Now to open the Fluker can of worms :-)
Many histories claim that William Fluker (my gggg-grandfather) and his wife, Elizabeth Wood, came to New York state in 1824 from Ireland and were the first Fluker's to arrive in the USA.
In my research, I have discovered that there is a strong possibility that other distant relatives with the same surname came earlier on. I have seen indications of Flukers in the 1700's as well but have not researched this.
The old family story I always heard was that William came with Elizabeth and settled in western New York. Later, his 3 brothers came and ended up going south (southern USA) to set up homestead and families. However, I have spoken with Flukers in the south who have said they can trace the ancestry of their line further back than 1824 in USA. So, they've been here a while and it seems the histories may not be very accurate.
Some of the southern Flukers were slave-owners and today, many african-american Flukers can be found in the USA.
Hope this helps!
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