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Ancestors of Ernest Welch Fisk

Generation No. 4

      8. Jabez Fisk30,31, born 03 June 1794 in Wendell, Franklin Co., MA32,33; died 11 May 1867 in Dover, Lenawee Co., Michigan34,35. He was the son of 16. Daniel Fisk and 17. Dorcas Saunders. He married 9. Catherine Ten Brooke 23 September 1819 in Elmira, Chemung Co., NY35.

      9. Catherine Ten Brooke35,36, born 12 October 1798 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY37,38; died 12 March 1870 in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI39,40. She was the daughter of 18. John Ten Brook and 19. Allie Lowe.

Notes for Jabez Fisk:
Jabez served as a private in Capt. Harding's company, Swift's and Dobbin's Regiment of New York state volunteers in the War of 1812 and participated in the battle of Black Rock at Fort Erie where he was severely wounded by a musket ball which passed through his neck between the neck bone and the windpipe. In 1850 he drew bounty land in Lenawee County, MI for this service.
Took his own life.

More About Jabez Fisk and Catherine Brooke:
Marriage: 23 September 1819, Elmira, Chemung Co., NY40
Children of Jabez Fisk and Catherine Brooke are:
  i.   William Fisk40, born in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI40; died 28 February 1854 in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI40
  Notes for William Fisk:
William is buried at Sand Creek, Lenawee Co., MI

  ii.   Augustus George Fisk41,42, born 30 May 1820 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY42; married Cassandra Howard 24 November 1844 in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI42; born 182342.
  More About Augustus Fisk and Cassandra Howard:
Marriage: 24 November 1844, Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI42

  iii.   John Tenbrook Fisk42, born 08 July 1821 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY42; died 06 September 1852 in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI42; married Martha J. Putnam Abt. 184542; born 22 April 182642; died 18 April 186942.
  More About John Fisk and Martha Putnam:
Marriage: Abt. 184542

  iv.   Rebecca Fisk42, born 12 August 1822 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY42; married John W. Thurber 21 April 184142; born 181442; died 189642.
  More About John Thurber and Rebecca Fisk:
Marriage: 21 April 184142

  v.   Dorcas Fisk43,44, born 18 December 1823 in Veteran, Chemung Co., NY45,46; married Richard H. Whitney 22 March 1853 in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI47; born 1808 in Harvard, Worcester, MA48; died 186748.
  Notes for Dorcas Fisk:
From p228 Illustrated History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County, Michigan.
Mrs. Dorcas (Fisk) Whitney was born in Veteran, Chemung County, N.Y., Dec. 18, 1823, and was the fourth child and second daughter of Jabez and Catherine (Ten Brooke) Fisk. Her father, Jabez Fisk, was born in Wendell, Mass., June 3d, 1794, and was the son of Daniel Fisk, who was a native of Worcester, Mass., where he was born, June 26, 1772, and could trace his ancestry back to Suffolk, England, in 1208. He was a farmer and a Puritan, and the family was numerous and prominent in the American Revoluthion. He died in Albany, N.Y., July 25, 1810. Jabez Fisk left his native place in Massachusetts when he was about eight years old, and with his parents, went to Albany, N.Y. After he became of age he purchased a farm in Chemung County, N.Y., where he resided until he came to Michigan and settled on Section 32, in the town of Madison, June 3, 1833. About the year 1819 he married Catherine Ten Brooke, and raised a family of thirteen children. Catherine Ten Brooke was born in Chemung County, N.T., in 1788, and it was said that many of her relatives and freinds were victims of the Wyoming massacre. Jabez Fisk was a thrifty farmer. He owned over 400 acres of land,. He died in 1867, and his wife followed him in 1870. March 22, 1853, Mrs,. Dorcas (Fisk) Whitney was married, at her father's house in Dover, Lenawee County, Mich., to Richard H. Whitney, of Adrian, Mich., and two children were born to them, as follows: Richard H., born in Adrian, Sept. 22, 1856, and died in Adrian, Oct. 1, 1893; Henry Hart Whitney, born in Adrian, January 18, 1859, and died Sept. 22, 1860. Richard H. Whitney was born in Harvard, Mass., in 1808, and came to Michigan and settled in Adrian in 1831. Before coming to Michigan he was engaged in general mercantile pursuits, but after locating in Adrian he became largely interested in the develpment of farming lands, built several houses in Adrian, and for twenty-five years served as Justice of the Peace. He was elected Mayor of Adrian in 1856, was a member of the School Board, and was actively identified with the founding of the public school system. He was a thrifty, provident business man, and when he died July 11, 1867, he left a comfortable estate. Since his death Mrs. Whitney has wisely managed the financial interests left by her husband, and been the source of much good in a social, religious and esthetic way. She still resides in the old homestead on South Main street and Michigan avenue, which is often the scene of social and intellectual gatherings. Mrs. Whjitney donated to the First Baptist church of Adrian, a lot adjoining the church edifice, upon which now stands the Dorcas chapel, a most complete and beautiful annex to the church. She also donated to the church several hudred dollars towards constucting and equipping the chapel.

From an old newspaper clipping found in the Family Bible of Luna and Harry Fisk.

Mrs. Dorcas Whitney

... A Pioneer Resident of Adrian.

Often prominent in the affairs of the city.

Came from good old revolutionary stock.

Was a Woman of Many Charities and Well Liked.

Another of Adrian's prominent octogenarians has passed over the dividing line, Mrs. Dorcas
Whitney dying this morning at 4 o'clock at her home, 60 South Main Street after a ten weeks'
illness. Death resulted from a general breaking down. The funeral will be conducted Sunday at
2:30 p.m., from her late home.
Dorcas Fisk was the fourth child and second daughter of Jabez and Catherine Ten Brooke Fisk
and was born at Veteran, Chemung county, New York , Dec. 18, 1823. She descended on her
father's side from Puritan stock, the family being prominent during the American revolution.
Many of her mother's relatives and friends were killed in the Wyoming massacre June 3, 1833. [sic]
The Fisks settled on section 32 in Madison. Mr. Fisk was large landowner.
March 22, 1853, Dorcas Fisk was united in marriage with Richard H. Whitney, of this city, the
marriage occurring at her farther's home in Dover. Two sons were born of this union, Richard H.
and Henry Hart Whitney, both deceased. Mr. Whitney was one of the prominent business men
of the city, and served as mayor after his marriage to Dorcas Fisk.
Two brothers and one sister are left of her own family, Garret Fisk, of Hillsdale; Rebecca
Thurber, of Sand Creek, and James Fisk, of Woodland, Cal. C.C. Whitney, of Bay City, Mich.;
Dr. Augustus A Whiteney, of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Sarah Putnam, of Wilton, N.H., are
step-children of deceased.
Mrs. Whitney in health loved to entertain and have her friends about her. She gave largely to
the First Baptist church, giving the site for Dorcas chapel, and money towards its construction
and equipment. She was a kindly lady, of sterling qualities, and had many friends, none of
whom seemed dearer to her than her friends of the earlier days.

  More About Richard Whitney and Dorcas Fisk:
Marriage: 22 March 1853, Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI49

  vi.   Daniel Fisk50,51, born 01 February 1825 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY51; married Elizabeth Quick 23 September 1852 in Waverly, Tioga, Co., NY51; born 1828 in Chemung Co., NY51; died 189351.
  Notes for Daniel Fisk:
Daniel Fisk, a son of one of the earliest pioneers of Seneca Township, is a man who has made much of his opportunities in life, being a keen observer of men and things, and as such has watched with more than ordinary interest the early settlement and growth of Lenawee County. He recollects the time when the rails of the Kalamazoo Railroad were being laid and when the ticket agent occupied a very small office in a building little better than a shanty. The first cars sere drawn by horses, and the father of Daniel was a stockholder in the company. The enterprise had been inaugurated by the people of that section, and the road was principally built by subscription from the farmers, as it was a project established for their benefit. The year following steam was substituted for horse power, and the first locomotive would doubtless now be a great curiosity.
Not only this but the various other enterprises of Lenawee County at that time received the lively support of the father of our subject, who was a man of great force of character and more that ordinary intelligence. Daniel, who was born in Chemung Co., N.Y. Feb. 1, 1825, came here with his father in 1833 and attended the first school in Fairfield Township, which was conducted in an old log house that had been vacated by some discouraged settler. Jabez Fisk, the father, was one of the men who organized one of the first school districts in Madison Township, in 1838. Our subject remembers when the foundation stones of Michigan University were laid at Ann Arbor, and marked the institution as it grew from infancy to one of the most noted colleges in the Norhwest. His uncle, Prof. Andrew Tenbrook, was its first President.
The parents of our subject, Jabez and Catherine (Tenbrook) Fisk, were natives respectively of Massachusetts and Chemung County, N. Y. The father served as a soldier in the War of 1812, and participated in the battles of L. Erie and Black Rock, where he was severely wounded in the neck. Jabez Fisk had left the Bay State in his youth and settled in Chemung Couty, where he was married and continued as resident until 1833. The house-hold then included several childeren, for whose welfare the father was extremely anxious, and on account of them he determined to remove to a locality where he could obtain land at a less price than in New York State, and which would increase in value. He accordingly gathered together his household effects, and with his family started for Lenawee County, Mich., within whose limits he arrived on the 3d of June, 1833. He settled in what is now known as Madison Township, on section 35, when the counry was a wilderness for miles around. He built a cabin in the forest, and proceeded to fell the trees around it and cultivate the soil, each season finding a larger area devoted to corn and wheat. Besides his own excessive labor at home he kept and eye out to his far away neighbors and those who were coming into the township assisting the latter to make their selection of land and build their log cabins. His latch string was ever out to the traveler, who was always welcome to partake of the household fare, and he frequently piloted settlers to Morenci before there was a trail plain enough for them to follow. He was also instrumental in laying out the two angling roads to Morenci, and from Jordan's Tavern of Canandaigun, one of which was called the "Bean Creek Road", and the other started at what is now Sand Creek, and running to Morenci was called the "Angling Road."
Jabez Fisk took up 400 acres of land in Fairfield and Madison Townships at the Government price, and made his home in the later until 1847. Thence he removed to a farm near the town of Dover, where he continued till his death, in 1867, when seventy-three years old. His wife, Catherine, survived her husband but three years, and was also seventy-three years of age at the time of her death. Their family included thirteen children, ten sons and three daughters, of whom Daniel of our sketch was the fifth child. He assisted his father in building up the homestead in the wilderness and, like the latter, was industrious, frugal and economical, ambitious to make a home of his own and be a man among men.
The boyhood and youth of Daniel Fisk were passed in a comparatively uneventful manner, and when twenty-seven years of age he took to himself a wife and helpmeet in the person of Miss Elizabeth Quick, of Chemung County, N. Y. to whom he was married at the home of the bride in September, 1852. Mrs. Fisk was the daughter of Lewis and Maria (Clapp) Quick, of Saratoga County, N. Y., and was born on the 6th of May, 1828; she continued with her parents until her marriage. Lewis Quick died in July, 1884, when eighty-three years old. They were the parents of three children, two sons and one daughter; Mrs. F. was the second child in order of birth.
Immediately after marriage our subject and his wife settled upon land on section 1 in Seneca Township, commencing in a manner suitable to their means and surroundings, and now in their later years are enjoying the reward of their early toil and frugality. The homestead embraces 160 acres of land, the greater part of which was cleared by Mr. Fisk himself, and he has spent much money in the erection of buildings, having a good residence, barns and sheds, and everything for his convenience. Three children came to bless the household and were named respectively, Fred M., Carrie M. and Harry J. Their eldest son,. Frederick, a commercial traveler, makes his home in California, and has been highly favored in point of opportunities to see the world, having already circumnavigated the globe. He starts out on his third trip to
Australia April 1888. He married Kiss Lilly M. Blair, of Morenci, and they have one child, a daughter, Rena May. Miss Carrie M. Fisk is in business for herself at Detroit, while Harry J. continues at home with his parents. Mr. Fisk is a stanch Republican, politically, and with his wife is a member in good standing of the Methodist Church.

  More About Daniel Fisk and Elizabeth Quick:
Marriage: 23 September 1852, Waverly, Tioga, Co., NY51

  vii.   Garret Tenbrook Fisk51, born 06 October 1826 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY51; died February 1907 in Somerset Twp., Hillsdale, MI51; married Mary S. Webster; born 1833 in Norwich, Ontario, Canada; died 1905.
  viii.   Andrew Fisk51, born 17 January 1828 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY51; married (1) Julia A. Franklin; born 1840; died 1888; married (2) Olive Abbott 10 December 1857 in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI51; born 1840 in Lenawee Co., MI; died 1859.
  Notes for Andrew Fisk:
Andrew is buried at Sand Creek, Lenawee County, Michigan

  More About Andrew Fisk and Olive Abbott:
Marriage: 10 December 1857, Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI51

  ix.   Joseph Fisk51, born 17 March 1828 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY51; died 28 April 1854 in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI51
  Notes for Joseph Fisk:
Joseph is buried at Sand Creek, Lenawee Co., MI

  x.   Amos Fisk51, born 17 November 1831 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY51; died 1893 in Lyons, Fulton Co., OH51; married Julia Gardner 15 October 1863 in Lenawee Co., Mi51; born 184451.
  More About Amos Fisk and Julia Gardner:
Marriage: 15 October 1863, Lenawee Co., Mi51

  xi.   Margaret Fisk51, born 14 October 1836 in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI51; married Hazen Lyford 31 October 1860 in Lenawee Co., Mi51.
  More About Hazen Lyford and Margaret Fisk:
Marriage: 31 October 1860, Lenawee Co., Mi51

  4 xii.   Lyman Colville Fisk, born 22 November 1839 in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI; died 11 January 1887 in Michigan; married Nancy Bailey Abt. 1865.
  xiii.   James J. Fisk51, born 29 January 1844 in Dover Twp., Lenawee Co., MI51; married Artimincha Camp 20 May 1868; born 185151.
  More About James Fisk and Artimincha Camp:
Marriage: 20 May 1868

      11. Betsey Ann Meach
Child of Betsey Ann Meach is:
  5 i.   Nancy Bailey, born 14 November 1844 in New York; died April 1916; married Lyman Colville Fisk Abt. 1865.

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