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William Fleming (1729 - 1795)

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Governor William Fleming
Born in Jedburgh, Scotlandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Roanoke/Botetourt Co.,
Profile last modified | Created 10 Mar 2013
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Categories: Fleming Name Study | Bellmont Cemetery, Hollins, Virginia | French and Indian War | Virginia Governors | Notables | NSSAR Patriot Ancestors.

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William Fleming is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P-159292
Rank: Colonel, Surgeon, State Senator
Preceded by
2nd Governor
Thomas Jefferson
William Fleming
3rd Governor
of Virginia
Succeeded by
4th Governor
Thomas Nelson, Jr.



WILLIAM FLEMING was born 18 February 1729 in Jedburgh, Scotland to Leonard and Dorthea Fleming, and died 5 August 1795 in Roanoke, Roanoke Co., Va. He married ANN CHRISTIAN about 1763 in Augusta Co., Va., daughter of ISRAEL CHRISTIAN and his wife ELIZABETH.

William entered George Washington’s regiment in August 1755, engaging in border warfare and rising to the rank of captain.” In 1774 he raised a regiment that he commanded as a colonel.

In 1776 he was made Botetourt (now Montgomery) County Lieutenant by the Committee of Safety. He became a senator from the district of Botetourt, Montgomery and Kentucky when the Virginia state government was formed, and later became a member of the council. After Thomas Jefferson’s second year as governor and before Jefferson’s successor—Thomas Nelson—took office, Fleming served as acting governor.

William Fleming and his wife Anne "Nancy" had six children: Leonard Israel Fleming; Elizabeth, wife of Samuel G. Ramsey; Ann, wife of George Baxter; Dorothy, wife of James Bratton; Priscilla, wife of Samuel Wilson; and William Fleming.

Former Governor Colonel William Fleming passed away August 5, 1795 in Botetourt, Roanoke County, Virginia. He and his wife were buried buried on a knoll overlooking the remains of their mansion house, the "Bell Mont". William was 66 years old.


William Fleming, Governor/Colonel
Marriage: 1763
Anne (Christian) Fleming
Leonard Israel Fleming
Elizabeth Fleming
Ann (Fleming) Baxter
Priscilla (Fleming) Wilson
Dorothea (Fleming) Bratton
William Fleming, Major


Listed Sources provided by profile manager Bob Nichol [1]

  • Source: S266 Author: Anonymous Title: Family Record Abbreviation: Family Record Publication: Unpublished/c. 1911-1920 [oldest portion] Note: The oldest portion of this notebook, which has the most detailed data about the Parks and McKnight ancestors, was likely written by Sarah Lavenia Parks, as her burial place is entered in a different hand. The latest date entered in the earlier hand is 1911. The remainder is in more modern ink, printed rather than cursive, and adds some data about the Lewis and Logan lines. There are also a few newer entries in cursive pencil. Repository: #R39 Media: Manuscript Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
    1. Source: #S266
  • Repository: R39 Name: Willis Family Papers Address: Robert B. Nichol CONT 6000 Forest Creek Circle CONT Wilmington, NC 28403 E-Mail Address:

Additional sources below as researched by Dorothy Barry , 2nd profile manager. (Note: Profile merged Thursday, October 1st, 2015):

  • Wikipedia makes reference to William's parents Leonard and Dorthea Fleming but no DOB/DOD for them.
  • Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940 Birth, Marriage & Death. Name William Fleming Birth 1729, Wife: Anne Christian Birth 1744. Marriage Date 1763. Children: Priscilla and Dorothy Fleming (among others).
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 Birth, Marriage & Death Name Colonel William Fleming Birth 18 Feb 1729 - Jedburgh, Scotland Death 5 Aug 1795 - Botetourt, Virginia Civil 9 Jul 1925. (Note: "NSSAR" short for National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.)
  • Book: Life and Times of Judge Caleb Wallace by William Heth Whitsitt, 1888, Appendix IV Reference Col William Fleming, pages 80-86 [1]


Thank you to Bob Nichol for creating WikiTree profile Fleming-1934 through the import of Willis.ged on Mar 8, 2013.

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Tombstone for William & Ann "Nancy" Fleming
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