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View Tree for Judge William FlemingJudge William Fleming (b. July 06, 1736, d. February 15, 1824)

William Fleming (son of John Fleming and Mary Kennon Bolling) was born July 06, 1736, and died February 15, 1824. He married Elizabeth Champe on October 05, 1766, daughter of John Champe.

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William Fleming, born 6 July 1736, died 15 February 1824, married 5 October 1766, Elizabeth Champe, is shown as the son of John Fleming and Mary Bolling in Genealogies of Virginia Families - from The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. It goes on to say" William Fleming "fourth son and sixth child was born at Mt. Pleasant in the county of Goochland (now Powhatan) on the 6th day of July 1736 and married Bettie Champe, the 6th and youngest daughter of Colonel John Champe, late of the county of King George (merchant) on the firth day of October 1766 and had issue four daughters who lived to be women, and one son. He died at Summerville, February 15. 1824." (Family Bible)

William Fleming was educated at William and Mary College and while there was the coggege mate and friend of Jefferson, and others, who became leaders in the Revolution, and with whom he remained on intimate terms in after life. On completing his College coure he studied for the bar, and commenced the practice of law in Cumberland and the neighboring counties. Not long before the Revolution he entered public life, taking his seat as a member of the House of Burgesses for Cumberland in February 1772 and was reelected to the sessions of March 1773, was an active supporter of American rights and in February 1775 was a member of the county committee of safety of Cumberland. He was recommended by the committee for appointment as Colonel of the milita of the county, and qualified in this office by taking the oath October 23, 1775. On November 26, 1775, when a new election was held to choose members of the committee, he received next to the highest vote and on October 28, 1776, was again re-elected he and George Carrington receiving the same vote, more than was cast for any other (Journal of Committee). He was a member of the Conventions of March 1775, July 1775, December 1775, and of that which met May 6, 1776, and declared the independence of Virginia, and in the last named he was a member of the "independence committee". (Journals of Conventions). After the establishment of the state government he continued a member of the House of Delegates, representing Cumberland in October 1776, December 1776, May 1777 and October 1777 and Powhatan (which had been formed from Cumberland) in the sessions of May and October 1778, December 1779 and Chesterfield in May November 1780. During the sessions of 1780, he was Chairman of the committee of the whole. On December 105h 1778, the Virginia Assembly elected him a member of Congress, in the room of John Banister resigned, to serve until August 11, 1778. (Journals of House of Delegates). He appears not to have taken his seat in the laltter body until Aapril 28, 1779, for on that date the Journals of Congress record that he attended and presented his credentials. On November 26, 1780, the Virginia Legislature again honored him by electing him a judge of the General Court and some years later promoted him to the bench of the newly formed Court of Appeals. His commission to the latter position dated December 31, 1788, and signed by Governor Beverley Randolph, is preserved.

Nor was it only in a civil capacity that William Fleming rendered service during the Revolution. When the county of Powhatan was formed from Cumberland he was appointed county lieutenant, his commission, signed by Governor Henry, bearing the date July 31st, 1777. He probably held thiis office for several years and as documents remaining show, rendered useful service. Among the few of his papers which remain in a subscription list taken in Powhatan county, for the purpose of paying bounties to recruits and preventing a draught of the militia. It is as follows, the number after the names indicated the number of dollars subscribed.

"We the subscribers hereby oblige ourselves to pay on demand, to the commander of the milita of Powhatan, the several sums of money set against our names respectively, to be by him equally distributed amongst such able bodied men as will engage to serve in one of the Virginia regiments on continental establishment, for one year, in order to prevent a draught of the milia for completing the ad regiments; providied that not more than 200 dollars, esides the public bounty, be paid to any one person so enlisted."

Under the Champe's of Lamb Creek, it is shown that William Fleming and Elizabeth Champe maried in 1766 and that he was the friend and intimate of Thomas Jefferson, son of Colonel John Fleming (1697-1766) of "Mount Pleasant" and Mary Kennon Bolling, his wife of Cobbs and Mary Kennon Bolling, his wife of "Cobbs" and the grandson of Charles Fleming (born 1667) who was third in descent from Sir John Fleming the first Earl of Wigdon in Scotland. Through his mother William Fleming was the grandson of John Bolling (1676-1729) of "Cobbs" and Mary Kennon his wife and the great grandson of Colonel Robert Bolling (1646-1709) and Jane Rolfe; She was the daughter of Thomas Rolfe (born 1615) and Jane Poythress and the grandaughter of John Rolphe (died 1622) and Pocahontas (Pocahontas and her Descendants by W. Robertson and A. R. Brock(

William Fleming (1736-1824) was a member of the House of Burgesses, a Justice f the Curt of Appeals of Virginia and later its President; from his union with Elizabeth Camp were born "one son and five Daughters", among them Lucy Champe Fleming who married John Markham and went to Kentucky; Mary Champe Fleming who married Captain Beverly Chew Standard. Another authority has it that William and Elizabeth Fleming had issue four daughters who lived to be married and one son.

It would seem as if the fates have conspired to keep secet the name of the other children of William and Elizabeth (Champe) Fleming; even in the will of their uncle, William Champe, previously quoted, the daughters are mentioned merely as "my Nieces" and no reference to the son. One of the daughters we know, was Lucy (Fleming) who married John Markham


More About William Fleming and Elizabeth Champe:
Marriage: October 05, 1766

Children of William Fleming and Elizabeth Champe are:
  1. +Lucy Champe Fleming, d. date unknown.
  2. Mary Bolling Fleming, d. January 22, 1812.
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