There are several theories on the origins of Albright Flora. Though he is generally believed to be of French descent, some think he may have been English or German. One theory is that he may have been descended from the French Huguenots who migrated to Germany. His wife, Charity (Ruthie), is believed to have been of Dutch descent.
It is more widely accepted that Albright was actually born in America, probably Hampshire County, Virginia ( now West Virginia) in the mid-1700's. Some have reported that Albright fought in the Revolutionary War. As yet I have not found evidence of this, though he may have been the right age to have served.
J. H. Florea of Mt. Morris, IL, suggests that Albright was the son of Hanley Flory who came to America in 1733 with his parents Mary and Joseph Floriey/Flory. Hanley was then 17 years old having been born in 1716. If this is correct, then Albright is of French descent.
Another author, name unknown to me, offers Albright's ancestry as follows:
David H. Florea and Mercy Mathis
Daniel Florea (Flory) and Chatherine Hemmet
David Flory and Mary Lambert
Supposedly John Flory came from Germany and settled in Smithburg, MD. The author believes Albright to have been born in Frederick Co., MD. I don't know what the author's sources were. I would guess family records or tradition.
This is what we do know about Albright. The earliest known official record of Albright Flora is found where he served as a juror on a coroner's inquest in Frederick Co., MD records 1778 -1789. Albright is also listed in the 1790 federal census, Frederick Co., MD. In 1792 he purchased a tract of land there called Foxes Choice in Frederick Co., MD. During 1795 and 1796 he sold this tract of land in four separate parcels. In 1796 and 1800 he is named in Mason Co., KY on the tax list. The family probably moved from Kentucky to Ohio between 1800 and 1808 as his daughter, Mary, was married in Ohio in 1808 . In 1810 his name appears in tax records in Adams Co., OH. In 1812 he transferred his land to his son Isaac. You will also find Albright listed in the 1820 Federal census as living in Tiffin Twp, Adams Co., OH.
His last home was on 50 acres of land on the west side of the West Union-Peebles State Highway 41, a mile or two south of Dunkinsville, Adams Co., OH. Albright and his wife, Ruthie died in Adams Co., OH. Their burial place has not been discovered and probably never will be.
He is said to have been a stout, sturdy man, a tiller of the soil, as has been largely characteristic of his descendants down through the years. Albright was a true pioneer. He and his family lived in at least three states, possibly more. He was probably in his fifties when he made his last move. These moves were made without benefit of paved roads and bridges. Even when they reached their final destination in Adams Co., Ohio, they still had to cut timbers, hew logs, and build a cabin. They also had to clear the land for planting.
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