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NATHAN FLEMING was born in Kent County, Delaware, on the 23rd of February, 1750. He married Lydia Russum, daughter of Thomas Russum, January 20, 1773. She was born on the 4th of May, 1752. The will of Thomas Russum, dated February 6, 1799, is probated in Kent County. In it he mentions his daughter Lydia Fleming, “the wife of Nathan Fleming, living in Monongahela County in the state of Virginia.” A son, William Russum, is also mentioned. The father of Thomas Russum was probably Peter Russum, whose will is also recorded in Kent County. [note that many other researchers and some records spell her surname Rassum]

About 1788 or 1789 Nathan Fleming came with the other Flemings to Monongalia County. The record shows that he had eight children at that time. On the 11th of October, 1790, he got a deed from Thomas Davis for 400 acres of land along the West Fork River. His deed recites that he paid two hundred pounds in cash for this farm. Later, October 15, 1798, he bought of John Rose 100 acres between the West Fork and Tygart’s Valley for $100.00. On the 13th of April, 1809, he secured from Thomas Veach 21 acres adjoining his 400-acre tract, which was called his home place.

On the 11th of September, 1797, the County Court chose Nathaniel Cochran, Nathan Fleming, Spencer Martin, and Joshua Jones to view and lay out a road from opposite the mouth of Booth’s Creek to the mouth of Bingamon Creek. They did so and their report was filed on the 13th of the following November. He was likewise chosen as one of the men to lay out a road from Davis’s Ford on Buffalo Creek to the mouth of Bingamon Creek, September 9, 1799. The other men named to serve with him were John Straight and Thomas Barns.

On the 15th of September, 1815, he gave his son William a farm of 128 acres and his son-in-law Andrew another of 57 acres. He conveyed to Matthew Fleming 111 acres on the 9th of September, 1820, for a consideration of $600.00. The balance of his land was mentioned in his will. But, after the will was made, he executed deeds for the land to the sons to whom he had devised it by the will. Joseph and Archibald got the remainder of the home farm and Thomas the place across the West Fork River, called the Rose land.


Be it remembered that I, Nathan Fleming, being weak in body but of perfect and sound mind and memory, calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:

1st. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lydia Fleming the one-third of the place which I now live on together with all my household and kitchen furniture, four milk cows and all my

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sheep and hogs, four negroes named Sabra, Jesse, Alsa, and Betsy, and one mulatto named Amos, to have and to hold and dispose of as she shall deem it necessary so long as she shall live and after her death to be disposed of in the following manner, that is to say: Archibald Fleming, my son, to get her thirds of the lands and the balance distributed in the following manner, that is to say: To my daughter Rachel Hart fifty dollars in property at the appraisement; to my daughter Elizabeth Hays fifty dollars over and above all her claims that the estate holds against her at appraisement; to my daughter Lydia Fleming one dollar at appraisement; to Nathan Fleming one hundred dollars at appraisement; to Thomas Fleming, my son, fifty dollars over and above what he is indebted to the estate to be paid as above.

2nd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Fleming above what she has had one negro girl named Irneah.

3rd. I give and bequeath to my son William Fleming one dollar.

4th. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Hays one dollar.

5th. I give to my daughter Jane Fleming one negro girl Harriet.

6th. I give to my daughter Lydia Fleming one dollar.

7th. I give and bequeath to my son Nathan Fleming one dollar.

8th. I give to my son Leven Fleming one negro girl named Casander.

9th. I give to my son Thomas Fleming one hundred acres of land lying in the forks of the river, the place he now lives on.

10th. I give to my son Joseph Fleming as much of my land adjoining his home place as shall make it equal in value to my home place, also one negro boy named Caleb, together with one half of my horse creatures, also one-half of my farming utsnsils, also one half of my wagon and smith tools, together with one-half of my sugar camp with fuel.

llth. I give to my son Archibald Fleming the balance of my home place, also one negro boy named Phill and one-half of my horse creatures, half of my wagon, half of my smith tools, and half of my farming utensils, the balance of my cattle to be equally divided between Joseph and Archibald.

12th. I give to my grandson Beniah Fleming one negro boy named Ambrose, also one horse, saddle, and bridle, worth seventy-five dollars, if he lives until he becomes twenty-one, and if not to remain the executors’ property.

13th. Be it remembered that if any of my heirs shall here­after employ an attorney to cancel or law with what is herein written as my last will and testament (he) shall (not) be con­sidered as an heir and shall totally loose his dowery.

Lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint my sons Joseph and Archibald Fleming executor of my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills formerly made by me.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 27th of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-three.

nathan fleming (seal)

Witness: Peter Miller, Ferrell Dunn, Samuel Fleming, and John W. Lilly.

Nathan Fleming died on the 9th day of March, 1825; his wife, on the 15th of September, 1834. Both are buried in the cemetery at the Fleming

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Memorial Chapel. The inscriptions state that Nathan was aged 75 years and 11 days and Lydia 82 years, 4 months, and 11 days. If this is correct as to Nathan, the date of his birth as given above is incorrect by a few days.
They had twelve children:
MARY, born December 20, 1773;
WILLIAM, born April 4, 1775;
ELIZABETH, born November 8, 1776;
JANE, born September 24, 1778;
RACHEL, born September 17, 1780;
LYDIA, born April 9, 1782;
NATHAN, born January 23, 1784;
LEVEN, born May 28, 1786;
THOMAS, born March 13, 1789;
BENAIAH, born March 23, 1791;
JOSEPH, born November 4, 1792;
ARCHIBALD, born January 3, 1795.
Three of these, Mary, Jane, and Lydia, have been mentioned in the chapters dealing with the family of Mary and Matthew Fleming. One other, Benaiah, will have to be noticed here briefly. He broke through the ice on the West Fork River in the year 1813 and was drowned. The others will appear in the following chapters.


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