52 Ancestors – Week 377: #588 Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723) of Chelmsford, Massachusetts

 Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723) is #588 on my Ahnentafel Record, my seventh great-grandfather, who married #589 Hannah Wheeler (1649-1697) on 5 July 1673 (?) in Chelmsford, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I’m descended by:

*  their son #294 Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749) who married #295 Hannah –?– (1688-1759) in 1712. 
*  their daughter #147 Elizabeth Fletcher (1720-1761) who married #146 Jonathan Keyes (1722-1781)  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):
 

    

*  Title:                  Samuel Fletcher[1–9]    
*  Intercourse:                     Male    
*  Father:                William Fletcher (1618-1677)    
*  Mom:              Lydia –?–   (1622-1704)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):
 
*  Beginning:                  about 1652, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]    
*  Baptism:             1 February 1656/7 (about age 4), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]    
*  Will:                    will written, 18 March 1713 (about age 61), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[9]    
*  Loss of life:                earlier than 18 December 1723 (earlier than about age 71), widow’s petition; Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[9]    
*  Probate:             20 June 1726 (about age 74), is not going to allowed; Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[9]  
 
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):
 

*  Partner 1:           Hannah Wheeler (1649-1697)

*  Marriage 1:        5 July 1673 (?) (about age 21) Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]     
*  Baby 1:             William Fletcher (1673-1753)
*  Baby 2:             Hannah Fletcher (1676-1759)
*  Baby 3:             Elizabeth Fletcher (1679-1715)
*  Baby 4:             Samuel Fletcher (1683-1683)
*  Baby 5:             Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749)
*  Baby 6:             Mary Fletcher (1686-1768)
*  Baby 7:             Lydia Fletcher (1689-1766)
*  Baby 8:             Susanna Fletcher (1692-1717)
*  Baby 9:             Isaac Fletcher (1694-1772)
*  Baby 10:           Sarah Fletcher (1696- )
*  Partner 2:          Sarah Merriam (1654-1703)
*  Marriage 2:       7 June 1699 (about age 47) Harmony, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5–6]
*  Partner 3:          Elizabeth Proctor (1656-1744)
*  Marriage 3:      20 December 1705 (about age 53), Harmony, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7–8]   

4)  NOTES (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):  
The household and biography of the descendants of Robert Fletcher has been extensively researched by:
a)  Edward H. Fletcher, “The Descendants of Robert Fletcher of Harmony, Mass”, revealed by Rand, Avery & Co., Boston in 1881[1].  Nonetheless, this household sketch for Samuel Fletcher is comparatively poor. 
b) Winifred Lovering Holman, “Robert Fletcher of Harmony, Mass. Bay, 1637,” 1930[2].
Samuel Fletcher was born in about 1652 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, the son of William and Lydia (–?–) (Bates) Fletcher.  He was baptized on 1 February 1656/7 within the Chelmsford church which is included within the Chelmsford important report guide, which signifies he was about age 4 on the time of his baptism[3].
He married Hannah Wheeler, daughter of George and Katherine (Pin) Wheeler, on 5 July 1673 in Chelsmford[4].  That they had ten youngsters, all recorded in Chelmsford important data:
* William Fletcher (1673-1753), married 1716 Maqry Foster (1686-1768).
*  Hannah Fletcher (1676-1759), married 1697 Ebenezer Wright (1663-1730).
*  Elizabeth Fletcher (1679-1715), married 1701 Benjamin Butterfield (1679-1715).
*  Samuel Fletcher (1683-1683).
*  Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749), married 1712 Hannah –?– (1689-1759).
*  Mary Fletcher (1686-1768), married 1715 Jonathan Wheeler (1683-1739.
*  Lydia Fletcher (1689-1766), married 1711 Peletiah Adams (1682-1746).
*  Susanna Fletcher (1692-1717), married 1715 Joseph Chamberlain (1687-1755).
*  Isaac Fletcher (1694-1772), married 1716 Persis Shattuck (1695-1747).
*  Sarah Fletcher (1696-????).
Hannah (Wheeler) Fletcher died on 11 December 1697 in Chelmsford.
Samuel Fletcher married, second, to Sarah (Merriam) Ball (1654-1703), widow of Eleazer Ball (1651-1698), in Harmony, Massachusetts[5-6].  That they had no youngsters.
After Sarah died in 1703, Samuel Fletcher married, third, to Elizabeth Proctor (1656-1744) on 20 December 1705 in Harmony, Massachusetts[7-8].  That they had no youngsters. 
Samuel Fletcher of Chelmsford wrote a will on 18 March 1713, which named his eldest son, William Fletcher, because the executor[9].  
Samuel Fletcher died earlier than 18 December 1723, when his widow, Elizabeth, introduced the need to the Middlesex County, Massachusetts probate courtroom requesting her thirds and noting that no motion had been taken[9].  
When two of the three witnesses beneath oath on 7 June 1726 acknowledged that they have been not sure that the testator was not of sound thoughts on the time of writing the need, the need was not allowed on 20 June 1726 by the Probate Court docket decide[9].
The need mentions spouse Elizabeth, youngsters Samuel Fletcher, Mary Wheeler, Sarah Fletcher, Susanna Fletcher, Isaac Fletcher, Hannah Wright, Elizabeth Butterfield, Lydia Adams, and William Fletcher (executor), and witnesses Jonathan Barrit, Joshua Fletcher, and Joseph Fletcher[9].
The probate file refers to these current on the hearings on 7 June 1726: Jonathan Wheeler who had married Samuel’s daughter Mary, Ebenezer Wright, Sira Butterfield, Sarah Fletcher, Pelatiah Adams, Joseph Chamberlain, Isaac Fletcher, William Fletcher, Samuel Fletcher, and the witnesses[9].
A list of the private property offered, the money owed collected, and the money owed owed was taken in 1726 however no appraisal of the actual or private property was made.  There is no such thing as a distribution of the property included within the probate file[9].
   
5)  SOURCES

1. Edward H. Fletcher, The Descendants of Robert Fletcher of Harmony Mass. (Boston, Mass. :  Rand, Avery & Co.,  1881), web page 30, #14 Samuel 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., Samuel Fletcher household sketch.

3. City of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Very important Data of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Yr 1850 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1914), Births, web page 66, Samuel Fletcher baptism entry, aged about 4 years.

4. City of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Very important Data of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Yr 1850, web page 231, Samuel Fletcher and Hannah Wheeler entry, 5 July 1673 (?).

5. George Tolman (compiler), Harmony, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Harmony, Mass. : Committee on Printing, 1894), web page 50, Samuel Fletcher and Sarah Ball marriage entry, 7 June 1699.

6. City of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Very important Data of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Yr 1850, Marriages, web page 231, Samuel Fletcher and Sarah Ball entry, 7 June 1699 at Harmony.

7. George Tolman (compiler), Harmony, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850, web page 64, Samuel Fletcher and Elizabeth Procter, each of Chelmsford, marriage entry, 20 December 1705.

8. City of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Data of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Yr 1850, Marriages, web page 231, Samuel Fletcher and Elizabeth Proctor, 20 December 1705 at Harmony.

9. “Middlesex County, Mass.: Probate Papers, 1648-1871,” digital photographs, American Ancestors (http://www.AmericanAncestors.org : accessed 3 Might 2017), Probate Packet #7,920, Samuel Fletcher of Chelmsford, 1723.
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NOTE: In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow instructed a weekly weblog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her weblog put up 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 checklist 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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