James Reuben Fletcher

Brickmaker

Born: (Not Recorded)
Died: (Not Recorded)

James Reuben Fletcher was a worker who stopped for a time in Bethabara, Bethania, and Salem, North Carolina. He was a typical day laborer in the region, not a member of the congregation but an integral part to the construction of these three Moravian towns.

He is first mentioned in February of 1782 in the Aufseher Collegium minutes as working to make roof tiles. He also had a slave, George, who was contracted by the town (with Fletcher’s permission) to make bricks. The next mention is in the Salem Diary where it is recorded he was seriously injured by a falling tree. This happened near Bethabara, North Carolina, and required the medical attention of Salem’s doctor, Brother Bonn. It seems through his work that Fletcher was more into carpentry than masonry, but knew his way around both. George seems to have been the workhorse of the pair of travelers, however for Fletcher to have owned such an able individual he had to have been well off.

The final mention of James Reuben Fletcher is in the local deed book. He seems to have purchased 50 acres of land in Rowan County and settled there. What further became of him or any of his specific projects are not recorded, this is not uncommon for the non-congregation day laborers who passed through Salem looking for work.