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Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Boaz Fleming

1758–1830

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
1. Boaz Fleming Marker
Inscription. Here in 1819, on land purchased from Thomas Barns, Boaz Fleming, pioneer, soldier of the American Revolution, founded this town, which, in 1820, the Virginia General Assembly established as Middletown, under a trustee form of Government.

Middletown was renamed Fairmont in 1843.
 
Erected by The Marion County Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 29.082′ N, 80° 8.604′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is on Adams Street east of Monroe Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. It is to the left of the Marion County courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marion County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairmont (within shouting distance of this marker); High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A. Brooks Fleming House (about 400 feet away); Attack on Fairmont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis H. Pierpont Home (approx. 0.2
Boaz Fleming Marker at Marion County Historical Society Museum image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
2. Boaz Fleming Marker at Marion County Historical Society Museum
miles away); The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle for the Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
 
Also see . . .  Marion County History. “Oral history indicates that in 1808 Boaz Fleming made his annual trek to Clarksburg to pay his brother’s Harrison County taxes. While in Clarksburg he attended a social gathering that included Dolly Madison, his cousin. He complained to her about having to travel over a hundred miles each year from his home to pay his Monongalia County taxes and his brother’s Harrison County taxes. Dolly Madison supposedly suggested that he create his own county to save him all that travel. Six years later, Boaz Fleming circulated a petition to do precisely that, naming the proposed county Madison County, in honor of Dolly and President James Madison. The petition failed to gain sufficient support to be presented to the Virginia General Assembly. He then focused on creating a town near his farm. In 1819, a road was built from Clarksburg to Morgantown. His farm was about halfway between the two, making a good resting point. He laid out the town on the west
Marion County Historical Society Museum image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
3. Marion County Historical Society Museum
This was the former home of county sheriffs, built around 1912. It opened on Labor Day, 1986 and features furnishing and artifacts of several historical periods. The emphasis is on West Virginia’s history and contribution to our nation.
side of the Monongahela River in 1819. It was incorporated on January 19, 1820 as Middletown. It is unknown if the town was called Middletown because of its location mid-way between Clarksburg and Morgantown or because Boaz Fleming’s first wife, Elizabeth Hutchinson, was originally from Middletown, Delaware.” (Submitted on August 5, 2009.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Boaz Fleming
Thank you for this wonderful site. We have a photograph of Clarissa Fleming, the daughter of Boaz, who was 1 year old when he arrived in this region. Of course she is an elderly lady in the photograph. Also, he brought a sapling pear tree with him. We have a cane made from a limb of the pear tree.
Both can be found at the Museum.
Dora Kay Grubb, President

Editor's Note: Thank you for this information. If you would like to submit pictures of Clarissa and/or the cane, we can post them here on this page. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted April 10, 2010, by Marion County Historical Society, Inc. & Museum of Fairmont, WV 26554, Marion County.

 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,451 times since then and 71 times this year. Last updated on April 12, 2010, by Marion County Historical Society, Inc. & Museum of Fairmont, WV 26554, Marion County. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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