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William Fletcher, Sr. (son of John Fletcher and Mary)9 was born Abt. 1700 in England, and died 1774 in Essex, Virginia. He married Mary Prichard on 1720, daughter of Roger Prichard and Rebecca.

 Includes NotesNotes for William Fletcher, Sr.:
Info taken from "History of Virginia":
Fletcher as a family name dates back to the latter half of the twelfth century. After the marriage of Henry II of England to Eleanor of Guienne, in 1152, there began between France and England a war which was almost constant for two hundred years. As a result of this war there was a steady stream of men, old soldiers, going from France to England; and these men of French birth, fighting under an English master, introduced into England many French family names.
"The arrow maker" in French was "Le Flechier," and Flechier had become a family name in France, derived from two family names--one Fletcher and the other "Arrowsmith."
The Fletchers multiplied prodigiously and they prospered; and Sir Bernard Burke, the highest English authority, gives a list of twenty-five coats of arms granted Fletcher families during the next four or five centuries after the name became Anglicized.

More About William Fletcher, Sr. and Mary Prichard:
Marriage: 1720

Children of William Fletcher, Sr. and Mary Prichard are:
  1. +Reuben Fletcher, b. 1757, Essex County, Virginia, d. December 20, 1834, Iredell County? or Buncombe County? , North Carolina.
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