Welcome to the Flory/Flora/Florey/Florea/Flori Genealogy site.  Our purpose is to promote general awareness of the history of the Flory family in America, focusing on those lines that arrived here prior to 1755.  We wish to encourage research into those lines, provide resource material for that research, and to have some fun along the way.  As we develop, we would like to include information about post-1755 lines also, so if you could provide us with information in that regard, we would be most appreciative. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please email Ken Florey by clicking on the following link  florey.  In the meantime, please take some time to browse our features and to look at the family lines listed below. We have divided the early Flory lines into nine main branches (A-I), and have devoted a page to each.


  The A-Line was begun by an English indentured servant, Thomas Flora, who was transported here on the ship Gilbert in October, 1720.  His immediate descendants lived in Maryland and Virginia.  Because not much was known about this line until recently, it is often confused with that of the C-Line. The Introduction is by Gladys Donson.  
  The descendants of Abraham Flury, Ur-Father of the B-Line, are well documented. What is unknown is the name of the ship on which Abraham was transported and its arrival date.  Recently, Shirley Gamble has theorized that this family originates from Haegendorf in Switzerland, and her arguments are presented here for the first time.  
  Joseph Flory, who arrived here on the Hope in 1733, is the founder of the largest line of Florys in America. According to ship records, he was 51 at the time.  The ages of other family members in 1733 were Anna Maria Bugh (Joseph's Wife) 40, and children Mary, 21, Joseph, 19, Hanliey (Anneli), 17, and John, 15.   
  Englehardt Flori's date of arrival in America is unknown, but his city of origin, Wiesloch, is not.  Little is known about this line beyond his first two generations.  
  In 1754, three German brothers, Johannes, George, and Adolph Flohri, arrived at the port of Philadelphia.   Johannes, immigrant father of the E-1 line, settled in  Pennsylvania.  Adolph, immigrant father of the E-2 Line,  moved  from Pennsylvania to Virginia. For a GEDCOM file on both lines, click on The Descendants of the 1754 Birkenau Brothers.  For a file on their Birkenau ancestors, click German Line.  
  There are several early Flory/Flora lines in the South that are unconnected to any other known Flory lines.  Donna O'Malley's genealogy of the Lazarus or F-1 line is the most fully documented of those lines.  Brian Flora's introductory essay organizes possible scattered references to other Southern lines (collectively known as the G lines).   

Pierre Fleury, who arrived at the port of Philadelphia on Sept. 26, 1732, has always been an enigma. What was a man with so obvious a French name doing on a ship with Palatine immigrants? What happened to him after his arrival? This page is an attempt to flush out some answers.

  We do know that Edward Flurry was an indentured servant who was sentenced to transportation here in 1738. What we are uncertain about is what happened to him after he arrived. There are several unlinked Flurry families throughout the South who may be his descendants, and some possibilities are listed here. This page is an attempt to flush out answers.  
  This page is a listing of other Flory names which appear on immigration lists prior to 1755 that appear to be unrelated to any of the lines listed above.  



      Each of the seven German towns, the three Swiss areas, and the Australian line listed below may be somehow related to one or more of the above American lines.  Several seem to have had at least a minimal Huguenot influence.   The Canton of Solothurn, represented here by the parishes of Matzendorf and Oberdorf, may be the original home of many of the German Florys, including Joseph Flory of the C-Line. The Australian line descended from emigrants from St. Ilgen. Please let us know if you find these foreign lines at all helpful to your research and we will put up more.






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