My current brick wall is the parents of
Benjamin Patton Fletcher. I have
searched the 1850 Virginia census
in hopes of finding a child Ben born
about when B. P. Fletcher was born, and have
come up with nothing. I truely believe
that maybe the 1860 census should
be searched and my Ben was born
after the census cut off date for 1850.
Therefore not allowing him to show
up on the 1850 census.
Other researchers of my line, cousins have
also hit the brick wall, and somewhere we are
missing something, or have not looked into
the right records yet. I do believe they are
out there somewhere, just too many Fletchers
for him to fall out of the sky and begin living.
If you have any clues or can offer any suggestions as to
how I can find out who the parents of my B. P. Fletcher was,
please email me.
The story goes as follows: Benjamin Patton Fletcher was about 1850
according to the 1880 census. Only census he has been located on to
date, In the state of Virginia. He traveled to Tennessee where he met
and married Mary Virginia Dodson/Dotson in 1872. After a few years
and several children later, the Fletcher family moved to Kaufman
County, Texas, where Ben worked for the railroad. They lived in a tent
upon a hillside, where my great grandfather was raised until the death
of his parents. Benjamin Patton Fletcher contracted Pneumonia in about
1889 and died. He is buried someplace in Kaufman County, Texas. But
does not have a headstone. His wife, my great great grandmother, who
was called Jennie, died of Yellow Jaundice only about 6 months after
the death of her husband, and about 2 weeks after the birth of her last
child Winnie. Their oldest daughter, Ida Jane Fletcher Klutts,
married at the age of 14 years and took in her brothers and sisters.
The boys left in search of work and making their own lives in the world.
Henry Clay and Benjamin Franklin Fletcher both landed in Hamilton
County, Texas where they both found work. It is not know if they went
there together or worked at the same place. Much of this story is on
my website here in the Fletcher Story. No death certificates were filed
on either of my great great grandparents, so no help there. I believe
that Mary Virginia Dodson died in April or May of 1890 since the 1900
census states that Winnie was born in April of 1890.
At the burial place of my great great grandparents also rests one of
their small children. Charles P. Fletcher who I believe died in July 1883.
The local newspaper only states that a small child of Mr. Fletcher died
last week, was listed in July 1883. However, there was 2 Fletcher families
living in this area at the same time frame and the families are not
closely related. No connection has been made to this other Fletcher
However, when my grandmother made a trip out to the cemetery in
the mid 1920's. The graves were of two large and one small. The family
grew up knowing that Charles was buried next to his parents.
Fletcher Family Story part one
Benjamin Patton Fletchers Family Page