52 Ancestors – Week 375: #586 Joshua Fletcher (1645-1713) of Harmony and Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Joshua Fletcher (1645-1713)  is #586 on my Ahnentafel Checklist, my seventh great-grandfather, who married #587 Sarah Willy/Wooley (1650-????) on 18 July 1682  in Chelmsford, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I’m descended by means of:

*  their daughter #293 Elizabeth Fletcher (1698-1775) who married #292 Joseph Keyes (1698-1744) in 1720. 
*  their son #146 Jonathan Keyes (1722-1781) who married #147 Elizabeth Fletcher (1720-1761) in 1746.
*  their daughter #73 Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793) who married #72 Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) in 1777.
*  their son #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) who married  #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)  in 1810.
*  their son #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married  #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)

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1)  PERSON (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):
 

    

*  Identify:                         Joshua Fletcher[1–9]

*  Intercourse:                            Male
*  Father:                       William Fletcher (1618-1677)
*  Mom:                      Rachel –?– (1624-1645)    

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*   Start:                         10 March 1644/5, Harmony, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–4]    
*  Christening:                1 February 1656/7 (age 11), Harmony, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]    
*  Demise:                         21 November 1713 (age 68), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3,8]  
 
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):
 
*  Partner 1:                    Grissel Jewell (1652-1682)    
*  Marriage 1:                4 Might 1668 (age 23), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3,9]    
*  Baby 1:                     Joshua Fletcher (1676-1732)    
*  Baby 2:                     Paul Fletcher (1679-1736)    
*  Baby 3:                     William Fletcher (1682-1682)    
*  Partner 2:                  Sarah Willy/Wooley (1650-????)    
*  Marriage 2:               18 July 1682 (age 37), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3,6–7]    
*  Baby 4:                     Rachel Fletcher (1683-1743)    
*  Baby 5:                     Timothy Fletcher (1685-1705)    
*  Baby 6:                     John Fletcher (1687-1773)    
*  Baby 7:                     Joseph Fletcher (1689-1772)    
*  Baby 8:                     Sarah Fletcher (1690-1737)    
*  Baby 9:                     Jonathan Fletcher (1693-????)    
*  Baby 10:                   Jonas Fletcher (1694-1777)    
*  Baby 11:                   Elisabeth Fletcher (1698-1775)  
 
4)  NOTES (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):  

The household and biography of the descendants of Robert Fletcher has been extensively researched by:
*  Edward H. Fletcher, “The Descendants of Robert Fletcher of Harmony, Mass”, printed by Rand, Avery & Co., Boston, 1881[1].
*  Winifred Lovering Holman, Robert Fletcher of Harmony, Mass. Bay, 1637, 1930 (FHL Microfilm 0,015,506 Merchandise 11)[2].
Joshua Fletcher was born on 10 March 1644/5 (?) in Harmony, Massachusetts to William Fletcher (1618-1677) and his first spouse, Rachel –?– (1624-1645)[1-4].  The document within the Harmony document ebook doesn’t have a particular 12 months as a result of the unique web page was broken, however the readable entries are between 1643 and 1649.  Joshua’s mom, Rachel (–?–) Fletcher died earlier than November 1645 when William Fletcher married (2) widow Lydia (–?–) Bates on 7 November 1645 in Harmony.
Jos[h]ua Fletcher was baptized, as son of W[illia]m about age 12 years, on 1st (12) month 1656 (1 February 1656/7) in Chelmsford[5].
The Fletcher ebook[1] notes:

“Within the court docket information of Middlesex County is the document of a go well with by Rev. Mr. Fisk in opposition to Joshua Fletcher ‘for breaking into his home, and accompanying along with his mayd servant.’  Mr. Fisk was his brother-in-law.  Additionally there’s recorded. ‘Joshua Fletcher’s confession of crime with Griswold Juel [Grissel Jewell] in Mr. Fiske’s home.’  William Fletcher [Joshua’s father] certain for Juel’s and his son’s submission to the court docket, 1668.”

Joshua Fletcher married (1) to Grissel Jewell (1652-1682), on 4 Might 1668 in Chelmsford[1-2,9], Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Grissel (Fletcher) Jewell of Braintree, Massachusetts, and Joshua’s first cousin.  That they had three youngsters, all born in Chelmsford:
*  Joshua Fletcher (1677-1732), married 1701 Dorothy Heald (1679-1770).
*  Paul Fletcher (1679-1736), married 1705 to Deliverance Stevens (1681-1761).
*  William Fletcher (1682-1682).
Grissel (Jewell) Fletcher died 17 March 1682 in Chelmsford.
Joshua married (2) on 18 July 1682 to Sarah Willy (or Wooley) (1650-????)[1-2,6-7], the daughter of Christopher and Ursilla (Wodell) Wooley.  That they had 8 youngsters, all born and recorded in Chelmsford:
*  Rachel Fletcher (1683-1743), married 1706 Peter Buss (1680-1752).
*  Timothy Fletcher (1685-1705).
*  John Fletcher (1687-1773), married 1712 Hannah Phelps (1683-1737).
*  Joseph Fletcher (1689-1772), married 1712 Sarah Adams (1691-1761).
*  Sarah Fletcher (1691-1737), married 1709 Thomas Reed (1689-1773).
*  Jonathan Fletcher (1693-1777), married 1735 Jane Chamberlain (1706-1771).
*  Jonas Fletcher (1694-1777), married 1722 Elizabeth Robbins (1700-1782).
*  Elisabeth Fletcher (1698-1775), married 1720 Josepj Keyes (1698-1744).
It’s not recognized when Sarah (Willy/Wooley) Fletcher died.
Joshua Fletcher died 21 November 1713 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts at age 68[8].  There isn’t a recognized burial location.
There aren’t any probate data for Joshua Fletcher within the Middlesex County Probate Courtroom data.
   
5)  SOURCES

1. Edward H. Fletcher, The Descendants of Robert Fletcher of Harmony Mass. (Boston, Mass. :  Rand, Avery & Co.,  1881), web page 29, #8 Joshua Fletcher household sketch.
2. Winifred Lovering Holman, Robert Fletcher of Harmony, Mass. Bay, 1637: a examine of his life and household from the New England data, typescript (1930, 93 leaves); accessed on FHL Microfilm 0015506 Merchandise 11; citing typescript on the New Hampshire Historic Society,  Harmony, New Hampshire., Joshua Fletcher household sketch.
3. Dean Crawford Smith, edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, Half IV: The Ancestry of Linda Anne Powers, 1839-1879 (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2000), web page 276, Joshua Fletcher sketch.
4. George Tolman (compiler), Harmony, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Harmony, Mass. : Committee on Printing, 1894), Births, web page 6, Joshua Fletcher entry, tenth day of 1st month 16– to William and Rachel Fletcher.
5. City of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Very important Information of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the 12 months 1850 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1914), Birrhs, Jos[h]ua Fletcher baptism, 1st (12) mo, 1656, son of Wm, abt age 12.
6. City of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Very important Information of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the 12 months 1850, Marriages, web page 230, Joshuah Fletcher and Sara Wily entry, 18 July 1682.
7. “Massachusetts, City and Very important Information, 1620-1988,” listed database and digital picture, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), “Chelmsford, Mass. City Land Information with Births, Marriages and Deaths,” web page 26 (picture 35 of 230), Joshua Fletcher and Sarah Willy marriage entry.
8. City of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Very important Information of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the 12 months 1850, Deaths, web page 391, Joshua Fletcher entry, 21 November 1713.
9. City of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Very important Information of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the 12 months 1850, Marriages, web page 308, Joshua Fletcher and Grisell Jewell entry, 4 Might 1668.
 
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NOTE: In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow urged a weekly weblog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her weblog publish 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small weblog. I’ve prolonged this theme in 2021 for an eighth 12 months to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The listing of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the seventh great-grandparents (in work) is in https://www.geneamusings.com/p/ancestor-biographies.html.

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