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Fleenor Family Research & Website

I descend from Nicholas, the son of Johannes & Anna Flinner who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754. I host a family research site with hundreds of members (it's free, but for "family only") and we have photos, documents, and family trees available for research. The site is where you can generate a message containing your lineage, name and email in order to receive an invitation to the site.

Nicholas Fleenor (c1744 - 1812) mrd. Maria Catharina (possibly Andis or Fulkerson) c1768. Their children were: Johannes "Jacob" who married Nancy Sally Hortenstine; Christopher/Christley who married Mary Gimbled; Henry who married Lettice Gibson; Benjamin J.H. who married Sally Horn; Mary who married Abraham Hortenstine; Elizabeth who married her cousin Adam and then John Gibson; Abraham who married Nancy Green(e); Isaac who married Margaret (possibly Hobbs); and Johannes W. "John" who married Elizabeth Hensley, Mary Jane Crissmore and Rebecca Jane Puttoroff (and had 24 children).

My ancestor is the Abraham Fleenor married to Nancy Green(e). Abraham, his brother John and sister Elizabeth with her husband Adam all moved about 1809 to southern Indiana from Washington Co., Virginia and were among the very first settlers there. Other Fleenors migrated to the area over the next few years. What is now Washington, Rush, Greene and Brown counties were areas in which descendants of pioneer Fleenors, Fleeners, or Fleners are still to be found. Abraham's older brother John divorced his wife Elizabeth Hensley and was the first person in Indiana Territory to be granted a divorce. The grounds? She refused to move to the new territory with him. John and his kin erected a Fort as protection against Indian attacks and participated as part of the Indiana Rangers or militiamen under the auspices of Territorial Gov. Harrison. In addition to the Fleenors in the fort, Micajah Callaway (of Daniel Boone fame), James Davis, Archibald Johnson (a drover in the Rev. War), George House, Charles Carter, and Elisha Denny's families sheltered there during times of danger.

Abraham carted bare root stock of fruit trees with them from Virginia and established a thriving orchard. The peach trees became known as the Fleenor Peach and was a cash crop for the family, together with the peach brandy they distilled. This was a family tradition as Nicholas Fleenor was known in Virginia for the quality of his apple brandy. I located survivors of the Fleenor Peach trees on the farm of Marion Garriott, a family connection living at that time in the Brownstown, Jackson Co., Indiana area. Mr. Garriott obtained his trees from his grandfather, who had obtained them from the grandson of Abraham, Lewis Sigel Fleenor. Several of our website members from Indiana, Illinois and Ohio obtained saplings from Mr. Garriott prior to his death and have thriving trees on their properties at this time. A bit of our family heritage saved.

Abraham, (1786 - 1874) and Nancy Green(e) (1792 - 1865) d/o Elijah and Sarah Greene had the following children: John married Lillie Jane Carter; Sarah Jane married Jesse Cordell, William Robinson and James Abraham Payne; Elizabeth Ann married William Robertson; Abraham Jr. married Sarah Jane Alexander; Squire married usan Payne; Andrew Jackson married Angeline Moody; and James C. married Nancy Emeline Nelson. My maternal line descends from the eldest son John & Lillie Jane Carter thru their son James M. Fleenor & wife Phebe Trueblood's daughter Josephine who married Newton George Hattabaugh. My paternal line descends from Abraham's youngest son, James C. Fleenor and Nancy Emeline Nelson. James C. served in the 18th Indiana Regt. during the Civil War.

James C. (1831 - 1868) & Nancy Emeline Nelson (1831 - 1882) Fleenor's children were: Mary Elizabeth Fleenor married Emory A. Elliott; John H. Fleenor married Catherine Jackson; Squire Newton Fleenor married Scitha Jane Robbins; William A. Dudley married Ida Della Grider; my ancestor lewis Sigel who married Martha Jackson; and James C. Fleenor Jr. who married Euphemia Golden.

Lewis Sigel Fleenor (1863 - 1945) and Martha Jackson (1873 - 1932) had one child, Charles Fleenor (1889-1978) who married Goldia Lola Blackwood (1893 - 1973) in 1913. Their children were: AvaNell married Lawrence Carl Robbins; Velin Chester married Alma Goodpasture; my father Mansford William who married Ruthie Mae Hattabaugh; Edna Harriet "Toots" who married ivan L. Potts; Harold Eugene "Bill" who married Doris Million and Myrtle Lane; Charles Jr. "Bood" who married Rachel menser and M. Louise Harvey; and Glorida Dean "Sis" who married Archie L. Graves and then Leonard D. Gardner.

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