Worldwide Reunion Is a Family Affair; Clan Traces Roots Back to 18th-Century South Wales

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Worldwide Reunion Is a Family Affair; Clan Traces Roots Back to 18th-Century South Wales


Byline: Graham Henry

FOR more than 200 years, generations of the Fletcher family have lived, worked and died in Cardiff and across the Valleys.

And now, a full 216 years after Phillip Fletcher was baptised at St Fagans in 1795, his descendants have gathered in Cardiff from across the globe to mark the family name's remarkable journey.

This weekend saw the culmination of months of hard work as 40 family members of the current extended Fletcher clan gathered in the capital due to the work of the South Wales Fletchers, who have unearthed their remarkable family history.

Two couples travelled nearly 4,300 miles, from Alberta, Canada, for the reunion, while another couple topped that by flying nearly 5,700 miles from Johannesburg in South Africa.

The number of family members visiting for the second annual Fletcher Gathering has swelled to 40, from 17 last year, with most directly descended from Daniel - Phillip Fletcher's son - and Ann Fletcher, who married in 1838.

John Fletcher, a retired headteacher from Swansea, began researching his family tree 30 years ago and has been planning the get-together since January this year, and marks the second annual gathering of the Cardiff Fletchers.

The 40 met up for a meal on the opening night at Toby Carvery in Cardiff Gate.

John said: "I have been researching my Fletcher family past for 30 years, but it was when I retired nine years ago that I gave all my energy to research wider and deeper," he said.

"I needed to go back, back, and back again through the 19th Century and eventually into the 18th Century, and the idea came to do this reunion, which I get a great deal of help with from my nephew Mark.

"Many of our ancestors where born and bred, worked, lived and died in Cardiff which he knows very well, so we combined our energies. …

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