Fletcher family page
Eleanor Bristow Fletcher, born in Jersey in 1852 and married to the Rev George Staunton Batty
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Origins of surname
This name is usually associated with archery. The fletcher was responsible for the bowman's equipment, not necessarily a maker of arrows but a supplier of everything the bowmen needed to keep firing. The word is derived from old English fulcher, or the French flecher, from fleche = arrow.
However, there are suggestions that 'fulcher' was an old Germanic personal name, meaning 'people's army'. One way or another, the name is closely associated with battle.
Although there were isolated baptism and marriage records as early as 1745, the first couple who can be seen in Jersey records to have established a family in the island were William Fletcher, appropriately a soldier, and Jane Lucas, who were married in St Helier in 1810, and had five children baptised up to 1827.
Births and baptisms
Great War service
- Arthur Lambert Fletcher MM (1897-1917) (Jersey), son of George Henry and Mary Ann Phillips, of Montreal, Private, Canadian Infantry, died of wounds
These wills created by members of the Fletcher family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Charles Fletcher, St Lukes Lodge, Elizabeth Street, St Saviour - 1 November 1905, D/Y/A/64
- Julia Fletcher née Vincent, Stella Villa, Havre des Pas, St Helier - 31 August 1905, D/Y/A/64
- Maria Fletcher née Hunt, Ceylon Villa, Havre des Pas, widow - 8 February 1918, D/Y/A/77
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The grave of Great War casualty Arthur Lambert Fletcher MM at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium