By Lester Warren Fish
THE FISH FAMILIES IN AMERICA 291 to be filled in 1853 SPRAGUE7 FISH, who may have been a son of (1780) Asahel and Esther (Billings) Fish, and grandson od Aaron and Irene Sprague Fish, w. b. Mar.10, 1768, at Groton, Conn. He m. June 16, 1789, Abigail (Nabby) Park. He was a cooper; sailed in a trader to the West Indies, and was there drowned while attempting to land. Children: 1870 Park8, who married Abigail Packer Nov 17, 1811, and was lost in Christmas storm of 1811. She was b. Aug. 10, 1773. She m. (2) Oliver Dewey, and (3) Elisha Lyman, a Rev. soldier and a fine man. (He stood within three feet of him when the spy, Major Andre, was hanged). 1871 Sprague,b. at Groton, Mar.10,1790, and followed his father's trade of whaler. He m. Betsey (Perkins) Adams, and had at least three sons (all of New London, and b. about 1840, all captains of whalers): (1873) Captain Asa9, (1874) Captain Coddington; and (1875) Captain Gilbert (or George). 1872 Coddington, who settled in Vermont. --------------------------------- 1502 NATHAN5 FISH (Samuel4, John3, Alice2, John1), farmer, youngest son of (1360) Samuel and Sarah Fish, was b. at Stonington or Groton, Conn., about 1699, and bapt. Aug. 19. He m. about 1726, at Fisher's Island, N.Y., Abigail Havens, who d. Sept. 16, 1727, at the age of 22; m. (2), about 1729, Mary Burrows, dau. of John and Lydia Burrows. She d. may 11, 1732, and he d. July 13, 1732. They all lie buried in the Packer Burying Ground at Groton. Although his life was short he received a fair share of the honor and respect of his fellows. He and his
292 THE FISH FAMILY wife Mary united "by faith" Apr. 15, 1731, with the First Presbyterian (later Congregational) Church at Groton, which was organized in 1702. (Groton became a township in 1704, the same year the highway over Fort Hill between Mystic Bridge and New London, Conn., was built.) Children: + 1876 Nathan6, b. Sept. 11, 1727; d. Oct. 22, 1822; m. Catherine Niles; m. (2) Catherine Helme. 1877 Abigail, b. 1730; d. Sept. 18, 1790; m. Jonathan6 #1630 Fish (Moses5, Samuel4, John3, Alice2, John1). 1878 Ichabod, b. 1732; d. Nov. 1737 1876 CAPT. NATHAN6 FISH (Nathan5, Samuel4, John3, Alice2, John1), eldest son of (1502) Nathan and Abigail (Havens) Fish, was b. Sept. 11, 1727. As he was but five years old when his father died, he was taken by his grandmother, Mary Havens, and remained with her at Shelter Island, N.Y., until he was twelve. He then returned and was sent to school under the famous Master Niles. His guardians was Thomas Mumford and Mary Havens. He was heir to a large estate. He m. Oct. 13, 1748, at Groton, Conn., Catherine Niles, dau. of Nathan Niles, by whom he had four children. She was b. July 18, 1729, d. Jan. 9, 1759, and was buried in the old Niles Burying Ground on her father's land. She was a Baptist. On July 24, 1759, he m.(2) a cousin of his fisrt wife, Catherine Helme of Newport, R.I., dau. of Rouse, Jr., and Sarah (Niles) Helme. She was b. Mar. 1737, and d. Aug. 22, 1818, at 81. Her mother, Sarah Niles, was a dau. of Nathaniel Niles, Jr. (b. Mar. 21, 1677, at New Shoreham, R.I., d.1766), who m. Jan. 20, 1699, Mary (Hannah) Wilson, dau. of Robert and Mary Wilson. Note: on my copy someone has tried to cross out Wilson and put in another name. ? --ed. He was faintly remembered by his great grandson, Rev. Frederic Denison, who was but three at his death. He remembers him as sitting in the corner of the front room near the fireplace with short clothes, silver shoe and knee buckles, long waistcoat and white flowing hair--a patriarch. Known as as "Gentleman of the Old School," he was a man of serene philosophy, a large property-holder, inclined to the quiet enjoyments of the home, not interested in political affairs although he was a Justice of the Peace and represented Groton in the State Legislature (as Captain Fish), in 1771. On July 25, 1755, he united with the Baptist Society. He built to the west of his grandfather, Samuel4 Fish, and about halfway between the highway and the house now occupied by Alden8 Fish (which was built in 1800 by Nathan's
THE FISH FAMILIES IN AMERICA 293 son Sands), and the highway leading from Cow Hill was opened in 1818. (The first bridge over Mystic river at Mystic Bridge Village was also built in 1818.) He d. at 95, Oct. 22, 1822, and was buried with his second wife in Packer Burying Ground. Children: + 1879 Nathan7, b. July 17, 1749; d. Aug. 1806; m. Phebe Packer. + 1880 Samuel, b. Mar. 31, 1751; d. Nov. 26, 1837; m. Susan Lamb. 1881 Catherine, b. Aug. 24, 1753; d. Dec. 15, 1825; m. Jesse Gallup, Mar. 16, 1775. 1882 Simeon, b. Mar. 24, 1756; d. Feb. 4, 1757. By second wife: 1883 Abigail, b. May 21, 1760; d. June 30, 1851, at 91; m. Luke Perkins, who fell in defense of Fort Griswold, Sept. 6, 1781; m. (2) John Wood, who d. New London, Conn., June 21, 1784. 1884 Sarah, b. July 1, 1761; d. Feb. 11, 1791; m. Josiah Gallup, Nov. 4, 1787. + 1885 Sands, b. Oct. 16, 1762, d. Aug. 20, 1838; m. Bridget Gallup. (go to page 300) 1886 Hannah, b. Aug. 3, 1764; d. Feb. 22, 1847; m. Frederick Denison, Aug. 19, 1789. + 1887 Mary, b. Nov. 3, 1765; d. Oct. 10, 1848; m. Christopher Lester, Apr. 10, 1791. + 1888 Silas, b. Aug. 29, 1767; d. June 1, 1836; m. Cynthia Bliss. + 1889 Roswell, b. Mar. 4, 1769; d. Mar. 7, 1845; m. Isabel Phelps. (go to page 315) 1890 Cynthia, b. Sept. 21, 1770; d. Dec. 23, 1855; m. Benadam Gallup, Oct. 14, 1792. 1891 Edmund, b. Feb. 5, 1772; d. Sept. 8, 1798, of yellow fever. 1892 Nancy, b. Aug. 26, 1776; d. Nov. 14, 1859; lived on the old homestead; a singer, a worker, a student of the Bible, and enemy of hypocrisy, a friend of all the good. A conscientious, earnest, Christian woman. 1879 NATHAN7 FISH (Nathan6, Nathan5, Samuel4, John3, Alice2, John1), farmer, son of (1876) Nathan and Catherine (Niles) Fish, was b. at Groton, Conn., July 17, 1749. He was m. to Phebe Packer, dau. of Joseph and Elenor (Ashby) Packer, Aug. 11, 1771, by Rev. Timothy Wightman. About 1781 they settled at Halifax, Vt., where he d. in Aug. 1806. She d. in June 1824. Nine daughters and five sons born to them at Halifax. Children: (1893) Phebe8, b. May 12, 1778, m. Cephas Fitch, d. at Noak, Conn., Feb. 13, 1855; (1894) Dudley, who m. Patty Henry; (1895) Catherine, who m. James Henry; (1896) Betsey, who m. Benj. Henry; (1897) Annis, who m. Sam Henry; (1898) Prudence, who m. David Henry; (1899) Edward; (1900) Eleanor, b. Jan. 15, 1783, m. Henry Green Breed, June 10, 1801, d. Jan. 4, 1845, at Volney, Oswego, N.Y.; (1901) Sally, who m. _____ Orr; (1902) Joseph, who m. Patty Ayers; (1903) Anna; (1904) Sophia, who m. __________ Richardson. + 1905 Nathan8, b. May 4, 1787; d. June 15, 1822; m. Polly Packer. + 1906 Simeon, b. June 1792; d. Oct. 23, 1846; m. Mary Ann Richardson.