Biography of John Fleener (1840- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 540.

John FLEENER, farmer, is the son of Nicholas and Nancy (JOHNSON) FLEENER, who were born in Virginia and Indiana respectively. At an early day the father went to Indiana, was married there, and followed agricultural pursuits in that State until 1851, when they moved to Lincoln County, Mo., where the father died in 1872 at the age of eighty-one. He was a Democrat in politics, and an officer under Gen. HARRISON. He was wounded at the battle of Tippecanoe, and drew a pension. His wife was a member of the Baptist Church, and died in 1884, at the age of eighty-three. In their family were fifteen children, twelve sons and three daughters. Their son, John FLEENER, was born September 25, 1840 in Monroe County, Ind., was reared a farmer boy, and received a very limited education, being obliged to go five miles to secure any schooling. At the age of fifteen he began learning the bricklayer’s trade, but soon turned his attention to carpentering. From that he went to giving entertainments in sleight of hand and ventriloquism, and was quite successful at this. In 1871 he married Miss Drucilla J. MURPHY, who bore him seven children, two sons and five daughters, two of the daughters being twins. Mrs. FLEENER died in 1883 and in 1885 he married Mrs. Margaret J. CARTWRIGHT, nee SKINNER, daughter of Rev. William J. SKINNER of Jonesburg, and the widow of Rev. T. L. CARTWRIGHT, by whom she had no issue. Mr. and Mrs. FLEENER are members of the Christian Church, and he is a Democrat in his political views. After marriage he settled upon his present property, which consists of 212 acres of good land; beside this he has eight lots in Louisville. He has a nice home just at the edge of town. He has been a resident of this county for thirty-seven years.

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