Tobias Fletcher Barnsley

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  1. Fletcher44

    Fletcher44 Registered User

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    Not sure if this is the correct place to post but here goes, I am researching my family of Clockmakers and I am hoping someone can help either with pictures of there clocks or information on the makers names Tobias Fletcher 1782 to 1841 Barnsley his brother Thomas Fletcher 1780 to 1890 Barnsley there father Tobias Fletcher born holbeck 1751 died Barnsley 1811 and his father John Fletcher most likely of Leeds probably born about 1720 to 1730 the last one John my 7th great grandfather is the one I know very little about and only come across his name recently when someone discussing a clock made by Tobias 1751 mentioned his 2 sons being clockmakers as was his father John so anything anyone can tell me would be brilliant. Regards Richard Fletcher
     
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    Hi Richard, where are you? if you are near Barnsley it may be worth a visit to Elsecar Heritage Centre, there is a clock repairer working there, he may have come across clocks and watches by Fletcher before... long shot but sometimes they work out.
     
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    #3 jmclaugh, Oct 21, 2013
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    Hi Richard, the following is from Loomes with regard to clockmakers listed with the name Fletcher in Barnsley. HTH.

    James Smallwood, Dodworth Rd. later Wood St. b. 1826 son of Thomas.
    John, b. 1739, 1760-d. 1778.
    John son of Tobias (I) 1811-13.
    Thomas, Opposite the Cock Inn Shambles St. later at Market St b. 1769, son of Tobias, d. 1861-2.
    Tobias (I), b.c. 1750, mar. 1773 d. 1813.
    Tobias (II), Manchester Rd. b.c. 1780 son of Tobias (I), -1837.
    William Frederick, 1820-d. 1903 or 1908. Son of Thomas.
    William Thomas, Cheapside, son of Thomas, late 19th C. Shop later became a drapers.

    Missed this one, John Fletcher of Holbeck Lane End, Leeds, drowned 1787.

    Checked some of my other sources for clocks and found a 30hr brass dial longcase clock by Tobias Fletcher dated to the 1760s, the maker is said to have been working from about 1760 to his death in 1813. That indicates he is Tobias (I) above though 1760s is too early if he was born around 1750. The source is from Loomes' book Brass Dial Clocks, page 190, which has a picture of the clock's 11" dial.
     
  4. Fletcher44

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    Hi All thanks for your help, first reply I am from Sheffield and I have travelled over to Barnsley several times as there is a Tobias Fletcher born 1751 grandfather clock on display at cannon hall museum dated abt 1780 to 1790 as well as a clock by his grandson Charles, Jonathon. I have spoke to Brian looms several times and he has been a great help over the last few years Tobias Fletcher was born in holbeck in 1751 and died 1811 not 1813 as all the sources report as he was buried in St Marys Church in the centre of Barnsley on 24th Dec 1811, I had thought that I had cracked the case when I came across the story of John Fletcher clockmaker having been found dead in the river 1787 a few years ago but he was born in 1739 so he could not have been the father of Tobias 1751 as he would only have been 11 at the time, about six months ago I came across this story to confirm his father was definitely named John and was a clockmaker, http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/05/17/john-sewells-this-old-thing-20/ so my search goes on.
     
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    Jonathon, One more quirky thing Tobias 1751 married Eve Fletcher and his son Tobias 1782 married Elizabeth Fletcher so I could not be anymore Fletcher if I tried quite weird if you ask me lol
     
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    I have a watch that was my Great Grand Father that was made by Chas Fletcher of Barnsley.
    Watch 02.jpg

    Any way that it can be dated?
     
  7. Steven Thornberry

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    I suggest you re-post this inquiry in the European & Other Pocket Watches forum, where it is more likely that a reply will be forth coming.
     

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