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THE FLOWERS FAMILY OF MASON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

AS RELATED TO HOWARD FRANKLIN FLOWERS

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According to some Flowers researchers, the family came to West Virginia / Virginia from southwestern Pennsylvania, traveling south along the rivers and waterways. We have not yet been able to link our line to this scenario, but are still looking. Little by little, we are reconstructing his family's history.

Historical Note: West Virginia did not become a state until 1863. Up until then, it had been part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. That is why you will see me refer to it as "Western Virginia" for dates prior to 1863.

Howard Flowers and sons
Howard Flowers with sons Larry and Charles, circa 1951


"Generation 1"

Howard Franklin Flowers, Sr. was born December 29, 1898 in Cottageville, Jackson County, West Virginia. He died on May 20, 1954 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. He married Laura Cahill on April 29, 1922 in Masseyville, Ross County, Ohio.

Laura Cahill was born February 18, 1906 in Franklin Township, Ross County, Ohio, the daughter of John Wesley Cahill and Viola Siders/Cydrus. She died on July 23, 1982 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. For more information, see the Cahill family page.

Children of Howard Franklin Flowers and Laura Cahill are:

  • Frances Marian Flowers ("Fran") was born April 23, 1923 in Highland Bend, Ross County, Ohio. She married 1) Charles Kenneth Reed. She married 2) William H. Morea, Jr.

  • Thelma Catherine Flowers was born November 18, 1925 near Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. She died July 25, 1990 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Cleveland Clinic). She married Robert C. Bailey.

    Thelma and Fran Flowers Fran and Ken wedding picture
    Left: Childhood picture of Thelma and Fran Flowers. Right: Fran Flowers and Ken Reed wedding picture.

  • Howard Franklin Flowers, Jr. ("Sonny") was born August 25, 1927 in Tappan, Taylor County, West Virginia. He died May 5, 2001 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. He married 1) Eileen Timmony; he marred 2) Arlene Rogers.

  • Richard Lee Flowers ("Dink") was born August 18, 1929 in New Boston, Scioto County, Ohio. He died October 4, 1971 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. He married Doris Eileen Ward.

    Sonny and Dink
    Howard "Sonny" Flowers and Richard "Dink" Flowers

  • Erma Jean Flowers was born October 7, 1931 in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. She died June 1, 2007 in Toledo, Lucas county, Ohio. She married Jack Dempsy Barker.

  • Carol Marie Flowers was born December 10, 1934 Wheelersburg, Scioto County, Ohio. She died January 23, 1998 in Bullhead City, Mojave County, Arizona. She married Raymond Ernest Elkins.

    Carol Flowers Erma Flowers
    Left: Carol Marie Flowers' school picture. Right: Erma Jean Flowers' high school picture.

  • Marjorie Darlene Flowers was born January 26, 1937 in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. She died February 22, 1996 in Perrysburg, Wood County, Ohio. She married 1) Roland Lee Adams. She married 2) Leonard Garlin Willard.

    Darlene's school picture
    Marjorie Darlene Flowers' school picture

  • Charles Robert "Bobby" Flowers was born October 13, 1946 in Harrison Township, Highland Bend, Sciotoville, Scioto County, Ohio. He died August 30, 2000 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. He married 1) Judy Gingrich. He married 2) Robin Smith. He married 3) Peggy Joan Barber.

    Bobby Flowers
    Charles Robert "Bobby" Flowers

  • Larry Eugene Flowers was born August 29, 1950 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. He married 1) Genia Diedre Kraft. He married 2) Karen Sue Jones.

    Larry, Bobby and Jack Larry Flowers high school pic
    Left: Larry and Bobby Flowers, and their nephew Jack. Right: Larry Flowers' high school picture.


"Generation 2"

James and Luverna Flowers
Picture of James and Luverna (Stover) Flowers, courtesy of Jackie Strande.

James Wilson Flowers was born on August 13, 1873 in Mason County, West Virginia, the son of Thomas W. Flowers and Vina McDade. He died on April 21, 1924 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. He married 1) Luvenia/Luverna M. Stover on April 26, 1894 in Mason County, West Virginia. He married 2) Minnie Tilden Baker on September 13, 1923 in Harrisburg, Franklin County, Ohio.

Luvenia/Luverna M. Stover was born October 15, 1878 in Mason County, West Virginia, the daughter of David Harpold Stover and Mary Ann Rhodes. She died on August 27, 1915 in Eagle Township, Vinton County, Ohio.


Detail of Flowers/Stover Marriage Certificate

Minnie Tilden Baker was born on December 24, 1876 in Arbuckle, Mason County, West Virginia. She died on May 22, 1953 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Minnie was previously married to George Cossin. There were no children born to this union.

Flowers / Cossin marriage license
Detail from marriage license for James W Flowers and Minnie Cossin,
where he gives his parents' names as THomas W. Flowers and Vina McDade.

James Wilson Flowers often went by Wilson Flowers or J W Flowers. his name can be found under these various forms in the various documents we've researched and, at times, can cause some confusion! Add to this is the fact that in Mason County, West Virginia, about the same time "our" James Wilson Flowers was living there, census records and deeds show that there was another J. W. Flowers residing in the same county. What connection there is between the two men has not been determined (but we bet there is one!)

Detail 1910 Census

Detail from 1910 Census, Mason County, West Virginia, showing the family of James Wilson Flowers. Family members are listed as follows: J. Wilson Flowers (Head), Verna (Wife), Rachel (Daughter), Howard (Son), Sophrona (Daughter), Luther (Son), Mary (Daughter), and Vernon (Son). Shortly after this census was taken, the family left West Virginia and moved to Eagle Township in Vinton County, Ohio.

Detail of 1920 Census

Detail of 1920 Census for Franklin County, Ohio with Wilson Flowers (a.k.a., James Wilson Flowers) listed as a "lodger" at the residence of Minnie Cossin, both living in Columbus, Ohio. Why James Wilson Flowers went to Columbus after Luverna's death is not known. A search through the census for this same period shows that his minor-aged children were then living with their grandparents in Mason County, West Virginia. James Wilson and Minnie were married in 1923.

Children of James Flowers and Luverna Stover are:

Lone Cedar School, 1908

Lone Cedar School Class of 1908. This picture is from a newspaper clipping and has four of James and Luverna's children in it. Standing in the door - teacher Ms. May WIlcox. Row 1 L-R: Mirla Miller, Verda Anderson, Suphrona Flowers, Corda Pullins, Wyval Pullins, Delbert Miller, Harry Childes, Luther Flowers, Samuel King. Row 2 L-R: Joe Molze, Elva Anderson, Howard Flowers, Amy Miller, Corda Miller, Mary King, Ocie Pullins, Nellie Campbell, Ruby Childers, Avie Miller, Emma Pullins, Henry Sayre, Flayo Miller, Rachel Flowers. Back Row L-R: Elmer Pullins, Ben King, Arfie Jones, Ben Sayre, Goldie Childers, Clara King, Sylvia Sayre, Jasper Stover, Mamie Miller, Janie King, Lizzie King

  • Rachel Mae Flowers was born on July 15, 1895 in West Virginia (probably Mason County). She died August 16, 1963 in Wellsville, Columbiana County, Ohio. She married Luther Merical. He was born March 23, 1892 in Ripley, West Virginia; he died on April 7, 1970 in East Liverpool, Columbiana County, West Virginia.

      Obituary for Mrs. Luther Merical

      Mrs. Rachael Mae Merical, 1733 Commerce St., Wellsville, (Ohio) wife of Luther E. Merical, died Friday night at 10:30 at home following an illness of several weeks. She was 68.

      A native of Vinton County, *W. Va., Mrs. Merical was born July 15, 1895, to the late J. Willis Flowers and Vrona Stover Flowers. She resided in Wellsville for 46 years. At one time she was employed as a waredresser at the Sterling China Co. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

      In addition to her husband, she is survived by: two daughters: Mrs. Alice Mae Craven of Wellsville (Ohio) and Mrs. Ella Jane Smith of Temple, Arizona.; a son, Russell H. Merical of Ashtabula, (Ohio); a sister, Mrs. Mary Gyer of Pittsburgh, (PA); three brothers: Vernon Flowers and Luther Flowers, both of Columbus, (Ohio) and Jasper Flowers of Washington Court House, (Ohio) and 11 grandchildren.

      Services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the MacLean Funeral Home by the Rev. Clark M. Allison. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery, Wellsville. Friends may call at the funeral home in Wellsville Sunday and Monday afternoon and evening.

      (East Liverpool Review
      Sat. Aug 17, 1963 ~ page 14)


      Obituary for Luther E. Merical

      Luther E. Merical, 78, of 1716 Commerce St., Wellsville (Ohio) died Tuesday at 3:40 p.m. at City Hospital where he had been a patient for one week.

      He was born in Ripley, W.Va., March 23, 1892, a son of the late James and Martha (Farley) Merical. A resident of Wellsville for 60 years, he had been employed as a crane operator for the former American Sheet and Tinplate Co., and later at Patterson Industries.

      He was a veteran of World War I, a member of the American Legion Post 70 and had attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Wellsville.

      His wife, Mrs. Rachael Flowers Merical, died in 1963.

      Survivors include: two daughters: Mrs. William (Alice Mae) Craven, with whom he resided, and Mrs. Richard (Ella Jane) Smith of Phoenix, Arizona; a son, Russell H. Merical of Lordstown; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Scarberry of Vinton County, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

      The MacLean Funeral Home in Wellsville is arranging services.

      The Evening Review
      Wed. April 8, 1970 ~ page 6

      Children of Rachel Flowers and Luther Merical:

      • Russell H. Merical, born April 27, 1920 in Union City, Ross County, Ohio. He died December 1978 in Ross County, Ohio.
      • Alice Mae Merical, born about 1925 in Ohio. She married William Craven.
      • Ella Jane Merical, born March 15, 1926 in Wellsville, Columbiana County, Ohio. She died August 31, 1995 in Prescott Valley, Yavapai County, Arizona. She married Richard Smith.


  • Howard Franklin Flowers, Sr. was born December 29, 1898 in Cottageville, Jackson County, West Virginia. He died May 20, 1954 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. He married Laura Cahill See above for details.

  • Sophrona Flowers was born March 20, 1900, in West Virginia (probably Mason County). She died September 28, 1914 in Eagle Township, Vinton County, Ohio.


    New headstone installed for Luvernia (Stover) Flowers and her children, Sophrona and Clevy at Boblett Cemetery.



  • Joseph Luther Flowers ("Luther") was born March 23, 1903 in Mason County, West Virginia. He died December 1, 1982 in Laurelville, Hocking County, Ohio. He married 1) Gertrude May Peoples about 1925 in McArthur, Vinton County, Ohio. He married 2) Della May Collins, date unknown.

    Luther Flowers Luther Flowers

    Luther Flowers is remembered by his granddaughter Jackie this way.

    "He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Washington Court House. He LOVED red-heads...and women with "a little meat on their bones." His favorite phrase regarding a good looking woman was "hot-diggity!"He used to work in a steel mill where he was injured by a piece of metal which struck him on one side of his chin and left a scar and numbness. He lived with us for a while until he was diagnosed with lung cancer which required chemo and a nurse's care. He was fiery, stubborn, ornery, funny and sound of mind till his last breath." We should all be so fondly remembered by our children and grandchildren!

      Children of Joseph Luther Flowers and Gertrude May Peoples:

      • Imogene Catherine Flowers was born July 15, 1927 in Fayette County, Ohio. She died March 24, 2003 in Bloomingburg, Fayette County, Ohio.
      • Oliver Vernon Flowers was born July 4, 1929 in Fayette County, Ohio. He died December 8, 1998 in Washington CH, Fayette County, Ohio.
      • Donald Eugene Flowers was born 1931.
      • Elenore Mae Flowers ("Patsy") was born September 19, 1934 in Washington CH, Fayette County, Ohio.


  • Mary Flowers was born on February 13, 1905 in Leon, Mason County, West Virginia. She died January 27, 1973 in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. She married Charles Hutchisnon Geyer.

    Mary Geyer, middle
    Photo of Mary Geyer (middle).

      Children of Mary Flowers and Charles Geyer:

      • Donald Allen Geyer, born July 19, 1928 in Pine City, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He died April 22, 1999 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
      • James C. Geyer, born 1931 in O'Hara, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He died 1948 in O'Hara, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
      • Dale Jay Geyer, born December 16, 1936 in Pennsylvania. He died December 22, 1988 in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
      • Gale Carl Geyer, born December 16, 1936 in Pennsylvania. He died April 25, 1984 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
      • Shirley Ann Geyer, born January 20, 1938 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. She died May 1, 2002 in Swissvale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
      • Charles Lane Geyer, born July 15, 1939 in Blawnox, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He died March 26, 2003 in Cheswick, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
      • Carol Mae Geyer, born May 26, 1943 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


  • Vernon Flowers was born April 15, 1907 in Evans, Jackson County, West Virginia. He died on October 3, 1964 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. He married Dessie Coder (or Ader/Ater) about 1930.

    Vernon Flowers
    Vernon Flowers -- 1954

      Children of Vernon Flowers and Dessie Coder:

      • Mary Louise Flowers born 1932 in Washington CH, Fayette County, Ohio. She married Ludeke.
      • Melva Lorene Flowers born July 20, 1934 in Washington CH, Fayette County, Ohio. She married Ralph Stone.


  • George Flowers was born about 1909 in West Virginia. He died probably between 1923-1926. George was most likely a sickly child, and is said to have died either in his teens or early twenties from tuberculosis. We have been unable to find more information for George as of this time.

  • Jasper Flowers ("Jay") was born on December 29, 1912 in Mason County, West Virginia. He died December 4, 1986 in Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio. He married 1) Lavern; he married 2) Viola Lindsey.

    Jasper Flowers
    Jasper "Jay" Flowers -- 1954

      Children of Jasper Flowers and Viola Lindsey are:

      • Jill Flowers, was born ---. She married Richard Leeth.
      • April Flowers, was born in Union City. She married Jeff Wallace.


  • Clevy Francis Flowers was born July 17, 1915 in Eagle Township, Vinton County, Ohio. He died September 22, 1915 in Eagle Township, Vinton County, Ohio.

"Generation 3"

Thomas W. Flowers was born in February of 1848 in what is now West Virginia, possibly in Mason County. He is the son of Benjamin Flowers and Katherine or Catherine Hughes. He died on July 2, 1910 in Cabell County, West Virginia, an inmate of the Huntington Asylum. He married 1) Virginia Slaughter on October 5, 1871 in Jackson County, West Virginia. For reason unknown to us, Thomas remarried Virginia Slaughter on September 28, 1903 in Mason County, West Virginia. He may have married or had a relationship with 2) Lavina McDade, date and location unknown.

Thomas's cause of death is listed as "demented." He was an inmate at the Huntington Asylum, later called the Huntington State Hospital, which no longer exists. During the 1940s and 1950s, the conditions at the hospital were apalling. Two web pages give detailed accounts of this: Doors to the Past: Huntington State Hospital and GenDisasters: Huntington, WV Hospital Fire, Nov 1952. We can only hope that things were better when our ancestor was a patient there!

Virginia Slaughter was born on October 6, 1848 in Jackson County, Western Virginia, the daughter of Andrew Slaughter and Tabitha Rucker. She died on July 4, 1931 in Apple Grove, Mason County, West Virginia. After the death of Thomas Flowers, she married 2) Isaac Webster Spears on September 23, 1914; he died May 29, 1919 Arbuckle, Mason County, West Virginia.


Record of first marriage of Thomas Flowers and Virginia Slaughter.


Detail from record of second marriage of Thomas Flowers and Virginia Slaughter.

Lavina McDade was born about 1846 in Western Virginia. She died after 1871. She is sometimes referred to as "Vina." We have no further information for Lavina.

No record for a marriage between Thomas and Lavina has been found. The documented marriage between Thomas and Virginia, plus the fact that son James sometimes used the last name McDade, and later used the last name of Flowers, has led us to wonder if he might have been born out of wedlock. This is only a surmise, and we have no hard facts on which to base this...just our own suspicions regarding the use of his mother's maiden name for the first part of his life.

Census records have a Lavina McDade residing in the household of Elizabeth Rhodes in Cologne Township, Mason County, West Virginia in 1870 (second line from bottom - below). She may, or may not, be the Lavina McDade who is the mother of James Wilson Flowers. What also interesting is that many of these neighbors are related in various degrees by marriage -- McDade, Stover, Rhodes. Even more interesting is the family of Benjamin McDade listed first, as this is the same family that eventually moved to Ross County, Ohio and with whom an orphaned Laura Cahill lived prior to her marriage to Howard Franklin Flowers.

Child of Thomas Flowers and Lavina McDade is:

  • James Wilson Flowers was born on August 13, 1873 in Mason County, West Virginia. He died on April 21, 1924 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. He married 1) Luverna M. Stover on April 21, 1894 in Mason County, West Virginia. He married 2) Minnie Tilden (Baker) Cossin on September 13, 1923 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. See above for details.

Children of Thomas Flowers and Virginia Slaughter are:

  • Margaret J. Flowers was born about 1873 in West Virginia. She died, date and place not known.

  • Matthew Martin Woodyard Flowers was born on January 24, 1876 in West Virginia. He died on March 10, 1947 in Leon, Mason County, West Virginia.

  • William M. Flowers was born about April 1878 in West Virginia. He died, date and place not known.

  • James Albert Flowers was born on July 16, 1879 in West Virginia. He died, date and place not known.

  • David Duelin (or Duelin Davie) Flowers was born about October 1883 in West Virginia. He died, date and place not known.

  • Lela Ann Flowers was born on March 10, 1885 in Mason County, West Virginia. She died January 21, 1945.

  • Viola V. Flowers was born about June 1889 in West Virginia. She died, date and place not known.

  • Harriet Evelyn "Hattie" Flowers was born about May 1891 in West Virginia. She died, date and place not known.

"Generation 4"

Benjamin Flowers was born on December 6, 1811 in Virginia (probably present day West Virginia), the son of Thomas Jefferson Flowers and Mary Hall. An alternate birth date of January 6, 1812 has also been found. He died on March 11, 1880 in Jackson County, West Virginia, the cause of death listed as a "rupture" (hernia). He married 1) Catherine Hughes on April 1, 1832 in Jackson County, Western Virginia. He married 2) Matilda Staats on February 2, 1854 in Jackson County, Western Virginia.

Catherine Hughes was born about 1808 in Western Virginia. Her parents' names are not known. She died about 1849-1854, probaby in Western Virginia. She may be the daughter of Job Jacob Hughes and Mary Margaret Hamm, but we have not been able to verify this.

Matilda Staats was born about 1811 (or 1820) in Jackson County, Western Virginia, the daughter of Elijah Staats and Mary (per information found in the Jackson County Marriage Register). She died, date and place not found. Some family trees list her death as November 19, 1892, but we have been unable to verify this as we cannot find a death record for Matilda Flowers (or Perkins or French) to match that date. Matilda may have married twice more after Benjamin's death. In the Jackson County, West Virginia marriage records is found, on November 9, 1882, a record for marriage between Matilda Flowers and George W. Perkins. Then on October 10, 1883, is found a record for marriage between Matilda Perkins and William W. French. In both instances, the age of the bride (Matilda) coincides with Matilda Staats Flowers age.

Marriage register detail
Detail from register recording the marriage of Benjamin Flowers to Matilda Staats.

The children of Benjamin Flowers and Catherine Hughes are:

  • Julia A. Flowers, born about 1844 in Western Virginia. She died on July 5, 1923 in Jackson County, Western Virginia. She married Alfred Anderson on March 29, 1866 in Jackson County, West Virginia.

  • Susan Flowers, born about 1847 in Western Virginia. She died, date and place not known.

  • Thomas Wilson Flowers, born about February 1848 in Western Virginia. He died on July 2, 1910 in Cabell County, West Virginia. For details, see above.

  • Caroline Flowers, born about 1849 in Western Virginia. She died, date and place not known.

The children of Benjamin Flowers and Matilda Staats are:

  • Mary C. Flowers, born about 1855 in Western Virginia. She died, date and place not known.

  • David V. Flowers, born on May 29, 1857 in Jackson County, Western Virginia. He died on September 28, 1933 in Cottageville, Jackson County, West Virginia.

  • Benjamin L. Flowers, born about 1860 in Western Virginia. He died, date and place not known.

"Generation 5"

Thomas Jefferson Flowers was born around 1778-1781 in Pennsylvania, the son of Lambert Flowers and Rachel McCoy. He died around 1843-1850, probably in Western Virginia. He married Mary Hall, date and place not known.

The 1810 and 1830 US Federal Censuses list a Thomas Flowers living in Mason County, Virginia (present day West Virginia). Although there are no other names or dates, the stroke tallies appear to match what we know of Thomas's family in these years. There is also a Thomas Flowers in Jackson County, Western Virginia in the 1840 Census. Jackson County was created on March 1, 1831 from parts of Kanawha, Mason and Wood counties. So if this is "our" Thomas Jefferson Flowers, it does not necessarily mean that they moved between 1830 and 1840, just that they were now part of the new county of Jackson. History of Jackson County here.


Detail from the 1810 Census showing Thomas Flowers


Detail from the 1840 Census showing Thomas and Benjamin Flowers

Mary Hall was born about 1787 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joseph Hall and Mary King. She died in 1858 in Jackson County, Western Virginia of "chronic diarrhea" per death register.



Details from the death register entry for Mary Hall Flowers-line 2.
Included is her father's name (Joseph Hall), where she was born (Pennsylvania), her spouse's name (Thos. Flowers),
and the name of her son (Thos. Flowers) who provided the information.

Children of Thomas Jefferson Flowers and Mary Hall are:

  • Albert C. (Charles?) Flowers, born about 1802, possibly in Pennsylvania. He is believed to have died around 1889 in Ohio.

  • Sarah Flowers, born about 1807 in Western Virginia (probably in Jackson County). She died, date and place not known. She married Hugh St. Clair on April 24, 1823 in Mason County, Western Virginia.

  • Benjamin Flowers, born on December 6, 1811 in Western Virginia. He died on March 11, 1880 in Jackson County, West Virginia. See above for details.

  • Miriam Flowers, born about 1812 in Western Virginia. She died on August 28, 1866 in West Virginia.

  • Diana Flowers, born on February 13, 1817 in Western Virginia. She died on December 19, 1909 in Jackson County, West Virginia. She married William A. Lewis on April 20, 1837 in Mason County, Western Virginia.

  • Thomas Flowers, born about 1819 in Western Virginia. He died in 1884 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He married Emily Jane Sayre on January 11, 1845 in Mason County, Western Virginia. He may have married a second time, to Emma Postlewait, on February 10, 1872 in Jackson County, West Virginia.

  • Alfred Flowers, born about 1821 in Western Virginia. He died on October 15, 1854 in Jackson County, Western Virginia; cause of death was scarlet fever. Never married.

  • Rhuma (?) H. Flowers, born about 1823 in Western Virginia. She died, date and place not known.

  • Nancy Flowers, born about 1826 in Western Virginia. She died in 1874, in Jackson County, West Virginia.



"Generation 6"

Lambert F. Flowers was born about 1755, possibly in Sussex County, Delaware, the son of Charles McKeel Flowers and Priscilla Nin. Conflicting places of birth found in various family trees are in either Sussex County, Delaware, or in Ireland, but as his father died in Delaware, we suspect the Sussex County birth place is the right one. He died on July 21, 1827 in Harrison county, Western Virginia. He married Rachel McCoy, date and place not known.

Rachel McCoy was born about 1762 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She died on July 21, 1827 (unknown if this date is correct, or if she and her husband died on the same date) in Harrison County, Western Virginia. Her parents' names are not known.

Children of Lambert F. Flowers and Rachel McCoy are:
Uncertain how complete this listing is

  • Thomas Jefferson Flowers, born around 1778-1781 in Pennsylvania. He died between 1843-1850 in Western Virginia. See above for details.

  • John W. Flowers, born about 1780. He died on December 25, 1845 in Harrison County, Western Virginia. (This date is in question, as it is also found as the date of death for his brother, George, in different family trees. Further research is needed.) He married Sarah Barkley on January 8, 1800 in Harrison County, Western Virginia.

  • George W. (Washington?) Flowers, was born about 1785. He died on December 25, 1845 in Harrison County, Western Virginia. (See note for John above about death date.) He married Johanna Rice on May 5, 1808 in Harrison County, Western Virginia.

  • James Lambert Flowers, born on September 13, 1786 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He died on October 14, 1843 in Harrison County, Western Virginia. He married Phoebe McIntire on August 28, 1806 in Harrison County, Western Virginia.

  • William Flowers, born about 1789. He died, date and place not found. He married Mariah Bigler on January 25, 1820 in Harrison County, Western Virginia.



"Generation 7"

Charles McKeel Flowers was born about 1730 in Ireland. He died between September 1786 and January 1787 (his will was made on September 14, 1786, and was proved on January 5, 1787). He married Priscilla Nin.

Priscilla Nin was born, date and place not known. She died after January 1787 as she is listed in her husband's will. We currently have no further information for Priscilla.

Children of Charles Flowers and Priscilla Nin are:

  • Lambert Flowers, born about 1755 in Sussex County, Delaware. See above for details.

  • Charles Flowers

  • Rhoda Flowers

  • Nelly Flowers

  • Revel Flowers

  • John Flowers


Will of Charles McKeel Flowers

Source, Sussex County, Delaware Probate Records 1680-1800.
Transcript provided by Phil and Gale Todd, and posted online at Ancestry.com

Will Made Date: 14 Sep 1786
Will Probate Date: 05 Jan 1787
Will Book: Arch. vol. A71; Reg. of Wills, Liber D Page: 208-209; folio 129

In the name of God Amen this 14th day of September 1786, I Charles McKeel Flowers of Sussex County, Delaware, being sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory. Thanks be to almighty God for the same and calling to mind the morality of my body, knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die. Do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner fain as follows vis. Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of the Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommit to the ground to be buried in a Christian like manner and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors and as to what worldly goods it has pleased Almighty God to bless me with in this life.

I give one dispose of the some in the following manner:

I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife, Priscilla Flowers. One third part of all my lands during her natural life and after her death to be disposed of as follows:

I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Lambert Flowers, one grown cow and calf and all my wearing apparel and no more of my Estate.

I give and bequeath unto my second son Charles Flowers my dwelling plantation with all my lands, rights, titles, interest, and benefits there unto belonging to him and his heirs forever and no more.

I give and bequeath unto my wife Priscilla Flowers one bay mare to her and her heirs forever and all the remaining part of my estate after my just debts and funeral charges is settled.

I desire should be applied to the use and support of my wife and my five youngest children vis. Rhoda Flowers, Nelly Flowers, Charles Flowers, Revel Flowers, and John Flowers, and I do hereby appoint and constitute my wife Priscilla Flowers and my trusty friend Jesse Cannon to be my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament, signed, sealed and pronounced by the said Charles McKeel Flowers and in the presents of Henry Flowers, Staughton Tull, John Tull.

Charles McKeel Flowers
his mark


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