Thursday, March 1, 2018

1749 Death Records of Samuel Flatcher (1684-1749) and Hannah (--?--) Flatcher in Westford, Mass. --- Post 401 of Treasure Chest Thursday

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1749 death record of Samuel Flatcher and the 1759 death record of Hannah (Foster?)  Flatcher (1689-1759) in Westford, Massachusetts:

The Samuel and Hannah Fletcher death records on the image above:

The transcription of this record for both Samuel and Hannah is:

"Hannah Flatcher, w. Samuel, July 8, 1759, a. 70 y. G.R.1."

"Samuel Flatcher, September 6, 1749, a. 66 y. G.R.1. 1684."

The source citation for Hannah's death record is:

Vital Records of Westford, Massachusetts to the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1915), Deaths, page 277, Hannah Flatcher entry (wife of Samuel, age 70).

Note that both records are from their gravestones (G.R.1. which is Fairview Cemetery in Westford) and not from the Westford town records.  This is a case where the gravestones are the only extant death records.  

Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749) was the fifth of ten children born to Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723) and Hannah Wheeler (1649-1697) of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  He married Hannah --?-- (Foster?)  (1689-1759) in about 1712, and they had nine children between 1713 and 1729, all born in Chelmsford except for the last child born in Westford.  Hannah's parents are not known.

They are my 6th great-grandparents.  I descend through their daughter Elizabeth Fletcher (1720-1761), who married Jonathan Keyes (1722-1781) in 1746.


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