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Name: Alexander Fletcher

Burial Number: 0549

Gender: Male

Occupation: Actuary; Manager of an Insurance Company;

Distinction: Insurance Co. Director

Born: 00/00/1825

Died: 18/12/1907

Buried: 23/12/1907


Alexander Pearson Fletcher was born in Edinburgh, the son of Robert Graham Fletcher, (43) a Watchmaker by trade and Euphemia Fletcher (45) nee Winter. He had a brother, Robert Fletcher, born 1823. Alexander was an Apprentice Accountant in 1841 and went on to be an Actuary in the insurance business.
In 1856 Alexander married Caroline Anna Leslie in October at Maida Vale, London. In October 1857 they had a son, Charles Robert Leslie Fletcher, he was baptised on January 1st 1858, Kensington. In 1859 Caroline died aged 29 yrs.
After his wife died, Alexander and his young son moved in with his widowed mother-in-law and her adult children. They employed a 19yr old nursemaid, Mary Ann Hazelgrove, born in Worthing, and she remained with Alexander for over 40 years until his death in 1907. She was generously provided for in his will – see attached report.
Alexander, 41yrs, married Marian Beard, 42yrs, on 7th July 1866 at St. Stephen’s, Paddington. He later became a Manager and Director of an Insurance Company and after retiring, he and Marian moved to Edenhurst, Belsize Road, Worthing.
He was widowed in 1902 but continued to live at Edenhurst where he died, aged 82yrs, on 18th December 1907. Probate was granted to his son, Charles Robert Leslie Fletcher, Esquire, and George Broadbent, Solicitor. Effects £45371 0s 9d. Value 2019 – £5.5m.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Alexander Fletcher

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 2 Plot: 22

Exact Location (what3words): odds.sung.status

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


The grave of Marion youngest daughter of the late Nathaniel Beard Esq. and second wife of Alexander Pearson Fletcher J.P. who died at Edenhurst in this Parish on Christmas Day 1902 aged 78 years. Psalm XXlll-4 Romans Vlll-38,39 Also of Alexander Pearson Fletcher who died December 18th 1907 aged 82 years "Justorum Animae – Anthem composed by Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924 sont in manu dei et non tancet illoa tormentum mortis" - The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God and the torment of death shall not touch them. Psalm XXiii-4 RomansViii-38,39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Further Information


Name: Alexander Pearson Fletcher

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1825

Town: Edinburgh

County: Midlothian (County of Edinburgh)

Country: Scotland


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: /10/1856

Spouse First Name: Caroline

Spouse Second Name: Anna

Spouse Last Name: Leslie

Town of Marriage: Maida Vale

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: /9/1866

Spouse First Name: Marion

Spouse Last Name: Beard

Town of Marriage: Kensington

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 18/12/1907

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Edenhurst

Address line 3: Belsize Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £45371 0 s 9 d

Current value of effects: £5500000

Census Information


living at 24 George St. Midlothian, with his father (43yrs), his mother (45yrs) and his brother, Robert Fletcher (18yrs) and one servant, Betsy Harper (36yrs). He is an Apprentice Accountant.


living with his 3 yr. old son, Charles, at the home of his widowed mother-in-law, Harriet Leslie (60yrs) at 2, Abercorn Place, Marylebone, together with her 3 adult children, George, (25), Harriet (33) and Mary (27). They have three servants, Mary Ann Hazelgrove, Nursemaid (19yrs. born Worthing, Sussex), Jane Keates (26) Housemaid and Alice Pole (19) Cook. He is an Actuary.


living at 8, Hillside, Wargrave, Oxford, with 13 yr. old son, Charles, Jane H. Cass, Niece, (20), and 2 servants, Mary Ann Hazlegrove and Fanny Chilton, Housemaid. He is an Actuary.


living at 7, Abercorn Place, Marylebone, with son Charles (23) Student, and 3 servants, Fanny Chilton, Mary Ann Hazelgrove and Frances Westall, Cook. A.P.F. now has J.P. after name. He is a Manager of an Insurance Company.


Living at 7, Abercorn Place, Marylebone. Alexander and Marian are both 66 yrs. old and he is retired. They have 3 servants, Mary Ann Hazelgrove, Frances Westall and Emily Gosford, Cook.


living at Edenhurst, Belsize Road, Worthing. They have 3 servants, Mary Ann Hazelgrove (59), Emily Gosford (34) and Sarah Collurt (24) Housemaid.

Miscellaneous Information

The following extract of his Will was printed in the Aberdeen Press and Journal 17th Jan. 1908.

“Mr. Alexander Pearson Fletcher of Edenhurst, Belsize Road, Worthing, formerly director of the Northern Assurance Company, who left estate valued at £45,593 bequeathed an annuity of £25 to Miss Ada Adams until she should become an in-patient of the Putney Hospital for Incurables (of which she is now an out-pensioner) and to his servant. Mary Ann Hazelgrove, a life annuity of £100, a further annuity of £50 towards the upkeep of a suitable house in Worthing, and a considerable proportion of his furniture and other belongings, or, in lieu thereof, a further annuity of £50. He also gave one year’s wages to two other servants and £20 to his occasional gardener, George Curd.”

Although not part of Heene research the son of A.P.F, Charles Robert Leslie Fletcher had an interesting life. He was Eton educated and then a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He became a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn 1888. In 1885 he married Alice K.C. Merry at All Saints, Oxford and the service was conducted by her father, William Walter Merry, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. (Maybe the religious input of the grave came from this side of the family?)