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THE FLETCHER FAMILY OF ANDERSON, INDIANA AND CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA

Marjorie Fletcher     Page Update: November 2011

Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1

Thomas Wilson Fletcher 2

Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3

Thomas E. Fletcher 4

Robert E. Fletcher 5

THOMAS FLETCHER, SR. 1 AND SUSANNAH (WILLSON) FLETCHER 

 

Thomas Fletcher, Sr.

1803-1856

 

       Thomas Fletcher, Sr. was born 19 December 1803 in the state of Maryland and died 5 June 1856 in Ohio. He is buried in the Methodist Cemetery in Beallsville, Monroe County, Ohio. On 5 April 1827 he married Susannah Willson born in 1803; died 23 November 1873. She was the daughter of William and Deborah (possibly Ridgeway) Willson. Thomas and Susannah Fletcher were the parents of six children.

Children of Thomas Fletcher, Sr. and Susannah (Willson) Fletcher

1. Julia Fletcher 2 (Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 1828, she married in 1845, George W. Turner

2. William Thorne Fletcher 2 (Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 9 December 1830; died 17 March 1895; buried in Beallsville, Monroe County, Ohio. He married 15 October 1871 in Monroe County, Ohio, Maria Pauline Steward born 6 September 1839; died 14 April 1918 in Beallsville, Ohio; buried in Beallsville Cemetery, Beallsville, Ohio. She was the daughter of Noah Steward and Margaret (Armstrong) Steward.

3. Thomas Wilson Fletcher 2 (Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 9 October 1832 in Ohio; died 12 January 1910 in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He is buried in Beallsville, Monroe County, Ohio. He married 7 May 1857, Lydia Ann Thornberry born 9 December 1836 in Beallsville, Ohio; died 14 January 1912 in Beallsville, Ohio, daughter of Madison Thornberry born 26 March 1812; died 14 January 1886 in Beallsville, Ohio and Joanna (Griffith) Thornberry born 1806/1807 in Ohio; died 25 May 1858 in Ohio.

4. John Callendar Fletcher 2 (Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 28 June 1834 in Ohio; died 17 April 1916 in La Clede, Linn County, Missouri. He married (1) 30 October 1856, Elizabeth Kinney; died January 1859 (2) in 1875, Ellen Brickele of Brookfield, Linn County, Missouri.

THE HISTORY OF LINN COUNTY, MISSOURI 1883

    Mr. Fletcher (John Callendar Fletcher) was born in Belmont County, Ohio 28 June 1834, and was reared and educated in that and Monroe County. His early life was spent on the farm and in working at the carpenter's trade. When he became of age he engaged in farming and continued till the war broke out. On the 9th of November 1861, Mr. Fletcher enlisted in Company F, of the Fifteenth Ohio Infantry and was with his regiment in the battles of Shiloh, Stone River, Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge and various other fights and skirmishes and was in the campaign from Dalton to Atlanta. He was wounded near Kennesaw Mountain, which disabled him from duty for several months. He was mustered out at Pulaski, Tennessee, November 9, 1864, having served three years. Returning to Belmont County, Ohio, he ran an engine for an oil company for two years. In 1867 he came out to Linn County, Missouri to look at the country and staid a year. He then returned to Ohio and in 1869 moved his family to La Clede, where he has since resided. The first two years he took charge of a lumber yard for the proprietor at La Clede and since then he has been working at the carpenter's trade. Mr. Fletcher was married the first time to Miss Elizabeth Kinney of Belmont County, Ohio. She died in January 1859 after having borne one child that died a few weeks before the mother, aged one year. He was again married in 1875 to Miss Ellen Brickele of Brookfield, Missouri, a native of Olean, New York. Mr. Fletcher belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is a consistent and faithful member. He also belongs to the Good Templar's order and is in all a good citizen (copied exactly as printed).

5. Charles Nicholas Fletcher 2 (Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 1 October 1836. He married 1 May 1858 in Monroe County, Ohio, Mary J. McCoy.

6. Henrietta Elizabeth Fletcher (Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 8 June 1838; married 11 October 1871, Thomas B. Jackson. they were the parents of two children: Florence W. Jackson and Clarence W. Jackson. Thomas B. Jackson  taught school some fifteen years in West Virginia and Ohio and being a good mechanic, devoted much of his leisure time to cabinet making and carpentry. Being active in politics as a republican he received, in 1883, the republican nomination for auditor of Belmont County but was defeated with the state ticket and much of the county ticket on account of a prohibition amendment to the constitution being advocated by the party. Mr. Jackson subsequently engaged in office work, bookkeeping and insurance and on June 25, 1889, took out a patent on a fireplace heater of his own invention, intended to secure the advantages of a hot air furnace capable of heating several rooms from an ordinary grate. Mr. Jackson is a member of the G. A. R. post at Barnsville, Mrs. Jackson and son are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. (From "The History of the Upper Ohio Valley", Volume II).

GENERATION 2

THOMAS WILLSON FLETCHER 2 AND LYDIA ANN (THORNBERRY) FLETCHER

    Thomas Willson Fletcher 2 (Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 9 October 1832 in Belmont County, Ohio; died 12 January 1910 in New Philadelphia, Ohio; buried in Beallsville Cemetery, Beallsville, Monroe County, Ohio. He married 7 May 1857 in Belmont County, Ohio, Lydia Ann Thornberry born 9 December 1836 in Beallsville, Monroe County, Ohio; died 14 January 1912 in Beallsville, daughter of Madison Thornberry born 26 March 1812; died 14 January 1886 in Beallsville, Ohio and Joanna (Griffith) Thornberry born 1806/1807 in Ohio; died 25 May 1858 in Ohio.

Children of Thomas Willson Fletcher and Lydia Ann (Thornberry) Fletcher

1. Lucy Joan Fletcher 3 (Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 1861 in Ohio; married William Ross Lindsey.

2. William Fletcher 3 (Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 1865 in Ohio

3. Emma Fletcher 3 (Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 12 February 1867 in Beallsville, Monroe County, Ohio; married 14 June 1906 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Michael Valentine Ream born 4 October 1852 in Shadesville, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, son of M. V. Ream and Louisa M. (Miller) Ream. He was vice president of the Fletcher Enamel Company until his death in 1935. He was succeeded by his wife, Mrs. Emma (Fletcher) Ream. Michael V. Ream was a Probate Judge for Tuscarawas County, Ohio from 1903-1908.

4. Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3 (Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Tomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 13 March 1869 in Beallsville, Monroe County, Ohio; died 12 July 1833 in Charleston Kanawha County, West Virginia; buried in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, West Virginia. He married 9 December 1891, Ida Eoff Glover born 14 July 1870 at Jacobsburg, Belmont County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Josiah Dillon Glover and Mary Jane McNiece married (1) Mr. McMannus (2) Josiah Dillon Glover.

5. Solon Fletcher 3 (Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 14 April 1871 in Beallsville, Monroe County, Ohio; died 19 February 1944 in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia; buried in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, West Virginia. He married 26 April 1899 in Belmont County, Ohio, Sarah McClarin born 26 November 1871 in Bridgeport, Ohio. She was the daughter of Archibald McClarin and Elizabeth (Cunningham) McClarin. Before Solon Fletcher entered the enamel business he was a bookkeeper for the Troll Coal Mining Company of St. Clairsville, Ohio. In 1906 he joined his brother, U. G. Fletcher in the sales organization at New Philadelphia. Aside from the interest Mr. Fletcher takes in the company and it's employees, he has a keen interest in the civic welfare of Dunbar. He is a man who enjoys seeing people contented and happy. He does his good deeds quietly, without aim for reward or praise.

6. Minerva Fletcher 3 (Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born February 1873; married William (Unknown), no further information.

7. Rachel Fletcher 3 (Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1)  No further information.

8. Lydia Fletcher 3 (Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) No further information.

GENERATION 3

ULYSSES GRANT FLETCHER 3 AND IDA EOFF (GLOVER) FLETCHER

Fletcher Family Home, Charleston, W.V.

Ida Eoff (Glover) Fletcher

Ulysses Grant Fletcher

    Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3 (Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) was born 13 March 1869 in Beallsville, Monroe County, Ohio; died 12 July 1933 in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia; buried in Sunset Memorial Park in South Charleston, West Virginia. He married 9 December 1891 in Ohio, Ida Eoff Glover born 14 July 1870; died 8 June 1957 in Charleston, West Virginia. She is buried in Sunset Memorial Park. She was the daughter of Josiah Dillon Glover and Mary Jane (McNiece) married (1) Mr. McMannus (2) Josiah Dillon Glover. Mary Jane McNiece was born in Belfast, Ireland. See The Glover Family.

    Ulysses was originally a teacher but he had a flair for selling and he took a job with a company in Bellaire, Ohio selling enamel ware. Later, he joined with his sister's (Emma Fletcher) husband, Michael Ream and Solon Fletcher, his brother and they formed the Fletcher Enamel Company. They first located at Anderson, Indiana because that city advertised free land to any manufacturer who wished to erect a plant in their town. This occurred about 1910. Later the company moved to Dunbar, West Virginia to be nearer the steel market and because West Virginia had natural resources (coal and gas) for making glass. After the three original partners had died, Frank Glover Fletcher (son of Ulysses) took over the business. During World War II, the company added a "shell shop" which made 60 mm shells under a federal contract. At this time, the Fletcher Enamel Company had about 500 employees.

THE WEST VIRGINIA REVIEW, APRIL 1943, PAGE 16

    The Fletcher Enamel Company at Dunbar, West Virginia, produces a large percentage of the enameled ware used by American and Canadian housewives. The company is equipped to produce more that 268 items. It normally employs an average of 650 persons. The peak production ranges between 20,000 and 39,000 assorted pieces of enameled ware per day.

    Fletcher Enamel Company is one of the many important industries which came to the Kanawha Valley after the tapping of the rich natural gas fields of this region. The original Fletcher plant was at Anderson, Indiana. The idea for the company was conceived sometime before its organization by two brothers, Ulysses G. Fletcher and Solon Fletcher. At the time, they were operating a sales organization for enameled ware with offices located in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Like many other aggressive young men, the two brothers believed they could improve upon the quality of enameled ware then produced. They discussed the plan with their brother-in-law, Michael V. Ream. The trio formed a partnership in 1908, and the following year they built their first plant in Anderson, Indiana.

    The strategic location of Dunbar in relation to natural resources was attracting attention. Three other companies had already moved into the new region. The Fletcher executives studied the location and its possibilities and in 1914, they moved into the valley and became Dunbar's fourth pioneer industry.

    The first enamel plant is Dunbar was unpretentious. It employed approximately fifty people. Its first furnaces were of the box type, operated by hand and the entire enameling system was slow moving and tedious. The initial capital investment was $25,000. Officials proudly point to the fact that this original amount has been so well managed that during the thirty-five years since the company's founding there has been no need for the addition of more money. The building up of this plant has been so well planned and gradual that few realize it now covers more than five acres of ground. As the need for space increased, small additions were built to the original factory. These were gradually joined together until the entire unit, with the exception of the cafeteria, are under one roof. The equipment in the plant today consists of three large continuous furnaces and an impressive assortment of other modern machinery essential in the manufacture of quality enameled ware.

    Ulysses G. Fletcher was the president of the Fletcher Enamel Company. He served in this capacity until his death in 1933. At that time he was succeeded by Solon Fletcher, the present chief executive of the firm, who had previously been secretary and treasurer. Michael V. Ream was vice-president of the company until his death in 1935. He was succeeded by his wife, Mrs. Emma (Fletcher) Ream. J. Carroll Fletcher, son of Solon Fletcher is secretary and general manager.

Mary Eleanor Fletcher

Thomas E. and Sarah E. (Billiu) Fletcher

Children of Ulysses Grant Fletcher and Ida Eoff (Glover) Fletcher

1. Frank Glover Fletcher 4 (Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 12 February 1893 in Martin's Ferry, Belmont County, Ohio; died 30 May 1958 in Dunbar, West Virginia; married 25 April 1914 at Anderson, Indiana where he had been working for his father in the Fletcher Enamel Company, Pamela White, daughter of John Lester White and Alice Anne (Frodsham) White who were both born in England, Frank Glover Fletcher and his bride, Pamela moved to Dunbar, West Virginia where the Fletcher Enamel Company had relocated. Frank later became president of the company. Pamela Fletcher died 14 July 1969 at Milton, West Virginia. Both are buried at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, West Virginia.

2. Thomas Edmond Fletcher 4 (Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 3 July 1895 in Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio; died 10 April 1958 in Vallejo, Solano County, California; buried in Sunrise Memorial Cemetery in Vallejo, California. He married about 1916, Sarah Esther Billiu, born 26 April 1896 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana; died 31 December 1949 in the Methodist Hospital in Los Angeles County, California; buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California. She was the daughter of William Kyle Billiu and Sadie Claire (Brown) Billiu. See THE BILLIU FAMILY. Thomas and Sarah Esther Fletcher divorced about 1933/1934.

3. Mary Eleanor Fletcher 4 ( Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 2 March 1899 in Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio; died 14 June 1976 in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia. She never married and continued to live at the original family home until her death.

4. John R. Fletcher 4 (Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 14 July 1901 in Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio; died 7 January 1987 in Yerington, Lyon County, Nevada. He married (1) name unknown (2) Jessie Smith born 21 November 1895; died March 1986 in Yerington, Lyon County, Nevada.

5. Louise Elizabeth Fletcher 4 (Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 10 September 1908 in New Philadelphia, Ohio; died 27 July 1983 in Charleston, West Virginia. She married Reginald Camm White, born 12 December 1894; died July 1980. Louise and Reginald White had no children and continued to live at the Fletcher family home until their deaths.

GENERATION 4

THOMAS EDMOND FLETCHER 4 AND SARAH ESTER (BILLIU) FLETCHER

L-R: Marshall G., Sarah E., Thomas G. Fletcher ca 1922

Thomas, Sarah E. (Billiu) Fletcher ca 1916

Fletcher's at Coney Island, NY ca. 1929

    Thomas Edmond Fletcher 4 (Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 3 July 1895 in Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio; died 10 April 1958 in Vallejo, Solano County, California. He married (1) about 1916, Sarah Esther Billiu born 26 April 1896 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana; died 31 December 1949 at the Methodist Hospital in Los Angeles, California; buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California. Thomas and Esther divorced about 1933/1934  (2) Myrtle Jane (Sharp) Fletcher. She was first married to Mr. Scroggins. Myrtle was born 20 October 1897; died 13 April 1973. She was the daughter of Johile Martin Sharp (Scharb in German) and Mary Jane (Mutespaugh) Sharp. Myrtle's first husband was Walter Newton Scroggins. They had two children; Nora Mae who died young and Jules Felix Scroggins born 25 February 1920 in, probably Kansas; died 25 June 2000 in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Thomas Gordon Fletcher

L-R: Bill, Marshall G. Fletcher

Robert Fletcher

L-R: Robt., William Fletcher

Children of Thomas Edmond Fletcher and Sarah Esther (Billiu) Fletcher

1. Thomas Gordon Fletcher 5 (Thomas Edmond Fletcher 4, Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Wilson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) a twin, born 16 June 1917 in Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia; died 6 May 1945 at Cherry Point, North Carolina. He was killed in a plane crash while on a training exercise. He was buried in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in South Charleston, West Virginia. He was never married.

2. Marshall Grant Fletcher 5 (Thomas Edmond Fletcher 4, Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Wilson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) a twin, born 16 June 1917 in Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia; died 29 December 1973 in Dunbar, Kanawha County West Virginia. He married (1) Phyllis June Hill born 30 June 1920; died 28 December 2001. They had one child and then divorced. (2) Faith Hanning, they had five children.

3. William Richard Fletcher 5 (Thomas Edmond Fletcher 4, Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 11 November 1923 in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia; died 25 April 1980 in California. He was never married.

4. Robert Edgar Fletcher 5 (Thomas Edmond Fletcher 4, Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1)

Child of Thomas Edmond Fletcher and Georgia Edith Miller

1. Thomas Nile Fletcher 5 (Thomas Edmond Fletcher 4, Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) born 1 March 1929 in Charleston, West Virginia; died 2 March 1981 in Cartersville, Georgia. He married (1) Kathleen Rollins (2) Pearl Thompson.

GENERATION 5

ROBERT E. FLETCHER 5 AND MARJORIE FLETCHER

Robert Fletcher 1946

Robert and Marjorie Fletcher 2005

Fletcher Family 2006

    Robert Edgar Fletcher 5 (Thomas Edmond Fletcher 4, Ulysses Grant Fletcher 3, Thomas Willson Fletcher 2, Thomas Fletcher, Sr. 1) is a three year Navy Veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific aboard LST 242. He married Marjorie and they have 3 children 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

 

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