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ARCHIBALD FLANINGAM


Source: Family Histories of Montgomery County, Indiana, 1823-1988 (Paducah, Ky: Turner Publishing Company, 1988) p. 158

Archibald FLANINGAM was born Aug 14, 1809 in VA the 7th of 11 children of George & Mary (Polly) LARRICK FLaningam. He migrated to Franklin Twp in 1830 and marr. Catherin KASHNER in 1845. THey began farming, 4 miles East of Darlington and he & Catherine became the parents of 12 children, 9 of whom grew to adulthood. Their eldest son,Andrew Jackson Flaningam was the father of James, who owned & operated the Flaningam Hardware in Crawfordsville in the 1920s. Andrew's grandson, Jack lived with Uncle Jim & grad. from Crawfordsville HS. He and this contributor met entirely by chance at Martha Ellen Flaningam's art exhibit at Northern Ill. Univ. in 1982. John Archibald Flaningam, 3rd child of Archibald, married Susan Margaret CLARK and they resided at the family homestead prior to moving into Boone Co. Their son, Edward operated a dry goods store in Darlington in the early 1900s. The sixth child of Archibald was Albert, born in Franklin Township in 1861 married Sallie Mae CLARK, sister to Susan Clark, and they began famiing two miles east of Darlington. One highlight of their courtship was a 15-mile buggy trip to Colfax, then a train ride, via the Vandalia, to the Montgomery County Fair. Dinner was a basket lunch, topped with ice cold lemonade. Albert & Sallie were the parents of 3 children: Forrest, Fred & Nellie. Forrest returned to Franklin Twp and in 1910 married Mary Ellen Woody. They acquired the George Kashner farm, 3 mi. SE of Darlington. Kashner had built a new barn and a new brick dwelling. Both were built about 1876 and the brick for the house was burnt in a nearby field. Forrest & Mary were the parents of two sons, Dwight & DeVon, the contributor of this family history. Nellie married John McCabe of Crawfordsville. Archibald's youngest son was Samuel. He married Mollie Ward in 1887 and Mollie was able to reach the age of 103. Samuel and his wife lived in Franklin Twp, adjacent to the Boone County line. Their oldest son, Walter, married Lola CLARK and they became the parents of Norman; Harold; John and Julian. Their daughter, Alta married Orville DECK and established their farm home four miles SE of Darlington. Their children were: Edith; Charlotte and Charlene Vernon. Ruth Flaningam became postmistress of Thorntown and their son, Ward, now lives in Florida. He and Clara GEIGER were the parents of Mary Jean GRIMES. Archibald's youngest daughter, Ida Chaterine, married Elwood WOODY and they lived on their farm near the county line. They were the paretns of Raymond; Ralph; Leonard and Ethel JARRELL. It should be noted that other children of George and Mary Polly Flaningam also came to Franklin Twp. Their eldest son, John became a pioneer farmer near Darlington in 1825. Two of his grandsons were Ira of Darlington and Home rof Crawfordsville. The second son of George was Samuel. He married the exuberant Eleanor ABERNATHY in 1825 at Ross County, Ohio and headed West in a covered wagon for theri honeymoon. The trip ended about one mile NE of Darlington where he obtained five acres of land under the new homestead laws. Samuel & Elanor were thrifty and increased their land holdsings. They were the parents of 11 children, one of whom was John, who married Rebecca BOOHER in 1859. They were the parents of: Oliver; William; Jasper; Samuel; Luella; and Flora FORD. Within Samuel's family you will find the names of Harris, Needham, Harper (who became county sheriff) and Lafaeytte Flaningam who was the great uncle of ML Flaningam, history professor at Purdue and Ora L. Flaningam of Midland, MI the present family historian. He was also the grandfather of Nellie Flaningam PADDACK, who celebrated her 90th birthday May 14, 1988. The descendants of George and Mary Polly Flaningam made an abundant contribution to the history of Franklin Twp and approximately 80 members of the family are buried at St. James Lutheran Cemetery, east of Darlington. Most of these descendants were farmers and believed in the principles of the Jacksonian Democratic Party.

[p. 158] Nellie Maye FLANINGAM was born in Franklin Township, Montgomery County, Indiana on May 14, 1898 the daughter of Wallace Clinton and Arvella HOPKINS Flaningam. Wallace Clinton was the son of Lafayette & Sarah MENEELEY Flaningam was born Feb 25, 1873 in the Flaningam home one mile east of Darlington where he spent his boyhood. After his marriage to Arvella Hopkins on Feb 13, 1895 they established their home a short distance north of his parents' home and lived there for several years. Wallace came to Darlington as a clerk in a hardware store. He and his half brother, Ellis Booher later established a hardware business of their own. Later he moved to Kirkpatrick and began a Grocery Store which he owned until Oct 1944. He died Feb 17, 1946 at Darlington. Arvella Hopkins was born Jan 12, 1877 at Chilicothe, OH the daughter of Robert C. and Rebecca CASKEY Hopkins. She died Sept 20, 1963 in Montgomery County, Indiana. Our subject, Nellie May (sic -- spelled Maye in opening) Flaningam married Harley Sylvester PADDACK, son of Samuel and Jennie Miller Paddack on March 14, 1918 in Montogmery County, Indiana. Harley a native of MOntgomery County was born Jan 4, 1898. To this union four children were born: W. Royden born Feb 28, 1921 and married Geneva FLETCHER on Dec 24, 1939 and died July 16, 1982; Barton born Feb 20, 1929 and married WIima MOORE Aug 20, 1950; Patricia born Dec 23, 1932 married Gene Hubert RAY March 16, 1952; Robert born March 6, 1935 and married Shirley SIMMONS June 5, 1955. Harley Sylvester Paddack died Sept 22, 1958 in Montgomery County; Nellie who will be 91 years of age on May 14, 1989 is currently residing in Lane Nursing Home, Crawfordsville. Submitted by Sally Ray.


Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, p. 535

Archibald FLANINGAM, an early settler and successful agriculturist of Montgomery County, Indiana who died in 1891, at the advanced age of 82, was an earnest man, strong in character and possessed of uncommon ability. He was a worthy member of the Presbyterian Church, a true Christian citizen, upright and conscientious in business dealings and social intercourse, and was highly respected by many friends and neighbors, who, with his sorrowing relatives, mourned his loss, when, after years of prosperity, due to his own efforts, he passed quietly away. Mr. Flaningam was undoubtedly of Scotch ancestry, his forefathers seeking in the land of liberty the poltiical and religious freedom denied them in their native land. Isaac Flaningam, the grandfather of Archibald, was probably a native of NJ and it is supposed was born in Woodbury. Our subject's parents, George and Polly Larrick Flaningam, were both natives of the Old Dominion and were born in VA in the latter part of the 18th century Reared amid scenes of historical interest the two grew up to mature yeaers and some time after their marriage moved to Ohio where they both died. Archibald, after several years of pioneer life in the Buckeye state came to Indiana and located permanently in Montgomery County about 1836. Mr. and Mrs. George Flaningam were the parents of 9 children, all of whom survived the years of childhood. Three of their sons settled with them in Ohio, Archibald, John and Samuel, each of whom married and raised families, some of whom are still living in this county, most of them engaged in agricultural pursuits. Archibald Flaningam was born in Fredricks Co VA in 1809 and was therefore about 27 when, with a few hundred dollars capital, he arrived, full of hope and ambition, in the state which then became his permanent home. In 1839, some 3 years after his removal to Indiana, he was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Kashner, a daughter of Abraham Kashner, one of the early pioneer settlers of the county. Mr. Flaningam and his excellent wife were paernts of 12 children, 9 of whom they reared to mature age. Andrew, their eldest born, married and died, leaving a family of 4 children; Mary married John A. Johnson of Lebanon, Ind; John is a prosperous farmer of Franklin; Abraham is a well-known lawyer in Chicago; Rhoda married J. W. Gregory of Garden City, Kan; Hulda is the wife of Ambrose F. Ward of Boone County; Albert is a resident of Boone County; Samuel, the youngest son and Ida, the wife of Elwood Woody, complete the list of sons and daughters who have taken an active interest in life's duties, and nearly all of whom have families of their own. From small beginnings Mr. Flaningam increased his real estate, until, at the time of his death, he owned a valuable property, comprising 800 acres of fine land, much of it under cultivation and a large portion of it highly improved, and all within the limits of Montgomery County. Aside from this holding he also possessed 2000 acres of good Texas land. The prudence and judgment of Mr. Flaningam were evident in the careful arrangement of his business affairs which were in such escellent shape at the time of his death that there were no settlements to be made in court. The children and widow who survived the venerable husband and father are all connected with various church organizations, and are all highly respected members of society. His son, Samuel Flaningam, was born in the county of Montgomery in 1864, and reared upon his father's farm. He well improved the advantages offered by the common schools and was early trained in farming duties. In 1887 he married Miss Mollie Ward, daughter of George W. and Elnora (Heavenridge) Ward, an intelligent and attractive lady, a favorite with a large circle of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Flaningam are the happy parents of two bright little children, and enjoy a pleasant home upon 163 acres of well improved land, orginally a part of the old homestead, now owned by its present resident, with whom the widow of our subject makes her home. Samuel Flaningam is a worthy descendant of his honored father, and commands the respect and confident of the community among which his entire life has been passed. He is a young man of energy and progressive ideas, and interested in all matters of public welfare. He is a strong advocate of the doctrines of the prohibition party and makes a study of the subject, believing Prohibition to be true principle both in politics and life. The website management appreciates all the contributions provided for use here.


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