Flournoy Family Genealogy Forum
Some of us have wondered where Jean-Jacques Flournoy, Watchmaker, came up with the money to buy the house of Orlando Jones, Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. Documents prepared by the Williamsburg Restoration indicate that Orlando's widow Mary Jones (Mary Elizabeth Williams m1 Orlando Jones m2 Jean-Jacques Flournoy) conveyed Orlando's house and two lots (#s 16 and 17) to Jean-Jacques Flournoy 16 January 1719 (but this must be a copying error as Orlando died 12 June 1719---the house must have been sold in 1720, not 1719---) for L100 sterling and L100 "current Virginia money". Interestingly, the accounting of Orlando's estate says that widow Mary received L100 sterling and other legacies totalling, with the L100, a total of L216. Jean-Jacques may have been given the money by Mary Elizabeth, whom he married 23 June 1720, exactly one year after Orlando's death.
Also, the executor named in Orlando's will resigned that honor and Mary herself served as executrix. Two more interesting points: 1) Orlando's estate accounting reveals a huge number of large and small debts---61 separate items of indebtedness, and O's will says the house is to be sold to pay his debts and that L100 sterling and other monies are to go to Mary. O was wealthy but died greatly in debt. 2) By the time of his death, Orlando had inherited a 400-acre plantation with "good brick houses" in York County from his very wealthy father Rowland Jones. A Wmsbg document states that O was living on that plantation at the time of his death. I would think that land would have gone to his son Lane Jones. Since JJ appears to have played fast and loose with his stepchildren's inheritance (the Jones family took him to court between 1721 and 1727 to have his guardianship removed), does anyone happen to have information about what happened to the York CO estate?
What does all this have to do with FLOURNOY? Jean-Jacques Flournoy came to America ca 1717 and set up in Williamsburg as "Watchmaker". In 1720 he married the young widow of Orlando Jones and bought Jones' house, possibly with money the widow had just inherited from Jones' estate. He appears then to have manipulated his guardianship of the Jones children, which was removed by the courts. By the time both Jean-Jacques Flournoy and his wife Mary Jones Flournoy died in March of 1740, Jean-Jacques was a man exceedingly wealthy in both land and slaves and was now signing documents not "Watchmaker" but "Gentleman". I think it's arguable that he was, if not a scoundrel, at least a mighty operator.
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