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Nathaniel James Rachel Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, September 6, 1991
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.
The Rachel name may have come from French Protestants, Huguenots, that settled near Richmond, Virginia in the 1600's. Members of this family are listed in the Albemarle Parish Register of Surrey and Sussex Counties, Virginia as early as 1741.
Fleenor is German in origin. The earliest known ancestor was Johannes Fleenor or Flinner and his wife Anna and seven children who arrived from Germany at Philadelphia, Pa in 1754 on a ship named John and Elizabeth. It is very hard to follow the names when you are in the 1700's because so few people could read and write. The person that recorded the names did it by sound and was not a member of the family.
Washington County, Virginia is next to the southern boundary of the
state of Virginia. The next county on the south is Sullivan
County, Tennessee. When Nathan J Rachel and Sarah Ann Fleenor
married, they eloped. They rode one mule to Blountville, Tennessee
and were married in June of 1867. Later they moved to Washington
County, Indiana where Sarah's Uncle John B Fleenor had moved.
Then they moved to Texas in about 1881. After building a log
cabin near Corley, they bought some land near Maud and built the home
where they raised their children. The children of Nathan and
Sarah Rachel were:
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