1. The Fiske Family
2. The Bennetts
3. The Dicksons
4. The Abbey
5. Landmarks and Personalities
6. The Great Road
7. The South Side
8. Merriams and Fields
9. Sold to Riley
10. Early Automobiles
11. The Dump
 
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THE FISKE FAMILY

 

ant in Captain Lamson's Company, Jonathan marched towards Concord on the 19th of April, 1775, and a year later, as Captain, marched his own company to Dorchester Heights to assist   General Washington in the siege of Boston. Somewhere along     the way Jonathan added an e to his surname. He had a good excuse for doing so — his mother's maiden name was Mary Fiske and his wife's Abigail Fiske, both with es.
   Jonathan's youngest son, Isaac, was my great-great-grandfather. He was born on the Fiske farm in 1778, graduated from Harvard College in 1798 and in 1802 married Sukey, the daughter of Ebenezer Hobbs, a well-to-do North Avenue resident who ran a successful tannery on Hobbs Brook near Kendal Green.
   At first Isaac and Sukey lived in the old Hobbs house at the corner of Church Street and North Avenue — my great-grand- father, Augustus H. Fiske was born there in 1805 — and later   built the large square house at 639 Boston Post Road, as well as the little law office where the Weston Historical Society now       has its headquarters. In 1815 Isaac bought the house next door    to his own — an ancient building known as "Baldwin's Tavern" which stood across the street from his law office — and sold       his former residence to the Reverend Joseph Field, the new  minister in town. The "Baldwin Tavern" continued to be his   Weston home until his death in 1861. This memorable old    building burnt to the ground in 1890 and many family papers     went with it.
   Isaac and Sukey were very productive in a family way but     seven of their nine children died young, mostly from tubercu-    losis, and only one, Augustus, had issue. Houses in the eighteenth century were so cold and drafty that many children lost their

 

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