Source "John Briggs of Newport and Portsmouth, RI," by Lilla Briggs Sampson
Mary Fisher`s parents were Edward Fisher and Judith Smith:
Judith probably arrived in this country on the "Griffin" in 1633, with the
Judith was the "Judith at the Island" mentioned in the Confession and Trial of
Richard Wayte, Boston, 1640, in the Wm. & Mary Quarterly. Wait was an adherent
of the "Hutchinson Party", and Judith was "Judye Smyth", the maid-servant of
Edward Hutchinson, brother-in-law of the famous Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson. She
was admitted to membership in the Boston Church on 2 Oct 1634, and was cast out
of the church less than three weeks after Anne Hutchinson herself was cast out
of the church. Wait was also cast out, but petitioned to be reinstated. His
petition was denied because he was "Keepinge Company with Lewde and wicked
persons", in particular "Judah" Smith. He admitted that his carriage with her
has bine wanton and too familiar, and he would have committed wickednes with
her. However in later years she forgave him.
In later years, after Judith married Edward Fisher, Edward and Thomas Wait,
both of Portsmouth, RI, were associated together.
From waitegenealogy.org, source The American Genealogist
(TAG) Vol. 67, No. 4, October, 1992, "Judith At the Island:
Judith (Smith) Fisher, the Waite Family of Massachusetts and
Rhode Island, and Their English Origins" by Edwin G. Sanford.
The articles begins:
A recent article about the 1640 church trial of Richard
Waite, a Boston tailor, caught my interest when there was a
mention of a woman who was referred to only as "Judith at the
I[s]land" (James F. Cooper Jr., "The Confessions and Trial of
Richard Wayte, Boston, 1640," William and Mary Quarterly,
hereafter Wm. & Mary Quart., 3d ser., 44:310-32."
[NOTE: I highly recommend this article as well.]
This was quite striking because the phrase "at the Island"
was commonly understood in New England in 1640 to mean
Aquidneck Island, i.e., the "Island of Rhode Island". ..... The
two towns then comprised by Aquidneck Island - Portsmouth and
Newport - probably had fewer than five hundred people in 1640.
... Of all the known people living on that island, there was
only one person there in 1640 with the first name Judith. She
was Judith (____) Fisher, the wife of Edward Fisher. Following
the basic assumption that the Judith mentioned in the trial at
Boston was the same person who married Edward Fisher of
Portsmouth, R.I. a great many other facts seemed to fall into
The author goes on to show that "Judith at the Island" had
earlier been in Boston, associated with Richard Waite. While
many people in Boston were named Judith, only one was a known
follower of Anne Hutchinson and had been charged by colonial
authorities with antinomianism. She was Judith Smith or "Judye
Smith", maid-servant to Edward Hutchinson. Judith Smith`s
expulsion from the Boston church occurred less than three weeks
after Anne herself had been thrown out.
Judith Smith also had an association with Richard Waite`s
brother, Gamaliel, since Gamaliel was also a servant of Edward
Hutchinson. When the Hutchinson party was banished from Boston,
Judith, then a single woman, probably had no choice but to go
to Rhode Island with her employer. Shortly afterwards she
apparently married Edward Fisher.
Edward Fisher and Thomas Waite, both of Portsmouth, were
associated together for more than 25 years. The author cites
records showing that they were granted houselots on adjoining
lands and served as jurymen together, and more. Edward Fisher
participated in taking Thomas Waite`s inventory.
Eventually the author concludes that "it would be logical
to look for their origins in Alford, county Lincoln, long known
as the origin of the Hutchinsons. It should not have been
surprising to find upon examining the Internation Genealogical
Index [IGI] that the names of Richard and Gamaliel, as well as
a Thomas Waite, and a Judith Smith of the right years were
actually there. The preponderance of these facts seems to point
to the origins of the Waits of Boston, Thomas Waite of
Portsmouth and Judith (Smith) Fisher of Portsmouth. The IGI has
a number of inaccuracies in its records of these families, and
the entries below come from Reginal Charles Dudding, ed., The
Parish Registers of Alford and Rigsby in the County of Lincoln
Collated with and Supplemented by the Bishops` Transcripts,
A.D. 1538-1680 (Lincoln Rec. Soc. Pubs., Par. Reg. Sec., 3
[Horncastle, 1917]). (Rigsby-with-Ailby was a small chapelry
attached to Alford; its register was kept separately, but only
Bishop`s Transcripts are available for the relevant period,
except for a few Rigsby entries in the Alford
Title: Portsmouth Genealogy, Url:
Abbrev: Portsmouth Genealogy web
Author: David Pane-Joyce
Title: waitegenealogy.org, Url: http://www.waitegenealogy.org/
Abbrev: waitegenealogy.org (web)
Author: Sue Waite-Langley
Page: citing TAG 67 no. 4, Oct 1992, "Judith At The Island"
Another Judith Smith came to the colonies in 1638 on the "Diligent". No further investigation at this time.