John Fleak

John Fleak

Hampshire County, West Virginia, USA
Death 7 Aug 1893 (aged 79)
Wood County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Wood County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 192433570 · View Source
Suggest Edits

John Fleak was born in 1813 in Hampshire County, Viriginia, to John Fleak and Elizabeth Brookhart. He was a young child when the family moved to Athens County, Ohio, where he grew up. In 1834, he married Mary Sheets, and in 1836 they moved across the river, purchasing 110 acres on the south fork of Lee Creek near Belleville in Harris Township, Wood County, Virginia (now West Virginia). They bought the land from Peter Anderson for $200. They later added another 43 acres.

John built two homes on the land and helped to build the road along the south fork of Lee Creek. He built and operated one of the first sawmills in the area. He had an orchard, and he built a large wooden cider press that was operated by a horse. The press was large enough to press a barrel of cider in one pressing. To obtain cash, he cut stove bolts and hoop poles for barrels. He would put these on a raft and float them down the Ohio River to Cincinnati to be sold. He would then purchase food staples and return home by boat.

John was a man of large stature and great fortitude. On one occasion, while operating the sawmill, he broke his arm. He proceeded to cut a splint and set the arm himself. He was an old time Whig, casting his first vote for Harrison. He then became a staunch Republican, and was not afraid to speak his opinion.

John and Mary had 9 children. Two died in childhood and were buried in the Fleak Cemetery on their property. Mary died at the age of 46 and is buried next to her children. John and Mary were members of the Disciples Church.

John married Sarah Ann McClure in 1866 and they adopted a son, James Cruse, born 23 Sep 1868. James grew up and married.

John died in 1893 at the age of 79 of dropsy, and is buried in the Fleak Cemetery. After his death the farm was purchased by a grandson, Charles Townsend. The farm is still owned by the Townsend family.

[Biography by Bill Fleak of Indianapolis with some info from a booklet published in 1985 for the Belleville Bicentennial, some info from an obituary, and some info from Bill's aunt who lived in the area all of her life. There is a Fleak reunion in Parkersburg every year.]

1- Martha C. Fleak (1834-1887) married 1854 Hiram Wigal (1829-1923).
2- Parker Fleak (1838-1923) married 1860 Gincia Jane Hall (1841-1910).
3- John W. Fleak (1841-1917) married 1865 Sarah Silcott (1840-1911).
4- William Fleak (1844-1862).
5- David Fleak (1847-1863).
6- Mary Louisa Fleak (1849-1936) married 1871 John Lambert Townsend (1850-1910).
7- Elizabeth Fleak (1853-1936) married 1875 John Place Newell (1853-1919).
8- Emily Fleak (1855-1936) married 1872 Joseph Weston Windland (1851-1930).
9- Cynthia Fleak (1859-1861).

Family Members





  • Created by: donbraffitt
  • Added: 20 Aug 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 192433570
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Fleak (30 Sep 1813–7 Aug 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 192433570, citing Fleak Cemetery, Wood County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by donbraffitt (contributor 48022167) .