Note: John Fish of Stonington, Conn., was the second son of Robert and Alice, (Fish) Fish of Market Harborough. He was bapt. in infancy (1620/21), and doubtless received an education in the school at his home village of Market Harborough, which had a wide reputation as a preparatory school for the Universities. After his father's death he and his older brother Thomas came to New England, and perhaps his younger brother Joseph. Thomas became an owner of land, was married and was the father of a family, and this put him upon the records at Portsmouth, R. I., as early as 1643. We do not know just when John3 Fish came to this country from Great Bowden parish, in Leicestershire, England, but he apparently did not settle down as a landlord or head of a family. He found his way to Wethersfield and Mystic, and was there in 1651 and married the Ireland girl. He was twelve or fourteen years older than she. Soon thereafter they went to Stratford in the New Haven colony, where he acquired land and established his home. At about the same time Robert Burrows and his family moved to New London and acquired a large plantation on the Westerly Bank of the Mystic River. John3 Fish was seemingly a man of quick temper, and spoke with a strong "North Country" dialect or accent. Doubtless that is the reason why his wife's family name is on the records as "Eland" instead of "Ireland." In 1655 he sold his lands to one Wilcockson, and they moved onward to Groton and, as tradition says, their youngest son, Capt. Samuel Fish, was b. there that year, at the home of Mrs. Robert Burrows, his grandmother.
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