Nancy,Your post about Benjamin F. Fleeman fills in many missing blanks in my search. We have never been able to discover his past., as he just appears in the 1860 Texas census at 23 yrs with a birthplace of VA and is a Blacksmith.. If this is the same Benjamin F. the birth date fits and he is living with the Mathew Pratt family and Pratt’s occupation is listed as “Blacksmith”. If your guess about Thomas & Elizabeth as the parents of all these Fleeman children farmed out in Pulaski Co. , that would explain why Benjamin named his only son “ Thomas “. There must have been some sort of trauma in the family to force them to give up all their children. Does anyone have an idea about what happened to these folks ?