This one and that one have brought to my attention Web-site misinformation that has the potential to make it impossible in future to know WHAT is correct.
Most of you know my credentials from what my Forum-postings for three years have revealed, leading out of my forty-odd years of research, including gifts of much completed work by others who are now gone to their reward. Their heirs have passed their work on to me.
At this moment I want to tell you that John Fly, sen'r. b. ca. 1744 was married THREE times.His wives' names cannot be proven by document, but it is thought that his first wife was a Stevenson; and she gave him a son, John Dixon Fly, b. ca. 1765, said to have been so named in honor of a certain Newspaper Editor in Richmond, VA about the tme of John Dixon Fly's birth. John Dixon Fly was paid NINE pounds from the Revolutionary accounts, thought to be for participating in the Battle of Kings Mountain in Oct. 1780.
Upon the death of his first wife, John Fly, sen'r. re-married a woman thought to be a Johnson (from family relationship stories) and thought to be named "Susannah" for other reasons. She bore to John Fly, sen'r. Emelius/Emelus, b. ca. 1774, Enoch and Enos (twins) b. 19 Jan, 1776, followed by Rebecca (Fly) Hall, b. ca. 1782. Then came Millicent(Fly) Johnson, b. ca. 1783, after which wife Susannah died; and John Fly, sen'r. again re-married.
We know that THIS third wife was MARY; and we feel certain that the maiden surname was Hutchings.To THIS marriage were born William H. (Hutchings?) Fly, b. ca. 1797, Susan Driver Fly, b. ca. 1799, Martha Roberts "Patsy" Fly, b. ca. 1801, and last Eliza G. Fly, b. about 1804.These names became known to us when the Court papers pertaining to the settlement of John Fly, sen'r's estate in 1808 following preparations to settle it from the time of his death in 1804. An appointed Court Commission did a great job of dividing up all the inheritances. All the heirs were named; sketches of the acreage-division were explicit.
I will comment here that the early death of child Eliza G. Fly was followed by court settlement papers about 1824 which were mistaken by an otherwise EXCELLENT genealogist to be in reference to the death of ELISHA Fly. (Eliza mistaken for Elisha). This gave a false death-date for Elisha Fly,sr. otherwise thought to have died prior to 1794, when William, b. ca. 1726/7 died.The fact of Elisha, sr. being dead before the death of his father, William, b. 1726/27 caused Elisha's sons to be eligible to inherit their father's child's part. There are those, whose opinions are highly respected, who don't want to show Elisha, sr. as the father of Elisha Fly, jr. "Rev." John and Jeremiah, but the puzzle pieces fall together best with this configuration. In this hypothesis, Elisha, sr. b. ca. 1746, is the "Long-Hunter" of historic REALITY; and HE married the Cherokee Indian Princess. This is how the well-known Cherokee blood came into the Fly family, and there's simply NO WAY to deny that it's there in that branch under those THREE sons of Elisha, sr. There's a hint of it in the family being considered in the next paragraph.
There is SOME believable evidence that the three above-named half-Cherokee sons MAY have had a SISTER Jeanette/Jannet (Fly) Watt. This has only recently come to light.