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Flaugher Name Study

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Welcome to the Flaugher Name Study!

This is a project that I hope will become a valuable reference point for any Flaugher researchers alike to share their knowledge by posting their DNA tests, resources, pictures, stories, and anything else of interest to this surname.

Please join by contacting the project leader, Alison Andrus. See the section on our goals and what you can do below. Post questions and comments to the bulletin board and add details about your particular area of interest.

Flaugher Name Meaning: Americanized spelling of German Flacher, a variant of Flach, or of Flaucher (standard German Flucher), a nickname, from an agent derivative of Middle High German vluochen ‘to swear’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Our Goals

Although DNA analysis can assist in determining that two or more participants who have tested their yDNA descend from a common male ancestor, it will not identify the specific ancestor without the use of accurate record documentation used in genealogical research.

Currently, there is no Flaugher DNA Study registered at Family Tree DNA or any other testing company. To fully understand the origins of the Flaugher surname, we need males by the name to test their yDNA for analysis.

The purpose of this study is to bring together any descendants of the Flaugher family who are willing to work together to establish an accurate Flaugher Family tree by using the best possible sources available for documentation to make new connections. There are many spelling variations. We need to find out if any of those families with names spelled closely to our own are related.

What You Can Do

  1. Work cooperatively together with other Flaugher profile managers to create the best Flaugher tree possible.
  2. Add the category for Flaugher Name Study to profiles.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources to Flaugher profiles.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Check for duplicates and request merges.
  6. Contact Alison to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect them from an incorrect merge.
  7. If you are a male with the Flaugher surname or a variant and haven't already, please consider testing your yDNA through Family Tree DNA so that we can all have a better understanding of our heritage and possibly make new discoveries.
  8. Do you have a Flaugher profile you are especially proud of? Let Alison know and we will feature it on this page.

The Truth Of Our Origins Is In Our DNA

With so many spelling variations, DNA comparisons have become the only reliable way to track down distant branches of the family.

Unfortunately, there are no surviving males in our branch of the Flaugher family but I have had my mother and her sister, who were born with the surname Flaugher, tested for your comparison;

  • Audrey Flaugher - AncestryDNA
  • GEDMatch ID A740601
  • Ancestry.com member ALi1202

Please add your own tests.

What Is Their Country of Origin?

It has been said that the Flaughers are of English descent and had gone to the Alsace-Lorraine to flee from religious persecution under the rule of Queen "Bloody" Mary. From there they may have traveled into the Black Forest region. Different researchers have guessed that they were either French, German or Swiss before coming to America.

A genealogical study was reportedly commissioned by Otto Mueller in St. Louis, Missouri in 1950. It said that Christian's Naturalization papers had been located and they stated that he had come to the United States from Switzerland with his wife who was from the Black Forest in Alsace, Germany. From what I know, no one else has been able to locate these papers, let alone have copies made from them.

Known Spelling Variations, to name a few...

  • Flacher
  • Flacker
  • Flager
  • Flaher
  • Flatcher
  • Flauer
  • Flauger
  • Flaugher
  • Flaughers
  • Flaughter
  • Flawher
  • Flocher
  • Flocker
  • Floher
  • Flougher

Early Known Immigrants By the Name

Our earliest known ancestor by the name was Christian Flaugher, born about 1732 in a country not yet determined.

The name Christian Flacher appears on a passenger list for the "St Andrew," under Captain Robert Brown, which sailed from Rotterdam and Cowes, England, arriving in Philadelphia on Aug. 18, 1750.

Previously, Hans Jacob Flacher arrived on the ship "Fame," under Capt. William Hyndman, which also sailed from Rotterdam and Cowes, England, arriving in Philadelphia on Oct. 17, 1749. Researchers believe there is a connection between the two men, but Hans Jacob Flacher's whereabouts after his arrival have not been found.

Early Known American Settlement

On Oct. 10, 1750 a deed of conveyance from Joseph Crimpleton to Christian Flacker was recorded at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, conveying farm property situated two miles from Waynesboro on Antietam Creek.

On Aug. 8, 1767, Christian Flaugher purchased 60 acres of farmland in Antietam (now Washington Township, Franklin County) Cumberland, Pennsylvania

Early 1780's tax records show households with similar names in early Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and later Franklin County, Pennsylvania which encompassed parts of Washington County, Maryland, primarily in the Hagerstown area.

If you have ancestors specifically from these areas with similar sounding names, you could be a member of this family! Please consider joining this study. We need you!

Are the following people related?

Last Name in Record First Name in Record Probable Association Tax Year Census Year Town or Ward County in Pennsylvania Occupation if Given Remarks Record added to Profile
Flatcher Abraham None yet 1783 Strabane York
Flatcher Abraham None yet 1786 Straban York
Flaugher Adam Christy Flaugher 1778 Antrim Cumberland Adam Flaugher
Flaugher Adam Chrisley Flaugher 1779 Washington Cumberland Adam Flaugher
Flatcher Adam Christian Flatcher 1780 Washington Cumberland Adam Flaugher
Flaher Adam Christian Flaher 1781 Washington Cumberland Adam Flaugher
Flaugher Adam Christopher Flaugher 1782 Washington Cumberland Adam Flaugher
Floherr Adam None 1786 Washington Franklin Adam Flaugher
Flake Adam Christian Flaugher 1788 Antrim Franklin Adam Flaugher
Flake Adam James Flake 1789 Antrim Franklin Adam Flaugher
Flaucher Adam None yet 1790 Washington Maryland Adam Flaugher
Flagalor Andrew None yet 1782 Exeter Berks
Flatcher Archibald None yet 1779 Barree Bedford
Flatcher Archibald None yet 1787 Huntington Bedford
Flatcher Charles None yet 1787 Franklin York
Flaugher Christy Adam Flaugher 1778 Antrim Cumberland Christian Flaugher
Flaugher Chrisley None yet 1779 Washington Cumberland Christian Flaugher
Flather Christian Adam Flaher 1781 Washington Cumberland Christian Flaugher
Flaugher Christopher Adam Flaugher 1782 Washington Cumberland Christian Flaugher
Flasher Christ None yet 1785 Mulberry Ward Philadelphia and for John Moore's Estate
Flaugher Christian Adam Flake 1788 Antrim Franklin Christian Flaugher
Fleger Christefor None yet 1790 North Hungtington Westmoreland
Flawer Coll None yet 1782 Middleton Cumberland
Flacker David None yet 1782 Huntington York taylor
Flohere David None yet 1772 Manheim Lancaster
Flohre David None yet 1773 Rapho Lancaster
Flarcher Egnew None yet 1787 Fawn York
Fleyer Frederick None yet 1790 York York
Flauer Henry None yet 1788 Maidencreek Berks
Flatcher James None yet 1773 Mount Pleasant Bedford
Flatcher James None yet 1779 Bedford Bedford
Flake James Adam Flake 1789 Antrim Franklin
Flatcher John None yet 1768 Londonderry Chester
Flatcher John None yet 1779 Londonderry Chester
Flatchor John None yet 1781 Concord Chester
Flacher John Thomas Flacher 1783 Rostraver Westmoreland single Thomas appears to be the elder
Flager John None yet 1786 Franklin Franklin
Flatcher John None yet 1787 Franklin York
Flecher John None yet 1790 Bedford
Flatcher Joseph None yet 1783 Newbury York
Flohr Leonard Valentine Flohr 1779 Dover York
Flohar Leonhard Valentine Floher 1781 Dover York
Flokr Leonard Valentine Flohr 1785 Dover York
Floher Lorentz None yet 1786 Chestnut Hill Northampton
Flohr Leonard None 1788 Franklin York
Flohr Leonard None 1789 Franklin York
Flager* Paul None yet 1787 Exeter Berks sawmill *looks more like Feager to me
Flager Philip None yet 1780 Northern Liberties Philadelphia
Flager Philip None yet 1781 Northern Liberties Philadelphia and for Zacharia Andrew's estate along with George Heiberger and John Hepp
Flager Philip None yet 1782 Northern Liberties Philadelphia baker and for Zacharia Andrew's Estate (house) along with George Hydelberg (smith shop) and John Hepp (house)
Flager Philip None yet 1783 Northern Liberties Philadelphia and for Andrews' Estate
Flager Philip None yet 1785 Northern Liberties Philadelphia
Flager Philip None yet 1786 Northern Liberties Philadelphia and for Jacob Debra's Estate (house & lot) and for John Brown's (along with Michael Overturf and the Widow Hoockey)
Flacker Robert None yet 1781 Oxford Chester
Flatcher Simon None yet 1785 Dickinson Washington
Flatcher Simon None yet 1787 Dickinson Washington
Flacher Thomas John Flacher 1783 Rostraver Westmoreland taxed more than John, who is single.
Flohr Valentine Leonard Flohr 1779 Dover York
Flohr Valentine Leonard Flohr 1780 Dover York
Floher Valentine Leonhard Flohar 1781 Dover York
Flohr Valentine Lanhard Flohr 1782 Dover York
Flohr Valetine Leonard Flokr 1785 Dover York
Flohr Valentine Leonard Flohr 1787 Dover York
Flohr Valentine None 1788 Dover York
Flohr Valentine None 1789 Dover York
Flacker William None yet 1785 Mulberry Ward Philadelphia for Widow Brown's Estate
Flatcher William None yet 1787 North Ward Philadelphia
Flagalor William None yet 1789 North Ward Philadelphia

How Do You Pronounce Flaugher?

There has been a lot of interesting discussion amongst the Flaugher descendants over the years as to the pronunciation used by the different branches of the family. This would account for all the different spellings found in the records. Some branches pronounce a hard "g" whereas others are silent. Other variations of the pronunciations are Flocker, Flacker, Flower, Flo-her, Fla-her and Flogger, to name a few. Some branches have added a "S" to the end whereas some very early branches of the family have gone with the more traditional Fletcher or Flocker spellings.

Early Records and Resources

  • Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762–1794. Series No. 4.61; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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