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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Robert E. Fleming has been engaged in farming all his life, learning the details of that work of his father, who was also a tiller of the soil. He was born in Alabama on April 9, 1848, but his parents, Mark M. and Ellen (Janes) Fleming, were born in Georgia, the former’s birth occurring in 1806, and the latter’s in 1809. Their marriage was celebrated in 1824, and in due course of time they became the parents of seven sons and four daughters, only three of whom are now living: Virginia (wife of S. D. Brown), Mark M. (who married Virginia Moncrief), and Robert E. The father was a farmer by occupation, and in 1848 emigrated to Arkansas, and settled on a farm in Ashley County, where he made a comfortable home for his family. His many worthy qualities soon became known, and he was elected to the office of county and probate judge for four years; has held the office of justice of the peace also. While a resident of Talbot County, Ga., he was sheriff for eight years. He was a Royal Arch Mason, and at the time of his death, June 19, 1887, he was an earnest member of the Baptist Church, his wife, who died in March, 1888, being also a member. Robert E. Fleming was reared and educated in Drew County, and here he was married on July 19, 1870, to Miss Clara Morgan, a daughter of Maj. Lemuel C. and Ellen Morgan. Mrs. Fleming died in January, 1880, leaving four children: Mary G., Mabel V., Roscoe (deceased), and Lorena, and Mr. Fleming’s second union was to Miss Cora P. Wells, by whom he has five children: Oswell (deceased), Homer, Mamie C., Ella M., and Robert (deceased). After the death of this wife in April, 1888, Mr. Fleming espoused Mrs. E. A. Newton, their union taking place on November 21, 1889. He also has land to the amount of 1,000 acres, and has 150 under the plow. He has been a member of the K. of H. two years, and is an enterprising and worthy citizen. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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This family biography is one of 83 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Drew County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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