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Samuel Fletcher (abt. 1632 - 1697)

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Sgt Samuel Fletcher
Born about in Chelmsford, Essex, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Categories: Chelmsford, Massachusetts | Concord, Massachusetts, Fletchers | Forefathers Burial Ground, Chelmsford, Massachusetts.



Samuel was born in 1632, most likely in England. He was the son of Robert Fletcher. He settled in the part of Chelmsford which is now Westford. In 1679, Samuel Fletcher took up a piece of land on the west side of Great Tadmuck (twenty-six acres) the bounds of which were renewed in 1709. He subsequently made additions to his original grant until he owned about four hundred acres, extending to Sparks Hill and "Mackrill Cove" including the farm on which his grandson William settled about 1730. He was admitted freeman, March 21, 1690.[1]

He married Margaret Hailstone, on Oct. 14, 1659.[2]According to E. H. Fletcher Samuel and Margaret had five children: Sarah, Samuel, Hannah, Lydia, and William. [1]However, there is no mention of Sarah in the vital records of Chelmsford, while the births of other four are recorded.

Samuel died on Dec. 9, 1697,[3] and his gravestone in the burying-ground in Middle Chelmsford reads :



Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Sgt Samuel /Fletcher/.
Birth year 1632 (calculated from grave marker)
Perhaps in Chelmsford, Essex, England
William3, (Samuel2, Robert1)
Hannah3, b. Sept.14, 1666. [fg]
Lydia3, b. Sept. 26, 1669 [fg] "
The following is an excerpt from the only document extant from Samuel's estate:

"This Instrument Writen this Tenth Day of June in the yeare of our Lord – one Thousand Seven Hundred. Witnesseth that there is an Agrement made Between the Relict Widow of Samuell Fletcher Late of Chelmsford In the County of Middleseix: Whoe Deseased ye: ninth day of Desember: 1697 whoe Dyed Intestat: and the Sons and Daughter of Said Samuel Fletcher whi[ch] is in Manner as followeth - - - - Imprs: It is agreed upone in Case of the Approbation of the Honoured Judg of the probate of Wills hereunto"

and further

"3 the Afore said Samuel and William Fletcher are to pay to John perham the Husband of the Daughter of Aforesd Deaseased Soe much In Corne or Cattell or other pay at mony price to make up the Sum of on and Thirty pound "

The listing of Samuel's children specifies daughter, rather than daughters, this means that only one daughter, Lydia Perham, was still living in 1700. Thus Hannah was not living in 1700 and could not have died in 1759 , and most probably did not marry Ebenezer Wright. --


  1. 1.0 1.1 E. H. Fletcher, The Descendants of Robert Fletcher of Concord Massachusetts, Rand, Avery & Co., Boston, 1881
  2. Early Vital Records of Massachusetts from 1600 to 1850, Chelmsford marriages, p. 231
  3. Ibid, Chelmsford deaths, p. 389
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 28 March 2018), memorial page for Sgt Samuel Fletcher, Sr (1632–9 Dec 1697), Find A Grave: Memorial #152187447, citing Forefathers Burial Ground, Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Arthur Freeman (contributor 47926133) .


Thank you to Theresa Ellenwood for creating WikiTree profile Fletcher-2104 through the import of LucindaElizaBatesAncestors.ged on Mar 5, 2013.

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On 5 Nov 2014 at 23:26 GMT David Fletcher wrote:

Fletcher-3439 and Fletcher-1401 appear to represent the same person because: These two profiles are virtually identical in terms of dates and relationships. I believe they should be merged

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