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1755-1819
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1755-1819
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eng
Summary
  • Papers, 1755-1819, of William Fleming (1729-1795) of Botetourt County, Virginia, consisting of: account books, accounts, commissions, deeds, inventories, judicial records, legislative acts, land grants, letters, lists, maps, military records, minutes, newspapers, petitions, plats, powers of attorney, proceedings, reports, surveys, and wills. Of interest are Fleming's family correspondence, records while serving on the Board of Western Commissioners, records dealing with his service in the Virginia militia, deeds and land grants from Kentucky and Illinois while still part of Virginia, minutes and proceedings of the convention of the District of Kentucky which met in the 1780s, and inventories and wills of members of the Fleming and Christian families
  • There are both photostat (accession 22737b) and microfilm (accession 29143) copies of these documents. While most of the documents are in both accessions, each contains some documents which are not in the other. When using the William Fleming papers, it is advised to look at both accession 22737b and accession 29143 (misc. reel 432)
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Biographical or historical data
William Fleming was born 18 February 1729 in Jedburgh, Scotland and educated at a school in Dumfries, Scotland. Fleming studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and became a doctor. After finishing his education Fleming may have served in the British navy, but there are no extant records. Fleming arrived in Virginia no later than 1755, and may have settled in Suffolk, Virginia, as early as 1751. Commissioned an ensign in the Virginia militia in 1755, Fleming served as an officer and doctor during the French and Indian War. After the war, he settled in that part of Augusta County, Virginia, which later became Botetourt County (and then became Roanoke County long after his death). In 1774, he commanded militia troops at the battle of Point Pleasant and was wounded. Because his wounds prevented him from practicing medicine, the Virginia Legislature awarded him 500 pounds for compensation. When the Revolution began, Fleming helped organize the defenses of Virginia's frontiers. He served in the Virginia Senate from 1777 to 1779, and was appointed to the Council of State in 1780, resigning in 1781. After the Revolution, Fleming was appointed a commissioner for Virginia's western lands (now Kentucky). He was a member of the Danville, Kentucky, Convention of 1784 which eventually led to Kentucky statehood. Fleming was a member for Botetourt County at the 1788 federal constitutional convention. He married Anne "Nancy" Christian (1744-1815) 9 April 1763, and they had 7 children who lived past infancy. Fleming died either 5 or 24 August 1795 in Botetourt County, Virginia.
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Vi
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Papers
Location of originals duplicates
Originals are located in the library at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia.
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  • The Library of Virginia
  • The Library of Virginia
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  • 338
  • 1
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Washington and Lee University
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000489589
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  • Microfilm.
  • Photostats (positive and negative).
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  • prints.
  • microfilm reel.

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