Before starting to post this, I have made a copy of the photographs I have on file for several of the stones reported in the foregoing posting by Joyce. There are several lists of the stones in this cemetery circulating around, so I point NO fingers at anyone for the spelling error I am about to report.I DO offer praise to Joyce for furnishing the list.This is the kind of POSITIVE genealogy I had been hoping for from this capable genealogist, but I have been discouraged that it can happen toward me from her, because there seems to be an insurmountable prejudice toward me on her part. I wish it were otherwise.
To the subject at hand.
The firstborn son of "Rev." John Fly and Sarah Jane (Trader) Fly was LAWRENCE, b. 11 Nov. 1791 in Northampton Co., NC.It was NOT "Laurence"; neither was it "Lawrence Clarence".I'm looking right at the writing on the gravestone in my clear polaroid shot, with flour rubbed into the indentations of the carved names and cleared from the basic stone-face with a wet sponge.
Some of the interested family have the "Lawrence Clarence" name from Marian (Prescott) Brown's material, written after she interviewed an old family member and was told that he recollected this son's name was either "Lawrence" or "Clarence", - he couldn't be sure of which.She noted "Lawrence?" - "Clarence?"- Later she referred to him as "Lawrence Clarence".The "Clarence was NEVER right for this man.He made and signed his Will as "Lawrence"; and his gravestone reaffirms it boldly.
Now the other thing I want to tell is that the copiers of the stones in this cemetery did us a disservice by separating the names on the list where they reported Jeremiah Hill and the dates for him and Matilda (Fly) Hill, his wife, and the dates for her. You would think that the stones were encountered with space between them, even with another grave between them.Not so.Again, I'm looking at the photo. The two stones are snuggled together.On the left "Jeremiah Hill" with dates below the name; on the right "Matilda Fly".I grant it does not say "Matilda Fly Hill", but they were husband and wife.They were a childless couple.He was a son of Spencer Hill, friend of Elisha, John and Jeremiah the pioneers to Tennessee in 1796. Toward the end of their lives (Jeremiah and Matilda)(he lived to age 93) they brought George Washington Fly and wife into their home, next to Lawrence's house to keep house and take care of them in their old age.Matilda died in 1871; but Jeremiah lived until 1892.George Washington Fly and wife had a daughter LaUna Fly, who married a Ragsdale, and who inherited the house; and ultimately my friend, the late Walter Ragsdale, inherited the house where I have visited and lunched on one occasion. Walter was, therefore, grandson of the grandson of Lawrence Fly.He knew the story; which he related to me. I have letters from George W. Fly written to his grandfather from Texas right after the Civil War, which I shared with Walter Ragsdale.He was so touched by their contents.
A word of caution. There were TWO George Washington Flys who were uncle and nephew to each other. One was a son of Lawrence; but the one we have been discussing was son of Sterling Brown Fly, son of Lawrence.
So you can be SURE that Jeremiah Hill and Matilda Fly were husband and wife. Moreover, the inclusion of the name "Jeremiah" among the siblings of Lawrence, Col. William, Rev. David, Rev. Joshua, Capt. John and Caleb (Rev. Caleb?) is NOT correct. SOME put Jesse, b. 1789 there, but THAT is not correct. He was foster son of John Dixon Fly; and he married Delany Whitford in 1808. The marriage is indexed "FEY", in error. In 1826 he and his family moved to Illinois from Bedford Co., TN where they are seen in the 1820 Census. Proofs of all this abound.
This is intended to be INFORMATIVE; and in NO WAY is it intended to put down anybody or anybody's copying of stones or lists by others.