Friday, March 2, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 216: #295 Hannah (--?--) Fletcher (1689-1759) of Chelmsford and Westford, Massachusetts

Hannah (--?--)  Fletcher (1689-1759) is #295 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #294 Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749) in about 1712 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  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)


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

*   Name:                    Hannah    
*  Alternate Name:     Hannah Flatcher[2]    
*  Alternate Name:     Hannah Foster Fletcher[1]  

*  Sex:                        Female  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                      about 1689, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Death:                    8 July 1759 (about age 70), Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]    

*  Burial:                  after 8 July 1759 (after about age 70), Fairview Cemetery, Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749)    
*  Marriage 1:             about 1712 (about age 23), probably Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States    
*  Child 1:                  Samuel Fletcher (1713-1716)    
*  Child 2:                  Jacob Fletcher (1715-1716)    
*  Child 3:                  David Fletcher (1717-1804)    
*  Child 4:                  Hannah Fletcher (1718-1788)    
*  Child 5:                  Elizabeth Fletcher (1719-1761)    
*  Child 6:                  Samuel Fletcher (1722-1730)    
*  Child 7:                  Susanna Fletcher (1723-1730)    
*  Child 8:                  Jacob Fletcher (1725-    )    
*  Child 9:                  Joanna Fletcher (1729-1730)  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

The maiden surname and parents of Hannah (--?--) Fletcher are unknown.  Since Hannah married Samuel Fletcher in about 1712, she was probably born between 1685 and 1692.  The gravestone for Hannah Fletcher says that she was aged 70 years when she died in 1759, which implies a birth year of about 1689.

The Find A Grave memorial for Hannah Foster Fletcher says that her parents were Ely and Judith (Keies) Foster of Chelmsford. There is a birth of a Hannah Foster in Chelmsford, daughter of Ely and Judeth Foster,  on 11 May 1698 in the Chelmsford town records.  This female is probably too young to marry Samuel Fletcher in about 1712 and have her first child in March 1713.  Ely Foster died in 1719 intestate, and his probate records are in Middlesex County, Massachusetts probate packet 8,194.  Perusal of this packet provides only a given name Hannah as one of the heirs - it does not provide her married name.

Hannah --?-- was born in about 1689, probably in Chelmsford, Massachusetts to unknown parents[1].  

She married in about 1712 to Samuel Fletcher, probably in Chelmsford or one of the surrounding towns.  They had eight children born and recorded in Chelmsford between 1713 and 1725, and one more in Westford in 1729.  The town of Westford was set off from the town of Chelmsford in 1729.

When Samuel died in 1749, he left no probate record.  Hannah probably stayed in the family home with some of her children, or moved in with one of her children in another home.

Hannah (--?--) "Flatcher" died on 8 July 1759 in Westford, Massachusetts[1-2].  She is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Westford, next to her husband[1].  The gravestone inscription says:

Memento Mori

Here lies the body of 
Mrs. Hannah Flatcher ye wife
of Mr. Samuel Flatcher
who departed this Life
July the 8^th 1759
Aged 70 Years

1. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Fairview Cemetery (Westford, Mass.), Hannah Foster Fletcher memorial # 35570311.

2. 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:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2018 to 260 Ancestors in 260 Weeks.

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