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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


WILLIAM FLENNIKEN, farmer and stock-grower, was born March 25, 1808, on the farm where he now resides in Cumberland Township.  He is a son of John, and grandson of James Flenniken, who came from east of the mountains to Greene County, and engaged in farming in Cumberland Township.  William’s mother’s maiden name was Mary McClelland; her parents were of the Scotch-Irish descent.  His father was born in Cumberland Township in 1774, and died in 1855.  Of his nine children William is the fourth, and was reared on the farm with his parents.  He attended subscription school taught in one of the old log school houses of that day, and afterwards engaged in farming as his life work.  He has met with unusual success, and now owns the fine farm of 140 acres where he resides.  His wife was Miss Isabella, daughter of George C. and Isabella (McClelland) Seaton, natives of Virginia.  Mr. and Mrs. Flenniken have four children—George C., a farmer in the West; Mary A., William F., who is at present on the home farm; and Laura J., wife of Oscar Hartley.  In politics Mr. Flenniken is a Republican; his wife is a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 18 June 2007

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