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Re: Anson County, North Carolina Flake Family
Posted by: Jay Stein (ID *****4633) Date: November 23, 2005 at 09:05:54
In Reply to: Re: Anson County, North Carolina Flake Family by Sharon Philpot of 535

Hi Sharon,

       I've never seen any documentation for EITHER date of birth which you give, other than that a "modern," or at least non-contemporary tombstone for Samuel records the date of his birth as 1701 and while his living to be 101 years old would be uncommon, it's not impossible. My g- g-g-g-grandfather SAMUEL CURTIS (8 Jan 1751-24 Jan 1846) lived to be 95 years of age and in my Stein family line, my great-great-grandfather Stein is reportedly was over 100 years of age when he died as a result of hitting his head on a large rock when he fell from horse while out riding about his property. So, while unusual or uncommon, it is possible he lived to be 101 years of age. Nor have I, for that matter, seen much in the way of documentation pertaining to his wife, or wives.

       While I'm not sure about the 1701 date, I would SPECULATE though that the date of 1740 is INCORRECT as I believe it is probable that SAMUEL FLAKE of Anson is SAMUEL FLAKE of the Granville District records of the 1750's.

       There's a record of a "warrant" for 350 acres tract of land located in Johnston County, NC., for a SAMUEL FLAKE being transferred to a WILLIAM CHURTON dated 18 December 1753 with a reference in the deed to the land having been "entered on 9 Jan 1752." On the back of the instrument, it is written that the warrant was "formerly directed to RICHD CASWELL and not returned. Died Out."

       A second record, a patent for a JOHN HUNTER dated 5 May 1755 for 177 A in Orange County (Orange County was formed from Bladen, Granville, and JOHNSTON Counties in 1752) includes a reference to "...land Survey'd for SAMUEL FLAKE."

       If memory serves me correct, there are other records in this area as well for the name SAMUEL FLAKE and also, I've often seen the name of THOMAS FLAKE written along with SAMUEL FLAKE's name in records, and have wondered if this is perhaps a brother of Samuel.

       Also, my apology for taking so long to respond, but I only today learned of your query. I'm no longer receiving notification from GenForum when I receive a response from a posting I've made. I used to receive notices, but they suddenly stopped. I've checked out my "security" programs and as far as I know I've taken the necessary steps for any email from GenForum to come through my "walls," but to no avail. I've also been trying out GenForum's search feature of searching each day for any messages which mention my name and while I thought it was working fairly well, I may have to reconsider that opinion because your message to me didn't show up there.

       Well, more than enough about that! As to pictures, I have to say no, nor do I know anything about the crest. Heraldry in large sense is a separate field from genealogy or family history and is a field of its own and one in which I've only briefly ventured into. It can be fascinating, but I've just not done too much work in that area as for one thing it can be very involved and can involve considerable expense. If your interest is not so much trying to connect SAMUEL FLAKE of Anson to a particular crest, but just an interest in general in crest(s) pertaining to the FLAKE family name, I would assume that it should be possible to research any Flake family crest at most "good" genealogy libraries which have a good section on heraldry, crests, arms, etc.

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING! --- Jay


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