HENRY W. FLEMING, a leading citizen of Island Creek township, was born in that township, September 29, 1822, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Wilgus) Fleming, both natives of New Jersey. Thomas was the son of Andrew Fleming, a native of England, who came to America in an early day and settled in New Jersey. Thomas was married in 1800, to Elizabeth Wilgus, and in 1816 they came to Jefferson county with their family and settled on the land now owned by their son Henry. The father was a farmer by occupation. He died June 30, 1840 and his widow followed him March 18, 1849. Henry W. received his education in his native township and then engaged in farming which has since been his vocation. He was married January 4, 1844, to Sarah A. Cole, daughter of Solomon Cole, of Jefferson county and they have six children: John F., George T., Elizabeth A., Maria, Lewis Y., Freddie J., of whom Lewis died March 8, 1861. Mr. Fleming and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal and the Presbyterian churches, with which he has afiliated for over forty years. He is one of the old residents of the township and is well-known and highly regarded.
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