Flemings of Derby Township – Prepublication

Good news – the family history about the Flemings of Derby Township is nearly ready for the printer.  We expect to ship the book in late October 2022 (changed from early).

The book is a comprehensive account of the family of Alexander Fleming and Jean Stewart who emigrated from Perthshire to Canada West in 1843 and settled in Derby Township, Grey County, in 1850. Their stories show the spirit and resolve of the Scottish migrants to shape lives with more opportunities for their children. This narrative describes the Flemings’ Scottish roots, the perils of emigration, pioneering life in Derby Township, Grey County, and the lives of their nine children and grandchildren around the turn of the century as they undertook new travels and challenges.

Sources include Ruth (Fleming) Larmour’s extensive collection of stories and papers, contributions by other Fleming descendants, genealogical records, land records, and many other historical sources in archives and libraries. This wealth of information led to a large book that is richly illustrated, extensively sourced, and complete with name index and subject index. The table of contents will provide a view of the coverage in this book.

This is a limited edition with a pre-publication price of $70 Canadian (plus shipping if needed) payable by cheque or etransfer. Please order by August 8 (changed from July 25, 2022), if you would like a copy at this favourable price.

Why would you buy this book?

  • Alexander Fleming and Jean Stewart are in your family tree.
  • One of your ancestors came to Canada from the Scottish Highlands in the 1800s.
  • You would like to learn more about the Fleming Family of Kilsyth and Owen Sound, Grey County.
  • You are interested in pioneer life in Ontario in the 1800s.
  • Your family lived in Vaughan Township, Derby Township, or Owen Sound in the 1800s.
  • You enjoy reading family histories with illustrations and personal accounts from the times.

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Progress Report

Proposed cover for book - The Flemings of Derby Township: A Family History
Proposed cover for book – The Flemings of Derby Township: A Family History

You may be wondering if the long silence at this blog means we have abandoned the Fleming Family History project. Quite the opposite.  We have been feverishly busy writing these past three months, editing, and designing, and can say with confidence that we are getting closer to print. The “we” means a team of six: family historian and sponsor (Ruth (Fleming) Larmour), writer (Gwen Harris), two editors, book designer, and printer. As well, some Fleming descendants have been assisting in reviewing sections. The book designer has determined the layout and design, and we have overcome major issues with the quality of images and handling of endnotes. Twenty-one of the twenty-three chapters have now been written, reviewed and edited – about 10% of Flemings of Derby Township: A Family History remains to be written.  We don’t have a definite launch date yet but are hoping for late summer, early fall. The book will be available through this website. The project plan also includes revamping this site because we will have more content to add, more to share, more to learn from readers and commenters, and more time to do it.

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1903 Travel Diaries

We are pleased to announce that the  Rural Diary Archive of the University of Guelph Library  has added to its collection transcripts of the diaries Jennie Fleming and her nephew Roy Fleming kept of their trip to Scotland and England in 1903.

Page from Roy's 1903 travel diary showing the menu on the R.M.S. Tunisian
Page from Roy’s 1903 travel diary showing the menu on the R.M.S. Tunisian

The diaries are in the University of Guelph Library Guelph McLaughlin Archives–Scottish Collection (XS1 MS A337 ) and can be located through a search of Primo.

We hope to donate in 2019 Roy’s second book concerning their 1903 itinerary in Europe.

We had previously posted a blog entry about Jennie’s travel diary of 1869 and Roy’s childhood diary of 1891 being added to the Rural Diary Archive as well as a short description of Jennie’s 1869 travel diary.  Those two diaries are held at Grey Roots Museum and Archives in the Ruth Larmour Fonds PF114.

Some Updates

We have not foresaken the family history.  Gradually we are making progress through the period 1850 to 1900 during which the Flemings of Derby built up their farms, founded new businesses, and raised their children.  This website will carry shorter versions of the family annals.  Two are available now. If you have more information about the Fleming family please comment on this blog to connect with Ruth Larmour. We thank those who have done so already.

  • Isabella Fleming and Abraham Finch : the family tree (chart) has been updated to fill in some blanks for life dates and children’s names.
  • Janet Fleming – or as she preferred to be called – Jessie, and James Agnew : Jessie’s biography with capsule accounts for the children is now available and the family tree has been updated for new findings.

The Fleming family tree is also being built out in Ancestry.ca and now has some photos.  This is a public tree for easier viewing – the  only challenge is to get the hang of Ancestry’s display.

A full biography of Roy F. Fleming, Charles’s son – a man of many talents and capabilities as artist, historian, and teacher, is also available as a download. This was written for Grey Roots Archives in 2016.

Small progress report

Although this blog has been very quiet we have been making progress in further research into the lives of  Alexander and Jean (Stewart) Fleming’s family.

Ruth Larmour was fortunate to have in her possession a journal written by Jennie Fleming of her travels from Kilsyth to Toronto by train in 1869, and to Marquette, Michigan by steamer in 1871. The diary has been donated to Grey Roots Museum and can be viewed there, but we will make the transcription and our notes available through this blog as well.

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We are also pleased to announce that the Bruce County Historical Society will be publishing in the 2017 Yearbook Edition – The Fleming Family: Early Oliphant Campers  –  Ruth Larmour’s recollections and reminiscenses  of the many Flemings who camped in the Fishing Islands of the Saugeen Peninsula from 1885 to the present, and especially of  her cottage, Clan Stewart Camp, on Little Squaw established by Jennie Fleming and her nephew Roy in 1906.

From this point forward, we’ll post something about new work on the family history each month. Please send questions or comments.

Fleming Sports Day August 13, 2016

The Fleming Sports Day is being held at Leith, outside Owen Sound, in Grey County on Saturday August 13, 2016. This is an annual event (usually) at which descendants of Alexander Fleming (1799-1869 ) and his grandson, Christopher A. Fleming (1857-1945) of Owen Sound and their friends gather to partake in competitions, food, and friendship along the shore and at family cottages. It’s day long from 9 am to 5 pm.  If you’re a Fleming descendant or friend drive  into Leith and look for signs for Fleming, McKay, Lewis.

Ruth (Fleming) Larmour will be conducting tours of the historic Springfield House (originally in Derby Township) that is on the estate, and will be available to answer your questions  about the history and genealogy of the Fleming family of Derby Township.

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Springfield House – Leith, Grey County

 

Fleming reunion photo with names

Myrna Casemore, Shirley Sprung, and Myrna’s husband Ray identified people in the reunion photo and created new photos with numbers and a separate list of names.  I’ve taken the photo ids and listing to create an image with “hotspots” so that as you mouse over a person’s face the name pops up.  However, this is a flash file that I have put in Dropbox (online storage) and it requires Adobe Flash Viewer. Click on the link below to locate the file in Dropbox and download it – then open the swf file. Sorry – it is a bit complicated but WordPress won’t allow it to be embedded in the posting.

Fleming Family Reunion – August 2015 – Harrison Park, Owen Sound

Fleming Reunion Big Success

One hundred and eleven people attended that Fleming Family reunion in Harrison Park, Owen Sound, on August 8th. Most were descendants of Alexander “Sandy” Fleming and Anne Garvie of Derby Township. Many thanks to Myrna Casemore for organizing the event.

People came from Toronto, Niagara Falls, Kitimat, B.C., Oakville, Lively, Copper Cliff, St Catharines, Georgian Bluffs, Creemore, Owen Sound, Carlton Place, Milton, Kingston, Mississauga, Tara, Trenton, Tara, London, Desboro, Ottawa, White Rock, B.C., Burlington, Kitchener, Guelph, Amherstview, Battersea, Collingwood, Bognor and Annan.

Click on photo for full view and then zoom in for detail.

Fleming Family Reunion (Alexander "Sandy" Fleming) August 2015
Fleming Family Reunion  – August 2015

Fleming Family Reunion August 8, 2015

FLEMING FAMILY REUNION

SATURDAY 8th AUGUST 2015 2pm. to dusk

HARRISON PARK, OWEN SOUND.

Descendants and friends of ALEXANDER FLEMING AND JEAN STEWART who settled IN 1851 on Springfield Farm, Lot 10, Concession 6, Derby Twp. (Now the Township of Gerogian Bluffs) in early 1851, are invited to a family reunion and pot luck supper.

PLEASE BRING

Pot luck item.
Family photos and memorablia.
Lawn chairs.
Insect repellent.
Sun screen.
Sun hat.

For more information please reply to this post.