I always welcome thoughtful analysis on our Flake ancestry as described in the two previous posts.Another Flake researcher, Sonny Joiner, has made similar postings in the past on this forum.
Part of the problem with the Samuel Flake family is "The Family Tree Book" available on Google contains many factual errors, the most egregious of which is the fact that Samuel Flake lived to be over 100 years old.The information provided in the book was mostly provided by Osmer Flake, a descendant of Samuel Flake through his son Jordan Flake.However, many Samuel Flake descendants still treat this book as gospel fact.
For reasons still unknown to me, four of Samuel's children migrated to Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina, and the info provided on 3 of the 4 children was completely wrong:
Son Samuel Flake JR married Sarah, the widow of Reuben Patterson and had only one child with her, a daughter also named Sarah.There was a lawsuit brought by the children of Reuben Patterson against Sarah Flake because a division of the estate of Reuben Patterson was never made, and she had control of his entire estate.The case was filed after the death of Sarah Patterson Flake's 2nd husband Samuel Flake in 1816. The case specifically states that "Samuel Flake departed this life intestate ... leaving his widow the said Sarah and his only child Sarah Flake, a daughter of the said Sarah as his heirs at law and entitled to his estate." I still have found no record of Elizabeth Gilbert, the purported wife of Samuel Flake JR.
Daughter Jemima married William Cook and had 7 children with him before she died in 1804.The bible record of the William Cook family is available at Camden Archives. The info in the book on Jemima was basically correct.
Daughter Sarah Flake, to my knowledge, never married Joshua Tallant, but instead married Robert Dunlap of Camden SC.He witnessed several Flake deeds in Anson NC.
Finally, son Thomas Flake (my ggg grandfather) was said to be a Rev War vet and sold his lands in Anson NC and moved west in 1804.Other sources state that Thomas FLAKE 1 was born on 15 Mar 1769 in Lilesville, Anson, NC. He died on 16 Jul 1857. All of this is incorrect.Thomas Flake was in Camden SC as early as 1792 when he witnessed a Wm Cook deed there.I just recently discovered that his only wife was Elizabeth Milhouse, daughter of Samuel and Mary Milhouse.It was her second marriage, and it caused her to be disowned by the Quakers.They had 5 children: Samuel, Elizabeth, Thomas, Mary, and Sarah.Thomas Flake left a will that was written in Limestone AL but was probated in Camden in 1820.He went to Limestone with his brother in law John Milhouse.An article about the marriage of Elizabeth Milhouse and Thomas Flake was published in Brent Holcomb's publication South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research last summer by my good friend and fellow Flake researcher, John Dorroh.
My own theory is that Osmer Flake probably got much of his information correct about his immediate family and direct line, but probably relied on (incorrect) info provided him by others in a well-intentioned effort to round out the Flake family tree.
Jay Stein, thanks for providing a thoughtful analysis.