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hiSTORY OF TEXAS. 743
is well and favorably known in his cominunity,
and is versatile, intelligent and progress'
ive in everything pertaining to the education
and advancement of his locality.
ILLIAM FLEAGER, late of Georgetown,
Texas, was born in Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, August 27,
1819, a son of Daniel and Susan (Snively)
Fleager, who were born and married in Pennsylvania,
and of German descent. The father
was a wagon-maker by trade, and both parents
died quite young.
William Fleager, our subject, served an
apprenticeship at the tailor's trade in Harrisburg
and Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He then
resided in Richmond, Indiana, two years;
lived in Putnamr, same State; was in Ottawa,
Illinois, during the digging of the canal; in
1838 went to St. Louis; the following year
to New Orleans; witnessed the celebration of
the battle of New Orleans in 1841; spent
eight years in Haywood county, Tennessee;
was then in Mississippi for a time, and in
1852 located near Lexington, Texas. Mr.
Fleager was engaged in farming there until
1860, when he came to Williamson county,
locating two miles west of Florence. After
1880 he was a resident of Georgetown.
During the war he did much service in
making clothes, and after the close of the
struggle he purchased a wagon and six mulas
and engaged in freighting from Brenhamn to
Austin and Columbus, also on the coast. In
this way he made his start in life. After the
railroad came to Austin he engaged in the
sewing-machine business in 1873, which he
long continued in a small way. He sold over
3,000 machines, averaging over 300 a year.
Mr. Fleager was married in Haywood
county, Tennessee, to M. J. Moore, and they
had two children: Charles N. and Tlosell.
The latter is the widow of J. I,. Whittenberg,
and a resident of Flore'nce. She hlas four
children: William B., Olin B., Mary and
Ann. Charles N., proprietor of a jewelry
store in Georgetown, married Maggie Whittenberg,
and they have seven children: Joseph
E., Ernest B., Bessie L., Mary L., Lucy
B., Bertha L. and William LI. Mrs. Fleager
was born in 1825, a daughter of IRichard
and Mary (McKendree) Moore. The latter
was a niece of Bishop McKendree, by whom
Mrs. Fleager was baptized. Mr. Moore was
a native of Virginia, a farmer by occupation,
and was married near Nashville, Tennessee.
They afterward located near Brownsville,
IIaywood county, Tennessee, where he died
in 1829, aged forty years. He was a devout
and prominent member of the Methodist
Church, as were also all his children. Mr.
and Mrs. Moore had six children, viz.: James,
who served through the late war, and died of
dropsy soon after the close of the struggle, at
the age of fifty-seven years; Dionecia, deceased
in Mississippi in 1844, was the wife
of Thomas WVadkins; Martha, deceased in
1860, aged thirty-five years, was three times
married, first to P. Trailor, second to a Mr.
Brown, and her third husband was Rev.
Arnold; Sarah Ann, who died in 1859, at the
age of forty years, was the wife of Williarn
Wynn; M. J., now Mrs. Fleager; and Caroline,
wife of J. W. Bates. After the father's
death the mother married J. W. Moser, and
they had four children: Elizabeth, wife of
Rev. J. W. Bates, a Methodist minister of
Mississippi; John, who took part in the late
war, with General Hood, and died at Rome,
Georgia, in 1863, aged towenty-five years;
Roena, deceased at Salado, Texas, at the age
of thirty-seven years, was the wife of P. Milhollin;
and Daniel, a farmer of Reynolds
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/794/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .