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Vern's Virginia Roots

Updated April 5, 2002

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My ancestry appear to be firmly rooted in central Virginia. My paternal lineage was based in Goochland and Hanover County, Virginia. The Fleming's were based mostly in Goochland. My father's mother family, the Taylors and Greens were based in Hanover. I have been successful in identifying paternal relatives four (4) generations back, approximate birth around 1835. My father's lineage is complicated by rumored illegitimate births by white fathers. The death certificate of my great grandfather, Charles Fleming, was visibly altered to change the name of his father to a Jim Fleming, a Negro. Family lore has it that Charles' real father was white. Family lore also has it that my paternal grandmother was fathered by a white man also. This white man was believed to be a Toler of Hanover.
I was able to trace my maternal lineage back five (5) generations. Whereas my paternal bloodlines trace back to white men, my maternal bloodline include a white woman. My great father, Issac Lewis, married Talitha Bourne, a white woman from Louisa. My mother, Josephine Robinson Fleming, was 3 years old when her grandmother, Talitha passed; my mother remembers a few things about her.
My maternal grandfather, Henry Robinson, and his father, Albert Robinson, accumulated some large tracts of land in Louisa and Goochland. When Henry Robinson passed in 1952, he owned over 166 acres of land. Today, a few of his descendants still retain ownership of over half of this.
The family gathers annually at the Fleming Family Cookout held in July in Louisa County on land purchased by Albert Robinson in 1895.
Amazingly, most of the family still resides in the area (Goochland, Hanover, and Richmond suburbs) as our ancesters.

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