The family and biography of the descendants of Robert Fletcher has been extensively researched by:
a) Edward H. Fletcher, "The Descendants of Robert Fletcher of Concord, Mass", published by Rand, Avery & Co., Boston in 1881. However, this family sketch for Samuel Fletcher is relatively poor.
b) Winifred Lovering Holman, "Robert Fletcher of Concord, Mass. Bay, 1637," 1930.
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 in the Chelmsford church which is included in the Chelmsford vital record book, which indicates he was about age 4 at the time of his baptism.
He married Hannah Wheeler, daughter of George and Katherine (Pin) Wheeler, on 5 July 1673 in Chelsmford. They had ten children, all recorded in Chelmsford vital records:
* 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 Concord, Massachusetts[5-6]. They had no children.
After Sarah died in 1703, Samuel Fletcher married, third, to Elizabeth Proctor (1656-1744) on 20 December 1705 in Concord, Massachusetts[7-8]. They had no children.
Samuel Fletcher of Chelmsford wrote a will on 18 March 1713, which named his eldest son, William Fletcher, as the executor.
Samuel Fletcher died before 18 December 1723, when his widow, Elizabeth, brought the will to the Middlesex County, Massachusetts probate court requesting her thirds and noting that no action had been taken.
When two of the three witnesses under oath on 7 June 1726 stated that they were unsure that the testator was not of sound mind at the time of writing the will, the will was not allowed on 20 June 1726 by the Probate Court judge.
The will mentions wife Elizabeth, children 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.
The probate file refers to those present at 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.
An inventory of the personal property sold, the debts collected, and the debts owed was taken in 1726 but no appraisal of the real or personal property was made. There is no distribution of the estate included in the probate file.