It has been a long while since I visited the Fly Forum, and of course I am excited to see that Shari may provide us with a little more on the Chick. Cherokees.I also was reading Cousin Jim Fly's note about speaking to a Fly descendant back in 1961, and it struck me that I don't think that I have ever shared a letter I have with y'all dated (I think) that very same year that mentions the Cherokee blood.
I was recently corresponding with a descendant of William Alexander Capps (son of William Capps and Lucy Fly -- Lucy was a daughter of Elisha "Jr." -- one of the three brothers who came to TN in 1796) and copying some information from my files to her.I am also a descendant of the elder William Capps and Lucy Fly through their son John Rogers Capps.
Anyway, I have a letter in my possession written by a granddaughter of William Alexander Capps in about 1961.The letter was written to a Gibson County historian by the name of C. Reid "Clipper" Dowland.He just happens to be another relative of mine as my grandparents were Capps and Dowland.Clipper was quite well known in the late 1950's and early 1960's as the local expert on the early days of Gibson and Weakley County, TN, especially the Skullbone and Flytown areas.He attempted then to catalog many of the early settlers and families of that area as he was writing a Skullbone history.The letter was handed down to my family I guess since Clipper Dowland knew we were Capps and Fly folks.Enough of the background info....
The letter was from Edith Dail and Ruby Tenbrook of Texas and was written in reply to Clipper's request for information on the early Capps and Flys in West TN.Edith and Ruby were daughters of William Brown Capps (son of William Alexander Capps and grandson of Lucy Fly).At that time, William Brown Capps was in his mid 90's (as was the descendant Jim spoke to) but still very much alive in Texas and living with his daughter.In case some of you don't know, William Alexander Capps was the one son of Lucy Fly who stayed on the family land near Flytown after his parent's deaths.He is buried near his parents William and Lucy in the small cemetery on Joe Stout's property.Of all the children that might know the family history well, one would think it would be William Alexander since he stayed right there on the family land til his own death.And one would assume that he would pass his knowledge to his son William Brown Capps who was still alive in 1961 (the year I was born).
The letter from William Brown Capps' daughters clearly states that Lucy Fly was "a full-blood Cherokee."That of course doesn't quite fit the theory that Lucy's father was only 1/2, therefore Lucy might be just 1/4 (unless Lucy's mother was Cherokee also, making Lucy 3/4), but I think it does lend even more evidence to the fact that there is Cherokee blood.
I do not have the letter with me this moment as I am at work, but I will look it up and try and post the full text soon.Sorry I haven't mentioned the letter before, but I hadn't really thought about how far back the source of the information went (from someone born about 1870) until reading that post of Jim's.
I wish all Flys a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!A nice time to remember and visit the graves of our Fly ancestors.