Until the appearance of the book in 1995 by Gladys Donson and Lawrence F. Athy, The Thomas Flora Family of London, Maryland, and Virginia, very little was known about the family of Thomas Flora of England who was transported over here at the age of 19 as an indentured servant. He does not really make an appearance in Walter Bunderman’s book of 1948, although one of his lines is mistakenly attributed to Englehardt Flori. The genealogy constructed below is that of Gladys Donson, who admits that some of her attributes are speculative. Many of the probable children of Thomas Flora listed below do appear in the land records of Maryland and Virginia. One of Thomas’ sons, Jacob, appears to dovetail somewhat with Jacob Flory, probable son of Joseph Flory, immigrant father of the C-Line. Donson does not claim that the two Jacobs are necessarily the same person but did indicate in a telephone conversation that the possibility exists that there might be some confusion over the two. This listing below incorporates her research, and we are grateful to have her permission to use it. In addition, there are two excellent articles by Tim Flora, one on the ancestry of Jacob Flora, whose line was mistakenly attributed to Englehardt Flori in Walter Bunderman’s book, and the other on Thomas Flora.. The records of Old Bailey, where Thomas was imprisoned before he was transported over here are now on-line. The following is a transcription of the original text. I am extremely grateful to Carol Carman for providing me with this material.
"Thomas Flory, of St. Michael at Quern, was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Hankerchief value 2 s. from the Person of Isaac Tilliard on the 26th of September last. The Prosecutor deposed, that as he was going along Cheapside, just by the Conduit, the Prisoner and another jostled him, and he lost his Handkerchief. Mr. Holland deposed, that as he was going through Cheapside between 3 and 4 in the Afternoon aforesaid, he stopt to buy some Fruit, and the Woman told him there were two Pickpockets followed the Prosecutor, whereupon he made haste after them, and saw the Prisoner take the Prosecutor’s Handkerchief out of his Pocket and drop it on the Ground; upon which he took him by the Collar, and acquainted the Prosecutor therewith. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that the Prosecutor’s Handkerchief was half out of his Pocket, and he rushing by, it fell on the Ground. The Jury considering the Matter, found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation."
Tim Flora has graciously contributed his file on Thomas Flora’s line which repeats the list of the first two generations shown here and then continues.