 at 09:17:24
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In my efforts to find clarification on this forum, I have found numerous posts from people just as confused as I am but not as well informed.

Here is the beginning of the 1932 NEHGR article on the Fiske family. (Article continues in installments over three years.) The article summarizes the earlier sources of information on the Suffolk roots of thsi family, then develops its own very different family tree.

I don't find where teh 1997 NEHGR article on the Anthony Fisher family presents any arguments about Mary Fiske's identity; it instead refers to the 1932-34 series on the Fiske family in a footnote. The article on William Crispe of Laxfield, in the same year of NEHGR (1997), also refers to the 1932-34 series on Mary's identity. Article takes issue with teh 1932-4 articles on which of Nicholas's wives were the mothers of which children.

The ancient Suffolk family of Fiske adn its connection with New England have long been known, and two books ... have been published about the family.

Fiske and Fish Family, by Frederick Clifton Pierce, Chicago, at Ancestry.com, and

The Fiske Family Papers, Henry Ffiske, in the family history collection at Brigham Young University libraries.

In spite of this the pedigree of the family has remained in great confusion and presents many difficulties... The American book is, in so far as teh pages dealing with the family in Enlgand are concerned, of little value, as teh very brief summaries of the wills there given contain numerous errors and omit many important details relating to the estates of the testators ... while the conclusions of the compiler are often incorrect. The Enlgish book contains much valuable material, but it is not as carefully compiled as it should be, with the result taht the pedigrees therein are often erroneous and misleading. From early times the family was very prolific, and the records... very voluminous and therefore confusing. In the American book the progenitor of the family in the fifteenth century, one branch of whose descendants became lords of the Manor of Stodleigh in Laxfield... is styled "Lord Symon Fiske", the compiler evidently being under teh impression that the lord of a manor and his remote ancestors were peers of the realm and entitled to be called "Lords". In the sixteenth century th ancestors of the American family exercised the useful but hardly noble calling of wheelwrights...

The pedigree of the branch which sent several members to America has been preserved in teh Candler Manuscripts, the better copy of which is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. Matthias and Philip Candler, who were descendants of this branch adn lvied in the middle of the seventeenth century, were excellent genealogists, and they were sufficiently near the persons of whom tehy wrote to know the facts. The pedigree of the Laxfield-New England Fiskes, as given by the Candlers, begins with a certain Richard Fiske, who was living in the Braodgates of Laxfield in the middle of the sixteenth century." (Following is a discussion of why this Richard was teh son of Simon Fiske of Laxfield who wrote a will in 1536.) The ancestors of teh New England Fiskes were ntoable for their adherence to the Reformed Religion... At the time of the settlement of New Engalnd the Fiseks were a family of exceedingly prosperous artisians and yeomen, who sent several of their sons to the unversityes, whence they went forth to become Puritan ministers."

Yours,
Dora Smith


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