One of these days, when it pleases God, I will be out of here, leaving the search for the truth in your hands as to how the early Flys were related to one-another.
Before leaving you (one day) I want you to have the UNDERSTANDING of what I think, based on my nearly half-century of research and continuing synthesis, into a believable whole, of ALL the thousands of documents I have studied and assessed.
Regardless that ONE hardworking, prolific genealogist of the family believes that Jeremiah Nicholas Fly and Asher Pipkin Fly were Nephew and Uncle, I want you to try my hypothesis that prints them out as first cousins once-removed.
John JESSE Fly, first son of Elisha Fly, jr. was the father of Jeremiah Nicholas Fly, George Washington Fly and their sisters, including Eliza (Fly) Prichett Krantz who, with first husband Prichett, adopted the orphaned Sarah Fly, daughter of George W. Fly, senior, father of orphaned George W. Fly, jr.Sarah (Fly/Prichett married Michael Krantz, bore him kids and died in 1874. In 1875 the widow Pritchett married Michael Krantz, widower, and reared her neice's Krantz-named kids, the children of Michael Krantz.
The story circulated in this branch of the family that when Elisha Fly,sr. took his Cherokee wife back to Virginia/NC he bought her a state-of-the-art woodburning stove. She would have none of it, insisting on preparing meals on a campfire, like she had known from childhood. The stove remained unused.
Our family lore is rich and aromatic; our surviving DOCUMENTS of the period are entirely inadequate and there is NO WAY we ought to forego the enjoyment of our genealogy as revealed to be fleshed out by our surviving old-timers' stories.We continue to look for documents.
If you, Cousin, have not read my account of searching to "place" Jermiah Nicholas Fly, I advise it's among my past-postings.
To Cousin SWC, I surely wish you would confer with Jack Fly and Nancy Wickam and, yes, me, - to be shown reasons for amending some of your views. Old age has me by the throat, but Nancy and Jack are SUPERB. We would ALL benefit.