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Re: Amanda Parker of near Harper's Ferry

Below please find the will of Mathew FLEMING in which Harriet Parker, dau. of Joseph Parker, is mentioned. This is Marion Co, VA. Amanda Parker in her deposition mentions Flemings:

Fleming, Mathew. Will of, Marion County, WV
Parker, Harriet [Mentioned]
August 26, 1830
Transcribed and Submitted by Bill Davison

Harriet Parker (daughter of Joseph Parker)

In the Will of Mathew Fleming

Marion CO, VA

I searched for and copied this will while on a
research trip to the Marion County, WV, Courthouse.
I am searching for information on my GG Aunt,
Amanda (Parker) Davison

Codicil

I Mathew Fleming of Fairmont Marion County Virginia
being of sound mind and disposing memory do make
and ordain this my Codicil to my last will and
testament above written that is to say I revoke
the ____ named in the first article of my said will
to the said Harriet Parker so far as states ______
therein bequeath to the said Harriet Parker
one hundred to be paid to her in one year from my
death should she live that long And should she live
two years after my death then my executors are to
pay her one other hundred dollars making in all
two hundred dollars – but should she die before I
do ? within one year after I die I do not desire
my executors above named to pay her anything Ex
to defray her burial expenses – And I hereby _ _ _
my last will in every other respect in as excepts
in this my codicil Signed and sealed August 26th 1830

In the persons of: F.H ?

Wm ? Aja___, Wm. T. B_ _ _ _.

Mathew Fleming seal

The original Will, in part:

First I give and bequeath to Harriet Parker
(daughter of Joseph Parker) now residing in my
family one bedstead feather bed and bedding suitable
for the same to be set aside at my death by my said
executors also two hundred dollars in money to be
paid the said Harriet in one year from my decease.

2nd….names a daughter Ann Elizabeth

3rd … names seven beloved children:

Sh _ _ _; Albert; Benjamin Albin; Ann Elizabeth;
Henry Thornton; Mary Eliza; George Lewis; and Lydia Jane

*****
"I was born and raised in Charlestown, W. Va., 8 miles from Harper's Ferry, lived there until I was 18 years old, then I went to Fairmont, W. Va., in Marion Co., I think, and lived in the family of Mr. John Kersley, he kept an eating house in the B. & O.R.R., and I knew the Flemings there. Thomas Flemings, white people, and John Jackson, a colored man, and Jimmie Burns, white; those are all I remember. My maiden name ws Amanda Parker, and that was my name until I married Mr. Davison.
I was raised at Charlestown by Cater Moore, the banker, and I lived with his daughter there, Mrs. Margaret Asquilb(k)(h); Mrs. Mary Bailer and her sister Mrs. Sallie Moore, of Charlestown, W. Va.,"

*****

Amanda moved to Greene County after leaving Fairmont, VA. Fairmont is 45 miles south of Waynesburg. Amanda did live in Waynesburg for quite some time.

Nothing is said about Harriet Parker nor Joseph Parker being people of color. Nothing is said about Amanda Parker being a person of color, except in Greene County census records. Amanda does not appear in VA/WV census. Her mother Elizabeth Minton, is a person of color in County census when she is with Amanda.

Greene County, PA and Washington County, PA border one another.
And Greene County borders VA/WV. The URR operated in both counties with escaping slaves passed from Greene into Washington then on further. Adams and Minton are mentioned with reference to Washington CO. A colored man, Sam Fleming, working on the Wisecarver farm in Greene County is mentioned as involved with the URR. So, we have surnames Adams, Minton, and Fleming with the URR. Then we have Parker and Flemings mentioned in Virginia documents. And, of course, we have Ruth Parker and the Redman/Redmond connection. A rather large puzzle with a few pieces we have, and a few pieces still missing. Perhaps some of this information will be of assistance.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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