William and Robert Fleming

William John Fleming left Monaghan in 1887 and went to Massachusetts where he married Sarah Burke. Their first child William Harold was born in USA around 1894, followed by Robert 1896 and Letitia 1901,and there is also a record of birth of Henry Melvin Fleming in USA in 1902 to these parents. They then seem to have returned to Ireland where Sam was born in 1909 and Sarah in 1912. Then his wife, Sarah, returned to USA alone in 1914, apparently leaving all her family behind in Ireland.

William John and Robert were shot by the IRA in March 1921 and wife Sarah returned to sort out the estate in Sep 1921. I have not followed her subsequent life in USA

 

1861 Dec 27 William John Fleming born Monaghan

1887 May 20 Arrives in USA

 

1892 Apr 9 His father dies at Drumgarra. I assume one of the sons take over the running of the farm. It is probably

 

1893 Jan 28. Marries in Cambridge , Mass. USA to Sarah Burke

1894 Aug 27. Son Harold born USA

1896 Sep. Son Robert born in USA

1900 Census in USA

1900 Jul 19 Daughter Penelope born USA (this could be Letitia Anne P Fleming below who appears in Irish Census of 1911)

1901 Daughter Letitia born in USA

1902 Sep 12. Henry Melvin Fleming born in USA to these parents. and died 6 Apr 1904 in Massachusetts

1904 William John's brother, Samuel Fleming, dies in Monaghan and he is perhaps the last son in Ireland capable of running the farm. He was born in 1878 to James and Letitia Fleming. In which case he would have been William John's brother. The family must have asked William John to return from USA

 

William John and his family move from USA to Monaghan sometime between Apr 1904 and Jun 1909

 

1909 Jun 7 Samuel Fleming born in Monaghan

 

1909 Jun 20 Melvin Albert died aged 4. It is not clear if this is the child born in 1902

 

1911 census a Drumgarra ,Greagh, Monaghan

1912 Daughter Sarah born in Monaghan

1914 Mar 8. His wife Sarah returns to USA on SS Ionian from Londonderry. She is travelling alone She had lived before in USA for 18 years, and was going to her son Harold in New York - this presumably the William Harold born 1894 in USA, and I don't know where he was in 1911 census. . She was a USA citizen. She was born Galway about 1876

 

1921 Mar 29. Shot Co Monaghan

IRA Witness Statement On Easter Monday night 1921, a man named Flemming and his son who shot McKenna of Castleblayney On the night of the general. raid for arms, were executed for the McKenna shooting. On the following Saturday morning Duffy of Rockcorry, who fired on the Flying Column mentioned previously was shot for this activity. Those three shootings carried out inside of a week were done by three different sets of men. The police, however, thought that it was the Flying Column who carried out all the shootings

 

1921 July 9. Wiliiam John Fleming's mother (who witnessed the shooting) died

 

 

1921 Sep His wife applies for a USA Passport to come to Ireland to settle estate

1921 Oct 24 She arrives in Liverpool

1922 May 27. She appears to have returned to USA with Samuel, her son

There is a tale here that could take a lot more research! I cannot get them in 1930 USA census

 

Shot by IRA as British spies