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Robert Fleming

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
Death: December 27, 1852 (79)
Shelby Creek, Pike County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Pike Co.,Ky. Burk's Ceme. Myra (At mouth of Shalby Creek)
Immediate Family:

Son of William James Fleming; William Fleming; William Fleming; Jennie Fleming (Buchanan) and Jennie Fleming
Husband of Elizabeth Fleming and Elizabeth "Betty" Fleming
Father of Robert Jefferson Fleming; Margaret Mullins; John Jackson Fleming, Sr.; Phillip (Phil) Fleming; Lovina Fleming and 3 others

Occupation: Painter/Glaizer
Managed by: Tony Fleming
Last Updated:

About Robert Fleming

From Estelle Stanley’s DESCENDANTS OF ROBERT FLEMING and Elizabeth Stembaugh/Betty Stumbo (published April 1990).


Book A, Page 31

Pike County Clerks,s Office

Written December 14, 1852. Probated January 1853.

Names: Wife - Elizabeth, Children: Margaret Mullins, Frederick, John, Phillip, William and Jefferson. Mentioned John S. Mullins (probably husband of his daughter, Lovina, deceased.)

Executors: William Fleming and Alexander Mullins, (husband of daughter Margaret "Peggy")

Witnesses: Samuel Keel or Hall? and Thomas May.

Below is Robert Fleming's will as it was written.

"I give and bequeath to my wife, Elizabeth, the sum of two dollars and 50 cents to be __________to her within _________ months after my decease, also I give to my dear son, Frederick Fleming the ______ of two dollars and fifty Ct- to be paid out of my estate; John S. Mullen the sum of two dollars and 50 ct, to be paid out of my estate after my just dets are all settled and paid; the balance (two 11) of my estate to be divided equal among my five other children to wit: John Fleming and Phillip Fleming and William Fleming and Jefferson Fleming and my daughter Margaret Mullens. I also appoint William Fleming and Alexander Mullen my executors to which I want my bisnes(?) settled without any administration."


Robert Fleming, Private in Capt. David Gooding's Company –16th Rgt. Ky. Militia from Sept. 10, 1814 to March 10, 1815-Ft. Malden. Rejoined February 10, 1815 - received one months pay - discharged at Fort Malden, (Canada).

30th June, 1853 ELIZABETH FLEMING, age about 63 years, a resident of Pike County, Ky. States that she is the widow of ROBERT FLEMING, deceased, a private in the Company commanded by Captain David Gooding’s Reg’t. of Ky. Militia, in the War of 1812 with Great Brittain. He was drafted in Floyd County, Ky. And was Honorably discharged at Fort Malden.

She further states that she was married to said ROBERT FLEMING, in the state of Maryland on the ___ day of 1811, or about that time as she cannot precisely recollect by one Parson Bowers – that her husband died in Pike County Ky. On or about the 27th December 1852, and that she is now a widow at the date of executing this her Declaration. (Marriage date has been verified as 21 Sept. 1809.)


The following summary was compiled by Estelle Staley in her book DESCENDANTS OF ROBERT FLEMING and Elizabeth Stembaugh/Betty Stumbo (published April 1990).

The first Robert Fleming was born in 1773 in Ireland, to William Fleming and Jennie Buchanan. When he was 17 years of age he came to America, landing in New York. It took nine weeks and nine days to make the voyage. The last thing his mother gave him before sailing was a cup of buttermilk. On September 21, 1809, Robert Fleming married a Pennsylvania Dutch girl, Elizabeth (Betty) Stembaugh / Stambaugh / Stumbo. We have found her name spelled different ways. On June 16, 1989, I called the Washington County, Maryland Courthouse to inquire if I could get a copy of the marriage record. I was informed that the originial records before 1886 were destroyed by fire. The only record they had was a one line record in the marriage record book.

The record showed Robert Fleming married Elizabeth Stembaugh on September 21, 1809 in Washington County, Maryland. The clerk stated her name was spelled Stembaugh. They were married by Rev. Bawer.

Quoting from an article in the "Appalachian Ancestors," by Marie Justice and Edith Thornbury, Pike County Historical Society, she writes,

“In this column a year ago, we asked for help in erecting a marker at the grave of Robert Fleming, an Irish immigrant and pioneer in Pike County. Later we wrote we had a response to this request from Mrs. Ann Osborn of Etty, who said she would contact the Veteran's Administration and ask for such a marker, as Robert Fleming was a veteran of the War of 1812. Robert served two tours of duty in the War of 1812 and 1814.

Recently Mrs. Osborn advised us that the marker has been placed. She and her brother, another Robert Fleming, with the help of others relatives, had been able to obtain and set the marker. They are great grandchildren of the first Robert Fleming.”

The marker was placed on what is believed to be the gravesite, “at the mouth of Burkes Branch of Shelby Creek, in the old Burke Cemetery, just behind the home of Noble Osborn.”

Robert Fleming and Elizabeth Stembaugh had seven children and they all married a Mullins except one. The fifth child, Frederick, married Anna Wright.

A grandson of Robert Fleming, George Fleming of Clintwood, Virginia dictated a story to Judge J. E. Sutherland on January 23, 1926 concerning the emigration to America of his grandfather Robert. The story appeared in the Clintwood paper on January 1967. [The above mentioned article states this story appeared in a column, ‘Pioneers of Dickenson,’ in the December 21, 1967 Cumberland Times. – Tony Fleming, Oct 11, 2009]

"I was born in Flemingtown near Clintwood, Virginia on April 21, 1853. My parents were John Jackson and Mary Mullins Fleming. My father was the son of Robert Fleming and Elizabeth "Betty" Stumbo Fleming. Robert was a son of William Fleming and Jennie Buchanan. My paternal grandparents, Robert Fleming and Elizabeth "Betty" Stumbo were married in Pennsylvania afterwards moving to Powell Valley, near Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Here they lived on a farm. Robert was born in Ireland and on emigrating to America landed in New York. It took nine weeks and nine days to make the voyage. The last thing his mother gave him was a cup of buttermilk. He served in the war of 1812. His son John Jackson Fleming was born while he was in service. He died in Pike County. I have seen him. The Stumbo's were Dutch. I can remember my grandmother. She talked Dutch. It sounded like goose talk to me."

This is all the information given by George Fleming to Judge Elihu Sutherland.

George Fleming went on to give the names of Robert and Betty's children. George stated that Robert and Betty were married in Pennsylvania but records show they were married in Washington County, Maryland just across the line from Pennsylvania, and Betty's name was spelled Stembaugh.


Estelle Stanley also cites the following paragraph from “One Mullins Family” by Marie Justice of Pikeville, Kentucky.

“The 1850 census of Pike County, Ky. Shows Robert Fleming to be 77 years old, or born in 1773, and living in the home of his son William. It shows Betty living alone, age 65, born in 1785. No death records found for either of them. Robert died 27 Dec 1852 in Pike County, Kentucky.”


Estelle Stanley cites the following information from “Mullins, Hamilton, Fleming and Related Families” by Verle H. Parrish of Stamping Ground, Kentucky.


4 Mar 1825 – land on left fork of Beaver Creek.

Page 135 of County Court Order Book No. 2

February Court 1816

“Robert Fleming is appointed surveyor of the road from the widow Elkins to the picture of the turtle on the right hand fork of Beaver and it is ordered that the hands on Beaver, and Widow Elkins do assist him to keep the same in repair, according to law.”

FLOYD COUNTY COURT ORDER BOOK No. 2 page 204 – August Court 1820

“Robert Fleming is appointed surveyor of the road from Samuel Harris to the pasture of Turtle,in place of James Owens (removed) and it is ordered that all hands residing on Beaver (Creek) above said Harris do assist him.”


Estelle Stanley continues (not sure if from source), noting that

ROBERT FLEMING received a Ky. LAND WARRANT for 100 acres of land, Book T, Page 47 – on Mar. 4, 1825 – on Beaver Creek in Floyd County, Ky. (Dates of Land Warrants do not mark the time of arrival because in most cases the lands were occupied long before the grants were made.)

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS records show Robert Fleming and Solomon Mullins served in the War of 1812 enlisting on the same date and in the same Company of Ky. Volunteer Militia.


The following information was added to this profile by someone but without citation:

He came from Dublin (?), Ireland. William and Jennie saw Robert off at the dock in Ireland. The last thing Robt. remembered about his mother was her giving him a tin cup of buttermilk as he boarded the ship.

Robert came to U.S. through NY or PA around 1806 (some say 1790). Robert was a farmer and first settled in Pennsylvania where he met Elizabeth " Betty" Stembaugh the daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth Stembaugh. They are believed to be of German-Dutch decent. Robert and Betty eloped to Washington County Maryland where they were married by the Reverend Bawer. The Washington County Court House records show that Robert Fleming married Elizabeth Stembaugh on September 21st, 1809. The clerk stated that Elizabeth's last name was spelled Stembaugh and not Stumbo. He and Elizabeth were listed in 1810 Census in York County, PA.

Robert moved Elizabeth from York Co. Pa. to Powell Valley near Big Stone Gap, in Lee Co. Virginia where they lived on a farm. There is evidence they were living there in 1812. Betty bore him two children while they resided there. Margaret "Peggy" and John "Jack" were born in Powells Valley. Robert was in the War of 1812, served with the 16th Kentucky Militia. John was born while Robert was in the Militia.

Robert served in the War of 1812 and L.M. Prewitt (the writer) had documents certifying this. At least two of his children, Margaret (Peggy) Fleming and John Jackson Fleming, were born while Robert was in the service.

From there, they moved to the Beef Hide area, Floyd County, KY. They were listed in the 1820 Floyd County Census, as living in the Beaver Creek area. On 4 March 1825, Robert received a Kentucky Land Warrant for 100 acres on Beaver Creek in Floyd County (Bk. T, pg 47). (Dates of Land Warrants do not mark the time of arrival because in most cases the lands were occupied long before the grants were made.) Pike County was formed from Floyd County in 1821.

A few years ago, several of Robert's relatives in Pike County obtained a tombstone from the Govt. honoring Robert for his service. He enlisted and was discharged on the same day, month and year as was Solomon Mullins, his daughter Margaret's [future] father-in-law. They enlisted on 4 September 1814 on the Muster Roll of Capt. David Gooding's Company of Infantry, 16th Regiment Kentucky Militia volunteers, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Porter, which was raised by draft from 56th and 58 Regiment Militia. Their commencement of service as privates was on 10 September 1814 and they served until 10 March 1815. They were discharged at Fort Malden, Canada. Their pay was $8.00 per month plus $7.73 for traveling expenses, for a grand total of $47.73. According to family tradition, Solomon Mullins and Robert Fleming saw action in Canada. If this is true, they may have participated in William Henry Harrison's Invasion of Canada and the Battle of Thames.

Robert is listed in the 1790 Census of Fayette County, PA as age

17 and living alone. Robert immigrated from Ireland to America and

landed in New York. It took nine weeks and nine days to make the

voyage. Have photo of tombstone. Robert was living with son William


Wm.'s 2nd wife, Elizabeth in 1850 Pike County Census.

Ref: Loretta Mae Prewitt

Brenda K. Mullins's research seems to dispute the above statement

in that she states that Robert came to America around 1806.

A declaration by Preston Fleming recorded in E. J. Sutherlands

collections published by his wife Hetty Swindall Sutherland under the

title Pioneer Recollections page 142 states in part: I (Preston


was born July 23, 1857 at the mouth of Holly Creek. My parents were

Phillip and Minerva (Mullins) Fleming. Father was born February 15,


and died April 28, 1885, I believe that was the year he died. His


was Robert Fleming and his mother was Betty Stumbo, who was


Dutch. Grandfather Fleming came from Irland, but I don't know what


of it he lived in, nor where he landed on this side. It took his ship

nine weeks and nine days on the water to make the trip. He served in


war of 1812. He died in Pike County, Kentucky. I never saw him.

AN ARTICLE from the Fleming newsletter Vol 1 No 1 by Bill Fleming

states that Robert Fleming left Ireland circa 1800 from the city of

Dublin. Robert came to the Cumberlands by way of York County,

Pennsylvania where he met, eloped with and married Elizabeth Stumbo /


DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS records show that Robert Fleming and

Solomon Mullins enlisted in Floyd Co., KY and served as Privates In


David Gooding's Company with the 16th Rgt. Kentucky Volunteer Militia,

Commanded by Lt. Col. Andrew Porter, from Sept. 10th 1814 to March


1815 at Fort Malden, Canada in the war of 1812. He was Honorably

Discharged at Fort Malden.

FLOYD COUNTY CENSUS 1820 shows that He was then living in Floyd

County Kentucky.

LAND WARRENT BOOK T, page 47 shows that on March 4th 1825 Robert

Fleming received a Kentucky Land Warrent for 100 acres of land on


Creek in Floyd County.

WILL BOOK A, page 21 Pike County, Kentucky. Robert Fleming's will

dated Dec. 14, 1852 and probated Jan. 1853.

INTERRED in the cemetery behind Nobel Osborne's old house.on Burke's

Branch of Shelby Creek near Jonancy, Pike Co. Ky.

Sources of information on the family of Robert Fleming.;

1. Library of Congress - Mullins, Hamilton, Fleming and

Related Families - by Verle H. Parrish - Stamping Ground, KY.

2. Pine Creek Report - by Cedric S. Beverly.

3. Marriage date of Robert Fleming and Elizabeth Stembaugh

verified by a telephone call to Washington Co., MD.

4. One Mullins Family - by Marie Justice of Pike Co., KY.

5. Marriage Records of Pike Co., KY

6. Decendants of Robert Fleming - by Emma Estelle Fleming


7. Genealogical Research by Bonnie Sue Fleming Woody, Grace

Fleming Nichols, Loyd Thomas Fleming and Loretta Mae Prewitt.

Birth: 1772/3

_SDATE: 1 JUL 1772 in Dublin, Ireland

Death: 27 DEC 1852 in Pike County, KY

Burial: Long Fork of Shelby Creek, Pike County, KY

ADDR: Burke Cemetery

Occupation: farmer

Robert Fleming was born in 1773 at IRELAND. He married Elizabeth Stambach, daughter of Phillip Stambach and Elizabeth ?. Robert Fleming died on 27 December 1852 at Pike County, Kentucky.

Children of Robert Fleming and Elizabeth Stambach

Margaret Fleming+ b. 1812

John Jackson Fleming b. 9 Jun 1814, d. 1 Feb 1881

The information has been passed down from one generation to another that Robert Fleming came to America about the year 1806 from Dublin, Ireland. It was told that he was a stowaway on a boat sailing to America.

It is surmised that Robert left PA with his in-laws and for some reason he stopped in Lee Co, Va, where he appears on the 1810 Lee Co census, while Phillip Stambaugh appears on the 1810 Floyd Co, Ky census. Robert served in the War of 1812 in Captain David Gooding's Co, 16 Reg't Kentucky Militia during the dates of Sep 10, 1814 to Mar 9, 1815. His Company Muster Roll for Nov 10, 1814 to Mar 10, 1815 states: " Roll dated Malden, Mar 10, 1815; commencement of service: Sep 10, 1814 to Mar 9, 1815; he was present; To what time received pay: Nov 19, 1814;

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Robert Fleming's Timeline

September 1773
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
December 1812
Age 39
Powell's Valley, Lee County, Virginia, United States
June 9, 1814
Age 40
February 15, 1815
Age 41
Age 42
Pike, KY, USA
April 1818
Age 44
Beaver Creek,Floyd-Pike Co.,Ky.
Age 47
Beaver Creek, Floyd/Pike, Kentucky, United States
September 1, 1825
Age 52