John Fiske1,2,3,4

M, b. circa 1580
FatherWilliam Fiske b. c 1550, d. b 17 May 1623
MotherAnna Austye d. b 13 Feb 1601
     John was born circa 1580 in the parish of St. James, South Elham, County Suffolk, England. John married Anne Lawter, daughter of Robert Lawter and Mary Ffyske, circa 1606. He was living during a time when the Puritans were being severely persecuted, John found his life constantly in danger. To the point that in one period of time, he was forced to spend many months hiding in a wood pile to avoid being burned at the stake, as others of his contemporaries. Even some living where he was in East Anglia had been burned at the stake. Even after coming from hiding in the wood pile, he spent another 6 months living in a cellar by candle light and spending his time at “manufactures”. This time spent in hiding had its consequences as it ruined his health and caused an early death.5 John departed this life in South Elham at the parish of St. James. He was buried there on Saturday, 14 May 1633. He was buried as "Goodman Fiske".6


Anne Lawter b. c 1582, d. 1637


  1. [S1143] Josephine Frosg, Ancestors of Jerry Crary and Laura Antoinette Dunham of Warren, Pennsylvania, page 150 - John Fiske, son of William & Anne [Anstye] Fiske, married Anne, daughter of Robert Lantersee, and died on board ship in 1637 bound for New England.
  2. [S1142] Henry Ffiske, Fiske Family Papers, page.
  3. [S1144] Frederick Clifton Pierce, Fiske and Fiske Family, pages 49-50.
  4. [S1155] G. Andrews Moriarty, The Fiske Family, page 272 - John Fiske of St. James South Elmham; buried: 14 May 1633 St. James as Goodman Fiske; m. his 2nd cousin Anne Lawter who died on the voyage over to New England, daughter of Mary Fiske Lawter and granddaughter of william Fiske; children: Reverand John, Anne [baptized: 1 April 1610 St. James & died: Dedham, Massachusetts 5 December 1649][m. Francis Chickering], Nathaniel [died in infancy buried: 27 March 1614], Martha [m. Captain Edmund Thompson], William [under 24 years of age 18 May 1642- died before 16 September 1664 [date of inventory]].
  5. [S1144] Frederick Clifton Pierce, Fiske and Fiske Family, page 34 - Something of the English & American Fiskes by Reverand Thaddeus Fiske -.
  6. [S1157] G. Andrews Moriarty, The Fiske Family, page 45 - the parish of St. James, South Elmham, County Suffok, England- Burial - 1633 Goodman Fyske 14 May 1633.