Surnames/tags: Flaugher Flacher Flaughers
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
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
- Work cooperatively together with other Flaugher profile managers to create the best Flaugher tree possible.
- Add the category for Flaugher Name Study to profiles.
- Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources to Flaugher profiles.
- Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
- Check for duplicates and request merges.
- Contact Alison to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect them from an incorrect merge.
- 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.
- 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
- Shirley Flaugher - AncestryDNA
- GEDMatch ID A013162
- 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...
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Flatcher||James||None yet||1773||Mount Pleasant||Bedford|
|Flacher||John||Thomas Flacher||1783||Rostraver||Westmoreland||single||Thomas appears to be the elder|
|Floher||Lorentz||None yet||1786||Chestnut Hill||Northampton|
|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)|
|Flacher||Thomas||John Flacher||1783||Rostraver||Westmoreland||taxed more than John, who is single.|
|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
- Pennsylvania Septennial Census Returns, 1779–1863. Box 1026, microfilm, 14 rolls. Records of the House of Representatives. Records of the General Assembly, Record Group 7. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA.
- 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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