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Welcome to the Flory/Flora/Florey/Florea/Flori etc. genealogy site.  The original purpose (when a F/F/F site was first created by Ken Florey on  June 15, 2001 (using files he had “prepared earlier”)) was to promote more general awareness  of the history of the Flory family in America, focusing particularly on those lines that arrived in North America prior to 1755.  Over time information regarding post-1755 lines as well as lines originating from and settling outside of North America came to be included.  It was also a tool (like the Printed Newsletter) that encouraged and nurtured projects that led to the discovering of more information on the Lines than probably any of us originally knew existed. 

To help in carrying on the original site’s purpose, if anyone has further information on any one of the lines (or even on new lines), its sharing would be most appreciated. Please take some time to browse the features of the page and to look at the family lines shown both under “Lines:  North America” and “Lines: Australian, English, French, German, Swiss“.  The early North American Flory lines are divided into nine main branches (A-I), and a page is devoted  to each.  You can access the various pages either by using the drop-down menu boxes at the top of each page or by using the “Search” function on this Home Page.

Any suggested additions, corrections, updates are most welcome.  And please offer contributions to add to the data, writings and other miscellaneous items related to F/F/F on this site.  It is only through sharing that we can hope to fill in some of the gaps that we all have in our knowledge and understanding of history.

Comments can be left at the bottom of this Home page.

This Site was relaunched on 24 January 2013 using the WordPress Platform and software.  (Originally the data was hosted on various evolutions of Rootsweb).  It is a work in progress, especially as regards possibly the creation of an Index of the Newsletter archive (all issues of which are now uploaded and accessible with a Table of Contents “tool” at the bottom of both of the main pages) and some of the longer documented lines.  If you wish to compare the current pages with those at the Rootsweb site, click here.

Current (2013) Web Administrator:  Steve Flora.  Original Web Administrator:  Ken Florey.  Original site advisory panel  Brian Flora, Tim Flora, Steve Flora, Shirley Gamble, Dick Gethmann, Pat Hageman, John Marcinkowski, Betty Naff Mitchell, Donna O’Malley.

NEWS (17 April 2013):     There is now a newly inaugurated “sister site” at the following link:  http://floryfamilytree.com/

This TMG/SecondSite created page is administered by David Flory and he advises the following:  “The http://floryfamilytree.com/ web site is nearing its final form. I have settled on a design/theme and have figured out how to add several master indexes that include every individual in all twenty five family trees. I think the site is ready for public scrutiny.  It still needs work.  Particularly on the place information in the E-Line.  I also intend to keep adding cross-links to tie together the various trees.   Feel free to send comments and suggestions.”

MYSTERY and FAITH by Wilmer B. Flory (1914)

There’s a something in the flower

That exalts the soul of man.

There’s something in the sunset

That its dying embers fan.

There’s something in the starlight,

Beaming gently on the Earth

That softly sweeps our heartstrings

Giving harmony a new birth

What that glorious something is,

I cannot clearly tell;

But I see it in all nature,

And Faith whispers, “All is well.”

(For further on Wilmer B. Flory see the Newsletter Vol. 19, No. 4 pages 22-24)

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  1. A Tale of Two Cemeteries related to (Nicholas) Adolf Flohri and His Descendant

    George and Adam Flora (grandsons of (Nicholas) Adolph Florhi) Burial Sites in Northern Warren County, Kentucky Visit of 24 October 2019
    A visit to the Flora/Watt Cemetery located near Richardsville and Anna, Warren County, Kentucky by descendants of both evolved into a most interesting, if ultimately somewhat depressing afternoon.
    The Flora/Watt Cemetery to the north of Richardville (and not far from the 1805/6 settlement of Anna in Warren County, Kentucky is the location for a cemetery which contains nearly one hundred graves of various families. Including the burial place of Adam Flora and his wife, Elizabeth and other family members.
    The visit was coordinated with Mrs. Faye Alford, a descendant of both George and Adam. She has worked at clearing up the cemetery and been involved with identifying many of the approximately ninety-five graves (and counting) that are contained within it.
    Mrs. Alford showed this writer and his brother the cemetery and pointed out the area where all indications are that Adam and his wife, Elizabeth, are buried. There are no markers for them, but records all indicate that they are in this cemetery. There is always a lot of work involved in keeping a cemetery that is over an acre in size in a decent and accessible condition in the verdant growing soil of a Western Kentucky semi-forested area. The Alfords have done a good job in keeping it in the condition where it is currently.
    The party then went to find the small family (farm) cemetery where George Flora, his wife Permelia, their daughter Sarah M. Flora, infant Elisebeth, and possibly George’s son-in-law were buried. It was known that about ten years ago, a previous owner of the property which had been George’s farm, had moved the tombstones into a stand of trees away from the gravesite. The story was that this had been done to build a basketball court.
    Once the property with the stones on it was found, a very cooperative new owner (the property was last sold about four years ago) pointed out where the stones were located. It was good to see that the stones were not damaged apparently when they were moved. George and Permelia’s stone in particular looked to be in good shape. The owner then pointed out where he presumed the graves themselves were located. Even in the fading late afternoon sunlight, the outlines of one or two possible graves could be seen, and dousing with rods seemed to indicate the location of three to four graves in a line … luckily BEHIND a newly constructed garage. Apparently the graves had not been concreted over.
    It was sad to confirm that the gravestones had been moved. Now there was no way to determine which stone went with which grave. However, it was good to know that the graves had not been covered. The question still remained why the stones were moved in the first place, but, as the saying has it, few things are as strange as folk.
    To end the afternoon on a good note, the owner of the property where both the George Flora cemetery stones and graves arelocated volunteered to Mrs. Alford that she could take the stones to the Flora/Watt cemetery if she so desired. A suggestion she accepted almost before Mr. Anderson had finished speaking. So, it looks like in the not too distant future, the George cemetery stones will be taken to the Flora/Watt cemetery and will be set up with a plaque or sign to explain how they have come to be where they are. Along with the coordinates of where the actual graves are located.
    So, as a result the brothers George and Adam will be symbolically together for the first time since 1830 (when Adam was killed by a falling tree). Ironically, that will also mean that George’s and Permelia’s stone will be in a cemetery where their bodies aren’t, while Adam and Elizabeth are actually buried in the same cemetery but don’t have a stone to be seen.

  2. Update on the September/October “on the ground” project related to the location of farmland in Wythe County, Virginia owned by (Nicholas) Adolf Flohri/John Florey from 1791 to 1829.

    This researcher made a total of three multi-day trips to the Wytheville/Pulaski/Draper area of SW Virginia over these two months. The first and third specifically focused on trying to make contacts in the area for future research in addition to getting a better understanding of the geographic area itself.

    Both of these objectives were met. I was even able to have a couple of lengthy conversations at the Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association Regional Research Center (https://wcgha.org/) with the prolific researcher, Mary Kegley and the Association’s Surveryor/Maps Specialist, Tony Mitchell. I highly recommend anyone visiting the area to touch base with the Center. I wish every region had such a resource.

    I also met a couple of times with April Danner Martin, who is on the staff of both the New Bern Wilderness Road Museum (in New Bern) and the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Transportation Museum in Pulaski. (NOTE: Both of these institutions are well worth visiting. A lot to be learned in both.) Ms. Martin is very interested in the documenting and preservation of small, private cemeteries in the New River area among other regional history.

    I believe that I have aroused the interest of these folks in trying to obtain a better estimation of the location of the four to five hundred acres owned by the Flohris/Floreys. There is still no indication to believe that Adolf and Catharina were not buried upon their own land. Due to that fact, it is important that the location of that land be better determined.

    As discussions with Ms. Kegley reconfirmed, it is believed all land owned by the Florhis was on the north side of the New River, and in connection with Max’s (Macks) Run (not Max (Macks) Creek on the south side of the river). Also, documents regarding the fact that John Flory had applied for approval to build a mill in the early 1800s and that approval had been given, would indicate even more connection to a viable stream near it. The existence of such a mill could be further inferred from the fact that it is said someone in either Indiana or Illinois has possession of scales supposedly owned by John Florey which might have been used in such a mill.

    So, as for the future, more graphics (map) research has to be performed on the area, using Draper Mountain and the area bordered to the northeast by Pinnacle Knob as focal points. In order to try and get some exact documented links to the 1791 to 1829 portions of land, more work has to be performed in tracing current (modern) land ownership records back to the 1839 creation of Pulaski County from that portion of Wythe which originally contained the Draper Valley. In that way, it is hoped that a chain of ownership could/could be followed back to the names of the people who bought the lands from John Florey (the Drapers and Sloans). This would seem to be the only way to actually document the location of the Flohri holdings. It is a long shot, but I believe the only logical way to ultimately give the possibility of something more reliably being discovered and giving some possibility of declaring “here, here and there” were approximately located the Flohri holdings.

    IF that point is ever reached in the future, then it would be more within the realm of possibility that attempts could be made to locate not only possible remains of the John Florey mill site, but just possibly the resting places of Adolf and Catharina.

    So, as can be seen, this project is far from nearing an end. Sounds a bit like “the mystery of Oak Island” on a smaller and less lucrative scale!

    I will keep trying to research for a distance and touch base with the people I’ve mentioned above. They have also mentioned the names of a couple of other local people who might be interested in helping in the ongoing research.

    One never knows from where and when the next addition to the knowledge might come. In the meantime, perhaps a Churchill quote would be somewhat apt here: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

    I will post photos of various aspects of this “expedition” over the next few days.

  3. Counting down … less than a month to go before a first exploratory, in-depth visit to the Shenandoah New River Country, along Mack’s Creek, in a quest to learn a bit more about area that was (Nicholas) Adolph Flohri’s farmsite/probable burial site circa 1791 to 1819 … (near what is now Hiwassee, Virginia). Will advise if anything promising develops, though since the particular area had a lot of industrial extraction activity taking place in the late 19th and early 20th century, it would be overly hopeful to suggest that anything will turn up.

    At least I should be able to post a considerable number of photos of how the area is today. (Most of it seems to be part of the “Blue Ridge Scout Reservation” now.

    In this, the 200th year of that German immigrant’s death (he died in the early part of 1819 according as per his will), it would be fitting if something could be added to what is his rather complete life history. Information to be found here: https://flohri1754.wordpress.com/…/e-2-line-nicholas-adolp…/

  4. Searching for something else in the F/F/F Newsletter Archives (the whole archive of which can be found on this site), I ran across the following very interesting essay on the Pioneers conditions during their Westward movements in the 1830s … this is to be found in the April 2011 issue (Volume 24, Number 2)

    “THE PIONEERS CHALLENGE
    In the 1830s some American politicians began to argue that the United States should absorb all of North America. Lewis Lin, the senator for Missouri, called for the British to be pushed out of Oregon. In an attempt to persuade Americans to settle in Oregon he introduced a bill into the Senate granting free land as a reward for those prepared to travel across across the Rocky Mountains to claim it. There were several reasons why people were willing to risk the long journey to California and Oregon. Emigrants stressed the importance of escaping from the fever-infested swamps of Missouri and Mississippi. Early visitors to the west coast pointed out that living in this area seemed to be good. The motives which thus brought the multitude together were, in fact, almost as various as their features. They agreed on one general object – that of bettering their conditions. The overland journey from the Mid-West to Oregon and California meant a six month trip across 2,000 miles of difficult country. It was estimated that the journey cost a man and his family about $1,000. The wagons cost about $400. These wagons could carry loads of up to 2,500 pounds, but the recommended maximum was 1,600 pounds. Research suggests that a typical family of four carried 800 pound(s) of flour, 200 pounds of lard, 700 pounds of bacon, 200 pounds of beans, 100 pounds of fruit, 75 pounds of coffee and 25 pounds of salt. Along with a shovel and cooking utensils.

    “The most popular animal with emigrants was the ox. It was cheaper, strong and easier to work than horses or mules. They were also less likely to be stolen by Native Americans on the journey and would be more useful as farm animals when they reached their destination(.) (T)he main argument against oxen was that they could become reckless when hot and thirsty and were known to cause stampedes in a rush to reach water. A great deal of publicity was given to the dangers of traveling overland to California. Many of these pioneers held a fear of being attacked by Indian tribes as they slept with their families in the open, for this reason some of the wagon trains chose to circle their wagons at evening as a precaution.

    “While fairly uncommon, clashes between Indians and whites added to the apprehension felt between these two races. Each had more to fear from the danger presented from other sources. Disease claimed far more emigrant lives than did the natives, who themselves were all but annihilated by the disease that were introduced by the Anglos traveling westward. Disease was perhaps the most dangerous and relentless enemy of those who traveled west in the search for land. Water borne diseases were unfortunately very common in these times.

    “Very little was known about how to adequately dispose of waste water, as found in the latrines of the camps, and how to ensure that it was not introduced into the springs or rivers that supplies precious drinking water.

    “All of the aforementioned dangers almost pale in comparison to the deadly threat posed to the pioneers by cholera, a highly contagious disease that ran rampant among the wagon trains. It was made worse by the sanitary practices of those traveling in the wagon trains. From 1849 to 1854 cholera was reported from all over the country; some tried to escape its clutches by joining other wagon trains only to be followed by it. Lives were changed, reinvented, forsaken, and lost. Such were the consequences of journeying westward to the land of promise. The rewards, however, and the pride taken in such a monumental undertaking, were well worth th cost of such heartbreak to those who opened the great American West.”

  5. Another very interesting posting on the Colonial Great Wagon Road which took many of our ancestors from the Pennsylvania and further north regions of the U.S. to the south. The writer of this blog seems to have great insight and knowledge of not only the route the road followed but also expansive knowledge of the conditions of the time.

    A very good series of posts to read and try to absorb.https://piedmonttrailsblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/a-detailed-route-of-the-great-wagon-road-2/

  6. A very interesting post I just ran across. In particular of interest to any of us with ancestors who travelled down the “Great Wagon Road” from Pennsylvania to Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia in the years prior to about 1800. It contains some detailed descriptions of the conditions that the early travellers would have contended with in order to relocate to new areas of reinvention. Sounds like a blog that might be of interest to follow as well …

    https://piedmonttrailsblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/a-detailed-route-of-the-great-wagon-road/?fbclid=IwAR0xi0ofhLN2_ZhKpWujRozBknBieTc308Kjei9wmpX0TRQmq2QqtacfARQ

  7. As a further acknowledgement of the 70th anniversary of the publishing of the Bunderman family history of the F/F/F lines in 1948, at the below link is a complete PDF file of the 1973 Marcinkowski update to that original work. In the course of doing his update, Marcinkowski also included excerpts from J.C. Flora’s 1951 research.

    Both publications may be of interest to people connected to the lines documented. I have been informed of one other online version of the original Bunderman work, but as of this time I am not aware of the Marcinkowski research being put online.

    The graphics in this scanning have turned out quite well as it is a direct copy of the published work rather than a mere copy of a copy as is currently (April 2018) the case with the 1948 Bunderman work (also uploaded to this site).

    https://flohri1754.wordpress.com/bundermans-family-history-1973-supplement/

  8. The Florey brothers of New Jersey, U.S.A. … an interesting website that I just ran across …
    the site contains some interesting ephemera …
    https://antiquepianoshop.com/online-museum/florey-brothers/

    Quote:
    Florey Brothers
    The Florey Brothers Piano Company was established in Washington, NJ in 1909. Florey Brothers was unique among other manufacturers because they only built small grand pianos known as the “Florey Grand”. While many firms put better quality and craftsmanship in their larger, more expensive pianos, Florey Brothers’ strategy was to produce the finest and best sounding small grand pianos in the industry. Our archives do mention that Florey Brothers built a limited number of organs in addition to the Florey Grand, but there is no indication the firm ever built upright pianos or large grand pianos.

    Florey Brothers built pianos for two decades, going out of business with the onset of the Great Depression. These instruments are rarely encountered today, indicating the firm built pianos in modest numbers.
    UNQUOTE.

  9. A note that may be of interest to some followers of this page ….
    I don’t know how many of you use a software program to manage any of your family history facts, data, etc. but for years I have used a great program called “The Master Genealogist”. The only problem with it being that in about 2005 it ceased being sold, supported and updated.

    It was always such a good organizing tool, however, that a TMG support group page has been going on Facebook for a number of years which offered support, advice and suggestions for users of the program.

    It is through a posting on that page that I recently learned of a move to rejuvenate TMG … to give it a rebirth as it were … under a project entitled the “Historical Research Environment” and the more I learn about it, the more interesting it seems. It’s webpage can be found here:

    https://historyresearchenvironment.org/hre-for-users-of-the-master-genealogist/

    • Zu C-Linie: Joseph Flory – Eine Einführung “Die Suche nach Josephs Heim” ANABAPTISTISCHE AKTIVITÄT Frage 2.
      namenbuch-solothurn.ch
      Der erstmals im Jahr 1575 bezeugte Name Solterschwang
      ist eine Verschmelzung und meint «Solothurner Schwand»; dieses Gebiet
      liegt abgelegen an der Kantonsgrenze zur Gemeinde Seehof und damit zum Berner Jura, früher zum Fürstbistum Basel. Solterschwang (Aedermannsdorf,Herbetswil)
      Falsch ist Solterschwand in denSchweizer Alpen,Richtig wäre Schweizer Jura.

      Geographisch es Lexikon der Schweiz Band 1: Emmengruppe. 1902. 704 Seiten:
      Im Jura gibt es noch viele Wiedertäufer, meist einstige Deutsch – Berner, die im Laufe der letzten Jahrhunderte nach dem Münsterthal und den Freibergen auswanderten. Das neuere Sektenwesen hat, ausser im Emmenthal, Oberland, und in den Städten wenig Boden gefasst.
      Man zählt im Thal von Le Chaluet 12 Höfe mit 59 Ew., die zum grössern Teil Wiedertäufer sind.
      Hochplateau der Freiberge und Olten: Ehemals Eisen- und Glashütten. Als im 17. Jahrhundert Bern die Wiedertäufer aus seinen Landen vertrieb, fanden sie Schutz beim Fürstbischof von Basel, auf dessen Gebiet sie sich nun mehr ansiedelten. So liessen sie sich zum Teil auch im Thal von Le Chaluet nieder, dessen bisher unbebauten Boden sie als treue und ergebene Untertanen der Bischöfe in Frieden urbar machten.
      La Chaux d’Abel -Les Bois ein Torfmoor und Weier, deren Wasser eine Säge treibt u. dann durch einen Trichter unterirdisch abfliegst. 12 zerstreut gelegene Höfe mit 89 Ew., die zum grössten
      Teil Wiedertäufer sind. Die Mehrzahl der Höfe bei 2610 St.Imier am Sonnenberg /MontSoleil wird von Wiedertäufern bewirtschaftet, deren Ahnen zu Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts aus dem
      deutschen Kantonsteil von Bern /besonders aus dem Em- menthal) vertrieben worden sind und denen der Bischof von Basel hier die freie Ansiedlung gestattete. Sie sind ihren alten Sitten und ihrer deutschen Muttersprache bis heute treu geblieben.

      • The above contribution is appreciated … here is a “Google Assisted” Translation:
        “To C-line: Joseph Flory – An Introduction “The Quest for Joseph’s Home” ANABAPTISTIC ACTIVITY Question 2.
        namenbuch-solothurn.ch
        The first testified [first known as?] in 1575 name Solterschwang
        is a fusion and means “Solothurn Schwand”; this area
        lies secluded at the border of the canton to the municipality Seehof and thus to the Bernese Jura, formerly to the Principality of Basel. Solterschwang (Aedermannsdorf, Herbetswil)
        Solterschwand in the Swiss Alps is wrong, correct would be Swiss Jura.
        Geographically it [in the] encyclopedia of Switzerland volume 1: Emmen group. 1902. 704 pages:
        In the Jura [area] there are still many Anabaptists, mostly former German – Bernese, who emigrated in the course of the last centuries to the Münsterthal and the Freibergen. The newer sectarianism, except in the Emmenthal, Oberland, and in the cities, has taken little ground.
        One counts [exception? is] in the valley of Le Chaluet 12 yards with 59 Ew., Which are for the most part Anabaptists.
        High plateau of the Freiberge and Olten: formerly iron and glassworks. In the 17th century, when Bern drove the Anabaptists out of their lands, they found shelter with the Prince-Bishop of Basel, in whose territory they now settled more. In part, they also settled in the valley of Le Chaluet, whose undeveloped soil made them arable as faithful and devoted subjects of the bishops in peace.
        La Chaux d’Abel -Les Bois a peat bog and weir whose water drives a saw u [mill?]. then fly underground through a funnel. 12 scattered courts with 89 Ew., The largest
        Part of Anabaptists are. The majority of the farms at 2610 St.Imier am Sonnenberg / MontSoleil is run by Anabaptists, whose ancestors at the end of the 16th century from the
        German canton part of Bern / especially from the Emmenthal) and which the Bishop of Basel allowed here the free settlement. They have remained loyal to their old customs and German mother tongue to this day.”

  10. Hello …. I have just read a book entitled FLOREY THE MAN WHO MADE PENICILLIN by Lennard Bickel, first published in 1972 under the title RISE UP TO LIFE. I recommend it for its family history, its history relating to the period from 1915 to Florey’s death in 1968, including a lot of insights regarding both of the world wars.

    It would be very interesting for those with a focus upon the Australian and English lines of Floreys, but it is very interesting in its description of the scientific method and in particular on the story of how penicillin was found (by Fleming), was then ignored for ten years, and was rediscovered and actually made effective by the work of the Australian Howard Florey and his team at Oxford University.

    Howard Florey’s parents emigrated from England to Australia … and in a way, Florey immigrated back to England. However, he spent a great deal of the peak time of his life travelling and in the US at various points ….. I recommend it as a very enlightening read.

    For an online biography of Howard Florey, see the following link:
    http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/florey-howard-walter-10206

    For those who may not be aware of Howard Florey in this day, I would consider him the most eminent of all the F/F/F’s that I have run across to this point. Or, as the Australian Prime Minister of the day said (when Howard Florey died in 1968): ” … in terms of well-being Florey was the most important man ever born in Australia.”

    SBF 26 July 2015

    • Hello …. that sounds interesting …. I vaguely recall hearing something along those lines at some point. Can you give a brief synopsis of the barebones of the story? Regards, S.

  11. Just to add a passing with respect to the E-2 line…Edna Marie Florey, wife of George Morgan Florey, Jr., passed away on November 13, 2014, in Norwalk, CA. She was born June 1, 1920. George and Edna were married on July 25, 1942. Today, myself and two of my siblings bid farewell to our mother, who is now interred with our father at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, CA.
    submitted by: Ruth Florey Gilliland

    • Ruth, For some reason I wasn’t notified by the WordPress program of your comment (above). Thank you for adding that information. It would be good to see more such updates on the various lines …. S.

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