To Stuart Flythe,
The earliest records I know about involve a John Fly record about 1635 and a William Fly about 1639/40. It is unclear, as to documentary proof, how William and John related to one another. Moreover, there are records of emigration to the new world of FOUR individuals named Flyd in the early 1660's.They indentured themselves for FOUR years, - three for the island of Nevis, - the fourth, John, for Virginia.How all these relate to one another is highly speculative.There is nothing wrong with speculation, pending finding of hoped-for new documents as time goes on.
The earliest Flye-named person, in a chain of documented individuals, is William Flye who married Mary Smith, daughter of Col. Arthur Smith (second Arthur Smith in the Colonies).He was a Bacon's Rebellion sympathiser/participant who died in 1679, leaving Jeremiah Fly, born that year to marry Mary (unk.) Bulls, widow of Henry Bulls about 1804/5.
Jeremiah had a son John, b. ca. 1705/6 who, according to hypothesis returned to England for his education.He married there (it is theorized) and brought back wife and three sons, William, b. ca. 1727, John, b. ca. 1730 and Jeremiah, b. ca. 1733.In 1737 John, b. 1706/7 and wife Dorothy had a daughter, Christina, baptized at the Molatton Swedish Lutheran Church, later turned into St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church of Douglassville, (then) Philadelphia county, PA. - now Berks Co.
The father John, with TWO of the sons, William and Jeremiah, came to Virginia, leaving John to stay in Pennsylvania. National Geographic did a spread on how a WAVE of Pennsylvania-dwellers moved down the valleys into Virginia about 1750.The Piedmont country of Virginia had Cherokees living in the area, considering themselves "Rightful Lords of the Soil". In a few years Jeremiah went on to Georgia, where he fought for the Revolution and petitioned for a land-grant.When he died, his daughter Susan was the only named heir in his Will. The name Fly seems to have died out under Jeremiah.
William, b. ca. 1726/7 is our forefather, yours and mine, and it appears to me that he was the father of the next crop of names found in the records. We find John Fly, sen'r., b. ca. 1744, Elisha, sr., b. ca. 1746, Jeremiah, b. ca. 1748, William, jr. b. ca. 1750, Jesse, b. ca. 1753, Charles, b. ca. 1755.There is no OTHER known "father" to put these under on a chart.
There are those "strict constructionists" among the gatherers of data who say that there are not enough proofs-of-relationship to do what I have just done.They will tell you that there is no evidence for the existence of William Fly, jr. b. ca. 1750. They disallow the liklihood that William Fly, jr. signed his Revolutionary-pay voucher with a different signature than William Fly, b. ca. 1726/7 and that HE was the likely husband of Margaret "Peggy" Allman instead of Elisha Fly, sr., b. ca. 1746.The fact of the HALF-CHEROKEE blood of Elisha, jr. b. ca. 1767, John, b. 1772 and Jeremiah, b. ca. 1773, as established by believable family interviews (which included a grandson of Jeremiah, b. ca. 1773) has not persuaded these "strict-constructionists" that Elisha, senior, b. ca. 1746 was NOT the father of John Allman Fly and Aaron Allman Fly and sister Millicent. That Elisha Fly, senior "fits" far better as father of the three half-Cherokees than William, jr. has NOT persuaded these researchers.I have yet to be told any more cogent reason to place Elisha, sr. as "Peggy's" husband than to place the younger William in that slot.
The OTHER view is a legitimate view, but it is not willing to take the burden of in-family stories much into consideration, and I feel that "strict-constructionism" has the effect of "tying one arm behind the back" in one's efforts to make SENSE out of the records.We MUST use every tool of logic and deduction that is legitimately open to us in the interpretation of the EXISTING documents. DO NOT discount the use of the signatures found on the petitions of the day AND the comparable signatures on the Revolutionary Army pay vouchers corresponding.It is a MISTAKE to accept a librarian's opinion when it truly limits maybe 10% of possible conclusions and does NOT invalidate 90% of the conclusions that may be drawn, as to historicity, - who was where and what was he involved in?
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James Whitney Fly