Enos Fly - North Carolina
4e. Enos Fly 5 (John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
A letter from Joseph Flythe, grandson of Enos, has been discovered and shared by our relative Doug Pickett. It was written to one of Joe’s unidentified sisters in 1928. The letter gives us a glimpse into the life and thoughts of Enos Fly. Especially in later life, he rarely appears in court records so this letter is a welcome addition to our understanding of the family.
A Bible record of the birth of Enoch Fly is extant & it shows his birth date as January 19, 1776.  According to the 1850 census, Enos was born the same year. They were most likely twins born on the eve of the American Revolution! Milly and Emelius may also have been twins. The family files of John Thomas Flythe, Sr. state that Milly and Emelius and Enos and Enoch Fly were twins & a song about that was sung by John Fly’s children.
Enos first appeared in
the records of
Oct. 7, 1809.
Enos & Polly Fly
sell to Etheldred Martin 12 & 1/2 acres, for $62, bounded by Etheldred
Martin and Tyner's Mill excepting "a lease from Jacob Odom to Willoby
Hedgepeth which will continue til Jan. 7, 1815".
Wit: Jesse R. Cross, Winborne (X) Odom
Signed: Enos Fly, Polly (her X mark) Fly. Proven: March Court 1810. Rec.: May 17, 1810 
This land was the property of Jacob Odom and was leased for 10 years in 1805:
Jan. 7, 1810.
Jacob Odom to Willoughby Hedgepeth, lease for 10 years, land on
Princeton Road adj. Robert Griffith, Etheldred Martin, at the rate of 27
pounds per year until 7 Jan. 1815.
Wit: B.H. Watkins, Mary Darden 
Mary Odom was mentioned in Jacob’s 1805 will, but not by the name of Fly. This tract was most likely her portion of Jacob Odom’s estate.
Flythe, grandson of Enos Fly, stated in a family history written in 1948
that Enos Fly married Sarah Odom.
His recollection, while valuable,
was not entirely accurate.
Sarah Odom, daughter of Jacob
Odom, married John Daughtry
and her sister, Mary
Odom, married Enos Fly. The
exact date of the marriage is not known, but Enos & Mary were probably
The 1810 census shows Enos Fly as a head of household with one male 10-16, one male 26-45, one female under 10, and one female 16-26. As with any census, these ages may not be accurate. The next year Enos purchased land that was bounded by his deceased father’s land.
July 15, 1811.
Lemuel Massengale to
Enos Fly, for $400, 136 &
1/2 acres. Bounded by
Martha Cobb, Deberry's line, Richard Long's line,
John Fly, decd., Henry
Wit: John Darden, Cadar X Parker, Lemuel Massengale Reg.: Feb. 28, 1813 
On Feb. 19, 1817, Enos apparently sold the land that he inherited from his father, John:
sells to Elijah Scarborough for $ 35, 16 acres.
Bounded as follows:
Patsy Fly's corner, Absalom Cobb decd .line, James Hosea decd line.
Wit: John Hutchings, Jesse Gee Bradley
Signed: Enos Fly Rec.: June 10, 1817 
On the 1820 census, Enos Flye’s household consisted of three males under 10, one male 10-16, one male 26-45, one female 10-16, and one female 26-45. In 1841, Enos Fly bought the Cobb place at auction.
Henry I. Cannon, Clerk & Master in Equity sells to
Enos Fly as highest bidder
on Feb. 26, 1840, "land lately owned by John Cobb decd" for $100.
Wit: Henry Peebles. Signed: Henry I. Cannon. Proved: June
This is where Enos and Mary lived and is the tract of land that Enos deeded to Braxton in 1852.
Joe Flythe stated that Enos was a teacher, in fact the headmaster of a school that he founded and called Bethlehem Academy. The school was located at Cross Locks, called Bethlehem Cross Roads at that time. Along with Gus Flythe and Tom Low, all of Enos’ sons were educated there, but apparently Enos never made much money as a teacher. Enos’ nephew Augustus Moore Flythe later enrolled at the University of North Carolina.
Joe said to his sister: “Your grandfather was an educator and a mighty good man; but some called him a religious fanatic.” Joe also said that Enos was very opposed to slavery and freed all his slaves when they became of age. That is probably the case, but I did not find any deeds of manumission in the Northampton County Deed Index. I had been told that this line of the family were Quakers in alternating generations and therefore some did not own slaves and were quite opposed to it. I have never found any of them in the Quaker records of that area and don’t believe any of them ever converted to the Friends.
In 1850, his household, as recorded in the census, was made up of: Enos Fly (74), Mary Fly (59), Braxton Fly (25) overseer, Rebecca Fly (24), Alexander Fly (21) student, John Fly (19) laborer, Fannie Fly (17), Mary Ann Bozeman (12) and Ann (5). Some of his older children had married or moved away.
accounts by older members of the Northampton Fly family, Mary Ann
Bozeman was reportedly born to Mary Elizabeth Fly and her husband
Mary Elizabeth Fly Bozeman was the
second child of Enos Fly and Polly Odom Fly and she died between 1845
Ann Fly, the five year old, was a
daughter of Jacob Fly, whose wife had died before the census.
Enos did not write a will, but did sign a deed of gift to his disabled son Braxton:
Feb. 28, 1852.
For $1, Enos Flythe sells to
Braxton Flythe 109 acres of
land "the Cobb land", livestock, household furniture as long as
Enos and Mary.
"The sd. Enos reserving a life estate in sd. property".
Void if Braxton
failed to provide support or predeceased Enos.
Wit: Samuel Britt
Signed: Enos Flythe, Braxton X Flythe. Proved Mar.
Enos obviously used the altered spelling of Fly, i.e. “Flythe”. The introduction of this spelling during the 1830s and 1840s was gradual. Some Clerks of Court continued to use the old spelling and each member of the family changed at his or her own pace. Braxton took care of his parents in their old age, but the date of death of Enos and Mary is not known. However, his son Braxton made this land purchase:
Dec. 13, 1855.
Harrell sells to Braxton Fly,
for $70.72, land "containing by recent survey 32 & 1/4 acres.
Bounded by John Harrell, Braxton Fly, Capt. Collin W. Barnes
line, Enos Fly, decd.
Wit: Thos. B. Worrell, John B. Sherrod.
Signed: John Harrell. Proved: Dec. Court 1860. Reg: Dec. 10, 1860 
Obviously, Enos died between 1852 and late 1855. The disposal of his estate, or at least part of it, occurred in 1879 when the following deed was executed:
Jan. 30, 1879.
Preson Sykes and his wife
Louisa S. Sykes,
Thomas J. Flythe and his
wife Chesterfield Flythe, Joseph T. Johnson and his wife
Lovey W. Johnson sell to
Braxton Flythe for $51, "a
part of the Enos Flythe
tract containing 17 acres more or less"
Wit: None Signed: Person (X) Sykes, L.S. Sykes, T.J. Flythe, Chesterfield Flythe, J. T. Johnson, L. W. Johnson
Ackn: Jan. 30, 1879. Louisa, Chesterfield, & Lovey were examined privately and consented.
Reg.: April 9, 1879 
This 17 acres tract
represented Solomon Flythe’s portion of his father’s estate and was sold
by Solomon’s surviving heirs with the exception of George W. Flythe of
Children of Enos Fly/Flythe and Mary Odom
4e.-i. Solomon Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1).
Solomon was born
about 1806 in Northampton Co., NC, the first child of Enos Fly and Mary
Dorothea Martin on
In 1836, Solomon was a purchaser at two estate sales; one of the estates was that of Parson Sykes whose name would figure in future Flythe relationships. Although Solomon purchased a Sorrell filly at the estate sale of William Maddrey, there is no indication that he owned his own farm at this time. By 1841, the land tax lists showed Solomon as the owner of 241 acres of land. However; Solomon's first recorded land purchase was in 1843 when he purchased 100 acres from Micajah Garris.
Jan. 1, 1843.
Micajah Garrris sells to
Solomon Fly for $300, 100
acres. Bounded by Micajah
Garris, Samuel Munger, Jas. B. Bartley.
Wit: none Signed: Micajah (his L mark) Garris Ackn: March Court 1843 Rec.: Apr. 3, 1843 
In 1827, Garris had married Polly Martin, a sister of Dorothea Martin.
Two years later,
Solomon bought 91 and ½ acres from John L. Monger of
Feb. 11, 1845.
John L. Monger of Hertford Co.,
N.C. sells to Solomon Flythe
for $208.12, 92 and 1/2 acres (more or less).
Bounded by Henry Coggins & William B. Bottom, Kirbys Creek,
Solomon Flythe, Micajah
Wit: Wm. B. Bottom, Arthur T. Long. Signed: John S. Monger. Proven: Sept.
This land was
probably the land that
Rev. John and Sarah Trader Fly had sold to John Mongar
in 1792 before they left for
Solomon and Dorothea
appeared in the 1850 census of
Feb. 13, 1856.
sells to William Bottom for $800, 192 & 1/2 acres more or less.
Bounded by William B. Bottom, Joseph J.H. Garris & Henry Coggins.
Wit: Joseph M.S. Rogers, Augustus R. G_____?
Signed: Solomon Flythe. Ackn.: Mar.
purchased some land in
Feb. 15, 1856.
Dorothy Jones sells to Solomon
Flythe, 850 acres for $2800.
Bounded by J.A. J. Sykes, Moses Thorp, heirs of Sterling R.
Murphree & others "it being sd. tract of land recently purchased of
Brittain Sykes", Certain
white oaks and pine excepted and to be harvested by Dorothy Jones
Wit: Allen B. Murphree , Thomas J. Flythe
Signed: Dorothy Jones Proved: April 9, 1856 
Two years later, Solomon deeded all of his property to his oldest daughter Louisa Flythe for one dollar.
Feb. 26, 1858.
Solomon Flythe sells
to Louisa T. Flythe for
"love and affection of father for daughter" and one dollar, 800 acres
and a negro woman named Maria and a boy named Andrew, three horses, 21
cattle, 61 hogs and all of present crop of corn and fodder and all the
bacon he now has.
Wit: none Signed: Solomon Flythe Rec.: Feb. 26, 1858 
Feb. 26, 1858.
sells to Louisa T. Flythe
for one dollar and "natural love and affection for his daughter", five
feather beds and furniture, one desk and case, ten chairs, one loom, two
spinning wheels, three pots, one brandy still and worm, twenty cider
casks, twenty bushels of peas, all the said Solomon's crop of cotton,
eleven bee hives, one cotton gin, two carts and wheels, one buggy and
harness, 200 bushels of cotton seed, and all the plantation utensils
belonging to the said Solomon.
Wit: none Signed: Solomon Flythe Rec: Feb. 26, 1858 
A month later, Louisa deeded everything back to him!
March 23, 1858.
Louisa Flythe sells
to Solomon Flythe for love
and affection and $5, land and other property sold to Louisa by Solomon
in two deeds dated Feb. 26, 1858.
Wit: none. Ackn.: Mar 23, 1858. Signed: Louisa (her X mark) T. Flythe 
Solomon’s grandson, John Thomas Flythe, son of Thomas Jefferson Flythe stated that:
The purpose of the above is not known to me.
I gather, however, that my grandfather, Solomon Flythe, was
somewhat of an eccentric in some of his ideas and ways.
It is a fact that he left all his property to his daughters,
thereby disinheriting his sons, George and Thomas Jefferson, for no good
reason that I have ever been able to find out.
I suppose that he thought that, as they were boys, they could
make their own way.
was a rather "rough stone" I judge, but withal honest and honorable.
It is, in this connection, noteworthy to note, that, so far as I
know, there have not been any priests or ministers amongst his
Jefferson Flythe without aid or inheritance from his father, together
with the hardships imposed by the Civil War and Reconstruction, had a
hard struggle; but his descendants are, I believe, gradually forging
ahead. Solomon Flythe's
daughter, Louisa (Spinster), in order, I think, to partially amend the
injustices done her brother, made her last will, naming him one of her
John Thomas Flythe, Sr. 
Solomon’s other son,
George Washington Flythe, had moved to
The 1860 census
listed Solomon and Dorothy as one of the families of
In February of 1861, the family experienced an epidemic of diphtheria. Apparently Solomon reported the death of Rosina M., Laura C Sarah, Mary Ann and Etta Jane Flythe. The only one of these daughters to be mentioned in Solomon’s will in October of 1860 was Mary Ann. Perhaps there are errors in the dates of the will or reports of death.
Solomon, himself, died sometime between early 1861 and July 1863 in the midst of the Civil War. His will was as follows:
Solomon Flythe’s Will
In the Name of God Amen:
I, Solomon Flythe, of the county of Greensville and State of Virginia, being weak in body but of sound & disposing mind and memory, do this day make and publish this my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following:
I. I give and bequeath unto my son George W. five dollars to him and his heirs forever.
II. I give an bequeath unto my son Thomas J. ten dollars to him and his heirs forever.
III. My will and desire is for my Exor. hereafter named to pay all my just debts.
IV. I leave unto my beloved wife, Dorothy, and my beloved daughters, Louisa T., Mary C. and Lovey W. my plantation, negroes and all the residue of my estate during the natural life of my said wife.
V. At the death of my said wife, I give and bequeath unto my said daughters, Louisa T., Mary C. and Lovey W. my plantation and Negroes with the residue of my estate to be equally divided among them to them and their heirs forever.
VI. It is my request and desire for my said wife and daughters to remain and crop together during the natural life of my said wife.
VII. I do by these presents constitute, nominate and appoint my friend, Henry W. Ivey, my Executor of this may Last Will and Testament, revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of October, Eighteen Hundred and Sixty.
Signed: Solomon Flythe
Wit: Jno C. Ivey, Jno. H. Lifsey
Greensville County Court
Children of Solomon Flythe and Dorothea Martin Flythe
4e.-i-1. Louisa Thomas Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Louisa T. Flythe was
the oldest daughter of Solomon & Dorothy Martin Flythe.
She was born
Louisa appears in
the deeds of Greensville Co.,
Jan. 25, 1872.
Louisa T. Flythe
sells to Thomas J. Flythe
for $500, 168 acres.
Bounded by D.R. Taylor, Thomas Eason, & others "it being the tract on
which he now resides"
Wit: C.T. Ricks, J.T. Johnson. Signed: Louisa T. Flythe. Proved: Feb. 5, 1872 
This was the farm that Thomas Flythe lived on and had been sold to Louisa in 1868. The reason for this is not known. It may have been Oakhurst, the farm owned by Thomas J. Flythe’s descendants through the 1980s. Oakhurst is depicted in the masthead of this website.
At the age of 44 on Jan. 25, 1878, Louisa married Person Sykes, a considerably younger man. The marriage did not last long. According to my grandfather’s records, Louisa divorced Person Sykes. The 1880 Census does show a household composed of: Person Sykes 30, Louisa Sykes 44, Suzie O. Sykes 6.
At some point, she
converted to the Baptist religion & apparently this disappointed her
The land that the Fountain’s Grove
Baptist church stands on was given by Louisa.
By the time of the
Census of 1900, Louisa was living with Joseph and Lovey Johnson in
Jan. 28, 1905.
Louisa T. Flythe
sells to J. A. Grizzard for $460, 92 acres of land “being a portion of
the lands formerly belonging to
Solomon Flythe, deceased” that Louisa purchased “from
George W. Flythe and wife”.
Wit: E. B. Williams. Signed: Louisa T. (her X mark) Flythe. Rec. Feb. 7, 1905. 
J. A. Grizzard was
John Andrew Grizzard.
He had married one of Louisa’s
nieces, Lillie A. Johnson who died in
Louisa died on Oct.
15, 1906 at age 72.
At the time, she was living with
her nephew Charles C. Johnson.
The burial occurred at the
Will of Louisa T. Flythe
Considering the uncertainty of the mortal life and being of sound mind and memory (blessed by Almighty God for the same) I do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following; that is to say:
First: I give and bequeath to my brother G. W. Flythe the sum of One hundred Dollars, which said sum of money I will and order to be paid to the said G.W. Flythe within six months after my decease.
Second: I further give and devise to my brother T.J. Flythe and my sister L.W. Johnson’s children, their heirs and assignes all of my lands situated and lying in the County of Greensville, State of Virginia, together with all my other freehold estate whatsoever, to hold to them the said T. J. Flythe and L.W. Johnson’s children, their heirs and assigns forever, and I further will and direct that my land be equally divided in number of acres, commencing at the River Road and running to Fountain’s Creek, and that part adjoining the said T. J. Flythe, A. J. Sykes and W. F. Chitty is to belong to my brother, T. J. Flythe and that part adjoining the lands of L.W. Johnson and M.A. Thorp is to belong to my sister’s (L.W. Johnson’s) children, their heirs or assigns forever, and If I should owe any debts at the time of my decease I order that my brother, T. J. Flythe and sister’s children each pay one-half and also they shall pay the one hundred dollar legacy to my brother G. W. Flythe, so that it will be unnecessary for me to name an Administrator of this my Last Will and Testament, Hereby revoking all other former wills by me made. .In witness whereof: I set my hand and seal this 21st. Day of June in the Year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Four. Signed: L.T. Flythe
The above instrument, consisting of one sheet was now here subscribed by L.T. Flythe, the testator, in the presence of each of us, and was at the same time declared by her to be her Last Will and Testament, and we at her request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses. J.T. Bryant, E.P. Turner 
Louisa had not
forgotten her brother in
Tues. Oct. 16, 1906/Wed. Oct. 17, 1906.
Obituary- Louise Thomas Flythe, Miss
She died Monday Oct. 15, 1906 at 3:45 p.m. in the home of her nephew, Charles C. Johnson, at
4e.-i.-2. George Washington Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
George Washington was the second
child, and oldest son of Solomon Flythe & Dorothy Martin Flythe, and was
born on Feb. 22, 1836 according to his father’s family Bible.
is confirmed by his grave marker at
required George W. Flythe to renounce any claim on Susan’s property.
Their marriage was not recorded in
any of the records of
The divorce records of George W. Flythe and Susan A. Flythe have not been located. Perhaps George did not formalize the separation with a divorce or perhaps the records were lost. At any rate, after 1859, there was no known contact between the two. A Susan Flythe does appear in the records of Northampton Co in 1868, along with Jack Hayley & Octavius Hayley.  It is not certain that this Susan Flythe was George W. Flythe’s former wife, but it seems likely. Further research into the court records of the county is needed.
Much of the analysis
of George W. Flythe’s early days in
By the 1860 census, George Flythe
was in northeastern
Some time in the next few years, George Flythe participated in the Civil War in a South Carolina Cavalry Unit, the 1st. (Martin’s) South Carolina Mounted Militia Regiment and the 3rd Georgia Infantry Regiment Reserves. This SC unit was raised by attorney, Colonel William Edward Martin, for whom George Flythe had apparently acted as agent and overseer in a plantation operation in
According to the
Bazemore family, George Flythe’s second wife was a
She has not been placed in a birth
family although there were members of the Blount family living in the
area at the time.
On Dec. 11, 1864, a daughter,
Sarah Elizabeth Flythe, was born to the couple in
George W. Flythe
This third marriage was more
fortunate than the previous two.
1870 and 1872, Jane E. “Janey”
In October of 1873, a son, Jimmy, was born to the couple. More children followed with regularity, but Jimmy died at age 12 in 1885. The other children were: Solomon Clarence Flythe (Dec. 7, 1875), Annie Laurie (Feb. 21, 1877), Rozzie (Mar. 3, 1879), Rosetta Marvin (Mar. 22, 1881), John Claude (May 25, 1883), and Lelia Willie (April 3, 1885).
George W. Flythe
seems to have been a man of compassion or alternatively a passionate man
of some temper!
In the early 1880s, Samuel
Jackson, George Flythe’s step-son, was living in the household of a Mr. J. M. Kearney.
The young Samuel was there to
learn a skill, but apparently Mr. Kearney was of an abusive temperament
and Samuel was ill-treated.
Word of this got back to the
Flythes and George Flythe hitched up a wagon and headed over to
4e.-i.-3. Thomas Jefferson Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Thomas was born on
Jan. 1, 1839 in Northampton Co., NC.
was listed in the 1850 census with his father and mother.
By 1860 according to his son John
Thomas Flythe, he was working as an overseer on a plantation in a county
During the war, he
returned to his home to marry Mary V. Gilliam, daughter of James
Thomas Jefferson Flythe
was present with General Lee at Appomattox. After the surrender
Nov. 20, 1866.
George R. Murphee sells to
Thomas J. Flythe for $500, 168 acres known as the old quarter.
Bounded by James H. Person, Dr. Musgrave, Jas. W. Cook & Mrs. G.
Wit: L.H. Foster, J.H. Murfee. G. R. Murfee. Ackn. & Rec.: Nov. 20, 1866 
Thomas later sold this land to Louisa T. Flythe.
Malinda L. Flythe
was born in 1868, and Richard Asbury Flythe’s birth occurred on
On October of 1878,
Thomas married again.
His new wife was
Minnie Chesterfieldia Crump, daughter of John James Crump and Elizabeth Ivey
July 29, ____
I was surprised to hear that you would it was thought that you would be a mother for any body's children. If you can be in reality and not only in name, that will do better, but you must remember that your happiness and his will depend on the way you treat his children. If you are bad to them he will say: 'You do not love me or you would not treat them so." As you have said you can do to suit yourself, and if you make your bed soft you will enjoy it and not mee, and if hard it will be yours to injure it as long as you live or he lives. All I want is for you to be tolerable happy, for you aren't the happiest disposed person I ever saw. I would like for you to come home and let me stay away some time flying about. You will say "Ma is too old to fly about", but I can enjoy myself visiting my relations as well as you. We are all well at this time and send our best love and well wishes to you and will congratulate you if you are married. It is always best to think twice before you marry one. May your heavenly father direct you in that way which will be best for your soul and for his honor and glory. Goodby, God help you and save you for Christ's sake.
E. I. Vinson
Thomas and Minnie were the parents of James Fred Flythe, Ida Virginia Flythe, Minnie Ophelia Flythe, John Thomas Flythe, Clarence Elmer (Wilmer) Flythe, and Cary Page Flythe.
The next year,
Thomas was involved in the sale of their portion of the
Jan. 30, 1879.
Sykes and his wife Louisa S.
Sykes, Thomas J. Flythe
and his wife Chesterfield Flythe,
Joseph T. Johnson and his wife
Lovey W. Johnson sell to
Braxton Flythe for $51, "a part of the
Enos Flythe tract containing
17 acres more or less"
Wit: None Signed: Person (his X mark) Sykes, L.S. Sykes, T.J. Flythe,
Proved: Jan. 30, 1879. Louisa, Chesterfield, & Lovey were examined privately and consented. Reg.: April 9, 1879 
Thomas Jefferson Flythe died on March 14, 1915.  His obituary was probably printed in the Emporia Independent Messenger:
Thomas J. Flythe
Died at his home in
Mr. Flythe contracted grippe about two weeks ago, which soon developed into pneumonia, resulting in his death early Sunday morning.
He was a man of excellent habits, fine moral character and sturdy constitution, and he continued to be active in his accustomed pursuits till long past the age at which men ordinarily drop out of the ranks of the workers. To this end there is no doubt that his sunshiny disposition largely contributed.
Mr. Flythe had passed almost his entire life in this county. He served during the four years of the war. He was a member of company D, Third Virginia Regiment, Kemper’s Brigade, Pickett’s Division, Longstreet’s Corps and was with Lee at the surrender at
He is survived by a wife, five sons: J. Fred, of
The burial service was conducted by Dr. W.W. Lear of the Methodist church from the residence on Monday and the interment was in the
Before his death, he
attended the ceremonies marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle
of Gettysburg in
4e.-i.-4. Dorothy A. Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
This daughter appeared in the 1850 Census, but not the 1860 census. She was born about 1841 and died as a young person.
4e.-i.-5. Etta Jane Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Etta Jane was born about 1843, but died on Feb. 17, 1861 of diphtheria. 
4e.-i.-6. Mary Ann Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Mary Ann Flythe was born about 1844. Her father reported her death in 1861.  There were no descendants.
4e.-i.-7. Sarah Laura C. Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Sarah Flythe was born ca. 1847, but her death was reported as occurring on Feb. 19, 1861. There were no descendants.
4e.-i.-8. Rosina M. Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
She was born in 1851 and died on Feb. 19, 1861 of diphtheria.  There are no descendants.
4e.-i.-9. Lovey Willia Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Lovey was born in 1854 and died on Oct. 3, 1900. She married Joseph Thomas Johnson on Nov. 8, 1866 and had several children.
4e.-i.-10. (son) Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Another son was born to Solomon & Dorothy, but he did not survive. The actual birth date cannot be read in Solomon’s Bible.
Solomon and Dorothy Flythe seem to have suffered the loss of many of their children. Out of ten children, only two sons and two daughters survived the Civil War era, married and lived a full life.
4e.-ii. Mary Elizabeth Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Mary Elizabeth was born by 1812 and little is known about her. Reportedly she married Micajah Bozeman in 1833 in Northampton Co. The 1840 census shows Micajah Bozeman’s household with one male under 5, one male between 20 and 30, two females under 5, one female between 5 and 10, and one female between 20 and 30. This could be Mary Elizabeth and her children, but it does not constitute proof.
4e.-ii.-1 Mary Ann Bozeman 7 (Mary Elizabeth 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Enos took care of the daughter, Mary Ann Bozeman, born in 1838 according to the 1850 census. Mary Ann married Littleberry Smith on April 28, 1856. A Littleberry Smith died on June 16, 1862.
Mary Ann has not been traced further.
4e.-iii. Jacob Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Jacob was born about
4e.-iii.-1. Ann Flythe 7 (Jacob 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Ann may be the Anna
Flythe living with Deborah Evelina Flythe Smith in 1870 in Northampton.
She was said to have married a
4e.-iv Etheldred Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Etheldred was born about 1820 according to the 1880 census. His name was sometimes written Eldred & sometimes Etheldred. He was called “Dred”.
He married Sally or Susan Stevenson on the 12th of January, 1839. Sally was the daughter of Benjamin Stevenson and his unknown first wife.  The Stevensons were the parents of: Patience, Jenkins, Sarah, Emily and Henry. After Sally Stephenson Flythe’s mother died, Benjamin Stevenson married for a second time to Edith Jenkins. They had: Edith, Mary, Susan and John.
Etheldred’s wife, Sally, was a cousin to Solomon Flythe’s wife Dorothea Martin whose mother Amy Stevenson was a sister of Benjamin Stevenson. Etheldred and Sally had a son, Henry T. Flythe, circa 1841. John J. Flythe, another son, was born about 1844.
According to her
death certificate, Mittie Davis
born to D.B. Flythe and Susan Stephenson about 1839.
Her life story is a bit
complicated to explain!
On the 1850 census, an eight year
old girl, Larruce F. Fly, was listed in the household of Henry and
Patience Everitt along with a baby, Henry Everitt and twenty eight year
old Emily Stevenson.
On Feb. 2, 1869, a Patience
Everitt married William H. Newsom.
This Patience Everitt’s father was
Benjamin Stevenson according the marriage record.
Larruce F. Fly or Lavinia Ann
Millenna “Mittie” Flythe was most likely one of Sally Stevenson Flythe’s
After her mother’s death and her
father Etheldred’s departure for
After Sally’s death,
Etheldred moved to the
4e.-iv.-1. Henry T. Flythe 7 (Etheldred 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Henry T. Flythe
Nineteen year old Henry
volunteered for the Civil War on Sept. 10, 1861.
was in Company D, 32 Regiment, N.C. Infantry and was captured by Union
forces on May 10, 1864 at
4e.-iv.-2. Lavinia Ann Millena “Mittie” Flythe 7 (Etheldred 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
varied quite a bit, but it is still possible to trace her.
She apparently married
Davis just before the Civil War although no record of the marriage has
They had Delia Carter Davis in
On March 27, 1865, Drewery Davis
died as a Civil War prisoner at
4e.-iv.-3. John J. Flythe 7 (Etheldred 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
John J. Flythe also died in the Civil War. He never married nor had children.
4e.-v. Braxton Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
An exceptional letter, written by Braxton’s son
Joseph, was recently located by Doug Pickett and sent to me.
In describing his ancestors it is not entirely accurate, but does
give us a view into the character and activities of Braxton and some of
Braxton Flythe was born about 1822 according to the 1870 census. According to Rev. Norman Flythe, Braxton lost his arm in an accident when he was very young and never learned to read and write.
This situation was apparently more complicated than that. According to his son Joseph T. Flythe, as a child Braxton was a little unruly and did not want to do any studying. According to Joe’s Aunt Becky, Braxton would harness the old filly and plow the field. Braxton claimed as an adult that he had to do that in order to provide the family with the food they needed. Enos was not a very good farmer and teaching did not pay well.
Joe stated that Braxton was:
....an unusually bright man. Though he could hardly write his name he was expert at figures and could work a problem in math much quicker than I can, and it was wonderful to hear him quote dater in history from the overthrow of Chaldear by the meads and persions on down to modern history, whether he got it from reading or from hering his father quote I can’t saySo Braxton may or may not have been disabled, but he was considered the brightest of all Enos’ sons by Joe Flythe.
Dec. 13, 1855. John Harrell sells to Braxton Fly (sic), for $70.72, land "containing by recent survey 32 & 1/4 acres. Bounded by John Harrell, Braxton Fly, Capt. Collin W. Barnes line, Enos Fly, decd. Wit: Thos. B. Worrell, John B. Sherrod. Signed: John Harrell. Proved: Dec. Court 1860. Reg: Dec. 10, 1860
Braxton was bitterly opposed to the Civil War and did not provide much service. His son Joe said that he was “appointed to some kind of home guard” Near the end of the war, Braxton was drafted and unfortunately developed a case of pneumonia and “liked to died”. He was apparently stationed near his home and was able to visit Martha and the children occasionally; probably in order to see if they were alright.
Braxton was listed in the 1868 Tax
with several tracts of land including one
in the 1870 census was made up of Braxton (48), Martha (28),
In 1873, Martha
Vaughn Flythe purchased the
His home has been
The Flythe house is located near "Cross Lox" where the Severn-Boykin
highway crosses the
The two-story eight-room white clapboard house is of classic Georgian design. It has two large outside chimneys, five windows across the front and a simple Federal style stoop at the entrance, supported by 14-15 inch square pillars. The top front of the stoop is in the form of a pointed arch.
A small entrance hall separates two large rooms. Five rooms are downstairs and three upstairs. The stairway leads from the entrance hall. A piazza or colonnade leading to an off-kitchen has been enclosed and the old kitchen has been converted into an office. Originally, the room over the present kitchen and dining room was used as a schoolroom. The floors are of the original pine boards and the wainscotting is of simple classic design.
After Braxton Flythe's death, his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. James T. Stanford, owned the house. ……….There was once a racetrack at the home site of Braxton Flythe's father directly across the road from the Edwards place.
Some accounts of the
life of John Fly, Braxton’s grandfather, describe a race track on his
While not proven, the race track
would have been a source of amusement for the people at that time.
Several breeders of race horses
Braxton died on May
No will has been found. Braxton
and Martha were the parents of:
4e.-vi. Mary A. Rebecca Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Aug. 2, 1866.
Silas Edwards part of 1st. part,
part of 2nd. part, & John C. Jordan party of 3rd. part.
"Whereas a marriage is about to be.........solemnized
between sd. Silas Edwards &
& ......... they have agreed that separate property now belonging to sd.
which she may hereafter acquire "She will be able to dispose of as if
unmarried & "she shall make no claim to estate of........Silas".
sells for $1 to John C. Jordan "all the estate &
property.........belonging to the sd.
with these conditions.
1st. In trust for sole use of
profits to her & subject to her disposal as if fem sole.
2nd. in trust after the death of sd. Silas for sole use
& to be reconveyed to her, her heirs ............ free from further
3rd. In trust on decease of
lifetime of sd. Silas, for use of such persons.......sd.
appoint ....... by will & in default of such appt. for use & benefit of
heirs at law & next of kin of sd.
4th In trust to make & execute all necessary writings to
give full force......to the purposes
.......(of trust) & sd.
agree in event of surviving her sd. husband, to claim or receive no part
of his estate as & for dower, her years provisions....... & Silas agrees
to settle any after acquired estate of sd.
Rebecca when so
required by her to such trustee..... Wit: Geo. W. Johnson, S. K.
Signed: Silas Edwards,
Rebecca (her X mark) Flythe.
Proved & tax pd.:
This is a complex trust and implies that Rebecca’s inheritance would be substantial. This does not seem to be the case so it is not clear why she insisted on this agreement. John Jordan, the trustee, is not known to be related to Rebecca at all.
They had no children.
Nov. 22, 1875. Mary A. R. Edwards, Eveline D. Smith, and Anna J. Flythe sell to Martha E. Flythe for $233, land adjoining Braxton Flythe, John B. Sherrod, David Ricks & Hezekiah Revelle near Cross Locks, 134 & 1/2 acres. Wit: E. A. Martin, B. F. Martin. Signed: Mary A. R. Edwards (her X mark), Eveline D. (her X mark) Smith, Anna J. (her X mark) Flythe. Prov. & Rec. Nov. 24, 1875 
Evelina D. Smith was Rebecca’s sister, but the identity of Anna J. Flythe has not been established. Since she has a Flythe surname, she may have been Jacob’s daughter, Ann. The land that was the subject of this deed was probably part of Enos Fly’s estate. Martha E. Flythe was Braxton Flythe’s wife, Martha E. Vaughan.
4e.-vii. Deborah Evalina Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Deborah was born
about 1828 and married Robert Smith, blacksmith, in
Deborah and Captain Robert Smith had at least three sons and a daughter: Robert R. (1855), John A. (1857), Joe (1865) and Damsel W. (1859). The 1860 census in
4e.-viii. Alexander Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
Alexander was reportedly born about 1829.
When he was about 28 years old, he was living in Mississippi.
A letter dated 1857 from Alexander Flythe to his brother, sisters
and mother in Northampton County has survived and does give us another
perspective of the family.
He seems to be missing his family very much and was planning on visiting
them before going to Arkansas evidently to live. He did mention having
received letters from his brothers John and Eldred (Etheldred).
He was growing some crops, but he was also there to settle his
brother Jacob’s estate. It
seems clear that Enos did educate all of his sons, perhaps with the
exception of the rebellious Braxton.
Family stories claimed that Alexander was a very handsome man who was courting a wealthy young lady in Louisiana. Supposedly, he was shot from his horse by a jealous rival and died. The content of Joe Flythe’s letter does not indicate that this is what happened at all. According to the letter, Alex and John, Enos’ two youngest sons, went to Walnut Bend, Arkansas probably in the mid-1850s. While there they both worked as book keepers and later had a mercantile business. One night, robbers broke into the business and Alex was killed. John then sought employment with a large firm, but unfortunately it went bankrupt. In fact, it was insolvent when he was hired. Braxton had visited New Orleans after Jacob’s death and then traveled to see John in Walnut Bend. He tried to persuade John to return to Northampton, but was unsuccessful.
Alexander was in his late 20s or early 30s when he died a few years after writing the letter. He never married and there are no descendants.
4e.-ix. John J. Fly 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
A descendant of John
J. Fly, James Gipson has been very helpful in clarifying the details
about this family in
John J. was probably born about 1831 or 1832. This is what the Census of 1850 and 1880 seem to indicate. However, the 1870 Census for John gives a very different date. In addition, his tombstone states that he died on June 26, 1881 at age 44 (born 1837). The earlier date is most likely because Mary Odom probably would have been past her child bearing years by the late 1830s.
It is said that,
before the Civil War, John J. Fly visited his brother, Jacob, in
At the time the 1880
census was taken, John Fly lived in
John’s tombstone in
Sarah outlived her
husband by many years.
She was buried in the same
cemetery and her tombstone stated that she was born July 24, 1840 and
died on April 29, 1911.
In 1900, she was living with N. B.
Children of John J. Fly and Sarah Pigg Fly
4e.-ix.-1. Dolly Fly 7 (John J 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
This daughter was born in June 1868 and died in 1950. She may have been Eveline Dorothy Fly. She married Dave Tucker and they were the parents of: Claborne A. (1892-1959), Sarah Letsie (1894-1958), Mary E. (1896-1948), John D. (1908-1933).
4e.-ix.-2. John Calvin Fly 7 (John J 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
This son married Tishie Bevels and they had Odie (1917- ) and Nishie (1918- ).
4e.-ix.-3. Frances (Fannie) Fly 7 (John J 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
4e.-ix.-4. Naufluss Braxton Fly 7 (John J 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
He was born in 1876
and died in 1946.
Alice Caroline West who
was born on Nov. 24, 1880 and died June 30, 1972.
James Gipson is his grandson, and
although he was quite young when
N. Braxton and Alice were the parents of Homer Lee (August 9, 1904-May 16, 1963), James Dallas Flye (Sept. 6, 1906-December 10, 1978), Maudie Louella (August 20, 1908-February 8, 1946), J. Thomas (March 27, 1911-August 15, 1990), Clara Mae (August 8, 1914-April 12, 1974) and Hershel Braxton Flye (June 3, 1917-March 24, 1983).
Two of his sons decided to spell their surname as Flye. This was common among the New England Fly family and is another spelling variation used in the distant past.
4e.-ix.-5. Lula Fly 7 (John J 6,Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
This daughter never married and had no children.
4e.-x. Sarah Frances Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)
The last child, Sarah called “Fanny”, was born about 1833. She married Samuel Pruden according to the records of John Thomas Flythe and Braxton Roland Flythe.
Samuel & Fanny were listed in the 1880 Northampton Co. census, but Fanny’s age was probably an error. According to that census, Fanny was born in 1841, a date well past Polly Odom Flythe’s childbearing years. Fanny was said to have a wonderful singing voice.
Her death occurred after 1900 and there were no children.
Enos Fly Descendant Tree
4e. Enos Fly/Flythe
m. Mary (Polly) Odom, ca.1807
4e.-i. Solomon Flythe (ca. 1806-ca.1862)
m. Dorothea Martin, 1833
4e.-i-1. Louisa Thomas Flythe (1834-1906)
m. Person Sykes, 1878
4e.-i.-2. George Washington Flythe (1836-1915)
m. Susan Futrell, 1858
m. Mary Blount, ca.1864
m. Jane (Janey)
4e.-i.-3. Thomas Jefferson Flythe (1839-1915)
m. Mary V. Gilliam, 1862
m. Minnie Chesterfieldia Crump, 1878
4e.-i.-4. Dorothy A. Flythe (ca.1841-bef.1860
4e.-i.-5. Etta Jane Flythe (ca.1843-1861)
4e.-i.-6. Mary Ann Flythe (ca.1844-1861)
4e.-i.-7. Sarah Laura C. Flythe (ca.1847-1861)
4e.-i.-8. Rosina M. Flythe (ca.1851-1861)
4e.-i.-9. Lovey Willia Flythe (1854-1900)
m. Joseph Thomas Johnson, 1866
4e.-i.-10. (son) Flythe
4e.-ii. Mary Elizabeth Flythe (ca.1812-aft.1840)
m. Micajah Bozeman, 1833
4e.-ii.-1 Mary Ann Bozeman (1838- ?)
m. Littleberry Smith, 1856
4e.-iii. Jacob Flythe (ca.1817-ca.1860)
4e.-iii.-1. Ann Flythe (?)
4e.-iv. Etheldred (Dred) Flythe (ca.1820-1884)
m. Sally Stevenson, 1839
m. Alexina Carson, 1856
4e.-iv.-1. Henry T. Flythe (ca.1841-1864)
4e.-iv.-2. Lavinia Ann Millenna (Mittie) Flythe (ca.1842-1924)
m. Drewery T. Davis, ca.1860
4e.-iv.-3. John J. Flythe (1844-1865)
4e.-v. Braxton Flythe (ca.1822-1882)
m. Martha E. Vaughan, 1855
4e.-vi. Mary A. Rebecca Flythe (ca.1826-1899)
m. Silas Edwards, 1866
4e.-vii. Deborah Evalina Flythe (ca.1828- ?)
m. Robert R. Smith, 1849
4e.-viii. Alexander Flythe (ca.1829- ?)
4e.-ix. John J. Fly (ca.1831-1881)
m. Sarah Jane Pigg Clift Bascom, 1867
4e.-ix.-1. Dolly Fly (1868-1950)
m. David Tucker, ca. 1891
4e.-ix.-2. John Calvin Fly (?)
4e.-ix.-3. Fannie Fly (?)
4e.-ix.-4. Naufluss Braxton Fly (1876-1946)
m. Alice Caroline West, ca.1903
4e.-ix.-5. Lula Fly (?)
4e.-x. Sarah Frances (Fanny) Flythe (ca.1833-aft.1900)
m. Samuel Pruden
Photocopy of John Fly Bible.
John was son of Enoch Fly, brother of Enos Fly
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #14, p. 184
 Dozier, Rebecca Leach,
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #16, p.200
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #18, p. 147
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #30, p.373
 Letter from Roland Braxton Flythe to John Thomas Flythe,
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #37, p. 748
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book # 55,p. 172
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #30, p. 335
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #31, p. 461
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #36, p. 253
 Greensville Co.,
 Greensville Co.,
 Greensville Co.,
 Greensville Co.,
 Unpublished Notes of John Thomas Flythe, Sr
 Greensville County, Virginia Will Book #8, p 364
 Solomon Flythe Bible, published 1830, in the possession of Faith G. Flythe,
 Greensville Co., VA Deed Book # 10, pg. 350
 Greensville Co., Virginia Deed Book #25, p. 332
 Greensville Co., Va Will Book
 Letter of Rev. Norman Flythe, 1992
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book # 37, p. 586
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book # 37, p. 618
 This was reported by Rev. Norman J. Flythe, premier Fly/Flythe genealogist. Few people have more knowledge of Northampton Co. families than Mr. Flythe
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book # 40, p. 478 & 5
 Email of Dale Reddick
 This birth date was reported by Gene Ellzey, a descendant of GW Flythe & Mollie Blount. It has not been documented.
 Email of Dale Reddick
 Jane’s mother, Caroline M. Anderson was a daughter of Hezekiah and Alley Anderson. Jane herself may have been the eight year old Jane Farmer listed in the nearby household of Asael Farmer in 1850 Census of Effingham Co. This seems likely as a Caroline M. Farmer was the wife of Asael Farmer in the 1860 census of
Email of Dale Reddick
 Nat Archives 1983, photocopy of service record
 Greensville Co.,
 Thomas J. Flythe Bible, in the possession of Mrs. Ann Flythe McCutcheon, 2004
 Obituary in records of his son, John Thomas Flythe
 Unpublished notes of John Thomas Flythe
 Emporia, Greensville Co.,
 State of
 Emporia, Greensville Co.,
 There is an old family story about Jacob. The claim is that John and Elisha Fly came to
 Dozier, Rebecca Leach,
 Ancestry, NC Death Certificates 1909-1975, “Mittie Davis”
 Powell, David. Marriage Licenses of
 National Archives, photocopy of service record
 Ancestry, budtopp site
 Powell, David. Marriage Licenses of
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #37, p. 748
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #44, p. 228
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #38, p. 319
 Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #47, p. 375