Comment has been made by one and another to the effect that "Cherokee" Blood would be unlikely in the family from a CHEROKEE wife, married circa 1765, the statement being given that there were no Cherokees in the tidewater lands; that there were OTHER tribes there.
Early on in my genealogical researches Vivian and I visited the Mobile Public Library in Mobile, AL. The visit was in August 1959.I report here what I consider significant information to digest in preparation to consider the matter.
Source: "Sketches of Western North Carolina", - Hunter- Raleigh - 1877
Text: "Near the close of Governor Johnston's administration - (1750) numerous settlements on the beautiful plateau of country between the Yadkin and Catawba rivers.At this time the Cherokee Indians, the most powerful of the western tribes, still claimed the territory as 'rightful lords of the soil', and were committing numerous depredations and occasional murders."
I suggest that the presence of William Fly, b. ca. 1726/7 in Granville County, NC to witness the Deed of Julius Nicholas (Nichols?) on 10 August 1762, involving the sale of 310 acres of land, may be our best indication that his son Elisha Fly, b. ca. 1746 (assumed to be living in Williams's family) could have easily joined one or another party of "Long Hunters". Their activities (recruitments) seemed to have begun about 1761. The background on Long Hunters indicates that they were comprised of just such individuals from Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. We have not had the good fortune to find Elisha Fly's name among the very few names known to have been "Long Hunters", but the Boons were active and our people were associated with the Boons in the early pioneering and settling.
I see no geographic obstacle to the hypothesis that Elisha Fly, sr., b. ca. 1746 married a Cherokee Indian Princess and brought her out to civilization for the birth of "Rev." John (none) Fly, b. 1 Jan 1772 in Virginia. The oldest of the three brothers, Elisha, jr. may have been born among the Cherokees.
Give it some thought. Tidewater indian tribes were NEVER considered as candidates for the Indian-blood in the half-Cherokee Pioneers to Tennessee in 1796.