The prosperous family of Fysh, introduced to Norfolk from Yorkshire by the Rev. Mr Thomas
Fysh, who was rector of St. Margarets, Kings Lynn for 21 years in the seventeenth century, appears not to have left any other descendants than the children of James Henry Fysh (1792 - 1879).
I am inclined to believe that the example of this family, who spelled their name Fysh rather than Fish, set the form of spelling for the name of all the other Fysh families who, during the eighteenth century, settled in Kings Lynn from elsewhere in Norfolk. Everywhere else in Norfolk this surnames is spelt Fish.
While researching my Fysh ancestors in the Norfolk records I have come across a number of other Fysh families, and I have included on this web site any and all Fysh information I have found in case it may be of use to someone else researching this family (or families - I believe there several separate families among this lot).
As a result some families listed here are very short, consisting in some cases merely of the baptism of a child which I have not been able to attach to any other information.
In some cases I have been able to follow one or two of the people found in parish registers to the 1851 census which I have consulted in the form of the LDS cdrom version (I have not checked back to the originals) and these connections are naturally tentative.
Wherever the baptism of a child is noted, this is information that I have personally gathered from various of the parish registers in the Norfolk Record Office, but in some cases (mainly the Nonconformist entries) from the Parish Register Extractions on the LDS IGI web site.
My own line of Fysh ancestors is very short, consisting so far of Martha Fysh (c1777 to 1839) and her putative father, Francis Fysh (before 1735 - 1809), woolen draper of Kings Lynn, Norfolk. (see my note on Martha for the argument as to who might be her father)
Although I am still working on the origin of Francis Fysh (above) it seems to me very likely that he was either a brother of or otherwise closely related to Christopher Fysh and Thomas Fysh, also of Kings Lynn.
They must all have come to Lynn from somewhere else in Norfolk. John Fysh of Croydon (see below) derived them from a Fish family baptized in Cockley Cley but I am still trying to find firm evidence for or against this connection.
Three grandsons of Thomas Fysh above settled in Australia. They were Charles Samuel Fysh (1831-1877), Philip Oakley Fysh (1835-1919) and Frederick Lewis Fysh (1837-1900) all sons of John Fysh (1789-1875) and his wife Charlotte Fleet.
The information on the Fysh family in Australia is provided by Donald Reid of Australia who did the research.
Another Fysh family in Lynn is that which starts with Robert Johnson Fysh (1813-1897). The details of this family and its descendants have been provided by Peter Earl of Canada and Colin Fysh of Norfolk.
There is a huge amount of information about some of the Fysh families that feature on this web site in the Norfolk Family History Society's Library at Kirby Hall in Norwich.
This information was gathered by John Fysh of Croydon, who died in January 2001. He deposited transcripts of wills, extracts from some parish registers, rate books etc, and also extracts of Fysh entries from the General Register Office indexes of births, marriages and deaths - some of these GRO index entries are expanded with more information.
I have used his Fysh extracts of the 1841, 1861 and 1871 censuses to expand on what I have found on the 1851 and 1881, in both cases using the versions of those censuses produced by the Church of the Latter Day Saints in CDRom format.
Most of his information, however, has not been included on this web site, except for a few facts that I found there which amplified facts already on the web site, such as the date and place of a marriage. I hope I have acknowledged each of these on the appropriate web page.
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