WILLIAM M. FLESHER, a farmer residing on section 3, Money Creek Township, is the owner of 117 acres of valuable and productive land, on which he has good and substantial improvements and where he is meeting with signal success in the prosecution of his chosen vocation. Mr. Flesher was born in Pendleton County, West Va., Oct. 19, 1827. He lived in his native county until seven years old, when his parents emigrated to Fayette County, Ohio, taking William with them. There he made his home until he accompanied his parents to this county. Living here until 1857, engaged the while in farming, he went to Kansas and followed the same vocation in that State for three years. He then came back to this county and has made this his home until the present time. Since living here he has spent a year and a half of his time in Lexington, and aside from that, has always lived in Money Creek Township.
Mr. Flesher, as stated, has a fine farm of 117 acres on section 3, Money Creek Township, acquired mainly through his own exertions, economy and good judgment. He was married in Money Creek Township, Dec. 29, 1850, to Rebecca A. Pirtle, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Jones) Pirtle. Her parents were married in Kentucky, and settling in that State, made that their home until their removal to Owen County, Ind., where they lived until the death of the mother. The father died in Greene County, that State. Ten children were born of the parental union, six sons and four daughters, and Mrs. Flesher was the youngest. She was born in Owen County, Ind., Dec. 14, 1831, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of eight children Andrew M., John H., James A. S., Lizzie, Eddie L., Charles S., George E. and Benjamin E. Andrew married Miss Lucy Fultz and they are living in Gridley Township, this county; John and Miss Amanda Henline became man and wife and are residents of Lexington Township, this county; James married Miss Hattie Drury and they are living in Woodford County; Lizzie is the wife of William Curry, a resident of Money Creek Township; Eddie and Miss Minnie Punke were united in marriage and live in Gridley Township; Charles, George and Benjamin are living at home. Mr. Flesher has held the office of Township Assessor for two years and has been the incumbent of the office of Justice of the Peace about six years. His wife is a member of the Christian Church and in politics he is a stanch Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Flesher have had their trials and troubles in life, and sickness has often attended their household, but a kind providence has smiled upon and preserved them a united and happy family, and now in the sunset of life, in their pleasant little home in Money Creek Township, they are enjoying the accumulations of an honorable past with no dark spots upon their record to trouble them.
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), 661. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.
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