Monday, July 04, 2016


Philip Fisher has quite a bit about my 9x great grandfather Joshua Fisher Jr in his genealogy of the Fisher family, including why Joshua Jr is known as "Lt. Joshua"

6. Joshua1, son of Joshua (2), of Medfield, was baptized at Syleham, England, April 2, 1621, and came to New England in 1637. The Dedham Records contain the following: "Dedham. The First of ye 11th Month 1637. That wch was agreed vpon yt last meeteing was now Reade & confirmed. Vpon a motion made by Anto Fisher It is condescended that Josua Fisher may enter vpon the Smithes Lott & ther fitt himselfe ye building & otherwise for to doe some worke of ye trade for yt Towne in the behalfe of his Father wch is expected this next somer. Provided yt yf he cometh not in such a tyme as may be conceived fitting by our sayd society Then the sayd Josua shall leave yt sayd Lott & yt Towne to be at liberty to put in another Smith: allowing vnto the sayd Josua his wholl Charges vpon the same to be alowed by 2: Judicious men." About this time he signed the Dedham Covenant, but we cannot learn the exact date. In August, 1639, he joined the Dedham church; the following year became a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and was its second sergeant in 1648; and was made a freeman May 2, 1649. Joshua married 1st, Nov. 15, 1643, Mary, dau. of Deacon Nathaniel and Mary Aldis, of Dedham. She died Sept. 3, 1653; and he m. 2d, Feb. 16, 1654, Lydia, widow of Samuel Oliver, of Boston.

Upon the Petition of Dedham for Eleazer Lusher to be their Captaine, Josua Fisher their lief tenant, & Henry Philips their ensign, their petition is granted. [Oct. 18, 1648: Mass. Col. Rec., II, .257, and III, 139.]

To the honoured Gouerner Majestrats and deputies assembled at the Generall Court at Boston
The petition of the Towne of Dedham
Humbly Sheweth:

That wheras our band of Trayned Souldiers haue bin yet: defectiuc for want of Oficers established: to exercise them: and as we humbly conceiue that we haue some amongst vs that may be fitt. to exercise our Company we haue with one consent made choyce of Eliazer Lusher to be our Captaine: and Joshua Fisher to be our Leiftenant aud Henry Phillips to be our Ensigne humbly desyringe this Honor Court: that you would be pleased to Ratifie and confirme them in the said places if you shall thinke good : And your petioners shall pray et
William Ballard, clarke of ye Trayne band 

The depties haue graunted this pet. wth Refferance to the concurrance of or honord magists William Torrey by order &c

The mast consent hereto Jo: Winthrop. Gour
19 (8) 48
[Mass. Arch., LXVII, 43.See Col. Rec., III, 139.]

So by the title of "Lieutenant Joshua " he was thereafter known throughout the Colony.

The Fisher genealogy: A record of the descendants of Joshua, Anthony, and Cornelius Fisher, of Dedham, Mass., 1630-1640   Massachusetts Pub. Co.,   Everett, Ma.  1898

Continued in Part2.

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