Robert Fyske1,2,3,4,5,6

M, b. circa 1521, d. before 28 July 1602
FatherGeoffrey Ffyske b. c 1472
MotherAlice Dalling b. c 1480
     Robert was born circa 1521 in Laxfield, County Suffolk, England. Robert married Sibylla Gould circa 1549 in England. They first resided in Fressingfield, County Suffolk. Robert was a wheelwright. During the reign of Queen Mary [19 July 1553-17 November 1558], he had to remove to Geneva, Switzerland to avoid persecution and possibly burning at the stake. He returned after Mary's reign to the parish of St. James, South Elmham, County Suffolk, England. He was listed on the Subsidy Roll of 10 Elizabeth [1567-1568], being taxed there 6 shillings 8 pence.7,8 Robert's wife, Sibylla, died in the parish of St. James, South Elham, leaving him a widower. Robert married 2nd Joan (?) in England. Robert's wife, Joan, died before 3 August 1587 in the parish of St. James, South Elham, leaving him a widower. Robert made his will on 10 April 1590.

Robert Fiske of the parish of St James in Southelmam, “wheelwright, “trusting and stedfastlie believing to be saved by the death and precious bloodshedding of our lord and savior Jesus Christ,” To my eldest son William Fiske my tenement called Hoves in the parish of St. James, according to the custom of the manor, he paying my daughter Elizabeth, now the wife of Robert Barnard, or to the said Robert in the dwelling house of my said tenement called Hoves £18 (in installments). To my son Eliezar and to Elizabeth, his wife, all my freehold lands in St. James, Elmham. [they] paying yearly to my son William 2½ d. for their lives, and paying to my son Thomas Fiske, at the dwelling house of the said tenement called Hoves, £8, as follows : £4 within one month of my decease and £4 at the end of a year following that payment. The free lands are to pass to my son Thomas, if Elizer and Elizabeth fail to be bound for the above payment. On the death of Elizer and Elizabeth (and of Thomas, if tenant of the free lands) the free lands are to pass to my son William, he paying to my son Thomas £3, in consideration therof, one month after my decease. To the poor of St. James 10s. out of my moveables, after my decease, and 10s. more to such other godly poor people as shall be thought most needful and charitable by my executors, at suc times as to them shall seem most convenient. To my “bedchildren” [sic belchildren] 40s., to be equally divided among them and paid into the hands of their parents. To Nicholas Barbor of Chepenell Greene 30s., for him to divide equally among his children. My executors are to have those houses, parcel of the said tenement, which are now in my own hands and occupying, for one month after my decease. To my executores 6s. 8d. each. The residue of my estate is to be equally diided among my children then living, by agreement, or by the appointment of John Laurance the Elder, gent., and he is to have 6s. 8d. Executors: my sons Jefferie Fiske and Eliezar Fiske. Witnesses: Robert Lawter, Thomas Starke.9,10,11

Robert departed this life in the parish of St. James, South Elham. His will was probated on 28 July 1602.

Family 1

Sibylla Gould

Family 2

Joan (?) d. b 3 Aug 1587


  1. [S1141] Albert A. Fiske, The Fiske Family, A History of the Family of William Fiske, Sen. of N.H., page 8 - Robert Fiske of Laxfield, County Suffolk, son of Richard.
  2. [S1142] Henry Ffiske, Fiske Family Papers, page -46.
  3. [S1143] Josephine Frosg, Ancestors of Jerry Crary and Laura Antoinette Dunham of Warren, Pennsylvania, page 150 - Robert, son of Simon Fiske, born at Stadhaugh, England about 1525 and married Sybil [Gould] Barber.
  4. [S1142] Henry Ffiske, Fiske Family Papers, page 316a - Chart reated from M. S. Tanner 257, folio 199, collated with another pedigree from M. S. Tanner 180, folio 16b, with additional matter by H. Ffiske. Robert, son of Simon Ffyske, [m. Sibilla Gold] fled for religion in Queen Marie's days & of St. James Sth.
  5. [S1144] Frederick Clifton Pierce, Fiske and Fiske Family, pages 39-40 - Robert Fiske born about 1525 Stadhaugh, England For sometime of parish of St. James, South Elmham. Children: William, Jeffrey, Thomas, Eleazer & daughter.
  6. [S1155] G. Andrews Moriarty, The Fiske Family, pages 265-266 - Robert Fiske of Fressingfeld and St. James, South Elmham, co. Suffolk, wheelwright, the testator of 10 Apr. 1590 (Will No. 47) when his will was proved at Metfield, co. Suffolk, by his sons Geoffrey (of Jeffrey) ayt Metfield, co. Suffolk, by the executors named in the will. He married first Sibilla (Gold) Barbor, daughter of ________ Gold an widow of ___________ Barbor; and secondly Joan _____ who was buried at St. Jamers, South Elmham, 3 Aug. 1587.
    Robert Fiske may have been the Robrtt Fyske who was taxed at Laxfield in the subsidy of 34-35 Henry VIII [1542-1544] and again on 17 Apr. 1545, in goods valued at 13 pounds , on whixch a “benevolence “ of 13s. was exacted andf again on 4 Mar. 1545/6, when he was taxed 12s. in goods at Laxfield. He was of Fressingfield as early as 1554, the baptism of his son Richard being recorded there on 16 July 1554 and that of his son Elezar on 31 May 1556. The records of the baptisms of his eldest son, William, and of his other children have not been found. It was probably soon after the baptism of his son Eleazar that he moved to St. James, South Elmham, for he is said (Candler Manuscripts) ti have “fled for relgion in Q. Maries dayes,” and he was then of St. james (ib.). In the subsidy of 10 Elizabeth [1567-68] he was taxed at Sty. James 2s. 8d., in lands valued at 1 pound….
  7. [S1145] Queen Mary, She was the only surviving child born of the ill-fated marriage of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. Her younger half-brother, Edward VI, succeeded Henry in 1547. By 1553, Edward was mortally ill and because of religious differences between them, he attempted to remove Mary from the line of succession. On his death, their cousin Lady Jane Grey was at first proclaimed queen. Mary assembled a force in East Anglia, and successfully deposed Jane, who was ultimately beheaded. [Note - Aftering gaining the throne, Queen Mary subsequently, began a blood bath in the very area and against the same people of East Anglia that had put her into power - many of her victims were burned at the stake. - KLM]
  8. [S1146] East Anglia, East Anglia is a traditional name for a region of eastern England, named after an ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom, the Kingdom of the East Angles. The Angles took their name from their homeland Angeln, in northern Germany. East Anglia initially consisted of Norfolk and Suffolk...
    Much of East Anglia (including parts of Lincolnshire) consisted of marshland and bogs until the 17th century, despite the construction of early sea barriers by the Roman Empire. During the 17th century the alluvial land was converted into arable land by means of systematic drainage using a collection of drains and river diversions. In the 1630's thousands of Puritan families from East Anglia settled in the American region of New England, taking much East Anglian culture with them. East Anglia, with much of its earnings based on wool and textiles, was a rich area of England until the effects of the Industrial Revolution moved manufacturing to the Midlands and the North.
  9. [S1144] Frederick Clifton Pierce, Fiske and Fiske Family, page 39.
  10. [S1147] Nora Emma Snow, The Snow-Estes Ancestry, page 350 - Will of Robert Fiske dated: 10 April 1590 and probated: 28 July 1602.
  11. [S1150] G. Andrews Moriarty, The Fiske Family, pages 426-427 - Will of Robert Fiske dated: 10 April 1590 & probated: 28 July 1602 t Metfield [co. Suffolk]. (Archdeaconry of Suffolk [Ipswich Probate Registry], book for 1602-1603, folio 144.).