JOSEPH FLORIEY AND HIS DESCENDANTS
The English ship “The Hope,” which was under the direction of Master Daniel Reid, stopped at Rotterdam and the Palatinate among other ports on its way to its final destination in Philadelphia on August 28, 1733. Recorded on the ship’s list were Joseph Floriey, age 51, his wife, Anna Maria Bugh, 40, and his children, Maria Floriey, 21, Joseph Floriey, 19, Hanliey Floriey, 17, and John Floriey, 15. What was a little bit out of the ordinary with this list is that most ships did not bother recording the names of female passengers at all, sometimes listing women and children under 16 merely as "freight." Pictured here on a photocopy of one of those lists are the original signature marks of Joseph Flory and his family (apparently all were illiterate), including his wife, who went by her maiden name as is characteristic of Swiss tradition:
Until recently, no one quite knew where Joseph came from in Europe. Family traditions seemed to agree that he lived in a small town somewhere in the Rhine Valley near Switzerland, but the name of this town is has not as yet been uncovered, although there is some speculation that it may have been in the region of Zweibrucken. Moreover, even if he came from a small town in Germany, there is no reason to assume that he was necessarily born in this town. Recent scholarship, seems to indicate that Joseph may have been Swiss, and that he possibly was born i in or near either the Canton of Solothurn or the Canton of Berne where there were a number of Flory or Fluri families.
Bunderman believes that several other Floriey children also came here with Joseph,
a son named Jacob, and a daughter named Barbara.
According to Naff family tradition, Joseph may have had a
child named Eva born on ship during the transatlantic voyage (Bunderman calls
this child Katherine). Anna Maria
Bugh (her family name), apparently, had one more son with Joseph, an Abraham Floriey in
1735, the only known child of Joseph’s to have been born in America.
only other time Joseph’s wife’s name appears on a public document is on a bond
which she had to sign at her husband’s death in 1741 indicating that she would
provide a full list of his goods to authorities within six months for the
purpose of taxation.
To view both the original bond and the inventory of Joseph's estate, click on bond.
To view both the original bond and the inventory of Joseph's estate, click on bond.
brought his family from Philadelphia to Rapho Township in Lancaster County in
Pennsylvania. The area was known
for its Dunker activity, and several of Joseph’s own children were baptized at
the Conestoga Congregation a short distance from his home.
For a list of those who were baptized by Elder Michael Frantz of Conestoga from
1739-1747, click Conestoga.
Sooner or later, anyone doing research into the history of Joseph and his
descendants will want to know something about the Church of the Brethren
(Dunkers). An excellent web site outlining the history and beliefs of that
church can be found by clicking on Dunkers.
This site links into other interesting sites on the Mennonites and Anabaptists,
among others. You might also be interested in Huguenots.
For a list of those who were baptized by Elder Michael Frantz of Conestoga from 1739-1747, click Conestoga. Sooner or later, anyone doing research into the history of Joseph and his descendants will want to know something about the Church of the Brethren (Dunkers). An excellent web site outlining the history and beliefs of that church can be found by clicking on Dunkers. This site links into other interesting sites on the Mennonites and Anabaptists, among others. You might also be interested in Huguenots.
It is interesting to speculate as to why Joseph, at the age of 51, decided to immigrate to America. He appears to have been relatively prosperous. He had money enough to pay for a minimum of six passages over here. Approximately half of the Germans who emigrated, incurred debts along the way, and were auctioned off in Philadelphia into a servitude that lasted from 3 ½ to 7 years. Mary had to post a bond of approximately 200 pounds on his death due to the extent of his goods. Because of Joseph’s age and because of his prosperity, many assume that he came here for religious reasons. He did settle in an area that was known for its non-orthodox religious fervor and was near an area that had been settled earlier by Mennonites. Family genealogists have speculated for a number of years that Joseph may have been an Anabaptist, fleeing from religious persecution. Recent evidence suggests that he came over here together with at least 14 other Mennonite families aboard the Hope, at least some of which were from Zweibrucken, near the source of the Saare River in the Duchy of Pfalz.
are questions still regarding Joseph, although some of them appear to be on
their way towards being solved: (1) who were his parents? (2) how many
wives did he have? (3) are all the children that Bunderman
attributes to him necessarily his?
There are also questions surrounding the 1733 "baptismal" certificate
for "Kathleen Florin," who, Bunderman and others believe, may have been Joseph's
daughter, although most discount his reading of the name on the document as
"Kathleen." Roxann Flora Rhea's study of possible Zodiac signs on this
certificate may be seen by clicking on the following link -- Zodiac
Signs and Family History.
There are also questions surrounding the 1733 "baptismal" certificate for "Kathleen Florin," who, Bunderman and others believe, may have been Joseph's daughter, although most discount his reading of the name on the document as "Kathleen." Roxann Flora Rhea's study of possible Zodiac signs on this certificate may be seen by clicking on the following link -- Zodiac Signs and Family History.
Whatever the case, Joseph descendants today form, by far, the largest grouping of Florys in America. If you are a Flory and if your ancestors were Northern and did not come from Northampton County, Pennsylvania, you probably are a descendant of Joseph.
Descendants of Joseph Flory
Generation No. 1
1. JOSEPH1 FLORY was born 1682, and died October 1741 in Lancaster Co., Pa. He married ANNA MARIA (MARY) BUGH.
Two major developments have recently come forth with respect to the story of Joseph Flory and his wife, Mary: (1) strong evidence that when Joseph emigrated from Germany on the Hope in 1733 that he was part of a contingent of Mennonite refugees, at least some of whom were from Zweibruecken, a region near the source of the Saare River in the Duchy of Pfalz; and that many of these refugees, wherever they were living in 1733, were born in Switzerland; and (2) reasonable certainty that the full name of Joseph's wife Mary, the subject of so much speculation, was Anna Maria Bugh (Buch).
Children of JOSEPH FLORY and ANNA MARIA (MARY) BUGH are:
Generation No. 2
1.2. JOSEPH2 FLORY (JOSEPH1) was born 1714, and died 1785. He married CATHERINE ZOLLINGER.
Children of JOSEPH FLORY and CATHERINE ZOLLINGER are:
1.4. JOHN2 FLORY (JOSEPH1) was born 1718, and died November 1781. He married ANNA MARIE DANKERS.
Children of JOHN FLORY and ANNA MARIE DANKERS are:
1.5. JACOB2 FLORY (JOSEPH1) was born Abt. 1727, and died 1796.
Children of JACOB FLORY are:
1.7. KATHRINNA2? (EVA?) FLORY (JOSEPH1) was born September 08, 1733, and died 1821. She married JACOB NAFF 1755.
If Joseph and his wife had a daughter on ship when they crossed the Atlantic, her name may have been Eva and not Katherine. This is the name by which her grandson, Isaac Naff refers to her. The name "Katherine" comes from a reading of a birth document that Walter Bunderman had access to in his research of the family for his 1948 book. For a discussion of this issue, click on the mysteries section and read the second entry. You may also wish to read a discussion of the Zodiac signs on this document. If so, click on Roxann Rhea's article at Zodiac Signs and Family History.
Children of KATHRINNA? (EVA?) FLORY and JACOB NAFF are:
1.8. ABRAHAM2 FLORY (JOSEPH1) was born 1735 in Rapho Township, Lancaster Co., Pa, and died 1827 in Madison Twp., Montgomery Co., Ohio. He married ANNA CATHERINA BLOCKER circa 1759.
Children of ABRAHAM FLORY and ANNA CATHERINA BLOCKER are:
1.8.1. CATHERINE 3 FLORY,
b. November 25,1761; d. July 25,1846)
Census Records | Vital Records | Family Trees & Communities | Immigration Records | Military Records Directories & Member Lists | Family & Local Histories | Newspapers & Periodicals | Court, Land & Probate | Finding Aids