|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1752|
|Death: ||Sep. 25, 1837|
Dr. Joseph Fiske, son of Dr. Joseph Fiske and Hepzibah Raymond was born in Lexington on December 25, 1752. He married on July 31, 1794, Elizabeth Stone. He was a young man at the battle of Lexington, not quite twenty-three years of age. He assisted his father who was also a doctor and whose name was the same, to dress the wounded soldiers on that day. He studied medicine and surgery with his father, and in later years with Dr. John Warren and his son, Surgeon J. C. Warren. He was led by his patriotic spirit to accept the commission of surgeon's mate in Col. Vose in the First Massachusetts of Foot in 1777. He was made full surgeon Apr. 17, 1779,
and served in the Continental army seven years. He was present at the surrender of Burgoyne in 1777 and of Cornwallis in 1781. and of other intermediate battles.
Rev. A. B. Muzzey in his "Reminiscences of Men of the Revolution," speaks of him: "He was frequently at my father's house and was very agreeable. I drank in greedily his accounts given to my grandfather, who was with him in the company of Capt. John Parker Apr. 19, 1775, and of his experience as a surgeon in the army. It was a time when all shared in the common privations. Gen. Washington would sit down with his highest officers to a small piece of beef with a few potatoes and some hard bread-a single dish of wood or pewter sufficed for a mess, with a horn spoon and tumbler passed around, and the knife was carried in the pocket. Sugar, tea and coffee were unknown luxuries, and if a ration of rum was given out-this was in the dead of winter-the question would be raised "Shall we drink it or put it in our shoes to keep our feet from freezing?" During the pursuit of Cornwallis the soldiers had not decent clothing, and an old cloak, they not having a blanket left, was shared with two other officers. Dr. Fiske would corroborate in my hearing accounts of the need of medicine arid comforts for the wounded-wine, spirits and even the ordinary medicine could not be procured.
Even after searching miles nothing of the kind could be found except small portions of snake-root, and as for bandages the case was still worse. Nothing of the kind could be found for their supply but to cut up a tent found on the field. He used to relate mirthful stories about the French officers and soldiers around Yorktown. Surgeon Fiske was one of the original founders of the Middlesex Medical Association, afterward and now the Massachusetts Medical Society, one of the original members of the Cincinnati. His son took his place in the society at his death, and after the son's death it reverted to his grandson, who is the eldest. Dr. Fiske was also a member of the Bunker Hill Monument Association. Dr. Fiske practiced his profession nearly forty years in Lexington after the close of the war, and was very skillful in his treatment of the small-pox, and he was among the foremost doctors to make use of vaccination, his old friend, Dr. Benj. Waterhouse, bringing it from Europe, from the discoverer, Jenner. Dr. Fiske held many town offices, having been town clerk and justice of the peace many years.
From the Revolutionary War records it is learned that Joseph Fisk was a second lieutenant in the Continental army from June 1 to Dec. 31, 1776; surgeon's mate June 1, 1777; surgeon Apr. 17, 1779, and served as such to the close of the war. He d. Sept. 25, 1837.
(FISKE AND FISK FAMILY BEING THE RECORD OF THE Descendants of Symond Fiske, Lord of the Manor of Stadhaugh, Suffolk County, England... By FREDERICK CLIFTON PIERCE)
Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols.: Fisk, Joseph, Lexington. Private, Capt. Edmund Munro's detachment from Lexington alarm co.; service from May 16 to May 20, 1775; 5 days, at Cambridge by order of Committee of Safety; reported a doctor; also, Surgeon, Col. Joseph Vose's (1st) regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; reported as serving 27 mos. 17 days as Surgeon's Mate, 8 mos. 13 days as Surgeon; also, certificate dated Boston, June 17, 1777, signed by Col. Joseph Vose, stating that said Fisk had been chosen Surgeon's Mate in his regiment; also, Surgeon's Mate, Col. Vose's regt.; muster rolls for Sept. and Nov., 1778, dated Providence; appointed Jan. 1, 1777; also, pay abstracts for Feb., March, and April, 1779, dated Providence; also, Surgeon, Col. Joseph Vose's (1st) regt.; list of commissioned officers; said Fisk commissioned April 17, 1779; also, Surgeon, Col. Vose's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780; also, Surgeon, 1st Mass. regt., Gen. Glover's brigade; return of officers dated Boston, Dec. 14, 1780; also, recommendation addressed to His Excellency John Hancock, dated West Point, Feb. 9, 1781, signed by Col. Joseph Vose, recommending said Fisk as Surgeon in his regiment; warrant to date from May 18, 1779; ordered in Council March 15, 1781, that a warrant be issued; also, Surgeon, Col. Vose's (1st) regt.; muster rolls for Jan.-April, 1781, dated Garrison at West Point; appointed May 18, 1779; also, weekly returns of officers of 1st Mass. regt. made by Noah Allen, Capt. Commandant, dated West Point, May 18, and May 25, 1781; said Fisk reported on command at the Lines, absent 9 days; also, weekly returns of officers of 1st Mass. regt. made by John Williams, Capt. Commandant, dated West Point, June 1, and June 15, 1781; reported on command at the Lines; also, weekly returns of officers of 1st Mass. regt. made by Jeremiah Miller, Capt. Commandant, dated West Point, June 8, and June 22, 1781; reported on command at the Lines; also, weekly returns of officers of 1st Mass. regt. made by Lieut. Colonel Elijah Vose, dated Camp at Phillipsburgh, July 7, and July 13, 1781; reported on duty with Col. Scammell; also, Col. Vose's (1st) regt.; muster roll for July, 1781, dated Camp Peekskill; also, Ferry; also, muster rolls for Aug. and Sept., 1781, dated Camp Peekskill; also, muster rolls for Oct. and Nov., 1781, dated York Huts; also, muster roll for Jan., 1782; also, muster roll for Feb., 1782, dated Huts, 1st Brigade; also, return of officers dated in Quarters Jan. 17, 1783; reported sick in camp; also, return dated Cantonment, New Windsor, Jan. 25, 1783; reported sick in camp; also, return of officers dated Cantonment, New Windsor, Feb. 14, 1783; also, returns of officers from Feb. 21, to April 11, 1783; reported on furlough in Massachusetts by leave of Gen. Gates; also, returns of officers dated Philadelphia, Aug. 8, and Aug. 22, 1783; reported sick in camp.
Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA), Oct. 11, 1837, p. 3:
In Lexington, on Monday, Dr. Joseph Fiske, aged 85. He served through the last war of the Revolution as a surgeon, and has maintained through a long life an estimable character.
Elizabeth Stone Fiske (1770 - 1849)
Franklin Fiske (1804 - 1868)*
Dr. JOSEPH FISKE
Surgeon in the
member of the Mass.
who died Sept. 25, 1837
Aged 84 Years.
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To my 4th Great Grandfather, thank you for your contributions in creating this country. I've seen your surgeon table many times in the Buckman Tavern and stood before your grave to send up a prayer to you! I'm a desendent of your grandson, Joseph Alex Fi...(Read more)|
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