Thursday, January 19, 2012


[Ancestral Link: Lura Minnie Parker (Stagge), daughter of Minnie May Elmer (Parker), daughter of Mark Alfred Elmer, son of William Elmer, son of John Elmer, son of Mary Kibbe (Elmer), daughter of Mary Pratt (Kibbe), daughter of Ebenezer Pratt, son of Mary Flagg (Pratt) daughter of John Bartholomew Thomas Flagg, son of Thomas Flegg, son of Allen Flegg, son of John Flegg, son of Richard Flegg, son of John Flegg, son of James Flegg, son of William Flegg, son of John Flegg.]

The present Norman church, which has its origins in the 12th century, is set on falling ground to the west of the town. The churchyard contains the ancient monument of St Withburga's Well, supplied by a spring that is said to have issued forth from the burial place of Withburga, one of the four daughters of King Anna of East Anglia who reigned in the 7th century. Saint Withburga laid the foundation of a church and convent, the first Christian settlement in the area in the year 654. Points of interest within the church include the 'Seven Sacrament Font', made in 1488, which has the Church's sacraments carved on the sides, the eighth showing the crucifixion, the eagle lectern, made in Liege around 1475, beautiful Tudor ceilings in the north and south transept, painted in the 15th century and the burial place of the poet William Cowper (1731-1800)with the famous Cowper window sited above the tomb. The reredos (behind the high altar)was made in 1857 and painted in 1929.

The Flegg/Flagg FamilyAn ancient armigerous family of County Norfolk, England, deriving its name from the hundreds of East and West Flegg near Norwich. Records of the family go back to about 1120. For at least five generations it flourished as landed gentry.

For three successive generations, the heads of the family attained the honor of Knighthood, Arms Per pale in chief a label of five points. About 1280, Sir William de Fleg died without surviving male issue. His estates went to his daughters and the main line died out. Later generations bearing the family name descended from younger sons and sank to yeoman estate. Ancestors of the emigrant, Thomas Flegg can be traced with certainly only as far back as James Flegg, born about 1440. Alger DeFleg was born about 1115 in East Dereham, England. He died after 1160.

The family of De Flegg was seated in the latter part of the twelfth century in; the county of Norfolk, on the east coast of England, and bears the name of the Hundreds of East and West Flegg in that county, where they held grants in the reign of Henry II.

In the Southeastern corner of Norfolk there is a dense Danish settlement occupying the Hundreds of East and West Flegg (from the Norse word "flegg" or Danish "vlak", meaning flat), a space of some eight miles by seven, well protected on every side by the sea and the estuaries of the Bure and the Yare -- (From "Words and Places" by Isaac Taylor, 1885).

That the family was not of Saxon origin is indicated by their residence in this Danish settlement, their affiliations with Norman families so soon after the reign of William the Conqueror and their connection, in official positions, with the Roman Catholic Church. It is probable that they were either Danes or Norman-French, and took their name from the Danish Hundreds where they held grants of land, the Norman-French "de Flegg" meaning "of Flegg". In the reign of Henry II there were living two brothers, Alger de Flegg and Henry de Flegg. Henry was Prior of Norwich in 1168, and his brother Alger was living in 1160.

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The Flegg Pedigree 12 [John Fleg (1370-1422)]Page 414; Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England: My Ancestors Part in that Undertaking
By Ernest Flagg
Published by Genealogical Pub. Co., 1973
ISBN 0806305339, 9780806305332
440 pages
Reprint of the 1926 ed.

12. John10 Fleg (11. John9, William8, Philip7, Philip6, Philip5, Sir John4, Sir John3, Henry2, Algar1), was born about 1370. It seems likely that he succeeded his father about 1395, as at a court of the Manor of Rougholme, held on the Friday before the Feast of St. Alphege, 19 Richard II [14 April 1396], Thomas de Bassingham, Chaplain, complains against John10 Fleg of East Dereham for refusal to pay for two acres of land in Scarning and East Bradenham an annual rental of 15s. 4d. rendered from time beyond memory to the chapel of St. Nicholas by the predecessors of John; verdict for plaintiff. Also at a court held on Friday after Easter, 10 Henry V [17 Apr. 1422], John10 Flegg appears and renders fealty to the lord for three-and-a-half roods of land in Scarning, late of Simon Manning.

Of the family of John10 Fleg, evidences have been found of only one
i. William11, born about 1400. (Ancestor of the Flaggs of America.)
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