My information indicates that Green Flake was born in January 1828 on the plantation of Jurden (sometimes referred to as William Jordan) FLAKE of Anson County, North Carolina.
The following item appeared in "Church Almanac 1997-98". I assume that this is a publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
"Flake, Green -- (14th Ten) Born in January 1828 in Anson Co., N, C., a slave of African descent on the plantation of William Jordan Flake. At age 20, he was given as a gift to James Madison Flake. He was baptized in the Mississippi River near Nauvoo by John Brown. He had traveled with the Flake family to Nauvoo, but evidently returned 1o his plantation before the exodus. He was sent from there with a carriage and a team of while mules to Winter Quarters and Instructed to go west with the original company. He was selected to be part of the advance company that entered the valley July 22, 1847. His carnage, however, is believed to be the one that carried an ill Brigham Young into the valley. The carriage was returned to Winter Quarters that fail, but he remained and built a cabin in the Cottonwood area and planted crops for the Flake family. In 1848, he married Martha Ann Crosby, a slave of John Brown and Elizabeth Crosby Brown, newly arrived in the Cottonwood area. He remained in the area as a devout Latter-day Saint for many years. He moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, In 1888, and lived there until his death on Oct. 20, 1903, at age 75."
The FLAKE family tradition has this to say: "While the Mormon's (LDS) were still in Nauvoo, their missionaries were active in Mississippi. They proselyted, and converted James Madison Flake and his family during the winter of 1843-1844. As a result they liquidated their assets and, along with several slaves (Green Flake among them), went to Nauvoo (and later to what is now Council Bluffs, IA) and joined Brigham Young. Family legend has it that when Brigham Young and the first wave went to Utah, the slaves drove James Madison FLAKES's mountain carriage to Utah. Brigham Young became sick and rode in the mountain carriage, since it was the most comfortable vehicle in the wagon train, for the last few days before they reached the Great Salt Lake. His first siting of "the Promised Land" was from the carriage. At any rate, the carriage is on display at a Mormon museum on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah. The slaves built a crude house for James Madison FLAKE's family, who went to Utah in the second wave."
The following is the will of Samuel FLAKE, father of Jurden FLAKE. Several Slaves are mentioned in the will. It is possible that one of them could have been Green FLAKE's parents. This is a transcription of the original will, misspellings and all.
In The Name of God amen. I Samuel Flake of A n son County Being of Sound Deposing Mind Tho Weke In Body owing to age And Infirmuty Do Make & ordane This My Last will & Testament In Manner following
I tem I give & Devise to My Wife Alcy All Pewter Pots & House Holde furniture Allso My Stock of Horses & Cattle & Hoges three Negro Boys Jo Tom and A bra ham All which Estate It is my Wish and Desire My Wife Alcy and Elijah Flake my youngest Son May peaceably possess and Injoy for there own & Use Enduring Herr Natural Life or Widow Hood & at my dicease it is my will and desire my youngest Son Elijah Flake now lives with his Mother and will have the trouble of her and all other mothers things, touching the primses which it is my will and desire the sd Elijah have two Shears on Dividing of Negrows Stock House Houlde & Kitching furniture and Allso of all plantation and other tools that My other three Sons Namely Thomas, Samuel & Jurden Which It is My Will and Desire That They Have Shear & Shear Alike Elijah two Shears Thomas Samuel and Jurden shear Equally alike etc
I Tem I give and Bequeath to My Son Thomas & Samuel one Negro girl name Dill Which Negrow is to Be divided Be twent My Two Sons Thomas & Samuel after the Deseace of My Wife Alcy. Which To T__ __ Conveyance of There part of my Lande
I Tem I gave and beqath to My Son Jurden one hundred Akers of My Lande Being part of two Tracks No parte of and olde survay pattend By Jo White Mcvane parte of a track of two Hundred Akers pattend by myself Jining the Hundred acre that I sold to Dudley Williams
Lastly I give to My Son Elijah all the Ballance of Sd Thre Tracks of Land Including the Williams plantation Etc
Also I give and Bequathe to My Son Wm. Flake one Dollar which is his parte
I give and Bequathe to My five Daughters Namely Mary Elizabeth Jemyah Sara & Delilah one Dollar Each which is to Be pade out of my Estate that Being There Several partes of My Estate
April 5th 1802
Samuel Flake * Seal *
Recorded in Anson County Will Book 2, Page 36.
The will of Jurden FLAKE is recorded in Anson County, North Carolina Will Book "B", Page 163.
In the name of God, amen I Jurden Flake of the State of North Carolina & County of Anson Being weak in body though of sound mind and memmory thanks be to God for the same and Calling to mind the mortallity of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die, Therefore I Do make this my last will and testament in the following manor and form First I give and bequeath to my son John W. Flake the three negro boys that he has in possesion namely Red, Daniel and I Som and Two hundred Dollars including note in 2nd I give to my son William C. Flake three negroes Lucy Ruben & Cudgo and Two hundred Dollars out of his note 3rd I give to my son Thomas G. Flake four negroes Abram, Haly his wife Arter and Jude and all the East part of my land on Smiths Creek up the T Creek as high as opposite the old house to that Cross fence where the lane was formaly and with that fence to the Little orchard that Son Thomas tends and round to the maple Corner near Thos Spring including the orchard then up the S spring branch including the Spring up to the fence of that upland field west of Thos House then with that fence to the Corner next Hooker then South to Hooker and then round Hooker Lowes & P Smiths to the South line then up to opposite the Cross fence 4th I give to my son James M. Flake Two negroes Green and Lyse and three hundred Dollars 5th I give to my son in Law Jurden W. Morris and Jane E his wife Allonzo, Siller and her child and Claborn by his paying up his note 6th I give to my son in law Peter P. Cocks and Sarah his wife six negroes Lyda King George Rosan and her two children Aron and Arter 7th I give to my daughter Fathy H. Flake three negroes Sary and her two children Thaner and Tom and her filly bedd and firniture and Two hundred and fifty Dollars 8th I give to my son Frances E. Flake four negroes Aron Jack Cindy and Mary a bead & firniture and his young horse and all the balance of my land on the North Side of Smiths Creek including the Houses 9th I give to my son in law Charles Winfree and Ann Winfree his wife one thousand DOLLARS to be paid them by my Executors when collected and all the balance of my property not in the will including the land wher James M. Flake left also all joinding it on the South side of Smiths Creek also the Sandhill land & Stock & Ephram to be sold as the Law Directs and all the proceeds after all my Debts is paid and what there is Due me Collected and what there is in the will all Discharged then the balance if any to be Equally divided a mong all my heirs Eccept Charles Winfree and Ann his wife who will have their part in the will and I hereby apoint my Sons John W Flake and William C. Flake my sole Executors to this my Last will and testament and it is my Desire that my son John W. Flake be appointed guardian for my son Francis E. Flake and to attend to Education & everything Else of his to his best interest till he is Capable of managing for him self Signed and Seald this 19th Day of May and in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and forty three
James Hooker Jurden Flake *Seal*
Benj G. Hooker
October Term 1843
Then the above will was duly proven in open Court by James Hooker & Benj G. Hooker the subscribing witnesses thereto - whereupon John W. Flake & Wm C Flake appeared in open Court & qualified as Excecutors and obtained letters Testamentory
W. W. Boggan CM
I hope that the above will be of some assistance to you in your search.
Wm. Flake Joiner
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