Isabella Fiske
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Isabella Fiske

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Ms. Isabella J. Fiske
Born 1950s.
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Born August 12, 1950 at 9:52 AM in Randolph, VT. My parents, Irving Louis Fiske and Barbara (Isabelle) Daniel Hall Fiske, were artists and writers who wished to create an art colony for like-minded people. They bought 140 acres of land in Rochester, VT in April, 1946, and called it "Quarry Hill." in the mid-1960s people began to flood up to the land, eager to hear Irving's fascinating talks on philosophy and psychology, or interested in learning to draw with Barbara. My brother, William (b. Feb. 4, 1954- d.Jul. 18, 2008) and I were both eager to meet people and overwhelmed by the number of people we were suddenly living with and responsible for in some way. On August 3, 1971 I had a daughter, Joya Allegra, with William Lonsdale (Now Ellias Lonsdale), of Princeton Junction, NJ, (Born May 8, 1947). He and I were never, however, married. William had two children with Stefani Us, born Dec. 17, 1948. The children were Jason Demian b May 1, 1972, and Eva Isabel Diana, b. Feb. 5, 1974. I married Brion Timothy Patrick McFarlin of Poughkeepsie, NY on October 14, 1984 and we had a son, Andrew Daniel Fiske McFarlin, b. May 19, 1988 in Burlington, VT. I am at present a writer and retired paraeducator, and still live at Quarry Hill, which has attained its 71st Year of existence.

Born in Randolph, VT on Aug. 12, 1950, I helped look after Quarry Hill and have been a writer for most of my life. I also like to experiment with art. I never went to school as my parents did not believe in forcing children to go to schools (they were very much against corporal punishment, very frequently used in schools even in the East in those days) and so my brother and I traveled up and down the East Coast of the US to escape truant officers for years. In our teens, my parents opened a gathering-place, The Gallery Gwen, in New York City, where I met many interesting and well-known people. Many of the people we knew came up to Vermont, and began to build houses and have children. IN the 1990s, there were about 90 people at Quarry Hill.

My parents were both unusual and unconventional people. My mother was a cartoonist for Harvey Comics in the 1940s, drawing " Girl Commandoes," " The Blonde Bomber," and "The Black Cat." My father, Irving, wrote for HL Mencken's American Mercury, among other publications, was a "rewrite man" for the WPA in the 1930s, working with Richard Wright and others on a guide to New York (The WPA Guide to New York City, as it is now called), and translated Hamlet into modern English (-of the 1940s), His literary credentials are "impeccable," as he once said proudly.

I am at work on a memoir of my life. I have 2 children, Joya Allegra Lonsdale, b. 8/3/ 1971, and Andrew Daniel McFarlin, b. May 19, 1988. -- IFM-- May 19, 2014

The Jones', Venables, Daniels, etc. whom I have in my family tree are mostly, if not all, from Virginia and NC. Some moved to Tucson after about 1912. I don't think people with those names from Tennessee,etc. are relatives, but of course I can't be sure yet! I have a lot of info on my ancestors on my mother's side, leading back to Patriot Nathaniel Venable and his wife, Patriot Elizabeth Venable, of Slate Hill, NC. I'm always interested in more! But if anyone has info on my father's family-- his father was named Louis Fishman and came from Russia and his mother from Romania (I think) and her name was Rebecca Chazan-- I'd be grateful. It's almost impossible to trace Jewish folk who have been ejected from or have left their home countries in Eastern Europe. At least, for me... Many thanks. Isabella


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Hello, Isabella,

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in for the Miltary and War Project.

We are sorry to hear that you are not currently active, but we understand that life happens and interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to the branches they are currently building. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello, Isabella,

It has been a couple of weeks since we contacted you about your participation in the Military and War Project and we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member.

We understand that interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to the branches they are currently building. If this is the case for you, please let us know.

If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things for the moment and remove you from the project. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello, Isabella,

On behalf of the Military and War Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members.

First, we want to thank you for your past participation in the Military and War Project. We appreciate your desire to honor your ancestors for their service to their countries, or even for your own service, wherever in the world. We hope that your membership has enhanced your WikiTree experience.

Please let me know if you are still active. and if so, in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hi Isabella,

Thanks for taking the pre-1700 quiz and congratulations on receiving the badge! Natalie, pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Welcome to the 1776 project.

I have also awarded you the Military and War project badge as it is the umbrella project for all the wars.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the projects and the guidelines we have in place.

Guide to working on military profiles

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Juha Soini ~ WikiTree mentor


Thank you for the generous genealogist award! You are too kind! Thank you, Jeff

posted by Jeff Venable
Hi Isabella,

I would like to invite you to join the new Venable one name study. Thanks, Jeff Venable

posted by Jeff Venable
Isabella, interesting narrative you added to

But it really belongs elsewhere-- probably best on the profile of the Venable who first owned the slaves. Text on top of category pages should describe the category, not specific people or families. Thanks.

posted by Jillaine Smith
I am the same person as Isabella Fiske. I seem to have 2 Wikitree public pages. How can I combine them?
posted by Isabella Fiske

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