Fletcher, the son of John William and Louiza Fry McCart, was born in Marco, Green County, IN, in 1876, and died 1967. He came to Missouri with his parents and other relatives and friends by covered wagon at about the age of three years. His brothers were Ben, John, Sam, and a sister, Luvina. They first settled in the Bucyrus area in Texas County. Later they moved to what is now known as the Varvel community in the southeast area of Texas County.

Fletcher married Myrtle Hine (b. 1884, d. 1973) June 19, 1900, daughter of James and Eliza Sailor Hine, Salem, MO. Their children: Eliza (1901 - 1976), married Frank Wonnell, son of Charley and Emma Nicholas Wonnell. Children were Frankie Evelyn, Georgia Mae, Stanley, and Glen. Jim (1903 - 1925) was not married, died during a typhoid fever epidemic. Belle (1905 - 1987) married Harry Smith (1902 - 1955), son of John and Ollie Walls Smith. Their children are Nadine, Geraldine, Norma Jean, and Faye Marie. Harmon married Hazel Morgan, daughter of Archie (1907 - 1990) and Mary Hubbell Morgan (1915 - 1991). Their children are Emmitt (d. 1982), Virginia, Loretta, Harmon Jr., and Mary.

Pearl married Raymond Inman (b.1912), son of Lewis and Josie Inman. Their children are Faye, Rosie, Troy, Lloyd, Eddie, and Shirley. Pearl and Raymond live in Tyrone. Daisy (1914) married Churchill Gray, son of John and Mary Chambers Gray. After the death of Churchill she married John Gilley, son of Owen and Rosa Dove Gilley. The children by Daisy's first marriage are Betty, Don, and Bob. John too has passed away. Both husbands are buried in Big Creek Cemetery. Daisy lives in Tyrone, MO, near her daughter. Pauline (1917 - 1959), twin to Paul, married Earl Bowen, d. 1984, son of George and Belle Stephens Bowen. Their children are Vernon, Delmar, and Shirley. Delmar died in 1979, buried in Clear Springs. Paul G. (1917) married Merle Killion (1912) daughter of Jesse Edward and Marie Owen Killion. They have Ardith Ann (1948) who married Greg Birkinbine. They live in Idaho Falls, ID.

Several of the McCart family are buried in the Freedom Church Yard Cemetery.

Fletcher homesteaded not far from his parents when he was growing up. He reared his family of eight children. It took a lot of hard work and determination to support a family. He was a very jovial person and cared for us and our friends. He loved to sing and tell funny jokes to his children and grand children. He was honest and dependable. I am thankful I learned from my father these traits and have carried them into my own life. My father was a master workman in the timber which was so plentiful in the early days. He worked with a cousin, James Cox. Their work was hard, but they enjoyed each other. Mr. Cox lived to be 107 years old.

Submitted by Paul G. McCart