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John Hunter Fletcher
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1803
Montgomery County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Oct. 15, 1878
Macoupin County
Illinois, USA

h/o Alice Elizabeth Bennyworth.

His first two sons battled for the Union during Civil war, youngest killed December 1862.

Census (Illinois): 1855, total of eight in John Hunter Fletcher's family, all white.

Census: 1860, age 57, township 11, range 6, Macoupin county, Illinois with wife & seven kids.

Census: 1870, age 69 township 11, range 6, Macoupin county, Illinois with hubby & three kids.

Death: in Macoupin county, Illinois.

John H. and Alice (Bennyworth) Fletcher, the former of Scotch descent and the latter a native of Lincolnshire, England. The Fletcher family emigrated to America and settled in what was known as Scotch Neck, N.C., and the father of John Hunter Fletcher married a Miss Winnifred Hunter, afterwards brining his family to Montgomery County, Tenn., locating on the farm which was the home of his son John H. and the birthplace of the subject of this sketch. In the spring of 1851, the Fletcher family left Tennessee and came to Illinois, locating at Fayette, Greene County, where John Fletcher purchased a farm, which he sold in 1855, and moved to Macoupin County, where his death occurred in 1878. His widow survived him many years, dying in 1906, at the age of eighty-four years. Both were buried in what is called Charity Churchyard, six miles west of Carlinville. Mr. Fletcher was born in 1802, and his wife was a daughter of Joseph Bennyworth, born near Boston, Lincolnshire, England, who emigrated to the United States about 1830. They located at Philadelphia, spent about one year at that city, then moved west to Chesterfield, Ill. While on the road from Alton to Chesterfield, Mrs. Bennyworth was taken with cholera and died, and her remains are buried at Chesterfield. Mr. Bennyworth and the rest of the family located on a farm near Chesterfield but he survived only a short time after the death of his wife, and after his death, his daughter Alice was left in charge of the family as their housekeeper, there being two of her brothers at home and one in Philadelphia.

Nine children were born to John H. Fletcher and wife, of whom eight reached maturity and one, Johnnie, died at the age of four years. The oldest child was Ruffin D., and the others were: Reuben [Rufus] Ross, born in Tennessee, served in Company F, One Hundred Twenty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and fell in the Battle of Parker's Cross Roads, Tenn., December 31, 1862, was buried on the battle field, in 1866, removed to the National Cemetery at Corinth, Miss., his grave being No. 2043, and on Decoration Day in 1908 his brother Ruffin decorated his grave; Narcissa married Jesse Graham and both are deceased, having had three children - Lula, Reuben and Fanny; Sarah W., married Jesse Rhoades, who served for many years as County Clerk of Jasper County, Mo., and lived at Carthage, dying in office, had twelve children, four of whom now survive, and his widow still resides at Carthage; Choron is married the second time, has twelve children, and resides on a farm in Mason County, Ill; Alice, wife of John Corder, a farmer near Nilwood, Ill., and they have seven children; Mary, widow of George R. Moore, her husband having died in January, 1910, and she now resides on the old home near Centralia, having had six children; Johnnie B., above named; Martha, born in 1863, married Samuel McPherson, a farmer near Wichita, Kan. The father and mother of these children were both of the Baptist faith and active workers in the cause. In early life, he was a Whig and later became a Democrat, and while strong in his beliefs, yet accorded others the right to their own opinions and was liberal in his benefactions, never turning from his door an applicant for help, being most kind and sympathetic by nature. He united with the Baptist Church at the age of twelve years and always held his relations with that denomination, being loved and honored for his upright life. He served as Justice of the Peace and his decisions were always just and fair, for he believed the laws were founded on justice to all.

SOURCE: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Sangamon Country Vol. II
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Father: John Drew Fletcher b: North Carolina.
Mother: Winifred Hunter b: North Carolina.

Marriage: Alice Elizabeth Bennyworth b: 23 MAR 1821 near Boston, Lincolnshire, England.
Married: 8 MAR 1839 Greene county, Illinois.

Known children

Ruffin Drew Fletcher b: 2 DEC 1840 in Clarksville, Montgomery county, Tennessee

Reuben (Rufus) Ross Fletcher b: 3 MAY 1843 in Clarksville, Montgomery county, Tennessee

Narcissa Fletcher b: 15 JAN 1846 in Clarksville, Montgomery county, Tennessee

Sarah Winifred Fletcher b: 20 OCT 1848 in Clarksville, Montgomery county, Tennessee

Choron "Cory" Thomas Fletcher b: 1 JUL 1850 in Greene county, Illinois

John Bennyworth Fletcher b: 11 MAY 1854 in Greene county, Illinois

Alice Elizabeth Fletcher b: 20 AUG 1856 in Nilwood, Macoupin county, Illinois

Mary Priscilla Fletcher b: 20 Feb 1860 in Nilwood, Macoupin county, Illinois

Martha Bennyworth Fletcher b 4 FEB 1863 in Nilwood, Macoupin county, Illinois
Family links: 
  Alice Elizabeth Bennyworth Fletcher (1821 - 1905)*
  Ruffin Drew Fletcher (1840 - 1929)*
  Reuben Ross Fletcher (1843 - 1862)*
  Narcissa Fletcher Graham (1846 - 1873)*
  Sarah Winifred Fletcher Rhoads (1848 - 1928)*
  Alice E Fletcher Corder (1856 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Charity Baptist Cemetery
Macoupin County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: NJBrewer
Originally Created by: ALMAC
Record added: May 14, 2010
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John Hunter Fletcher
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John Hunter Fletcher
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 Added: May. 25, 2012

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