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Augustine Fyshe (d. 1579) of Great Bowden
JOHN FYSHE (d. 1622/3) of Great Bowden m. Margaret Unknown
THOMAS FYSHE (bp. 1584-1674) of Lubenham, East Farnham and Wedgeneck Park
William Sprigge of Lubenham
Mary Sprigge (b. 1585)
NATHANIEL FISH (bp. 1619) of Sandwich
JOHN FYSHE (d. 1622/3) of Market Harborow, Great Bowden Parish, co. Leicester
Parents: Perhaps the Augustine Fyshe who died on 26 Aug 1579 in Great Bowden was his father. [Ref]
John married Margaret Unknown, perhaps Margaret Cradock. [Ref]
In his will, filed in 1622 and proved on 2 Jan 1623/24, John calls himself a yeoman of Bowden Magna, co. Leicester. He mentions his wife Margaret, his eldest son Augustine, his second son William, his fifth son Francis, his youngest son John, his son-in-law Robert Fish of Market Harborough and Robert's wife Alice. [Ref]
Children of John and Margaret, all baptisms recorded in Great Bowden [Ref]:
THOMAS FYSHE (bp. 1584 - 1674) of Lubenham, East Farndon, Great Bowden and Wedgenock Park
Parents: John Fyshe and Margaret Unknown
Thomas Fysh was baptised on 8 May 1584 in Great Bowden. [Ref] He died on 12 Jan 1673/4 in Warwick. [Ref] He married Mary Sprigge in 1609 in Leicester. [Ref] Mary was the daughter of William Sprigge of Lubenham, Leicestershire. [Ref] She was born on 24 Jan 1585 in Lubenham. [Ref]
Thomas appears to have lived in three nearby towns: first Lubenham, then East Farndon, and finally in Great Bowden. [Ref] He then moved to Wedgenock Park in Warwickshire, where he was a tenant of the Earl of Warwick. [Ref] In 1643 he was living in Good Rest House within the the Park. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Fish and Mary Sprigge:
NATHANIEL FISH (bp. 1619 - 1694) of Sandwich
Parents: Thomas Fyshe and Mary Sprigge
Nathaniel Fish was baptised on 20 Jun 1619 in East Farndon. [Ref] He died in 1694. [Ref] He had an unknown first wife. [Ref] He married second Lydia Miller. [Ref]
Nathaniel and his brothers John and Jonathan Fish were early inhabitants of Sandwich. [Ref] Nathaniel and John Fish were each allocated 1-1/2 acres of meadow on 16 Apr 1640 in Sandwich. [Ref] John, Jonathan and Nathaniel Fish are in the Sandwich section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. [Ref]
Nathaniel was allocated 2 acres of meadow on 16 Apr 1640 in Sandwich. [Ref]
At the court held on 20 Aug 1644 Nathaniel was among those for whom a warrant was set forth to testify against John Ellis, accused of fornication with his later wife Elizabeth Freeman. John was publicly whipped. [Ref] Servant Robert Ransom complained that he was badly treated by his master Thomas Dexter, Jr. The Court said that this could not be proved and Thomas Clarke of Plymouth bought out his time. On 4 Aug 1654, the Court warned Robert to improve his behaviour and it fined Nathaniel Fish of Sandwich 20 shillings for entertaining Robert and abetting him in his stubborness toward his master. [Ref]
In 1655 Thomas Tupper, Thomas Tobey, William Swift, Edmund Freeman and Nathaniel Fish were among the 19 Sandwich residents who signed a letter entreating Mr Leveridge to continue at Sandwich. [Ref] On 18 May 1658 Nathaniel was a grandjuryman for Sandwich. [Ref] On 10 Mar 1669 [?] the town granted Nathaniel five acres. [Ref] On Mar 1681 that town chose Joseph Burge to lay out five acres for Mr Nathaniel Fish. [Ref]
On 16 Jan 1682 the town proposed aiding Nathaniel, who had fallen into difficulty, saying, 'For as much as it is judged of absolute necessity that something be contributed for the relief of Mr Nathaniel Fish in respect to his present want, especially for his wife's present sickness... '. [Ref]
Inventory was taken on Nathaniel's estate on 14 Mar 1693/4. [Ref]
Children of Nathaniel Fish:
Children of Nathaniel Fish and Lydia Miller
AMBROSE FISH (d. 1691) of Sandwich
Parents: Nathaniel Fish and his unknown first wife [Ref]
Ambrose Fish died in 1691. [Ref] He married Hannah Swift. [Ref]
The Plymouth Court records (PCR 5:245-46): for 30 Oct 1677 say:
Att this Court, Ambrose Fish was inditied by the name of Ambrose Fish, for that hee, haueing not the feare of God before his eyes, did wickedly, and contrary to the order of nature, on the tweluth day of July last past before the date heerof, in his owne house in Sandwich, in this collonie of New Plymouth, by force carnally know and rauish Lydia Fish, the daughter of Mr Nathaniell Fish, of Sandwich aforsaid, and against her will, shee being then in the peace of God and of the Kinge.
The grand jury found billa vera. The verdict of the jury of life and death was as followeth: Namely, if one euidence with concurring cercomstances be good in law, wee find him guilty. But if one euidence, with conccurring cercomstances, be not good in law, wee find him not quilty.
Vpon consideration of the verdict, the Court centance him, the said Ambrose Fish, to suffer corporall punishment by being publickly whipt att the post, which accordingly was inflicted, and the prisoner released. [Ref]
Inventory was taken on Ambrose's estate on 11 Sep 1691. [Ref]
Children of Ambrose Fish and Hannah Swift:
SETH FISH (b. c. 1682) of Sandwich
Parents: Ambrose Fish and Hannah Swift [Ref]
Seth Fish was born about 1682. [Ref] He married Mary Turner of Sandwich on 30 Dec 1702 in Sandwich. [Ref][Ref][Ref]
Seth Fish was head of family in Sandwich on 12 Sep 1722 and in Mar 1730. [Ref] Seth helped cart stones for Rev. Fessenden on 7 Jul 1729 in Sandwich. [Ref]
Hannah's son Seth Fish testified that Thomas Tobey was his father-in-law. It is known that Seth had only one wife, Mary Turner, so he was not referring to his wife's father. He must have meant his step-father. "Father-in-law" was a common way of referring to a step-father. [Ref]
Children of Seth Fish and Mary Turner, all recorded in Sandwich [Ref]:
HANNAH FISH (b. 1706)
Parents: Seth Fish and Mary Turner
Hannah Fish was born on 5 Jun 1706 in Sandwich. She married Samuel Tupper of Sandwich on 14 Oct 1726 in Sandwich. [Ref][Ref][Ref]
In their marriage record, Samuel and Hannah are described as of Sandwich. Hannah was probably born by 1706, given her marriage date, and she was probably not born earlier than 1701, given that her last child was born in 1746. Apparently, the only Hannah Fish in the Sandwich records who fits this description is the daughter of Seth and Mary Fish. I conjecture that this is her.
Another John Fish
Another, more colourful, John Fish was of Lynn, Stratford, New London and maybe Sandwich. [Ref] John Fish, perhaps a distant cousin of our Fishes, appears to have married first Martha Eland in about 1650/5. [Ref] He married second Martha Stark, who eloped with Samuel Culver. They were divorced on the grounds of her adultery 1680. [Ref] He appears to be the John Fish who then married Hannah (Palmer) (Hewitt) Sterry on 15 Aug 1681.
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