|Birth: ||Jan. 20, 1850|
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 1941|
First of all I would like to thank you for post the information that you have on Sam Fleener (memorial # 16852743). Samuel Thurston Fleener was my 2nd great-granduncle. I am writing you for two reasons, first of all I will give you Sam's parents names and memorial #, and second FYI to let you know that some of the family, myself included feel that the date of his birth and part of the inscription on the tombstone may be in error.
1. His father was Simon Peter Cartwright Fleener #104879969 and his mother was Sarah B. Crank #114114953
2. Most of us feel that the date of his birth is more likely 20 Jan. 1851. There is no concrete evidence of his birth and have a 5 year range in the year, but based on the following to sources use the 20 Jan 1851 date: (I recieved this information from Linda Steigers another relative)
Gives her source as: ""Siskiyou County, California, Death Certiicate Transcription for Samuel Fleener, (Volume 12, page 175), Electronic," "Birth: Jan 20 1851, age at death: 90, death date Sep 22, 1941, born in Oregon, not married, pensioner, died at Siskiyou General hospital in Yreka, California, buried on Sept 24, 1941 at Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Name of Funeral Director/Home: Felix J. Kunz
Embalmer: Earl Whitlock, Klamath Falls, Oregon."
3. Sam did not name Fleenor Chimneys, but they were named for him due to the fact that his ranch was the nearest ranch to the Chimneys. This is supported by the following source also from Linda Steigers:
"Tom Calmes, recorded by Devere helfrich, "Klamath Echoes, publication of Klamath County Historical Society, 1965, vol. 2, page 88" "Sam Fleenor [sic], we always called him "Uncle Sam," lived with us here until he died. Fleenor Chimneys in the Lave Beds was named for him. We buried him in the little cemetary [sic] at Keno. We put "Sam Fleenor, Modoc Wagoner," on his tombstone."
This also supported by other sources that I can not lay my hands on at the moment, but came from printed material I obtained from the park service at the Lave Beds.
What you do with items 2 and 3 is your call, but I hope that you will have some time down the road to connect Sam with his parents.
Thanks so very much.
Simon Peter Cartwright Fleener (1822 - 1911)
Sarah B Crank Fleener (1826 - 1854)
Mary Ann Fleener Luce (1845 - 1884)**
Samuel Thurston Fleener (1850 - 1941)
Waggoneer in Modoc Indian Wars, discovered Fleeners Chimneys in the Lava Beds Natl. Monument
Created by: Keno Public Cemetery
Record added: Nov 29, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16852743