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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1646-1647 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

In an old graveyard at Larison Corner, New Jersey, is the grave of Peter Fisher. Whence he came to this country and when is not known. From a careful examination of the old records it would seem that he could not have settled in New Jersey later then 1725, with the strong probability that it was much earlier. His wife's name was Maria, believed to have been born in Germany and most likely married there. Peter Fisher, upon his removal to New Jersey, settled in Somerset county, where he remained until 1730; when he removed to Hunterdon county, where he purchased a two-hundred-acre farm; the deed bears date of March 30, 1730, and states the consideration to have been 132 pounds of "lawful silver money." He had eight children, the eldest born 1725: Anthony, John, Elizabeth, Christopher, John, Peter, Jacob, and another daughter. Christopher, born 1730, married Charity Boss and had six children. It is from Christopher that the Fishers of Montgomery county here under consideration are believed to descend, but the connection cannot be definitely traced.

(I) Samuel Fisher, born in New Jersey, later a resident of Montgomery and Herkimer counties, New York, died in the latter county, where he had removed after his second marriage. His wives were born in Montgomery county, where he lived in the town of Charleston. By his first wife, Anna (Craig) Fisher, he had six children:

  1. Rebecca, born in the town of Charleston; married John P. Miller, son of Jacob Miller; left sons: Charles F. and Abraham J. D.
  2. Amelia, married Peter J. Weldon; died at age of sixty years; her husband married (second) ———— and settled in Herkimer, where he died at age of eighty years.
  3. Jane, married Joel Smith; they settled in Herkimer and died at advanced ages; leaving Samuel, John, Peter, Charles, Nettie and Annie Smith.
  4. Samuel, settled in Glen when he was over sixty years old; he was a farmer there the remainder of his days; married Mary Harris; children: Anna, Rebecca, Jennie, Elizabeth, Charles, Hattie.
  5. Ellison E., see forward.
  6. Catherine, married John H. Bell, a farmer of Glen; he died at age of seventy-two and she at sixty-five; children: Ephraim J. and Charles Bell.

Samuel Fisher married (second) Catherine Van Patten and had a daughter,

  1. Hannah, married Joel Davis; both deceased; without issue.

(II) Ellison E., son of Samuel and Anna (Craig) Fisher, was born in Charleston, Montgomery county, New York, July 8, 1826, died in Glen, October 20, 1894. At age of twelve he left home to do battle with the world and carve out his own fortune. He went to the town of Glen, where he found employment on a farm. He was determined to succeed in life, and by untiring industry, economy and right living became a substantial land owner in Glen, where he resided until his death. He was a man of integrity, whose word and promise always held good. He was a religious man and gave liberally of his substance for the support of his church, the Dutch Reformed. He married in Glen, February 14, 1850, Elizabeth J. Serviss, born in Florida, August 27, 1825, of the early Montgomery county family of Serviss. She was a woman of rare force and character. She died August 3, 1910. Children:

  1. Mary, born July 14, 1851; married Jacob Clement.
  2. Annie, April 6, 1853, died May 27, 1866.
  3. Jay, see forward.

(III) Jay, only son of Ellison E. and Elizabeth J. (Serviss) Fisher, was born in Glen, Montgomery county, New York, October 21, 1854. He is a successful farmer and a man of high standing in the community. He is a member of the Dutch Reformed church, and politically a Republican. He married (first) in Center county, Kansas, June 13, 1886, Nancy S. Baird, born in Will county, Illinois, May 11, 1855, died at their home in Glen, October 3, 1889. Child, Floyd E., born September 29, 1889; married Adelia Minch and has a son, Edward J. Fisher, born December 15, 1908. Floyd E. Fisher is one of the rising young farmers of Glen. Jay Fisher married (second) in Glen, May 5, 1907, Mrs. Nettie (Hoag) Crouse, born in Argusville, New York, August 3, 1860, daughter of Ira and Annie M. (Gordon) Hoag, of Schoharie county, their lifelong home. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Hoag:

  1. Amanda, married Garrett Lansing, a farmer of Charleston; children: Frank and Leland Lansing.
  2. Mark, deceased; married Anna E. Kling; children: Irving and Anna Hoag.
  3. Charles, married Hattie Neskern and has issue.
  4. Nettie, married Jay Fisher.

Mrs. Annie M. (Gordon) Hoag survived her first husband, Ira Hoag, and married (second) John Heyney; children: Ella. Elmer, married Luella Kellogg; children: Lela and Mervin Heyney, the latter of whom married Dora Frank and has a daughter, Celia Heyney. Jay Fisher by his second marriage had no children.

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