FLEMING, Robert J.
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FLEMING, ROBERT JACKSON, son of Samuel Fleming and grandson of Robert Fleming, was born November 16, 1803, in Hanover township, Washington county, Pa.; died December 2, 1874, at Harrisburg, Pa. He received an academical [sic] education, and while yet a young man became a teacher and lecturer on English grammar and on music, and took a trip to the then West, lecturing on his favorite topic. In 1834 he established the coach-making business on an extensive scale at Harrisburg. Pa., and continued it with success until his entire establishment was destroyed by fire, June 15, 1865. He did not resume it. He built at his shop the first eight-wheel passenger car which ran on the Pennsylvania railroad between Columbia and Philadelphia, also the first on the Williamsport and Elmira railroad, taking it up the canal on a flat boat. He was appointed notary public in 1861, and held the office until his death, for years doing the business of the Harrisburg National Bank in this official capacity. He was deservedly honored in his adopted city as an upright and enterprising citizen, a man of intelligence and high moral character, and in the Presbyterian church, of which he was a life-long member, he was one of its elders for twenty years. Mr. Fleming married, June 5, 1845, at McConnellsville, Morgan county, Ohio, Sarah Ann Poor, born January 30, 1814, at York Haven, Pa.; daughter of Charles Merrill Poor and Elizabeth (Karg) Roberts; died in Harrisburg, Pa., at the residence of her son, Samuel W. Fleming, January 7, 1892.