Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Five Fletchers on one Tombstone

This tombstone was photographed at the Forefather's Burial Ground in Chelmsford, Massachusetts


panel 1:
Rebekah
Sept. 24
1778
In the
? year of
her Age

panel 2:
Jepthae
died Sept
26th 1778
In the 4th
year of
his age.
He lies in the
same grave
as his
mother

panel 3:
In Memory of
Mrs Hannah
Fletcher wife
of Lieut. Benjn
Fletcher who
departed this
Life Sept 26th
1778 in the 30th
year of her Age

panel 4:
Mary
died Octr
3d 1778
In the 9th year of
her Age.

panel 5:
Sarah
died Octr
5th 1778
In the 6th
year of 
her Age


Hannah Parker, daughter of Isaac Parker,  married Benjamin Fletcher in Chelmsford on 29 January 1767.  Obviously, some contagious childhood disease struck the Fletcher household and killed these four little children and their mother, all within two weeks of each other in the autumn of 1778.  Their eldest child, Hannah, born 1767 was the lone survivor.  This pathetic tombstone lists all the victims.  Benjamin remarried to Ann Spaulding on 21 October 1779 and had three more children.


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~  Five Fletchers on one Tombstone", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 4, 2016, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/tombstone-tuesday-five-fletchers-on-one.html: accessed [access date]).

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