Thanks for your "snail-mail" address and phone number for my directory.
I have just prepared an envelope to mail to you. Among other things, there is a copy of Micajah Woodard's Revolutionary Accounts payment of Nine Pounds & Seven Shillings Specie, sent to me by Norman Flythe a while back.You may already have this.There are a couple of printouts for you, showing your pedigree and the group sheets down the pedigree. I wanted you to have these products of our work, yours, mine and lots of others after all these years that you and I have been associated. I was really upset when we lost each other for 25 years due to the Post Office erroneously returning to you some of your mail to me, claiming it was undeliverable.You had moved, but I had not. So I did not know where you were, - and you had moved to Palmetto, FL. Your car breaking down in Montgomery on your way through here was almost heaven-sent to get us back together.
You wondered about when the Flys moved to Missouri.The first of the family to go to Missouri was Jeremiah Fly, b. ca. 1773/4 who left Carroll/Weakley Co., TN about 1833 for Arkansas with sons William (None) Fly, b. 1799, Asher Pipkin Fly, b. 1804 and Elisha (None) Fly, b. 1811. About 1836 Jeremiah and Asher and Elisha arrived in Barry Co., MO, while William and wife Nicea (Sooter) Fly stayed on in Searcy Co., AR. William's family is in the 1840 Searcy Co., Census. His health must have begun to fail in the forties, so he joined his father and brothers in Barry Co., MO. where he died in 1849. Nicea is listed as head of household in 1850. William's death is logged in the 1849 Mortality Tables for Barry.
Your ancestor, the Rev. Micajah Fly, was a Baptist Minister of the Gospel, as we have known from early on.I am sending you a copy of the account of the founding of the Rock Springs Baptist Church by his father, John Dixon Fly, and others, including Sarah "Sally" (Woodard) Fly. He heads the list of the men; and she heads the list of the women. Years later, after the deaths of both John and Sally, the congregation decided to affiliate with Church of Christ, so they withdrew from the Baptist connection at Rock Springs, Rutherford Co., TN. During the formative years of your Micajah and my Elisha they were stamped in the mold of Baptist belief and principles. That the record was of a Baptist Church, founded in 1804, helped determine for sure that the individuals were your and my John Dixon Fly and HIS Sally (Woodard) Fly instead of "Rev." John (None) Fly and HIS Sarah Jane (Trader) Fly, known to be devout Methodists.
Anyway, I hope your packet arrives safely; I'm sure you will get SOMETHING useful from it even if most of it is known to you.