JOHN D. FLEENER, who died at his home in Jackson township on April 3, 1917, and whose widow still lives there,
having a pleasant home on rural mail route No. 8 out of Rushville, was born in that township on November 25, 1843.
His parents were Drury and Sarah M. (Dill) Fleener, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter barn and
reared in Rush county. John D. Fleener received his educational training in the local public schools in Jackson
township. After completing his studies he continued to live on the home place with his father, assisting him in
the operation of the farm up to the time of his marriage. He then began farming on his own account on the place
where his widow now lives, and which comprises eighty five acres of land, a part of which land he inherited and
a part of which he bought. He successfully carried on farming operations for many years and, won a high reputation
as a wide awake, up to date and enterprising farmer. On April 6, 1865, Mr. Fleener was united in marriage to Sarah
M. (Downey), who was born in Jackson township, and attended the Downey school, the same which her husband attended.
She is the daughter of James and Rebecca (Hinton) Downey, both of whom were natives of Kentucky. They came to Rush
county soon after their marriage and entered the land where he spent the remainder of his days, the place comprising
eighty acres. He and bis wife were the parents of nine children, five of whom are living. namely: David E., Ezekiel,
Martha, May and Sarah M. To Mr. and Mrs. Fleener was born one child, Nolen D., on March 21, 1888, but who died
at the age of eleven years, seven months ond twenty two days. Mr. Fleener was an earnest and consistent member
of the Christian church, to which his widow now belongs. Politically, he was a life long Democrat, though never
an aspirant for public office. He was one of Jackson township's most substantial and highly esteemed citizens and
the many beautiful tributes to his high standing as a man and citizen attested to the abiding place he had in the
hearts of his friends throughout this locality.
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Rush County, IN
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