Florah - FLOR4


Florah - FLOR4




Jackie Dinan



Location or Address



Original Southold parish register accessed at Ancestry.com under the collection entitled, U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701–1970>New York>Southold>First Presbyterian Church>Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths>1749-1832>image 275/340.

A History of Mattituck, Long Island, N.Y. Charles E. Craven (1906), page 350.

A transcript of the oral history source from Grania B. Marcus, Discovering the African-Americam Experience in Suffolk County, 1620-1860 (1995, 1988): 61 (original at the Center of Brooklyn History, formerly the Brooklyn Historical Society).

Biographical Text

An oral history source [diary of Augustus Griffin] states she was a well-regarded nurse and implies that she was the mother of Dianna Williams (#1683).

Marriage Date

January 2, 1764

Death Date

May 21, 1795

Biographical Notes

She married Crank (#1511), a Negro. Flora, an uncommon name, pops up in records of the Hudson family (of Shelter Island and Southold), suggesting they were her likely enslavers. In 1774, Samuel Hudson (died 1781) instructed in his will that "my negro wench Florah...shall have her choice which of my daughters she shall live with after my wife's decease which said wench I give to my wife during her life."

She was likely the woman named Florow "wench of Samuel Hutson" whose death was recorded at Mattituck, suggesting that she (or perhaps her daughter) had become the property of Samuel's heir, also named Samuel Hudson (1738-1812).


1764.MARR.Crank and Florah.JPG



“Florah - FLOR4,” Plain Sight Project, accessed June 23, 2024, https://plainsightproject.org/items/show/1512.