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The Flener's

Updated November 22, 2000

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I'm just starting into this. no real reaserch so far.
I'd like to piece together some sort of family tree.
I'll give you my Dad and Grandfather's names for starters.
Delmer Clayton Flener Sr. is my Grand Father.
Delmer Clayton Flener Jr. is my Dad.
Dad's brother Loyd D. and sister Louise.
My Grandfather had a brother 'Uncle Art' (wife Aunt Cora)who lived in Bloomington, Il. area.

Here's a copy of an article apparently written by a Cousin. Not sure of the name.

The Heritage of the Flener Family

The name Flener is found throughout the eastern United States, but no where is the concentration higher than in Kentucky, especially in Butler County. Many Flener families, and descendants of Flener families, know of Adam Flener (1742-1794) and his wife Sarah Funkhouser as the parents of the Flener lines. I am a descendant through my grandmother, Ethel Flener (1894- 1973) daughter of Gilman Flener (1872-1943) and Harriet Rose (1872-1947). Ethel Flener married Roy E. Lee (1897-1942), son of Jim Lee (1864-1938) and Maggie Harral (1864-1931), all of Butler Co., Kentucky.

The Flener family can now be traced back over 700 years, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Courtney Fleenor, who researched and translated German documents and records and translated portions of the book Flyner-Fliner-Fleiner by Else Rath-Horing and Karl Fleiner, 1961.

From this information, one can trace the direct ancestry from our own Adam Flener back some 16 generations and is too voluminous to be completely discussed in this paper. The complete descendency will be published soon in a book being compiled on the ancestors and descendants of Adam Flener and Sarah Funkhouser. Below are some of the major ancestors of this long and interesting lineage.

There are two possibilities for the first known ancestor of this line, Conrad Flinarius Ritter von Altenburg, or his brother Reinhard. There were three sons in the following generation, but it is not known which brother fathered which son. These two men were Knights in the service of Ulrich, Graf von Wurttemburg, the first known Count of Wurttemburg. Both brothers witnessed a document executed by Graf Ulrich in 1269. Conrad died after 1280 and Reinhard died sometime after 1269.

Conrad Flyner Ritter von Altenburg, son of one of the above brothers, served as a Knight in the service of Ulrich's son and successor to the rule of Wurttemburg, Eberhard, Graf von. Wurttemburg. In 1286/1287 the majority of the castles surrounding the Wurttemburg capital of Stuttgart were destroyed during a conflict between Eberhard and Rudolf von Hapsaburg. After peace was regained, Conrad moved to property he had previously obtained in Esslingen, a town just east of Stuttgart.

For the next nine generations our ancestors lived and died in Esslingen, where they became known for their wine making. Descendants still reside in the area. In the early 1600's our branch moved to Ohringen, also in Wurttemburg. From Ohringen this line can be traced through the generations toWertheim and then to Bonnighelim, where, on February 12, 1697, Jacob Nicolaus Fleiner was born. Jacob's son, Johannes Jacob Fleiner, the immigrant was also born in Bonnighelim.

Johannes Fleiner was born about 1720. He married Anna around 1740 and to them were born at least 9 children. The oldest of these children was named Adam.
Johannes Fleiner brought his family to the New World from Wurttemburg on board the English ship "John and Elizabeth" sailing from Amsterdam and arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 7, 1754.
Johannes settled his family in Fredrick Co., Maryland. Later, several of his sons moved to Washington Co., Virginia. The oldest son Adam, married Sarah Funkhouser. In 1778 Adam Flener sold his Virginia lands to his brother Michael Fleenor and moved to Sullivan Co., Tennessee. Later he moved to Logan Co., Kentucky buying land there and in Robertson Co., Tennessee, just across the state line. In 1

 
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