Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England

Thomas KIDDER [Parents] was born 1 on 3 Aug 1700 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 3 Jan 1791 in Tewksbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married Rachel DANFORTH on 10 May 1726 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
PHELPS, Susannah

Rachel DANFORTH was born on 14 Aug 1703 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Rachel married Thomas KIDDER on 10 May 1726 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Thomas KIDDER [Parents] was born 1 on 3 Aug 1700 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 3 Jan 1791 in Tewksbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married Susannah PHELPS.

Other marriages:

Susannah PHELPS. Susannah married Thomas KIDDER.

Surname may be Kitteridge

Benjamin KIDDER [Parents] was born 1 on 3 Aug 1702 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 11 Mar 1773. Benjamin married Hannah RICHARDSON on 9 Nov 1731.

Hannah RICHARDSON. Hannah married Benjamin KIDDER on 9 Nov 1731.

Richard KIDDER [Parents] was born 1 on 10 May 1705 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died in 1773. Richard married Hannah RICH on 29 Dec 1728 in Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

Hannah RICH. Hannah married Richard KIDDER on 29 Dec 1728 in Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

Simon FISKE [Parents] [scrapbook] was born about 1399 in Stadhaugh, Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He died after 22 Dec 1463 in Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Simon married Katherine CRISPE.

Other marriages:
SMYTH, Susannah

In addition to the children in this file, Simon's will mentions another three unmarried daughters, probably born 1434-7. No other details known.

In the name of God Amen. The year of our Lord one thousand four hundred and sixty-four twenty-second day of December.I Simon Fisk in my last agony in sound mind and good memory make in words my testament in this manner. First I commend my soul to Almighty god the Blessed Mary and all the saints my body to be buried decently in the cemetery of the parish church of Laxfield. Item I leave to the altar of the aforesaid church 3s. 4d for ten year of my dues/tithes. item I give 6s. 4d annually for ten years towards the upkeep/decoration of the chapel of the guild of the Blessed Mary. Item I desire my heirs and successors to have a mass said for the repose of my soul once a year in the church of Laxfield at the discretion of my executors. Item I leave 30s for three "TRIGINTULA" [ this was a series of thirty Requiem masses all said on one day for the repose of the soul of the departed ] as soon as it can be arranged after my death. Item I give 30s to the community of Laxfield aforesaid. [ this probably went to the poor ]. Item I give Katherine my wife my household utensils, my house and moveable goods therein. Item I leave to my three brothers an annuity of ten pounds to be paid to them within a year of my decease and if any one of my said brothers depart this life before this time his portion is to be returned to my executors for disposal. Item I leave to my son William forty shillings, Item I leave to my son Geoffrey forty shillings, and to my eldest son John forty shillings. Leave to Margaret Doesing my daughter forty shillings. Item I leave to my son Edmund forty shillings, to ensure this is not a source of temptation he is to remain in my house in Laxfield aforesaid. For their work as my executors I give also forty shillings. The residue of my goods not bequested I give to Katherine my wife Joh....[ there is a break in the text but Simon probably names his eldest son John ] my son James, John Noleth and Nicholas Noleth, my brothers and faithful executors who I desire to honour my wishes and pay my debts fully and faithfully. The residue of my goods to be disposed of to the pleasure of Almighty God the good of my soul and all Christian souls. In conformation of this my will I make my mark / affix my seal / sign my name. date and day as written above.

Katherine CRISPE. Katherine married Simon FISKE.

Hugh FISKE [scrapbook] was born about 1370 in of Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Hugh married Hugh FISKE Mrs.

The following is Hugh's (this Hugh is 0 in the following) line of descent:

The ffirst ffysk(e)s

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Thomas(7)-(9)-(11)-(12)-(13-14)         |     (20)-(21)-(21a)
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(contd) (27-27a)     |              Jeffery(15)-(16-19a) (33c-k)
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(34)-(35)-(36)-(37-43d)    (33a)-Richard(33b)
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(77a-e)   (78-80)                  (contd)

*00 - HUGH - First mentioned about 1340, he was a landholder in Laxfield in 1345-6. Probably descended from Daniel Fisc.

Offspring of 00

*0 - HUGH - Born about 1370 in Laxfield, he was probably either the son or the grandson of Hugh above.

HUGH - Born about 1370 in Laxfield, he was probably either the son or the grandson of Hugh. This Hugh was probably a descendant of Daniel Fisc. The following is what is know of the first Fiskes':

The first known Fisk(e)

Until recently I have been content to accept that Daniel Fisc of Laxfield was the earliest known holder of the surname (see extract from Fiske Family Papers below). However in browsing the Phillimore edition of the Domesday Book for Norfolk I found (in section 34,20 under the lands of Peter of Valognes) the following entry for Wood Dalling, in the Hundred of Eynsford:

In (Wood) DALLING 1 free man, Fish, held 1 c.* of land before 1066.
Always 9 villagers; 16 smallholders; 2 slaves.
Always 1 plough in lordship; 3 men's ploughs; meadow, 2 acres; woodland, 6 pigs. When he [Peter of
Valognes?] acquired it 1 cob, now 2. Then 6 head of cattle, now 20. Then 6 pigs, now 30. Then 16
sheep, now 80. 30 goats. Also 5 Freemen, 20 acres of land. Always 1 plough.
The jurisdiction (is) in the King's (manor of) Foulsham.
Value 40s.

It has 1 league in length and  in width, it pays 19d in the King's tax, whoever holds there. *1 c. is 1 caracuta, which was as much land as could be tilled with 1 plough and a team of 8 oxen in a year. This is an imprecise measure which is usually taken to mean a unit of about 180 acres of which 60 are fallow, 60 spring and 60 autumn sown corn. It is also considered equivalent to 1 Hide.

Also in the book is the original Latin text, in which the name of the freeman Fish is clearly spelled 'fifc' [the second 'f' having no cross bar and hence 's']. The notes for the entry state that 'Fisc' represents either the Old English fisc [FISH] or the Old Norse Fiskr [FISKE], and refers the reader to the 'Dictionary of British Surnames' and to 'The pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book' by O. von Feilitzen [Nomina Germanica III, Uppsala 1937].

In the light of the above I have little hesitation in now stating that the the family name is pre-Norman, and thus quite possibly of Danish (ie Viking) origin...

From Chapter 1 of Fiske Family Papers by Henry ffiske, 1901:

The family of Fiske flourished for a very long period in the County of Suffolk. So early as the eighth year of the reign of King John, A.D. 1208, we find the name of Daniel Fisc, of Laxfield, appended to a document issued by the King, confirming a grant of land in Digneveton*, made by the Duke of Loraine to the men of Laxfield. The original is in the Public Record Office in London, and is dated May 1, 1208.

*Dennington, Suffolk. [The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names]
ROTULI CHARTARUM, vol. 1, part 1, page 177

Confirmation by King John, May 1, 1208, to the men of Laxfield of land in the park of Digneveton; granted by the Duke of Loraine. The following are the names of those to whom the grant was made: Robert Garenoise, Eustace Percario, Henry de la Hose, Walter de Holoc, William son of Robert, William Daniel, Jeffrey Daniel and Daniel their brother, Daniel Cuppario, Brithmare son of Brithwalden, Stephen Proest, Stephen Archer, Eustace son of Philip, Melvine wife of Roger Gadermod, Picot son of William, Bernard son of Roger, Edmund son of Robert, Jordan son of Robert, William son of Gilbert, Robert son of Brithmar, Simon son of edric, William Odonis, Godfrey and Herbert, Robert son of Jeffrey, Osbert a clerk, Ralph a clerk, Hadebrand Haiward, Robert son of William, Simon son of Turstan, Brithmar son of Godwin, Roger Haiward, Richard Haddoc, Reignald son of Godwin, and Robert and Daniel his brothers, John Emelin, Johnson of Roger, William Wudewell, Roger Crespin, Henry son of Ade, Roger Hunne, Matilda wife of Gilbert, Ernest de Radbrooke, and Robert his brother, Gerald son of Adwin, and DANIEL FISC.

Hugh FISKE Mrs. Hugh married Hugh FISKE.

They had the following children.

  M i Simon FISKE was born about 1399. He died after 22 Dec 1463.
  M ii
William FISKE died before 21 Apr 1463.

WILLIAM - of Laxfield, married Joan ?, his will was dated March 6, 1462 and proved on April 21, 1463; it mentions Nicholas Noloth and Johann Smyth and his executor Johis [John] ffyske. Continuation.

The will of WILLIAM FISK of Laxfeld the Elder, 6 March 1462.

To be buried in Laxfeld church. To the high alter there, for tithes forgotten, 3s. 4d. To a priest (to sing) for one year. Executors and residuary legatees: my wife Joan, Nicholas Noloth, and John Smyth, "Raffman," of Laxfeld.  Proved 21 April 1463 by Joan, the widow, and by John Smyth, "Raffman,", Nicholas Noloth renouncing.

Samuel PAINE [Parents] was born on 12 May 1662 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 11 May 1735 in Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut, United States. Samuel married Abigail FRIZZELL in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
PECK, Anne

SAMUEL PAINE (3), was born at Rehobeth, Massachusetts, on August 12, 1662. He married, first, on December 16, 1685, Anne Peck (1667-1703), the daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Hunt) Peck; and she bore him eight children. He married, second, Abigail Frizzell; and she bore him two children. Samuel died at Woodstock, Connecticut, on May 11, 1735.

Abigail FRIZZELL died after 1703 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. Abigail married Samuel PAINE in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.

Thomas SHEPARD [Parents] was born in 1635 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 17 Sep 1719 in Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married 1, 2 Hannah ENSIGN on 9 Sep 1658 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Source: "The Shepard Families OF New England" Vol I FHL 929.273 Sh 47j

Printed from NEHG Register, Volume 120, October 1966,  New England Historic Genealogical Society & Bmderbund Software, Inc., Banner Blue Division, March 3, 2001


PARENTAGE 0F THOMAS SHEPARD of MALDEN, MASS. In The Registerm for January 1945 (vol. 99, page 81) I pointed out that although Thomas Sheperd of Maiden, Mass., was quite likely the son of the immigrant Ralph Shepard, there was no definite proof of such relationship.

Through the kindness of Mr. Thomas A. Burke of Cambridge, Mass., my attention has been called to a document which definitely proves the relationship.

In Middlesex County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 14, pages 562. 563 and 564, there is recorded an instrument of partition or division between William Power and Walter Power who are known to have been ions of Trial (Shepard) Power and grandsons of the immigrant Ralph Shepard. This record, dated 30 March 1708, recites (or. the said William Power and Walter Power have purchased a certain "of theire Two Couzens vizL Ralph Shepard and Jacob Shepard," by deed dated 5 Jan. 1708. The only Ralph Shepard and jacob Shepard who were living in this vicinity In 1708 where known to have been sons of Thomas Shepard of Malden. Therefore, when William Power and Walter Power referred to Ralph Shepard auid Jacob Shepard In 1708 as their cousins, it seems established that Thomas Sbepard of Maiden, the father of Ralph and Jacob, was an uncle of the Power brothers and hence a son of the immigrant Ralph Shepard. a relationship long suspected and indeed asserted by many, but never definitely proved until this document came to light.

Hannah ENSIGN died 1 on 14 Mar 1698 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 2, 3 Thomas SHEPARD on 9 Sep 1658 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Isaac BULL [Parents] was born on 2 Apr 1653 in Donnington, Gloucester, England, United Kingdom. He was christened in Donnington, Gloucester, England, United Kingdom. He died on 5 Jan 1716 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. Isaac married Mary about 1676 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.

Other marriages:

He was a carpenter.

ISAAC BULL (The Immigrant ancestor)

Our immigrant ancestor in the colonies was Isaac Bull, son of Edward Bull of Donnington, Gloucestershire, England. (This is in contradiction to the often repeated story that our line descended from Henry Bull, first Governor of Rhode Island.)

An Indenture found in a Bible handed down to her descendants by Hannah Bull, youngest child of Isaac Bull and his chief heir, gives the most authoritative information.

It was published in the Cleveland Herald on 17 October 1874, by Andrew Phillips, on the occasion of a Phillips family reunion. (Hannah Bull had married Daniel Phillips, a Quaker) and the copy of the indenture was followed by an explanation provided by a grandson of Hannah's.....

It was after the discovery of this indenture (dated September 29, 1668), which apprenticed Isaac Bull 'sonne of Edward Bull of Donnington'.....that one of Isaac's descendants living in Brookline, Mass., began searching for Isaac Bull's people in England.

Wills were found in county Gloucester - Edward Bull's at Donnington, 1697, and that of his brother John, of Longborough, County Glousester, in 1675. From Edward's will we learn that his wife's name was Elizabeth (Castell or Gisborne?), and they had four children, of whom Isaac was the youngest....

As Isaac was indentured probably at age 14 - the usual age - he was considered to have been born in 1654. His indenture would end in 1675.

Isaac was married in England to Mary (surname unknown). Their four children, all born in England, were: John, born 1677, married Mary Closson; Elizabeth, born 1679, married John Vaughn; Mary, born 1680 (died 4th of January 1725), married Henry Mowry; Rose, born 1682, married Francis Inman.

The first knowledge we have of Isaac in the New World is in a land record in Worcester, Mass. In 1686, Isaac Bull, a carpenter, was granted land in Worester and the same year he bought four additional lots. It seems safe to say that Isaac brought his family to the New World sometime between the date his father's will was proved (1682), and the date he was granted land in Worcester (1686).

When he left Worcester is not known, but in 1696 Isaac Bull, housewright, of Newport, Rhode Island, bought 110 acres of land in the northern part of the town at Providence. In 1700 he sold all but one acre. In 1704 he bought 1/4 of an acre. In 1706, Isaac Bull, millwright, brought 10 acres probably in Scituate, R.I., (one parcel of 7 acres and one of 3 acres, adjoining his homesite in Providence.) These are all the land transactions that have been found.

Isaac married twice. Isaac's first wife, Mary, died in 1713. He was married again on 02 March 1714 in Rhode Island to Mary Walling (daughter of James Walling) who was born in 1693. He lived only two years after that, dying in 1716 and leaving an infant daughter, Hannah.

Isaac made a will only twelve days before his death, which was acted upon by the Town Council of Providence, Rhode Island, on April 17, 1716, in which he named Hannah as his heir......His widow later married Joseph Cooke in 1719, and died about 1724.

THE INDENTURE - Sept. 29, 1668

"This indenture witnesseth that ISAAC BULL, sonne of Edward Bull of Donnington, County of Gloucestershire, by and with the consent of said father has put hisselfe Apprentice to and with William Williams of STOW-ON-THE-WOLD, aforesaid carpenter, and after the manner of an apprentice, with him to tarry and dwell from the day of date unto the full end and for the full term of seven years from thence next and immediately following and ensueing fully to be complete, ended during all which term the sayd ISAAC BULL apprentice to and with the sayd WILLIAM WILLIAMS as his master well and faithfuly shall serve, his secrets shall keepe, his commandments lawful and honest everywhere shall doe; fornication in the house of said master, nor without, he shall not commit; hurt or damage to his said master he shall not doe, nor consent to be done to the value of____pds. by the years or above, but according to his power shall lett and hinder or thereof his master inform.

Taverns or Alehouses of Custom, he shall not haunt or freequent unless it be about his master's business here to be done. All dyce, cards or any other unlawful games he shall not play.

The goods of his said master Inordinately he shall not waste, nor them to anybodie lend without his master's lycense or consent. Matrimonie with any woman during or within the sayd terme he shall not contract nor espouse nor from his service neither by day or by night shall absent himself as well in words as In deeds, - and sayd William Williams unto the sayd ISAAC BULL his sayd apprentice in the craft trade, mystery or occupation of a carpenter the which he usith after the best manner that he can or may shall show, teach, instruct and inform or cause to be showed, taught, instructed and Informed as much as thereunto belongeth or in any way appertanyeth, and in due manner chastise him, finding unto his sayd servant meate, drink, washing and lodging to an apprentice of such a trade, craft, mystery or occupation.

In witness thereof the sayd master and servant of these presents, Indentures interchangeable, their hands and seals have set, the twentyninth day of September in the twentieth day of the raine of our Sovraine Lord, King Charles the Second, Anno Domine 1668

MEMORANDUM: It Is concluded and agreed that the sayd William Williams he is to give his sayd servant one X (axe) and a Squire and a handsaw, foure Nogars, a paire of chysells, a gauge and a hamer and sayd ISAAC BULL is to have at the five years end three pounds a year.

Sealed and delivered In the presence of JOHN BULL. Frances Gardiner.

"The above indenture was written on parchment In Old English and translated verbatim and literatum except two words, the meaning of which I am not certain and I have left them as in the original which reached the eighth generation back from my brother's grandchildren at our reunion."
B. F. Phillips, (Grandson of Hannah Bull)

Andrew Phillips published the above In the Cleveland Herald, October 17, 1874., on occasion of a Phillips reunion.

1700, Aug. 2.     He sold Stephen Sly 110 acres, for £35.

1713, Jun. 16     Taxed 6s.

1716, Jan. 5.     Will --- proved 1716, Apr. 17. Exx' [executor] wife Mary. To her, all estate, both real and personal, for life. To son John, 20s. To daughters Elizabeth Vaughan, Mary Mowry and Rose Inman, 20s. each. To daughter Hannah Bull, after decease of wife, all the rest of estate, but if she have no heirs, then equally to four grandchildren, viz: Isaac Bull, Isaac Vaughan, Uriah Mowry and Aaron Inman. On back side of will, the declaration of Isaac Bull was made that he was in no ways indebted to his children for any service done for him by them, and that he had made them an offer to look after him during his natural life, and then they should have his estate after him, but they had refused.

Inventory, cash £10, 15s, 8d, books £2, pewter, carpenter's tools, cordwainer's seat, spinning wheel, gun, hay, corn, oats, grindstone, 2 heifers, 2 yearlings, a swine, 9 sheep, mare, cost, &c.

1725, Jan. 18. Mary Cook, widow and executrix of Isaac Bull, having of late deceased in testate and left committed to her by form husband Isaac Bull, to her care for his child, therefore it was ordered that James Walling, father of said deceased Mary Cook, take into his possession all estate he can find left by Isaac Bull, for his child, Hannah.

Mary. Mary married Isaac BULL about 1676 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i John BULL was born in 1677.
  F ii
Elizabeth BULL was born in 1679.
  F iii Mary BULL was born in 1680. She died on 4 Jan 1725.
  F iv
Rose BULL was born in 1682.

Isaac SHEPARD [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 20 Jun 1639 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 12 Feb 1676 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Isaac married 3, 4 Mary SMEDLEY on 10 Dec 1667 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Source: "The Shepard Families OF New England" Vol I FHL 929.273 Sh 47j

Mary SMEDLEY was born on 7 Jun 1648 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 1, 2 Isaac SHEPARD on 10 Dec 1667 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Source: "The Shepard Families OF New England" Vol I FHL 929.273 Sh 47j

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