Well, I went digging through some of my files and to my surprise I learn that I DID know about references to Samuel Flake in not only Amelia and Lunenburg County as on the site you referenced, but also in Nottoway Counties, VA, but apparently this is another case of the old brain just not remembering as well as it used too! I also find that I had notes mentioning that there were claims that Samuel Flake's wife Alcy was the daughter of Stephen Harris and granddaughter of Capt. Thomas Harris, although I also wrote on the same piece of paper that this was unsubstantiated by documentation.Unfortunately, on this piece of paper I didn't note where the information came from.And here the other night I was excited when I found the references to Stephen and Thomas Harris on the Harris Board!Whew....
Then a search of GenForum this morning showed that William F. Joiner who frequents this board mentioned all of this in a posting he made back in 2000 and I must assume I read that, but it's also possible that I missed that particular thread.Makes me really wonder what all else I've forgotten that I apparently once knew about Samuel.
Whatever, briefly looking over the Amelia and Lunenburg records as shown on the site you referenced, it would appear this records line up nicely with the records of a survey for a Samuel Flake in Orange County, NC in 1755, which at least makes it plausible that references in each of the places could be for Samuel Flake of Anson County, NC.
It would also be nice to know as to what "Old Family Bibles" to which Osmer Flake referred when discussing the sources of the material in the Smith Book.
I am also now wondering if the references to "a" Samuel Flake having entered through South Carolina as many family traditions apparently hold, might actually be based on some earlier genealogist's research which were based on references which were seen that actually pertained to his son Samuel Flake who apparently did go to South Carolina, but at a much later date, in the early 1800's, than usually given in some of the accounts.
I don't believe I ever have put much stock in the story about New York and a brother Henry, but then again, at the moment, I'm not sure what I might have believed earlier! Still, looking back through some of the messages I see that I wrote on GenForum and elsewhere, it doesn't look like I did.Oh well, at least there's a trail with a scent on it to follow!