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also died. Mr. Eldred was a good citizen, but al-
ways avoided public life. He was a Republican in
politics, and an earnest member of the Congrega-
tional church, twice serving as superintendent of the
Sunday school.

Mr. Eldred married, October 2, 1848, Mary A.,
daughter of Albert Gallitan and Mary Cunningham
(Stott) Liscomb, of Fair Haven, Massachusetts,
and sister of N. S. Liscomb, mentioned above. Mr.
Liscomb, the father, was a ropemaker of Fair Ha-
ven, and during the gold era went to California,
taking with him his small slock of machinery. He
there worked very successfully at his trade for three
years, at the end of which time he returned to Fair
Haven, Mr. and Mrs. Eldred had no children. The
death of Mr. Eldred, which occurred in 1872, de-
prived the community of a good man and a worthy
citizen.

_ HON. THEODORE C. BATES. The ancestors
of Clement Bates, who was the first to come to
the United States of America, are traceable for five
(5) generations before the Pilgrims came to New
England.

Thomas Bates, of Lydd, parish of All Hallows,
county of Kent, England, who died in 1485, had a
son, John Bates, who died at Lydd, England, in
1522, leaving a son, Andrew Bates, who died at
Lydd. England, in 1533, leaving a son, James Bates,
who died at Lydd, England, in 1614, whose three
sons Clement. Edward and James embarked at Lon-
don, Ejigland. for New England, .April 6. 1635, in
the ship "Elizabeth," William Stagg, master.

Edward Bates settled at Weymouth, Massachu-
setts, James at Dorchester, Massachusetts, and
Clement in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Clement
Bates brought with him in 1635 — he then being forty
years of age — his wife Aima, also aged forty, and
his five children, as follows : James, aged fourteen ;
Clement, aged twelve ; Rachel, aged eight ; Joseph,
aged five; Benjamin, aged two; and two servants;
and there was born to them in Massachusetts a son
Samuel. March 24. 1639. On September 18. 1635,
Clement Bates received a grant of five acres of land
on Town street — now called South street, Cohasset,
which land has been in the possession of the
original grantee and his descendants for two and a
half centuries.

Joseph Bates, born in England, 1630, married
in Hingham. Massachusetts, January 9, 1657. Esther
Hilliard: was selectman in 1671 and later. He died
April 30. 1706. She died June 3, 1709. They had
nine children, all born in Hingham, Massachusetts:
Joseph, September 28, 1660; Esther, August 29,
1603; Caleb. March 30, 1666; Hannah, October 31.
1668; Joshua, August 14, 167 1 ; Bathsheba, January
26. 1674; Clement. September 22, 1676; Ellenor,
August 25. 1679: Abigail, October 16, 1780.

(Ill) Joseph Bates, son of Joseph (2), born
September 28. 1660, married Mary, daughter of
Samuel and Martha Lincoln. He died November 3,
1714. She died March. 1752, aged ninety years.



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They had six children: Mary, Joseph, Jonathan,
Rachel, Susanna and Hester.

(IV) Joseph Bates, son of Joseph (3), horn in
Hinghani, Massachusetts, March 6, 16S7, married
Dehorah, daughter o£ Samuel and Hannah (Gill)
Clap. He died in 1750. He was a deacon in the
church. They had five children, all born in Hing-
hani, Massachusetts: Joseph, May 6, 1714; Deborah,
April 2, 1716; Samuel, March 25, 1718; Jonathan,
March 27, 1720; Mary, April 10, 1723.

(V) Samuel Bates, son of Joseph (4), born
March 25, 1718, in 1737 married Mercy Beal. He
died, aged seventy-one, in 1789. They had twelve
children, all born in Hingham: Mordecai, June 29,
1738; Hannah, March 11, 1740; Joseph, June 11,
1742; Samuel, November 15, 17441 Mercy, February
IS, 1747; Adna, November 14, 1749; Mary, 1752;
Mary, February 15, 1755; Susanna, March 11, 1756;
Jonathan, May 5, 1757; Mary, April 30, 1760;
Thomas, January 12, 1763.

(VI) Samuel Bates, son of Samuel (5), born
November 15, 1744, married ^Martha, daughter of
Jonathan and Priscilla (Lincoln) Beal, who died in
1905. He died November 3, 1801, was drowned off
Cohassett Rocks. They had nine children, all born
at Cohassett, Massachusetts: Deborah, December 9.
1765; Eliza, January 20, 1767; Obadiah, August 20,
1769; Bela, May 10, 1772; Laban, April 3. '1774:
Sarah, January 26, 1777: Newcomb, April 17, 1779;
Samuel, January I, 1783; Sybil, February i, 1786.

(VII) Obadiah Bates, son of Samuel (6), born
August 20, 1769, was a private in Captain Peter
Lothrop's company of (Cohassett) Massachusetts
militia in the war of 1812: he married Hannah Beal,
of Cohassett. He died October 20, 1831, aged sixty-
two years. She died November II, 1841, aged
seventy years. They had six children, all born ai
Cohassett: Elijah, April 25, 1796: Martha, December
25, 1797; Hannah Loring, August 10, 1799; Mary,
May 5, 1802; Ann Beal, December 12, 1803; Joseph,
April 12, 1805.

Theodore C. Bates, youngest son of Elijah and
Sarah Fletcher Bates, is third in descent from
Obadiah Bates, who was a private in Captain Peter
Lothrop's company, (Cohassett) Massachusetts
militia, in the war of x8i2.

He is third in descent from Ensign Ebenezer
Beal, Jr., who was ensign of Captain Thomas
Jones' fourth company of Hingham militia in
Colonel Josiah Quincy's regiment, January 21, 1762.

He is fourth from Captain Ebenezer Beal, Sr..
of Hingham, Massachusetts, who was captain of the
Hingham company in Colonel Benjamin's company
in the Third Suffolk regiment, which marched to the
relief of Fort William, August 15, 1757.

He is fifth from Lazarus Beal, of Hingham,
Massachusetts, who was a representative to the
Masaschusetts Bay Colony or general court in 1719
and 1720.

He is sixth in descent from Lieutenant Jeremiah
Beal, of Hingham, Massachusetts, who was an en-
sign of the Hingham Foot Company. May 11, 1681,
and a lieutenant, March 30, 1683, and a representa-
tive to the Massachusetts Bay Colony or general
court in 1691. 1692 and 1701.

He is seventh in descent from Lieutenant John
Beal, of Hingham, Massachusetts, who was a dep-
uty in the Massachusetts Bay Colony or general
court from 1649 to 1659.

He is sixth from Captain Thomas Andrews, who
was captain of the Hingham company in 1690.

He is seventh in descent from Joseph Andrews,
who was a deputy in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
or general court from 1636 to 1638.

He is sixth from Samuel Clapp, son of Thomas



Clapp, of Hingham, Massachusetts, who was a
deputy from Scituate to Plymouth from 1680 to
16S6, from 1690 to 1691, from 1692 to 1696, from
1699 to 1703, 1705 to 1709 and 1714 and 1715, making
twenty years.

He is seventh from Thomas Clapp, who was a
deputy to Plymouth court in 1649.

He is eighth in descent from Edmund Hobart,
of Hingham, Massachusetts, who was a deputy in
the Massachusetts Bay Colony or general court in
1639, 1640 and 1642.

He is sixth in descent from Lieutenant James
Lewis, of Barnstable, Massachusetts, who was lieu-
tenant of the militia company in Barnstable
(1678).

He is fifth in descent from Lieutenant Benjamin
Loring, of Hull, who was ensign of the militia in
Hull from 1713 to 1715. He was a deacon in the
church. He held many town offices — town treasurer
1709, town clerk, 1717.

He is third in descent from Major Daniel
Fletcher, of Concord, Massachusetts, who was born
in Concord, Massachusetts, October 18, 1718.'

He is second in descent from Captain Jonathan
Fletcher, who was born in Acton, Massachusetts,
January 21, 1757.

He is fourth in descent from Lieutenant Jonathan
Hartwell, of Littleton, Massachusetts (1692-177S).

He is fifth in descent from John Hartwell, of
Concord, Massachusetts, who was a soldier in Cap-
tain Thomas Wheeler's company at the Indian am-
buscade and siege of Brookfield, August, 1675, ''i
King Philip's war.

He is sixth in descent from William Hartwell,
of Concord, Massachusetts, who was a corporal of
Concord company and quartermaster of Captain
Thomas Wheeler's company, October 15, 1673.

He is fifth in descent from Cornet Samuel
Fletcher, of Concord, Massachusetts, who was bugler
in Concord company, and in Captain Thomas
Wheeler's company in 1675, and was with Captain
Thomas Wheeler's company at the Indian attack in
Brookfield, Massachusetts.

He is fifth in descent from Ensign Thomas
Wheeler, Jr., of Concord, Massachusetts, son of
Captain Thomas Wheeler, and ensign of the Con-
cord company, which was commanded by his father.
Captain Thomas Wheeler, in King Philip's war at
Brookfield, Massachusetts, in 1675. At the time of
this battle or Indian ambuscade and siege, Captain
Thomas Wheeler was severely wounded and his
horse killed, whereupon Ensign Wheeler, his son,
placed his father on his own horse, and took his
father out of danger, and in doing so was twice
severely wounded in the attempt to rescue his father
from the perilous position and pursuit by the In-
dians, during the retreat of the ambuscade, in which
so many of Captain Thomas Wheeler's men were
killed and wounded ; he kept close beside his father
until he caught a horse, whose rider had been killed
by the Indians ; he then, with Captain Thomas
Wheeler, and the few soldiers who were escaping
and being closely pursued by the Indians, was by the
aid of two friendly Indians, brought back by a cir-
cuitous route, unknown to the soldiers, to the forti-
fied house at Brookfield, arriving there just before
the several hundred savages came and laid siege
to the fortified house so fiercely and destroyed and
burnt the houses of the town.

He is sixth in descent from Captain Thomas
Wheeler, of Concord, Massachusetts, who was in
command of the Colonial soldiers and the inhabi-
tants when attacked by the Indians at Brookfield.
when the town was destroyed and so many of its
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Tliomas Wheeler regarding the attack on Brook-
field by the Indians in August, 1675, 's one of the
most interesting of official records of the state
archives of the hardships endured by the early set-
tlers of Massachusetts and in King Philip's war.
He is sixth in descent from Lieutenant Simon
Davis, of Concord, Massachusetts, who served under
Captain Thomas Wheeler at~ the Brookfield ambus-
cade and siege August. 1675. in King Philip's war,
and who, after Captain Wheeler's wounds became so
serious, was one of those who was by Captain
Wheeler placed in command of the soldiers at
Brookfield in the fortified house.

There were five ancestors of Theodore C. Bates
with Captain Thomas Wheeler at the ambuscade by
the Indians and the siege of the fortified house, or
fort, at Brookfield, Massachusetts, August 5, 1675,
namely :

Captain Thomas Wheeler, Ensign Thomas
Wheeler, Jr., Lieutenant Simon Davis, Cornet Sam-
uel Fletcher, John Hartwell.

(VIII) Elijah Bates, son of Obadiah Bates (7),
born April 25, 1796, married Sarah Fletcher, young-
est daughter of Jonathan and Lucretia Emerson
Fletcher. Sarah Fletcher was born in Boston, Mas-
sachusetts, May 3, 1799, and died in Worcester, Mas-
sachusetts, September 28, 1890. Jonathan Fletcher,
her father, was born in Acton, Massachusetts, Janu-
ary 21, 1758, and died in Boston, Januarj' 16, 1807.
Lucretia Emerson, wife of Captain Jonathan
Fletcher, was born in Acton, Massachusetts, August
4, 1764. She married Jonathan Fletcher, May 20,
1782. Lucretia Emerson Fletcher died in Thomaston,
Maine, July 7, 1800. They had four children :
Francis, Susan, Lucretia, and Sarah.

Elijah Bates was born in Cohasset, Massachusetts,
April 25, 1796, died in North Brookfield, Massa-
chusetts, September 6, 1863. He was a furniture
manufacturer in Boston, Massachusetts, where he
gave seven years to learn his trade. He moved with
his wife and only child to North Brookfield, Mas-
sachusetts, in 1820. Then Brookfield was the largest
town between Boston and Springfield, on the Con-
necticut river. He was the first of his name in the
town. For many years, in addition to manufacturing
furniture, he did an extensive business manufac-
turing large wooden boxes for shipping boots and
shoes, for several large boot and shoe manufacturers
in North Brookfield and the adjoining towns. He
was a successful business man and although he was
unfortunate in meeting several heavy losses by fire,
having no insurance on his property destroyed, no
man ever lost a dollar by dealing with him. He held
many different town offices, having been selectman
and assessor for many years. He took a deep in-
terest in the old "Liberty Party" and the Anti-Slav-
ery agitation ; and when the war of the rebellion
came, he encouraged his sons to ofTcr their services
for the Union cause, and one of them, Thomas,
was the first person to enlist from North Brookfield.
THE FLETCHER FAMILY. "The Fletchers
are supposed to be of Norman descent, and to have
come over with William the Conquerer, as there
was a family of their name in the Southern part
of Normandy," so says Bentham in his "Baronetage
of England." The family name of Fletcher has
always been an honorable one in England, and there
are three Fletchers holding Baronetcies, and many
others have high offices in the army and navy, and
also in civil life.

The first of that name known to have come to
this country was Robert Fletcher, who was born in
Oxford. England, in 1592, as shown by the records
of his death found in the town records of Concord,



-Massachusetts. He settled in Concord. Massachu-
setts, in 1630, being thirty-eight years of age when
he came to America. He brought with him his
wife and two sons, named Luke and William, and
a daughter named Carey, also a brother William,
who afterward settled in Middletown, Connecticut
Robert Fletcher was a wealthy and influential man.
He died in Concord, Massachusetts, April 3, 1677,
aged eighty-five years. He had five children : Luke,
William, Carey, Samuel and Francis.

Francis Fletcher, the fifth child of Robert
I'lctcher, was born in Concord, Massachusetts, in
1636, and married, August i, 1656, Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of George and Catharine Wheeler. He re-
mained with his father in Concord, and became,
like his two older brothers who settled in the
adjoining towns, a great land owner. He was re-
ported "in full communion with ye Church" in
Concord in 1677, and was admitted a freeman the
same year. His wife Elizabeth died June 14, 1704.
They had eight children, viz : Samuel, Joseph, Eliza-
beth, John, Sarah, Hezekiah, Hannah and Benja-
min.

Samuel Fletcher, oldest son of Francis Fletcher,
was born August 6, 1657, and married Elizabeth
Wheeler, April 15, 1682. He was a selectman of
Concord many year.s, and town clerk from 1705
to 1713. He died October 23, 1744, and his wife
lived but three days after his death. They had
eleven children, all born in Concord. Massachusetts,
viz: Samuel (who died young), Joseph, Elizabeth,
Sarah, John. Hannah, Ruth. Rebecca, Samuel, Ben-
jamin and Timothy.

Joseph Fletcher, second son of Samuel Fletcher,
was born in Concord, Massachu.-etts. March 26,
1686. He married for his first wife, Elizabeth
Carter, December 20, 1704, and married, as his
second wife, Hepzibah Jones, July 11. 171 1. He
was made a deacon of the church in Acton, Massa-
chusetts, in 1738, and was a member of the com-
mittee to apportion the land to be set oflf from Con-
cord as "Concord Village" in 1723. afterwards
called Acton in 17.36. He died September n, 1746.
He lived on the site where his grandfather, Robert
Fletcher, first settled. By his first wife he had
three children : Lucy, Abigail and Lydia. By his
second wife he had five children : Lucy, Elizabeth,
Daniel. Charles. Elijah and Ruth.

Daniel Fletcher, fifth child and first son of Dea-
con Joseph Fletcher, was born in Concord, Massa-
chusetts, October 18, 1718. He was a lieutenant in
Captain David Melvin's company from March to
September. 1747, and was stationed at Northficld.
He was captain of a company in 1755 in His Ma-
jesty's service, coming from Acton. Massachusetts,
and served from September 10 to December 30,

1755. fifteen weeks and six days, as signed by
Daniel Fletcher. Boston. Massachusetts, March n,

1756. (See Vol. 94, p. 70, on Muster Roll of the
(iompany in State Archives at Boston, Mass.)

In Vol. 95. p. 320, "The Alarm List." whereof
Samuel Davies was captain. Daniel Fletcher's name
appears also as captain. This list included those
who were held in reserve, such as clergymen, dea-
cons Jn the church, etc.. 1757. Again, in the Massa-
chusetts Archives, Vol. 136. p. 504, is an account
for billctting soldiers on their return from Lake
George in 1758. On March 133. 1758, Daniel
Fletcher enlisted in Colonel Ebenezer Nichols' regi-
ment in the Canada Expedition, in which expedi-
tion he was wounded and taken prisoner. He en-
listed at that time from March 13 to November
28. 1758. as appears in Vol. 96, pp. 416 and 418,
upon a Muster Roll of a Company of Foot in His
Majestj-'s service in the French war, under the



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command of Captain Daniel Fletcher, in a regi-
ment raised by the Province of Massachusetts Bay
for the reduction of Canada, under Colonel Eben-
ezer Nichols. In Vol. 98, pp. 157 and 158, upon
the Mu.ster Roll of a Company in His Majesty's
service, under the command of Captain Daniel
Fletcher, it appears that he rendered service in the
capacity of captain from November 2, 1759, to Au-
gust I, 1760. In Vol. 98, p. 452, upon a Muster Roll
of Oiticers and Men in Captain Daniel Fletcher's
company, in Colonel Fryc's regiment, in the service
of the Province of Nova Scotia, he served as cap-
tain from January I, 1760, to the time of their dis-
charge, August I, of the same year. In 1768, Cap-
tain Daniel Fletcher was a member of the Honour-
able House of Representatives of His Majesty's
Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England,
begun and held at Boston, county of Suffolk, on
Wednesday, the 2Sth day of May, Anno Domini,
176S. (See the Journal of Massachusetts Bay, May,
1768, to April, 1770, No. 16, p. 4, Captain Daniel
Fletcher acting member.) In 1772 Captain Daniel
Fletcher was appointed on a committee of public
affairs. On June 26, 1776, under Field Oiificers of
the Regiment raising for Quebec. New York and
Ticonderoga, John Cummings, Esq. was elected
brigadier-general of the forces destined to Canada.
(See Vol. 26, p. 277.) On June s, of the same year,
James Brickett, Esq., was elected in the room of
John Ctminiings, who declined to be colonel of the
rcaiment to be raised in Middlesex county. Jonathan
Reed, colonel, Benjamin Brown, lieutenant-colonel,
Daniel Fletcher, major. (See Brooks' Militia Of-
ficers, 6-months Men, Continental Balances, Vol. 28,
p. 28, red mark, and p. 72.) (See also Vol. 26, p.
277, Roll and Abstract of the File, and Staff Officers
'as proposed in the Spring of 1776, Col. Reed's Regi-
ment, in the Northern Army in the Service of the
United States of America ; Jonathan Reed to be
Colonel, from Littleton, Mass.; Benjamin Brown
to be Lieutenant-Colonel, from Reading, Mass. ;
Daniel Fletcher to be Major, from Littleton, Mass. ;
William Emerson to be Chaplain, from Concord,
Mass.; John Porter to be Adjutant, from Littleton,
Mass. : Edmund Monroe to be Quartermaster, from
Lexington. Mass. ; David Taylor to be Sergeant,
from Charlestown, Mass. ; Ezekiel Brown to be Ser-
geant's Mate, from Concord, Mass.) At the same
time, his son, Jonathan Fletcher, was in the revolu-
tionary war as a private in Captain Samuel Reed's
company of Minute !Men, in Colonel William Pres-
cott's regiment, as is demonstrated by the fact
that the name of Jonathan Fletcher is on file of the
Revolutionary Rolls of Massachusetts among the
names "For the Muster Roll of Captain Samuel
Reed's Company of Minute Men, in Colonel Wil-
liam Prescott's Regiment, who, on and after the
19th day of April last (1775), did inarch in con-
sequence of the Alarm on that day ;" dated at "Lit-
tleton. February 19, 1776." (See Vol. 56 Coat Rolls.)
He served as a Minute Man at the Lexington Alarm
six days, from April 19 to 24, 1775.

Major Daniel Fletcher was elected by the Massa-
chusetts assembly, June 26. 1776, or after the revo-
lutionary war had commenced, as a major in the
Third liattalion. destined to Canada. (See Vol. 26,
p. 277. Revolutionary Rolls at State House.)

Major Daniel Fletcher died in Acton, Massa-
chusetts, Dccemlier 15, 1776, in the fifty-ninth year
of his age, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
at Acton, about one mile east from the center of
the town.

Major Daniel Fletcher, first son of Deacon
Joseph Fletcher, was born in Concord, Massachu-
sets, October 18, 1718. He married Sarah Hart-



well, of West ford, Massachusetts, the intention of
marriage having been entered November 12, 1741.
They had nine children, all born in Acton, Massa-
chusetts: Daniel, Charles (who died young), Peter,
Sarah, Ruth, Joseph. Charles, Jonathan and Betsey.

Jonathan Fletcher, eighth child and sixth son of
Major Daniel and Sarah Hartwell Fletcher, was
born in Acton. Massachusetts, January 21, 175".
Major Daniel Fletcher, father of Captain Jonathan
Fletcher, was connected with the Revolutionary war
very early in the struggle, of which fact there is
abundant evidence. Jonathan Fletcher enlisted April
-4- 1/75. in Captain Abijah Wyman's company.
Colonel William Prescott's regiment, as from Lit-
tleton, although his father. Major Daniel Fletcher,
was a citizen of Acton. (See Vol. 16, p. 76, Massa-
chusetts Revolutionary Rolls.) He was in the battle
of Bunker Hill, in which battle Colonel Prescott's
regiment suffered such severe loss of life. He
served eight months or more in the revolutionary
army at the siege of Boston under General Wash-
ington. (See Vol. 56, Coat Rolls, p. 66, October 3,
1775, a'so Vol. 16, p. 76.) Vol. 57 contains Jona-
ihan Fletcher's autograph. Under figure seven of
indexes of that volume, in Captain Abijah Wyman's
company, is the receipt of Jonathan Fletcher for
supplies, dated November 14, 1775. On January
15. "^jy^i' 'lis name appears on the roll of Captain
David Wheeler's company, in Colonel Nixon's regi-
ment, as a fifer from Acton, Massachusetts. (See
Vol, 24, p. 7,;. Massachusetts Revolutionary Rolls.)
In 1777 he was a private in Captain George Minot's
company, CLilonel Samuel Bullard's regiment. (See
Vol. 21. p. 79, Massachusetts Revolutionary Rolls.)
Jonathan Fletcher is recorded as a lieutenant. Feb-
ruary 27. 1778, and was on the pay roll of Captain
Jacob Haskin's company. Colonel John Jacob's regi-
ment. (See Vol. 2, p. 83, Massachusetts Revolu-
tionary Rolls.) How much before that time he was
conimi.=sioned as a lieutenant, we are unable to find
liy the records. From the pay rolls, it is thought
it must have been nearly or quite a year. He served
five months and twenty days from February 27,
1778. as a lieutenant in this company. (See Vol.
2, p. 83, Massachusetts Revolutionary Rolls.) (Vol.
46. p. 162, shows Lieutenant Jonathan Fletcher's ac-
counts from December i, 1778 to January I, 1779.)
He was in continuous service as a lieutenant, until
we find that he had been commissioned as captain
in the Ninth Company of the Seventh Regiment, on
July 27. 1780. (See Vol. 28, p. 66, Massachusetts
Revolutionary Rolls.)

On November i, 1781, the town of Fitchburg
was required to pay certain soldiers who had not
been paid for service, among them was Captain
Jonathan Fletcher, who received from the selectmen
of Fitchburg, one hundred and five pounds and mile-
age for seventy-five miles to each of his men. by
order of the general court. The soldiers constitut-
ing his company came from the towns of Lexing-
ton, Acton, Westminster and Fitchburg. (See Vol.
,1,^. P- 535. Massachusetts Revolutionary Rolls.) He
remained as Captain until the close of the war. so
(hat from the time he was commissioned as lieu-
tenant, made him in continuous service as lieuten-
ant or captain nearly or quite six years, and as pri-
vate or officer from the very commencement of the
revolutionary war, April 19, 1775 (being then but
eighteen years of age), in the battle of Lexington
to its final termination in 1783. Captain Jonathan
Fletcher had a very elegant sword presented to him
liv the soldiers of his company at the close of the
war, which sword was destroyed at the time the
Rates family residence at North Brookfield was
burned in 1844. There was also destroyed at that



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time a large family Bible, prepared by Captain Jona-
than Fletclier, and containing a perfect and full
record of the Fletcher family, extending back
through many generations and branches.

Captain Jonathan Fletcher was a warm personal
friend of Paul Revere and also of General Henry



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