I too have been searching for years for the ancestry of Samuel FLAKE's wife. Family tradition states that Samuel FLAKE had two wives, Agatha and Sally. As far as I know, no documentation exists for the marriage of Samuel FLAKE to Agatha __________. In a land transaction in 1799, Samuel FLAKE's wife is referred to as Sarah __________. In his 1802 Will his wife is referred to as Alcy __________ (Alcy/Alsey is a diminutive for Alice.) Were Sally, Sarah, and Alcy the same person?
The memorial marker for Samuel FLAKE was erected on SMITH's Creek, Anson Co., NC over 125 years after his death and is based on family tradition, with the exception of Samuel FLAKE's name and date of death. Much of the information in the "Family Tree Book", which was published by W. THOMAS SMITH, with the FLAKE information attributed to Julia Flake BURNS and Osmer D. FLAKE, was based on family tradition. I understand from my conversations with Osmer D. FLAKE that some (but not all) of Julia Flake BURNS' information was based on information available from Family Bibles and records in Anson Co., NC. The stories written by Osmer D. FLAKE about the FLAKEs of Anson Co., NC were based almost in their entirety on family tradition. There is no documentation that Samuel FLAKE had a brother, Henry; however, there is a Thomas FLAKE with him in Amelia Co., VA, in Lunenburg and Nottoway Counties, VA, and later in Orange and Granville Counties, NC. Samuel FLAKE named one of his sons, Thomas.
Family tradition states that his second wife was Sarah Abigail HARRIS; no documentation exists that she was actually a HARRIS. However, family tradition sometimes contains a grain of truth. If we assume that Samuel FLAKE's second wife was Alcy/Alsy HARRIS, then my collection of bits and pieces of information, although undocumented, might be reasonably accurate:
It is known from the 1802 will of Samuel FLAKE that his wife, at that time, was named Alcy. It is known from the will of Stephen HARRIS of St. Martin's Parish, Hanover County, Virginia that he had a daughter Alcy/Alsey HARRIS. Stephen HARRIS' grandmother was named Alice. (Stephen HARRIS was a descendant of Captain Thomas HARRIS, of Jamestown, who arrived there in May, 1611.) Samuel FLAKE migrated from Isle of Wight, England to Isle of Wight, Virginia as a lad (bef 1715). His progression, from there, was west and south through Amelia Co., VA, abt 1750) and North Carolina, finally settling in Anson County, NC (abt 1760). The progression of the HARRIS family followed a similar path; they were in Amelia Co., VA (abt 1750), in Granville Co., NC (abt 1757) and arrived in Anson Co., NC a few years later. From the witnessing of deeds, wills, etc., it is known that the FLAKE family and the HARRIS family in Anson County, North Carolina were quite close and it is known that the HARRIS family of Anson County, North Carolina were close relatives of Stephen HARRIS, who was the father of Alcy/Alsey HARRIS. Although nothing has been found documenting the marriage of this Alsey HARRIS to Samuel FLAKE, circumstantial evidence justifies its being included in my database.
Unfortunately, I have never had the resources or time to go to VA and NC to pursue my own research into the matter.
It is my hope that some FLAKE researcher will abandon the total belief in the FLAKE family tradition and do some real research on the family. Maybe then and only then will we know where we came from.
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