I'm sure everyone on the Fly-Forum is happy to learn you have pulled through great difficulties and survived to the point that you can share information with us.
You warned everyone, "No argument will be tolerated." (words to that effect).I dislike "argument"as much as the next peace-loving member of the Fly family, but I think sharing of FACTS is NOT to be considered "argument".
No one should take anything I SAY or ASK as argumentative.
Of all the contributors to the Forum, I should be the SUREST of everyone, who has not had at least an equal experience to mine, that the descendants of Asher Pipkin Fly, b. 1804 have Cherokee blood. The reason for my certainty is that Asher's son, Wiley Sylvester Fly looked me in the eye and said, "I'm 1/8 Cherokee Indian from my father Asher P. Fly being 1/4 Cherokee because HIS father Jeremiah Fly was HALF."Wiley said this to me in 1961 at the age of 96, in Tulsa, OK.
So I believe the story, and you won't get any argument out of me.However, I'm a researcher and historian of sorts.I would like to know what you submitted in the way of early information in order to determine WHO was the Cherokee Mama, married to Long-hunter Elisha Fly, sr. about 1766?Are there any records in Cherokee hands today that independently establish the identity of the Cherokee ancestress?
This is critically important to all of us. Our "in-family" stories have talked about the "Cherokee Indian Princess".I believe there WAS such a person.I have speculated that she might have been a sister of Wuh-Teh (alternate Wur-Teh), mother of Sequoyah. Wuh-teh's brothers were Double Head, Pumpkin Boy and Old Tassell.I have NOT been able to learn of any known sister of these FOUR siblings, sons of a Chief of the Cherokees, name unknown to me.So my thoughts are UNFOUNDED speculation for purposes of INQUIRY until DISPROVED. The yearspan was RIGHT; and in later years another "in-family" story was that "on occasion Seqyoyah stayed with the Flys on some of his travels." I suggest that this may have occurred in Arkansas in the early 1830's.
We are handicapped by the fact that not until Sequoyah invented the Cherokee syllabary did they (the Cherokee Nation) have writing, followed by written RECORDS.Only if oral tradition carried over into the beginnings of their written history can we hope for finding out WHO married Elisha, sr.I for one WANT to find records based on such oral tradition and learn who was that early, early grandmother of so many Flys.
I hope this seems like a serious posing of what we ALL yearn to find out; and I beg you to share with us such answers as are known to you, especially as to the details of your accreditation as they reveal the name of Elisha, sr.'s wife, the Cherokee.
I offer a prayer of Thanksgiving for your recovery from surgery and for your improving health.