Flenards of New Jersey

My third great-grandmother was Susan Flenard. She married Thomas Moore in Philadelphia in 1844. According to census records, she was born in New Jersey about January 1819. I don’t know anything more about her life before she got married, but there were a cluster of Flenards in the Mount Holly area of Burlington County, New Jersey, and that is where I have been researching.

Since Flenard/Flennard is not a common name, I decided to collect information on all the Flenards I could find in New Jersey. I’ve created a Flenards in New Jersey database to this end. Most were in or started in Burlington County, but also included are Flenards living in Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer & Warren Counties.

The earliest Flenard I have been able to find so far is the right age to be Susan Flenard’s father or uncle:

  • Jacob Flenard born about 1795 married Hannah Fenimore in 1815 in Burlington County.

I found several Flenards who were born close enough to Susan Flenard to be her siblings or cousins. Two of these are named Jacob which leads me to believe there were at least two Flenard families in the area. All except Elizabeth were found in Burlington County, in or near Mount Holly.

I also discovered an Annie M. Vanhorn (née Flennard) who died at the residence of Susan’s granddaughter Olivia R. Todd (née Moore) in 1915. Her death certificate stated her parents were John Flennard (b. in Delaware) and Martha Platt (b. in New Jersey). Annie was born 19 Nov 1844 in New Jersey and may be Anne “Annie” Flenard, (b. abt 1842) daughter of George Flenard and Martha above.

Image of death certificate of Annie Flenard Vanhorn showing place of death as 2075 Tioga Street.
Annie Flenard Vanhorn’s death certificate. The informant John A. Todd was Olivia Moore Todd’s husband. The Todds long resided at 2075 E. Tioga Street in Philadelphia.

More Moores

The 1870 PA census is now every name searchable on ancestry.com, and I not only found Charles & Lucy MOORE with daughter Olivia, but found them living with Thomas & Susan MOORE. There is no relationship field in the 1870 census so I can’t be sure Thomas & Susan are Charles’ parents, but it is likely.

I then searched for Thomas & Susan in 1880. Enumerated with them is the single Elizabeth FLENARD who is listed as Thomas’ sister-in-law. Both Susan and Elizabeth were born in New Jersey, and there is a small group of FLENARDs in Burlington county in earlier censuses, although I have not found Elizabeth anytime but in 1880 so far. I don’t have immediate access to the 1860 or 1900 census. I’m looking forward to my next trip the local FHC to investigate further.