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Name:Fleming Wills James
Affiliation:Class of 1868
Biography & Genealogy:Fleming Wills James, Class of 1868. New Market Cadet. Genealogy: Born- April 11, 1847 in Richmond, Va. Father- Henry James; Mother- Eliza Maria Wills. Pat. Grandfather- Rev. Garland James; Pat. Grandmother- Sallie Peatross. Mat. Grandfather- Dr. John Wills; Mat. Grandmother- Mary Maria Quarles. Married- Isabel May Porter of Austin, Tx. on June 27, 1870. Children- 1- Henry James; 2- Isabele James who became Mrs. Hadsen; 3- Edith M. James who became Mrs. Hardin; 4- Winfield Scott James. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Aug. 11, 1862; Graduated- July 3, 1868 standing 1st in a class of 11. Civil War Record- Fought in the Battle of New Market May 15, 1864 as Private in Co. A of the Corps of VMI Cadets; Stationed with the Corps in Richmond, Va. until he was elected as 1st Lieut. of Co. B in Col. J.G. Tucker's CS Regiment (1st Confederate States Regt.); on roll of troops surrendered at Greensboro, NC April 28, 1865; returned to VMI Sept. 1866. Careers- One of the founders of Texas Military Institute; Commandant of Cadets and Prof. of Engineering and Military Tactics at Texas Military Institute; Founder and Major General of the Texas Volunteer Guard in 1880; Judge for the 32rd (Tx.) Judicial District; Organized (in 1884) and became President (in 1889) of the First National Bank in Baird Tx.; banker for Farmers & Merchants National Bank in Abilene, Tx. and Abilene Trust Co.; Organized and built Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railroad; was also a poet. Died- Sept. 21, 1918 in Abilene, Tx. Buried- Abilene Municipal Cemetery, Taylor County, Texas; Section: Independent Order of Fellowship Block 35 Lot Space 15