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

Mrs Jane Fleming nee Marshall

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Oh the treasures to be found in old newspapers! This one comes from https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz

‘Death of a Pioneer: the passing of an iteresting personality was published in the New Zealand Times, 1st July 1912.  A time when most biographies were about men. 

I was tracing the story of John Stuart Fleming (1842-1904), a pioneer businessman at Westport on the wild, islolated west coast of New Zealand’s south island and later in Wellington. The obituary I found is actually of his widow but she is only named as as “Mrs Fleming” and “the widow of John Stuart Fleming”.  This practice of naming a wife as Mrs [husband’s name] was a lingering legacy of the law of coverture – when a woman and  man were married, she relenquished all her status rights to him and was considered to be under his protection. (for more on the law of coverture see Amazing Women in History) Read more

Starting 2020.

Welcome to the new year and new directions in your research!

The Guild of One Name Studies is giving interested members a challenge to start the year…. can I write ten blog posts in three months?

We shall see!  There’s often a bright new shiny thing or a rabbit hole to trip me up but this is just the inspiration I need to get started.  I look forward to sharing some of the unheralded people and places connected to the Fleming name.

Most of last year and the year before I’ve been adding faces and families to the Fleming casualties of World War I.  Little did I know there are even more men to be included! Read more