commuting between Weston and Boston became
possible, Augustus bought the old Parson Woodward house on Concord Road
for a summer residence. His winter home was still in
Boston at 10 Ashburton Place. The Concord Road house re-mained in the
Fiske family until 1972 and my cousins, the Wilkinsons, were the last
descendants of Augustus to occupy it.
Augustus was always a frugal liver, but when he died at the
age of fifty-nine and his widow and children began to enjoy the fruits
of his labors, frugality was no longer a consideration.
They all set about enjoying themselves as we shall see. It might
be mentioned, however, at this point, that the Reverend Chandler
Robbins, soon after marrying my Great Aunt Sarah Fiske, told
a friend of his that the Fiske family fortune was very overrated!
Augustus's wife was formerly Hannah Bradford, daughter of Captain
Gamaliel Bradford who served in the Revolution. They had eight
children, all individualists with a fondness for European travel. I can
only remember three of them — Uncle Charlie Fiske, Uncle Andrew, and my
grandmother herself. As for the other five, I will
give a brief resume of each based on anecdotes, some documented, others
passed down through word of mouth.
UNCLE NED FISKE
Great Uncle Ned was the oldest. He practiced law in his
father's office in Boston but after a few years poor health forced him
to retire. About this time he created quite a stir by marrying one
of the servants in his mother's household — Aunt Adelaide. He and
his bride retired to the quiet of Sullivan, Maine, and
lived there until my great-grandfather's death, at which time
they moved back to Weston and built a large house at what is