Lt David Fiske Jr was born 18 December 1623 in Westerly, Suffolk, England to David Fiske (1601-1662) and Sarah Smith (1602-1660) and died 14 February 1710 Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Lydia Cooper (1627-1654) 1646 in Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married Seaborn Wilson (1635-1721) 6 September 1655 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.


"David Fiske," says Hudson in his History of Lexington, "was not only one of the first settlers, but became one of the most prominent and useful men in the precinct. ..."

From Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 4 (Google eBook) William Richard Cutter Lewis historical publishing Company, 1908 - Middlesex County (Mass.). Page 1533

(VIII) David Fiske, son of David Fiske (7), was born in England in 1624. He was admitted a freeman at Watertown May 26, 1647. He settled in Cambridge and later in Cambridge Farms (Lexington).

Fiske Homestead

His homestead in Cambridge was on the north side of what is now Linnaean street, near the Botanic Garden. It was bought by Joseph Daniel December 13, 1660, about the time the Fiskes went to Lexington. Fiske was a wheelwright by trade, but was employed much of the time in the public service, especially as a surveyor of land. He was selectman in 1688, and deputy to the general court in the critical period of 1689. He was one of the most prominent men in the settlement at the Farms; precinct clerk and assessor; the first subscriber for erecting a meeting house there, and the first named member of the church.

In 1685 the work of settlement at Worcester was prosecuted with vigor, and about the middle of April surveys were made of the lands by David Fiske, of Cambridge. Partial surveys were made in May, 1685, at Worcester, for Gookin on the east side of Pakachoag. hill and a lot of eighty acres on Raccoon plain. The settlement attempted at this time was the second failure, however. Fiske was also prominent in the military service and had the rank of lieutenant in the Lexington company. His grave is marked by a handsome monument erected in 1856 by Benjamin Fiske, Esq. His estate was settled by agreement February 3, 1720. He died February 14, 1710.

Marriage and Family

1st Marriage: Lydia Cooper

David Fiske Jr, married his cousin in 1646, Lydia Cooper, sister of Deacon John Cooper, with whom he came to America, and step-daughter of Gregory Stone (see sketch). She died November 29, 1654.

2nd Marriage: Seaborn Wilson

And he married (second), September 6, 1655, Seaborn Wilson, of Ipswich, daughter of Theophilus Wilson. The latter made his will October 2, 1690, and died the next year. Seaborn Fiske sold for eight pounds to Alexander Lovell and Thomas Lovell, of Ipswich, her undivided common right in Ipswich left her by her father, March 3, 1717. She died in Woburn, January 12, 1721.


Offspring of Lt David Fiske Jr and Lydia Cooper (1627-1654)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Fiske (1646-1647)
Lydia Fiske (1647-1697)
David Fiske (1648-1649)
David Fiske (1650-1729)
Ephraim Fiske (1653-1653)
Elizabeth Fiske (1654-1718) 1654 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 1718 Massachusetts John Russell (1645-1733)

Offspring of Lt David Fiske Jr and Seaborn Wilson (1635-1721)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Fiske (1657-)
Seaborn Fiske (1658-1657)
Anna Fiske (1659-1726)
Abigail Fiske (1674-1771)


Vital Records

Last Will

Fiske's will is dated June 23, 1708, and was proved December 20, 1711, mentioning his wife Seaborn; son Nicholas Wyeth, his daughter being dead; children David, Elizabeth, Anna and Abigail; cousin Samuel, son of Deacon Samuel Stone.



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