It's true that the stone of John Fly, b. 1772 is in the Lawrence Fly Family Cemetery, and it was erected by his gransdon Benjamin Franklin Fly. (The stone says so.) The site is on Ragsdale Rd. at #1647. I believe that you can use the date 1/1/1772 for his birthdate, because his descendant, James Lawrence Fly, provided the FULL date from close in-family sources in the 1930's. The family Bible had only been lost to a housefire a few years before ca. 1925.
It should be noted, however that the son of "Rev." John Fly, named John Fly, b. 1802, was not with the middle name "David".He really did not have a middle name, but when pressed by the record-keepers of the Confederate forces, he gave the middle initial of "J" or "F".Two different documentary lists of soldiers that contain his name differ in this regard.
The erroneous use of John DAVID Fly for this individual came from the struggle of Mrs. Marian (Prescott) Brown to get her Middle Tennessee John Flys disentangled.Part of the problem was the existence of John Dixon Fly, b. ca. 1765 and HIS son John.THIS was the OTHER John in Rutherford Co. 1820 Census.I am convinced that this son of John Dixon Fly was the one called "Lytle" in honor of the historic Captain Lytle of Murfreesboro, for whom they named a street, which is still so named to this day. Marian Brown gave the "Lytle" name to the WRONG John Fly.
There is a typo in one of these postings wherein Jewel Baker Shouse is given the name "Hewel" Baker Shouse.Please take note.
It has been stated that "Rev." John Fly, b. 1772 was not a "Methodist Preacher".I consider this "splitting hairs".It is known that he was not an ordained minister, whereas two of his sons WERE (Joshua and David).However the man PREACHED the gospel, by having his wife read scripture to him, allowing him to propound his sermons. The Book, "History of Methodism in Tennessee" - McFerrin calls him a "good and useful man" for the church; and tells about his holding Methodist services in early Maury County before the Rev. John Crain began to ride circuit into the area about 1809. That John Fly, b. 1772 was not ORDAINED a MINISTER, does not mean he was NOT a Preacher.
I suggest interested parties delete the "David" from the middle-name position for Captain John Fly, b. 1802, who is buried between his TWO wives, Sarah "Sallie" (McCracken)and Serena (Serenor, Cyrina) Elizabeth (Webb) Fly at Fly, TN.
For those interested, - John Dickerson Fly, b. 1812, son of Jesse John Fly, b. 1789, CALLED JESSE) married Sarah "Muzzie" McCracken in Illinois. Do NOT confuse the two families.
It is SO easy to go astray in this period, and the reason I did not publish earlier was the realization that a lot more work was needed to achieve a better understanding. Others have RUSHED into print without achieving the necessary "overview". Much error abounds.