- Born: 1592, Shropshire, Yorkshire, Eng
- Marriage: Sarah on 14 Oct 1618 in Chelmsford, Essex, Eng
- Died: 3 Apr 1677, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts at age 85
Robert Fletcher. Born in 1592 in Chelmsford , England . Settled in Concord in 1630. The year that which seventeen ships arrived in Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth. Robert died in Concord, MA on 3 Apr 1677, he was 85. The children were Luke, William, Samuel, Francis and Cary.
Robert married Sarah
Luke, b. in England; d. May 21, 1665 in Concord, MA.
Cary, m. Unknown Kebby.
William, b. 1622, in England; m. Rachell, Lidia Bates; d. Nov. 6, 1677.
Samuel, b. in 1632 in Concord, MA; m. Margaret Hailston on October 14, 1659; d. December 9, 1697.
Fletcher family researchers, such as Edward Hatch Fletcher and Winifred Lovering Holman, have attempted to identify and document Robert Fletcher's ancestors for more than 150 years. Unfortunately, their exhaustive examination of the available records failed to produce any evidence to support the various theories regarding our patriarch's lineage. However, several published genealogies have identified Yorkshire, Shropshire, and Cumberland as possible locations for the birth of Robert Fletcher.
A letter alleged to have been written by Lydia Bates Fletcher from Concord in 1632 to her sister-in-law, Ruth Fletcher of Scrooby, England, has recently surfaced and appears to shed some light on the long-standing mystery. Although I have yet to locate the original letter or validate its authenticity, a transcription has been reproduced in two historical references. See Muirhead, J.F., American Shrines on English Soil, (1925); Bahin, Mrs. Louis Joseph, Collection of Genealogy Records, National Society, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, (1985) p. 72.
The letter at issue, in addition to providing a remarkable narrative of the pleasures and hardships experienced by early settlers of the "New Land", if genuine, establishes Lydia Bates as the wife of Robert Fletcher, not as the wife of his son William as previously asserted. It also mentions a previously undocumented daughter named Johna who was born in 1631 and refers to Moses Fletcher of the Mayflower as "brother." Finally, the letter identifies Ruth Fletcher of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England, as the sister of Robert, thus suggesting that Robert hailed from Scrooby as well.
Suggesting that the aforementioned letter is not genuine is the fact that the Concord Registers have William Fletcher and Lydia Bates marrying on September 7, 1645, and giving birth to a daughter, also named Lydia, on January 30, 1647. Conversely, the English separatists that originally colonized Plymouth and Concord lived in Nottinghamshire, England, until their resettlement to Leiden, the city from which they departed for the "New Land", in 1608. This fact tends to support the proposition that the letter from Lydia Bates Fletcher is authentic. Accordingly, further research need be undertaken to determine whether the letter is fact or fiction.
"November 2, 1637, Robert Fletcher was chosen constable of Concord." Shattuck, Lemuel, History of the Town of Concord; Middlesex County, Massachusetts, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1832, (1835) p. 18.
"Robert Fletcher was here in 1635; d. April 3, 1677, a. 85. Children-1. Francis, m. Elizabeth Wheeler 1656, and had Samuel, Joseph, John, Elizabeth, Sarah, Hannah, and Benjamin, who lived in Concord. 2. Luke, d. 1665; 3. William, m. Lydia Bates 1645, removed to Chelmsford, 1656, d. Nov.6, 1677; 4. Samuel, removed to Chelmsford. The name is extinct in Concord, but descendants are found in the adjoining towns, in Worcester county, and in New Hamphire." Id. p. 370.
"ROBERT settled at Concord, Mass., in 1630; in which year seventeen ships arrived in Massachusetts Bay and at Plymouth. He had then three sons, Luke William, and Samuel, and was himself thirty-eight years of age. It was five years later that Concord was organized, the twentieth town incorporated within what are now the limits of Massachusetts, and his name appears in the earliest records of that town. In the court files of Middlesex County, his name frequently occurs as petitioner for bridges, as juryman, etc. He became a wealthy and influential man, and died at Concord, April 3, 1677, ae. 85." Fletcher, Edward H., Fletcher Genealogy: An Account of the Descendants of Robert Fletcher of Concord, Mass., (1871) p. 2-3.
"The first of that name known to have come to this country was Robert Fletcher, who was born in Oxford, England, in 1592, as shown by the records of his death found in the Town Records of Concord, Mass. He settled in Concord, Mass., in 1630, being 38 years of age when he came to America. He brought with him his wife and two sons, named Luke and William, and a daughter named Carey, also a brother, William, who afterwards settled in Middletown, Conn.
Robert Fletcher was a wealthy and influential man. He died in Concord, Mass., April 3, 1677, aged 85 years. He had five children: Luke, William, Carey, Samuel and Francis." Bates, Theodore C., Bates and Fletcher Genealogical Register, (1892) p. 47.
"The family name of Fletcher, or Fledger as it was originally spelled, has been long known in New England, as the first immigrant, Robert Fletcher, came over with Sir Richard Saltonsall and Governor Winthrop in 1630. He emigrated from Yorkshire, England, bringing with him three sons, Luke, William, and Samuel, and settled in Concord, Mass., where he subsequently lived until his death on April 5, 1677, at the age of eighty-five years." New England Historical Publishing Company, American Series of Popular Biographies, New Hampshire Edition, (1902) p. 395.
Robert married Sarah on 14 Oct 1618 in Chelmsford, Essex, Eng. (Sarah was born in 1593 in Chelmsford, Essex, England.)