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Mary (Fletcher) Travis (1913 - 2003)

Mary Travis formerly Fletcher
Born in Brierfield, Lancashire, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 22 Dec 1934 in Barrowford, Lancashire, England, United Kingdommap
Died at age 90 in Nanaimo County, British Columbia, Canadamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 16 Jun 2008
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Mary Fletcher was born in 1913, presumably in England.[1] (Note that her birth day and month are fuzzy on the 1939 Register.)

Given Mary's obituary lists a sister, Miriam, and two cousins, Rita Butler and Mary Ellis, it's likely that Mary's birth record is one from Q2 (April-June) of 1913, where her mother's maiden name is recorded as Ellis.[2] There is a Miriam Fletcher, born 1911, with the same mother's maiden name recorded.[3]

She married Herbert Travis in 1934 in Lancashire, England. Wedding details:

Banns: St Luke the Evangelist, Brierfield, Lancashire.
Herbert Travis - Bachelor, This parish
Mary Fletcher - Spinster, The parish of St. Thomas Barrowford
First Reading: 25 Nov 1934; Read By: T. Smith
Second Reading: 2 Dec 1934; Read By: T.Smith
Third Reading: 9 Dec 1934; Read By: John Procter
Notes: Gave Certificate Dec 11/34
Register: Banns 1898 - 1972, Page 231, Entry 1155
Source: Original Parish Register[4][5]

Present at the wedding were Dick Fletcher and Marian Fletcher. Mary's parents' names are not mentioned, but she was given away by her father.

Christmas Marriages
St Thomas' Church was the scene of a pretty wedding on Saturday afternoon, the contracting parties being Miss Mary Fletcher, of 12 Bedford Street. Barrowford, and Mr. Herbert Travis, of 1 Claremont Street, Brierfield. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in white charmeuse satin with wreath and veil, with hat and shoes to tone, and carried a bouquet of pink carnations. The bridesmaids were Miss Marian Fletcher (sister of the bride) and Miss Ada Waring, of Brierfield, who were dressed in pale pink crackle crepe, with muffs and scarves. Mr. Arthur Kay was best man, and Mr. Dick Fletcher groomsman. The Rev. H.C. Hill (the Vicar) officiated. The reception was held at the bride's home, the honeymoon being spent at Blackpool. The couple were the recipients of many handsome presents from well-wishers. Their future home will be at 2 Spring Lane, Colne.[6]

In the 1939 England census, Mary is listed as married and her occupation as "unpaid domestic duties". She and Herbert and one other relative (possibly a daughter; a My Heritage tree lists an Unnamed (Travis) Conway) lived at Belle Vista Earls Lane, Northwich, Cheshire, England.[7][1]

Herbert Travis died in 1985 in British Columbia, Canada.[8][9]

Mary died in 2003 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. She was survived by one son and one daughter, as well as a sister, Miriam.[10]

Mary is buried at Valley View Memorial Gardens in Surrey, British Columbia.[11]

Research Notes

In 1952, Herbert Travis (40, so born about 1912) and Mary Travis (38, so born about 1914) emigrated from Southampton, England to Halifax, Canada with their children June Travis (15) and Leslie William Travis (10). They had been living in Bispham, near Blackpool, Lancashire, England. He was a Chef de cuisine.[12]

Miriam's obituary mentions a brother named William, this might be the same family in in the 1911 census but I can't say for sure yet.

This 1901 census shows the Clara's mother is Miriam. Again, not definitive, but I'm looking further into it.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mary Travis [Trawis]. Born 17 May 1913. Northwich, Cheshire, Schedule Number: 238, Sub Schedule Number: 3, Enumeration District: LGNI, Registration district: 447-2/25. The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/4098E. Available here at
  2. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Mary Fletcher, 1913; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Burnley, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Miriam Fletcher, 1911; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Burnley, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  4. Church of St Luke the Evangelist, Brierfield. Banns of Marriage recorded in the Register for 1898 - 1972; Banns of Marriage for 1928 - 1942. Lancashire Online Parish Clerks., accessed 2 June 2019.
  5. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 October 2014), Herbert Travis and null, 1934; from "England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1934, quarter 4, vol. 8E, p. 332, Burnley, Lancashire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  6. The Leader, Friday, December 28, 1934, p. 5.
  7. 1939 Register of England & Wales. [online database]. Lehi, UT, USA: MyHeritage (USA) Inc., accessed 2 June 2019.
  8. "British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993", database, FamilySearch ( : 8 November 2017), Mary Fletcher in entry for Herbert Travis, 1985.
  9. * "BillionGraves Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 24 June 2015), Herbert Travis, died 1985; citing BillionGraves ( : 2012), Burial at Valley View Memorial Gardens, Surrey, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  10. Obituary: Travis, Mary; Vancouver, BC: The Province, 25 Nov 2003, p79. Accessed 30 Sep 2020.
  11. Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 30 September 2020), memorial page for Mary Fletcher Travis (1913–2003), Find A Grave: Memorial #210154788, citing Valley View Memorial Gardens, Surrey, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by Wends (contributor 49110141).
  12. Herbert Travis, Age 40, Departed 4 Apr 1952 from Southampton, England on ship Atlantic, arriving Halifax Canada. UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Image available here at

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I think the only way to find out her parents would be to contact her family.
posted by E. Logan
Hi Beth, The name on this profile is Mary Fletcher, but I cannot find any sources on Ancestry or FamilySearch for a Mary Fletcher with the birth/death dates listed. Furthermore, The sources listed within the text appear to point to a Dollie Kile with birth/death dates as listed. However, there's a Dollie Kile with these birth/death dates under the profile Kile-339.

Do you have someone with LNAB of Fletcher you'd like to use this profile for?

If not, how do you feel about my editing the profile to have data for a the following Mary Fletcher so this profile record can be put to use for someone on the Tree?

posted by Susan Keil
Fletcher-2818 and Fletcher-1 are not ready to be merged because: Different fathers, different places of birth.
posted by Becky (Nally) Syphers
Fletcher-2818 and Fletcher-1 appear to represent the same person because: all children are from merged couple
posted by Jerry Smith
Is there any possibility that this is a grandchild of Moses Fletcher of the Mayflower? Might be worth looking into.
posted by Robin (Felch) Wedertz

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