I don't believe I've seen much written about this early Irish-American Flack.I am quite curious as to exactly who is father is but then that is the trouble with early Flacks.
Samuel Flack was reported to have been born in Ireland by at least two different children in later census.He was married to Betsy Smith, daughter of Phillip (Schmidt) Smith and Barbara Markley Smith who immigrated from Germany to Maryland.Samuel and Betsy married somewhere near Fayette County, Pennsylvania since that is where her family lived a few years before the birth of her children.
I have seen no solid records documenting this Samuel Flack in Pennsylvania, but family history suggests they left Westmoreland County, Pa., probably in the company of the Philip Smith family or that of Smith's sons.
A bunch of these Smiths including Valentine and John Smith and others with Samuel Flack family arrived in Wayne County, Ohio between 1812 and 1814.Philip Smith had died back further east in Ohio, but his widow traveled on to Wayne County, Ohio with her children and she died about 1818.
Betsy Smith Flack died about 1814 according to family history due to the difficulties of the hard journey - and she had a number of very young children.
Now a diversion - John Bever, who was one of the original surveyor's of Wooster, Ohio had a brother named James Bever.John was smart and bought up a lot of land and sold it to incoming settlers.He also set land aside for his younger brother, James who arrived about 1811-12.This land was located about 13 miles from the nearest town and they only way you could get to the property was a footpath with a loaded pack animal.James Bever had a wife named Euphemia Imbrie Bever born 1778 in Scotland (daughter of James Imbrie and Euphemia Smart) and two young sons, James Bever and Sampson Cisero Bever.
This area was subject to fighting between the local people, Indians who had lived there for generations and the incoming settlers.Block houses were built for the settlers to flee to during times of Indian retributions.
So James Bever and his wife, Euphemia and their two little boys were living way out in the boonies.James took sick with a fever associated with clearing the land (malaria?) and died.Euphemia and the two little ones made it back to Wooster and probably lived a while with Uncle John Bever.There is documentation of an executor for the estate in early court records (actually the very first day of records!).
In 1814-1815, Samuel Flack was widowed with 9 children, since Betsy died.Some of the children were grown and some were still in need of a mother's care while Samuel worked the land.Euphemia Imbrie Bever was a widow with two little boys.Maybe they met in Wooster, maybe they met in one of the blockhouses during local wars.
Samuel Flack married Euphemia Bever in 1815 in Wayne County, Ohio. They moved to Holmes County, Ohio which was the next door county, or maybe the county lines changed, or maybe that was the land that had belonged to James Bever.I don't know at this time.
In 1816 the first of five children were born to Samuel Flack and Euphemia Imbrie Bever Flack:Evalin Flack -1816, John Van Buren Flack - 1817, George Flack born 1820, Jesse Flack born 1823, Skiles Flack born 1824.
Evalin married Sloniger and moved to Adams County, Illinois.John V.B. Flack married a local girl Mary Mattocks and they had a son named John Van Buren Flack (Jr.) and Mary died.JVB Flack Sr. left JVB jr in the care of his aunt.Later the father married Sophronia Futhey.They too moved to Adams County, Illinois as did George and Skiles.Jesse stayed and lived in Holmes County.Skiles disappeared from history.I only found a marriage record for him.The rest have substantial descendents.
So why isn't Samuel Flack who lived to be a very old man and had at least 14 children not written about much.He misses the census head of household sometimes, I think because of moves, but he is documented in the 1830 and 1840 census for sure.Of course dying in 1848 before the more informative 1850 Census results restricts our known information.He was clearly related to the other very early Flacks that came to Wayne County, Illinois (such as James and John Flack, father of Samuel Flack who went back to Pennsylvania as a young man.)
This family of Flacks was also related to the Flacks in Rutherford, North Carolina.JVB Flack (Jr.) who went on to be the founder of Excelsior Springs, Missouri and a well known evangelist of his time, went to Rutherford Divinty College no doubt as a result of family members he knew there.
Information from a handwritten manual a number of years back from an Ohio Flack descendent said that the tombstone of Samuel Flack said March 14, 1848 giving his years, months and days of life.Now I am not an accountant, but I took in account leap years, and etc., so I calculated this old Irish-American farmer was born Sept 8 1761.He came to America sometime before his marriage (about 1790-1795) with Betsy Smith.
Four generations of these Flacks have shown them to have very curly hair and some were kind of small.
Much of the information I gained on this original Flack was from written accounts about his children and step children, in particular Sampson Cicero Bever. For all who have chased this particular line of Flacks you know that the name of Sampson Cicero comes down through several generations.
Sampson C. Bever did not like his step father when he was a youngster, and he ran away from home going back to Pennsylvania at age 14.Samuel Flack made him work hard on the land.Later, when Sampson's mother died he had her buried in Cedar Rapids, Iowa under the name of Euphemia Bever only.He had his father's body removed from Ohio also and buried him in Cedar Rapids next to his mother.Sampson Bever and his sons went on to be prominent bankers and businessmen in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa.
I am descended from the line of JVB Flack and Sophronia Futhey through Richard P. Flack and Leora White Flack.