Biography of the Fisher Family
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Fisher family, the, Enfield. - Gilbert H. Fisher, born in North Castle, Westchester county, in 1792, was for several years a merchant in New York. He was captain of a company in the war of 1812, and was stationed at Mamaroneck when the British made an unsuccessful attempt to land. His wife, Deborah, was the second daughter of Daniel Matthews, of Westchester county, a granddaughter of Abel Smith, of the same place, and a direct descendant of Richard Smith, the founder of Smithtown, L. I., who bought 20,000 acres of land of the Narragansett Indians (Historical collections of the State of New York.) Their children were Abel Smith, born in January, 1816; Charles Wright; Daniel, born in June, 1820, killed by a horse in White Plains in 1835; William Matthews; Dr. George Jackson; and liorinda A. Abel Smith Fisher was his father's youngest clerk in his dry goods house on Grand street in New York; he finally settled in Enfield, had nine children, of whom three sons and one daughter survive, and now lives on a farm in sight of Ithaca. Charles Wright Fisher, born February 23, 1818, married Sabella Barr, daughter of David Bryson, in 1856. She was born December 24, 1818, and died December 10, 1882. He was a great reader, and was a wealthy and practical farmer. He went to St. Augustine, Fla., for his health and died suddenly May 1, 1892, and was buried in the cemetery at Mecklenburg. Two daughters survive him. William Mathews Fisher, born June 26, 1822, settled on his present farm in 1850. September 27, 1846, he married Charlotte Ann, daughter of Moses H. and Lavina Marshall, and has been prominently connected with the M. E. church at Enfield Center. Their children are Marshall, born in October, 1848, joined the Central New York M. E. Conference, and died in De Land, Fla., March 27, 1884; Fred B.; Georgiana, who died young; and David N., born January 24, 1858, married Ida Estelle Portman, and lives with his father. George Jackson Fisher, A. M., M. D., born in November, 1825, married, in 1852, Mary Boodle, of Mecklenburg, where he began the practice of medicine. He was a graduate of the New York College of Medicine, was appointed physician to Sing Sing Prison, and was president of the New York State and the Westchester County Medical Societies several years. By invitation of President Lincoln he attended the wounded at Antietam after the battle there, among whom were some confederates, who afterward gave him an ovation on his visit to South Carolina. Dr. Fisher was the author of several medical works; at one time the editor of a medical journal, and the founder and president of the Ossining Hospital, where he contracted blood poisoning in amputating a limb of a sick patient, and died in February, 1893. His widow, a son Fred, and one daughter, Mrs. Carpenter, survive him. Dorinda A. Fisher, born in April, 1828, married Henry Haight, of Enfield, has two daughters living, and died November 4, 1881, at the home of her brother, Charles W., where she spent the greater part of her life.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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