A day that had been full of horrors has turned out to offer
something here that may be the answer to a big glitch. A glitch between DAVID FLEMING
and my Grandfather, Harry Blair Fleming. We know that Harry Blair was born in or around Clymer, PA on August 24, 1888. We are quite sure that he attended school at Sample Run [see newspaper clipping] as early as November 1895. Harry Blair was the son of David. Now, the question
is, the "David" you talk about (E-mail correspondence with a fellow researcher) and is associated with Bethel Church, Green
Twp & with a Rayne Twp connection? — This is all good as a detective would see it. I
have recent photos of the graves of Harry Blair [b. 1888] & David Fleming
[b. 1845] would seem to fit Morton b. lake a glove. The M. Blair goes to
show a trend in the Fleming Family. The only gap is that of David Fleming, although,
we can't be sure that his name well might have been David [Blair] Fleming. My
name, after all, is Robert BLAIR Craig, Mother was daughter of Harry BLAIR Fleming.
If you like a mystery ponder this: There IS A HUGE discrepancy here, or there
[the Sample Run Cemetery]. I have published what I call a "Virtual Cemetery" for the
Sample Run site. In the Virtual Cemetery I comment
on 11 little Infant graves. How on memorial day as far back as I can recollect
— say 3rd grade in school — we would travel up Sample Run Hill near Clymer, PA
and clean the grave yard. This went on for years. Just once - I could be mistaken
however, during those visits I would be the one to clean around a little stone
marker fence [about 5 or 7" high and about a foot wide that encircled/fenced inside
the grave sites of 11 little mounds of the infant FLEMING graves.
recall that these 11 was backed by two larger markers [I have no idea who] that
were encased within this little stone fenced in area. There was at least two grave markers or headstones
- I know because of my recollection of using those hateful little hand clippers
to cut the grass around them. It is memorable simply because of the blisters I received on the inside of my thumb and for-finger every time I used them. And it was my job to do it, often helped by my
I traveled to Pennsylvania December 7, 2001 — I found one (1) little marker for the
11 Fleming Infants, no dates, no names, no mounds, not a fence or stone enclosure
and mysteriously, no larger tomb stones. Who was there? What were their names?
Why wouldn't any of the Fleming relatives that live up there give me any information
on them? I couldn't even find out who my great-grandfather was or what his name
was! My mother filled in my Family Bible in great detail of all her FLEMING,
HOLMES, MENTCH & LEARN relatives. But in a space where she could have placed
my Great Grandfather David Fleming's name - it is blank. She died in the 60s.
I am about the only person who even cares -- apparently.
It is a mystery. The book page # 1508 of the History of Indiana County, Pennsylvania
does cause one to wonder if the writer of the data for David A Fleming may have made
a couple of errors — like I am often likely to do. It does cause me to wonder if my Great
Grandfather, David, may have been married twice, or once and one on the side,
or whatever. The name of Sarah A. RAIRAGE does not come to mind, however the
(SPICHER) rings a bell. The fact that there were 7 children including HARRY, my
Great Grandfather, David Fleming, would seem to be Blair rather than Clair.
This is so interesting.
To think, I used to watch TV for entertainment!