Fletcher Family Research Bulletin

Major Fletcher Lines in America*



*Presented alphabetically.

      Drury Fletcher of Washington County, Virginia (d. 1817)
Married 1786 Sarah Benham; divorced. Was the father of at least one of his housekeeper's four daughters. Three children by Sarah: Elizabeth, William and James. Drury is believed to have had a brother Capt. James Fletcher.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Jun 94; Dec 94; Dec 97; Mar 02.
Allied Families: Benham, Hobbs, Fleenor, Patterson, Nave, White, Catron, Underwood, Jennings, Trotter, Barnes, Ramey, Lowry, Winn, Rogers, Hoggard/Haggard, Linney, Smith, Bidwell, Parris, Meek.

      Jacob Fletcher of Bedford County, Pennsylvania (1742-1831)
Probably born Lancaster Co. PA, as Jacob Fletzer/Flotzer, a German surname which became Anglicized. Settled in Bedford Co., where he and many descendants are buried. Sons include Philip, Jacob, Baltzer, John, Daniel, David, and Michael.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Mar 89; Sep 92; Jun 96; Mar 97; Jun 01.
Allied Families: Barkman, Mills, Snyder, Miller, Means, Bowman, Sullivan.

      James Fletcher of Brunswick County, Virginia (d. 1733)
Married second Amy [Harwood?]. Died in Nottoway County, VA. Eight children: Richard, Mary, Sarah, Eliz., John, Nathan, James, and William.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Mar 89; Mar 94; Dec 94; Mar 96; Mar-Jun 99.
Allied Families: Harwood, Nichols, Myrick, Beasley, Wilkins, Cheatham/Chestum, Bass, Moore, Haywood, Leslie, Malone, Wyche.

      James Fletcher of Lee County, Virginia
Born before 1775, probably about 1760 in Virginia. Married secondly Rebecca. Died c1824/26 in Lee Co. Nine children: Patsy, Frances, Alfred M., Worden Pope (who is not Vardaman, as is often believed), Rebekah, Mildred, Sarah, Matilda, and William R.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Sep 94; Dec 94; Mar 97; Jun 98.
Allied Families: Blakemore, Davis, Sloan, Clouse, Swanson, Myers, Lavoy, Morris.

      Capt. James Benjamin Fletcher of Marshall County, Alabama (1804-1873)
Born near Jonesboro in eastern TN. Now believed to be son of James Fletcher (s/o James Jr.) and Nancy Profitt. There is a circumstantial link back to William Fletcher of Essex Co. VA. Had, among other siblings, brothers John Profitt Fletcher and Jordan Fletcher. Married first Myram Johnson, who d. in 1834; married second Elizabeth Kennamer (various spellings). Twelve children: (from first wife) William Haywood, James Benton, (from second wife) David Riley, Benjamin M., Silas Willaby, Sarah Mexico, Andrew Jackson, Rachel M., Nancy Rebecca, Seaborn A., Amy Eady Jane, and Jordan M.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Dec 92; Dec 95; Sep 01; Mar and Jun 02.
Allied Families: Johnson, Kennamer, Derrick, Whitaker, Wright, Ikard, Busby, Eddger, Sutton, Hornbuckle, Saint, McGehee, Harless, Click, Thurman, Maples, Simmons, Dickerson, Whittney, Keel, Manis, Harless, Huey, Stanford, McSpadden, Newby, Sutton, Brown.

      John Fletcher of Chester County, Pennsylvania (1717-1758)
Married Eleanor Hindman. Migrated to Augusta Co. VA. Five children: Robert, who married Christiana B. Kinder and migrated to KY; Mary; Margaret; Job; and John. Descendants migrated to Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas and Missouri.
References: Hatridge, Marilyn Smith and Johnnie Fletcher Yelvington. Fletcher Family Reunion. By the authors, 1993; and Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Dec 88; Jun 90; Sep 92; Dec 93; Jun 97; Jun 01.
Allied Families: Hindman, Kinder, Harvey, Casey, Walkup, Tillman, Wilson, Marshall, Rogers, Mhoon, Wood[s], Enyart.

      John Fletcher of Clermont County, Ohio
Married Phoebe Bickle or Beedle. Son William H. Fletcher. Believed also to be father of Jesse Fletcher (m. 1811 Hannah Simpkins).
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Jun 89; Sep 93; Dec 2000.
Allied Families: Mallence, Williams, Gallbreath, Wyant, Coffin, McCumber, Hall, Shriver, Moore, VanValer, Dewey, Marshall, Gibbons, White, Pease.

      John Fletcher of Clermont Co. and Marion Co. Ohio (1788-1864)

Married c1813 in Kenton Co. KY Catherine Davidson (1798-1872), who migrated to Fayette Co., Illinois after the death of her husband. Children: James, Mary Ann, John D., Burrus Wesley, George Washington, Washington C., Jeremiah, Benjamin S., Lafayette, Albert C., and Cyrus Noble.

References: Fayette Facts; Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Dec 2002.

Allied Families: Sayler, Vaughn, Sidener, Milliser, Maxfield, Bolinger, Shuey, Wilkins, Brocklesby, Owens, Owen, Cooper, Swisher.

      John Fletcher of Henderson County, North Carolina (1783-1870)
Son of William Fletcher of Essex Co. VA (see below). Returned to Henderson Co. from Mississippi Territory. Married first 1801 Elizabeth Savage; married second Martha McBrayer; married third Susan Huff Johnson. Eighteen children: Jarushia, William Samuel, Mary Rebecca, Martha, Margaret, Joakim Joseph, Jane, James, Elizabeth, Ann, John, Lemuel, Sarah Saphronia, Samuel M., George Washington, Andrew Erwin, and Charles Marion.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Mar 90; Sep 90; Sep 92; Jun 96; Sep 96.
Allied Families: Savage, McBrayer, Lance, Osborne, Sayles, Allen, Orr, Gallamore, Cunningham, Byers, Plumbee, Clayton, Beale.

      John Fletcher of Wethersfield, Connecticut (1602-1662)
Born Rutland Co. England, where he married Mary Ward. Migrated to America by 1634. Seven children: Mary, Rebecca, Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Samuel, Abigail.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin,Sep 95; Sep 97.
Allied Families: Ward, Stevens, Warner, Adams, Stan[d]ley, Chittenden, Botsford, Newton.

      Joseph Fletcher of Gallia County, Ohio (1771-1843)
Born in New England. Married Catherine Warth. Eleven children: Joseph Jr., David, William (descendants to Arkansas), Anis, Sophiah, Eliza Jane, Polly, Lucy, Robert, Wilson, Molly.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Sep 1994; Jun 98.
Allied Families: Warth, Chapman, Badgley, Hamilton, Willman, Null.

      Joseph Fletcher of Granville County, North Carolina (c1774-1840)
Married 1816 Mary "Polly" Searcy, daughter of William Hargrove Searcy and his wife Darcas. Died Cole Co. MO. Six children, all b. Granville Co: Henderson, Nathaniel, William L., Elizabeth B., Robert Hargrove, Sophia Ann.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Mar 88; Jun 88; Sep 95; Jun 97.
Allied Families: Searcy, McKinney, Tuttle, Durham, Chambers, Wilhite, Carr, Henley, Mashburn.

      Joshua Fletcher of Fauquier County, Virginia (d. 1812)
Married Agnes Hutchins. Eight children: Robert, Anna, Elizabeth, William, John, Joshua Jr., Agnes, Benjamin.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Jun 89; Sep 90; Jun 93; Jun 95; Jun 98.
Allied Families: Hutchins, Dillon, Marten, Hopper, Whiteford, Lake, Garner, Robinson, Gibson, Glasscock, Lanham, Smith, Foley.

      Moses Fletcher of Fauquier County, Virginia (c1725-aft1797)

Married 1757 in Stafford County, Virginia Sarah Martin (d. 1815). Children: Katy, Lydia, George, Moses Martin, Jesse, and Hetty. Jesse was father of Mary and Harrison.

References: Descendants of Moses Fletcher by John E. Hildreth; Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Dec 2002.

Allied Families: Martin, Wey, Golding, Jett, Garrett, Gray, Hailey/Haley, Frederick, Maddox, Yates, Barbee, Knight.


      Ralph Fletcher I of Perquimans County, North Carolina (1632-bfr. 21 Jan 1727/28)

Possible son of Hannibal and Elizabeth Fletcher of Surry County, Virginia. Married Elizabeth Sutton. Children: Elizabeth, Ralph II, George, William, William II, John, James, Joshua, Jane, and Margaret. Ralph II (1676-1697/98) married Jane Morgan and had Ralph III, George, and Joshua. Ralph III married Mary Guyer and had Ralph IV, Joshua, Jane, Mary, Ruth, and Miriam. Some descendants of Ralph IV migrated to Wright County, Missouri.

References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Jun 1997.

Allied Families: Burtonshall, Harvey, Ratliff, Newby.

      Richard Fletcher of Hawkins County, Tennessee (1738-1835)
Married Sarah Gould. Two known sons: Thomas, who was scalped and killed; and John Gould Fletcher (1760-1826), who married first Mary Elizabeth Lewis and migrated first to Stewart Co. TN, then Christian Co. KY, then Lawrence Co. AR. Many of John's thirteen children settled in Pulaski and Saline Counties, Arkansas. John's great-grandson and namesake John Gould Fletcher won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1938 for his Selected Poems.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Jun 89; Sep 91; Sep 92; Jun 97; Dec 99; Mar-Sep 2000.
Allied Families: Gould, Lewis, Mitchel, Skinner, Lindsey, Baldwin, Pennington, Beaver, Krause, Davis, Bricelin.

      Robert Fletcher of Concord, Massachusetts (1592-1677)
Arrived in Massachusetts perhaps c1636. Settled in Concord. Five children, all probably born in England: Grissell b. c1618; Francis b. c1620; William b. c1622; Luke b. c1625; and Samuel b. c1632. Wife's name unknown.
Fletcher, Edward H. The Descendants of Robert Fletcher of Concord, Massachusetts. Boston: Rand, Avery & Co., 1881. (An expanded version of his 1871 edition.)
Holman, Winifred Lovering. Descendants of Robert Fletcher: The First Six Generations. Unpublished manuscript in library of NEHGS, Boston. 1950. (A carefully researched genealogy which corrects much of EHF's 1881 book; for more details, see Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Mar 1993.) Also see Jun 98; Jun 2000; Mar-Jun-Sep 2001.
Allied Families (in second generation):
Jewell, Griggs, Kibby, Burge, Wheeler, Bates, Hailstone, Foster, Stowe

      Thomas Fletcher of Westermorland County, Pennsylvania, and Montgomery County, Kentucky (1753-1799)
Married c1776 Ann Sorrency, daughter of Samuel and Ann (West) Sorrency. Seven children: Mary (m. Quinton Moore), Thomas (of Bath Co. KY), Ann, Rachel, Rebecca, Catherine, Ruth. Thomas' granddaughter Margaret, d/o Thomas Jr., m. William Temple Washington, a great-nephew of George Washington.
References: Peterman, Timothy E. The Family of Quinton Moore and Mary Fletcher Moore: Pioneer Settlers of Waverly Twp., Lincoln County, MO; and Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Sep 88; Dec 91; Dec 96.
Allied Families: West, Sorrency, Moore, Hazelrigg, Bartlett, Lancaster, Byram, Cox, Temple, Washington, Calhoun.

      Thomas Fletcher of Culpepper County, Virginia (d. 1836)
Migrated to Madison County, KY, then to Christian County. Had brother James who also migrated to KY. May also have had brothers John and Paterson. May have been son of William Fletcher of Culpepper County, VA. One known son, Thomas P., who migrated to Sangamon County, IL.
References: Callender, Joanne P. The Fletcher Pioneers, 1788-1888. By the author, 1996; and Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Sep 88; Sep 91; Sep 96.
Allied Families: Davis, Briggs, Bird, Cottingham, Turner, Merriman, and Wheeler.

      Vardaman Fletcher of Washington County, Virginia
Vardaman (spelled variously Vardemon/Verdemon) was born as early as 1760 or as late as 1777. Married 1797 Elizabeth Wells. Served in War of 1812. Migrated to Indiana. (Several children migrated to Fremont County, Iowa.) Twelve children: Phoebe, Abraham, Isaac G., Richard, Samuel T., Jane, Catherine, Mary, Jemima, James, Elizabeth, and Vardaman Jr.
References: Russ Czaplewski. Captive of the Cheyenne. Dawson County [Nebraska] Historical Society, 1993; and Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Sep 94; Jun 97; Mar 01.
Allied Families: Ridgeway, Crouch, Hays, Stirwalt, Clark, Abbott, Ermey, Shaw, Brown, Curan, Morton, Moomaw, McVey.

      William Fletcher of Accomack County, Virginia (c1646/49-1710)
Born c1646-49, possibly in England. Married 1675 Elizabeth, d/o Thomas Selvey. Will proved Accomack Co. 5 Dec 1710. Ten children: William, Matthew, Thomas, Batterton, Brandon, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Mary, Rosannah, and Frances.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Dec 93; Jun 94; Dec 94; Sep 95; Mar 98; Sep 99; Sep 2000; Mar 02.
Allied Families: Selvey, Parker, Croucher, Hacket, Mahon, McIntosh, Hendricks, Corbin, Lanier, Mizell, Messick, Dean.

      William Fletcher of Essex County, Virginia (1751-1815)
Ancestry unproven. Married 1776 Rebecca Moore. Migrated first to Buncombe Co. NC (now Henderson Co.), then to Madison County, AL (then Mississippi Territory) where he died. Ten children: William Jr., Mary, John (see above), Joseph, Elizabeth, Martha, George, Lemuel, James, and Lorenzo.
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Sep 92; Jun 96; Sep 96; Mar 01.
Allied Families: Moore, Gourley, May, Wheat, Battle, Dortch, Case, Savage, Banks, Breedlove, McBrayer.

      William Fletcher of Montgomery County, Virginia (c1770-c1840/50)
Married 1791 Mary Milam. Children: James, Rowland, Daniel, Joseph, William, Aaron, Elias, perhaps Polly and Nancy. [Also son John, perhaps a son Milam and another daughter Elizabeth.]
References: Fletcher Family Research Bulletin, Dec 88; Mar 89; Mar 90; Jun 90; Jun 91.
Allied Families: Milam, Pridemore, French, Church, Vaughn, Johnson.

      William Fletcher of Saco, Maine (d. 1667/68)

Born in England; came to America where he was buried in Saco, Maine, on 30 Jan 1667/68. Often confused in early records with the Rev. Edward Fletcher. Two known children: Daughter Hope, who married Rev. Samuel Stowe, and son Seth, who married first Mary Pendleton, d/o Major Brian Pendleton.

References: The Stevens-Miller Ancestry by Mary Holman, 1948 (see FFRB Mar 95). Also see FFRB Mar 89; Mar 93; Mar 98; Dec 99.

Allied Families: Stowe, Pendleton, Young, Carr, Stackpole.