Friday, August 21, 2020

52 Ancestors - Week 344: #554 John Fisher (1677-1727) of Medfield, Massachusetts

John Fisher (1677-1727) is number 554 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #555 Abigail Smith (1686-1725)  in 1705 in Medfield, now Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #277 Abigail Fisher (1711-1785) who married #276 John Plimpton (1708-1756)  in 1731.
*  their son #138 Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) who married #139 Mary Guild (1735-1800) in 1756.
*  their daughter #69 Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) who married #68  Aaron Smith (1765-1841) in 1795.
*  their son #34 Alpheus Smith (1802-1840)   who married  #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) in 1826.
*  their daughter, #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) who married #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                        John Fisher[1–5]    

*  Sex:                            Male    

*  Father:                       John Fisher (1652-1727)    
*  Mother:                     Hannah Adams (1656-1746)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                        22 December 1677, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Death:                       14 August 1727 (age 49), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Administration:        16 October 1727 (age 49), administration granted to Josiah Fisher; Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5]    
*  Distribution:             16 September 1735 (age 57), division of real property to heirs; Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                  Abigail Smith (1686-1725)    
*  Marriage 1:               23 April 1705 (age 27), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Child 1:                    Solomon Fisher (1706-1706)    
*  Child 2:                    Abigail Fisher (1707-1711)    
*  Child 3:                    Sarah Fisher (1709-1711)    
*  Child 4:                    Abigail Fisher (1711-1785)    
*  Child 5:                    John Fisher (1714-1777)    
*  Child 6:                    Sarah Fisher (1719-1756)    
*  Child 7:                    Joshua Fisher (1724-    )  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

William S. Tilden edited the book History of the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886, The family genealogy section of the book provides this summary for John Fisher[1]:
"John Fisher was a blacksmith like most of the family, and settled in the north part of the town near Castle Hill.  An old cellar on the farm of Geo. W. Bruce probably marks the spot.  A grant of twenty rods for building was made to the family in 1701 - evidently in this locality.  He was admitted to full communion in 1710.  He married in 1705 Abigail Smith, who died in 1725.  John died in 1727, a few months before his father.  The estate was settled in 1735."
John Fisher was born 22 December 1677 in Medfield, Massachusetts, the second child and first son of John and Hannah (Adams) Fisher[2].

John Fisher married Abigail Smith on 23 April 1705 in Medfield[3].  She was born 18 December 1686 in Medfield, the daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Clarke) Adams.   John and Abigail (Smith) Fisher had seven children, all born in Medfield and recorded in the town record book:

*  Solomon Fisher (1706-1706).
*  Abigail Fisher (1707-1711)
*  Sarah Fisher (1709-1785)
*  Abigail Fisher (1711-1785), married 1731 John Plimpton (1708-1756).
*  John Fisher (1714-1777), married 1736 Dorcas Adams (1717-1807).
*  Sarah Fisher (1719-1756).
*  Joshua Fisher (1725-????), married 1752) Silence Adams (1724-????).

Abigail (Smith) Fisher died 23 February 1724/5 at age 38, just days after the birth of her son Joshua Fisher.  

John Fisher died 14 August 1727 at age 49 in Medfield[4], leaving four children aged 2 to 15 without parents.  

There is no burial record available for John Fisher, but he may have been buried in Vine Lake Cemetery in Medfield.

John Fisher's father, John Fisher (1652-1727), died intestate on 15 December 1727 in Medfield, only three months after John Fisher's (1677-1727) death.  His estate file shows that his son John's heirs received a double portion when it was closed in 1728, with administrator Joshua Fisher (son of the elder John) assigned all of the real estate and paying 46 pounds to the heirs of the younger John Fisher, and 23 pounds to the heirs of his three sisters.  When Hannah (Adams) Fisher died in 1746, her children or their heirs received £11-10s per share from their father's estate.

John Fisher (1677-1727) died intestate, and his estate papers are in Case 5512 in the Suffolk County Probate Court estate files[5].  His brother, Josiah Fisher (1692-1781), was named administrator on 16 October 1727, and the Inventory was apprised on 20 October 1727 by Ebenezer Mason, Abraham Harding and George Barbur.  The inventory totaled £517-06s-08d.  The real estate included:

*  House and barn and the homestead -       £158-00-00
*  Meadow 3 Acres, Swamp 15 acres -         £63-00-00
*  Other land and swamp -                            £22-00-00
*  Other buildings and lands -                     £110-00-00

The real estate totaled £353.

On 11 August 1735, the apprisers informed the court that the property "will conveniently make but one settlement according to the best judgment of the subscribers" and recommended that it be settled on the eldest son, John Fisher. The Court ordered the subscribers to apprise the real estate, which was done on 15 September 1735 and it totaled £384.  On 16th September 1735, the eldest son, John Fisher, Josiah Fisher and Samuel Smith posted a bond of £768, and the Court ordered that eldest son John Fisher would receive the real estate, and would pay his three living siblings (Abigail Plimpton, Sarah Fisher and Joshua Fisher) £76-16s each as their share of the estate.


1. William S Tilden and John A S Monks, History of the town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886 : with genealogies of the families that held real estate or made any considerable stay in the town during the first two centuries (Boston, Mass.: G.H. Ellis, 1887), page 389, John Fisher family sketch.

2. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 51, John Fisher entry, 22 December 1677.

3. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Marriages, page 171, John Fisher and Abigail Smith entry, 23 April 1705.

4. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Deaths, page 212, John Fisher entry, 14 August 1727.

5. Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case File 5512 (16 pages) John Fisher of Medfield, 1727; "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 12 August 2020).


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2020 for a seventh year to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.  The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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