As luck would have it, I saw a woman in our church that smiled like my mother-in-law! We got acquainted and found out that she was related to some of the Franklin Co, Va relatives. She had a Peter Eichenberg (Eikenberry) genealogy that I copied. It clearly states that Jacob Flora and his sister, Katherine, married to a Naff (Neff) left with other young marrieds to Franklin County, Virginia in search of cheap farmland at five dollars an acre. This was the only reference that I have found that tells why this Lancaster County, PA brother and sister would leave the family and go to Franklin Co., Virginia.
As for the church: The family had belonged to the Conestoga Church of the Brethren in Lancaster County which is not far from the 1940's towns of Old Line and Union Square down the Elizabetown Road. I was there and found the site of what would have been the immigrant homestead on Wisecarver Road; however, we did not find the church and later found out were were within three miles.
During that early period of history, many early worshipers used the same "church" or meeting house and I have been told that it was not out of the ordinary for the Church of the Brethren to share a meeting house with the Lutherans. None of my research ever shows the Florys/Floras being Luthern. They were Church of the Brethren; the Church of the Brethren became progressive with education and there was a split in 1881; those remaining became known as Old Brethren German Baptist (horse and buggy) and this group split again about 1920 and went to cars. There is one horse and buggy church left in Indiana. This group is always confused with the Amish or Mennonites, but are not religiously affiliated in any way.
Finally, I would like to say that Fisher, Bowman, Barnhart, Metsger, Flora, Flory, Eikenberry, Neff, etc can all be found in Carroll County, IN and there are a number of them in Douglas County , Kansas as well as Franklin County, Virginia.
If the Naff family was from Switzerland, then this is the link that the Flory researchers are looking for to connect the Florys to Swiss roots.
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