Many accounts of the history of the early Fly family in Virginia, including my own,state that William Fly who died in late 1679 left a widow who was a daughter of Arthur Smith.She supposedly married 1)Wm.Fly (bef. 1679),2) John Hole (bef.1688) 3)Thomas Pitt who died 1688 and 4)_____ Tyler (b.1702). There seems to be a problem though. In corresponding with a descendant of the Pitt family and in looking at the details of estate settlements in Isle of Wight, it became apparent that Mary was not married to the Thomas Pitt who died between April 1687 and Feb. 1687/88 when his will was probated.The estate of John Hole was not probated until the fall of 1688 when Mary would already have been a widow of Thomas Pitt! John Hole's property would have been included in the estate of Thomas Pitt.Arthur Smith's will is very clear- Mary is called Mary Pitt in 1696 and has a son John Hole.She must have married another man by the name of Pitt, probably Thomas Pitt, son of the above mentioned Thomas Pitt. Why is this important? If Mary was married to another Pitt man, then she may not be the Mary Tyler mentioned in Arthur Smith's 1702 deed of gift to Jeremy Fly!I have checked the records of Isle of Wight Co. and found a Thomas Pitt and Mary Pitt witnessing a document in 1711. There may have been two Marys- one who married Wm. Fly and then married Arthur Smith II (d.1696) and Mary Smith who married first John Hole and then Thomas Pitt, jr.This is amazingly confusing to me and has taken a while to figure out!Interesting though. Jeremiah Fly may have been a step-son or son-in-law of Arthur Smith II!The peculiarities of Jeremiah Fly's own will could perhaps be better understood if he himself was a stepson.But that is speculation. I hope this is of use. It is difficult to explain so please, anyone interested, ask questions. At the very least, we should probably note this problem in our Fly records.I plan to write an update to my previous articles (and there are several versions of them!). Merry Christmas!Bonnie Flythe P.S.Exams at the college are over!