Last 35 names added to the Fleming Honor Roll

In November 2018 the National Archives and Records Adminsistration (NARA) of the United States placed online the digital images of burial cards for their servicemen who died during World War I.

Significantly, they include casualties who are not recorded on the  American Battle Monuments Commission website. These men were sent home for re-burial in the United States. The cards make it possible to trace them and their families through other records. 

Along with their name, rank, unit, service number and date of death are cause of death, next of kin and burial arrangements.  There were thirty five Fleming families who accepted the government’s offer to repatriate their son home for re-burial. The location of many of these graves is still unknown. You can see the list at https://fleming.one-name.net/wwi/cemeteries-memorials/usa/ and the updated map and chart at https://fleming.one-name.net/wwi/ Read more

Women’s History Month

March in the United States is Women’s History Month and the theme for 2020 is “Valiant Women of the Vote” to honor “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”

White camelia, symbol of the suffragists. (image: Golladay, Wikimedia)

I got to thinking about New Zealand, the first country to grant all women over the age of 21 the right to vote. 
In 1893 as part of a continuing campaign the suffragists organised thirteen separate petitions to extend the vote or franchise to women. The largest was signed by 31,872 women nearly 25% of the European women in the country. Only one of these petitions survives and you can search here at Women and the Vote for more information and the database of surviving signatories (this includes a scan of each original signature). Read more

Finding Elizabeth Fleming

For the last few weeks I have been putting together a biography of a Fleming in my tree, one of my London ancestors but I can’t discover what became of his mother, my great great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Fleming. She is still a mystery!

Elizabeth was born at Portsea, Hampshire, England in 1820 one of several children to Robert King a master mariner and Sarah (Dowling). In 1838 at Bermondsey Elizabeth married George Fleming a corn factor and together they had seven children: Elizabeth Mary (1839-1844), Robert George (1840-1906), George Warren (1841-1864), Isabella Ann Wales (1843-1926), Katherine Mary (1848- ), Alfred (1850-1894) and William Fleming (1852- ). Read more