I don't know about the original spelling but in Danish "flakke" means a flat piece of land. There are in fact two branches of the family, one Yankee, and the other Southern.
Osmer Dennis Flake discovered this fact on a mission to Mississippi, where he met his kinsman, who reminded him so much of his father that he cried.
Two identical twins were separated when young boys. Their wives and children were all named identically, and they both had the peculiar habit of throwing a rock at any pig who escaped the pig pen. This small detail was noted by Osmer, who said it was typical of W.J. Flake.
These historical discoveries are chronicled in the book written by Osmer Dennis Flake.
The Flakes were Southern aristocracy based in five states of the old Confederacy. It is my understanding that only one plantation remains in family hands, out of several which once existed.
The original land grant in Anson County, North Carolina, came from King Charles prior to his beheading in 1642.
The many slaves of the family were freed in the 1840's, when the family became Mormon (Yankees). Some slaves, however, elected to stay and the most prominent among them known to history is a man named Green Flake. He was inducted into the Melchizadec priesthood by William Jordan Flake. Such a move was unprecedented at the time, because black people were then regarded as chattel, according to church doctrine. I believe--according to scripture--that their black skin marked them as the cursed descendents of Ham.
The bold move by William Jordan Flake was allowed to stand, because once something is sealed in Eternity to God, nothing can change that, otherwise the Mormon creed would have been reduced to the status of a "false prophet."
William Jordan Flake was a great benefactor to all people, regardless of skin color or social standing. He was a true Latter Day Saint. His love for humanity and God was unparalleled.
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