From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 476-478
M. 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 (Underhill) 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 Hoyt, 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 Poewell, 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.
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