Charles Powell and Silas Fish

Reedsburg, WI
Biographies

History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley


Courtesy of Sandie Weber


Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Powell
Mr. Clarence Powell, who is a worthy representative of two of Winfield's pioneer families, was born in that township, Oct. 14, 1865, his parents
being Thomas and Elizabeth (Fish) Powell. The mother was born at Rensslaerville, Albany County, New York, June 7, 1826, daughter of Silas 
and Betsey (Raymond) Fish, her grandparents being Silas and Amy (Spencer) Fish and Lemuel and Temperance (Nichols) Raymond. A genealogical 
tracing of the names of Fish and Raymond will be found in another part of this volume. Thomas Powell was born in the state of New York, Jan. 30, 1822, 
son of Harry Powell, a native also of that state. He was of Welsh descent. During his early days our subject's father was at one time in military training, in 
which he was obliged to flourish a sword, and the instrument is now in our subject's possession. In May 1885, in company with Mr. and Mrs. Silas Fish and 
family, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Powell, came to Winfield, where they were among the early pioneers of the town. They located on the H. E. Powell farm, 
and it was here that Clarence S. Powell was born, Thomas Powell died May 1913. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Powell were married in New York, Jan. 15, 1851.

Our subject grew to manhood on the Winfield farm, and on Sept. 14, 1890, was united in marriage to Miss Edna Cottington, daughter of Amos and Elmina 
(Fish) Cottington, and granddaughter of Jesse and Rebecca (Forward) Cottington and Elisha and Polly (King) Fish, and great-granddaughter of James and 
Sarah (Woodshell) Cottington, Robert and Mary (Waters) Forward and Elisha and Hannah (Sisson) Fish, the latter's parents being John and Mary (Underhill)
Sisson. Elisha Fish I, and Silas Fish, Sr., were brothers, sons of Benjamin and Prescilla (Arthur) Fish. Amos Cottington was born Dec. 14, 1838, in Ticehurst, 
England, came with his parents to America in 1841, and to Winfield in February 1851.

Elmina Fish, his wife, was born in Rensslaerville, N.Y., July 19, 1836, came to Winfield about 1855 and for some time was engaged in teaching. Her mother, 
widowed, came to Winfield in 1857, locating on the O. E. Cottington farm. On Dec. 3, 1862, she was married to Amos Cottington and they purchased the 
farm of her mother, and afterward resided thereon. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Cottington had two children, Orna E. and Edna.

Edna Cottington grew to womanhood on her father's farm and there resided until her marriage to Clarence Powell. They purchased an adjoining farm, 
which was settled in 1855 by Alfred Lawton, in 1893, and there reside until their retirement to Reedsburg in 1914. They were extensive farmers 
and now live in comfortable retirement, in a home which they built on East Main St., pictured above.

Mr. and Mrs. Powell are the parents of two daughters, Elmira, now a teacher in the Reedsburg graded schools, and Elizabeth, at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Silas Fish

Few pioneer families of Sauk County have a larger progeny living in the county at the present time than Mr. and Mrs. Silas Fish, settlers of the 
year 1855, in the town of Winfield, where their descendants are most numerous.

Silas Fish, son of Silas and Amy (Spencer) Fish, was born April 16, 1806, in Rensslaerville, Albany Co., N.Y., where his boyhood was spent. 
He represented one of the oldest colonial families of New England, and was a descendant of John Fish, immigrant ancestor, who came to the New 
World from England in 1636. A son, Thomas Fish, next appears in the annals of Rhode Island, residing in Providence, where the family was 
then all living, as early as 1641. John Fish appears to have been a man of considerable age, for Thomas, by 1641, had married Grizzell Strange. 
Preserved Fish, son of Thomas, son of John, was the next in line of descent. He married Ruth Cook, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Folger) Cook, 
Jacob Cook being a descendant of Frances Cook, a Mayflower Pilgrim. Preserved Fish had a large family possibly thirteen children, and one of 
these was Benjamin Fish. He was born Feb. 14, 1716, Providence, R.I.; married, Sept. 9, 1739, Prescilla Arthur; and died Nov. 16, 1798.

Prescilla Arthur, born Sept. 2, 1718, died March 1, 1778, represented a family whose members, some of them, had met with tragic fates. Her 
father, John Arthur, was born in 1656, in Salem, Mass., son of John and Prescilla (Gardner) Arthur. Members of the Arthur family are said to 
have hung during the Salem witchcraft. Prescilla Gardner was a granddaughter of John Gardner, also a Mayflower pilgrim.

Benjamin and Prescilla (Arthur) Fish had twelve children: Sarah, b. Aug. 10, 1740; Perceival, b. Oct. 13, 1741, d. Jan. 10, 1763; Rhodah, b. Oct. 
30, 1743, d. June 22, 1795; Stephen, b. Oct. 8, 1745, d. July 22, 1781; Peace, b. Aug. 14, 1747, d. June 18, 1816; John, b. June 17, 1849, d. Nov. 4, 1769; Silas, 
b. Sept. 25, 1751, d. _______; Artemas, b. June 28, 1754; Eliha, b. Aug. 9, 1756; Elijah, b. Dec. 25, 1759, d. Sept. 18, 1777; Elisha, b. Feb. 27, 1762; and Gardner, 
b. Sept. 7, 1765.

Silas, Benjamin's seventh child, grew to manhood and married Miss Sussannah Sisson; Elisha, Benjamin's tenth child, grew to manhood and 
married Hannah, sister of Sussannah Sisson. They were daughters of John and Mary (Uunderhill) Sisson, Mary Underhill being a descendant of Capt. 
John Underhill, celebrated hero of the Pequot War, and his wife, Elizabeth Feake, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Winthrop) Feake. By 
Sussannah Sisson, Silas Fish had six children, Anna, Prescilla, Joseph, Stephen and John. Then Sussannah died and Silas married his second wife, 
Amy Spencer, and had five more children, Susan, Sarah, Mary, Silas, our subject, and Amy (frequently a visitor in the Silas Fish home in 
Winfield, and was the wife of Daniel Frost).

Silas Fish, Sr., at an early date removed his family to Rensslaerville, Albany Co, N.Y., and his family grew up there. Our subject grew up in his father's 
home, but while still quite young his mother died, and when the father took a third wife young Silas left home, and went into Greene Co., New York,
into the Hudson River Valley, where he met and married, at the early age of eighteen years, Nov. 20, 1824 Miss Betsy Raymond.
Betsy Raymond was born May 3, 1807, in Athena, Greene Co., N.Y., daughter of Lemuel and Temperance (Nichols) Raymond who had removed 
hither from New Canaan, Conn., a short time prior to her birth. Her father represented one of the most illustrious families of the old English and French 
nobility.
The name of Raymond (Rai "French for a beam of light," and Monde "world") originated among the powerful Teutonic tribes which dwelt in the Lower 
Rhine, as early as 240 A.D. Further genealogy shows that the first hereditary County of Toulouse was Raymond I, that he was a descendant of those 
early Teutonic tribes, and that he became master of the Duchy of Toulouse in 852. He died in 864, and was succeeded by his son Bernard, first, and, 
upon Bernard's death, by another son, Odo, in 873. Odo was succeeded by his son, Raymond II, in 918. This knight distinguished himself in the battle 
with the Normans in 923, and died that year. Raymond III (Pous, in history) succeeded his father in 923, and died about 950. The duchy then passed 
through several generations, William I, William II, and William III, from whom it passed to Raymond IV (de St. Giller), who was a great soldier and 
landowner and probably the greatest man of his time. He fought in the wars against the Moors in Spain, alongside the famous Cid, under Alfonso the 
Great. He raised an army of 100,000 Crusaders, traversed the Alps, Lombardy and Trioul, and directed his march toward the Greek Empire. He led his 
might host upon Jerusalem in 1099, and captured the Holy City. Returning to France, via Tortosa, he besieged Tripoli, and died on the shores of the 
Mediterranean, Feb. 23, 1105.

He was succeeded to Toulouse by his sons, Bertrand and Alfonso Jourdaine. Other children took the name to England, with William the Conqueror, 
where they were established in a lordship, known as Raymond, in the Hundredth Wye, in Kent, County of Essex, which they have held now for nearly
a thousand years. Richard Raymond, a scion of this house, was a prominent English mariner during Queen Elizabeth's reign, and in 1630, in company 
with his brothers, William and John, joined Captain John Mason, in the good Barque Warwicke, and came to America, and, with the captain's company, 
was one of the founders of Portsmouth, R.I.

Richard Raymond appears not to have remained in Portsmouth very long, for on May 14, 1634, he was made a freeman, and two years later received 
a grant of land on Jefferies Creek, now Manchester, Mass. He and his wife Judith appear to have lived in Salem, Mass., and were among the members 
of the first church of Salem. He made his living by sea trade, and in 1660 sold one quarter part of "the goode Ketch Hopewell of Salem, of the burden 
of thirty tons, now riding at anchor in the harbor at Boston." An old deed shows that on Oct. 20, 1662, he purchased a house and some land in Norwalk, 
Conn. He then moved his family to that place, and engaged in an extensive coastwise trade with the Dutch and English settlers on Manhatten Island. 
He had nine children: John; Bethsheba, bapt. Aug. 6, 1637; Joshia, bapt. March 32, 1639; Lemuel, bapt. Jan. 3, 1640; Hannah, bapt. Feb. 12, 1642; Samuel, 
bapt. July 13, 1644; Richard, bapt. Jan. 2, 1647; Elizabeth, bapt. April 28, 1649; and Daniel, bapt. April 17, 1653.
Richard Raymond died at Saybrook, Mass., at the age of ninety years.

John, son of Richard Raymond, was a prominent man of Norwalk, Mass., and inherited his father's entire estate. He married Dec. 10, 1664, Mary 
Betts, daughter of Thomas Betts, immigrant ancestor, of Norwalk, and had three children; John, b. Sept. 9, 1665; Samuel, b. July 7, 1673, and Thomas, 
b. about 1678.

John, son of John, son of Richard, "was an important man in the early history of Norwalk. He was captain of a train band, a land surveyor, and 
owner of large estates." He married Elizabeth St. John, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Hoyt) St. John. She was born in Norwalk, Ct., April 1673, 
and died April 12, 1737. They were married March 7, 1690. Her father was born in Windsor, Ct., about 1637, and died Jan. 14, 1685-6. His father was 
Mathias Sention, a native of England, who immigrated to America in 1631, settling in Dorchester, Mass. The names ST. JOHN was originally spelled 
Sention, and so appears on the early records, and does not take its present form until about 1675. Elizabeth St. John Raymond's mother Elizabeth Hoyt, 
was a daughter of Walter Hoyt. This man was born in 1618, in Upway, Dorsetshire, England, son of Simon Hoyt, with whom he came to America at a 
very early date. The Hoyt family was living in Charleston, Mass., in 1628, and prior to that had lived at Salem. Gov. Endicott commissioned Simon Hoty, 
and others, to found the city of Charlestown, in which place they afterward resided.
John and Elizabeth (St. John) Raymond were the parents of nine children:
John, b. May 19, 1693; Mary, b. March 5, 1694; Elizabeth, b. Aug. 22, 1697; Hannah, b. July 22, 1700; Lemuel, b. Jan. 7, 1702; Jabez, b. April 1, 1705; 
Aseal, b. Sept. 22, 1707; Elijah, b. Nov. 7, 1709; and Zuriel, b. Dec. 3, 1715. John Raymond died April 12, 1737.

Lemuel, fifth child of John, son of John, son of Richard, lived in New Canaan, Conn., and married in 1730, Sarah Squire. She was a member of the 
Congregational Church of New Canaan, Conn., from 1752 until 1773. They had ten children: Luke, b. 1731; Ebenezer; Lemuel, b. 1740; John, b. 1755; 
Hannah; Elizabeth; Sarah; Ellen; Ruth; Helen.

Lemuel, son of Lemuel, son of John, son of John, son of Richard, married about 1764, Lydia Beebe. They lived in Stanford, Mass., and had four children 
baptized in the St. John's Church, of that city: Abigail, bapt. Oct. 27, 1765; Esther, Oct. 19, 1775; Elias, June 1789; Lemuel, June 1789. These are all dates of
baptism.

Lemuel, son of Lemuel, son of Lemuel, son of John, son of John, son of Richard, was born about 1766, at Stanford. He enlisted in Cpl. Zebulon Butler's 
Regiment, 2nd Conn. Inft., Jan. 1, 1780, and served until Jan. 1, 1781; and re-enlisting that same day in Col. Samuel B. Webb's Reg., 3rd Conn. Inft., he 
served until the close of the war and was discharged Dec. 31, 1881. From the army he eventually went to New Canaan, Conn., where he lived a number 
of years. He married about 1886, Temperance Nichols, and had eight children, as follows: Elias, born Oct. 17, 1787, d. Nov. 30, 1877; he married Temperance
Hand, and a daughter Temperance, married William P. Brooks, and came to Winfield; Lemuel, who married Fanny Roach, and whose daughters, Julia, 
Emma and Lissie (Mrs. Jacob Newkirk) were frequent visitors to Winfield; Rhodah; Polly; Lydia, (Mrs. Samuel Montross, Winfield); Nancy; Lewis; and
Betsy, (Mrs. Silas Fish). Lemuel Raymond died about 1830.

For twenty years after their marriage *Mr. and Mrs. Silas Fish resided in Albany and Greene Counties, N.Y., where eight children were born to them:
Elizabeth (Mrs. Thomas Powell, later of Winfield); Elias, who married Adelia Darrow; Spencer, who married Mary J. Fish, daughter of Elisha, son of Elisha 
and Hannah (Sisson) Fish; Jasper, who married Temperance Hand, and later lived in Walworth County, Wis.; Lewis Nichols, who married Sarah Darrow, 
and lived in Winfield; Emma Jane, who married Edwin Kelley, and resided in Winfield; Lucius, who married Phoebe Darrow; and Elbert, who married 
Ellen McCray, also a resident of Winfield.

The story of the coming of this family to Winfield is given elsewhere in this work. Suffice it to say that Silas Fish passed on to his eternal resting, Feb. 14, 1888, 
at the age of eighty-two, and his wife, Betsy Raymond, May 13, 1895, at the age of eighty-eight years.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Fish

Representatives of two of Winfield's pioneer families, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis FISH, deceased, were the embodiment of that dauntless courage, which, through 
several generations of forebears, had braved the hazards and hardihood of unbraved frontiers. They came to Winfield while still children, when the town 
was a wilderness, and saw it arise from its primeval state glorified by a dear and loyal civilization.

Mr. Lewis Fish, son of Silas and Betsy (Raymond) Fish, was born in Athens, Green Co., New York, Aug. 8, 1838, and came to Winfield, at the age of 16, 
in April 1855, with the immigration of his parents here at that time. His early years were spent on his father's farm, and about 1860, he became connected 
with his brother, Jasper T., in a land deal, involving an adjacent tract of land. On  March 4, 1862, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Darrow, daughter 
of Henry A. and Luceba (Dann) Darrow. This lady was born July 18, 1842, in the Town of Sharon, near Allen's Grove, Walworth Co., Wis., and came to 
Winfield in the spring of 1852, at the age of 9 years, with her parents. At an early age she began teaching school, and taught one term in Dist. No. 2, 
Winfield, and one term in a school in the town of Big Creek, Juneau Co., Wis. She was married to Lewis Fish at the age of 18 years. The first years of their
married life were spent on a farm near his father's, but in 1868 they purchased his brother Jasper's interest in the land previously mentioned, and took up 
housekeeping thereon. This was the farm on which they were to reside for forty years. In 1905 they went into retirement in Reedsburg, where he died, 
March 23, 1909. From 1911 until September 1921, she resided with her daughters, Mary (Mrs. W. H. Krug, Winfield) and Emma (Mrs. Emmet Catlin, 
Elkhorn), going that fall to live with her son, Spencer Fish, on the old home, where her death occurred, Feb. 22, 1922. Mr. and Mrs. Fish were the parents 
of nine children, Ida, George, Edwin, Emma, Jasper, Walter, Mary (May), Spencer, and Blanch, mention of each of whom is made in the history of Winfield.

 

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