- Born: 1622, England
- Marriage: Lydia Fairbanks on 7 Oct 1645 in Concord, Middlesex, Ms
- Died: 6 Nov 1677, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts at age 55
William Fletcher. Born in 1622 in England . Came with his father to Concord when he was eight years old. In 1653, settled in Chelmsford William died in Chelmsford , MA on 6 Nov 1677, he was 55. On 7 Oct 1645 when William was 23, he married Lydia Bates, in Concord , MA . Children were Lydia , Joshua, Mary, Paul, Sarah, William, Ester and Samuel.
William born in England, 1622; came with his father to Concord, MS., when he
was eight years old. He was admitted freeman May 10, 1643. He married LLydia
Bates in Concord, Mass., Oct 7, 1645, and in 1653, settled in Chelmsford, Ms.;
of which he was one of the first inhabitants, and held the office of selectman,
to which office "he was chosen Nov 22, 1654. The first publick meeting was
holden at his house."
On the court files of Middlesex County his name frequently appears. In 1665,
as petitioner, for a road; same yera, a bill of costs for his servant being put
in house of correction; same year, bill of costs for suit against William Shaw.
In 1663, as appraiser of an estate. In 1671, "Motion to court by William
Fletcher, of Chelmsford. His sister Cary, on her death-bed, desired him and
her husband to take care of her children. Willing to be engaged for the child
Sherybiah Kebby." In 1673, as commissioner for Chelmsford.
The birth of his daughter, Lydia, only is found on the Concord records, the
first birth of a Fletcher that is recorded in America.
A letter dated Feb 15, 1676, "from the committee of the militia of Chelmsford,"
reads: "To our honored govenor and counsail in Boston, mercy and peace: May it
please your honours." (Here represents the alarming condition from Indian
outrages and depredations, and requests help.) Signed by Sam. Adams, Samuel
Fletcher, William Fletcher.
His tract of land embraced what is now the city of Lowell; and a part of his
land, a farm near the meeting-house in Chelmsford, remains as it has been for
more than 200 years in possession of the family, and is now occupied by Gardner
He died Nov 6, 1677. His widow Lydia, died Oct 12, 1704. Issue:
1. Lydia Born in Concord Jan 30, 1647; married John Fiske May 27, 1666.
3. Mary Born in Chelmsford Oct 4, 1658; married Thomas Parker Oct 1, 1678.
7. Esther, born April 12,1664; married Issac, son of Abraham PArker. He was
born Sept 13, 1660, and died Feb 22,1688.
William married Lydia Fairbanks, daughter of Richard Fairbanks and Elizabeth Dalton, on 7 Oct 1645 in Concord, Middlesex, Ms. (Lydia Fairbanks was born on 13 Jun 1622 in Boston, Boston, Lincolnshire, England and died on 12 Oct 1704 in Prob. Chelmsford, Middlesex, Ma.)