Flatt and Luzerne County, PA Mystery(Post ID 2066 )
April 16, 2021 Times Viewed:(5847)
The Flatt from Andrew Flatt who got a land grant in 1788 Muncy, Northumberland Co PA looks to be the ostensible earliest Flatt for this line fitting into this group. There is a YDNA conflict between some others in the Flatt Project who have strong matches with who they also believe is Andrew Flatt b 1755 Woodbridge, Middlesex County, NJ, including a YDNA Flatt tester from McKean, PA. The Flatts that match seem to have an origin in the Orkney Islands, Scotland and have descendants in a number of states, including Pennylvania, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Texas. The book by Travis Flatt on the Flatt lines indicates that Andrew Flatt fought in the Revolutionary War and after the war homestateded in Muncy, PA; was granted land in Luzerne County PA and supposedly built the Quaker Church at Penndale and in fact is buried in the Friends Cemetery at Penndale. Another note tying Andrew Flatt to Muncy is where a Daniel Ogden, Tory, had a "bitter enemy .. Flatt living near Muncy, then known as Pennsburg. On two occasions, Flatt came over the mountains on purpose to shoot Ogdon but did not find him at home". Ogdon later sold his land to John Hill. Could John Hill have been kin to the wife of Andrew Flatt, Margaret Hill?
This Flatt, however, matches Smith. In the Big-Y grouping for these Smiths, 3 of the members have origins in common in New London County, Connecticut. Another Smith was in Clinton county, Pennsylvania, before going to Harford, Maryland, and the Flatt was in Luzerne County, PA. One of the closest matches for this Flatt is from Nehemiah Smith > William Smith who was a Revolutionary War hero who died in 1778 in Wyoming, Luzerne County, PA and is buried in the Forty Fort Cemetery in Luzerne County. Another member who has not done a Big-Y test but matches on STRs has a David Smith (from New London County, Connecticut), also a DAR ancestor, who diedin 1811 in Pittston, Luzerne County, PA and is buried in the Jenkins-Harding Cemetery in West Pittston, Luzerne Co PA. Saying that at least 3 members have had Luzerne County PA as a common location at some point. Saying that New London Connecticut, at least for part is a place of origin, that the majoirty of testers can trace their line back to Nehemiah Smith, AND several were in Luzerne Co PA at some point.
It appears that the line of Flatts in Henderson County, Illinois are consistent and match , so, assuming an NPE (Non Paternity Event), it would have happened before this, at least in PA, since, for example, Van Buren Flatt was born in 1833. April 16, 2021