394 - History of Vermillion County Biographical and Historical Record of
Vermillion County, Indiana

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the ownership of the same. October 14, 1852, he married Miss Charlotte Robertson, daughter of James and Mary Robertson, formerly of the State of Virginia, but early settlers of Sullivan County, Indiana, where Mrs. Wright was born September 25, 1833. Both of her parents died of apoplexy, in Vigo County, this Staate. Ten children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Wright, as follows -- Mary died in infancy; George, living in Clinton township; Landon died in infancy; Lincoln, of Clinton Township; Josephine died aged two years; Mrs. Glendora G. Pittenger, of Vigo County; Charles, at home; Freddie died in infancy; Burt and Anna, at home. The homestead where our subject has spent his life is located on the line between sections 31 and 32, Clinton Township, and within a few feet of the east door of his present residence may still be seen the large flat stone which made the foundation of the rude double chimney which served the double log house of his parents. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wright are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Wright cast his first Presidential vote for John C. Fremont, and since then has been a staunch supporter of the Republican party. In 1868 he was elected county commissioner, serving one term. He has held official positions of trust in Clinton, serving as trustee, clerk, etc. Since the year 1868, he has been a member of the Masonic fraternity, and takes an active interest in that organization.

AMOS FLESHMAN, a prominent and enterprising citizen of Highland Township, is a native of Indiana, born in Harrison County, October 12, 1822, a son of William and Sarah Fleshman, old pioneers of Vermillion County. The father of our subject was born in Greenbrier County, Virginia, November 18, 1795, and was of German descent. When about ten years of age he was taken by his parents to Kentucky. He subsequently engaged in flat-boating on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, making a number of trips to new Orleans, and on two occasions, he walked the entire distance from that city to Louisville, Kentucky. While on a flat-boat trip to new Orleans in 1815 the celebrated battle of New Orleans took place between the British and the American army. He had reach Natchez, Mississippi, when that event occurred, and was pressed into the service for duty if necessity required. He reached New Orleans soon after the battle, and visited the scene of the recent contest where the terrible slaughter made by the American army under General Jackson in the ranks of the British under General Packingham was plainly visible. On these trips he passed through many strange experiences and vicissitudes of fortune. On one occasion returning from new Orleans he made his way by helping work a barge loaded with merchandise up the river. It was hard work and their progress was very slow -- so slow that frequently when stopping in the evening for the night, they could look back and see the smoke of their fires of the previous night. They were ninety days making the upward trip. When a young man William Fleshman came to Indiana, and was married in this State in 1815, to Miss Sarah Charley, a native of Kentucky, born August 3, 1798, who was brought to Harrison County, Indiana, when a child. They lived in Harrison County until 1827, when in October of that year they came to Vermillion County. Mr. Fleshman then located on eight acres of land in Highland township, which had been entered by Isaac Chenoweth. A log cabin had been built on the land, 14 x 16 feet in