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The Early Fly Family of Virginia: Part II

After the filing of Jeremiah Fly's will for probate in 1736, mention of the Fly name in the records of Isle of Wight and Southampton was rare.[1]  Court records show that Jeremiah, John, Elisha, Jesse, Celia, Saphera, Winnie and Sally Fly were all in the area between 1756 and 1791.  Of all eight people by the name of Fly, only two men, John & Elisha, can be traced with certainty into the present day.  Another member of the family, William Fly, appeared in North Carolina in 1762 and left many descendants. 

John, the son of Jeremiah Fly, was born about 1712 or after.  He was not 21 when his father wrote his will and was not named as an executor in the will.  No John Fly appeared in any records for the area between 1733 and 1762, but he was apparently the father of six or possibly seven children.  He may have lived and died in Nansemond County, Virginia.  It borders Isle of Wight County, but unfortunately most of the court records there were burned long ago.  John’s fate as an adult is unknown. [2]

Each one of Jeremiah’s grandchildren is described in detail here.  The documentary evidence is so scanty that in some cases complete transcriptions of documents have been provided as well as a few abstracts.  

Children of John Fly and Unknown Wife

1. Celia Fly (John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)

She was born about 1735 in Isle of Wight Co. because in 1756, the vestry book of Newport Parish, Isle of Wight County recorded a payment to Celia Fly for "keeping her child".  All parishes were required to provide for the needy and destitute and surviving vestry books record some of these payments.  The parish also fined her in 1756, but no reason was given.[3]  It seems quite likely that Celia was the mother of illegitimate children. She was most likely a daughter of John Fly, son of Jeremiah Fly, both residents of Newport Parish.  Celia Fly was also called Celea, Calia, Celah, & Selah.

In 1787, Celia eventually married Robert Williamson of Southampton County, who made his will mentioning his wife, Celah.:

Feb. 27, 1787.  Robert Williamson’s Will. In the name of God Amen. I Robert Williamson of the county of Southampton and parish of Nottoway being in perfect health and sound memory thanks be to God for the same I do institute ------- and settle this to be my last will and testament in the form following Vizt: 

Item: I give unto my wife Selah Williamson the use of my land and plantation whereon I now live containing 75 acres be the same more of less during her natural life and at her death the said land unto John Williamson son of Jacob Williamson to him & his heirs forever.

Also, I give unto my said wife the use of my still during her natural life and at her death the said still unto Joshua Williamson son of Jacob Williamson to him & his heirs forever.  I do give unto my wife Selah Williamson one half of my personal estate to her & her heirs forever.

And it is my will and desire at my death that the other half of my personal estate after paying my just debts should be equally divided between John Williamson, Joshua Williamson, and Valentine Jenkins also I appoint my wife Selah Williamson and my friend John Crumpler to be my absolute and whole Executors of this my last will and testament disannuling all other wills from this date whereunto I have set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty seventh day of February one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.  Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of: John Crumpler,  Benjamin Crumpler, Arthur Crumpler.  
Signed: Robert (his X mark) Williamson
[4]  Prob: Sept. 11, 1791[5]  Selah Williamson Executrix, John Crumpler- refused to be Executor

The date of Williamson's marriage to Celia Fly has not been found in any record and it seems that Celia and Robert did not have any children.  Celia appears alone on July 8, 1787 Personal Property Tax List of Southampton County and that indicates that Robert probably died between late February and early July of 1787.  

She died intestate sometime in the fall of 1790 and her inventory was filed on Feb. 10, 1791:

Dec. 16, 1790.  Southampton Co., Williamson, Celah.  Inventory.  Signed: John Crumpler, Adm.  Rec. Feb. 10, 1791.[6] 

An account of Calia Williamson's estate was filed in the court in December of 1791.

Dec. 1791.  Southampton Co., Va. Williamson, Celia.  Account current, signed by John Crumpler, Adm.  Paid Sally Fly her part of the estate, paid Winnie Fly, ditto.  Audited by Solomon Holmes and Jacob Turner.  Rec.: Oct. 8, 1795 [7]

Sally and Winnie Fly were Celia's only specified heirs and they received equal shares.  If any of the Fly males had a right to her estate, they did not make a claim.  The fate of Celia's two daughters, Sally and Winnie is not known, but it is possible that Sally moved to Northampton County to stay with relatives:

Nov. 15, 1793.  Cocke v s. Turner Tresp. On the motion of the Pltt to take the depon of Sarah Fly living in No Carolina Nohton county the same is granted giving legal notice & [8]

On Feb. 12, 1778, a Saphera Fly along with John Purcell and Ledbetter Lowe witnessed the will of James Wright.[9]  Her identity is a complete mystery.  If she was Celia, then Celia's marriage to Robert Williamson occurred after 1778. The name Saphera is extremely rare in this area, but the possibility that she was Celia cannot be dismissed completely.

2. Jeremiah Fly (John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)

This son was born before 1738 and disappeared after 1759. Jeremiah (Jessimian or Jessimiar) Fly, the oldest son, appears once in the records of Isle of Wight County and no where else.  The name written by the clerk is difficult to read.   

May 30, 1759.  Isle of Wight Co., Va.  William Seagraves, Sr. and wife, Sarah Seagraves, of Newport Parish to William Pass…100 acres adjoining William Eley, William Seagraves, Robert Wall, Everet West, Edward Westray, Matthew Westray, the New Field Branch and the main road (being the land said Seagraves bought from Thomas Applewhite). 
Wit: Robert Coggen, Mary (X) Coggen,  Jessemian Fly, Benjamin Pisnes(?), Jacob Bunckley, William Seagraves. 
Signed: William (X) Seagraves, Sarah (X) Seagraves.  Rec. Dec. 6, 1759
.[10]

It should be noted that William Eley was involved in two documents also associated with Fly—his land sale in 1759 and also a 1762 lease witnessed by John Fly.  In addition, the Westray name is associated with Elisha Fly in Isle of Wight County.  These were possibly neighbors or friends of the Fly family.  Great care has been taken to avoid confusing the names Fly and Ely or Eley.  Study of the land may make it to possible to pinpoint the area in which John and Jeremiah lived. 

Although there is no proof of a connection to the Southside Fly family, the appearance of the name Jeremiah Fly in other colonies is included here. The Jeremiah Fly of South Carolina and Georgia does not appear to be associated with the Flay family of South Carolina either.  However, he does appear in the Cheraw District of South Carolina in 1773 as a defaulting petit juror.[11] 

In 1784, a Jeremiah Fly appeared in the following Georgia record:

Fly, Jeremiah.  Certificate of John Twiggs, Brig. General.  Feb. 28, 1784.  Petitioner prays 287 &1/2 acres in Washington County. [12]

Then, a Jeremiah of Richmond County, Georgia died in 1785 when his will was presented for probate:

In the name of God Amen.  I Jeremiah Fly of Richmond County in the state of Georgia being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God Calling to mind the mortality of this Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die,  do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say fore---- and first of all I do Give my soul in to the hands of the Almighty God who gave it and my Body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner nothing doubting but I shall receive the same again at the General Resurrection by the power of Almighty God and as touching such worldly Estate as it has pleased God to bless me with. I do give, devise and dispose in the following manner.

First I do give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Susan Fly all my effects, Cattle, Horse, Household furniture, Goods, Debts and Every thing else that belongs or appertains to me by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed.  I do likewise Constitute make and ordain Martin Moore of the place aforesaid the sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament and do hereby disallow all other Wills executors by me any wise made and do confirm this and no other to be my Last Will & Testament in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 13th day of Feb. one thousand Seven hundred & eighty five. 
Wit: Willm Lee, Henry Elliot. 
Signed:  Jerh. Fly (his C mark)   Prob. Feb. 19th, 1785
[13]

His daughter, Susan, does not seem to have left any descendants.  The will does not indicate the existence of any other children. And it is not possible to state as fact that this Jeremiah Fly came from Southside Virginia.

3. William Fly (John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)

William was most likely born before 1741 and died about 1794 in Northampton Co., North Carolina. William first appears in the records of Granville, North Carolina in 1762 and not at all in Virginia.  He is described at length in The Early Fly Family of North Carolina.  

4. John Fly (John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)

John was born before 1741 in Isle of Wight and died in Northampton Co., NC in February of 1804. In 1762 in Isle of Wight Co., he witnessed a lease:

Nov. 2, 1762.  Isle of Wight Co., Va.  Lease of William Eley, executor of Joel Cook, decd. to John Gray, for and in consideration of the yearly rents and covenants…land where Joel Cook formerly dewlt from the 1st. day of January next til “ the heir comes to lawful age: for 5 pounds, 5 shillings on or before the 1st. day of January. 
Wit: John Cook & John Fly
Signed: William Eley & John Gray.  Rec. Nov. 4, 1762
. [14]

At some time after this, John moved to Southampton and may have married there.  The birth date of his oldest son is estimated to have been about 1765.  In 1769 in Southampton County, he was a witness in a case in which Patience Jackson sued John Jackson for trespass:

April 13, 1769.  Southampton Co., Va.: At a court held for the county of Southampton on Thurs. April 13, 1769.  On the motion of Joseph Pope & John Fly witnesses for John Jackson at the suit of Patience Jackson.  It is ordered that the sd. John pay them one hundred and fifty pounds of neet (tobacco?) for one days attendance each of them on this court. [15]

On May 13, 1769, John Jackson was found guilty and required to pay 6 pence in damages to Patience Jackson!

John Fly was also mentioned in the estate accounts of Arthur Purcell as someone who was compensated in the process of settling the estate:

Feb. 14, 1771.
The estate of Arthur Purcell, decd in account…………..
To paid Robert Bowden p receipt
………………..

            John Fly
    16/6
Recorded Feb. 14, 1771
[16]

These are the only appearances of a John Fly in the records of Southside Va. in the middle to late 1700s. It is very important to keep in mind that it is impossible to prove that the John described here was either John, son of Jeremiah, or his son John who died in 1804 in Northampton Co., N.C.  Here he is thought to be John, grandson of Jeremiah.

Thomas Jefferson Flythe, Civil War veteran and great-grandson of this man always said that some time before the Revolution, two brothers, John and Enos, came across the line from Virginia and settled in Northampton Co., NC.  This is probably correct except for the fact that Enos, born in 1776 according to the 1850 Census, was a son of John not a brother.  The brother that John referred to was probably Elisha Fly, who moved from Southampton County, Virginia to Northampton before the Revolution. 

John Fly 1712

5. Elisha Fly (John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)

Elisha was born before 1746 and died before 1800 in Northampton Co., NC.  He first appears in a court document on June 4, 1767 in Isle of Wight Co., Va. when he obtained a judgment against Benjamin Westray and was represented in court by Lemuel Riddick:

At a court held for Isle of Wight Co. June 4, 1767.

On the petition of Elisha Fly against Benjamin Westray for two pounds three shillings and Nine pence due by account.  This day came the pltfs by Lemuel Riddick his attorney and the def. by John Day his attorney and the court having examined the evidence and heard the parties it is therefore considered the said Elisha recover his demand aforesaid against the said Benjamin together with his costs by him in this behalf appended.
_______

On the motion of John Little an evidence for Elisha Fly against Benjamin Westray It is ordered that the said Elisha pay to the said John Little twenty five pounds of neet tobacco for one days attendance at this court
________

On the petition of Nathan Cook as evidence for Elisha Fly against Benjamin Westray.  It is ordered that the said Elisha pay to the said Nathan twenty five pounds of nett tobacco for one days attendance at this court.
________

On the motion of John Cook as evidence for Benjamin Westray at the suit of Elisha Fly  It is ordered that the said Benjamin pay to the said John twenty five pounds of nett tobacco for one days attendance at this court.
________

On the motion of Sarah Cook an evidence for Benjamin Westray at the suit of Elisha Fly.  It is ordered that the said Benjamin pay to the said Sarah twenty five pounds of nett tobacco for one days attendance at this court
. [17]

By 1772, Elisha had moved south to Southampton County.

Jan. 10, 1772.  On the motion of Thomas Tyner, John Parker and Elisha Fly witnesses for Edward Fulgham, jr. against William Ellis it is ordered that the sd. Edmund pay the said Parker one hundred and twenty eight pounds of tobacco for two days attendance on this court & traveling twenty-six miles, Thomas Tyner one hundred and twenty two pounds of tobacco for two days attendance on this court and traveling twenty four miles & Elisha Fly fifty pounds for two days attendance on this court according to law. [18]

Tyner and Parker were both to be paid for their services as witnesses and for traveling to the courthouse.  Elisha Fly was to be paid a witness fee, but no travel expenses. He probably lived near the county seat Jerusalem, now called Courtland. This is not far from the Northampton County, North Carolina border. 

Later that spring, Elisha went to court again to obtain further witness expenses:

At a court for the county of Southampton the 15th day of May 1772
On the motion of Elisha Fly a witness for Edmund Fulgam agst. William Ellis ordered that the sd. Edmund pay him two hundred pounds of tobacco for eight days attendance on this court according to law
. [19]

Elisha, like so many other planters at this time, occasionally experienced some debt:

Sept. 10, 1772.  Daniel Herring & c Pltf  Vs. Elisha Fly………….Deft}  in debt

Richard Keller comes into court and undertakes for the defendant that in case the said defendant shall be cast in this suit he will pay and satisfy the recommendations of the court or render his body to prison in discharge thereof of that he the said Richard will do it for him.  Whereupon this day came the plaintiff by his attorney as the defendant in his proper person who confessd the pltfs action for Eighteen pounds three shillings & 6 __ the debt in the declaration mentd and his cost by him in his suit in his behalf expended and he said deft in money & c.  But this judgment except as for the cost  is to be discharged by the payment of nine pounds one shilling and nine pence together with interest from the 9th day of July 1772 ____ past.
[20] 

Richard Keller, seems to have been surety[21] for Elisha Fly.  Individuals providing surety in court cases were often relatives or neighbors of the person in a suit.  

Elisha was still living in Southampton the next year when he again appeared in court:

April 8, 1773. On the motion of Elisha Fly a witness for Thos. Handcock against Edmund Fulgham Ordered that the sd. Thomas pay him three hundred and twenty five pounds of tobacco for thirteen days attendance on the court according to law.[22]

Elisha also served as a juror:

Edward Fisher plt vs. Anthony Calthorpe- in debt

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came also a jury to wit: Hartwell, Dempsey Johnson, John Powell, Nathan Barnes, Arthur Doles, Joshua Wood, Elisha Fly, James Fowler, Benajmin Turner, Jethro Joyner, Henry Applewhite & Thomas Handcock who being elected tryed and sworn the truth do speak upon the issue joined do say that the def. hath not paid the debt in the declaration  mentioned in manner and form as the plaintiff against him he has complained therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the said defendant thirty pounds the debt in the declaration mentions & his cost by him about his suit in this behalf expended & the said defendant in marcy & c: (?) But this judgment excepted as to the debt is to be discharged by the payment of six pounds two shillings & six p together with interest from the 12th of June 1769
[23]

Jurors were supposed to be men of property.  This usually meant land owners, but could refer to other personal property ownership.  Unfortunately, no Fly land deeds at all were recorded in Southampton so if Elisha was a land owner, he did not record the deed.  Elisha was again a juror: 

April 8, 1773.
Jordan Denson admitor of all and singular the goods and chattels of Joseph Denson decd.} plf  Vs. William West………………………………………………………Dft} in Debt

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came also a jury to Wit: Hartwell Howell, Dempsey Johnson, John Powell, Nathan Barnes, Arthur Doles, Joshua Wood, Elisha Fly, James Fowler, ……………  (Southampton Co. Order Book 1772-1777, p. 161)

One of the last appearances of Elisha Fly in Virginia court documents was for failing to attend church:

Nov. 11, 1773.
We the Grand Jury do present……………

Likewise William Beal, Benj. Beal (of Richd),  James Fowler, Bridgeman Joyner, Jesse Joyner, Jonas Joiner, Britain Beal, Benjamin Beal, Sr.,  David Wright, James Wright, Barnaby Drake junr., Henry Oberry, John Oberry,  Hardy Bunn, Matthew Williams, Giles Joiner, Thomas Hancock, Matthew Charles, Joshua Whitney,  Elisha Fly, William Bulls, Senr., John Joiner of Joseph, Simon Johnson, William Joiner Senr, William Joiner Junr,  Christopher Wade, Wilson Wade,  Joshua Turner, John Turner, Hardy Pope, James Basden Senr., James Basden Junr, Thomas Jones, Timothy Drake, Nat Jones, Levi Lowe, Ledbetter Lowe, John Langfort,  Jesse Bulls, Joseph Wright, Josiah Doyle, and Bezell Hedgpeth, for unlawful abscenting themselves from divine services at the church (parish of Nottoway
) [24]

It is interesting that Elisha Fly was listed next to William Bulls and that Jesse Bulls also lived in Nottoway Parish.  William and Jesse Bulls were Elisha’s first cousins since their fathers were half brothers. Perhaps Elisha was living with William Bulls.

Elisha left Southampton County after April of 1774, probably with his brother John Fly.  That April, Elisha was involved in a court case in which his brother Jesse Fly was accused of fleeing the county & leaving unpaid debts behind.  Elisha was thought by the court to possess some of Jesse Fly’s property. 

Elisha’s wife, Margaret “Peggy” Allman, came from the Isle of Wight-Nansemond County area.  The records of Nansemond have been burned & a marriage date for Elisha and Peggy is not available.  They were probably married about 1775 in Nansemond or Southampton County.

She was most likely a daughter of Aaron Allman and granddaughter of James Allman. A Peggy Allman was mentioned in the 1757 will of James Allman in Isle of Wight County:

April 6, 1757Isle of Wight county., Will of James Allmand.  Leg. Son Moses; son Lewis; son Aaron, land in Nansemond County; granddaughter Mary Fleming; grandson James Fossith; grandson Perrin Almand; grandson Thomas Almand; granddaughter Peggy Allmand; daughter; Sofia Rand; daughter Millison Fleming: wife. Exs.  Sons  Moses, Lewis and Aaron Almand. 
Wit: Edward Goodrich, Benjamin Bidgood, Mary Humphry.  Rec Dec. 2, 1757
.
[25]

The will does not state the identity of the father of Peggy Allman, but in view of the fact that Peggy named her younger son Aaron Allman Fly, it is highly likely that Aaron was her father. Elisha & Peggy also had another son, John Allman Fly, further supporting the likelihood that Peggy Fly was an Allman daughter. In addition, James listed his grandchildren in the order of his children’s birth.   That places Peggy as a daughter of Aaron.   Peggy was not a Cherokee woman as some claim.

Aaron Allmand’s birth was recorded in Gloucester County, Virginia on Sept. 14, 1727 and he died on May 10, 1792 in Nansemond County, Virginia.[26]  According to some sources, Aaron Allman Fly was born in 1792 and was probably named for Peggy’s recently deceased father.  

Peggy’s mother was Susanna Frith.  She gave birth to a Margaret Allman on Dec. 24, 1753, but the child died the next March well before James Allman wrote his will.  A second child was born to Aaron and Susannah on Jan. 11, 1755. [27]  This child was probably another Margaret and was the granddaughter mentioned in James Allman’s 1757 will!

Elisha Fly next appears in Northampton County, North Carolina.

Elisha Fly Signature 1785

6. Jesse Fly (John 3, Jeremiah 2, William 1)

Jesse Fly appears in one court case in Isle of Wight County on April 1, 1773 so was probably born before 1752.

Thurs. April 1, 1773. Jesse Fly, pltf against Ann Eley & Thomas King, Exors. of John Eley, decd, defds.  This day came the parties by their attorneys & the defendants saving and reserving to themselves all advantage of exception as well as to the plaintiffs writ as to his declaration prays and has leave to Imparte til the next court and then to plead [28]

The case was continued.  The next court record showed that the court wanted Jesse Fly to find surety for himself as plaintiff.

Friday Jan. 7, 1774.

Jesse Fly
, Pltf., against Ann Eley & Thomas King Exors of John Eley, Dec, Defs.

Upon the mottion of the defendants by their attorney.  It is ordered that unless the plaintiff shall find sufficient suretey for the costs of this suit at the next court that the said suit shall be dismissed.
[29]

Then in early 1774, Jesse’s case was dismissed and the court ordered both parties to pay their witnesses for their services:

Fri. Feb. 4, 1774.
Jesse Fly
, Pltf., against Ann Eley & Thomas King, Execs of John Eley, decd, Defd.

The plaintiff having failed to find security for the costs of this suit & failing so to do on the motion of the defendants by their attorney.  It is ordered that the same be dismissed and that the plaintiff pay unto the defendants their costs

_________

Ordered that Ann Eley & Thomas King Executors of John Eley, decd. pay unto Aron Spivey one hundred and twenty five pounds of tobacco for five days attendance at this and former courts as a witness at the suit of Jesse Fly
_________

Ordered that Jesse Fly pay unto William Turner one hundred and seventy five pounds of tobacco for seven days attendance at this and former courts as a witness for him against Ann Eley & Thomas King, Execs. of John Eley deceased.

__________

Ordered that Jesse Fly pay unto Jesse Britain one hundred and seventy five pounds of tobacco for seven days attendance at this and former courts as a witness for him against Ann Eley & Thomas King, Execs. of John Eley, decd.
__________

Ordered that Jesse Fly pay unto William Kerr one hundred and seventy five pounds of tobacco for seven days attendance as a witness for him against Ann Eley & Thomas King, Execs. of John Eley, decd.

__________


Ordered that Ann Ely & Thomas King Executors of John Ely deceased pay unto William Eley 100 pounds of tobacco for four days attendance as a witness for them at the suit of Jesse Fly
__________

Ordered that Ann Ely & Thomas King Executors of John Ely dec. pay unto John Lawrence, gent. one hundred & fifty pounds of tobacco for six days attendance at this & former courts as a witness for them at the suit of Jesse Flye
__________

Ordered that Ann Ely & Thomas King Executors of John Ely deceased pay unto Elias Hering 390 pounds of tobacco for six days attendance and travelling twenty miles four times as a witness for them at the suit of Jesse Fly
[30]

The dispute with Ely and King was quite intense.  Soon after his Isle of Wight court case was dismissed because Jesse could not provide surety, Ely and King sued Jesse Fly in Southampton County.  However, Jesse had left the area and Jos Mounfort and Elisha Fly were held accountable for Jesse’s debt.  They were thought to have some of Jesse’s property:

April 14, 1774. Southampton Co.:
Ann Eley & Thomas King Extors & c
Of John Eley deced……………………………} Plt  upon an attachment

                                               
Vs.

Jesse Fly
………………………………………}Deft

Ann Eley & Thos King Extors & c of John Eley having obtained an attachment against the estate the Jesse Fly who hath privately removed himself or – absconded that that the ordinary process of the law cannot be served upon him for a debt due from the said Jesse Fly to the said Ann Ely & als Charles Briggs Gent Sheriff now made return that he executed the said attachment in the hands of Jos (?) Mounfort and Elisha Fly and that he had summoned the said Jno (?) Mountfort and that he had summoned him as _________ who being sworn deposed that he hath ________ belonging to the estate of the said defendant and Three pounds subject to a constable attachment  _______ Kellas fee 16/3 and 2/16 costs also the sheriffs (fees??) levys 9/16.  ( Interlining unreadable here….)  It is considered by the court First they---------- recover agst the said defendant Eight hundred and forty six pounds of tobacco and fifteen shillings.  Ordered that the garnishee pay the Balance in his hands towards satisfying the said judgment and that an attachment be issued against the other garnishee  [31] 

There is no record of any payment to the plaintiffs by the garnishees Fly or Montfort.

This Jesse Fly may have been the father of a Jesse Fly born in 1789 in North Carolina. This younger Jesse Fly, a saddler, was closely associated in Tennessee with his cousin John Dixon Fly, son of the John Fly who died in 1804.  Jesse Fly was the founder of the Illinois branch of the family.               

 

 

John Fly Descendant Tree

 

iv. John Fly (b. ca. 1712-  ?)
                m. ____________ ?

1.    Celia Fly (bef.1735-1791)
                m. Robert Williamson, bef.1787
                        a.  Sally Fly
(ca.1756-aft.1790)

                        b.  Winnie Fly
(ca.1756-aft.1790)
2.  Jeremiah Fly
(bef.1738-aft.1759)
3.  William Fly
(bef.1741- ca. 1793)
                m. Mary _______?
                        a.  Elisha Fly Jr.
(1769-1840)
                        b.  Rev. John Fly
(1772-1855)
                        c.   Jeremiah Fly
(1774-1846)
4.  John Fly
(bef.1741-1804)
                m. Susannah Johnson?
                        a.  John Dixon Fly
(ca.1765-1813)
                        b.  Millicent Fly
(1772-aft.1830)
                        c.  Emelius Fly (1772-1831)
                        d.  Rebekah Fly
(1775-aft.1835)
                        e.  Enos Fly
(1776-1855)
                        f.   Enoch Fly
(1776-1864)
                        g.  Susannah Driver Fly
(1794-aft.1870)
                m. Mary Hutchings?
                        h.  Martha Roberts Fly (1796- ?)
                        i.   William H. Fly
(1797-1833)

                        j.   Elizabeth G. Fly
(1803-1824)
5.  Elisha Fly
(bef.1746-aft.1790)
                m.  Margaret (Peggy) Allman, ca.1775
                        a.   John Allman
Fly (1782-1858)
                        b.   Aaron Allman Fly
(1792-aft.1860)
                        c.   Millicent Fly
(1784-1826)
6.  Jesse Fly (bef.1752-ca.1789)
                m. _______?
                        a.   Jesse Fly (1789-1872)



[1] The claim that these Fly people were Quakers has been investigated, but is unfounded.  Rev. Norman Flythe examined Quaker records for this time period and did not find any mention of the Fly family.
[2] Claims that John Fly lived to be 112 or 120 years old are completely unfounded.  Nor is there any evidence at all that he died in Tennessee as some state.
[3] Hopkins, William Lindsay, Suffolk Parish Vestry Book 1749-1784 Nansemond County, Virginia and Newport Parish Vestry Book 1724-1772 Isle of Wight County, Virginia, p. 148, 149
[4] Brantley Family Association Website, Southampton Project, Will Book #4, page 267-8
[5] The 1791 date appears to be an error.  The estate inventory was recorded in Oct. 14, 1790.  This could not have been done unless probate had been granted.
[6] Chapman, Blanche Adams, Wills and Administrations of Southampton County, Virginia 1749-1800. p. 123
[7] Brantley Family Association Website, Southampton Project, Will Book #4, page 708
[8] Brantley Family Association Website, Southampton Project, Court Minute Book, 1793-1799, p. 55)
[9] Chapman, Blanche Adams, Wills and Administrations of Southampton County, Virginia 1749-1800. p. 71
[10] Isle of Wight County, Virginia Deed Book #10, p. 161
[11] South Carolina Archives online
[12] Knight, Georgia’s Roster of the Revolution, p.82
[13] Will Books 1777-1900, Index to Wills 1777-1757, LDS Reel # 158548
[14] Isle of Wight County, Virginia Deed Book #11, p. 76
[15] Southampton County Virginia Court Order Book 1768-1772, p. 94
[16] Brantley Family Association Website, Southampton Project,  Southampton Co., Va., Will Book II, p. 372
[17] Isle of Wight, Virginia, Order Book 1764-1768, p. 432
[18] Southampton Order Book 1768-1772b, 494
[19] Southampton Order Book 1768-1772b, 540
[20] Southampton Order Book 1772-1777, p. 85
[21] Surety meant that a person was willing to support financially the principle person in a suit or bond.  A person serving as surety could end up paying the fees & debts of the principal person participating in a suit.
[22] Southampton Order Book 1772-1777, p. 161
[23] Southampton Order B 1772-1777, 162
[24] Southampton Order B 1772-1777, p. 282-3
[25] Chapman, Blanche Adams, Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800, (Baltimore, Maryland, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1975)  p. 186
[26] Topping, Kym email of April 1, 2010, Notes About Allmand Family from Allmand Barbara J. “Three Virginia Families” Allmand, Parker, and Sinclair, 1995, p. 5
[27] ibid
[28] Isle of Wight County, Virginia Order Book 1772-1780, p. 109
[29] Isle of Wight County, Virginia Order Book 1772-1780, p. 239
[30] Isle of Wight Order Book 1772-1780, p. 251-252
[31] Southampton Co.: Order Book 1773-1777, p. 351

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