A few days dago I did a piece on clarifying the terminology about Elisha Fly, sr. (1790 Census - Northampton Co., NC.). I lost it before I could get it sent and posted. I had pointed out that in 1790 the Census-taker wrote "Elisha Fly, jr." and he used "jr.", but he just said "Elisha Fly" meaning the senior man. For convenience I'm calling that one "Elisha Fly. sr." His birth year is estimated 1746, or "ca.. 1746".Junior's birthdate is guestimated at 1767.I consider that there should no longer be any question thst Elisha, jr., "Rev." John, and Jertemiah were HALF CHEROKEE; and the likely father was Elisha, sr.
Heretofore I have, a time or two, used the terms "Mountain-man" and "Long Hunter" interchangeably. It now appears to me that this is NOT correct. Each seems to carry a specific (different) meaning.The Long Hunters preceded the Mountain Men in time period.
The Long Hunters were operating ca. 1761 - 1780 or so and consisted of men from PA, VA and NC functioning into East and Middle Tennessee. What information they returned to civilization resulted in the surge of settlers into the area that resulted in Tennessee Statehood in 1796.
On the other hand, the Mountain men were the rugged types who first went into the far west following the explorations of Lewis and Clark in the first decade of the 19thCentury - and winding down as Beaver Hats lost popularity and the gold-rush was on.Many of them became Scouts and Wagon-train Guides, etc.
So it seems that we will be correct to use the "Long Hunter" designation for "Elisha, sr." and his living among the Cherokees from ca. 1766 until 1772, when he returned to Virginia, where "Rev." John was said to have been born. The anals of the long hunters do not, to my knowledge, name Elisha,(sr.) but I judge only about 60% of the names of the Long Hunters are known. It is of note that one group of them returned to Virginia ca. 1772.
I urge all the cousins to be alert for anything that they encounter pertaining to the "Long Hunters" to continue the search for the actual NAME of Elisha in any accounts of their doings. It would be of inestimable benefit if we could find a document naming Elisha among those Long Hunters of historical record.