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JACOB FLEMING, general merchant at Holder, Old Town Township, and also Supervisor of the township, was born in Huntingdon County, Pa., June 2, 1841. The father of our subject, John Fleming, was born on the Emerald Isle in 1810, and emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1820, settling in Fulton County, Ill., in 1849. Our subject's mother, Elizabeth (Kitt) Fleming, was born in Pennsylvania. After the parents' marriage they settled in Huntingdon County, Pa., and there lived for about ten years, when they removed to Fulton County, Ill., where their demise occurred. The father died in July, 1882, and the mother Jan. 11, 1868. The parental family consisted of twelve children, nine of whom lived to attain the age of man and womanhood, as follows: James, Jacob, William, Samuel, Frederick, Joseph, B. E., John P. and Maggie J. Three died in infancy, and only six are living at this writing.

Jacob Fleming was the second son and child born to his parents, and was but eight years of age when they removed to Fulton County, Ill., and there in the common schools he received his education. Our subject continued to live with the old folk until he was twenty years of age, when he enlisted in Co. G, 50th Ill. Vol. Inf., as a private. Soon, however, he was promoted Corporal for meritorious conduct, then First Sergeant, then First Lieutenant, and subsequently commissioned Captain. He was in the service nearly four years, and during that time received no serious wound or injury. He accompanied Sherman in his march to the sea, and participated in the battles of Ft. Henry, Donelson, Corinth [Battle of Corinth], Miss., Altona Pass [ed., Allatoona, Ga.], and others, besides many skirmishes.

After his discharge from the service Mr. Fleming returned to Fulton County, and at once entered upon the duties of a pedagogue, which he followed for a little more than a year, and then, in February, 1867, came to this county and settled in Old Town Township. There he engaged in farming and has continued to make that township his home until the present time. He carried on his farming operations until 1874, and then embarked in mercantile pursuits at Holder, in company with his brother William, under the firm name of Fleming Bros. This relationship continued until 1884, when our subject bought out his brother's interest, and at present carries on the business alone. He has a general stock of merchandise, sufficient to meet the wants of all his customers, and in addition to his mercantile business is largely engaged in buying and shipping grain and stock. Mr. Fleming is the owner of 420 acres of land, all of which is under an advanced state of cultivation. He has a fine residence in the village of Holder, and has met and is meeting with signal success in the conducting of his different branches of business.

Mr. Fleming and Miss Susan D. Hughes, daughter of Robert E. and Ollie (Harlan) Hughes, were united in marriage in Fulton County, Ill., Jan. 28, 1863. Her father was a native of Ireland and her mother of English ancestry. After their marriage they settled in Indiana, whence they moved to Fulton County, where they resided until their death; his demise occurred in 1862, and hers in 1850. They had three children Sarah A., Martha and Susan D. Susan was born in Fulton County, Ill., Jan. 3, 1843, and remained an inmate of the parental household until her marriage with our subject. By this union eleven children were born Ollie E., Fred E., Joseph B., Mary E., Ida H., Charlie A., John R., Maggie, Robert H., Jessie G. and Bernie E. Ollie E. and Charlie A. are deceased.

Mr. Fleming has held the office of Commissioner of Highways for nine years. He was elected Supervisor of Old Town Township in the spring of 1884, and still holds that office. He was appointed Postmaster at Holder under the Grant administration, and has held that office continuously until the present time, with the exception of two years when his brother was the incumbent of the office. Mr. Fleming was one of the organizers of the Third National Bank of Bloomington, and is yet a stockholder of the same. Mrs. Fleming is a member of the Christian Church, and in politics our subject is a Republican.

[SOURCE: Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]


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