Lay-Fetter-Fleming-Wilson Genealogy

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  • ID: I12901
  • Name: William FLEMING
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: FLEMING
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1662 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • Death: Feb 1725 in East Caln Tp, Chester Co PA
  • _TAG:
  • Event: Farmer Occ
  • _UID: 463A1118441C4C3C83EF4570598B1CD28AE2
  • Change Date: 2 Aug 2013 at 11:02
  • Note:
    Another source in PAF Family Search:
    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/9C7G-YRY

    Corrections from Barbara Stabley <blstabley@yahoo.com> 23 Jun 2011:
    There are court records in Chester Co., PA to verify Mary's age.
    source: Records of the Courts of Chester County, Pennsylvania, published by the Colonial Society of Pennsylvannia, Philadelphia: Patterson White and Co., 1910, p. 390.
    As a minor ca 1695, she gave birth to an illegitmate son, whom she or her family apparently raised, as he (Benjamin Moore) is mentioned in other records attrbuted to this Fleming family.
    \\I do not know when William Fleming the immigrant came to America. There is a story that says his uncle, a ship captain, enticed him to sail to America and then bound him out to a farmer in Somerset Co., Maryland.
    I believe William had 2 or 3 sons when he immgrated but I don't know whether his first wife was dead or alive at that time.
    William and Mary Moore Fleming had 6 children, among them my ancestor Henry. The relationship of the Fleming siblings to the Cowan's is substantiated in court records on guardianships for the minor children of Henry, one being his daughter Mary, who was my ancestor. These occured in roughly 1752. Henry died in 1750 in Chester Co.
    PAGE 14 "Upon the petition of WILLIAM and MARY FLEMING children of HENRY
    FLEMING deceased the court admitts of THOMAS HOPE to be Guardian for
    the said WILLIAM and of HUGH COWAN to be Guardian for the said MARY &
    the Court appoints the said THOMAS and HUGH to be Guardians for
    ALEXANDER and HENRY two other children of the said deceased-"
    source:
    Vol. V. Orphans Court . 1747-1752 Vol. VI. Title page
    Vol. VI. Records of Orphans Court for Chester County from 1752 to 1761 inclusive
    Vol. VI. Index to Orphans Court records. Chester County, Pennsylvania.

    "Fleming of Chester County" by Samuel Evans of Columbia PA, in«i» Notes and Queries: Historical, Biographical and Genealogical«/i», edited by William Henry Egle, 4th Series, Vol II, #4, Oct 1894, p. 178-182, republished 1970 by Genealogical Publishing Co:
    Descendants of William Fleming 1662-1725 (this says d 1733), native of Greenock, Scotland, sailed to America on his uncle's ship c1680, and was indentured to a farmer along the Chesapeake Bay for 4 years, then moved to Concord Tp, Delaware Co to work for Englishman Richard Moore. William married his daughter Mary and settled in E Caln Tp near Coatesville, Chester Co PA.
    29 May 1714 land survey for 207 acres and added more acres on both sides of the W branch of Brandywine Creek.

    The above Egle source and information from Tom Robertshaw <terobertshaw63@msn.com> 15 & 26 May 2008.

    Much of this Fleming line from Rosalind L Ashmun <ashmun@zoominsternet.net>
    http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rosalindashmun&id=I0943

    Came to America about 1680. Eventually lived near Coatesville, Chester Co PA.

    "The COWANS From County Down" (Ireland), by John Kerr Fleming, printed by Derreth Printing Co., Raleigh, NC, Copyright 1971 by John K. Fleming. Purchased from Synod of North Carolina, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Raleigh, NC 27605. Rowan Co., NC Taxables, April 1789.WILLIAM COWAN, SR., the immigrant, was born about 1701 in County Down, Ireland. He and his three brothers Hugh, David, and John emigrated to Chester Co., Pennsylvania, about 1720, from Port of Newry, County Down, Ireland. They were a part of the great body of Scotch-Irish who settled in Pennsylvania. William died about 1787 in Rowan Co., NC - Will Dated: 14 Aug. 1787. William married Susannah Fleming, 7 June 1732 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Susannah was born about 1702 and died about 1755. Mrs. Evelyn King Sheets, "Hugh Cowan, a native of Newry, County Down, Ireland, emigrated to America between 1717 and 1720 with three brothers, David, William, and John." Robert W. Ramsey's "Carolina Cradle, p.18: "The Cowans, who were in Pennsylvania as early as 1721, resided in the West Caln-Salisbury District, on the border between Chester and Lancaster Counties." The four Cowan brothers settled not a great distance from one another, Octorara Creek separating Hugh from the other three. William Cowan, Sr. was said to be 89 years old in the Rowan Co., NC Taxables, April 1789. Therefore, he was born in County Down, Ireland about 1701. His son, Isaac Cowan was born before 1755. His place of birth is not known. It was in the early 1750's that a number of the Cowan family left Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania and went to the area of Rowan Co., NC. Isaac's father and mother went with this party of Cowans. There is no record of Isaac's birth but he, and his sister, Sarah, are mentioned in his father, William Cowan, Sr.'s, Will as a son. We believe that the two children, Isaac and Sarah, were born in the time when William and Susannah had made the move with other Cowan families to North Carolina. They may have been born on the way to Rowan Co., NC, in Rowan Co., NC, or on the way back to Pennsylvania from NC in the early 1750's. Pgs. 203-207, "It was perhaps twenty five years ago (about 1936) that the late Mrs. Q. J. Scott of Cleveland, N.C., wrote to her kinsman, Allen Cowan of Statesville , N.C. She was giving him the names and birth dates of the children of William Cowan and Susannah, his wife. She wrote: 'The record that I send you is absolutely correct. I copied it from Mrs. Dr. Long's record. Her father, Henry F. Cowan, was a cousin of my great grandmother, Ann Jenkins Cowan'." "More than fifty years of William's life were spent as a resident of the Province of Pennsylvania, and his last thirty some years were in North Carolina." There is no record of a second marriage for William Cowan, Sr. We believe that Isaac and Sarah Cowan were also the children of Susannah Fleming Cowan. We note that Isaac's daughter was named Sarah "Fleming" Cowan and she was called "Flemie" as well as "Sally" by her family, Sarah after her mother, Sarah Stewart, and Fleming after Isaac's mother, Susannah Fleming. William and Susannah returned from Rowan Co., North Carolina to Pennsylvania after a few years; it is possible that William and Susannah had Isaac and Sarah while living in Rowan Co., NC. This would explain the births not being listed in Mrs. Dr. Long's record book of births. The children listed were those born in Pennsylvania. She said that Susannah died in Pennsylvania before 1755, "shortly after returning from NC". Isaac was born before 1755. Until proof has been found we will continue to give Susannah the status we believe she deserves as the mother of Isaac and Sarah Cowan, until it is proven otherwise. William and family returned to Rowan Co., NC not long after the death of Susannah. We have Bible Records of our Teter-Mitchell family that we thought were absolutely, and positively correct, only to find, many years later, two children that were not listed in the Bible Records.

    The following is taken from "the COWANS from County Down", Chapter XVI, David Cowan, The Immigrant. David and William married sisters. David married Mary Fleming, and William married her sister, Susannah Fleming.
    "The Fleming-Cowan tie:
    "Inasmuch as the two brothers: David and William Cowan married sisters, and also since the family back-ground of these sisters goes back several generations into England and Scotland, the writer would here like to depart a little from his manuscript pattern, and give a brief story on this back-ground. Information concerning this back-ground begins in England in the early 1600's. There Thomas Green married a lady named Margaret. Thomas and Margaret Green had a daughter named Mary. Mary Green married Richard Moore. They crossed the Atlantic and made their home in New Castle County on the Delaware. At this point another person enters the picture, and some attention must now be given to this part of the story.
    "William Fleming was born in Greenock, Scotland in 1662. One of his uncles owned a ship in which he hauled produce, especially wheat and tobacco to Britain from the Delaware and Maryland area. In the year 1680, this uncle was in the port at Greenock and persuaded his nephew to accompany him on the next voyage. They arrived in the Chesapeake area at the time of wheat harvest. Since harvest workers were scarce, the uncle insisted that William give assistance to one of the farmers while the ship was in dock. This he did, and while thus engaged, the ship returned without him. He soon learned that the uncle had bound him out to the farmer as an indentured servant, for at age 18, William Fleming was still a minor. Faithfully he fulfilled the terms of his indenture, after which he made his way to other settlements on the Delaware. It is reported that on October 28, 1682, William Fleming, together with a group of settlers and Indians, saw William Penn land at New Castle. On the next day Penn proceeded to Chester. These events in the life of William Penn marked the official beginning of the Colonial Province of Pennsylvania.
    "During his residence of several years on the Delaware, William Fleming lived with the family of Richard Moore, mentioned above. In 1691, William married Mary, a daughter of Richard Moore. Mary was born in England in 1674. William and Mary lived in the Delaware region twenty some years. In 1714, they moved into Chester County, Pennsylvania, in which year William Fleming founded what is now Coatesville, Pa.
    "The William Fleming family was thus already well established in Pennsylvania when the Cowans from North Ireland began moving into that Province around 1720."

    From Catherine <spntosprno@clearwave.com> at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?surname=Fleming&given=William&dplace=PA&start=21:
    William Fleming 1662-1725
    Marriage MARY MOORE b: 1674 in England
    Married: 1691 in Delaware Co., PA?; the region of the Delaware River; also given: Concord Twp., Chester Co., PA
    Children
    1. George Fleming
    2. Henry Fleming
    3. John Fleming
    4. Peter Fleming
    5. William Fleming
    6. James Fleming b: ABT 1695 in Caln, Chester Co., PA
    7. Mary Fleming b: 1699
    8. SUSANNAH FLEMING b: ABT 1702

    Listed in «i»Pennsylvania Genealogies chiefly Scotch-Irish and German«/i», William Henry Egle, 1886 (1969), pp. 232-245:
    There was a Robert Fleming b 1716 in Scotland who came to America in 1746 and settled in near Flemington, Chester Co PA, then in 1760 to Cecil Co MD, then to west branch of Susquehanna River near mouth of Bald Eagle Creek in PA, then to Dauphin Co PA, then c1784 to Harmons Creek in Washington Co PA.




    Father: Patrike FLEMING
    Mother: Margaret COOTHILLE

    Marriage 1 Mary MOORE b: 1664 in Concord, New Delaware Co PA
    • Married: 1685 in Delaware Co PA
    • Change Date: 5 Oct 2012
    Children
    1. Has No Children John FLEMING b: 1686
    2. Has Children William Henry FLEMING b: 1688 in Concord Tp, Chester Co PA
    3. Has No Children Henry FLEMING b: 1690 in Concord Tp, Chester Co PA
    4. Has No Children George FLEMING b: 1693 in Concord Tp, Chester Co PA
    5. Has No Children James FLEMING b: 1695 in Concord Tp, Chester Co PA
    6. Has No Children Peter FLEMING b: 1698 in Concord Tp, Chester Co PA
    7. Has No Children Mary FLEMING b: 1700 in Concord Tp, Chester Co PA
    8. Has No Children Susannah FLEMING b: 1702 in Concord Tp, Chester Co PA

    Marriage 2 Mary MOORE
    • Married: 1700 in Concord Tp, Chester Co PA
    • Change Date: 24 Jun 2011
    Children
    1. Has No Children Henry FLEMING
    2. Has No Children George FLEMING b: 1693
    3. Has No Children Peter FLEMING b: 1698
    4. Has Children Mary FLEMING b: 1699
    5. Has Children James FLEMING b: 1700
    6. Has No Children Susannah FLEMING b: 1702

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