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14-12-2005, 4:27 AM
Has anyone found the Fletcher family in Combwich, Somerset. Robert Fletcher was born in Combwich and married and Elizabeth. I have one known child Adelaide who was baptised 1836 in Otterhampton (now part of the same parish as Combwich). The 1871 shows only Elizabeth in Combwich and Roberts occupation is given as Captain not at home. Also in 1871 Adelaide is living at Barnards Farm, Sidbury (now Sid Valley Hotel) where she is a housekeeper. She later married the son of the house William Henry Moore. On her marriage certificate in 1872 her fathers occupation is given as Master Mariner (deceased). Still don't know how or where he died. Would be great to hear from anyone with connections to this family.

14-12-2005, 10:42 PM

Do you have any information from other censuses? The 1861 census shows a son and a granddaughter in [what looks to be] your FLETCHER household...

Address: ?Frisen? St, Bridgwater, Somerset
RG9/1624 Folio 35 Page 25

Elizabeth FLETCHER Head W 46 Formerly dressmaker [born] Somerset Puritan [or Puriton]
Adelaide do Daur Un 24 do Otterhampton
Robert do Son Un 22 Solicitor's Cl. do do
?Ann E. WRIGHT Granddaughter 8 Scholar Wilts New Swindon


14-12-2005, 11:01 PM

The FLETCHERs in 1851...

Address: Bristol Road, Puriton, Somerset
HO107/1925 Folio 289 Page 40

Elizabeth FLETCHER Head Widow 36 Dress Maker [born] Som Puriton
Henrietta " Daur Un 18 " " Combwitch [sic]
Mary Jane " " Un 16 " " Puriton
Robert Son Un 12 Appr to Attorney " Combwitch [sic]
Thomas " Un 7 Scholar " Bridgwater
Hugh WRIGHT Lodger Un 25 Steam Engine Fitter York Hull

So, you can probably assume that Elizabeth's husband, Robert, died before 1851. There is a death record for a Robert FLETCHER in the September quarter of 1838 in Bridgwater [Volume 10 Page 334] but note that this is some 6 years before the birth of Thomas.

Also worth noting is the lodger's surname. It seems likely that one of the daughters married Hugh WRIGHT and their daughter is the Anne E. WRIGHT on the 1861 census.

But where's Adelaide? She would be about 14. Perhaps she is in service or with relatives elsewhere.


15-12-2005, 1:30 AM

In case you're interested... it appears that lodger Hugh married Fletcher daughter, Henrietta:

Address: 39 Westcott Place, Swindon, Wiltshire
RG9/1272 Folio 34 Page 19

Hugh W WRIGHT Head Mar 35 Fitter and Furner [sic] [born] Hull York
Henrietta Do Wife Mar 28 Bridgewater [sic]
Robert F Do Son 7 Swindon Wilts
Theophilus* Do Son 5 Do Swindon Wilts
Albert G WRIGHT Son 3 Swindon Wilts
Hugh WRIGHT Son 1 Do

*Note: "Stephen W" has been stroked out and "Theophilus" written in above.


15-12-2005, 1:44 AM
And 1871:

17 Wellington St, Swindon, Wiltshire
RG10/1883 Folio 41 Page 22

Hugh WRIGHT Head Marr 45 Engine Furner [sic] [born] Hull Yorkshire
Henrietta WRIGHT Wife Marr 38 Cumbwich [sic] Somersetshire
Ann WRIGHT daug Un 18 New Swindon Wilts
Robert WRIGHT Son 16 School Pupil Teacher do
Theophlus [sic] WRIGHT Son 15 Engine Fitter Apprentice do
Albert WRIGHT Son 13 Office Boy do
Hugh WRIGHT Son 11 Scholar do
Mary WRIGHT daug 9 do do
Beatrice WRIGHT daug 7 do do
Henrietta WRIGHTdaug 5 do do


08-01-2006, 6:37 PM
Thanks for your help


Leslie J. Fahy
21-10-2014, 5:49 PM
After some research I finally came across your “Fletcher family in Combwich” post. In Trish’s reply to you of 15/12/2005 all of those mentioned are in an old family bible which is currently for sale on ebay listed,
1859 HOLY BIBLE - pub GLASGOW CHRIST JERUSALEM GOSPEL. From Antiquarianbooks-uk.
Kind regards

Leslie J. Fahy

01-11-2014, 5:00 PM
Thanks for letting me know about this Leslie. What are the chances of finding a family bible on ebay. I have sent off my payment. I wonder if that has happened to anyone else. The names are definately in my family tree. I will be eternally grateful to you for finding this.


01-11-2014, 5:25 PM
Here is the ebook on Robert Fletcher.

It took me a while but I was able to find my great grandmother's name in the book.


My book that I have was printed in 1979 by Ida Florence Wright Crozier was only done more thoroughly on Daniel, 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Most of all the Daniels lines lived in Ontario Canada.

02-11-2014, 2:17 PM
Thanks Sandra,

What a fascinating book about the origins of the name Fletcher and a history of those in the US. I am not aware of any US links just now especially back as far as the Pilgrim Fathers but it is definately something worth considering if I do make any progress there. I still have no further back that Robert Fletcher born approx 1811 Combwich, Somerset, UK who married Elizabeth born approx 1815 Puriton, Somerset. Robert was a sailor. Perhaps when time allows I will make more progress with a visit to the record office as there is nothing new on the websites I am signed up to. Thanks Alison

02-11-2014, 8:01 PM
Marriage at Bridgwater [St Mary]
1831 July 5 Robert FLETCHER bach of Whitby, York & Elizabeth ORMOND spin of the parish by license.

02-11-2014, 10:38 PM
That sounds promising. Only one I had found was one of a Robert Fletcher to an Elizabeth in Bath but it didn't quite fit. A marriage in 1931 would tie in well with the birth of first child in about 1833. Robert was dead by 1851 and Elizabeth then lived in Bridgwater.


03-11-2014, 2:29 AM
You are very welcome. Very interesting info for sure. :)

03-11-2014, 3:06 AM
If that link doesn't work. Click on open library then type Robert Fletcher in the search. Then click Fletcher Genealogy then click on the read online.

03-11-2014, 9:48 AM
I think it likely that the wife is Elizabeth OSMOND rather than ORMOND. I transcribed all the marriages for Somerset 1813-1837
and therefore know this is the only Robert FLETCHER at all possible. The problem is another person indexed from my transcript
and it would take some time to find my original transcription. It is possible there is a transcript of Bridgwater online. Check Ian
Sage Somerset on Google and follow for info on parishes.