Francis/2 Fletcher

M, #872, (circa 1636 - after 14 June 1704)
Father*Robert/1 Fletcher1 b. c 1592, d. 3 Apr 1677
Mother*(–?–) (–?–)1 d. b 12 May 1677
Last Edited:8 Aug 2017

Children with Elizabeth/2 Wheeler:

Francis/2 Fletcher was born circa 1636, probably at Concord, Massachusetts2,3, where he married, 11 Oct 1656, Elizabeth/2 Wheeler of Concord, daughter of George/1 Wheeler and Katherine Pin.4 "In full communion with the Churche at Concord," he was admitted freeman 1 Apr 1677 (also recorded 23 May).5 He survived his wife, who died at Concord 14 Jun 1704, a. 68.6 They are interred in the Hill Burying Ground.7

Local Notes:

Property1666, Concord, MATaxes were abated on 17 lots in the East District comprising 437 acres. | Shattuck calls him a large landowner.8

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 370, Fletcher genealogy.
  2. [S131] Robert Leigh Ward, ca 1636.
  3. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 370, Fletcher genealogy, n.d.
  4. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 7, ffrancies fletcher/Elizabeth Wheler m.
  5. [S222] Lucius R. Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 5, 30.
  6. [S185] Concord BMD, 68, Elizebeth Fletcher d.
  7. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #32749771, #32749837.
  8. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 37, 1666 tax blotter.
  9. [S185] Concord BMD, 7, Samiwell ffletcher b.
  10. [S185] Concord BMD, 10, Joseph ffletcher b.
  11. [S185] Concord BMD, 11, Elizabeth ffletcher b.
  12. [S185] Concord BMD, 12, John fletcher b.
  13. [S185] Concord BMD, 14, Sarah fletcher b.
  14. [S185] Concord BMD, 16, Hesicia fletcher b.
  15. [S185] Concord BMD, 18, hanna ffletcher b.
  16. [S185] Concord BMD, 20, Bengiman fletcher b.

Elizabeth/2 Wheeler

F, #873, (3 January 1635/36 - 14 June 1704)
Father*George/1 Wheeler1 b. btw 1600 - 1610, d. 2 Jun 1687
Mother*Katherine Pin1 b. s 1610, d. 2 Jan 1684/85
Last Edited:22 Aug 2017

Children with Francis/2 Fletcher:

  • Cornet Samuel/3 Fletcher+6 b. 6 Oct 1657, d. 23 Oct 1744
  • Joseph/3 Fletcher+7 b. 15 Apr 1661
  • Elizabeth/3 Fletcher8 b. 24 Aug 1663, d. 18 Apr 1762
  • John/3 Fletcher9 b. 28 Feb 1665/66
  • Sarah/3 Fletcher+10 b. 24 Feb 1668/69, d. 25 Sep 1744
  • Hezekiah/3 Fletcher11 b. 6 Apr 1672
  • Hannah/3 Fletcher12 b. 24 Oct 1674
  • Benjamin/3 Fletcher13 b. 1 Dec 1677, d. 28 Apr 1703
Elizabeth/2 Wheeler, baptised 3 Jan 1635/36 at Cranfield, Bedfordshire1, married, 11 Oct 1656 at Concord, Massachusetts, Francis/2 Fletcher of Concord, son of Robert/1 Fletcher and (–?–) (–?–).2 Daughter Elizabeth Fletcher was named in the will of her father George/1 Wheeler, 28 Jan 1684/85.3 She died at Concord 14 Jun 1704, a. 68.4 They are interred in the Hill Burying Ground.5

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S131] Robert Leigh Ward.
  2. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 7, ffrancies fletcher/Elizabeth Wheler m.
  3. [S324] George Tolman, "The Wheeler Families of Old Concord, Mass.," 1.
  4. [S185] Concord BMD, 68, Elizebeth Fletcher d.
  5. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #32749771, #32749837.
  6. [S185] Concord BMD, 7, Samiwell ffletcher b.
  7. [S185] Concord BMD, 10, Joseph ffletcher b.
  8. [S185] Concord BMD, 11, Elizabeth ffletcher b.
  9. [S185] Concord BMD, 12, John fletcher b.
  10. [S185] Concord BMD, 14, Sarah fletcher b.
  11. [S185] Concord BMD, 16, Hesicia fletcher b.
  12. [S185] Concord BMD, 18, hanna ffletcher b.
  13. [S185] Concord BMD, 20, Bengiman fletcher b.

Robert/1 Fletcher

M, #874, (circa 1592 - 3 April 1677)
Last Edited:28 Sep 2017

Children with (–?–) (–?–):

  • Ens. William/2 Fletcher12 b. say 1622, d. 6 Nov 1677
  • Sgt. Samuel/2 Fletcher1 b. circa 1632, d. 9 Dec 1697
  • Francis/2 Fletcher+1 b. circa 1636, d. after 14 Jun 1704

     Robert/1 Fletcher (b. circa 1592, Yorkshire), his wife, and three young sons were among the first party of settlers to arrive at Concord, Massachusetts,in the fall of 1635.1 He was chosen the town's first constable, 2 Nov 1637, but was replaced in that office a year later, when, 4 Dec 1638, Capt. Thomas/1a Brooks, "being chosen cunstable for the towne of Concord," was sworn in.2,3 Not until 4 Jun 1639 was Robert Fletcher discharged by the Court, "being not found faulty" (of what we know not).4
     He was one of many Concord inhabitants who signed, 14 May 1645, a petition to the General Court requesting tax relief.5 Loving friend and neighbor Robert Fletcher was named an overseer in the will of Thomas/1 Fox of Concord, 25 Jan 1657/58.6 Pillsbury says he was "a wealthy and influential man," though on what basis he does not say7
     Robert Fletcher died at Concord 3 Apr 1677.8 His widow died there before 12 May 1677.9
     "The name was originally written Fledger, said to have been derived from the trade of a maker of arrows, and its French equivalent, Flechier, has furnished some with an inference of French extraction. But the confirmed opinion of a member who made genealogical research is that this branch has its root in Yorkshire, England, whence the first ancestor of record came to America."10

Local Notes:

Elected2 Nov 1637, Concord, MARobt Fletcher was chosen & sworne cunstable of Concord.11
Appointedfrom 1638 to 1646, Concord, MA1638. | 4 December. | Thom: Brooke, being chosen cunstable for the towne of Concord, did take his oath the 8th 10th mo, 1638.2,3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 370, Fletcher genealogy.
  2. [S1300] John Gorham Palfrey, History of New England During the Stuart Dynasty, 2:17-18: "Courts, according to their dignity, were attended by the Beadle (afterwards called Marshal) of the Colony, who was appointed by the General Court, and who received a liberal compensation in salary and fees,—or by Constables, who were chosen for a year, first by the General Court, and afterwards by the towns, and who in the early times were taken from among men of property and consequence."
  3. [S1590] Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Records of the Massachusetts Bay, 1:248.
  4. [S1590] Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Recs. of the Massachusetts Bay, 1:267.
  5. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 16-17.
  6. [S1192] William F. Fox, Thomas Fox of Concord, 12, 59-63, will of Thomas Fox.
  7. [S77] Hobert Pillsbury, New Hampshire: A History, 5:73, Walter Burton Fletcher sketch.
  8. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 19, Robert Fletcher d.
  9. [S924] Winfred Lovering Holman, Robert Fletcher of Concord, TAG 10:70.
  10. [S77] Hobert Pillsbury, New Hampshire: A History, 5:146, Henry Walter Fletcher sketch.
  11. [S1590] Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Recs. of the Massachusetts Bay, 1:206.
  12. [S524] Gary Boyd Roberts, Ancestry of American Presidents, Franklin Pierce: c. 1622.

Joseph/3s Brooks

M, #876, (6 August 1710 - 27 November 1750)
Father*Benjamin/2s Brooks1 b. 25 Jul 1671, d. 3 May 1755
Mother*Mary Barnard1 b. 11 Dec 1672, d. 23 Feb 1740/41
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2s Brooks
Descendants of Joseph/3s Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- SPRINGFIELD line
Last Edited:2 Aug 2017

Children with Mary/4 Bliss:

Joseph/3s Brooks, born 6 Aug 1710 at Springfield, Massachusetts1, settled in the north district of Western (renamed Warren), now part of Palmer.2 Then of "Kingsfield alias Elbows," he married, 8 Nov 1734 (int. 27 Sep, Springfield), Mary/4 Bliss, daughter of Thomas/3 Bliss and Hannah Cadwell, and widow of Jonathan/4 Sikes.3,4
     The will of Joseph Brooks of Ware River, dated 27 Nov 1750 (proved 14 May 1751), gave wife Marey a third of the estate after payments of debts, eldest son Joseph £13-6-8 over and above his equal share, and second son Israel £4 over and above the rest of the children — third son Silas, youngest son Jonathan, eldest daughter Chloe, second daughter Eunice, third daughter Anne, and youngest daughter Thankful. He appointed wife Mary and Ichabod Bliss of Brimfield administrators for the underage children. Samuel Bliss of Western was subsequently chosen by Israel Brooks as his guardian.5,6,7
     Of Palmer, Ware, and Kingsfield, Joseph Brooks died (probably at Ware) the day he made his will, 27 Nov 1750, a. 40.6 An order in the probate folio names Marey custodian of Silas, Jonathan, Cloe, Eunice, Ann and Thankful, all under the age of 14.7

Local Notes:

Property1732, Palmer, MANo. 1. Brooks, Joseph, Sen. 295 acres; assignee of David Ingerson of 100 acres; he bought of the Claimers 100 acres, and it was a Court grant, 1732. John Blair and John Patrick were made freemen and purchased the farm in 1735. It was situated in the east part of the District and bounded north by the farm of Obadiah Cooley.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 64, Joseph Brookes b.
  2. [S725] Ephraim B. Gates, Palmer Families, 404.
  3. [S27] Thomas B. Warren, "Springfield Families," 95: 8 Nov 1734, wid. Mary Sikes, cf note.
  4. [S1594] Springfield VR, 343, Joseph Brooks/Mary Sikes m.
  5. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 95.
  6. [S121] The American Genealogist, Charlotte M. Hix, "Israel Brooks of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Half Moon, New York, and Some of his Descendants" (Jan 1997), 72:1 Hereinafter TAG.
  7. [S850] Carol Piacentini, citing Hampshire County Register of Probate, box 20, folio 47, Joseph Brooks.
  8. [S26] Vital Records of Palmer, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850, 17, Joseph Brooks Jr. b.
  9. [S26] Palmer VR, 17, Israel Brooks b.
  10. [S26] Palmer VR, 17, Silas Brooks b.
  11. [S26] Palmer VR, 17, Chloe Brooks b.
  12. [S266] Franklin P. Rice, Vital Records of Brookfield, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849, 52, Unis Brooks b.
  13. [S121] TAG, Charlotte M. Hix, "Israel Brooks of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Half Moon, New York, and Some of his Descendants," 72:1 (Jan 1997).