(Of the Hunterdon County New Jersey Area)
By: Russell S. Pickett
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Malcolm (1) is the senior family member known at this time. He was born in Cookstown, Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland in around 1681. He was a weaver by trade. It is unknown at this time who he married. He died ca. 1730 in the same town in which he was born. He had four known children whose birth order is also currently unknown.
3. William Fleming
4. Thomas Fleming
5. Andrew Fleming
Samuel (2) was born the son of Malcolm Fleming on April 2, 1707 in Ireland. His Irish family can be traced back to the still existing Castle of Slane. He was evidently the first member of this family to come to America in ca. 1740.
He married "Esther Mounier" in Ireland prior to coming to America in ca. 1735. Esther was born on January 6, 1714. Her parent's names and siblings are currently unknown, however her parents were French Huguenots who left France and moved to Ireland to escape papal persecutions. Samuel (2) and Esther purchased 105 acres of land in what is now Flemington, New Jersey.
Samuel (2) applied for and was granted a license in 1746 to run a tavern in his home. Welcome hospitality, refreshing drinks, and hearty meals soon made his tavern a center of colonial activity. By 1756, he found it necessary to build a newer, larger tavern, and thus constructed the first "real" house in New Beverly, New Jersey (now Flemington, NJ). Complete with clapboards, it was soon known as Flemings Castle. This home still stands today and can be toured by appointment with the Daughter's of the American Revolution. ( see photo on right )
Samuel (2) however had to have his "Castle" auctioned off to pay his debts in 1765. It was purchased by Dr. George Creed, the first physician to practice in the Flemington NJ area. The house changed hands five (5) times until it was donated to the DAR by the last owner, Mrs. Charles D. Foster in 1928.
Samuel (1) passed away on February 10, 1790 and it is unknown where he was interred. The date of Esther's death and where she is interred is currently unknown. He and his wife had 10 children.
7. *Esther Fleming - b. Apr 15, 1739, d. Oct. 13, 1814
8. William Fleming - b. 1741, d. ??
9. Alexander Fleming - b. Mar. 27, 1743, d. ??
10. Agnes Fleming - b. 1745, d. ??
11. Mary Fleming - b. 1749, d. ??
12. Isabella Fleming - b. 1752, d. ??
13. Samuel Fleming - b. Jul. 27, 1754, d. ??
14. John Fleming - b. Dec. 11, 1756, d. ??
15. Charles Fleming - b. Dec. 24, 1759, d. ??
Family Notes: Alexander (9) married "Elizabeth Pensiler" on July 17, 1765. Charles (15) married "Elizabeth Worrall" and they resided in the Philadelphia, PA area.
Elizabeth (6) was born the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Mounier) Fleming in 1737. Her date of passing are currently unknown. She married "John Sherred" whose dates are unknown as are the names of his parents. John ran a ferry over the Delaware River at Frenchtown, NJ. They had one known child together.
Esther (7) was born the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Mounier) Fleming on April 15, 1739 presumably in Ireland. She married "Thomas Lowrey" in 1756. He was born on September 3, 1737 in Ireland. Thomas came to America in 1747 at the age of 10 with his widowed mother and her brothers. His parent's names are currently unknown.
Esther's (7) husband Thomas became a landowner when he was only 13 year's of age. He purchased 650 square feet of land from his future father-in-law Samuel (2). He eventually became a successful shopkeeper on that same spot in Flemington. Thomas was elected to the first provincial Congress for New Jersey in 1775. He served in the New Jersey Assembly in 1791 and 1792. He was commissioned a Lieutenant Colonel in the third regiment of the State Militia, promoted to Colonel where he served as the supply officer.
It is said that Esther (7) and Thomas were very loyal supporters of the American Revolution. Once it is said that Esther (6), upon hearing of an American disaster, rushed to her husband with the news and saying, "Thomas, get up and mount the old mare and ride as fast as you can and find if the dum ly is true!" In 1780, when the American army's scarcity of supplies caused great hardships, Esther (7) was chosen to be a member of a committee of women whose goal was to seek contributions for the relief of the soldiers. They raised $15,408.00 in twelve days.
Esther (7) and Thomas also donated the land for the Baptist Meetinghouse in Flemington which was the first church in the town. They moved to Alexandria Township in 1785 after selling their land in Flemington.
Thomas Lowery passed away on November 10, 1809 and was interred in the Kingwood Presbyterian Church, Oak Summit, New Jersey. Esther (7) passed away on October 13, 1814 and was interred next to her husband. They had three known children together.
18. Mary Lowrey
19. Samuel Lowrey - b. ??, d. Feb. 14, 1791
Margaret (16) was born the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Fleming) Sherred (6) on January 17, 1772. She married "John Shepherd" who was born the son of Richard and Mary (Servis) Shepherd on March 17, 1779. Margaret (16) and John lived in the vicinity of East Locktown, NJ.
Margaret (16) joined the Baptist Church there in 1818 with her husband John. Her husband served the church as a deacon and a trustee. He also served on the local school board. Margaret preceded her husband in death on September 5, 1834 at the age of 62 and was interred in the old Locktown Baptist Church Cemetery, west of town, sited by a stream.
Hester (17) was born the daughter of Thomas and Esther (Fleming) Lowrey (7) on September 14, 1760 in Flemington, NJ. During the Revolutionary War she met and fell in love with a British Cavalry Officer. Her father being an American Colonel did not help this love affair, however, her parents did not interfere. he wedding date was set for April 17, 1777 and all of the festive preparations were made.
Hester (17) however caught a cold which developed into pneumonia and she died two days before her wedding date. On her wedding day she was laid to rest in her coffin dressed in her wedding gown and she was interred in the Case Family Cemetery in Flemington, NJ where her white marble headstone bears her name and the following: "Departed this life on the fifteenth of April, 1777, age sixteen years, seven months, & one day".
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(Note: No other Fleming descendants are known at this time)