Thomas Flournoy

Other Name:
John Thomas Flournoy
January 3, 1775
July 24, 1857
Home Town:
Prince Edward County, VA
Later Residences:
Augusta, GA
Georgetown, KY
Catherine Augusta Howell Flournoy (October 7, 1834)
Sophia Davies Flournoy (1801)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas Flournoy's family moved from Virginia to Kentucky when he was a child. He attended the Litchfield Law School from 1797-1798. He married Sophia Davies and bought a large plantation in GA. Flournoy practiced law in Augusta, GA. In 1807, he advertised in the Augusta Chronicle that he had taken James St. John into partnership and opened an office at the corner of Ellis and Center streets. He went on to say they would be at the office "except when absent on the circuit." Flournoy served in state and city government and was appointed a commissioner to establish a boundary with North Carolina.

Flournoy fought and killed John Carter Walton in a duel over a court case in which Walton's uncle had presided.

With the outbreak of the War of 1812, Flournoy was appointed Brigadier ...
"Lawyers, doctors, & merchants should have nothing to do with plantations & negroes--Overseers are proverbially unfaithful and require as much looking after as the slaves they oversee. I have not time for this--Besides, I dislike the slave driving trade, and would most willingly own none, no not one of them." Thomas Flournoy to Bolling Hall, January 3, 1823

"We learn that Thomas Flournoy, Esq. of this state has been appointed Brigadier General in the Army of the United States in the place of General Polk, who declines."
Georgia express. (Athens, Ga.) 1811-1813, July 10, 1812

"Gen. Thomas Flournoy, we are informed, having resigned his commission in the army, returned home last evening." Augusta herald. (Augusta [Ga.]) 1799-1822, September 15, 1814.

“Sheriff’s ...

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Military; Political Office; Agriculture
Federal Posts:
State Posts:
State Representative (Midgeville, GA) 1804-1806
Commissioner (Midgeville, GA) 1806
Local Posts:
Intendant (Augusta, GA) 1806

Related Objects and Documents
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help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
"Moothall Society Record Books." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 3, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Hannings, Bud The War of 1812: A Complete Chronology with Biographies of 63 General Officers McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers, p. 322

Heidler, David Stephen and Jeanne T. HeidlerEncyclopedia of the War Of 1812, Naval Institute Press, 2004 pages 189-190.

Columbus Tri-Weekly Enquirer, July 30, 1857; Volume: III; Issue: 106; Page: [2]; Columbus, Georgia.

Find a Grave accessed 2023-05-30

Rivers, Flournoy, "The Flournoy Family" The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 2, No. 2 (Oct.,1894), pp. 190-213: Virginia Historical Society
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