Taken from Fly Family History written by Clarence Michaels 1980 comes the following minibiography written about James Carroll Fly and his wife, Mary Isabelle (Palmer)Fly As reviewed by J.J. Fly -- August 15, 1926
This history or record naturally will be of interest to no one but to some member of the Fly family.It is written with no endeavor at a display of literary talent and therefore no attempt is made to correct errors in its grammer or English.Its survey covers a period of time from the birth of our grandfather down to the present.Later, through our combined and continued efforts, we hope to be able to trace this history back beyond the date of our grandfather's birth; but for the present it is at the place and on the date of his birth that we are forced, through lack of further information, temporarily to pause in our undertaking.
In our parents' lifetime we could have obtained, for the asking, additional and more definite facts concerning our family history, but it seems naturally in our younger days that we are seldom concerned about or interested in our ancestry.When we are older, our interest is probably increased in these matters, but it is then too late; our parents are gone; our main source of information is then cut off.So for the probable benefit of our descendants who, like myself, may in their later years become interested in our history, I am placing all knowledge that I or others of the family have of such history on this record. OUR MOTHER
Of our mother's family or ancestry, we know but little.Her maiden name was Mary Isabelle Palmer.She was born in Scarcy County, Arkansas, October 14, 1838.Her death occurred May 17, 1908.Being left an orphan when but five years of age, of course she remembered but very little to tell us about her parents.Her grandmother, however, she remembered well, as this grandmother came to Missouri and was a close neighbor to the family that mother lived with--the Sooters--for years.Guffy was the name of these grandparents.Grandfather Guffy had died before mother could remember him.Mother never tired of speaking about "Granny"--as she called her Guffy; for she(Granny) was an exceptional kindly and motherly soul and all who came in contact with her loved her and held her in high esteem.I understood that this grandmother was alive at the time our parents came to California, but we do not know the date of her death.Neither do we know the date of Grandfather Guffy's passing.Of our mother's grandparents on her father's side, we have no knowledge.
Grandmother's marriage to Palmer--we do not have these grandparents' initials-- was her second marriage.Her first husband'sname was Moody--neither do we have his initials.Grandmother had one son--that we knew of--by her first marriage.This son's name was Sparlan Moody.Uncle Sparlin did serve in the Civil War when and where he lost his eyesight.After the war he entered the ministry as a South Methodist preacher. I have heard our mother speak often of our Uncle Sparlin, of how good he was.We never learned what became of him but presumed that he died years ago.
We knew nothing of Grandfather Palmer except that his death occurred when Mother was about three years of age.In a vague way I remember of Mother's telling that the only remembrance that she had of her father was of the time he was brought home dead, he having died from accidental poisoning while out on the farm.Of course when mother was older she was told, and retained in memory, many facts concerning her father.These facts she often related to us children but we let them slip our mind; they are now vague in our memory.We can only remember or seem to recall that Grandfather was poisoned by partaking of some poisonous plant or root that he had mistook for some other wild vegetable that he and his family had been used to gathering and preparing for the table.
(transcribed 2/15/00 by Darlene Fly Ames)
I will continue this minibiography in additional parts.