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Wife:   Margaret Craddock



"THE ANCESTRAL LINE of the early immigrants to New England, as now certainly known, begins with JOHN1 FYSHE of Market
Haborow, Great Bowden Parish, who was probably born not far from the year 1555. (
The first Life Insurance Policy was issued to William Gibbons June 18, 1583, for 1800  pounds.) John, who was of the yeoman class, m. Margaret, whose maiden name there is much reason to believe may have been Cradock.  The record of this marriage is not found in the parish but all their children were baptized there.  Most of them reached maturity and married, and their families are well accounted for in the wills of John and Margaret. He d. Feb. 19, 1622. She d. 1630/31. (The watch was invented in Nuremburg, Germany, in 1590.)
  They were dwelliing in the parish in the interim, however, some of Edward's children and grandchildren, no doubt, and they constituted the connection between Edward in 1518 and John1 who was born about 1555, four years before Great Bowden parish records were first officially kept. (
San Marcos University at Lima, Peru, the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere,  was established in May 1551.) There were five of that name buried in Great Bowden.  The earliest entries on the Great Bowden registers were the records of these burials, as follows:
"Augustine Fyshe, 1560 7 may, Edward 1560 30 may, Tobye 1563 8 oct., Thomas 1570 4 jan., Augustine 1579 26 aug." They doubtless relate to the disappearing second or third generation between Edward, the first of the name in Great Bowden, and John.  We may surmise that Augustine Fyshe who died 1579 26 Aug. was the father of John and the other four may have been his uncles or perhaps his older brothers or cousins

FILED 1622, Leicester wills, No.102

  Will of John Fysh of Bowden, Magna, proved 1623/24 2 jan. (sic): I, John
Fysh of Bowden Magna, county of Leicester, yeoman, being sick of body do ordain and make, etc.  To William Fish my second son and his heirs, one old cottage with two cow pastures and ten sheep, commons adjoining unto his dwelling house, which I purchased of Sir Thomas Gryfin.  To Francis Fish my fifth son, one cottage with a close and orchard now in the occupation of Richard Winant, laborer.  To Robert2 Fish of Market Harborough, my son-in-law [who married Alice2 Fish], one piece of meadow in little Bowden field, called Stony Holme. To Thomas3, eldest son of Robert2 and Alice2, Five arable lands in Lubnam brook, now in his occupation.  To Elizabeth Ashton, my niece, one cottage with two cow pastures and ten sheep common, she paying yearly for the same unto John2 Fish my youngest son 6s.8d duriing her natural life providing that John2 shall have power to cut, lop and carry away wood. To John Fish my youngest son and his heirs, three closes which I purchased of my kinsman William Cradock of Farndon, one lying west of town betwixt the land of John2 Fish and Richard Kirbie, another in the middle of the town, next to the land pf Jeffrey Parsons and John Mason, and one in yeast and next to the lands of Francis Fish and Thomas Wells the younger, also the old cottage after the death of Elizabeth ashton, my neice, and all my timber except pne tazletre and a squared piece of my myle, which I give unto my eldest son Austin (Augustine) Fish further except the mylln post, and give it unto Austin2 Fish my eldest son, he paying his mother 40s., residue to Margaret my wife, whom exectrix."

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