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Mary Flesher

Female 1810 - 1889


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    Descendants of Henry 'Weston' Fleischer
    Descendants of Henry "Weston" Fleischer
    Genealogist Larry Flesher is highly thought of and probably the foremost expert on the Fleischer/Flesher (etc.) families that were centered in Virginia (later West Virginia). A gedcom file he provided online created the following descendancy list of the family of Henry "Weston" Fleischer. (Note: This document is in .pdf format.)

    Histories
    The Biography of Henry Flesher (about 1744-about 1802)
    The Biography of Henry Flesher (about 1744-about 1802)
    One of my second great grandmothers was Mary Flesher, who first married Joseph Walker Jr. in Lewis County, (West) Virginia, on February 12, 1834. She later married Isham Thomas (Sr.) September 30, 1853, in Des Moines County, Iowa. Her mother was born in Ireland (according to the 1880 federal census). Otherwise, finding her parents has been a proverbial genealogical "brick wall" for me. This genealogy of the Flesher family was submitted online a number of years back to a Fleischer/Flesher/Fletcher site maintained by Larry Flesher. It does not connect to Mary (Flesher/Walker) Thomas directly, but I am always hopeful it will someday provide a connection.

    This document is in pdf format.

  • Name  Mary Flesher  [1
    Born  15 Jun 1810  (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Female 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • At the LDS online web site, her name was listed as Mary "Fletcher."
    Alt. Birth 
    • According to Des Moines County cemetery information online Mary's birthday is June 15, 1910, but her census information and an LDS record indicate she may have been born in 1813. Census records and the indicated birth dates are as follows:

      In 1850 she was listed as 37 years old, making her birth between 1812-1813; in (the Iowa census of) 1856 she was listed as 42 years old, making her birth between 1813-1814; in 1860 she was listed as 46 years old, making her birth between 1813-1814; in 1870 she was listed as 55 years old, making her birth between 1814-1815; in 1880 she was listed as 67 years old, making her birth between 1812-1813; and in 1885 she was listed as 72 years old, making her birth between 1812-1813.

      (The LDS record:) Source Information: Film Number: 1760752; Listed with no parents names: MARY FLETCHER, Of Randolph, Virginia: Sex: F; Event(s): Birth: 1813. Source Information: Film Number: 1760737
    Census  1840  Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Line #18: Joseph Walker, 2 males under 5 (Joseph III? anecdotal evidence he existed; Amos and Lebanon Walker were born 1839 & 1840), 1 male 30-40 (Joseph Walker Jr.). 1 female under 5 (Louisa Walker), 1 female 5-10 (Barbara/Margaret Walker likely the same person), 1 female 20-30 (Mary Flesher Walker. Totals 6; 1 employed in agriculture. 1 person over 20 who could not read or write
    Residence  Between 1840 and 1889  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (After moving from, (West) Virginia to Iowa in 1840, Mary Flesher remained in Iowa until her death.)
    Census  1850  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Mary Walker, 37, female, white, born in Virginia, adult over 20 who couldn't read or write
    Iowa State Census  1852  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Line #29: Mary Walker, number of males: 5 (Amos, Lebanon, Eli and two unknowns), number of females: 5 (Mary, Margaret/Barbara, Louisa, Rebecca, and Melissa), number of voters: 2 (apparently the two unknown males), number of militia: 2 (apparently the two unknown males), total persons: 10
    Iowa State Census  1856  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Mary was widowed, lived with children: Barbara, ?bannan (Lebanon), Rebecca, Eli, Melissa, and allan* Walker (Vandalia Thomas):) Mary Walker, age 42, female, widowed, 16 years in Iowa, born in Virginia
    Census  1860  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Mary Walker was listed with children: Amos, Lebanon, Barbara, Rebecca, Eli, and Melissa Walker, and daughter Vandalia "Walker," who was actually Helena Vandalia Thomas:) Line #33, Dwelling #713, Family #670: Mary Walker, age 46, female, value of real estate $800, value of personal property $300, born in Virginia
    Census  1870  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • (Mary Walker was listed with daughter Barbara Walker, granddaughter Margarite Jackson, daughter Helena Thomas, and son, Eli Walker:) Line #4, Dwelling #113, Family #107: Mary Walker, age 55, female, white, occupation keeping house, value of real estate $1300, value of personal property $200, born in West Virginia
    Census  1880  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • (Living with the family of her daughter and son-in-law, Helena and William Brumm:) Mary Thomas, white, female, age 67, mother-in-law, married, without occupation, born in Virginia, father born in unknown, mother born in Ireland
    Iowa State Census  1885  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • (Living with her daughter and son-in-law, Helena and William Brumm:) Mary Walker, 71 Township, Range 2, Section 14; Address N N SE; age 72, female, widowed, born in Virginia, father's nativity: native, mother's nativity: native, over 10 years of age and cannot read or write]]
    Alt. Death  28 Apr 1889  [5
    • (Information sent by Sherry Imm lists her death as April 28, 1889 rather than April 29)
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Des Moines County, Iowa, Cemetery Information  [15
    • [Name]Mary Thomas; Born: June 15, 1810; Died: April 29, 1889; Age: (none); Line Number: 9; North Walker Cemetery; Benton Township
    The headstone of Mary (Flesher/Walker) Thomas (1810-1889)
    The headstone of Mary (Flesher/Walker) Thomas (1810-1889)
    Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa
    Died  29 Apr 1889  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 15
    Buried  North Walker Cemetery, Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I20  All Families
    Last Modified  23 Feb 2015 

    Father  (Father - 11653) Flesher,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  (Mother - 21158) (Unknown),   b. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F4227  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Joseph Walker,   b. Abt 1809, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852, Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Feb 1834  Lewis County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [16, 17
    The Marriage Record of Mary Flesher and Joseph Walker
    The Marriage Record of Mary Flesher and Joseph Walker
    Mary and Joseph were married February 12, 1834, in Lewis County, (West) Virginia.
    Virginia Marriage Records 
    • Groom Name: Joseph Walker; Bride Name: Mary Flesher; Marriage Date: 12 February 1834; County: Lewis
    Flesher Marriages Recorded in Lewis County, (West) Virginia, 1817-1851
    Flesher Marriages Recorded in Lewis County, (West) Virginia, 1817-1851
    A list of marriages of people named "Flesher" found online from Lewis County, Virginia, marriage records of 1817-1851
    West Virginia Marriage Records  12 Feb 1834  Lewis County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19
    • From the records of Lewis County, (West) Virginia:

      I do hereby certify that I Joined together in the holy State of Matrimony Mr. Joseph Walker and Miss Mary Flesher on the 12th of February, 1834, agreeable to a License Issued from the Clerks Office of Lewis County Court, Given under my hand this 13th day of February 1834.

      J. Talbott
    Research 
    • (An email answer from Mrs. Nancy Gates to a lookup inquiry sent via e-mail:)

      To: Dennis Brumm
      Subject: Randolph County Marriages

      I did not find Joseph and Mary in Randolph County, West Virginia, marriages but I did find them in Lewis County, West Virginia:

      Lewis County, West Virginia Marriages 1817-1880: Joseph Walker, married February 12, 1834, Mary Flesher

      Sorry, [there were] no parents listed.
    Research 
    • (An LDS online Individual Record:) Mary Fletcher of Randolph, Virginia. Sex: F; Marriage(s): Spouse: Joseph Walker. Marriage: 1833
    Children 
     1. Margaret Walker,   b. 1834, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Barbara Walker,   b. 1835, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >3. Louisa "Rebecca" Walker,   b. 1836, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Joseph Walker,   b. Abt 1838, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Amos Walker,   b. 27 Oct 1839, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1912, Tekoa, Whitman County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Lebanon "Bam" Walker,   b. 1840, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1864, Saint Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Rebecca Walker,   b. 1841, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1896
    >8. Eli Walker,   b. 11 Mar 1844, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1909
    >9. Melissa Walker,   b. 3 May 1851, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1902
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F23  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Isham Thomas, Sr.,   b. Abt 1798, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 26 Apr 1865, Benton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Sep 1853  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22, 23
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Isham Thomas; Bride's Name: Mary Walker; Marriage Date: 30 September 1853; Marriage Place: Des Moines, Iowa; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02529-6; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 956349; Reference Number: Bk 3 Pg 369; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Research 
    • E-mail from Alan Albright, 4/17/2002:

      "Dennis,

      I found Mary Walker and Isham Thomas's marriage date in Des Moines County Iowa marriage book 1835-1853 US/Can 977.796 V29m v 1-2 record number 369 They applied for marriage license on 1 September 1853 were married 30 September 1853 by an O. C. Whitman, County Judge.

      Alan."
    Children 
    >1. Helena Vandalia Thomas,   b. 29 May 1854, Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1922, at her home in Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F11774  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S403] Des Moines County, Iowa - (1905) Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, (Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1905), pages 652-653 (Reliability: 4).
      April 1, 1871, Mr. Brumm became the husband of Miss Helena Thomas, a daughter of Iskam and Mary (Flesher) Thomas.
      Furnished by Lorma (Brumm) Allen, Des Moines County History, April 1, 1871, Mr. Brumm became the husband of Miss Helena Thomas, a daughter of Iskam and Mary (Flesher) Thomas.

    2. [S403] Des Moines County, Iowa - (1905) Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, (Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1905), pages 652-653 (Reliability: 4).

    3. [S507] Des Moines County, Iowa - Cemetery Records (GenWeb) (Reliability: 4).

    4. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Page No. 12; Supervisor's District: 1; Enumeration District: 104; June 14/15, 1880

    5. [S767] Imm, Sharon "Sherry" (Walker) - Email (Reliability: 3).
      As noted iin information on the North Walker Cemetery sheets provided by Sherry.

    6. [S4989] 1840 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      1840 US Census; Randolph County, Virginia; Sheet No. 4, 257

    7. [S1434] Walker, Joseph (Jr.) and Descendants, (2002) (Reliability: 4).
      Date of Import: December 29, 2001

    8. [S366] 1850 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      1850 US Census; Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Enumerated September 26, 1850; Page # 809, Sheet # 495

    9. [S7979] 1852 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Roll: IA_119

    10. [S424] 1856 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 4).
      Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa

    11. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Page No. 99 (893); Post Office Kingston; June 30, 1860

    12. [S267] 1870 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Page No. 14; Post Office Kingston; August 13, 1870

    13. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Page 12, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 104, Sheet 53D; Enumerated on June 14 and 15, 1880

    14. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, page 35

    15. [S507] Des Moines County, Iowa - Cemetery Records (GenWeb) (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S101] Lewis County, West Virginia, GenWeb Lookup - Email (Reliability: 4).
      Lookup from genealogy site; not found in Pendleton County but in Lewis County.

    17. [S97] Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S99] Flesher, Mary and Joseph Walker - Marriage Record, (February 12, 1834; Lewis County, (West) Virginia) (Reliability: 3).

    19. [S100] West Virginia Marriage Registers (Reliability: 3).

    20. [S101] Lewis County, West Virginia, GenWeb Lookup - Email (Reliability: 3).

    21. [S94] LDS Online Record (Reliability: 3).

    22. [S4400] Albright, Alan Earl - Email (Reliability: 3).

    23. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).