Name: Richard Fisk97
Place: Wickham Market, Suffolk, England
Immigtd: 12 Jul 1821
Place: prob Iowa
Married: 25 Mar 1806
Place: Pettistree, Suffolk, Eng
All Saints, Wickham Market, Suffolk, England
The following marriage entry is found online at Fisk Family
History. It occurred at Pettistree.
- 25 Mar 1806 Richard Fisk, single draper of Wickham
Market, Matilda Kemp of Pettistree
Should this really read "Mahala Kemp"? Is it a transcription error or is
it as it appears on the original record?
In his 1915 Memoir, J W Fisk
refers to his grandfather as John R Fisk, but virtually every record found
for his gives his name as Richard. There are a numbers of errors regarding
the early generations of his family which were probably the result of faulty
memory due to his advanced age.
My grandfather, John R. Fisk, was born in or near London, England,
in 1780 (the month forgotten). His father was Lord Richard Fisk. Said John
R. Fisk in 1805 or 1806 was married to Miss Mahola Kemp, daughter Lord Wm.
Kemp. To this union was born a family of six sons, to wit: Edward, William
H., Henry C., James, George, and John R. Fisk, two daughters, viz. Ann and
Susan. All were born in England except John R. who was born in this
My grandfather was engaged in the Mercantile business in the city
of London, and became involved and it took nearly all his property to pay
his liabilities. It will be observed that he was closely allied with the
blue blood of the Old County, hence very haughty and too proud to face his
He at once decided to emigrate to America, to which my Great
Grandfather Kemp very strenuously objected and went so far as to insist on
making up his lost fortune if he would consent to stay in London, but John
R. Fisk was not built that way; he would rather face the world among
strangers and die in a strange land. Accordingly he took what was left and
secured passage to New York City.
The following passenger list extract108 indicates that the head of
Edward C. Fisk's (#38) family was Richard. Undoubtedly, J. W. Fisk97 knew who his own grandfather was.
I suspect, then, that John R. Fisk had gone by the name Richard, presumably
his middle name.
The family arrived in New York, 12 Jul 1821, on the ship Caspian, bound to
the United States from England:
Richard Fisk, 40, male, Grocer
Mahala Fisk, 38, female
William Fisk, 15, male
Henry Fisk, 13, male
Anna Fisk, 11, female
Edward Fisk, 10, male
Susan Fisk, 8, female
George Fisk, 5, male
James Fisk, 4, male
Richard and Mahala's Family
Several of their children — Henry, Anna, Edward, and Susan — were
baptized at Westminster St
James, London on 23 October 1814.
Son William is found on the 1870 census with his wife, Hannah (born NY)
and son William F (19, born Ohio):
|William Robert Fisk
||He was born, probably in Suffolk, on 21 January 1807 and died 15 January 1895 in Appanoose County, Iowa. He married Hannah J Tompkins.
|Henry Charles Fisk
|Anna Curtis Fisk
|Edward Curtis Fisk
||Married Araminta D Wood.
|John Renwick Fisk
||He was born in New York the year following the family's
arrival in America. He married Martha J Tolles.
1870 > IOWA > APPANOOSE > CALDWELL TWP
Series: M593 Roll: 375 Page: 376
Richard Fisk is found on the 1840, New York census. The following entry
was extracted by Lisa Slaski. Richard was 50-60.
Town of Wilmurt, Herkimer County
Richard Fisk 0001110100000 0101001000000
A 12-marker Y-DNA test has been done for a descendant of the Fisks. The
results match the markers of those who claim to have been descended from
Symond Fiske (1399-1464) of Laxfield, Suffolk. It's amazing to consider
that the Fisk patrilineage remained in the same region for at least 400
The Symond Fiske Haplotype
Only one member of the Fisk DNA Project
has done any advanced testing. He is postive for a Y-DNA mutation called
P25, which is simply a mutation at position 22840918 of the Y chromosome
from a molecule of cytosine to one of adenine, or C to A. This mutation,
however, is very old and occurred at the birth of a man about 20,000 years
ago, which doesn't make it very useful for genetic genealogy.
Symond's will was dated December 22, 1463 and proved in Norwich, England on
February 26, 1464/April 26, 1464 after dying in Stadhaugh in February. He
bequeathed his soul to God, the Virgin Mary, and all the Saints in Heaven.
Bequeathed to each of his sons, William, Jeffery, John, and Edmund 20
pounds. He mentioned his daughter, Margaret (Fiske) Dowsing. He appointed
his wife, Katherine, son John, and his nephew, Nicholas Noleth executors.
Wickham Market Library
- Wickham Market at
and Fisk family: being the record of the descendants of Symond Fiske, lord
of the manor of Stadhaugh, Suffolk County, England
- Fisk DNA
Project - Few Fisks have tested to date.
All original portions ©
Michael Cooley, OrbitInternet.net -