Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


George FISKE [Parents] was born about 1516 in Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. George married Anne DOWSYG.

GEORGE - Born Laxfield about 1516, married Anne Dowsyng. Will dated Jan 6, 1591, proved April 1593, mentions wife, sons George and Thomas, daughter Margaret and her son John Wittingham. He died in March 1593, widow was still living in 1613. Resided at Laxfield and Westhall.

The Will of GEORGE FISKE of Westhall [Suffolk], 6 January 1591.

To be buried in Westhall churchyard. To my son George Fiske my tenement and lands in Westhall and Brampton [? Suffolk] bought of Nicholas Harvy, and he is to pay to my wife Anne £8 a year for two years and then £10 a year, the £10 to be paid by Geo. Fiske, "Thos Fiske & Margaret children of the said George," after the portion each shall have.
My son Geo. is to pay to Thomas, my son, £100 and to Margaret, my daughter, £40. To my son Thomas my tenement and lands abovesaid, should conditions be unfulfilled. To my wife Anne the residue of my goods, the overplus on her death to be evenly departed among my children. If John Gille complete the purchase of the said lands and tenements, "as we have begun." my son George shall have £160, my son Thomas £100, and my said daughter £40, in occupation for life, and after her death the said £40 shall remain to John Wittingham, her son. Executors: my wife Anne and my son George.
Supervisor: Richard Aldus. Witnesses: Richard Aldows, John Baas, George Baas.

Codicil, dated 25 March 1593, annuls the bequest of the residue of goods to wife Anne; and said goods are to be appraised by four persons two nominated by the widow and two by my two sons Geo. and Thos. my wife to have the use of the same for life and the residue to be parted on her death between my surviving children. Whereas a title is pretended by Thomas Harvey to my said lands and tenements my wife and Thomas my son, shall bear part of the charges at law with my son George. Witnesses: John Baas and Geo. Baas.
Proved 7 April 1593 by the executors.

Anne DOWSYG died after 1613. Anne married George FISKE.


Nicholas FISKE [Parents] was born about 1517 in Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He died in Sep 1569 in Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Nicholas married Joan CRISPE.

NICHOLAS - Born Laxfield about 1517, married Joan Crispe, daughter of William and Anne Crispe of Laxfield (and possibly his second wife). Fox, in his Book of Martyrs in relating the account of the burning of John Noyes (during the religious persecution of 1553-58) refers to Nicholas Ffyske as Noyes' brother-in-law. In 1567-8 he was taxed on lands held in Laxfield and Dennington. His will is dated Aug 20, 1569, at which time he was residing in Dennington. It was proved in September that year.

The Will of NICHOLAS FISKE of Dinnington [Dennington, Suffolk], August 20, 1569.

I betake my soul to the great and infinite mercy of Almighty God my creator redeemer and saviour. To be buried in Dinnington churchyard. To Wife Johane, my messuages, lands, tenements, meadows, feedings, and pastures in Dinnington, which I lately purchased of my father-in-law William Crispe of Laxfield, for life. Wife Johane shall well and honestly educate and bring up my four children, namely, Rachel, Ester, Mary, and Martha, my daughters, until they shall be of lawful age. To "the sayde William my sonne " and his heirs for ever all my said messuages and lands both free and bond after the death of my wife Johane, on condition he pay to "his brother and sisters" £80, as follows: to Amos Fyske my son £30; to Rachell Fyske Ester Fiske, Marye Fiske, and to Martha Fiske, my daughters £10 each, payment to be made at the rate of £5 a year after the entry on the premises to my daughter Rachel her £10 by even portions the 7th and 8th years after the entry, to my daughter Ester £10 equally the 9th and 10th years after the entry, to my daughter Mary £10 equally the 11th and 12th years, and to my daughter Martha £10 equally the 13th and 14th years. If " the sayde William Fyske the elder my son " die without heirs of his body or refuse to pay the £80, the lands and tenements shall remain to my son Amos Fyske, his heirs and assigns on the same condition. The other £10 [of the £80] to the poor to be paid the 15th and 16th years after the entry on the premises, to be distributed by the churchwardens within one month after receipt. "If William dye afore his mother" having a child or children, Amos shall have the land paying to William's child or children £10 and to my daughters five marks apiece "beginning again at the eldest." To my wife, all my moveables and implements. Wife appointed executrix. Witnesses: John Marshall, John Fiske the elder, John Fiske the younger, Christopher Harsaunte, Robert Capon.
Proved at Hoxne [Suffolk] 28 September 1569 by the executrix.

Joan CRISPE. Joan married Nicholas FISKE.


Richard FISKE [Parents] was born about 1527 in Stadhaugh, Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Richard married Agnes CRISPE.

RICHARD - Born Stadhaugh in about 1527, a "sevemaker", he married Agnes, daughter of Edmund Crispe. Will dated Sept 7, 1572, proved in November that year. Mentions his wife, son Elias, daughters Mary, Margaret, Anne and Elizabeth, and father-in-law Edmund Crispe. Among the witnesses were John Fiske, Jefferie Fiske, and Nicholas Fiske. Agnes was buried at Laxfield in 1597.

The Will of RICHARD FYSKE of Laxfelde, "sevemaker", September 7 1572.

"I do protest myself to die an humble and penitent synner". To be buried in Laxfelde churchyard, or wherever I die. To my wife Agnes the tenement wherein I dwell, with the lands, meadow, and pasture, for life, she to educate and bring up my children, with remainder to my daughters Marie and Margaret, or, in case they die s.p., to my daughters Anne and Elizabeth, who are to pay to my son Elye £10. To my daughter Anne my great meadow in Laxfield. To my son Elie my tenement lately purchased of my father-in-law Edmunde Crispe, he paying to said Edmund £50, in accordance with agreement, and to my daughter Elizabeth £40, in instalments. To my son Elie my timber, tools, and all things belonging to my occupation. My wife is to have the residue and implements of husbandry, while sole, towards bringing up my children. I she marry, [she is to have] one-half only, and the other one-half to my children. Executor: my wife Agnes, with my son Elie, "in whom I repose a special trust & confidence". Supervisor: my brother Robert Fiske, [to whom I give] 5s., praying him to be [of] assistance unto my wife and children. Witnesses: John Fiske, Jefferie Fiske, Nicholas Fiske, John Elwis, Nicholas Lane, John Petyver.
Proved November 5, 1572 by the executors.

Agnes CRISPE was buried in 1597 in Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Agnes married Richard FISKE.


Stephen LUCE was born 1 on 25 Sep 1714 in Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 13 May 1801 in Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States. Stephen married 3 Content PRESBURY on 5 Sep 1735 in Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States.

Content PRESBURY [Parents] was born 1 in 1711 in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 9 Sep 1773 in Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States. Content married 3 Stephen LUCE on 5 Sep 1735 in Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States.


Timothy LUCE was born 1 on 18 Mar 1704 in prob Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 6 May 1782 in Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States. Timothy married 3 Sarah PRESBURY on 18 Feb 1730/1731 in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah PRESBURY [Parents] was born 1 in 1713 in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 30 Jan 1793 in Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married 3 Timothy LUCE on 18 Feb 1730/1731 in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States.


James SKIFF [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 12 Sep 1638 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. James married 3 Elizabeth NEIGHBOR on 18 Nov 1659. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
BARNARD, Sarah

2. JAMES SKIFFE, (James1), b. 12 Sept. 1638; res. Sandwich, Mass. His connection with the Vineyard is detailed in Vol I., p. 474 and Vol. II, Annals of W. T., pp. 72-3. He m. (1) ELIZABETH NEIGHBOR of Boston 18 Nov. 1659 from whom he was divorced 1670 and (2) SARAH BARNARD of Nan. (espoused Mch. 1677), who was b. abt. 1648 and d. 24 Oct. 1732.

By Second Wife:

11. SARAH, b. (1678); m. ROBERT LONG.
12. PATIENCE, b. (1681); m. JOHN SWAIN 3 Oct. 1706.
13. MARY, b. (1684); m. MOSES GILES 3 Nov. 1708.
14. HANNAH, b. 1687; m. JACOB DAGGETT (52) 24 Oct. 1714.
15. BEULAH, b. (1690); m. THOMAS BARTHOLOMEW 15 July 1724.
16. NATHAN, b. (1693); killed by pirates off Nan. 1723; s. p.

Elizabeth NEIGHBOR. Elizabeth married 1 James SKIFF 2 on 18 Nov 1659. The marriage ended in divorce.


James SKIFF [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 12 Sep 1638 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. James married 3 Sarah BARNARD in Mar 1677 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
NEIGHBOR, Elizabeth

2. JAMES SKIFFE, (James1), b. 12 Sept. 1638; res. Sandwich, Mass. His connection with the Vineyard is detailed in Vol I., p. 474 and Vol. II, Annals of W. T., pp. 72-3. He m. (1) ELIZABETH NEIGHBOR of Boston 18 Nov. 1659 from whom he was divorced 1670 and (2) SARAH BARNARD of Nan. (espoused Mch. 1677), who was b. abt. 1648 and d. 24 Oct. 1732.

By Second Wife:

11. SARAH, b. (1678); m. ROBERT LONG.
12. PATIENCE, b. (1681); m. JOHN SWAIN 3 Oct. 1706.
13. MARY, b. (1684); m. MOSES GILES 3 Nov. 1708.
14. HANNAH, b. 1687; m. JACOB DAGGETT (52) 24 Oct. 1714.
15. BEULAH, b. (1690); m. THOMAS BARTHOLOMEW 15 July 1724.
16. NATHAN, b. (1693); killed by pirates off Nan. 1723; s. p.

Sarah BARNARD was born in 1648. She died on 24 Oct 1732. Sarah married 1 James SKIFF 2 in Mar 1677 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States.


Nathaniel SKIFF [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 20 Mar 1645 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 24 Apr 1723. Nathaniel married 3 Mary PARTRIDGE in BY 1669 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
WEST, Ruth

4. NATHANIEL SKIFFE, (James1) b. 20 Mch. 1645; res. Sandwich, Mass.; rem. to Falmouth (1677) later to T. and C. and finally to Windham, Conn. (1713), where he d. 24 Apr. 723 of smallpox. He m. (1) MARY PARTRIDGE (dau. of George and Sarah (Tracy) Partridge of Duxbury); (2) RUTH WEST (6), who was b. 1651 and d. 31 Dec. 1741. In the absence of records the following named are believed to be his children as all others of the name at that period are otherwise placed:

30. ABIGAIL, b. (1679).
31. (Son), b. and d. 1681.
32. SARAH, b. (1683).
33. JOHN, b. (1686); soldier in French War 1709, Capt. Matthew Austin's company.
34. HANNAH, b. 6 June 1688; m. (1) BENJAMIN MAYHEW (63) 13 May 1704; (2) WILLIAM HUNT
(30). 35. BEULAH, b. (1689).
36. NATHAN, b. 1691; soldier in French War 1711 and d. 17 Oct. 1711 of disease, contracted in service.
(Mass. Arch. LXXI. 856).
37. NATHANIEL, b. 1693; m. HANNAH CAREY; res. Windham, Conn.
38. STEPHEN, b. (1696); m. ELIZBETH HATCH.

Mary PARTRIDGE. Mary married 1 Nathaniel SKIFF 2 in BY 1669 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.


Nathaniel SKIFF [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 20 Mar 1645 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 24 Apr 1723. Nathaniel married 3 Ruth WEST in BY 1699 in Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
PARTRIDGE, Mary

4. NATHANIEL SKIFFE, (James1) b. 20 Mch. 1645; res. Sandwich, Mass.; rem. to Falmouth (1677) later to T. and C. and finally to Windham, Conn. (1713), where he d. 24 Apr. 723 of smallpox. He m. (1) MARY PARTRIDGE (dau. of George and Sarah (Tracy) Partridge of Duxbury); (2) RUTH WEST (6), who was b. 1651 and d. 31 Dec. 1741. In the absence of records the following named are believed to be his children as all others of the name at that period are otherwise placed:

30. ABIGAIL, b. (1679).
31. (Son), b. and d. 1681.
32. SARAH, b. (1683).
33. JOHN, b. (1686); soldier in French War 1709, Capt. Matthew Austin's company.
34. HANNAH, b. 6 June 1688; m. (1) BENJAMIN MAYHEW (63) 13 May 1704; (2) WILLIAM HUNT
(30). 35. BEULAH, b. (1689).
36. NATHAN, b. 1691; soldier in French War 1711 and d. 17 Oct. 1711 of disease, contracted in service.
(Mass. Arch. LXXI. 856).
37. NATHANIEL, b. 1693; m. HANNAH CAREY; res. Windham, Conn.
38. STEPHEN, b. (1696); m. ELIZBETH HATCH.

Ruth WEST was born in 1651. She died on 31 Dec 1741. Ruth married 1 Nathaniel SKIFF 2 in BY 1699 in Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.


Thomas MAYHEW was born in 1650 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 21 Jul 1715. Thomas married 1 Sarah SKIFF 2 about 1673 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States.

THOMAS MAYHEW, 3d.

The second son of Rev. Thomas Mayhew, Jr., born in 1650 chose this town as his home, although he resided for a while in Tisbury, where from 1674 to 1679 he was town clerk. In 1680 he purchased sixty acres of land in the new settlement at Chilmark, and thenceforth spent his life here as a resident. His birth gave him prominence through family influences and during all of his adult life he was an office holder. He was an associate justice of the King's Bench from 1692 to 1699 and chief justice 1699 to 1713 of the same court. Parson Homes, in his diary, gives us this account of his last days:

On the twenty first of July Anno 1715 being Thursday about two of the clock in the morning Thomas Mayhew Esqu'r of Chilmarke de-parted this life he had been for several yeares troubled with the dis-temper called the kings evil by which he was brought neere the gates of Death but by some applications made to him by an Indian doctor he re-covered so far that he was able to rid about and look after his affairs, but in the latter end of the spring or begining of summer this year he was suddenly taken with a stopag of his urine and a violent pain in his right leg, after some time his left leg swelled pretty much yet the Paine continued in the other leg, by the use of means the stopag of his urine was removed, yet the other symptoms continued. After some time there came a doctor to the Island that thought the swelling and pain in his legs might be removed by bathing and sweathing, which preceded accordingly in some measure, but after some time the swelling proceeded upwardly and he was siesed with an inwerd fever and shortness of breth which prevaild upon him till it carried him off. His nostril and throat grew so sore some days before he died that he could not speak so as to be under-stood, he was a man of good sense considering his education and seemed to be piously inclined tho he did entertain some singular opinions in religion.

The nephew, Experience, has also left this brief notice of his uncle:

He was long impowered in the Government of the Indians there, and was both singularly spirited & accomplished for that service as he was on divers other accounts a very excellent Person. [*Brief account of the State of the Indians (1720).]

He married Sarah Skiffe (5), who was born Oct. 12, 1646, and survived her husband until Dec. 30, 1740, when she passed away in the 95th year of her age.

[See The Mayhew Family of Martha's Vineyard for more information about his family.]
Source: The History of Martha's Vineyard by Dr. Charles Banks: Volume II, Annals of Chilmark:  pp. 29 - 41

Sarah SKIFF [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 12 Oct 1646 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 30 Dec 1740 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married 3 Thomas MAYHEW about 1673 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States.

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