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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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FLEMING & CHIPMAN. A. H. Fleming was born in Washington County, Va., November 28, 1830, and is one of two children born to George and Elizabeth (Orr) Fleming, natives of Washington County, Va. The grandparents were James Fleming and John Orr. The parents of our subject died when he was quite young. He was reared in Abingdon, Va., until he was about twelve years old, when he went to work on a farm. At the age of eighteen years he went to Henry County, Tenn., with William Orr and served an apprenticeship to the saddler’s trade in Paris, Tenn. He engaged at his trade in Conyersville, until 1863, when he went to Mayfield, Ky., where he was engaged as railway agent until 1876. He was engaged in the tobacco business one year, and kept the Southern Hotel at Mayville three years. October, 1880, he went to Hopkinsville, Ky., where he was engaged in the hotel business for about four months. February, 1881, he moved to Fulton, Ky., where he was agent for the Southern Express Company. In the summer of 1881 he went into the hotel business for ten months; thence to Dawson Springs, where he took charge of the Arcadia Hotel; thence to Mayfield and back to Fulton. In June, 1883, he took charge of the Kirksey Hotel, formerly Leet Hotel. In October of the same year, he formed a partnership with Dr. Parker, which lasted six months, when Mr. Fleming’s son-in-law purchased Parker’s interest. The firm is now Fleming & Chipman. Mr. Fleming was married December 26, 1854, to Caroline P. Browning, of Henry County, Tenn., a daughter of Thomas P. Browning. To this union was born one child, Mary E., now married to R. E. Smith. Mrs. Fleming was a member of the Presbyterian Church. After her death Mr. Fleming was married, on May 29, 1859, to Mrs. Amanda Harris, widow of Samuel Harris; she is a daughter of George and ( Brown) Walker. This union was blessed with four children: Minnie D., now Chipman; Addie H., deceased; Lulu, deceased; Wilber, deceased. Mr. Fleming and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. William J. Chipman, son-in-law of A. H. Fleming, was born in Bethpage, Sumner Co., Tenn., October 3, 1861. He is the third of three children born to Joseph and Eliza (McGaughey) Chipman, natives of Lexington, Ky., and Abingdon, Va., respectively, of Irish and Scotch descent. William J. was reared on a farm until eighteen years old, when he commenced telegraphy on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. In 1884 he engaged in the hotel business with his father in-law in Fulton. He received a good common school education, attended Bellwood Academy ten months and Liberty High School ten months. He was married to Miss Minnie D. Fleming, of Graves County, July 26, 1883. She was born in Conyersville, Tenn. They have one child, Laura Ellis. Mrs. Chipman is a member of the Presbyterian Church. In his young days, Mr. Chipman’s father was owner and driver of a stage line between Nashville, Tenn., and Scottsville, Ky., for nine years. Later he moved to north Tennessee, where he lost all his stock during the Rebellion. He died November, 1862. After his death, all the fences of the farm of 212 acres were burned. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and had made the raising of blooded horses a specialty. He had moved to Tennessee about the year 1851 or 1852. Mr. Chipman in politics is a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 114 biographies included in the Fulton County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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