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   enos4e. 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. [1]  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 Northampton County when he was appointed administrator of his father’s estate.  Then in 1809 when he sold some leased land: 

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. 

Roland Braxton 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 [4] and her sister, Mary Odom, married Enos Fly. The exact date of the marriage is not known, but Enos & Mary were probably married between July 18, 1805 and 1809.

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 Deberry.
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:

Enos Fly 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.  109 acres. 
Wit: Henry Peebles.  Signed:  Henry I. Cannon. Proved: June Ct. 1841

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.

According to accounts by older members of the Northampton Fly family, Mary Ann Bozeman was reportedly born to Mary Elizabeth Fly and her husband Micajah Bozeman.  Mary Elizabeth Fly Bozeman was the second child of Enos Fly and Polly Odom Fly and she died between 1845 and 1850.  Ann Fly, the five year old, was a daughter of Jacob Fly, whose wife had died before the census.  Jacob left Northampton County for Louisiana and Enos took care of the orphaned Ann. [8] 

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 Braxton supported 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. Ct. 1852.  Reg.: Mar 5, 1852

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.  John 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

Thumb John Harrell to Braxton Deed Thumb John Harrell Deed to Braxton Flythe Thumb Cover Braxton to John Harrell Deed Thumb Braxton John Harrell Purchase

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 Georgia.


Enos Fly Signature


Children of Enos Fly/Flythe and Mary Odom Flythe

   col man4e.-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 (Polly) Odom.  He married Dorothea Martin on Aug. 1, 1833. [12]  She was a daughter of Thomas Martin and Amy Stevenson of Northampton County. Dorothy’s father died a few years before the marriage, but Dorothy did receive one slave as part of her portion of Thomas Martin’s estate.  For a few years, Solomon and Dorothy may have been living in Hertford County.

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 acres from John L. Monger of Hertford County:

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 Garris. 
Wit: Wm. B. Bottom, Arthur T. Long.  Signed:  John S. Monger.  Proven: Sept. Ct. by Long.  Reg. : Sept. 5, 1845

This land was probably the land that Rev. John and Sarah Trader Fly had sold to John Mongar in 1792 before they left for Tennessee.  It had originally been owned by William Fly, the first Fly settler in Northampton, but not an ancestor of Solomon.

Solomon and Dorothea appeared in the 1850 census of Northampton County. The household included: Solomon (46), Dorothy (47), Louisa (14), George (12), Thomas (11), Dorothy A. (8), Jane (5), Sarah (2), Mary (6).  Solomon’s father Enos died about 1855 and in 1856, Solomon sold his Northampton County land:

Feb. 13, 1856. Solomon Flythe 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. Ct. 1856.  Reg.: Mar. 8, 1856

Solomon quickly purchased some land in Greensville County, Virginia and his son Thomas Jefferson Flythe was a witness:

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

Greensville County borders on Northampton County, NC so Solomon and Dorothea Flythe did not move very far from their old home place.  The Greensville County farm was located somewhere near “Dolly’s Pond”, so called because Dorothea fell into it at one time.

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.  Solomon Flythe 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.  Solomon 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 descendants.  Thomas 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 beneficiaries.
           John Thomas Flythe, Sr
. [20]

Solomon’s other son, George Washington Flythe, had moved to Georgia before the Civil War and does not seem to have had any contact with his father after that.  Flythe descendants in Georgia described Solomon Flythe as a heavy drinker and a hard man!  Both of his sons had to make their own way in life.

The 1860 census listed Solomon and Dorothy as one of the families of Greensville County, Virginia.  The household consisted of: Solomon (48), Dorothy (48), Louisa T. (26), Mary C. (16), Lovey W. (6), Dorothy A. (17), Etta J. (13), Laura C. (11), Rosina M. (9). 

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
, July Term, 1863.  This last Will and Testament of Solomon Flythe, dec’d, was presented to the Court and proved by the authority of Jno. C. Ivey and Jno. H. Lifsey, the two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.  Teste-  Jno. W. Potts, C.C. [21]

Solomon Flythe Signature

mary e   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.   

 jacob   4e.-iii. Jacob Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)

Jacob was born about 1817 in Northampton County, NC.  Supposedly he married there & had a daughter Ann. [55] After the mother died, Jacob went to Madison Parish, Louisiana and became an overseer for Nelson Shelton.  The 1850 census indicates that he was 33 years old at that time.  Jacob died before June 6, 1854 when Braxton Flythe signed a bond as guardian of Anna Flythe, the orphan.

etheldred   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. [56]  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  was born to D.B. Flythe and Susan Stephenson about 1839. [57]  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. [58]  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 children.  After her mother’s death and her father Etheldred’s departure for Portsmouth, Virginia, she was taken care of by her aunts Emily Stephenson and Patience Stephenson Everitt Newsom. Larruce F. Fly’s first name has appeared in many forms, so many that we cannot be sure of its actual nature! Sally Stephenson Flythe must have died at least before 1850.

After Sally’s death, Etheldred moved to the Norfolk area of Virginia, leaving his two sons with their Stevenson grandfather. He married as his second wife, Alexina Carson on Nov. 17, 1856.  There do not seem to have been children from this marriage and Etheldred died there on April 15, 1884.  Both of his sons died in the Civil War.

 braxton   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 his relatives.

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: 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 say

So Braxton may or may not have been disabled, but he was considered the brightest of all Enos’ sons by Joe Flythe.

A few days before his marriage to Martha E. Vaughn on Dec. 15, 1855, [62] Braxton purchased his first tract of land in Northampton. [63]

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 Lists [64] with several tracts of land including one on Murphreesboro Rd.  Unfortunately in 1869, he was bankrupt although some of his property was exempted.

Braxton’s household in the 1870 census was made up of Braxton (48), Martha (28), Missouri (12), Lillie (9), Eulelia (7), Joseph (5), and Martha (3).  It also included two of Deborah Evelina Flythe Smith’s sons, Robert Smith (14) and John Smith (12).  Next door to Braxton lived Evelina (Eddins) Smith with Damsel Smith (9), Joseph Smith(5), and an Anna Flythe (23).  This Anna may be Jacob’s daughter Ann.

In 1873, Martha Vaughn Flythe purchased the Cobb Place and also another tract of land known as the White place.  Martha would then have sole control of 421 acres.  She was about twenty years younger than Braxton.  In 1879, Braxton was again purchasing land, this time a portion of his father, Enos Fly’s estate.  Braxton Flythe

His home has been described in Footprints in Northampton: 

The Flythe house is located near "Cross Lox" where the Severn-Boykin highway crosses the Murphreesboro-Margarettsville Road.  The house was built by Braxton Flythe.  The construction was begun before the Civil War and completed after the war. The substantial home sits on a sloping hill.

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 property.  While not proven, the race track would have been a source of amusement for the people at that time.  Several breeders of race horses lived in Northampton in the late 1700s.

Braxton died on May 19, 1882.  No will has been found. Braxton and Martha were the parents of: Alexander, Missouri E., Lillie Mae, Frances Eulalia, Joseph Thomas, Clara M., Hattie Ringold, Nellie Deborah, Roland Braxton, and Addie Blanche Flythe. 

mary a   4e.-vi. Mary A. Rebecca Flythe 6 (Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1) 

She was born about 1826.  At age 40, she married Silas Edwards on August 2, 1866. [65]  There was a prenuptial agreement that was recorded at the Northampton County Courthouse:

Aug. 2, 1866.  Silas Edwards part of 1st. part, Rebecca Flythe part of 2nd. part, & John C. Jordan party of 3rd. part.  "Whereas a marriage is about to be.........solemnized between sd. Silas Edwards & Rebecca Flythe & ......... they have agreed that separate property now belonging to sd. Rebecca or which she may hereafter acquire "She will be able to dispose of as if unmarried & "she shall make no claim to estate of........Silas".  Rebecca sells for $1 to John C. Jordan "all the estate & property.........belonging to the sd. Rebecca Flythe" with these conditions.  1st.  In trust for sole use of Rebecca, profits to her & subject to her disposal as if fem sole.  2nd. in trust after the death of sd. Silas for sole use of Rebecca & to be reconveyed to her, her heirs ............ free from further trust.  3rd. In trust on decease of Rebecca during lifetime of sd. Silas, for use of such Rebecca may appoint ....... by will & in default of such appt. for use & benefit of heirs at law & next of kin of sd. Rebecca.  4th In trust to make & execute all necessary writings to give full the purposes .......(of trust) & sd. Rebecca does 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. Edwards.  Signed: Silas Edwards, Rebecca (her X mark) Flythe.  Proved & tax pd.: Aug. 31, 1866.  Reg: Aug. 31, 1866 [66]

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.

On Nov. 22, 1875, Rebecca along with others signed the following:

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 [67]

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.

Rebecca reportedly died in Northampton County in 1899.

deborah   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 Northampton County on Oct. 30, 1849 when she was 21.  The 1850 census shows the couple living in Hertford County with Augustus Fly, an apprentice blacksmith.  Augustus Fly was Augustus Moore Fly, the only child of William H. Fly and Sarah Horn, and grandson of John Fly and Mary Hutchings Fly.

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 Northampton County shows this family with two sons and a daughter.   Robert Smith died soon after the Civil War and in the1870 Census the sons, Robert (age 14) and John (age 12) were listed in the household of Braxton Flythe in Northampton County.  The household of Edison Smith had as residents, Damsel (age 9), Joseph (age5), and Anna Flythe (age 23).

alexander   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.

john j   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 Tennessee.  He deserves much credit as a researcher and preserver of family knowledge!

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 Louisiana and also traveled to Arkansas. However, he married Sarah Pigg Clift Bascom in Illinois on March 28, 1867 and took up farming.  She had been twice widowed.  On February 5, 1857, Sarah married Henry Clift in Lincoln County, Tennessee. According to great-grandson, James Gipson, Sarah and Henry lost several children to diphtheria. Henry died about 1863 and on March 19, 1865, she married Erastus S. Bascom in Alexander County, Illinois.  It is  not known why she was living in Illinois at the time.  Sarah and Erastus were the parents of Erastus S. Bascom, Jr., but Sarah’s second husband died; probably about 1866.  John J. Fly and Sarah lived for a while in Illinois at Goose Island precinct in Alexander County.  They are on the 1870 census there as a family of John J. Fly (33, b.Virginia), Sarah A. Fly (30, b. TN), E. B. Fly (3, b. Ill), and Eveline (1, b.Ill).  The E. B. Fly listed was actually Sarah’s child, Erastus Bascom.

At the time the 1880 census was taken, John Fly lived in Lincoln County, TN.  His household consisted of: John J. Fly (48), Sarah J. (39), E. D. Fly (11 b. Ill.), John C. Fly (9 b. Ill.), F. P. Fly (7 b. TN), Mattie L. Fly (5 b. TN), N. B. Fly (2 b. TN), E. S. Bascomb (12 b. Ill. son). 

John’s tombstone in the Pigg Cemetery in northern Lincoln County states that he died in 1881.  Apparently, no one seems to know what the middle initial “J” stood for in his name.  One of his grandsons, J. Thomas Fly, did not have a specific name associated with his first initial either.   It is obvious that John never adopted the surname Flythe even though his brothers in North Carolina did so.

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. Fly in Lincoln County and in 1910 she was living with a John Fly in the same county.  

sarah   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.

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Children of Solomon Flythe and Dorothea Martin Flythe

louisa   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 July 21, 1834 in Hertford Co., NC. [22]  This seems to indicate that Solomon may have lived for a while just across the Meherrin River in the county adjoining Northampton. 

Louisa appears in the deeds of Greensville Co., Virginia. before the Civil War!  It was unusual in those days for a young single woman to be deeded property, but for some reason her father did so as previously described.  In 1872, Louisa sold 168 acres to her brother Thomas Jefferson Flythe.

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 relatives.  The land that the Fountain’s Grove Baptist church stands on was given by Louisa.  Louisa’s Greensville County relatives were Methodist.

By the time of the Census of 1900, Louisa was living with Joseph and Lovey Johnson in Greensville County.  On January 28, 1905, Louisa signed a deed to J. A. Grizzard:

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
. [24] 

J. A. Grizzard was John Andrew Grizzard.  He had married one of Louisa’s nieces, Lillie A. Johnson who died in Greensville County in 1892.

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 Margaretsville Cemetery in North Carolina. [25]  She left a will written two years earlier:

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 Georgia.  Perhaps he had visited Greensville Co. at some time.  Lovey Willia had already died, but it is obvious that Louisa was close to Lovey’s children . 

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 #531 County St.  She was 63 years of age.  She was a lady of the most endearing character, possessing a wide circle of friends who will mourn her death.  Funeral Directors Snelling, King & Cooper will forward her remains to Margarettsville, N.C. Tues. Oct. 16, 1906 at 9:15 a.m. by way of the Seaboard Line Railway.  Funeral and interment upon the arrival of the remains.  Interment in the Margaretsville Cemetery
. [27]

gwf   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.  This is confirmed by his grave marker at Buck Creek Methodist Church cemetery in Screven County, Georgia.   He was born, most likely, in Northampton or Hertford County, North Carolina.  He was listed in his father’s household as a 12 year old in the 1850 census of Northampton.

On Dec. 22, 1858, George W. Flythe signed a marriage contract with Susan Ann Futrell, daughter of Wiley Futrell and Elizabeth Mungar, born ca. 1829. [28]  Susan had been married previously on Sept. 25, 1848 to Dickerson Futrell. [29]  The 1850 census of Northampton County shows a Susan A. Futrell in the household of Dickerson Futrell.  It is not known whether Susan had any children with her first husband.  None appears in the census; nor is Dickerson Futrell’s date of death known.

The contract required George W. Flythe to renounce any claim on Susan’s property.  Their marriage was not recorded in any of the records of Northampton, but by May of 1859, Susan purchased land from her brother, Willie Futrell, as Susan Flythe. [30]  The land had belonged to Wiley Futrell, father of Willie J. Futrell, as well as Susan.  In October of the same year, she sold the land to Uriah Vaughn. [31]  Some time after that, George left Northampton in order to buy land in South Carolina. [32]  Apparently while he was away, Susan ran off with a man by the name of “Stump” Pierce.  

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. [33]  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 Georgia was accomplished by Dale Reddick and is much appreciated.

By the 1860 census, George Flythe was in northeastern Screven County, Georgia, a large area served by the Mobley Pond Post Office and within the Brier Creek Fork between Brier Creek and the Savannah River. [34] On Census Day, June 1, 1860 he was living in his own household and was employed as an overseer amongst neighbors who are known to have been relatives of the Reverend Payton Wade, founder of Wade Plantation.  This may indicate that George Flythe was employed on Wade Plantation, or perhaps on an adjacent farm or plantation. An examination of the Slave Schedule of the 1860 census shows that G. W. Flythe was an agent of a Col. Martin.   This was most likely Colonel William Edward Martin, who had been an attorney in Charleston.  Attorney Martin also had previously lived in the Gillisonville, county seat of the Beaufort District, S.C.  Records indicate that Colonel Martin retained lands in Beaufort District while he practiced law in Charleston.

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 Screven County, GA.  The company in which George is listed was known variously as Martin's Co., Calhoun's Mounted Men, or Red Oak Rangers.  The Captain of Martin's Co. was Alfred Maner Martin.  The company was raised in Barnwell and Beaufort Districts of S.C. It happens that Martins, South Carolina is located in the former Barnwell District (now Allendale County) immediately across the Savannah River from where he appeared in the 1860 census. [35] He was reportedly wounded twice during his service and subsequently limped because of his injured foot.  He also married again. 

According to the Bazemore family, George Flythe’s second wife was a Mollie Blount.  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 South Carolina where the couple may have married. [36]  Subsequent Census entries show George’s household with a daughter Elizabeth.  In the 1870 Census, George W. Flythe was listed in the household of Bennett Jarrell along with a “William” Flythe age 4.  This was no doubt Walter Flythe, known son of George Washington Flythe.   An Elizabeth Fly, age 6, was in the household of Joel & Elizabeth Jackson in the same census.  There do not seem to be other members of the Fly/Flythe family in Georgia at the time so this Elizabeth is probably George’s daughter.  It is not now known with certainty if, or how, the Jacksons were related to the Flythes or Blounts.  However; Dale Reddick has demonstrated that Joel and Elizabeth Jackson were the parents of a John Jackson, probable first husband of Jane Anderson Jackson Flythe. Mollie Blount Flythe must have died before 1870 as she does not appear in the census.

George W. Flythe married again!  This third marriage was more fortunate than the previous two.  Between 1870 and 1872, Jane E. “Janey” Jackson had become his third wife.  Janey Jackson’s history is unusually complex & has presented several roadblocks for researchers of this family.  According to family stories and records recently reviewed, Janey was born Aug. 22, 1841, as shown on her memorial.  Her parents were Caroline M. Anderson Canedy born about 1822, and an unknown Canedy man. [37]  Jane may have had a brother Robert Canedy, born in 1845. [38]  Whoever Jane’s father was, he disappeared between 1845 and 1850.  By 1850 Jane’s mother was living with her mother, Alley Anderson and the young Robert Canedy in the upper part of Effingham Co., GA. [39]

On Feb. 15, 1862, a Jane Anderson married a John Jackson in Effingham County. [40]  From the 1870 census we know that Janey had a son Samuel Jackson, born ca. 1868, although some later census records indicate an earlier birth date.  In the 1860 census, enumerated on June 5th, we find a 15 year old “Jon” Jackson as the son of J. & E. Jackson of the Egypt P.O. in Effingham Co.  Again, according to family stories, Jane was known as an Anderson prior to her first marriage.  If this “Jane Anderson” truly was Janey and she did marry “Jon” Jackson, then he would have been 17 years of age when he married the 20 year old Janey. John Jackson is reported to have died during the Civil War.  As Sherman cut a swathe of destruction through Georgia, Jon may have been one of many losses.  In the 1870 Census, Jane Jackson was living near the household that included George W. Flythe.  She had with her the son child Samuel Jackson and lived in the household of John Smoke (Smoak) as a housekeeper.  Her marriage to George W. Flythe must have occurred soon after.

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 Kearney’s to bring Samuel back to his mother.  But Samuel had already run away, and was on his way to their house.  On the trip, George Flythe encountered Mr. Kearney and began to thrash him thoroughly!  Fortunately, a local minister was traveling with Mr. Flythe and he interceded on behalf of the abuser.  Apparently, the beating was quite severe and it was fortunate that the Reverend put an end to it. [41]

tjf   4e.-i.-3. Thomas Jefferson Flythe 7 (Solomon 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)

Thomas was born on January 1, 1839 in Northampton Co., North Carolina. [42]  He 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 in Virginia adjacent to Greensville.

On June 30, 1861 in Jerusalem, Southampton Co., Virginia., Thomas Jefferson Flythe volunteered to serve the Confederacy in Capt. William H. Hood’s Company, the Southampton Greys. [43]  Jerusalem is now called Courtland, Virginia., and is the county seat of Southampton County. Some of the early members of the Fly family lived in this county in the mid-1700s. Thomas Jefferson remained in this service till the end of the Civil War.  He was hospitalized at least once and was also a survivor of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg.  His name is on a list of soldiers paroled at Burkesville Junction on the 14th-17th day of April, 1865.

During the war, he returned to his home to marry Mary V. Gilliam, daughter of James Gilliam, of Sussex County, Virginia.  They were married on Sept. 6, 1862. [44]  His descendants have two old photos that were probably taken of them at that time.

Thomas Jefferson Flythe was present with General Lee at Appomattox. After the surrender at Appomattox, Thomas returned home to his bride and in 1866 purchased a farm:

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. R. Murphee. 
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 May 19, 1870. [46]  Their third child, Maria Estelle Flythe was born in 1872.  A son, Jesse, was born in May of 1878, but a few months later Mary Gilliam Flythe died, perhaps as a result of a difficult childbirth. [47]

On October of 1878, Thomas married again.  His new wife was Minnie Chesterfieldia Crump, daughter of John James Crump and Elizabeth Ivey Williamson, both of Southampton County, Virginia.  Minnie received a letter from her mother, E.I Vinson, before she married Thomas.

July 29, ____

Dear Minnie,
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.
                                                                             Your mother,
                                                                             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 land of Enos Flythe in North Carolina.  This land would have descended to him through his father, Solomon Flythe:

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 (his X mark) Sykes, L.S. Sykes, T.J. Flythe, Chesterfield Flythe, J. T. Johnson, L. W. Johnson
Proved:  Jan. 30, 1879.  Louisa, Chesterfield, & Lovey were examined privately and consented.  Reg.: April 9, 1879

Thomas Jefferson Flythe died on March 14, 1915. [49]  His obituary was probably printed in the Emporia Independent Messenger: Thomas Jefferson Flythe Photo

Thomas J. Flythe
Died at his home in
North Emporia at 2:15 O’clock Sunday morning, T.J. Flythe aged seventy-nine years.
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
Portsmouth; John T. of New York; Clarence W. of Richmond and Richard A. and Cary P. of North Emporia and one daughter; Mrs. R.L. Emory of Chase city.
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
Emporia cemetery.

Before his death, he attended the ceremonies in 1913 marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. [51]  There is a photo of Thomas Jefferson Flythe participating in a reenactment of Picket’s Charge at Gettysburg.  It is in Ken Burns book, The Civil War, An Illustrated History on page 413.  Thomas J. Flythe is the third man to the left of the right side of the photo.  The complete photo is on page 412-13.  This was taken during the 50th reunion at Gettysburg, PA.

TJ Flythe third from right

TJ Flythe hand shake

Thomas Jefferson Flythe thought to be the 6th man from the right, no hat.
50th Anniversary Reunion of Gettysburg Veterans


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dorothy    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.

etta jane   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. [52]

mary ann   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. [53]  There were no descendants.

sarah   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.

rosina   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. [54]  There are no descendants.

lovey   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.

son   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.

 mary ann   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.

ann   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 musician in Portsmouth, Virginia., but has not been traced.  

henry t   4e.-iv.-1. Henry T. Flythe 7 (Etheldred 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)

Henry T. Flythe (1842-1864)   Nineteen year old Henry volunteered for the Civil War on Sept. 10, 1861. [59]  He was in Company D, 32 Regiment, N.C. Infantry and was captured by Union forces on May 10, 1864 at Spottsylvania, Va. near Mine Run.  He was then transferred to Elmira Prison Camp on August 3, 1864 and died there of pneumonia on Jan. 7, 1865.  His grave is #1382.  He never married nor had children.

   4e.-iv.-2. Lavinia Ann Millena “Mittie” Flythe 7 (Etheldred 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)

Lavinia’s name varied quite a bit, but it is still possible to trace her.  She apparently married Drewery T. Davis just before the Civil War although no record of the marriage has been found.  They had Delia Carter Davis in 1861.  On March 27, 1865, Drewery Davis died as a Civil War prisoner at Elmira, New York. [60]  Lavinia then married Ira Burgess Davis, son of John Allen and Nancy Allen, on Sept. 27, 1869. [61]  Her marriage bond describes her as Em A., a daughter of Dred Flythe and __________.  They were the parents of Henry Thomas Davis (1871) and William Webb Davis (1872). There may have been other children

john j   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.

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Children of John J. Fly and Sarah Pigg Fly

 dolly   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).

john c   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- ).

frances   4e.-ix.-3. Frances (Fannie) Fly 7 (John J 6, Enos 5, John 4, John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1) 

Frances married a Mr. Johnston, but they had no children.

 nb   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.  He married 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 died, James reports that Alice C. West Flye communicated much of the family history to him. 

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.

lula   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.

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enos   Enos Fly Descendant Tree


4e. Enos Fly/Flythe (1776-ca.1855)
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) E. Jackson, ca.1871
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)
                                          m. ________?
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
           m. Alice Caroline West, ca.1903
                                                4e.-ix.-5. Lula Fly (?)
4e.-x. Sarah Frances (Fanny) Flythe (ca.1833-aft.1900)
     m. Samuel Pruden

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[1] Photocopy of John Fly Bible.  John was son of Enoch Fly, brother of Enos Fly
[2] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #14, p. 184
[3] Northampton County DB #13, p. 156
[4] Dozier, Rebecca Leach, Twelve Northampton County, North Carolina Families 1650-1850. (Gateway Press, Baltimore, Md., 2004), p. 285
[5] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #16, p.200
[6] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book  #18, p. 147
[7] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #30, p.373
[8] Letter from Roland Braxton Flythe to John Thomas Flythe, Aug. 28, 1936.  In the possession of Faith G. Flythe of Exeter, NH
[9] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #34, p. 298
[10] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #37, p. 748
[11] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book # 55,p. 172
[12] Ancestry, North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004
[13] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #30, p. 335
[14] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #31, p. 461
[15] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #36, p. 253
[16] Greensville Co., Virginia. Deed Book #9, p. 351
[17] Greensville Co., Virginia. Deed Book #9, Folio 462
[18] Greensville Co., Virginia. Deed Book #9
[19] Greensville Co., Virginia. Deed Book #9 471
[20] Unpublished Notes of John Thomas Flythe, Sr
[21] Greensville County, Virginia Will Book #8, p 364
[22] Solomon Flythe Bible, published 1830, in the possession of Faith G. Flythe, Exeter, New Hampshire
[23] Greensville Co., Virginia Deed Book # 10, pg. 350
[24] Greensville Co., Virginia Deed Book #25, p. 332
[25] Obituary
[26] Greensville Co., Virginia Will Book
[27] Virginia GenWeb, Virginia Pilot
[28] Letter of Rev. Norman Flythe, 1992
[29] Ancestry, North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004
[30] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book # 37, p. 586
[31] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book # 37, p. 618
[32] This was reported by Rev. Norman J. Flythe, premier Fly/Flythe genealogist.  Few people have more knowledge of Northampton Co. families than Mr. Flythe
[33] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book # 40, p. 478 & 5
[34] Email of Dale Reddick
[35] Ibid
[36] This birth date was reported by Gene Ellzey, a descendant of GW Flythe & Mollie Blount.  It has not been documented.
[37] Email of Dale Reddick
[38] Ibid
[39] 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 Screven County. Proof of Caroline M. Anderson Canedy’s marriage to Farmer is, however, lacking at this time. At the time of the 1860 Census Robert Canedy and his grandmother Alley Anderson were then living in the household of Paul B. Anderson, who was possibly a son of Alley, although it seems more likely that he was a nephew or even a grandson
[40] Ibid

[41] Email of Dale Reddick
[42] Tombstone, Emporia Cemetery, Emporia, Greensville Co., Virginia.
[43] Nat Archives 1983, photocopy of service record
[44] Greensville Co., Virginia.  Certified copy of Marriage Record
[45] Greensville County Deed Book # 10, p. 66
[46] Thomas J. Flythe Bible, in the possession of Mrs. Ann Flythe McCutcheon, 2004
[47] Ibid
[48] Northampton Deed Book 55, p. 172
[49] Obituary in records of his son, John Thomas Flythe
[50] Unpublished notes of John Thomas Flythe
[51] Ibid
[52] Emporia, Greensville Co., Virginia. Death Record
[53] State of Virginia., Certified Copy of Death Certificate
[54] Emporia, Greensville Co., Virginia. Death Record
[55] There is an old family story about Jacob.  The claim is that John and Elisha Fly came to North Carolina before the American Revolution and brought a sister, Frances Fly, with them.  She subsequently married a Thomas G. Lowe and had a daughter Ann.  This daughter Ann eventually married Jacob Fly.  The trouble with the story is that no one has ever found the slightest evidence that this actually happened!  It cannot be assumed to be true.
[56] Dozier, Rebecca Leach, Twelve Northampton County, North Carolina Families 1650-1850. (Gateway Press, Baltimore, Md., 2004), p. 340
[57] Ancestry, NC Death Certificates 1909-1975, “Mittie Davis”
[58] Powell, David.  Marriage Licenses of Northampton County (1863-1875)  Winton, NC, Liberty Shield Press, 1999), p. 75
[59] National Archives, photocopy of service record
[60] Ancestry, budtopp site
[61] Powell, David.  Marriage Licenses of Northampton County (1863-1875)  Winton, NC, Liberty Shield Press, 1999), 69
[62] Ancestry, North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004
[63] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #37, p. 748
[64] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #44, p. 228
[65] Ancestry, North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004
[66] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #38, p. 319
[67] Northampton Co., NC Deed Book #47, p. 375

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