Sarah Floro’s Family
Found in the July 2002 edition of Pen Pal, a newsletter
published by the Pennsylvania Chapter of Palatines to America
Editor's note: This
is an example of the kind of information that is available from the Brethren
Encyclopedia, 3 volumes, 1983, Philadelphia, PA and Oak Brook,
Illinois. These books contain history, biographies, and
general information on five religious groups which trace their origin to the
Brethren movement which began at Schwarzenau,
in 1708. These groups were influenced by
the Anabaptists (16th century) and the Pietistic movement in Europe
in the 17th and 18th century.
"This Huguenot family is presumed to have fled from Fleury, France
to the Palatinate. Joseph (died 1741) and Mary FLEURE,
accompanied by six children, arrived in Philadelphia
on August 28, 1733
on the Hope. They settled in Rapho Township,
Lancaster County, PA.
Their sons became members of the Conestoga* congregation: Joseph Jr. in 1741, John in 1747, Jacob in
1748, and Abraham in 1756.
"In 1759, Joseph Jr., moved to Paxtang
Township, (later part of Dauphin County) while John stayed on the
original farm. These two brothers are
the progenitors of the Pennsylvania
and Maryland Florys. Jacob, with his
sister Katherine and her husband, Jacob Neff, moved to Franklin
County, Virginia, settling on the Magodee Creek in
1782. His descendants spell their name
"Abraham lived in Brothers
County, PA from 1796 to 1809, when
he moved on to Montgomery County,
Ohio...The Ohio and midwestern
families generally spell their name FLORY.
"Among the descendants of Joseph Flory, Sr., are over
two hundred ministers, ten missionaries, five or six college presidents, and a
Nobel prize winner, Paul J. Flory.
Ministers of this name are found in all five Brethren groups (that
evolved from the Schwazenau Brethren.)"
Conestoga is the third oldest Church of the Brethren
congregation in Pennsylvania
still in existence. The church building
is located along Route 23 in Leola, Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania, a few miles eat of Lancaster city.
On 4 SEP
2000, I received an e-mail from Dennis Neysa (@enid.com). He wrote:
I am researching the Flora/Floro/Florow families in IL during
1800's. I am working under the premise
that these folks were in OH/VA/KY/IN prior to move to IL. Most moved westward or south. I am basically working off clues and hunches
but have been able to link at least three families together at this point. Any help appreciated. Have you any further information on your
From: Dennis [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
September 05, 2000, 4:15 AM
To: Dianne O'Connell
Subject: Re: Sarah Floro
Diane: So glad to hear from you. What I am currently doing is researching the
Flora/Floro/Florow families in IL during 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860's. My great-great grandmother is shown as Nancy
Florow (b. 1825) on marriage record from Jefferson Co. IL in 1847 (year is to
my recollection). I have finally linked
her to Robert Floro of 1850 Franklin Co. IL.
I know they had at least one sister, Jane Flora (marriage record from
Posey Co. IN) married Daniel Bennett, and believe the James Floro of 1860
Franklin Co. IL census is either an older brother or uncle. He is shown as James Flora on Posey Co. IN
His daughter is shown as America Elizabeth Florow on her marriage
record. James and Nancy both show their
POB as VA while Robert's is shown as
OH. So when I saw your Sarah, my heart
lept as this may be an aunt to my family.
Robert and Jane's families stayed in IL and I have been unable to locate
James in 1870. My Nancy moved with her husband Joseph Harrison
Taylor (a physician) from Franklin Co. IL to Beeville, Bee Co. TX and then to
Collinsville, Grayson Co. TX by 1870. I have no oral history as to Nancy's family. Nancy's
daughter Angeline was said to have had milk white skin with red hair. By Robert's oral history the family was in OH
and KY also. By 1850 IL census neither Robert
or Nancy could read or write. So in
essence I am trying to link/unlink all the Flora/Floro/Florow families and am
collecting oral histories and family histories in an effort to find when/where
the name changed occurred (it looks like IL).
Do you know where Strawberry Texas is located? I greatly appreciate your information. Neysa
Dianne O'Connell wrote:
All inidications would be that your Nancy Floro is probably
related to our Sarah Floro -- I hope we can make the connection.
I spent a good deal of time trying to find "Strawberry,
on the internet yesterday afternoon, as well as in the Atlas and encyclopedia
last night. No Strawberry, Texas, yet exists. Perhaps it folded as a community or changed
its name. I suppose an inquiry to a
major library in Texas
I feel certain that the Elder Mrs. Floro, dying at such an
advanced age, must have been in Texas
with one of her children. Ancestry.com identified
several Texan Floro families who might recall a Strawberry, Texas and/or the earliest immigrant to the
area. Perhaps you can write to them.
Sorry I wasn't more help.
Never had occasion to check out "Strawberry" before. Humph.
Thought perhaps it was in Oklahoma,
but no Strawberry there, either.
Good luck, Dianne
Dianne: Strawberry Texas is supposed to be
in Smith Co. I am going to check the Bee Co. area since that is where my Nancy Floro Taylor
moved. Thanks for your help. - Neysa
Notes B (Maria Lewis Cooper McCoy of Sangamon Co., Illinois)
Maria married first, William Cooper and had four
children. She married second, Hamilton
McCoy and had eleven more. Two of
Maria's sons served in the Civil War.
The descendant's of Maria's daughter Sarah Jane Cooper Baker
were provided by Sharon Powell and her cousin's son Drew Spencer, via e-mail
Sarah Jane Cooper was born 3 JUN 1832, Illinois;
and d. 28 APR 1914, Howe, Nebraska.
The descendants of Hamilton and Maria (Lewis) McCoy were
provided by Barbara J. Matthews below:
Hamilton McCoy was born March 22, 1815 in Mason Co., W.
VA. He was son of John McCoy and Jane Gilliland, who were married October 29, 1789 in
Greenbrier Co., Virginia.
Children of Maria Lewis Cooper McCoy and Hamilton McCoy:
1) John M. McCoy - Born June 18, 1839 in Cotton Hill Township,
Sangamon Co., IL. Died April 27, 1863, also at
Cotton Hill. He married Sarah Elizabeth Abell on February 7, 1861. They had two sons, Willard Fillmore McCoy and
John M. McCoy, Jr. Writer is descendent of Willard Fillmore McCoy. Both John
McCoy and his wife Sarah are buried at South
It is behind a church that Abraham Lincoln used to visit and hold court as the
Circuit Rider for the district.
2) Samuel McCoy - Born 1840 in Cotton Hill Township, Sangamon
Co., IL. Never married. Died in the Civil War. Samuel was a Private in Company
M, 16th Illinois Calvary, under the command of Captain H. S. Hauchett. He enlisted in Springfield,
Sangamon, IL at
Camp Butler on the 24th day of July,
1863. He was captured at the Battle of
Jonesville (in Virginia)
on 3 January 1864.
He was confined at Libby Prison in Richmond,
VA, beginning 16 January 1864. He ws paroled (i.e., exchanged) at City Point, VA
on 16 April 1864. Samuel was taken to West's U.S. General Hospital
in Baltimore, MD, where he died on 21 April 1864 of dysentery, stated as
"diarrhea" in the official military records. His final statements, which are not in the
military file, were forwarded to Washington
D.C. He was buried at Loudon
Cemetery (at the time known as Loudon Park
Cemetery) on the 22 of
April, 1864. (The cemetery is located about 2 and 1/2 miles west of Baltimore, off the Baltimore
and Frederick Turnpike.) Samuel was a handsome man, with very
dark hair. The writer has a picture of
3) Polly McCoy - Born 1842 in Cotton
Sangamon, IL. Died 1864 in Cotton Hill
Township. Never Married.
The writer has a picture of her. She was
4) Alfred McCoy - Born 1843 in Cotton
Sangamon, IL. He was in Washington, D.C.
when President Lincoln was shot. He married Jane Rhodes. The writer has a
picture of him.
5) William McCoy - Born 1845 in Cotton
Sangamon,IL. Died 1867 in Cotton Hill. Never Married.
6) David McCoy - Born 1847 in Cotton
Moved to California
and no one seems to know what happened to him or who he married, or if he
7)Thomas McCoy - Born 1849 in Cotton
Sangamon, IL. Died in infancy.
8) Thomas Preston McCoy - Born 1851 in Cotton
Sangamon, IL. He married Margaret M. Berry on December 1, 1870 in Sangamon,IL.
9) James A. McCoy - Born in 1853 in Cotton
He died in 1875 in Cotton Hill. Never Married.
10) Anna McCoy - Born January 18, 1856 in Cotton
Died December 29, 1859
in Cotton Hill. Buried Breckenridge Cemetery, Cotton
Sangamon, IL. Cemetery currently sits in the middle of a
11) Isaiah McCoy - Born August 25, 1857 in Cotton Hill, Sangamon, IL. Died October 7, 1861 in Cotton Hill. Buried Breckenridge Cemetery,
Township, Sangamon, IL.
Cemetery currently sits in the middle of a farmer's property.