Thanks for your perceptive and gracious message, - posting #740, - inviting continued commentary on your postings from the 20 year old Clarence Michaels' Fly Family History.You and the Forum can be assured that I'm giving you pretty dependable stuff here.
Starting with #39 and going thru 41, - these are either New England Flyes or Pensylvania (German immigrant) descendants of Johannes Floeth/Fleith/Fly and wife Margaretha (Pfefferlin) Floeth/Fleith/Fly who came into Philadelphia from Germany in 1752.The New England Flyes are from a different immigration from England, and are probably connected back in England.The German ones in Pennsylvania are NOT connected to the rest of us.Don't misunderstand, - there are a FEW in Pennsylvania who are descended from John Fly, b. ca. 1730, son of John Fly, b. ca. 1705/6 and Dorothy.
If any Forum participant wants details on these individuals in Pennsylvania, I will be glad to look in my records for the answers.For now I'm not going to dwell on names of New England or Pennsylvania individuals.
In the case of #41 George Mitman Fly, son of Joseph, I already posted about him a few months back when another researcher wanted to put him in West Tennessee.He lived and died in Pennsylvania.
#42 involves a "typo".He is George Robert Fly, my Record Number 121.(not "Rogert")A correction is also indicated here, following. His mother was Margaret (Whitehead) Thomas Fly, widow of James Bennett Thomas. The "Whiteside" reference is wrong. There were 11 children of this John.
Skipping the Locktender Fly in PA, brings us to my son, James ALAN Fly, (correcting from "Allen").He was named for a friend in Philadelphia named Alan Duke. (There are NO "Allens" connected to our family, as might have been otherwise supposed.) Jim returned from Viet Nam, used his G.I. Bill Rights to achieve an Electrical Engineer's degree at Auburn University, Auburn, AL and he is the father of Michele Elizabeth (Fly) Gay (Mrs. Brian Gay). She, too, has an Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn.She, married in July 1999, lives and works in Atlanta, GA.
#48 The line from James Marion Fly goes correctly back to Enoch Fly, b. 1776 whose family Bible data we have photocopies of (good quality).The father of Enoch was John Fly, sen'r. b. ca. 1744. Enoch's older half-brother was John Dixon Fly, my ancestor.
The sons of Enoch Fly and Alsea (Boon) Fly were John Boon Fly, called John, William Boon Fly, called William, Boon Fly, Elisha Fly and Jesse Fly.There is a possibility that Jesse was Jesse Jackson Fly.We need information about THIS Jesse.
Reference #57 re: Jeremiah Fly, b. ca. 1679, son of William, d. 1679 in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia.I believe the suggested birth in Newport Parish, England is a mistake made by Tom Lincoln. The mother,Mary (Smith) Flye, widow of William went to court in Isle of Wight to establish her and the orphan Jeremiah's rights to the estate of the deceased William, who had been a supporter of Bacon's Rebellion a couple of years earlier. Tom Lincoln got this "Newport Parish" idea before Vivian and I began to work with him, so I am hazy on the origins.There were a LOT of errors of assumption being made back in 1957.Little did we know how LITTLE we knew! Mary Smith Fly was married four times and in one of those marriages was "Mary Tyler".
#58 makes me shudder.Jeremiah, b. ca. 1773 was BROTHER of "Rev." John Fly, b. 1/1/1772, whom Ms. Brown erroneously called "John D. "Lytle" Fly.He was simply John Fly, b. 1772, half Cherokee BROTHER of Jeremiah and Elisha, jr. The "D." is wrong; the "Lytle" is NOT supported for THIS man. Jeremiah's mother, in my view, was the "Cherokee Indian Princess" of Fly legend. Jeremiah's GRANDSON, Wiley Sylvester Fly. b. 1865 at the age of 96 (in Tulsa, OK) told me, "I am 1/8 Cherokee from my father Asher P. Fly being 1/4, from his father, Jeremiah being HALF."This is "from the horse's mouth". The daughter of "Rev. John's grandson Capt. John b. 1802 told me a similar story about her dad, Benjamin GANT Fly, sr. He was 1/8, Capt. John was 1/4, and "Rev." John was HALF. There were SOME who put a Jeremiah into the sibling group that DID fall under "Rev." John and Sarah Jane (Trader) Fly, but this was an error due to the confusion with Jeremiah Hill being known as "Uncle Jerry".He was married to Matilda (Fly) Hill a daughter of Lawrence Fly, oldest son of "Rev." John.Believe me, - there is NO JEREMIAH among those siblings, sons of "Rev." John. This was Marian (Prescott) Brown's mistake, in gathering family information. Ms. Brown had Emelius Fly out of place.In the wrong generation.Only after her death did documentation on Emelius' place become clear.
The reference to "Charles Fly" is all wrong. He received a Revolutionary Soldiers' Land Grant, which reverted to the State of NC (to the University of NC) when he died without heirs. He was a generation EARLIER than Jeremiah, b. ca. 1773. He was probably born in the 1750's, a son of William, b. ca. 1726/7.I stoutly believe that Charles had a brother Jeremiah, b. ca. 1748, besides brothers John Fly, sen'r., b. ca. 1744, Elisha Fly, b. ca. 1746, Jesse, sr. and William, jr. b. ca. 1755.All of these were sons of William Fly, b. ca. 1726/7 in England.
#60 - Jeremiah Nicholas Fly, b. 1807.This one's origins have been shrouded in mystery.I have done extensive detective work with the materials being scarce.But the upshot of it is that the firstborn of Elisha Fly, jr. was John JESSE Fly, b. ca. 1788. He is the male baby in the 1790 census of Elisha Fly, jr. in Northampton.He is ONE of the TWO Jesses in the Tennessee Militia in 1811 and 1812. He is the other "John" in the Rutherford Co. 1820 Census (where the first one was the oldest son of John Dixon Fly. - Jeremiah Nicholas Fly was this JESSE's son.HE was killed by a PANTHER in West Tennessee about 1823. The story of his death, as "one of the grandfathers" came down to Dr. Hillard Blankenship of Springfield, MO and his wife Vivian from Dr. Blankinship's mother Eula Myrl (Fly) Blankenship. She related the story to Hillard and Vivian. The slain Jesse was her grandfather's grandfather.The material you copied relating to Jeremiah Nicholas Fly seems just fine. Jack Fly, who is descended from Jeremiah Nicholas Fly, and his son and daughter-in-law and work crew, did a GREAT job cleaning up the Jeremiah Nicholas Fly cemetery and fixing the gravestones.Hats off to Jack and workparty!
Must Close now.
James Whitney Fly