O'Flannery, Flanary, Flanery, Flannary

Flannery, O Flannigane, O Flannylla, O Flannelly

Flannally, Flaitheamhnas[i]

 Information on this page from Windows Into Our Past, A Genealogy of the Parsons, Smith and Associated Families, Vol. 1 ©1996, Judy Parsons Smith

The several variations of the name are derived from the Gaelic flan, ruddy and gaile, of valor.  The translation of which would be “of Conspicuous valor.”  An ancient form of the name is Flaitheamhnas meaning “Dominant.”

ARMS:  Argent, on a mount
CREST:  In front of an oak in a base vert, an tree, a cat statant, oak tree proper, on guardant, both proper. a chief enarched gules two roses of the first.

MOTTO:  Firmitate coeli floteat abor.

The Flanary family descends from the O’Flannery family of Ireland .  They are descendants of Milesius the King of Spain .  The founder of the Flanary clan was Brian son of Eocha Moy Vegon , King of Ireland , circa. 350 A.D.  The family was found in the area of the present day counties of Limerick and Mayo , Ireland .

The Flanarys emigrated to this country prior to 1770.  A Thomas Flanary  served during the Cherokee War under the command of Col. Richard Richardson , his men were mainly from the Camden and Georgetown Districts of (old) Craven Co., South Carolina [ii].  There were Flanarys in the Raleigh , North Carolina area in the 1770’s[iii].  A Thomas Flanary was found in the 1771 & 1772 Tax List of Surry Co., NC (in 1771 Surry Co., NC was formed from Rowan Co.)

There were three brothers who both appeared on the Muster Rolls of Montgomery County, Virginia during the Revolutionary War.

1.  John  Flanary (a/k/a John I),
2.  Silas
 Flanary (a/k/a Silas I).
3.  Thomas Flanary.

John FlanaryO

1.  John Flanary  served in the Revolutionary War.  He served in Captain Enoch Ozburn 's Company of Militia in Montgomery County , Virginia , from 1775-1783. His service is as follows:

Revolutionary War Service

23 Apr 1783, the Court of Montgomery County, Virginia Ordered that Joseph Simmons , John Flannary , Ephraim Ozburn  and Andrew Lofton  of Captain Osburn 's Company served on board the armed vessels in the Bay of Chesapeake unless they go to Clinch and serve the present tour of duty under Captain Ozburn  (OBK B-P 172).

  John Flanary , m. Phoebe Boggs , b. in North Carolina .

In the 1790 Census of Wilkes County, North Carolina, Morgan District , John Flanary  is shown with a wife and six children: 1 male over 16; 3 males under 16; 4 females. According to this all of John & Phoebe Flanary 's children were born in North Carolina prior to 1790.

John Flanary  was a Baptist Minister.  From the Minutes of the Yadkin Baptist Association meeting held at Eatons Meeting House in Rowan Co., North Carolina on August 28 - 30, 1790, he is shown as a delegate of the North Fork Baptist Church located in Wilkes County , North Carolina .  After a selling 100 acres of land in Wilkes County , North Carolina in 1796 John Flanary moved to Lee County Virginia .

1815, found John Flanary , Sr. with assets with a total value of $1,750, consisting of:  one farm at the Deep Spring, 200 acres, having thereon one dwelling house of wood, two "story", 22 feet by 18 feet, one kitchen, one barn, one corn house, two stables, one grist mill, one story, and one "pare" of stones, valued at $1,000; three slaves valued at $750.

In 1797 the Deep Spring Church was formed with John Flanary , Elder as a leader in its organization.   During the period 1825-1833   John Flanary was serving as a minister in the Turkey Cove ( Dryden ) area of Lee County , Virginia .  He was a former pastor of the Deep Spring Church in Lee County , Virginia .  On 2 Mar 1833, he was called to be the pastor of the Oven Fork Church in Harlan County, Kentucky. John Flannary owned, at least, three slaves: Robert , James and Polly .  In 1834, his slaves Robert , James  and Polly  were received by experience and baptisms.

John & Phoebe (Boggs) Flanary  had (6) six children:

1.1.  Daniel Flanary , b. ca. 1766, North Carolina ,  most likely the eldest; d. 1818-1820
1.2.  Martha 'Patsy'
Flanary, b. 20 Dec 1779, North Carolina; d. 25 Dec 1852, Lee County, VA; m. Edward " Neddy" Pennington .
1.3.  Thomas
Flanary, b. 1781-2, NC.
1.4.  Elijah
Flanary, b. abt. 1785, NC; m. Ann or Nancy   Benham .
1.5.  Rebecca
Flanary, probably the youngest, b. 29 Apr 1787, NC; m. 1802-1804, Lee County, VA to Henry Cox .

Martha 'Patsy' Flanary

1.2.  Martha 'Patsy' Flanary,  daughter of John & Phoebe (Boggs) Flanary , b. 20 Dec 1779, NC; d. 25 Dec 1852, Lee County, VA; m. abt 1793, Wilkes County, NC to Edward 'Neddy' Pennington , son of Micaja  & Rachel (Jones) Pennington,  b. 20 Dec 1769, Ashe County, NC; d. 5 May 1860, Lee County, VA.  SEE PENNINGTON FAMILY.

Thomas Flanary

1.3.  Thomas Flanary, son of John & Phoebe (Boggs) Flanary , b. 1781-172, NC; d. unknown ; m. Mary Blubaugh , daughter of Jacob Blubaugh.

[i] “Early Settlers of Lee County, Virginia and Adjacent Counties , Vol. II ”, compiled by Hattie Byrd Muncy Bales, p. 660, 661
“Colonial Soldiers of SC and Patriots”, p. 10 & “Early Settlers of Lee County , Virginia and Adjacent Counties, Vol. “, p. 660
Bicentennial History of Lee County Virginia and Adjacent Counties, Vol. I”, compiled by Anne Wynn Laningham , p. 251, 253