Part F--Tyre Fike--A Son of John Fike, Sr.
Tyre Fike, the brother of Malachi Fike and the son of John Fike, Sr., had a son named Josiah Fike.This Josiah Fike, according to several Fike family researchers, was born in Edgefield County, South Carolina.According to a June 2, 1794 deed record of Edgefield County, South Carolina, Tyre Fike, the father of this Josiah, was married to a lady named Sarah (at least in 1794).Whether Sarah is the confirmed mother of Josiah Fike seems difficult to ascertain.
In trusting the experience and research of Elmer Dickson, the Tyre Fike of Edgefield and Pendleton District?, South Carolina is generally accepted to be the "brother Tyery Fike" mentioned in the will of Malachi Fike of Logan County, Kentucky.However, considering the questionable relationships among other branches of the Fike family, even the identity of "brother Tyery Fike" could have been confounded.However, given Josiah Fike's place of birth (SC) and that he truly migrated (in later years) to Robertson County, Tennessee, it seems that Malachi Fike's brother Tyre lived in South Carolina.That Malachi Fike's brother Tyre lived in Edgefield County/Pendleton? District, South Carolina seems reliable and based upon sound reasoning.
According to a 1795 deed of gift in Edgefield County, South Carolina, Tyre Fike had a daughter named Mary Fike.Amazingly enough, this transaction was witnessed by an unidentified "Simon Fikes."Some researchers believe that this Simon Fike is another son of Tyre Fike.Also, some researchers believe that a Nathan Fike (b. abt. 1775) who removed to Robertson County, Tennessee is the son of Tyre Fike.While these theories are based upon sound reasoning, it is important that Simon and Nathan Fike be regarded only as supposed sons of Tyre Fike.
With respect to Tyre Fike's place of birth, it is supposed that he may have been born in North Carolina, possibly in the Edgecombe County area.However, the origins of this claim seem difficult to establish.It seems most likely that Tyre Fike was born somewhere either in Virginia or in North Carolina about 1750.Seventeen fifty is the birth date that is generally accepted by researchers.
Some researchers believe that Tyre Fike may have died in either South Carolina or in the Robertson County, Tennessee area.Both are probable places of death, but no proof of Tyre Fike's actual, confirmed place of death has been discovered.
Part G--Elijah Fike--A Son of John Fike, Sr.?
Though Elijah Fike has long been regarded as a son of John Fike, Sr., no direct evidence has been discovered to confirm this relationship.It is generally accepted that Elijah Fike was born about 1752 in North Carolina, probably in Edgecombe or Granville County.However, the origin of this claim has not been located.Therefore, it cannot be regarded as definite fact.For the purposes of sound research, Elijah Fike's birthplace should probably be regarded as North Carolina(If he was even born there!).As it has not been established whether Elijah Fike is a proven son of John Fike, Sr., his definite birthplace cannot reliably be confirmed, or safely suggested by a theory!
What is certain is that Elijah Fike died in 1799 in Chatham County, North Carolina, leaving Lydia, a widowed second wife and two children, Elijah, Jr. and Agnes (Fike) Hill. This is confirmed by the following transcribed records:
THE ESTATE INVENTORY OF ELIJAH FIKE, CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, November 8, 1799
250 acres on ??? creek
6 head of cattle
2 beds and furniture
one large trunk and a small one
5 pewter basons
seven ditto plates
2 pewter dishes
9 earthen plates
1 earthen bason
2 ticklers (?)
1 salt sellar
a pepper box
3 smoothing irons
2 spinning (wheels ?)
1 pair stulyards?
2 pot hooks,
knives and forks
1 Hand Saw
1 drawing knife
2 axis plow gears
1 candle stick
2 reap hooks
1 gun & shot bag
1 work bench
2 pair cotton cards
1 pair wool
1 pocket book
1 Curry comb
Total amount of sale:208 lbs, 14 shillings and 6 pence.
THE WILL OF LYDIA FIKE, CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, November 19, 1805:
"In the name of God, Amen, I Lydia Fike of the county of Chatham and State of North Carolina being very sick but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God; calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men and women once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of the almight God that gives it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall recive the same again by the might power of God and as touching such worldly estate herewith it hath please God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner.First, I give and bequeath unto Agnes Hill, my well beloved stept Daughter my Horse and Bridle and Flax Wheel and my Hogs and Cows, after paying my debts out of said property. Also, I give unto my well beloved cousin Lydia Johnston my bed furniture and saddle &collar.Also, I give unto my well beloved stepson Elijah Fike, my (Trunk that piece of cloth that Sarah Dark has to weave) I also give unto Elijah Fike the money that he owes me & pocket book after paying Sarah Dark, the sale of the cloth. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannull all all and every other former Testaments, Wills, legacies, bequeaths and executors by me in any wise before named and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and sealthis 19th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred five.
Signed, Sealed, published and pronounced and declared by the said Lydia Fike as her Last Will and Testament in presence of Elijah Fike.
Mary (her X mark) Burke
Proved Aug. Session 1808
by Elijah Fike and Mary Burke
Some researchers once thought that Elijah Fike (d. 1799) was the father of a Nathan Fike as well.However, this has not been proven and therefore cannot be regarded as factual information.
Part H--Elisha Fike?A Son of John Fike, Sr.?
Some researchers record that an Elisha Fike, born probably about 1754 in the Granville County, North Carolina area, is a son of John Fike, Sr.
However, that he is truly a son of John Fike, Sr. has not been proven.This is only a probable relationship.As it has not been determined whether Elisha Fike is the son of John Fike, Sr., his approximate date or place of birth cannot be confirmed.It is thought that Elisha Fike may have resided in the Lincoln or Burke County, North Carolina area.
Part I--"Miss" Fike and Mr. West?
As Lucy Fike, the supposed daughter of John Fike, reared West family nephews, it is thought that she may have had a sister who married a Mr. West.The inclusion of a "Miss" Fike in the family of John Fike, Sr. only represents speculation!It has not been confirmed that John Fike, Sr. had a daughter who married a Mr. West.
Mr. Fike, as I write the concluding sentences of this letter, I hope that I may have answered some of your questions.As you can see, the length of this letter is much too long!(It is almost a treatise!)However, Mr. Fike, there are so many pages of misrepresented and erroneous information about the Fike family on the Internet, that a terrible problem has been created.A lengthy letter seemed the only solution!Volumes of incorrect information are being exchanged as if they are priceless historical annals!Fact, supposition, and opinion have been intertwined until it is nearly impossible to research this family any further!Fike family research seems to have become a comedy of errors at times!(It is a comedy of errors for which I and some other researchers must take responsibility!) I hope that this rambling, frantic letter has exposed many of the problems associated with Fike family research.Finally, I hope that proper amends to this slovenly research situation can be made!
I would truly value any response that you wish to make to this letter, Mr. Fike.Also, I would greatly appreciate hearing any opinions that you may have regarding the family of John and Mahatable Fike.Please do not feel pressured or compelled to write to write a twenty-seven page response as I have done, though!I would not demand that of you!A few paragraphs will suffice!
To close this letter, I will relate the following facts.John Fike, Sr. was born about 1719.He was the father of Malachi Fike (b. Abt. 1739), John Fike, Jr. (b. Abt. 1744), and Tyre Fike (b. Abt. 1750).Malachi Fike married Ann Davis and fathered these children:John Fike, Elizabeth Fike, Ann Fike, Rachel Fike, James Fike, and Elisha Fike.Tyre Fike, the son of John Fike, Sr., was the father of Josiah Fike and Mary Fike.
This, Mr. Fike, in my estimation, is all that has been truly proven regarding this Fike family.All other information that you or any other researcher has received from me should either be discarded or closely examined for errors.
P. S. From what web page did you obtain the Fike family tree that was attributed to me?