A search of the Granville Land Grants, as indexed in the NC Archives, yielded only one Flake:Robert Flake, 229 acres in Beaufort Co. on July 23, 1754.(More on him below.)The only othersimilar name I could find was Thomas Flack in Rowan Co. in 1761.This Flack family is fairly well-known there and in Guilford Co. and is not connected to our Flakes as far as I can tell. In the State Grants index there were numerous Flacks and only the following Flakes (before 1800): Anson Co. (our well-known Samuel) Samuel Flake, 250 acres, 22 Nov 1771 Samuel Flake, 200 acres, 22 Nov 1771 Samuel Flake, 100 acres,7 Aug 1787 Samuel Flake, Sr. 100 acres, 6 Dec 1799
Beaufort Co. Robert Flake, 229 acres, 23 July 1754 (This looks like the same as the Granville grant.)
In the Colonial & State Records of NC, Vol 22, p. 380:In Granville Co., NC in 1754, Samuel Flaick (sic) and Thos. Flaick are listed in the militia in Capt. Andrew Hampton's Company.There were no Flakes listed for Granville Co. in the Granville grants, the State grants, nor were there any listed in the Granville Co. Deed abstracts, loose papers, and court minutes 1746-1765.
Since Pitt Co. is the only other NC county to have Flakes in early censuses, I find this Robert Flake in Beaufort Co. interesting.His grant in 1754 was on the Tar River, and Pitt Co. was formed from Beaufort in 1761.I think this grantwas in the Pitt Co. part.In Pitt Co. Deed Abstracts 1761-1785, there are numerous entries for Robert Flake, Arthur Flake, William Flake, and John Flake (Arthur's son).One is especially interesting: 4 May 1775, Bk H p. 109, Grantor Elizabeth Williams, grantees, Robert Flake, son and Arthur Flake, son. Have you Pitt Co. descendants found out yet where these Flakes came from? A Pitt Co. history book mentions that several Isle of Wight, VA,family names, such as Robert Flake, are found in Pitt Co.Is there an Isle of Wight Flake of VA who left a widow Elizabeth and sons Robert and Arthur Flake?This Elizabeth m. Edward Williams, son of Robert Williams, of an apparently well-known family in Pitt Co.Any research on this early Flake family would be welcome. I know this information sounds disjointed, but there are so few Flakes in early NC that I want to try to identify as many as possible and either connect them as related or rule them out.