Thank you Joyce for good references for all of us.This is the kind of thing that moves us ALL forward. We are grateful for this kind of help.
The Johann ADAM Fly (called ADAM) in Pennsylvania was the son of Johannes Floeth/Fleith/Fly, called (JOHN), born in Germany in 1720.He (Johannes/John)immigrated to this country at Philadelphia in 1752 from Kreis Freudenstadt, Wuertemburg ,Germany. Adam Fly is no kin to our Flys as far as anything anyone presently knows; and he is of German ancestry.His father's father was a Johannes/John who died in the old country.I am told that his Will made reference to his son Johannes who migrated to Pennsylvania and had not been heard from since.I believe I am correct in saying that there are descendants of Johann ADAM Fly today who have gone to the spelling FLYTE because of the FLOETH/FLEITH origins of their name with a HARD "T" sound for the "th".
Second on your list is "John" Fly b. 1742-44. This is "John Fly, sen'r." who died in 1804, whose children became known to us when the report of the Court Commission, reported to the Northampton Co. Court in 1808,surfaced.It will be seen that PART of the land divided up by this commission was acquired by John Fly, sr. as identified in the Deed when he bought it. I believe I remember that his purchases were in 1776 and 1796, respectively.THIS is the John that I have suggested may have fought with Lighthorse Harry Lee. See a recent posting of mine.He is NOT one of the two John Flys who received the FIVE POUNDS and the NINE POUNDS for which there are Revolutionary Army Payment Vouchers.The one of THOSE is John Dixon Fly; and the other is thought to be OLD John, b. ca. 1705/6.This is MY candidate for the John Fly who lived to be 112 years old. The signatures "John Fly" are comparable to other known signatures of TWO different John Flys. These are NOT just a single man; nor is EITHER of the two "John Fly, sen'r." There has been a mistaken idea that NEEDS rethought-out. A Reference Librarian at one time told Rev. Norman Flythe that you could not be sure that the endorsements on the VOUCHERS were written BY the party for whom the money was intended. Illiteracy was the given reason.Studying the matter indicates that this rationale has but limited restraint.If a man, say John Fly, writes "John Fly" on the back of a NINE pound pay voucher and the capital F is unique, and IT, as well as the rest of the signature,is comparable to ANOTHER signature by this same person in Nashville in 1808, it is not reasonable to say that these two signatures were NOT executed by John Dixon Fly, whose capital F sets HIS signature apart. The very different, if not unique, signature of John Fly, b. ca. 1705/6 with a flowing "cap" for the capital F, like the Ford motor Co. Logo, is found on numerous petitions and it matches the Voucher signature.I FIRMLY believe this makes a case for the two individuals who signed those documents being EXACTLY who they purport to be. I consider it the next thing to fingerprints for OUR purposes.
The William Flye who married Sarah Rust was Marian (Prescott) Brown's Revolutionary Ancestor.I have pretty full information on this man and this line. He was in Massachusetts. I have been able to help descendants in this line with their inquiries.
No mention was made by Joyce in this list of the John Fly who was in the Bucks County, PA Militia.I have not been able to get a clue as to whether it was Johannes, brother of Johann ADAM (and a German-origin Fly) or Johannes, son of John Fly, b. ca. 1830, (our kinsman - born in England) son of John, b. ca. 1705/6.BOTH were in Bucks County at that time.With the TWO fathers John and the two sons John in the area at the time it's the same problem we have had in the Middle-Tennessee situation ca. 1810.We've had pretty good luck resolving the Tennessee situation, but Bucks County, PA is unresolved in good part. Marian (Prescott) Brown thought that "Rev." John was son of John Dixon Fly at the time of her death. We NOW know absolutely OTHERWISE.
It's a pity we don't know more about the William Fly who signed his Voucher "Wm. Fly", quite a different signature from the flamboyant "William Fly" found on petitions, figuring to be William, b. ca. 1726/7 who bought the 255 acres "on the north side of Kirby's Creek" in 1772 & 1774.This is the property later sold (in 1796) by Elisha, John and Jeremiah, whom I see as HIS GRANDSONS.The TEN acres that same William Fly bought, contiguous to this 255 acres, in 1794, was probably NOT the 10 acres that Jeremiah put with the 75 to make 85 acres that HE sold in 1796.I believe that THIS last-bought 10 acres had a house and outbuildings and went to the children of William, jr. and Peggy. (They were, I believe, John Allman Fly, Aaron Allman Fly and Milly Fly. I cannot prove this irrefutably; but at the same time I wonder if anyone can DISPROVE it.I see THAT ten acres as the child's part of William's estate going to the children of THAT son, by a WILL that has NOT surfaced, though it's at-one-time existence is indicated.
The OTHER pay-voucher that we need clarification on is that of "Elijah/Eligah/Elisha" Fly.I have offered a "rationale" on this earlier, and will not go into it again here.
The fact of John Fly, sen'r.'s known involvement with horses makes it quite likely that there COULD be something to the "Lighthoprse Harry Lee" story.Please take this seriously, if any lines of inquiry suggest themselves.