Re: Noah Fluharty-Fluharty Ancestry
Which Noah Fluharty?
The earliest known Noah was born, perhaps in Frederick Co, MD, abt 1749 (age 10 yrs, "as it is said", in 1759), died abt 1805 in Monongalia Co, VA. At age 10 he was indentured to Conrad Hogmire, of Hagerstown, MD, to learn the blacksmith trade. It seems likely that his father was deceased but the record does not say so.
By abt 1774 Noah was living in what is now Fayette Co, PA, where he was a soldier in Lord Dunmore's War with the Ohio Indians and later in the Revolutionary War militia. Sometime abt 1790 he moved into Monongalia Co, WV, where he remained until his death. I believe he lived just outside Rivesville, in what is now Marion Co, but no firm evidence of this.
Noah married Ann, or Nancy, Reeves, the sister and perhaps only sibling of John Reeves, who died in the army during the Revolutionary War. Reeves was apparently entitled to a tract of land in Monongalia Co, as a pre-1779 settler, but he did not claim it himself due to his death and it was not claimed by his brother-in-law Fluharty either. (Reasons given were that Noah lived "on the other side of Cheat River," ie, in what is now PA, and could not get across "high waters" to put in his claim. Afterward he did not do anything more about it, being "a poor man, Ignorant of the laws of his Country, and a little dilitory" as his son described it.)
Noah died abt 1805 in Monongalia Co, where he was a farmer and, judging from his possession of a still, a moonshiner as well. His widow was still living in 1820 and perhaps a bit after this.
The only documented child of Noah and Nancy (Reeves) Fluharty is John Fluharty, who was age 21 or more in 1803 when he brought suit in Monongalia Co against John Dent, John Downer, and Cornelius Linch to recover the land properly belonging to his uncle Reeves, and of which the defendants were in possession. He refers to his "sisters & brothers" in the complaint but doesn't name any of them.
(Part of the Linch property was commonly referred to as "Reeves' Improvement," as noted in several documents of the time. This is just outside the present village of Rivesville, Marion Co. Several stories have been told as to the origin of the name of Rivesville, but none of the people for whom it was supposedly named had any connection to the place. I suggest that the name is from John Reeves, the brother-in-law of Noah Fluharty, the only person of this name who has any provable link to the neighborhood.)
James Fluharty (c1751-1822), Stephen Fluharty (c1753?-1825), and Amassa Fluharty (1757-1841) were indentured or ordered to be indentured by the county court of Frederick Co, MD, between 1761 and 1771, and it seems likely that they are Noah's younger brothers. It is possible that their father was killed by Indians during the French and Indian War (1755-1758). Most likely the father was an immigrant from Ireland but as far as I am aware his name has never been discovered.
There are at least 3 other Noah Fluhartys later on in this family. The Fluhartys are a little difficult to figure out in the earliest days, and it is still not clear if there are two families of them here in north-central WV (Noah and Stephen) or just one (Noah). The evidence is equally convincing either way.