Fleshner Family



SUBMITTER:  KEN NICHOLS [email protected]  NOVEMBER 2003



John Fleshner

Born:  between 1823-1828 in "Wurtemburgh, Baden" --

Thought to have meant " Württemberg in Germany" -- see history at the end…

Parents: were born in Baden - Germany

Occupation: Weaver, Farmer, Breeder of Hogs

Value of Real Estate in 1870: $1,600

Value of Personal Property in 1870: $400

Spouse:  Mary Agnus Busch (or Bush).

            Born: between 1822-1829 in Bavaria

Children: at least nine:

Josephine, born between 1851-1853 in Kentucky

Mary, born between 1853-1855 in Kentucky

John J., born  in January 1855 in Kentucky

Martha Philomenia, born 1856 in Covington, Kentucky

            Spouse: James Buchannan Ferree -- b. 1856 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio

            Married:  in Mattoon, Illinois

Thomas, born in September 1858 in Kentucky

Anna (Annie), born about 1862 in Kentucky or Illinois

Joseph, born about 1863 in Illinois

Clara, born between 1866-1867 in Illinois

Elizabeth, born about 1869 in Illinois


June 16, 1860 Census:  Ward 8, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

1860 Census:  Whitley, Moultrie County, Illinois

July 7, 1870 Census:  Whitley, Moultrie County, Illinois

1880 Census: Whitley, Moultrie County, Illinois

1881 Combined History of Shelby and Moultrie Counties


Notes:  ages listed in 1860, 1870 and 1880 census varied. Some more reliable dates were found in 1900 Census.  John's relative (father or brother?) may have been Ferdinand, born about 1803 in Baden.  Ferdinand likely moved from Kentucky to Moultrie County, Illinois between 1856 and 1860.  History of Moultrie County indicates John settled in Whitley in 1859.  Prior to living in Kentucky, Ferdinand lived in Ohio sometime around 1841.  John's middle name was likely "Jacob."



John J. Fleshner

Born: January 1855

Occupation: Farmer

Spouse: Elizabeth

Born: October 1862 in Illinois, parents were born in Kentucky

Died:  May have been February 26, 1940

Married: about 1883

Children: at least 4:

            Nina, born December 1883 in Illinois

            Agatha M., born September 1888 in Illinois

            Claud A., born September 1892 in Illinois

                        Spouse: Lorence/Lorene, b. October 5, 1893 -- d. October 1981

                        Children: Bernice, born about 1920

            John Vernon, born September 1896 in Illinois



1900 Census: Whitley, Moultrie County, Illinois

1910 Census: North Okaw, Coles County, Illinois


Notes: The entire family could read and write. All the children attended school.  Elizabeth's name is hard to read in the 1910 census, but it looks something like "Ea_italia."  Nina likely died between 1900 and 1910.  The 1910 census says Elizabeth had 4 children and three were living.  Agatha, Claud and John Vernon are in the 1910 census, Nina is not…


John Vernon Fleshner

Born: September 7, 1896 in Illinois

Died: January 1972 -- Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois

Occupation: Farmer

Spouse: Inola Alice Butler

            Born: September 13, 1897 in Illinois

            Died: May 1980


            Robert V., born October 25, 1919



Robert V. Fleshner

Born October 25, 1919

Occupation: Farmer

Died: July 11, 1995, Mattoon, Coles, Illinois

Spouse: Elflida Sampson

Born: September 13, 1926

Died: August 25, 1999










Baden-Württemberg: state in southwestern Germany, bounded on the north by the states of Hessen and Bavaria, on the east by Bavaria, on the south by Switzerland, and on the west by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and by France. Stuttgart is the capital and largest city. Other important cities are Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Heidelberg, and Ulm. Within Baden-Württemberg are several mountain regions, including the Black Forest, the Swabian Forest, the Schwäbische Alb, and Odenwald. Cutting through these uplands are the Rhine, Neckar, and Danube rivers and their tributaries. Bodensee, the largest inland body of water in western Europe, lies on the southern border of the state. Area, 35,752 sq km (13,804 sq mi); population 10,524,400 (2001 estimate).

Baden-Württemberg is one of the most prosperous states of Germany, and is highly industrialized. Manufactures include textiles, motor vehicles, machinery, chemicals, leather goods, pottery, glass, furniture, clocks, and optical equipment. Crops—including wheat, barley, grapes, potatoes, and tobacco—are grown in the river valleys and foothill regions. Dairying and forestry are carried on in the Black Forest and other highland regions. With its picturesque natural scenery, historic towns and castles, and famous health resorts, the state is second to Bavaria in tourism. The state, which is divided into four administrative districts, is headed by a minister-president, responsible to a popularly elected assembly.

The earliest known inhabitants of Baden were the Alamanni, who fell under the dominion of the Frankish Empire in the 5th century. In the 11th century Berthold, a duke of the Austrian duchy of Kärnten (Carinthia), built the castle of Zahrringen in Breisgau, in Baden; a descendant of his second son took the title of margrave of Baden and founded a dynasty that ruled the region for more than eight centuries. One of the outstanding members of this dynasty was Charles Frederick, who became margrave in 1746. By favoring Napoleon and joining the Confederation of the Rhine, Charles Frederick quadrupled his possessions in area and population and acquired in 1803 the dignity of elector and in 1806 the title of grand duke. In 1811 he was succeeded by his grandson Charles, who, after the Battle of Leipzig, seceded from the Confederation of the Rhine and in 1815 joined the German Confederation, a loose union of 39 sovereign states, including Prussia, under Austrian presidency.


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