This is a typewritten copy of a handwritten copy of the contents of the John Fly b. 1800 Bible
The handwritten copy was made by Jennie Curtis Fly, wife of John Davis Fly, son of William Fly, son of John b.1800.
The handwritten copy of the Bible records, to be given below, was sent to Mrs. Marian (Prescott) Brown by Jennie (Curtis) Fly (Mrs. John Davis Fly) during Mrs. Brown's many years of effort gathering Fly-family data, as a part of their correspondence.
I will follow the Bible-data with a narrative from Jennie (Curtis) Fly which furnishes much interesting and helpful information.
James Whitney Fly
She writes, "This (is) an exact copy from John Fly Bible which I have."
"Enock Fly was born the 19th of January - 1776.
Alsea Fly was born the 22 of April 1774
John Fly son of Enock and Alsea his wife was born Friday the 19th of September the year of our LORD 1800.
William Boon Fly son of Enock and Alsea Fly his wife was born on Thursday the 12th of August in the year of our Lord 1802.
Elisha Fly son of Enock and Alsea Fly his wife was born Wednesday the 6th of December in the year of our Lord 1804.
Salley Fly daughter of Enock and Alsea Fly his wife was born on Monday the 7th of December in the year of our Lord 1807.
Boon Fly son of Enock Fly and Alsea his wife was born on Saturday the 6th day of October in the year of our Lord 1810
Jesse Fly son of Enock and Alsea Fly his wife was born on Tuesday the 9th of July in the year of our Lord 1813."
Jennie (Curtis) Fly continued her communication to Marian (Prescott) Brown as follows:
"I can find no record of John Fly's brothers or his sister - never heard anyone speak of them. John Fly was living with Father Fly when I married. He told me Enock, his father left Virginia and went to Missouri when he was eleven years old and he grew up and married there. He came out to Father's in Montana when he was an old man. His wife was dead then. I don't know when she died. Grandfather died in 1884. I do not know the exact date.
"William and Serepta Fly lived in Missouri for a while after their marriage. They had three boys born there. Father joined the Confederate Army in the Calvary (sic), he was a prisoner at Sandy Hook.When he returned Mother was sick with Consumption. Father took her to Colorado, - a daughter was born there, they named her Alice. She only lived a few weeks, - after she died Father started back to Missouri. Mother died at a lone Stage-station, a long way from any settlement' and was buried there. I think that was in 1866. Father went on to the Gores and left his three boys with their Gore Grandparents. The next Spring he went to California; went back to Missouri; he then came to Montana in 1870 he was married to a Mrs. Susan Brooks. There was (sic) no children to this union. Father then sent for his boys and he lived the rest of his days in Gallatin Co., Montana. He died in Dec. 1887.I don't remember the exact date. An honest upright man, a brave man, liked by everyone. One of the best of the Western Pioneers. He is buried in the Northern part of Gallatin Valley on a hill near what then was his home. John Fly, T(h)omas Fly, and my husband, John Davis Fly are buried there. The dates of their deaths are on their tombstones. I don't know who you could write to get the dates. I will try to get them. If I do I will send them to you.
" Mary C. Fly (I don't know what the C is for) married Noah Gore, a brother of Serepta lived all her life in Missouri.They had eight children, three boys and five girls."
The above concludes the communication from Jennie (Curtis) Fly, - Mrs. John Davis Fly.Attempts have been made by down-generation Flys to locate this referenced Family Bible, but it has NOT been located, if still extant.
To aid the first-time reader of this account the following may be helpful: "Enoch Fly" goes VA-MO. about 1812 - see Bible children - "Grandfather" is John Boon Fly, b. 1800 "Father Fly" is William Fly, b. 1830 "Husband" is John Davis Fly
There are Census Records that show presence in Doniphan Co., KS. and Deer Lodge Co., MT of some of these people. To follow these movements BOTH the contents of this narrative AND other sources should be utilized. Howard Co., Andrew Co., Cole Co., MO figure in; and ONE record places JOhn Boon Fly in Barry Co., MO in 1861.
I hope you find the same sense of history and of Fly-family helping populate the nation's West in these writings.