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544HISTORY CF TEXAS.
inents were pushed up the valley from the
Scelhylkill and up the Brandywine from Wilmir.gton,
he and his young descendants purchased
the land for several miles along the
valley, now known as Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
William Penn, the Governor, in
order to encourage young men to emigrate to
America, proclaimed that to every person
who had passed four years in America he
would grant fifty acres of land, and William
Fleming secured his fifty acres. The deed
was entitled " Fleming's Reward." At his
death William Fleming left four sons and one
daughter,-James, Henry, William, Peter,
and the daughter, who cannot now be named.
James Fleming was the great-grandfather of
our subject, and his son, John, the grandfather
of our subject, was one of the members
who represented Chester county, Pennsylvania,
in the Constitutional Convention of
1776. He resided onl a farm just west of
Coatesville, which is situated on the Brandywine,
a few miles above the battle ground.
On this fari lie built a large, elegant, stone
house, placing his initials in a large stone on
the corner, as was frequently done in those
days. This is the old mansion, still standing
in a good state of preservation, where our
subject, his father and every member of the
family to which the latter belonged were
born. John Fleming was engaged in wagon
making when the Revolutionary struggle
commenced. The Fleming families of this
country, especially those who have but the
one letter "i m " in their name. are presumed
to be descendants of this William Fleming.
The parents of the subject of this sketch,
George and Margarita (Parke) Fleming, were
born, reared and married in Pennsylvania.
The father was a farmer and manufacturer by
occupation, and was also a prominent $olitician
in his day. He held many offices of
profit and trust, and was extensively known
over the State as a responsible and in every
way a worthy man, having been in office continually
for many years. Mr. Fleming was
a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church,
and he died in 1871, at the age of seventysix
years. He was of Scotch extraction, was
in every way a most worthy man, and his
death removed an honored and well-known
landmark. His wife died in 1860, aged fiftysix
years, having been a life-long member of
the Presbyterian Church. She was a daughter
of Colonel James and Mary Parke.
The father was a Colonel in the war of 1812,
and his death occurred in 1864, at which'
time he had attained the age of ninety-six
years, his wife having also died at that age,
in 1868. They were worthy and highly respected
people, and pioneer settlers of this
Dr. William P. Fleming, the eldest of four
sons and two daughters, of whom three sons
and one daughter are now living, received a
literary course at the State Normal and the
Newton University of Maryland, graduating
at the latter institution in 1859. In the
same year he began reading medicine under
his brother, Dr. John P. Fleming, of Baltimore,
attended the Medical Department of
the University of Maryland, and spent one
year and graduated at the University of Iowa
in 1871. In' 1861 he began the practice of
his profession at Baltimore, Maryland, and
August 15, of that year, entered the army, as
Hospital Steward of the United States army
at Baltimore, serving six years in that capacity.
In 1867, during the epidemic of yellow
fever at Galveston, Mr. Fleming came to
Texas and served as physician in the hospitals
of that city, and for a time was also at Brenham,
Texas. In 1871 he located in Georgetown,
where he is now the second oldest
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