Moses Fletcher, "Mayflower" Passenger

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Moses Fletcher

Also Known As: "Smith"
Birthplace: Sandwich, Kent, UK
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Maria Mary Fletcher and Sarah Fletcher
Father of Johannis Fletcher; Priscilla Fletcher; Richard Fletcher; Mary Fletcher; Catherine Fletcher and 4 others

Managed by: Nathan Luke Cowdrey
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About Moses Fletcher, "Mayflower" Passenger

Moses Fletcher

  • BIRTH:  About 1565, probably the son of Moses Fletcher of Canterbury, co. Kent, England.
  • FIRST MARRIAGE:  Maria Evans, 30 October 1589, at Sandwich, co. Kent, England.
  • SECOND MARRIAGE:  Sarah Denby, widow, on 21 December 1613 at Leiden, Holland.
  • CHILDREN (all by Maria):  Mary, John, Catherine, Richard, Priscilla, Moses, Elizabeth, Jane, Moses, and Judith.
  • DEATH:  Sometime the first winter at Plymouth, likely between January and March 1621.
  • Moses Fletcher was born probably in Canterbury, co. Kent, England. In Sandwich, co. Kent, he married Mary Evans on 30 October 1589. This suggests he was born around 1565, making him one of the oldest Mayflower passengers, along with James Chilton who was also from Canterbury/Sandwich.


He and wife Mary had ten children baptized and/or buried at St. Peters in Sandwich. Moses Fletcher, along with James Chilton's wife, were accused of having attended the burial of a child performed outside of the Church of England, and so excommunication proceedings were commenced. Shortly thereafter he and others from the Sandwich congregation removed to Leiden and took up residence with the Pilgrims. In Leiden, following the death of his wife Mary, he remarried to the widow Sarah Denby in 1613.

Moses Fletcher came alone on the Mayflower in 1620; perhaps his wife had died by that time. His children were nearing adulthood, and some had even married into Dutch families by the time of his departure (and some would marry a few years thereafter). He died sometime the first winter at Plymouth. None of his children are known to have come to America--his children remained in Holland and married into Dutch families.  Several people from the Netherlands have successfully documented descent from Moses Fletcher and have joined the General Society of Mayflower Descendants on the basis of those lineages.

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Moses Fletcher, "Mayflower" Passenger's Timeline

Sandwich, Kent, UK
Age 12
January 4, 1589
Age 24
Sandwich, England
September 1, 1594
Age 29
Sandwich, England
January 2, 1596
Age 31
Sandwich, England
Age 35
Sandwich, Kent, UK
Age 42
September 6, 1620
- September 16, 1620
Age 55
Plymouth, England

Mayflower voyage[edit]
Winslow and his wife Elizabeth were part of the Leiden Separatist group who had decided to travel far away from England and the repressive regime of King James I to more freely practice their religious beliefs. Merchant Adventurer investment group agent Thomas Weston assisted in this venture by providing the ship Mayflower for the Pilgrim's journey. Traveling on the Mayflower in company with the Winslows were his brother Gilbert and family servant/employee George Soule and a youth, Elias Story. Also in the care of the family was Elinor (Ellen) More, a girl of eight years. In all there were four unaccompanied More children from Shipton, Shropshire in the care of senior Pilgrims on the Mayflower: Elinor, Jasper, Mary and Richard.[7][8][9] Elinor perished the winter of 1620 with only one brother Richard More surviving.

Signing the Mayflower Compact 1620, a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899
The Mayflower departed Plymouth, England on September 6/16, 1620. The small, 100-foot ship had 102 passengers and the crew is estimated to be approximately 30 but the exact number is unknown.[10] They lived in extremely cramped conditions. By the second month out, the ship was being buffeted by strong westerly gales, causing the ship‘s timbers to be badly shaken with caulking failing to keep out sea water, and with passengers, even in their berths, lying wet and ill. This, combined with a lack of proper rations and unsanitary conditions for several months, attributed to what would be fatal for many, especially the majority of women and children. On the way there were two deaths, a crew member and a passenger, but the worst was yet to come after arriving at their destination when, in the space of several months, almost half the passengers perished in cold, harsh, unfamiliar New England winter

November 9, 1620
- November 19, 1620
Age 55
Plymouth Rock on the Mayflower

On November 9/19, 1620, after about 3 months at sea, including a month of delays in England, they spotted land, which was the Cape Cod Hook, now called Provincetown Harbor. After several days of trying to get south to their planned destination of the Colony of Virginia, strong winter seas forced them to return to the harbor at Cape Cod hook, where they anchored on November 11/21. The Mayflower Compact was signed that day.[11][12]

Age 56
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts