The house of Rev. Jonathan Fisher the first settled minister of the town and pastor of the Congregational church for forty-one years, 1796 to 1837, located upon the south side of the road just beyond the Johnson house last mentioned, and built about 1798 or 1799, is the next to be described. That house was built after plans furnished by Mr. Fisher, and it is said that a considerable part of the work thereon was done by him.
The hinges, latches and catches for the doors were all of wood made by him, and as also a part of the furniture, including a clock which ran for fifty years and then stopped, worn out. The house was painted with ocher dug from the farm and mixed with oil, giving to it a lusterless yellow color.
The outbuildings were built by him. He also constructed a machine to run by wind for sawing his firewood, and a machine for clearing his land of stones to be laid into fence walls about his farm. This is in many ways the most notable house and place in the town, and is often visited by strangers and sojourners in the town and vicinity. It is still standing, and occupied by some of his grandchildren.
Jonathan Fisher was born in New Braintree, Mass., Oct. 7, 1768, graduated at Harvard college, settled at Blue Hill July 13, 1798, and died in the town Sept. 22, 1847, aged seventy-nine years. He married Miss Dolly Battell, of Dedham, Mass., April 2, 1796, and brought her to Blue Hill, where she ever after resided. She was born Feb. 24, 1770, and died Oct. 1, 1853, in her eighty-fourth year. Their children were as follows:
- Jonathan Fisher, born March 12, 1798; died March 10, 1815.
- Sally Fisher, born Oct. 22, 1799; married Nov. 20, 1823; died Nov. 27, 1824; no children.
- Betsey Fisher, born Jan. 7, 1801; married Jeremiah Stevens, a sea captain of Eden, afterwards of Portland; they had several children.
- Josiah Fisher, born Oct. 17, 1802; a graduate of Princeton college, N. J.; settled in New Jersey as a gospel preacher; died in 1875; was married in 1832 in New Jersey; had a son who was also a New Jersey clergyman, and perhaps other children.
- Nancy Fisher, born Aug. 19, 1804; married Hosea Kittredge, Nov. 18, 1830; he was graduated from Amherst college in 1828; for a number of years preceptor of Blue Hill academy; removed to the West previous to 1840 and died at Marshall, Michigan, in 1873. Her death not noted.
- Willard Fisher, born April 18, 1806; married Mary Witham Norton, Jan. 16, 1834. She died Aug. 26, 1864, leaving children. He died later, date not given.
- Polly Fisher, born Feb. 12, 1808; married Benjamin Stevens Nov. 11, 1829; died in 1878, leaving children.
- Dolly Fisher, born Jan. 7, 1810; married Rev. Robert Crossett of Dennysville, Me., August 19, 1830. They removed from Dennysville to the West where they both died leaving children.
- Samuel Fisher, born July 12, 1812; died July 25, 1812.
Willard Fisher Family Genealogy
Upon the marriage of the son Willard, he took his wife to reside in the old house with his father, and upon the death of the father Willard continued to live in the old house until his death. The children of Willard and Mary W. Fisher were, viz.:
- Edward Payson Fisher, born Feb. 8, 1836.
- Josiah Fisher, born June 14, 1837.
- Cynthia Hewins Fisher, born March 10, 1840; died Feb. 11, 1858.
- Mary Augusta Fisher, born June 11, 1844.
- Stephen Norton Fisher, born June 28, 1845.
- Nancy Ellen Fisher, born May 27, 1847.
- William Harvey Fisher, born Feb. 18, 1852; died Sept. 15, 1873.
- Frederick Austin Fisher, born Jan. 29, 1853.
Since the death of their parents, Mary Augusta and Frederick Austin, neither of whom have been married, have made their home in the Fisher mansion.