Deacon William Fiske II

William FISKE (1643 – 1728) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Miller line.

William Fiske was born about 1643 in Wenham, Mass.  His parents were William FISKE Sr. and Bridget MUSKETT.  He married Sarah KILHAM 15 Jan 1662/63.  William died in Feb 1727/28 in Wenham Mass in his 86th year.

Deacon William Fiske served as a juror in the Salem Witch Trials. He later signed the Declaration of Regret of the Salem Jurors

Sarah Kilham was born on 4 Jan 1642/3 in Wenham, Essex, MA. Her parents were Austin KILHAM and Alice GORBALL.  Sarah died 26 Jan 1737/38 in Wenham Mass in her 98th year.

Children of Richard and Ruth:

It appears there were two first cousins, William Fiske’s daughter and Joseph Fiske’s daughter, both named Ruth, born a couple years apart  who both immigrated to New Brunswick.  Many genealogies mix these two women up, but it’s not possible that the same woman was mother to both Richard Estey’s children and David Kilborne’s children because they were born at the same time.  It”s more likely that William Fiske’s daughter was our ancestor, but I’m including posts for both families.

Name Born Married Departed
1. William FISKE III 31 JAN 1662/63 Wenham Marah
10 DEC 1745 Andover, Mass
2. Sarah Fiske 5 FEB 1663/64 Wenham John Cook
14 SEP 1688 Windsor, CT
Hartford CT
3. Ruth Fiske 2 Mar 1665/66 Wenham
4. Samuel Fiske 2 Mar 1666/67 Before 1670
5. Martha Fiske 15 MAY 1668 Wenham Thomas White
22 APR 1763
6. Joseph Fiske 10 Feb 1668/69 Wenham Before 1672
7. Samuel Fiske 16 FEB 1669/70 Wenham Elizabeth Brown
5 DEC 1699 Wenham
8. Joseph FISKE 14 Apr 1672 Wenham Susannah WARNER
c. 1693
2 May 1745 in Ipwich, Mass.
9. Benjamin Fiske 6 APR 1674 Wenham Mary Quarles
7 MAR 1698/99
6 JUN 1742 Wenham
10. Theophilus Fiske 28 JUL 1676 Wenham Phebe Lamson
18 JUL 1700 Ipswich
Mehitable Wilkins
of Topsfield,
26 July 1756
SEP 1759 Wenham
11. Ebenezer Fiske 10 Feb 1676/77 Wenham Before 1679
12. Deacon Ebenezer Fiske 22 MAR 1678/79 Wenham Elizabeth Fuller
24 MAY 1710 Wenham
Martha Kimball
1 Dec 1733 in Wenham, Essex, Mass
30 SEP 1771 Wenham
13. Jonathan Fiske 22 Jul 1681 Wenham 14 Feb 1704/05
14. Elizabeth Fiske 12 DEC 1684 Wenham Eleazer Foster
6 DEC 1703
19 FEB 1758 Ipswich

By occupation a weaver.  He also held various public offices
Representative 1701-04-11-13-14
Moderator 1702-03 1712-13-14

He was also called lieutenant.

1670 – Admitted a freeman in 1670

1679 – Chosen Deacon of the Wenham Congregational Church (of which his uncle, Rev. John Fiske, was first pastor)

“Here Lyeth ye body of Decn [Deacon] William Fisk who died Febry ye 5th 1727/8 Aged 85 years.” William Fisk also served as a juror at the Salem trials in 1692 and later signed the 1697 confession of error. -Salem Witch Museum

Declaration of Regret – Salem Jurors

We whose names are underwritten, being in the year 1692 called to serve as jurors in court at Salem, on trial of many who were by some suspected guilty of doing acts of witchcraft upon the bodies of sundry persons, we confess that we ourselves were not capable to understand, nor able to withstand, the mysterious delusions of the powers of darkness and Prince of the air, but were, for want of knowledge in ourselves and better information from others, prevailed with to take with such evidence against the accused, as, on further consideration and better information, we justly fear was insufficient for the touching the lives of any (Deut. xvii) whereby we fear we have been instrumental, with others, though ignorantly and unwittingly, to bring upon ourselves and this people of the Lord the guilt of innocent blood; which sin the Lord saith in Scripture he would not pardon (2 Kings xxiv.4)- that is, we suppose, in regard to his temporal judgments.

We do therefore hereby signify to all in general, and to the surviving sufferers in special, our deep sense of, and sorrow for, our errors in acting on such evidence to the condemning of any person; and do hereby declare, that we justly fear that we were sadly deluded and mistaken –

for which we are much disquieted and distressed in our minds, and do therefore humbly beg forgiveness, first of God, for Christ’s sake, for this our error, and pray that God would impute the guilt of it to ourselves nor others, and we also pray that we may be considered candidly and aright by the living sufferers, as being then under a strong and general delusion, utterly unacquainted with, and not experienced in, matters of that nature.

We do hereby ask forgiveness of you all, whom we have justly offended, and do declare, according to our present minds, we would none of us do such things again, on such grounds, for the whole world – praying you to accept of this in way of satisfaction for our offense, and that you would bless the inheritance of the Lord, that he may be entreated for the land.

Thomas Fisk, Foreman
William Fisk
John Bacheler (son of Joseph BACHELER)
Thomas Fisk
John Dane (Son-in-law of Daniel WARNER)
Joseph Evelith
Thomas Pearly, Sr.
John Peabody
Thomas Perkins
Samuel Sayer
Andrew Eliot
Henry Herrick, Sr.

Capt. Thomas Fiske and Deacon William Fiske were third cousins once removed; Capt. Thomas Fiske, jr., and Deacon William Fiske were fourth cousins;


1. William FISKE III (See his page)

2. Sarah Fiske

Sarah’s husband John Cook was born 3 Aug 1662 in Windsor, Hartford, CT. His parents were Nathaniel Cook and Lydia Vore. John died 27 Feb 1712 in Hartford, CT

5. Martha Fiske

Martha’s husband Thomas White was born 0 Mar 1664 in Wenham, Essex, Mass. His parents were Thomas White and Ruth Haffield. Thomas died 27 Jan 1740 in Wenham, Mass

7. Samuel Fiske

Samuel’s wife Elizabeth Brown was born 27 Jun 1671 in Reading, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Josiah Brown and Mary Fellows. Elizabeth died 21 Jul 1721 in Wenham, Essex, Mass.

He moved to Rehoboth, Massachusetts about 1710 where he died.

8. Joseph FISKE (See his page)

9. Benjamin Fiske

Benjamin’s wife Mary Quarles was born 1677 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. Her parents were William Quarles and Martha Dickinson. Mary died 11 Jan 1745 in Mass.

They resided in Wenham, where he frequently held town offices. He was a man of property and a liberal patron of the Wenham church. He died in 1742, leaving wife Mary, but no children, as heirs. He left the church 5 pounds when he died.

10. Theophilus Fiske

Theophilus’ first wife Phebe Lamson was born 13 Aug 1673 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. Her parents were John Lamson and Martha Perkins. Phebe died 23 May 1753 in Wenham, Essex, Mass.

Theophilus’ second wife Mehitable Wilkins was born 24 Nov 1730 in Middleton, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Hezekiah Wilkins and Mehitable Upton. Mehitable died in Wenham, Essex, Mass.

He settled in Wenham, where he made his will June 8, 1757, and died Sep 6, 1759, and his brother, Dea. Ebenezer Fiske, settled his estate. Of his real estate in the inventory, besides his homestead, was twenty- four acres of meadow in Wenham, two acres salt marsh in Ipswich, and three lots in Wenham Swamp; and the homestead was bounded by a Thomas Fiske, John Friend, and Josiah Fairfield.

12. Deacon Ebenezer Fiske

Ebenezer’s first wife Elizabeth Fuller was born 1686 in Salem, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Jacob Fuller and Mary Bacon. Elizabeth died 25 Aug 1732 in Wenham, Essex, Mass.

Ebenezer’s second wife Martha Kimball was born 24 Feb 1688 in Wenham, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Ephraim Kimball and Mary Friend. Martha died 28 Mar 1764 in Wenham, Essex, Mass.

He was appointed executor of his father’s will in 1729.

He was elected deacon of the Wenham church in his place 1739

Deacon Ebenezer Fiske died 30 Sep 1771, in his ninety third year — a venerable and venerated patriarch of his church and town.

14. Elizabeth Fiske

Elizabeth’s husband Eleazer Foster was born 6 Apr 1684 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. His parents were Isaac Foster and Martha Hale.  His grandparents were Reginald FOSTER and Judith WIGNOL.  Eleazer died 15 Nov 1771 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

In 1758 their son, Abijah, and his son Ebenezer both died of smallpox at Crown Point.


Genealogical and family history of the state of New Hampshire -Google Books

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