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THE HISTORIC FLESSAS FAMILY SOCIETY 'PAPAFLESSAS'

Updated April 8, 2006

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The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Flessas.
The distinguished surname Flessas can be traced back to Ephesus, Asia Minor, the Peloponnisos of Greece, the island of Cyprus, and the province of Bran-denburg Germany. Historically known as Brandenburg-Prussia, this region was a "Mark" or border region and first named Brandenburg after the Slavic chieftain's seat of Brendaburg. Brandenburg eventually expanded to in-corporate the Rhineland, Westphalia, Hanover, and parts of Saxony, Pomerania, Silesia, and Hessen.
The Germanic Semnonen tribe lived here before moving south to Swabia. The Slavic tribe of the Heveler, which gave the river Havel its name, took over this terri-tory until the arrival of the Christian Saxons who colo-nized this area east of the Elbe.
Flessas’s were found in Asia Minor in the early 1100’s, in Venetia, Italy, and in Prussia where the name emerged from medieval times as one of the notable fam-ily names of the region, like:
The Family of Herman Flessen (1433-?) Of Herspuk Germany, a priest in Klamand-Velten Germany.
The family of Floßmeister Jacob Flessa from Bursting and his son Hans. They lived around 1540 in the Floßbüchlein of the town Kulmbacri. Hans had 12 chil-dren and through them the name Flessa spread in larger areas of Germany. Farmer Marthes Flessa (1569-1612) belonged to this big family.
· The family of Nikolaus Flessaus senior, of Monchbergensis (1536-1599) and Nikolaus Flessaus, Junior, a preacher from Altere, Germany are the pa-triarchs of a large Flessa family in Germany.
In the Peloponnisos of Greece, the surname Flessas appears for the first time in the early 1700's with the family of Gregory Papaflessas ("Papa" here is an ecclesiastical title meaning "Father" for Gregory was a Greek Or-thodox priest). His father Demetrios George Fles-sas, from Poliani, Kalamon, had 28 children from two mariages and he is the patriarch of the Historic Flessas family in Greece. Papaflessas was one of the primary organizers of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1832) from the Ottoman Empire.
Papaflessas consciously sacrificed himself in the great battle of Maniaki, Greece where the Ottoman army of 25,000 men defeated Papaflessas and his 600 troops on May 20, 1825.

 
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