THOMAS FLORA LINE
| Until the appearance of the book in
1995 by Gladys Donson and Lawrence F. Athy, The Thomas Flora Family of
London, Maryland, and Virginia, very little was known about the family
of Thomas Flora of England who was transported over here at the age
of 19 as an indentured servant. He does not really make an
appearance in Walter Bunderman's book of 1948, although one of his lines
is mistakenly attributed to Englehardt Flori. The genealogy
constructed below is that of Gladys Donson, who admits that some of her
attributes are speculative. Many of the probable children of Thomas
Flora listed below do appear in the land records of Maryland and Virginia.
One of Thomas' sons, Jacob, appears to dovetail somewhat with Jacob Flory,
probable son of Joseph Flory, immigrant father of the C-Line. Donson
does not claim that the two Jacobs are necessarily the same person but did
indicate in a telephone conversation that the possibility exists that
there might be some confusion over the two.
This listing below incorporates her research, and we are grateful to
have her permission to use it. In addition, there are two excellent
articles by Tim Flora, one on the ancestry of Jacob
Flora, whose line was
mistakenly attributed to Englehardt Flori in Walter Bunderman's book, and the other on Thomas
The records of Old Bailey, where Thomas was imprisoned before he was transported over here are now on-line. The following is a record of the original text along with a transcription. I am extremely grateful to Carol Carman for providing me with this material.
Tim Flora has graciously contributed his file on Thomas Flora's line which repeats the list of the first two generations shown here and then continues. This line may be viewed by clicking on The Continuation of Thomas Flora's Line. Please be patient. This file will take several moments to download.
Descendants of Thomas Flora
Generation No. 1
1. THOMAS1 FLORA was born December 1702, and died Aft. 1760. He married ?.
Thomas Flora was the son of James and Penelope Davis Flora; also listed as FLURRY, FLORIE, FLOREY, FLORRY, FLOWRE, and FLORA; christened St. Sepulchre, Newgate, in London on December 6, 1702. He was indentured for five years to be transported to Maryland by an agent, Captain John Larkin, witnessed by his mother, Penelope Flora, St. Giles Cripplegate, London, 1 February 1719; transported on the ship Gilbert by Captain Darby Lux, October 1720, and landed at Annapolis, Maryland, May 1721. His wife's name is unknown. Once having served out his indenture, he moved several times including to Anne Arundel Co., Maryland, Orange County, Virginia, and Washington County, Maryland. His probable children lived in the Maryland and Virginia region. Since so little was known about Thomas until recently, some of his descendants may have been attributed in the past to other lines.
Children of THOMAS FLORA and ? are:
Generation No. 2
1.2. ROBERT2 FLORA (THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1730, and died Abt. 1802 probably in Kentucky. He married CHARITY ?. He bought "Flora's Choice" from /1.8/ Thomas Flora, Jr., Frederick Co., MD 1773; He took the Oath of Allegiance, Washington Co., MD 1778. While he was still living in Pennsylvania but on his way to Kentucky, he sold land in Washington Co., Maryland in 1787. He then owned land in Mason County, Kentucky, 1789-1802. He probably died in Mason County around 1802. Some of the children below may actually be his grandchildren.
Children of ROBERT FLORA and CHARITY ? are:
1.5. JOHN2 FLORA (THOMAS1) was born 1730-1740, and died February 1810 in Washington County, MD. died March 1810 in Washington Co, MD. He married ANNA MARIE SEGESTERIN December 26, 1769 in First German Reform Church, Baltimore, Baltimore Co, MD.
Children of JOHN FLORA and ANNA MARIE SEGERSTEIN are:
1.7. ALBRIGHT2 FLORA (THOMAS1) , possible son of Thomas Flora, was born 1750-1755, and died 1820-1830 in Adams County, OH. He married RUTH ? before 1790. He died in Adams Co., Ohio 1820-1830. His name appears on the census of Frederick County, MD in 1792. He sold his land in Frederick County, Maryland in 1795, and next appears on the tax records of Mason Co., KY 1800. He appears on the tax list of Adams Co., OH 1810. For a listing of his descendants, who are not represented in the chart below, click on Albright.
Children of ALBRIGHT FLORA and RUTH ? are:
1.8. THOMAS2 FLORA (THOMAS1) was born 1735-1736, and died Abt. 1811 in Hampshire County, VA. He married PRUDENCE ?. Thomas patented 50 acres called "Flora's Choice," in Frederick County, MD on Feb. 2, 1761. He then patented 40 acres called "Better Than Mount Misery," in Frederick County, MD in 1770. He sold this Frederick County land in 1773, but then appears on the tax records of Hampshire Co., VA in 1782. He acquired additional land in this county, primarily 37 1/2 acres in 1795 and 91 acres in 1800. His name appears on the census of Hampshire County in 1800. He lived at "Flora's Mills" on the Potomac River near the present day town of Paw Paw.
Children of THOMAS FLORA and PRUDENCE ? are:
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