Mary Fletcher1

#9998, (before 10 May 1633 - )
Father*John Fletcher1 (c 1602 - 1662)
Mother*Mary Ward1 (c 1607 - )
Her married name was Stevens.2 
Marriage*She married ____ Stevens.2 
Birth*before 10 May 1633She was born before 10 May 1633 at Stretton, Rutland, EnglandG.1,3 
Baptism10 May 1633She was baptized on 10 May 1633 at St. Nicholas Church, Stretton, Rutland, EnglandG.1 
22 April 1635In Richard Ward's will dated 22 April 1635, Mary Fletcher was named as an heir.4 
1639She removed with John Fletcher and Mary Ward in 1639 the new settlement of Milford.5 


  1. [S935] J. R. Hutchinson, "Ward of Connecticut: I. Widow Joice Ward of Wethersfield", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record XLIX (July 1918): as Mary Fletcher "my daughter" in the will of Richard Warde, 22 Apr 1635; parish register of Stretton, co. Rutland, 1633, Mary Fletcher, dau. of John and Mary, bap. May 10. Hereinafter cited as Ward of Connecticut: I. Widow Joice Ward of Wethersfield.
  2. [S165] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, four volumes (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-1862), II:173 "John [Fletcher], Wethersfield, m. bef. 1641, Mary, d. of wid. Joyce Ward, whose h. prob. came not to N. E. and by the old lady's will, 15 Nov. 1640, pro. 4 Mar. foll, naming s. Edward, left in Eng. Anthony, William, Robert, and John here, I presume this was her only d. She writes, that Mr. Wollerslove of Clipsham, Co. Rutland, was her atty. to receive money, and makes F. her s.-in-law, excor. See Trumbull, Coll. Rec. I. 451. He rem. to Milford, and had after liv. there two yrs. join, the ch. 1641, in wh. yr. his d. Sarah was bapt. Hannah, 1643, Eliz. 1645 ; Samuel, 1649, d. young; Abigail, 1652, so that Mary and Rebecca, we may be sure, were earlier of the six ds. by this w. He was deac. and d. 18 Apr. 1662. His wid. m. John Clark of Milford, wh. d. 1674, and when she made her will at Farrnington 1679, in it are ment. these ds. Mary Stevens, Rebecca, w. of the sec. Andrew Warner, Hannah, w. of John Chittenden of Guilford, Sarah, w. of John Stanley, Abigail F. unm. and Eliz. wh. was w. of Elnathan Botsford, wh. was d. leav. d. Eliz."
  3. [S935] J. R. Hutchinson, "Ward of Connecticut: I. Widow Joice Ward of Wethersfield", 264, family group.
  4. [S935] J. R. Hutchinson, "Ward of Connecticut: I. Widow Joice Ward of Wethersfield", 262: "I Richard Warde of Stretton in the countie of Rutland doe constitute and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following: — I give to Thomas Warde my eldest son 20s. and to every of his children one ewe sheepe worth 6s. 8d. I give unto Edward Warde my second son my shopp with all my working tooles, all the goods in my coffer at Stamford, and £5 to be paid one month after my decease and £10 within two years, and he shall be a servant to oversee his mother's business and to have his dyet of her so long as they are pleased to dwell together; and if he shall take such a wife as his mother shall be well pleased with, my will is that he shall have my house and homestead after his mother's decease; but if he marry contrary to his mother's mind, then my will is that Anthony my third son shall have it; and if Anthony die without issue, then William my fourth son shall have it; and if William die childless, then Robert my fift son shall have it; and if Robert die childless, then John my sixt son shall have my house and homestead. I give to Anthony my third son, at his age of one and twenty, £30 and one cupbord standing in the hall, and all the sheepe that are known to be his. 1 give to William my fourth son £10 at one and twenty. I give to Robert my fift son ,£20 at one and twenty. I give to John my sixt son £20 at one and twenty. I give unto Mary Fletcher my daughter 20s., and to Mary her daughter two ewe sheepe. To the parish church at Stretton 10s. To the poor inhabitants of Stretton 10s. All other my goods I give to Jeasse my now wife, whom I make my sole executrix, and I intreat John Rowlett, William Bacon and Thomas Hibbens my neighbours to be super- visors. Dated 22 April, 1635. Mark of Richard Warde. Witnesses: William Bacon, Thomas Hibbens. Proved at London 2 October, 1635, by the oath of Joyce Warde, the relict and executrix."Citing P. C. C., Sadler, 104.
  5. [S936] Federal Writers' Project, History of Milford Connecticut 1639–1939 (Bridgeport, Conn.: Braunworth & Co., 1939), 7 "The first General Court (town meeting), held on November 20, 1639, granted forty-four church members the franchise as 'free planters'." including John Fletcher, Richard Baldwin, Timothy Baldwin and Joseph Baldwin.