Hi Andrew, I too was always told that the Flecknell's came from Germany.... However, my partner has a german acquaintance who is an historian in Germany and when he came over I asked him to tell me if the name was indeed German. He told me that the name Flecknell does not originate in Germany but it is very similar to a german name that was very high up socially (FLICKNAL, at least that is how it was spoken).I presume he meant Lords, Earls etc (or the German version). That is all I got in my brief conversation with him I'm afraid.I will try to glean more information when I can - in short snippits without having to pay for the expertise! No help for the Eli, James or William I'm afraid, but you never know.If I find anything I will be in touch!