|FOSDICK, c.1583-aft.1775||Related Families: Wetherell | Shapleigh | Pickett | Turner | Wolcott|
(1) Stephen Fosdick, born 1583 in Wenham, Suffolk Co., England; married first in England, Anna Harre, who died about 1624. He married second Sarah Wetherell, who died 21 May 1664. They emigrated to Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1635. He was made a freeman there on 7 September 1638. Parents of:
(2) Sgt. John Fosdick,
born in England; married 1648 his neighbor Ann
daughter of Nicholas Shapleigh.
In 1649 at age 22, she married Henry Branson and had a son a few months
after. She confessed that the child's father was John Fosdick. Henry and
Anna divorced and she and John married. Ann died 15 October 1679.
John married second Elizabeth Thomas, widow of John Betts. They were
living in Malden when she was indicted for witchcraft by the Court of Salem
at age 36. She was arrested but never brought to trial.
John and Ann were parents of:
(3) Samuel Fosdick of
New London, Connecticut; married 1 November 1682,
(4) Samuel Fosdick; married Susannah Turner. Samuel was a difficult man and Susannah and he had a rocky marriage. At one point, she pleaded with the town selectmen for reprieve because Samuel was selling off assets with the intent to leave her and the children penniless. Samuel eventually abandoned the family and moved to Oyster Bay, Long Island. His son, Samuel, followed and they set up a blacksmithing shop together. True to his restless spirit, Samuel didn't stay there long; the last record of him says "I am embarking upon a long voyage, one from which I am unsure if I shall ever return."
Last updated June 1999