Mr. Stein mentioned in an earlier post that the date of Samuel Flake’s birth has always been in question and I would agree. The only reference to Samuel Flake’s birthday I have found is in the “Family Tree Book” and Osmer Flake states, “The Flake family is said to have” etc. Osmer goes on to mention Samuel Flake’s death date and his age of death around 100 years old. It seems that subtraction has been used to come up with his date of birth being around 1700. This is all family mythology….no documentation at all. Osmer later put a marker at the home site with that date and now it’s part of Flake history. This cannot be used in any way to seriously determine Samuel Flake’s age or birth date. It is simply hearsay and mythology. Other individuals have Samuel Flake listed as Robert Flake the 3rd’s son, being born 1740 and later marriage Sarah Flake at the age of approximately 21. That would also place his age in a reasonable time frame regarding Samuel Flake’s obtaining land grants in Anson Co. which is documented. This puts his death and age in the correct time fram and now Sarah’s marriage to a man her own age makes sense. When given two arguments, with limited proof, you must take the one which makes the most sense and has the most valid support. Now the signature of Samuel Flake on the Anson Co. petition of 1869 make sense…he was a young man around 30 when he signed that petition. Several of the children of Samuel Flake have the names of the sons and daughters of Robert Flake III. Samuel would have named his children after family members like everyone else did.
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