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Slave Records for Flythe's of Northampton Co., NC

Compiled by Norman Jason Flythe and Mary Catherine Flythe in June 1999

The Flythes of Northampton County were farmers and owned large tracts of land in the Conway-Pendleton, NC area.  And yes, some owned slaves.  This paper is a compilation of some slave records found for the Flythes of Northampton County.  There may be more records.  The census records before 1850 list only a count of slaves.  In 1850, the census lists them by age and sex.

There are no records of African Americans in Fly or Flythe households before the 1790s. In the 1790 Census, Elisha Jr. had one slave but the other three Fly men, John d. 1804, William and Elisha Sr., had no slaves.  Elisha Jr. went to Tennessee in 1796 so he did not change his name to Flythe.  Any slaves freed from his household would not be named Flythe.

In the 1840 census, John Allman owned eight slaves; Solomon owned one slave; and Sara, widow of Solomon’s brother, William, owned one slave.  Aaron, brother of John Allman Fly, had no slaves in 1840.   Neither did Etheldred nor Enos, both brothers of Solomon.

The following paragraphs describe what we know currently about the slaves in Flythe households.

John Allman Fly(the) was born in 1783 in Northampton Co., NC and died about 1866.  He married Millicent Sikes circa 1802 and had 5 sons (William, James Sikes, Elisha, John Washington, and Jesse) and 3 daughters (Mary, Elizabeth and Sally).  His first slave, Penny, was purchased from his wife’s stepfather Richard Sumner in 1806.  In 1840 he owned eight slaves.  In John Allman’s will of 13 July 1850, he named his slaves as of that time.  However, in 1855, he sold the slave Drew to his son John Washington Flythe, as recorded by a bill of sale.

 

John Allman Fly’s Slaves as Listed in His Will  •  13 July 1850

Name

Sex

Comment

Lucy

F

 

Martha

F

 

Susan

F

 

Green

M

 

Ett

F?

Could Ett be short for Rosetta?

Drew

M

young

Mary

F

 

Caroline

F

 

Jane

F

 

In the 1850 census John Allman Flythe is listed in household #640.  His sons, James Sikes Flythe and John Washington Flythe, are listed with him. The 1850 census for this household was taken on September 16th, just two months after the will. There is one less slave in the 1850 census. Based on the names in the will, and the fact that Drew was listed as a boy and not a man in the 1855 sale, a name can be placed on each of the two males. There is no way to match the female names. Unfortunately, the next census in 1860 missed John Allman, James Sikes, and John Washington Flythe.  So there are no records of their slaves in 1860.

 

John Allman Flythe’s Slaves as of 1850 Census   •  16 September 1850

Age

Sex

Race

Comments

43

F

B

 

22

F

B

 

26

M

B

Possibly Green

18

F

B

 

16

F

B

 

13

M

B

Probably Drew

10

F

B

 

9

F

B

 

 

Elisha Flythe, son of John Allman Fly, was born in Northampton Co., NC circa 1818 and died 1895.  In 1850 he is listed in household #433 and the census was taken on August 24th. The 1860 census also missed Elisha.

 

Elisha Flythe’s Slaves as of 1850 Census  •  24 August 1850

Age

Sex

Race

Name

81

M

B

 

19

F

B

 

16

F

B

 

12

F

Mulatto

 

 

Jesse Flythe, youngest son of John Allman Fly, was born in Northampton Co., NC in 1821 and died in 1897.  On 9 June 1846, he married Lucy Ann Grant, daughter of Newitt Grant and Martha Warr.  Jesse acquired a number of slaves from a distribution of Lucy Ann’s father’s estate in 1846. In this distribution he received: Anderson, Mary Ann, and old Mary.  He acquired a few more slaves after Lucy Ann’s mother died in 1864.

Next to Mary Ann’s name in the distribution record of 1846 is the word ‘child’, which can mean that she herself was a child at the time or that she had a child with her.  Looking back to the 1831 distribution of slaves that Newitt received from his father William, there is a Mary Ann listed with a woman Penny and the two of them are valued at $200.  This implies that this Mary Ann was a child at the time, and that she was born before 1831.  The Grant slave Mary Ann, who went to Jesse in the 1846 distribution, took the name of Flythe and in the 1870 census is head of a household with children Ned 16, Julia 12, Cherry 8, Lucius 6, and Henry 1.  This Mary Ann was 36 in the 1870 census, indicating that she was born in 1834.  This is a few years later than the birthdate of the Mary Ann in the 1831 distribution.  However, she is probably the same Mary Ann.  In 1873, Mary Ann married Mills Lassiter and in the 1880 census she is listed with Miles but has four Flythe children all over the age of 10.

Anderson, who was in the 1846 distribution to Jesse, was also listed in the 1831 distribution.  He and Edmond were valued at $260 for both of them, implying that they are both very young at the time. Anderson was probably under 10 years old and thus born 1821 to 1831.

Jesse also inherited a grist mill from the Grants.  The Yankees burned it down during the battle of Boone’s Mill near Jackson, NC.

In the 1850 census, Jesse was listed in household #732 and the census was taken on September 22nd.

 

Jesse Flythe’s Slaves as of 1850 Census  •  22 September 1850

Age

Sex

Race

Name

56

F

B

 

35

M

B

 

22

M

B

Probably Anderson

19

F

B

Probably Mary Ann

6

F

B

 

3

M

B

 

1

M

B

 

Jesse Flythe’s Slaves as of 1860 Census

Age

Sex

Race

Name

70

F

B

 

51

M

B

 

34

M

B

 

28

M

B

Probably not in 1850 census

29

F

B

Probably Mary Ann

17

F

B

 

12

M

B

 

10

M

B

 

8

M

B

 

7

F

B

 

7

M

B

 

6

M

B

Possibly Ned

14

M

B

 

11 6/12

F

Mulatto

 

11 6/12

M

Mulatto

 

 

The Grant records give us even more information.  Just in case it is helpful, the following table documents the distribution of slaves from William to Newitt in 1831 and the distribution from Newitt to his children in 1846.  Newitt’s wife was Martha Warr and he may have inherited some slaves from her family.

 

Distribution of Grant Slaves

Name

Value in 1831

Recipient in 1846

Comment

Penelope

$200 with Mary Ann

 

 

Mary Ann

 

Jesse Flythe

Mary Ann probably a child in 1831.

Hugh

 

Susan Grant

 

Ned

$475

A Grant daughter

Ned probably in his 20’s

Harry

 

Alanson Capehart

 

Emiline

 

 

 

Cherry

$250

James W. Grant

Also received Luke and Exum.  They may be children of Cherry.

Eliza

 

 

 

Hannah

 

Joseph C. Grant

Also received Drew.

Henderson

 

 

 

Jerry

 

 

 

Bob

 

Henry T. Grant

 

Anderson

$260 for Anderson & Edmond together.

Jesse Flythe

Probably a child.

Edmond

 

 

Probably a child.

Old Judith

$50

 

 

  

Now, back to the Flythe Family.

There was a John Fly born circa 1739 at Isle of Wight Co., VA and died in Northampton Co., NC 1804.  He is referred to as John who died in 1804.  He had sons, John Dixon, Emelius, Enoch, Enos, William.  He had daughters Milly, Rebekah, Susannah Driver, Eliza and Martha.  On 30 April 1794, John bought a Negro woman, Leah, and a child, Bedford, for 60 lbs.  The purchase was made from William Bass Cheatam who was apparently a slave trader. (This might be useful to any African Americans who are willing to search through the deeds.  They seem to be very well indexed and looking under W.B. Cheatham should turn up lots of sales documents not just for Fly.) In the dispersal of John's estate, Leah went to Mary Fly, his widow; Bedford to Fred Long; and Ryke (?) to his son, Enoch Fly, who later went to Tennessee.  We do not know where Ryke came from.

Enos Flythe, son of John (d. 1804), was born 1776 in Northampton Co., NC and died circa 1856. In 1850 in Northampton Co., NC, Enos, age 74 was in household #52, where the census was taken on July 25th.  Son, Braxton, 25, was in this household.  He may have inherited some or all of these slaves.

 

Enos Flythe’s Slaves as of 1850 Census  •  25 July 1850

Age

Sex

Race

Name

19

M

B

 

16

M

B

 

19

F

B

 

 

Solomon Flythe, son of Enos, was born circa 1807 in Northampton Co., NC and died circa 1862 in Greenville Co., VA. In 1850 Solomon is in household #491 in Northampton Co., NC.  The census was taken here on August 30th.

 

Solomon Flythe’s Slaves as of 1850 Census  •  30 August 1850

Age

Sex

Race

Name

27

F

B

Possibly Maria

8

M

B

Possibly Andrew

Solomon moved to Greensville Co., VA around 15 Feb 1856 when he purchased land there.  On 26 Feb 1858 he sold to his daughter Louisa T. Flythe one Negro woman Maria and a boy Andrew.  These are possibly the two slaves he owned in 1850. However, in his will of 1 Oct 1860, he leaves all Negroes to his wife Dorothy, and daughters, Louisa T., Mary C. , and Lovey W.   This implies that he, either had more slaves, or expected he might before he died.

Louisa T. Flythe (1834-1904) married Person Sykes in 1878.  Lovey Willie Flythe (1854-1900) married Joseph T. Johnson.  Mary C. Flythe (1844-1861) never married.

 By 1870, Thomas J. Flythe, son of Solomon, had one black in his household—Nancy Tharp, a farm laborer.

 

 Northampton Co., NC Cohabitation Records for Flythes

When the slaves were freed at the end of the Civil War they registered their ‘marriages’ in the Cohabitation Record.  The table below lists the entries that were found for Flythes in Northampton Co., NC.

Male

Female

Date Cohabitation Began

Jacob Flythe

Mary Flythe

1850

Harrison Edwards

Caroline Flythe

1861

Green Lassiter (in 1880 changed to Flythe)

Minerva Flythe

1856

Moses Stephens

Rosetta Flythe

Aug 1854

Today’s African American Flythes are probably descended from these slaves and the lineages go back to people freed in 1865 in North Carolina and Virginia.

 

 African American Flythe Marriages in Northampton Co., NC  •  1866-1942

 

Compiled by Norman Jason Flythe and Mary Catherine Flythe in June 1999 (revised August 1999 and June 2000)

 

Used[1]

Date

Man

Age

Wife

Age

Man’s Father[2]

Man’s Mother

Wife’s  Father

Wife’s   Mother

Comments

 

Dec 24 1866

Harry Deloatch

 

Elizabeth Flythe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 25 1867

Allen Powell

 

Lender Flythe

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Jan 7 1869

Isaac Flythe

 

Margianna Rea

 

Henderson Boon

Mary Ann Flythe

Hary Ray

 

 

 

Apr 16 1870

Willie Joyner

 

Green Anna Flythe

 

Anthony Joyner

Sarah Joyner

Not listed

Martha Flythe

Martha may be slave of John Allman.

X

Jan 17 1872

Anderson J. Flythe

 

Amanda Deloatch

 

Not listed

Mary Ann Flythe

Not listed

Not listed

License says Anderson J. but marriage record from minister says Andrew J.

X

Aug 10 1873

Miles Lassiter

40

Mary Ann Flythe

30

Unknown (D)

Unknown (D)

Doug Grant (L)

Not known (D)

Ned her son applied for license.  Jesse Flythe, her former owner, performed ceremony, Jesse’s son Joseph O. Flythe was witness.

X

Dec 31 1874

Ned Flythe

21

Elizabeth Martin

23

Crawford Gatling

Mary Ann Flythe

Not known

Silvey Martin

Jos. C. Flythe applied for license. Jesse Flythe performed marriage.

X

Dec 26 1876

Augustus Flythe

23

Ann Ellick

30

Anderson Flythe (L)

Susan Flythe (L)

Not known

Not known

Rufus Flythe applied for the license

?

Jan 3 1878

William A. Flythe

25

Christiana Joyner

20

Unknown

Mary A. Lassiter (L)

Unknown

Mariah Joyner

H.C. Lassiter applied for the license

X

Sept 12 1878

Green T. Flythe

24

Frances Deloatch

22

Not known

Mary Flythe (L)

Shane Deloatch (L)

Leah Deloatch (L)

Note: In 1880 census ages listed as 26 & 18.

X

Dec 9 1880

Dock Flythe

19

Ella Flythe

19

Unknown

Mary Flythe (L)

Jacob Flythe (L)

Mary Flythe (L)

 

Wm

Jan 22 1882

Andrew Flythe

20

Mary Deloatch

17

Drew Flythe (unknown if L)

Malinda Tyner

Moore Deloatch  (L)

Sarah Deloatch (L)

Berry Deloatch applied for license.

X

June 7 1882

Dudley Flythe

22

Ellen Vaughan

22

Jacob Flythe (L)

Mary Flythe (L)

George Vaughan (L)

Clora Vaughan (Dead)

Married at home of Thomas Parker in Kirby

X

Dec 11 1887

Lucius Flythe

24

Jennie Lassiter

18

Jacob Flythe (L)

Mary A. Lassiter (L)

Unknown

Betty Lassiter (L)

Think there is error in father’s name.  I think he is son of Mary Ann Flythe who married Miles Lassiter in 1873.

X

Jan 12 1889

Daniel E. Flythe

20

Anna C. Swett

18

Jacob Flythe (L)

Mary Flythe (L)

Exum Swett

Maria Swett

Swett also spelled Sweat.

X

Nov 28 1889

Henry Flythe

37

Sallie Vaughan

24

Green Flythe (L)

M. Flythe (D)

F. Vaughan (L)

Parthenia Vaughan (L)

 

X

June 11 1891

Lucius Flythe

23

Susan Scott

21

Green Flythe (L)

Manerva Flythe (L)

Thomas Scott

Dorcas Scott

Green was a Lassiter in cohabitation record but become Flythe by 1880

X

Jan 27 1897

William H. Flythe

23

Elnora Stephenson

21

Henry Flythe (L)

Elizabeth Flythe (D)

Unknown (D)

Unknown (D)

S. S. Britton applied for license.

X

May 16 1899

William Flythe

31

Rebecca Turner

38

Green F. Flythe (D)

Manerva Flythe (L)

Not known

Not known

 

X

Nov 26 1902

Chatman Flythe

23

Margaret Joyner

22

Samuel Flythe

Leu(?)

Wilet Joyner (D)

Anna Joyner (L)

Married at home of Anna Joyner.

 

Dec 23 1902

Morris Flythe

23

Lelia Worrell

22

Isaac Flythe (L)

Margianna Flythe (D)

Henry Worell (L)

Martha Worrell (L)

Henry Worrell applied for license.  Marriage of Isaac Flythe and Margianna Rea listed in  1869.

X

Jul 14 1902

Hugo Flythe

25

Willie Reid

22

Ned Flythe (L)

Elizabeth Flythe (?)

Philmore Reid (D)

Ann Reid (L)

Mr. Brady applied for    license. Marriage of   Ned Flythe & Elizabeth Martin listed in 1874.

X

Feb 1 1903

Isaac Flythe

50

Mary Anthony

30

Henderson Boon

Mary Flythe (L)

Soloman Anthony

 

 

X

Jan 14 1904

Walter Flythe

25

Texanna Vaughan

18

Green Flythe (D)

Manerva Flythe (L)

Richard Vaughan (L)

Wella Vaughan (D)

Maried at Richard Vaughan’s home; Bell Flythe was witness.

X

Dec 28 1904

Sandy Garriss

53

Elizabeth A. Deloatch

23

Jacob Flythe (L)

Mary Flythe (L)

George Deloatch (L)

Sarah Deloatch (L)

May have been owned by Garris.

 

 

Apr 19 1905

Jesse Flythe

22

Laura Frances Edwards

22

M. M. Lassiter (D)

 

Julia Flythe (L)

Jim Edwards

Sindy Edwards

 

X

Sep 4 1905

Dock Flythe

44

Arbella Taylor

39

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown (D)

Unknown (L)

Earlier marriage for Dock gives mother’s name as Mary Flythe.

X

Jul 20 1906

Paul Flythe

23

Maggie (or Manerva or Mamie) Jordan

20

Drew Flythe (L)

Christiana Flythe (L) 

Brit(?) Jordan (L)

Sally Jordan (D)

Mamie Flythe Simmons has 2/20/1906.  Recheck this.

 

Apr 10 1907

Samuel Flythe

24

Ella Joyner

23

Samuel Flythe (D)

Feby Flythe (D)          

Allen Joyner (D)

Quenanna Joyner (L)

Ella Joyner in 1900 census Northampton CO., NC with mother Queanna.

X

Aug 29 1907

Millard Flythe

23

Roxie Goode

20

Drew Flythe (L)

Christiana Flythe (D)

Lawrence Goode (L)

Unknown (D)

 

X

Mar 20 1908

James Flythe

23

Anna Powell

23

Ball (?) Flythe (D)

Frances Flythe (L)

Not Listed

Not Listed

 

Wm

Apr 24 1910

Jessey Flythe

21

Lucinda Phillips

21

Isaac Flythe (D)

Mary Flythe (L)

Scott Phillips (L)

Louise Phillips (L)

Need to recheck this.  Father may be Drew since William Flythe lineage chart has Jesse the son of Drew and Mary married to Lucinda Phillips.

Wm

Jan 25 1914

Willie Flythe

21

Trixie Phillips

16

Drew Flythe (D)

Mary Flythe (D)

Scott Phillips (L)

Louise Phillips (not indicated whether living)

 

X

Oct 21 1914

N. L. Flythe (name is Ned Lonnie)

27

Essie Jane Boone

20

Ned Flythe (L)

Elizabeth Flythe (D)

Not listed (D)

Emma Boone (L)

 

Wm

Jan 24 1915

Jim Flythe

21

Annie May Scott

20

Drew Flythe (D)

Mary Flythe (D)

Tom  Scott (L)

Darby Scott (L)

 

X

Sep 21 1916

Ned Flythe

63

Aleatha Artist

39

Crawford Gatling (D)

Mary Ann Flythe (D)

Not listed

Frances Artist (D)

Ned applied for license himself.

 

Wm

Feb 2 1919

Herbert Flythe

19

Elnora Ricks

20

Drew Flythe (D)

Mary Flythe (D)

Trotman Ricks (D)

Bettie Ricks (L)

 

 

 

Jul 6 1920

Dewey Flythe

18

Lucy Reid

19

Isaac Flythe (D)

Mary Flythe (L)

Abner Reid

Delia Reid

 

X

Sep 23 1923

Dock Flythe

60

Rosa James

61

Not listed

Not listed

Not listed

Not listed

His parents listed in earlier marriage as unknown and Mary Flythe.  Her parents listed on her death certificate as Dennis Person & Liza Person. Probably married a James earlier.

 

Jan 14 1928

Guy Flythe

24

Rose Harrell

25

Isaac Flythe (D)

Mary Flythe (L)

Isaac Garris

Eva Garris

James Smith applied for license.

X

May 27 1925

Samuel Flythe

21

Lucy Reives

21

Jake Flythe (D)

Blannie Flythe (D)

Robert Reives (D)

Annie L. Reives (D)

 

 

Mar 21 1936

N. Lonnie Flythe (name is Ned Lonnie)

67

Irene Bynum

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 21 1936

Ernest Flythe

22

Dolly Joyner Whitefield

23

Lonnie Flythe (L)

Annie Flythe (D)

Reuben Whitefield (L)

Rosa Whitefield (L)

Is father Lonnie Ned Flythe?  If so, did     he have another wife or is this Essie?  Also, no Ernest listed as  child of onnie Ned.

 

Dec 24 1936

Morris D. Flythe

56

Saddie Brewer

45

Isaac Flythe (D)

(D)

Not listed

Not listed

 

 

Dec 27 1936

Johnie Flythe

20

Cleo Jones

18

Lonnie Flythe (L)

Essie Flythe (L)

Buck Jones (L)

Mollie Jones (L)

 

 

Dec 30 1936

Edward Flythe

23

Blanche Joyner

21

Jesse Flythe (D)

Lucinda Flythe (L)

Willis Joyner (D)

Lelia Jones (D)

 

 

Nov 28 1937

Edd Lewis Flythe

21

Maggie Reed

21

Hughes Flythe (D)

Willie Flythe (L)

Dennis Reed (D)

Grant Reed (L)

 

 

Jan 6 1938

Lonnie Flythe

49

Eliza Jane Ellis

19

Ned Flythe (D)

Elizabeth Flythe (D)

Jim Ellis (L)

Mary Ellis (D)

 

 

Apr 24 1938

Arthur L. Flythe

22

Claude Drew

24

William Flythe (D)

Elnora Flythe (L)

C. C. Drew (L)

 

 

 

Jul 20 1938

James Flythe

21

Luvenia Grant

20

Lonnie Flythe (L)

Essie Flythe (L)

Will Grant (L)

(D)

 

 

Jan 12 1942

Raymond Flythe

29

Mary Maggett

24

Sam Flythe (D)

Ella Flythe (L)

Lokie Maggett (L)

Lucy Maggett (L)

 

 

Jan 21 1942

Claude Flythe

21

Helen Newsom

18

Jesse Flythe (D)

Lucinda Flythe (L)

Joe Newsom (L)

Rachael Newsom (D)

Recheck last  name of wife’s parents.

 

Apr 22 1944

William Flythe

21

Ciela May Gorham

18

Lonnie Flythe (L)

Essie Flythe (L)

Joe Gorham (L)

Daisey Gorham (D)

Recheck last  name of wife’s parents.


[1] X =  Used in database and matched with people in census records. Wm = in William Flythe’s Line.
[2] (L) = living at the time of the application for marriage.
      (D) = Deceased

 

African American Flythe Marriages in Virginia

 

Compiled by Norman Jason Flythe and Mary Catherine Flythe in July 1999

 

Used[3]

Date

Man

Age

Wife

Age

Man’s Father

Man’s Mother

Wife’s Father

Wife’s Mother

Comments

 

Dec 1 1898

Britt Jordan

40

Ora Flythe

22

 

 

Andrew Flythe

Mandy Flythe

Marriage in Southampton Co. He was widowed.

 

Dec 29 1898

June Jenkins

21

Josephene Flythe

22

 

Mary Jenkins

Andrew Flythe

Mandy Flythe

Marriage in Southampton Co. Wife born in NC.

 

Jan 2 1895

Joseph Jenkins

 

Routh Ann Flythe

21

 

Martha Jemkins

Andrew Flythe

Christiana Flythe

Marriage in Southampton Co. Wife born Southampton Co., VA

 

Nov 9 1892

A. F. Johnson

40

Maggie Fly

18

 

 

Andrew Fly

Marjiana Fly

Marriage in Southampton Co.

X

Oct 28 1896

William Flythe

27

Mattie Parhan

21

Isaac Flythe

Marjiana Flythe

Oscar Parham

Rosa Parham

Marriage in Greensville Co., VA

 

[3] X =  Used in database and matched with people in census records. Wm = in William Flythe’s Line.


African American Flythe Death Records in Virginia

 

Compiled by Norman Jason Flythe and Mary Catherine Flythe in July 1999

 

Used[4]

Date & Place of Death

Person

Age

Birthdate

Place of Birth

Father’s Name

Mother’s Maiden Name

Occupation

Info Provided By

Comments

 

Sep 30 1913 in Greensville, VA

Flythe, Drew

70

1843

Greensville Co, VA

Unknown

Unknown

Pauper

G. E. Jgborn (SP?)

 

X

Jun 9 1913 in Greensville, VA

Flythe, Mattie

30

1883

Greensville Co, VA

Oscar Parham b. VA

Rosa Hill b. VA

Domestic help

Burnell Edwards

Wife of Wm son of Issac & Margianna

 

Feb 8 1916 in Norfolk, VA

Flythe, Carey

25

1891

NC

Unk

Unk

 

C. W. Priddy from VA

Drowned (accident)

 

Aug 27 1915 in Greensville, VA

Flythe, Henry

28

1887

NC

Dock Flythe b. NC

Cindy James b. NC

 

Robert Powell

Died of acute indigestion.  He was married.

 

[4] X =  Used in database and matched with people in census records.       Wm = in William Flythe’s Line.


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