The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 308
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308 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
THE EFLOURNOx FAMiLY.--For some time Mr. Flournoy Rivers,
of Pulaski, Tenn., has had in preparation for the "Virginia Maga-
zine of History and Biography," published at Richmond by the
Virginia Historical Society, a series of articles relative to the Flour-
noy family in both Europe and America. The first of the series
appeared in the issue for July, 1894. These articles are not based
on the mere "they say" of verbal tradition, but upon authentic
history, wills, deeds, court records and official data.
From the time that Laurent Flournoy, the Huguenot, fled from
persecution in Champagne, France, first to Lyons after the Guise
Massacre of the Protestants on March 1, 1562, at Vassy, and then
to Geneva, Switzerland, after the Great Massacre of the Bartholo-
mew in 1572 (see Agnew's French Protestant Exiles, vol. 2, p.
270), two branches of this family have lived-are now living-at
Geneva. They are interested and are aiding. Between the Eu-
pean and the American Flournoys correspondence was kept up
from 1700 down to about 1758, and has recently been revived.
From Geneva Jacob Flournoy, Laurent's great-grandson, came
with his family in September, 1700, to the now extinct Huguenot
settlement, Manikin Town, on the James river, in the present
Powhatan county. See "Huguenot Emigration to Virginia," page
15, a compilation of State papers referring to this Colony, which
was published a few years since by the Virginia Historical Society.
Jacob's only son, Francis Flournoy, made his will April 13, 1770;
probated at the March term, 1773, Chesterfield county court; and
now of record at Chesterfield C. H., Va., in Will Book 2, page 2 ;1.
Ie left a numerous family of sons and daughters, each of whom
in turn became the head of a large connection.
Soon after Jacob came his nephew, John James Flournoy-see
"Huguenot Emigration," page 112-who, marrying in 1720, died
March 23rd, 1740. His will was probated at Richmond, Henrico
county, at the April term, 1740. He likewise left sons and
daughters, from one of whom-Samuel Flournoy, born 1724, died
1780, in Powhatan county (Will Book No. 1, page 66)-the com-
Though so widely scattered throughout America, it is easily sus-
ceptible of legal proof that all members of this family have a com-
mon origin. The compiler, therefore, asks you to aid him in put-
ting all of them "in touch" with each other. He receives for it--
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