52 Ancestors – Week 378: #589 Hannah (Wheeler) Fletcher (1647-1697) of Concord and Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Hannah Wheeler (1649-1697)  is #589 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #588 Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723) on 5 July 1673 (?) in Chelmsford, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #294 Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749) who married #295 Hannah –?– (1688-1759) in 1712. 
*  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)

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

    
 Name:                     Hannah Wheeler[1]    
*  Alternate Name:     Hannah Whealer[6]    
*  Alternate Name:     Hannah Fletcher[2,4]    
*  Alternate Name:     Hanah Flatcher[3]    
*  Alternate Name:     Hannah Wheeler Fletcher[5]  
*  Sex:                        Female    
*  Father:                   George Wheeler (1605-1687)    
*  Mother:                  Katherine Pin (1611-1684)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 
*  Birth:                     about 1647, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    
*  Distribution:         2 July 1697 (about age 50), father’s will proved; Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]    
*  Death:                  11 December 1697 (about age 50), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3–5]    
*  Burial:                  after 11 December 1697 (after about age 50), Forefathers Burial Ground, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]  
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 

*  Spouse 1:           Samuel Fletcher (1647-1723)

*  Marriage 1:        5 July 1673 (?) (about age 25) Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,6]     
*  Child 1:             William Fletcher (1673-1753)
*  Child 2:             Hannah Fletcher (1676-1759)
*  Child 3:             Elizabeth Fletcher (1679-1715)
*  Child 4:             Samuel Fletcher (1683-1683)
*  Child 5:             Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749)
*  Child 6:             Mary Fletcher (1686-1768)
*  Child 7:             Lydia Fletcher (1689-1766)
*  Child 8:             Susanna Fletcher (1692-1717)
*  Child 9:             Isaac Fletcher (1694-1772)
*  Child 10:           Sarah Fletcher (1696- )

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

The Wheeler families of Cranfield in Bedfordshire during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were numerous, and the relationships between them are difficult to sort out without complete parish registers.  One of the best resources for the George Wheeler family is:
Myrtelle Wheeler Molyneaux, The Wheeler Family of Cranfield, England and Concord, Massachusetts and Some Descendants of Sgt. Thomas Wheeler of Concord (Long Beach, Calif. : the author, 1992)[1].
Hannah Wheeler was born in about 1647 in Concord, Massachusetts, the 8th and last child of George and Katherine (Pin) Wheeler, who settled in Concord by 1638[1].
Hannah "Whealer" married Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723), son of William and Lydia (–?–) (Bates) Fletcher. on 5 July 1673 (?) in Chelmsford, Massachusetts 
Hannah Wheeler was born in about 1647 in Concord, Massachusetts, the 8th and last child of George and Katherine (Pin) Wheeler, who settled in Concord by 1638.
Hannah "Whealer" married Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723), son of William and Lydia (–?–) (Bates) Fletcher. on 5 July 1673 (?) in Chelmsford, Massachusetts[1,6].  The marriage record in the Chelsmford vital records book says:

""WHEALER, Hannah, d. George, of Concord, and Samuell Fletcher, s. William, July 5, 1[torn, 1673?]."

They had ten children between 1673 and 1696, all recorded in the Chelmsford vital records book:
* 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-????).
Her father, George Wheeler (1606-1687) of Concord wrote his will on 28 January 1684/5, and it was proved on 2 July 1687 in Middlesex County Probate Court[2].  He bequeathed his estate to his children, including this:

"I give to my daughter Foxes children six pounds equall amongst them: I give to my four daughters Elizabeth Fletcher, Sarah Dudly, Ruth Hartwell & Hanah Fletcher the sume of fifteen pounds apiece in good & currant Countery pay to be paid to them in Concord currant price…"

Hannah (Wheeler) Fletcher died on 11 December 1697 in Chelmsford.  The death record in the town record book says:

"Hannah the wife of Samuel Fletcher Dyed the 11 of December 1697."

Hannah (Wheeler) Fletcher was buried in Forefather’s Burial Ground in Chelsmford, Massachusetts.  There is no extant stone, but there is a Find A Grave memorial for her[5].
   
5)  SOURCES

1. Myrtelle Wheeler Molyneaux, The Wheeler Family of Cranfield, England and Concord, Massachusetts and Some Descendants of Sgt. Thomas Wheeler of Concord (Long Beach, Calif. : the author, 1992), page 219, Hannah Wheeler birth entry, abt. 1647 in Concord.

2. Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex Cases 00001-01999 Estate File #1580 (7 images), George Wheeler of Concord estate, 1687; "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org : accessed 21 March 2021); Digitized mages provided by FamilySearch.org from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass.

3. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1914), Deaths, page 389, Hanah Flatcher entry, 11 December 1697, wife of Samuell.

4. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), "Chelmsford Town Land Records with Births, Marriages and Deaths," Page 346 (image 191 of 230), Hannah Fletcher death entry, 11 December 1697.

5. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (http://www.findagrave.com), Forefathers Burial Ground, Chelmsford, Mass., Hannah Wheeler Fletcher memorial #32751035.

6. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Marriages, page 231, and 344, Samuel Fletcher and Hannah Whealer entry, 5, July 1673(?).
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NOTE: In 2014, 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 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in https://www.geneamusings.com/p/ancestor-biographies.html.

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Posted On: April 16, 2021 at 11:20AM