I started to title this posting, "Cudos to Jack Allen Fly" (Currently in Ventura, CA.); but I thought it would be better to lay out the compliment a bit more in the actual posting.
Jack has a knack for clearing up the mystery and finding the "fit" of people into the BIG picture. He is currently scheduled to have his SECOND carpal-tunnel syndrome surgery on Tuesday next following his first on the other hand about two weeks back (pronounced a success as matters stand.) I'm sure the Forum sends moral support/prayers for Jack's successful surgery, come Tuesday.
Now to the subject matter.
Jeremiah Nicholas Fly, b. 1807, whom I place under John JESSE Fly, first son of Elisha Fly, jr., b. ca 1767 after successful detective work on the matter, was married to Nancy Oakly (Oakley) in Maury Co., TN. in 1823. The couple produced nine children and adopted one.
Of these, it is of interest that the third child was named "Elisha James Kelly MARION Fly." Yes, FOUR given names. Marion seems to have been his preference for everyday use.
On 28 Feb 1848 he married Ferriba Ann turner following which a daughter was born on 10 Oct 1853. They named her Telitha Sarah Alabama Ann Fly. When she was still a few months shy of fourteen, Telitha married B.F Hardcastle in Barry Co., MO. The date was 14 Jul 1867.A child was born to the B.F. Hardcastles, and she was named Rosa Ann Hardcastle, b. 2 Jun 1868.
The Hardcastle marriage was NOT a winner. Physical abuse was involved. The couple lived close to Telitha's parents, so on a culminating occasion Telitha took the baby and fled to her parents' home. Hardcastle followed and invaded the Marion Fly home by force, getting shot for his violent actions. Marion Fly was subsequently cleared of criminal liability by the courts. Telitha divorced Hardcastle.After several years Telitha remarried, tying the knot with George Jackson "Jack" Howerton. If the Howertons had issue, I do not have any record of it. In 1880 Telitha and the child were in the household of Nancy (Oakly) Fly in Barry Co., MO Fed. Census.
Before concluding this I will mention that another of the children of Jeremiah Nicholas Fly and Nancy Oakly was the Reverend John Hart Benton Fly, b. 16 Aug 1840, and here again we see the propensity to use more than the customary two given names in our culture.
While considering this, however, I am reminded that in an earlier generation the custom was the reverse; - they were more accustomed to giving ONE name. We start with William Flye and John Flye and Thomas and Hugh (or Matthew) and we encounter Emelius, Enoch and Elisha. Jeremiah was a favorite and ESPECIALLY Elisha. The exeptions seem to be when it was intended to honor an admired individual or family figure as in the naming of Asher Pipkin Fly, b. 1804 between William (None) Fly, b. 1799 and Elisha (NONE) Fly, b. 1811, sons of Jeremiah Fly, b. ca. 1773, brother of Rev. John and Elisha, jr.Asher Pipkin was the child's maternal grandfather, so he was given both names.
So back to Jack Allen Fly, a descendant of Jeremiah Nicholas Fly, I want to say, "Thanks on behalf of ALL of us for being so good at ferreting out these relationships that need clarification and for sharing them with us." I personally find satisfaction in knowing the NAMES to fill in instead of being limited to initials only.
So Jack, - Buena Suerte and Vaya con Dios on Tuesday next.