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Funeral Notice

Thursday Night, April 26th, 1917
Mr. James McAlister
In San Antonio, Texas

Funeral services will be held at the Pearsall
Cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock.

Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited
to attend.

Pearsall, Texas, April 28th, 1917.


[NI0020] Resolutions of Respect

In Memory of

Mr. J. W. McAllister, who passed away Oct 6, 19 67

The Death Angel has visited our Chapter and taken from our number of of our beloved members. This one, who once met with us here and shared our joys and sorrows, is now awaiting us in the Grand Chapter above. We shall join them when we, too, have completed life's labyrinth.
WHEREAS, the Heavenly Father has called our respected and beloved brother home, and he, having been a true and faithful member of our beautiful Order, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Devine Chapter No 43, Order of the Eastern Star, drape its Charter in memory of this departed member, and that we tender to the
family of our deceased Brother our sincere condolence in their sorrow and bereavement, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent the family.

Burl C. Jopling
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord . . . Virginia Smith
They rest from their labors . . . M. C. Cowan
And their works do follow them." COMMITTEE


J. W. McAllister Honored On Birthday

On Sunday, August 16, 1953 a reunion was held at Schott's Park in honor of Mr. J. W. McAllister's birthday. Children of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. McAllister present were: Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McAllister and family of Jourdanton, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hughes and family of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Darby of Jourdanton, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. McAllister of Laredo, Mr. and Mrs. Walter McAllister and Franklin and Linda McAllister of Devine. One son Bill and family of San Antonio was absent.

Also present were a number of boys who stayed with Mr. and Mrs. McAllister during some of their school years. They were Mr. Lloyd Dyer of Boerne, Mr. George Lord of Ovington, New Mexico, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Winn and family of Charlotte, Mr. and Mrs. Kemerer Winn and family of Jourdanton, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Booth of San Antonio, Mr. James Oppelt of San Antonio. Other guest were Rev. Don Rose, and Warner Hutchison, Mr. and Mrs. Ike H. Day, and Mr. and Mrs. Pat Kilpatrick and family.

Devine News - 1953

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------McAllister Services Slated

JOURDANTON - Services and interment will be in Devine Sunday for James Walker McAllister, 78, who died here Saturday.

McAllister was a resident here from 1923 to 1942, when he moved to Devine. He and his wife returned here to make their home in 1965, following his retirement.

Survivors, in addition to his widow, include daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Hughes, San Antonio; Mrs. Sara Darby, Jourdanton, and Mrs. Linda Anderson, San Antonio; sons, Clifton and George McAllister, Jourdanton; Bill McAllister, San Marcos; Walter McAllister, Devine, and Franklin McAllister, Taft; 19 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
The San Antonio Light


James W. McAllister

JOURDANTON - Services for James Walker McAllister, 78, who died Saturday, will be at First Baptist Church Sunday at 3 P.M. with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

A retired farmer, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Letha McAllister; three daughters, Mrs. Sara Darby of Jourdanton, Mrs. Linda Anderson of San Antonio and Mrs. Dorothy Hughes of San Antonio; and five sons, Clifton and George McAllister of Jourdanton, Bill of San Marcos, Walter of Devine and Franklin McAllister of Taft.

Lange Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The San Antonio Express-News


By Yancey Russell
Thursday, Oct. 19, 1967
The Devine News

James Walker McAllister is mourned by his many friends and by his brethren in Devine Lodge No. 590 A.F. & A.M. Following his death in Jourdanton, he was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine, with grave side services conducted by Burl Jopling, District Deputy Grand Master of Masons in District No. 53, on Sunday afternoon, October 8, after services in the First Baptist Church of Devine.

Pallbearers were: Hilmer Neuman, John B. Williams, and George Briscoe, all of Devine Lodge No. 590, and Byron K. Bowen, Houston Winters and Charles Barrow, all of Zanderson Lodge No. 1120, Jourdanton.

Mr. McAllister was born August 18, 1889 in Pearsall. He had been a member of Devine Lodge No. 590 since 1945. In appreciation for his many unselfish and charitable activities the brethren of his lodge awarded him a life membership certificate in a ceremony held May 11, 1967 in an open meeting of Zanderson Lodge No. 1120 in Jourdanton. Mr. Jopling presented him with this honor, and afterwards called upon several charter members of Tri-County DeMolay Chapter in
Devine, who presented Mr. McAllister with a DeMolay pin and certificate for his work in helping organize the chapter in 1947 for serving as "Dad" of the chapter for several years.

Mr. Bowen enumerated the many helpful deeds performed by Mr. McAllister when he lived in Jourdanton, praising him for his assistance to Zanderson Lodge when he donated to that lodge a part of the land upon which to build its Masonic Temple.

Mr. McAllister is survived by his widow, Mrs. Letha McAllister; three daughters, Mrs. Sara Darby of Jourdanton, Mrs. Linda Anderson and Mrs. Dorothy Hughes of San Antonio; five sons, Clifton and George of Jourdanton, Bill of San Marcos, Walter of Devine, and Franklin of Taft.


Mr. J. W. McAllister

Services for Mr. James Walker McAllister, 78, who died Friday night in Jourdanton were held at the First Baptist Church in Devine, Sunday, October 8 at 3 P.M. with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. He was a retired farmer and Civil Service employee.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Letha McAllister; three daughters, Mrs. Sara Darby of Jourdanton, Mrs. Linda Anderson and Mrs. Dorothy Hughes of San Antonio; five sons, Clifton and George of Jourdanton, Bill of San Marcos, Walter of Devine, and Franklin of Taft.
Lange Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.



During an open session of Zanderson Lodge No. 1120 A.F. & A.M. Burl C. Jopling of Devine, D.D.G.M. of District No. 53 acted as master of ceremonies for Devine Lodge No. 590 in presenting Brother James Walker McAllister, age 78, of Jourdanton a life membership certificate from the Devine Lodge. Bro. Jopling also called on some charter members of the Tri-County DeMolay Chapter of Devine who presented Mr. McAllister with a DeMolay pin and certificate for helping to organize and promote the first DeMolay Chapter in 1947 and for serving as DeMolay "Dad" of this chapter for several years.

These impressive services were witnessed by members of the DeMolay Chapter, Rainbow Assembly and O.E.S. from Devine together with Masons and O.E.S. members from a number of other towns.

During the informal ceremony Bro. Jopling paid a just and deserving tribute to Mr. McAllister for having during the 24 years that he lived in Devine, exemplified the constant practice of those virtues which open a true path to those high moral, intellectual and spiritual illuminations that were taught him during the Rite of Initiation. The speaker stated that among the many good deeds that this good man did during the time that he lived in Devine was to pay the dues of some
of his Brother Masons when they were unable to pay them and that on several occasions he contributed some additional funds which made it possible to complete the new Lodge Hall. The master of ceremonies then called on Mrs. Dorothy Young, Mother Advisor of the Devine Rainbow Assembly to have eleven of her group to sing several appropriate songs for this happy occasion.

At the conclusion of this ceremony, Byron Bowen of Jourdanton, past D.D.G.M. of District 42 then enumerated some of the good deeds that this good Brother performed during the 20 years that he lived in Jourdanton before moving to Devine. He stated that this good Samaritan made it possible for Zanderson Lodge to build its new lodge building by donating part of the land on which it stands. The speaker also stated Mr. and Mrs. McAllister not only made it possible for their eight children to complete high school and some of them college which enabled all of them to aid in making the various communities in which they live a better place to live but they also took a number of children from country communities into their home for the same purpose.

"The life of this good man reminds us
We too can make our lives sublime,
And departing leave behind us
Footprints in the sand of Time."



JOURDANTON - Zanderson Lodge No. 20 A.F. & A.M. is due soon to move into a new building located on a site near the new six-lane State Hwy. 97. The new building is in the western city limits of Jourdanton.

The building will be one-story, of tile construction, and 4,128 square feet floor space. J.W. McAllister of Devine aided the new building projects by donating two of the lots on which it is located.

The old building to be vacated by the lodge was donated to the organization by the late Col. J.H. Zanderson of San Antonio. At the time, Col. Zanderson also donated $2,500 to the lodge. The building, one of the first constructed in Jourdanton, will be sold.

The new building will be a meeting place for the Zanderson Lodge, Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls and DeMolays.


By Yancey Russell
Thursday, Oct. 19, 1967
The Devine News

James Walker McAllister is mourned by his many friends and by his brethren in Devine Lodge No. 590 A.F. & A.M. Following his death in Jourdanton, he was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine, with grave side services conducted by Burl Jopling, District Deputy Grand Master of Masons in District No. 53, on Sunday afternoon, October 8, after services in the First Baptist Church of Devine.

Pallbearers were: Hilmer Neuman, John B. Williams, and George Briscoe, all of Devine Lodge No. 590, and Byron K. Bowen, Houston Winters and Charles Barrow, all of Zanderson Lodge No. 1120, Jourdanton.

Mr. McAllister was born August 18, 1889 in Pearsall. He had been a member of Devine Lodge No. 590 since 1945. In appreciation for his many unselfish and charitable activities the brethren of his lodge awarded him a life membership certificate in a ceremony held May 11, 1967 in an open meeting of Zanderson Lodge No. 1120 in Jourdanton. Mr. Jopling presented him with this honor, and afterwards called upon several charter members of Tri-County DeMolay Chapter in Devine, who presented Mr. McAllister with a DeMolay pin and certificate for his work in helping organize the chapter in 1947 for serving as "Dad" of the chapter for several years.
Mr. Bowen enumerated the many helpful deeds performed by Mr. McAllister when he lived in Jourdanton, praising him for his assistance to Zanderson Lodge when he donated to that lodge a part of the land upon which to build its Masonic Temple.

Mr. McAllister is survived by his widow, Mrs. Letha McAllister; three daughters, Mrs. Sara Darby of Jourdanton, Mrs. Linda Anderson and Mrs. Dorothy Hughes of San Antonio; five sons, Clifton and George of Jourdanton, Bill of San Marcos, Walter of Devine, and Franklin of Taft.


Mr. J. W. McAllister

Services for Mr. James Walker McAllister, 78, who died Friday night in Jourdanton were held at the First Baptist Church in Devine, Sunday, October 8 at 3 P.M. with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. He was a retired farmer and Civil Service employee.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Letha McAllister; three daughters, Mrs. Sara Darby of Jourdanton, Mrs. Linda Anderson and Mrs. Dorothy Hughes of San Antonio; five sons, Clifton and George of Jourdanton, Bill of San Marcos, Walter of Devine, and Franklin of Taft.
Lange Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.



During an open session of Zanderson Lodge No. 1120 A.F. & A.M. Burl C. Jopling of Devine, D.D.G.M. of District No. 53 acted as master of ceremonies for Devine Lodge No. 590 in presenting Brother James Walker McAllister, age 78, of Jourdanton a life membership certificate from the Devine Lodge. Bro. Jopling also called on some charter members of the Tri-County DeMolay Chapter of Devine who presented Mr. McAllister with a DeMolay pin and certificate for helping to organize and promote the first DeMolay Chapter in 1947 and for serving as DeMolay "Dad" of this chapter for several years.

These impressive services were witnessed by members of the DeMolay Chapter, Rainbow Assembly and O.E.S. from Devine together with Masons and O.E.S. members from a number of other towns.

During the informal ceremony Bro. Jopling paid a just and deserving tribute to Mr. McAllister for having during the 24 years that he lived in Devine, exemplified the constant practice of those virtues which open a true path to those high moral, intellectual and spiritual illuminations that were taught him during the Rite of Initiation. The speaker stated that among the many good deeds that this good man did during the time that he lived in Devine was to pay the dues of some of his Brother Masons when they were unable to pay them and that on several occasions he contributed some additional funds which made it possible to complete the new Lodge Hall. The master of ceremonies then called on Mrs. Dorothy Young, Mother Advisor of the Devine Rainbow Assembly to have eleven of her group to sing several appropriate songs for this happy occasion.

At the conclusion of this ceremony, Byron Bowen of Jourdanton, past D.D.G.M. of District 42 then enumerated some of the good deeds that this good Brother performed during the 20 years that he lived in Jourdanton before moving to Devine. He stated that this good Samaritan made it possible for Zanderson Lodge to build its new lodge building by donating part of the land on which it stands. The speaker also stated Mr. and Mrs. McAllister not only made it possible for their eight children to complete high school and some of them college which enabled all of them to aid in making the various communities in which they live a better place to live but they also took a number of children from country communities into their home for the same purpose.
"The life of this good man reminds us
We too can make our lives sublime,
And departing leave behind us
Footprints in the sand of Time."



JOURDANTON - Zanderson Lodge No. 20 A.F. & A.M. is due soon to move into a new building located on a site near the new six-lane State Hwy. 97. The new building is in the western city limits of Jourdanton.

The building will be one-story, of tile construction, and 4,128 square feet floor space. J.W. McAllister of Devine aided the new building projects by donating two of the lots on which it is located.

The old building to be vacated by the lodge was donated to the organization by the late Col. J.H. Zanderson of San Antonio. At the time, Col. Zanderson also donated $2,500 to the lodge. The building, one of the first constructed in Jourdanton, will be sold.

The new building will be a meeting place for the Zanderson Lodge, Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls and DeMolays.
Resolutions of Respect

In Memory of

Mr. J. W. McAllister, who passed away Oct 6, 19 67

The Death Angel has visited our Chapter and taken from our number of of our beloved members. This one, who once met with us here and shared our joys and sorrows, is now awaiting us in the Grand Chapter above. We shall join them when we, too, have completed life's labyrinth.

WHEREAS, the Heavenly Father has called our respected and beloved brother home, and he, having been a true and faithful member of our beautiful Order, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Devine Chapter No 43, Order of the Eastern Star, drape its Charter in memory of this departed member, and that we tender to the

family of our deceased Brother our sincere condolence in their sorrow and bereavement, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent the family.

Burl C. Jopling

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord . . . Virginia Smith
They rest from their labors . . . M. C. Cowan
And their works do follow them." COMMITTEE

[NI0022] The Devine News, Thursday, February 19, 1998, Page 10A

Letha Slater McAllister
By Wanda Yoast

Lots of old-timers around Devine remember where the big old Slater farm was years ago, before Highway IH-35 cut through the middle of it. Today Chaparral Ford sits on a portion of the land that once was part of that farm - owned by William Butler Slater and his wife, Sarah Davis Slater. It was on a cold December 19, 1894, that their baby daughter, Letha Slater was born at home That's right 1894. Today, we would like to have you meet this remarkable little lady, who still resides in Devine today, almost 104 years since her birth, over a century ago. On that long ago December day, you can bet it was an excited household on the Slater farm, as seven children welcomed their newborn baby sister. First were twin girls, Vernon and Violet, then brothers Ralph and Otis. Blanche came next. She grew up, and was Charlie Brown's mother. Then Hazel was child number seven, just before Letha. Those siblings younger than Letha were (in order of their birth) Wayne - who today lives over in Conroe, Texas and is 101 years young. Sister Wilma was next in line, then brother Carroll Edward. Child number twelve was Travis Gilbert Slater. He and Wayne are the only siblings still living. Travis is about 91 years old, and resides in Anacortes, Washington. The last child was daughter Lucille.

Letha Slater attended school in a one-room school house, that was located between Devine and Natalia. It was called the Chacon School. Her daughter Dorothy tells us; "Mama always referred to it as Chacon University." After completing all eight grades at Chacon, Letha finished her education at Devine High School.

Soon after completing school, Letha went to work as the telephone operator in Devine. A Mr. James Madison McAllister owned the telephone company in 1912, and his handsome young son helped his Father with the business. It didn't take young James Walker McAllister long to take a shine to the sweet new telephone operator. They married at Letha's parent's home by Minister J. W. Ward, in 1913. James's mother was Willie Walker Sorell-McAllister. James was born August 18, 1889 in Pearsall, Texas.

Soon after their marriage, they moved to Jourdanton, and then they moved on to Gonzales where their first two children were born. Clifton McAllister was born in 1914 and now resides in Jourdanton. William M. was born in 1916 and he and his family live in San Marcos.

Their daughter Dorothy was born in 1918 and today Dorothy Ward lives on part of the old McAllister ranch where she was born, as it encompassed a portion of Medina and Northern Frio Counties. After Dorothy was born, her parents moved back to Devine, but by 1923, they again had moved to Jourdanton, with a new baby, Sarah, who was born in 1922. The last four of their eight children were born in Jourdanton, where their father James McAllister worked as an electrician. Son George was born in 1928 - Walter in 1931. Sarah and George both still live in Jourdanton. Walter lives in Devine. Franklin was born in 1937 and now resides in Austin, while sister Linda was born in 1940 and she now lives up at Canyon Lake. Even though James was an electrician, he and Letha owned and operated a café in Jourdanton for many years. In 1941 James took a Civil Service job at Kelly AFB. By 1943, Grand-father Slater died, and Letha's mother wanted them close to her, so the family again returned to Devine. James McAllister retired from Kelly AFB in late 1950. In the early sixties, James was diagnosed with cancer. The two sons, Clifton and George wanted James and Letha to move back to Jourdanton so they could help care for their father. James McAllister died in 1967. Letha lived alone in Jourdanton until 1987, for 20 years she lived alone - she was 93 years old by that time.

Letha Slater McAllister had been a busy wife and mother all her life. Besides giving birth to, and rearing eight children, she had run a café for years. She cooked big meals, made bread, biscuits, and cornbread. She always had a big vegetable garden, and canned peas, corn, green beans, tomatoes – everything. She made jelly. Letha made her children's clothes; shirts, slips, dresses, blouses, for the girls and her sons. She crocheted just beautiful lace table-cloths, and bedspreads. Today her daughter Dorothy, has a lovely crocheted bedspread on her bed that her mama made years ago. Letha was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Devine.

She was a lifetime member of Eastern Star and went through all the chairs, including that of Worthy Matron.

When in 1987 she decided she could no longer live alone, she first went to Beth Schott's Boarding Home in Devine, and later to Millers Boarding Home. In 1989, Letha fell and broke her hip. After her hip replacement surgery in 1992 she went to Colonial Park Manor Nursing Home in Devine, where she remains today. She was 103 years old this past December. Letha has left quite a legacy – all of her eight children are still living. She has 20 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren, which include one set of twins and one set of triplet boys.

Visiting Dorothy Ward and hearing about her dear mama was very interesting. Dorothy has all her family history, documents and photographs so well organized. Near the end of our visit she told us that she had a story her mother had related to her, about her early childhood. Dorothy shared the story with us, and we'll relate a little of it to you, because it's so interesting.

It seems when Letha was just a little girl, before the turn of the century, and few people had automobiles, her papa prepared a team and wagon twice a year, and he and mama would take the smallest of the children and travel all the way to San Antonio to buy supplies, clothing, etc. there were no highways as such.

They went on the old Frio City Road. They would leave home early morning, say on a Monday.

The first day they would make it as far as the Medina River where they would camp out over night. Then by Tuesday evening they would arrive in down town San Antonio, to the Fest Camp Yard. This was where they took their quilts in and made pallets on the floor to sleep. On Wednesday morning they would have breakfast in the city, put on their best bib and tucker, and go shopping. Letha's "mama would buy yards and yards of lace" to trim dresses and underclothes. She bought "nice white lawn for .05 cents a yard, and whole boxes of thread for 50 cents a box. "They went to buy shoes. Papa was a practical man and thought they should have shoes like Brogans. But Mama said; "No, these girls are going to have nice button high top shoes." Very fashionable! They had to buy things to last one year. On the way home, they would leave San Antonio Thursday morning, and again spend the night with lots of other campers along the Medina River, and on Friday evening they would make it back home. They usually made the trip every spring and again in the fall of each year. It was a wonderful experience for a little girl in 1899.

We all hope this sweet, remarkable little lady will be with us a long time more. She's brought such happiness to her family and friends. God bless you Letha Slater McAllister, and continue to keep you in His Care.


The Slater farm is North of the Chaparral Ford. Chaparral Ford is not on the Slater Farm.

They left out one brother, Walter Slater. Ralph's full name is Ralph Vaden.

The Minister was W. J. Ward not J. W. Ward.

James & Letha first lived in Bush Hotel in Lytle and then they fixed up the house they lived in where the telephone switchboard was located. Then moved to Gonzales where Bill was born. The moved to the McAllister Ranch in Pearsall.

Dorothy lives on the Ward Ranch and not the McAllister Ranch. The McAllister Ranch is close to Moore.

[NI0034] McAllister Cited For Vietnam Service

JOURDANTON - SP4 Clifton G. McAllister has been presented with the Army Commendation medal for distinguished service in Vietnam. He's the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McAllister of Jourdanton and he's now stationed at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

McAllister returned from a year's duty in Vietnam early in August.

His citation, accompanying the Army Commendation medal, reads in part: " . . . Distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service in support of military operations in the Republic of Vietnam. During the period Aug., 1967, to August, 1968, he astutely surmounted extremely adverse conditions to obtain consistently superior results. Through diligence and determination he invariably accomplished every task with dispatch and efficiency. His unrelenting loyalty, initiative and perseverance brought him wide acclaim and inspired others to strive for maximum achievement. Selflessly working long and arduous hours, he has contributed significantly to the success of the allied effort. His commendable performance was in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects distinct credit upon himself and the United States Army."

[NI0298] From the News & Echoes (the Flynt Newsletters) April, 1985. The following article was written by Kathleen Sorell Spring

I have enjoyed reading about Flynt my cousins in your paper. On page 2 of the last issue was Lucy A. Flynt's marriage bond to William Walker Sorell. Also listed was John H. Flynt who was the father of Lucy A. and Oney P. I live in the W.W. Sorell home and still have the original land that he bought.

W.W. Sorell and wife, Lucy Ann Flynt, Dr. J. M. Howell and wife, Oney Pricilla Flynt, came to Texas in 1854. They settled in the north eastern part of the county where John Halbert Flynt lived. W. W. Sorell and Dr. J. M. Howell moved to Belmont (the western part of the county) in 1865 on the Guadalupe River and in 1867 each one bought 200 acres of land and lived next to each other the rest of their lives.

After W. W. Sorell died, my grandfather - Thomas Hulet, bought the land from his brothers and sisters and remained here farming and ranching the rest of his life. My father Clyde, was an only child and he died when I was only 19 months old, so that made me an only child too! My husband and I have kept the land and never intend to sell it as we have three children who love it as much as we do and their plans are to keep it "forever".

My grandfather bought more land and we now have close to 1,000 acres. He raised hogs, cattle, pecans, cotton and corn. We are still living in the W. W. Sorell home. It is not a Southern Mansion, but good enough for us. It used to have just two large rooms - 16 by 18 feet. All the outside siding is hand sawed black walnut. My grandparents added more rooms and, of course, we have remodeled and added more as time went by, but the main part of the house remains nearly the same as it did in the early days.

I was surprised to see Jeff Howell's name in your paper. It was his father that started me on this family history. I had often wondered where Jeff and his sisters were as had lost all track of them after his parents' death.

I have not been able to attend the Texas Flynt Reunion but once, but am so grateful for Gladys Kempe and George Cox for getting it together and hope some time soon I can go to the reunion again.

[NI0300] Information from: Franklin Slater McAllister

Gladys Kempe

Bruce A. Baker


Taken from "The History of Gonzales County, Texas"

by Gladys Kempe

Reverend John Halbert Flynt

Reverend John Halbert Flynt, Presbyterian Cumberland minister, his second wife Lydia McLauren Flynt, with his daughters Mariah Sophronia Flynt, Clementine Flynt and their two children joined his sons, Calvin Tarple Flynt and Thomas Lambert Flynt, in Hopkinsville, Texas in the early 1850's. Calvin Flynt met the family, who had gone by wagon pulled by six oxen at La Grange, Texas. Jeremiah Flynt, brother of John H. Flynt, was already living in Hopkinsville. Eleven slaves followed the Flynts to Texas.

John H. Flynt was born in Stokes County, North Carolina in 1801. His parents, Perry And Martha Halbert, left North Carolina about 1811, going to Tennessee before settling in Madison County, Alabama. There John Halbert married Martha Roberts in 1826. Their life was very mobile as they moved back and forth in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. The family lived several years in Tishomingo and Tippah Counties, Mississippi. Two daughters were born there; his wife Martha died and he remarried. Two children were born to this union; Margaret Cordelia (1851) and William Duncan (1853). The Gonzales County census of 1860 located the Flynt home in Hopkinsville. Clementine had married J. M. Dodson in 1858, and they were living with the Flynt family. Clementine Dodson died in 1914 in Hamilton, Texas leaving four daughters and one son.

The strenuous life had its effects on John H. Flynt as he died June 30, 1861 in Hopkinsville. His wife Lydia McLauren Flynt went to live with her daughter Lenora McLauren Hornsby in Travis County. She died there in 1867 and was buried in the Hornsby Cemetery near Austin, Texas.

Calvin Tarpley Flynt was the first-born of John Halbert Flynt and Martha Roberts Flynt, born 1828 in Madison County, Alabama. He was in Texas by 1854 as he was appointed in Brazoria County "as true and lawful attorney to take possession of slaves." In 1856 he purchased land on the waters Peach Creek which included the homestead of Joseph L. Wilson and land from John E. Wilson in the Adam Zumwalt Survey. He had a hundred horses, cattle and sheep in Bee County. He married Mary C. Wilson June 23, 1856 and they had three sons: Joseph Halbert, John M., and Calvin T., who died in infancy.

Among the volunteers in the Hopkinsville Mounted Rangers were Calvin T. Flynt, a private; Thomas L. Flynt, a third lieutenant; and Thaddeus Jackson Tomlinson who had a shot gun. Calvin T. Flynt volunteered April 20, 1862 for the duration of the Civil War. He died in Service May 23, 1864 and was buried in New Orleans. Mary C. Flynt, his wife, was dead by 1867.

Oney Priscilla Flynt, a sister to Calvin, married Doctor J. M. Howell. Doctor Howell was appointed guardian of Calvin's two boys, Joseph, aged ten, and John M. aged seven. The boys attended Belmont Academy. Joseph H. married Sue A. Walton in Gonzales in 1880 and they reared a family of three boys and four girls. The family moved to Uvalde County where he died in 1907.

Thomas L. Flynt, born in Hardiman County, Tennessee, went to Texas with his brother Calvin in the early 1850's seeking land and fortune. He married Frances Matilda Kindred January, 1860 and lived with her parents Alex and Sara Kindred in Hopkinsville. Thomas enrolled in the Confederate army in Victoria, Texas in October, 1861. He was captured by Union forces in 1863 and was an exchange prisoner in 1864 with the rank of first lieutenant. A son Henry C. Flynt married Dora M. Hopkins in Gonzales County. A daughter Della married J. M. Henry and lived near Austin, Texas. Thomas L. Flynt died in 1902 and was buried in the Andrews Chapel Cemetery near Waelder, Texas.

Lucy Ann Flynt, born April, 1833 in Madison County, Alabama married William Walker Sorell.
William Walker Sorell and Lucy Ann Flynt were married in Tishomingo County, Mississippi November 30, 1848. He was born March 4, 1821. They moved to Gonzales County, Texas in 1857 and then to Belmont, Texas in 1865 where they acquired 200 acres of land on the Guadalupe River. W. W. Sorell died September 27, 1876 and Lucy Ann died January 5, 1890. Both were buried in the Belmont Cemetery. They had thirteen children: Martha, John Etherldred, William Calvin, Franklin Caldwell, Mary Alice, Thomas Hulet, Howell, Walker Willie, Amacy, Clementine, Cecil, and Cora A.

Mariah Sophronia Flynt, born 1839 in Tippah County, Mississippi, married Thaddeus Jackson Tomlinson in April, 1861 in the home of her sister Mrs. J. M. Howell in Belmont. T. J. Tomlinson, born in Yorkville District, South Carolina, went to Hopkinsville in the 1850's. He joined the Hopkinsville Masonic Lodge in 1858 and was secretary seven years. Sophronia Tomlinson and her daughter Oney were charter members of Order of the Eastern Star, Waelder Chapter No. 173 in 1894 until its demise in 1897. T. J. Tomlinson died in 1881 and was buried in the Waelder Cemetery. Sophronia Flynt Tomlinson died in 1902 and was buried beside her husband.

[NI0303] Will of Perry Flynt

In the name of God Amen, I Perry Flynt of the County of Madison and State of Alabama, do make and declare this my last will Testament in manner and form following. I assign my soul unto the hands of Almighty God hoping and believing in a remission of my sins by the merits of Jesus Christ, and my body I commit to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executor known after named; and my worldly estate I give and divide as follows.

First after the death of my wife, Martha Flynt the crop that is then on hand is to be finished. Then all the Negroes belonging to my Estate are to be valued and divided by five disinterested persons amongst my children except one, not named, and that one, I give to my son Amasa Flynt, to be taken out of my stock of Negroes, at the time of a division amongst the other children, without being valued to him, as his own property and after taking out one Negro as his own, he the said Amasa Flynt is to have an equal share of the Negro property with the other children.

I also give to my son, Amasa Flynt all that he can make off of my Plantation after supporting the family each year during his Mother's life time.

Secondly, I have heretofore given to my daughter, Elizabeth Thomasson one Negro girl named, Niner, which I value to her at five hundred dollars and she Elizabeth Thomasson is not to have any more of the Negro property.

Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto the heirs of Pendleton Flynt deceased, whose names are Lucy Ann Flynt, James Colwell Flynt, Younger Tarpley Flynt and Elizabeth Pendleton Flynt, my wish is that each of these children receive a common English education to be paid out of my Estate and each to have one hundred dollars in money and a good horse, bridle and saddle as they become of age.

Fourthly all the stock of every description is to be sold at the time of said division except a cow and calf to be given to each of the following children to wit; Jeremiah Flynt, Amasa Flynt, Julia Flynt and Nairas Flynt. These children are each to have a bed and furniture equal to those that have had heretofore and all the residue of my household and kitchen furniture and all the lands belong to my estate are to be sold and these children who get Negro property of less value are to have their portion made up to them out of the proceeds of the land and other property that is to be sold the balance of those monies are to be divided amongst all my children except Pendleton Flynt's children who have been theretofore provided for.

Fifthly, I hereby appoint my son Amasa Flynt my Executor of this my last will and testament and my wish is and I hereby expressly declare that my said Executer, his Executor or Executors, shall not be charged with made accountable for more of the monies or effects of my Estate than shall have come into their possession respectively by virtue of this my will, or with or for any loss which I shall happen to the said monies or Estates here by me given to the heirs of my Estate or any part of my personal Estate so as such loss happens without his or their willful neglect or default. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this sixteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty six.
Perry Flynt

Signed sealed published and declared to be the last will and testament of Perry Flynt in the presence of us: Jas. Harton
C. L. McGehee
Thornton Flynt
Test. G.[abriel] S. Davie[s?]
(Proved 9 June, 1851 Madison Co. AL)


Bought land on Mills Creek in 1800 and on Ashe Creek in 1804, Stokes County North Carolina; sold land 1805 and 1811; listed on Stokes County 1810 U.S. Census with four males and one female under age 16. He furnished wagon, team and volunteered to drive team in War of 1812. In 1818, he bought land in Madison County, Alabama (just over the line from Giles County) and moved his family. Had nine children, possibly 11 (two more reported by subscribers, but no further information found on them yet) News & Echoes, April 1989, p. 8.


News & Echoes, Vol II. No. 3, Page 13, January 1984

Letter from Perry Flynt to his son Tarpley
Submitted by: Gladys Kempe

Mrs. Gladys Kempe, Shiner, Texas, shares the following letter from Perry Flynt, written by his son Tarpley, to John P. Flynt. She feels the plantation mentioned could have been Perry's North Carolina home. From court records Perry bought 125 acres on Ash Camp Creek, in 1800, plus other lands; sold in the years 1805, 1811, and 1813, a total of 392 acres on Ash Camp Creek in Stokes County, North Carolina.

State of Alabama
Madison County

December 15th, 1828

Mr. John P. Flynt
Stokes County
North Carolina
Bethania P.O.

Dear Cousin:

Through the request of Father I take my pen to inform you that we are all well hoping that these few lines may find you with the balance of the connescion enjoying the same. Father received your letter the 10th of this month which gave us considerable satisfaction to hear that you were well.

Well Cousin John, Father wants you to sell them oats for what you can get and find some person to make up that fence, have the timber taken care of and none made use of only to keep up the plantation. You wanted to know what was the least he would take for the land. You can sell it for three hundred dollars cash in hand in United States paper of specie. If you can get no more if you can get to sell it, bind the bargain and Father will come and make the deed as the wright is in him. Know Jane has been to Illinois and Indiana and Ohio and got all the facts of the land. She and Father has come to a settlement and Father has a general warrant tee deed. If you should sell, have them bound so they cannot fly when Father comes and if you cannot sell you must rent it out to the best advantage. Father wants you to find out if anything could be got out of Stultz for the rent of that land that he has received or not or whether his property is not in such a situation that it cannot be taken.

Well Proctor you said something about my not writing to you I have nothing of importance to write. I have had a very bad cold for the last week attended with a severe cough. I am not as heavy by twenty pounds as I was when I was there. As for the girls I have nothing to do with them more than to watch their actions they cut some high swills. Sometime tell Cousin Elizabeth thar shop is not here for it I have the best Claim to it. Tell Nancy, Lucinda, Allen, Fountain and William that I want to hear from them all every chance. Well, Cousin John and Proctor there has been some weddings in this settlement. Miss Sally Ganers was married a week or two ago to a Mr. Glades of Limestone County and she is gone in welcome. I say Mr. Gibson and Miss Sarah Erwin is also marrya. Nothing more give respects to all connescion.

Tarpley Flynt
Perry Flynt

News & Echoes, Vol II. No. 4, Page 5, April 1984

Letter from Perry Flynt to his son Tarpley

Richard Flynt and Elizabeth Redman were married October 13, 1811, in Stokes County, North Carolina. Elizabeth's family roots have not been searched at this point in time, and the Joseph Redman/Redmon who signed their marriage bond is possibly her father or brother. Mr. Joseph Redan was also bondsman for the marriage of two of John Flynt's Children: Fanny Flynt - John Davis, 1805 and Polly Evans - Meredith Flynt, 1802. (1)

Richard was one of the four children of Roderick (c1767-1836) ad Sarah (Sally) Rowe Flynt of Culpeper County, Virginia and Stokes County, North Carolina. Their other children were: Benjamin R., Milly who married Robert Neal, and Sally married to William Phillips. The grandparents of their children were Richard (1720-1792) and Ann Flynt of Richmond and Culpeper counties, Virginia, who moved to Surry County, North Carolina, bringing their large family with them; (2) and Benjamin and Sarah Rowe of Madison County, Virginia (formed from the western portion of Culpeper in 1792). (3)

On March 12, 1821, Sarah and Roderick together with their children sold to her nephew, John Garnett of Madison County, 149 acres of land in Madison County, with one acre containing the Mt. Zion meeting house. Boundaries included a corner of Taverner Jones, Mr. Fishback, the road from Humes Ford to Madison courthouse, Thomas Brown, and Parson's road. (4) John Garnett was the sone of Sarah's sister (name unknown) and James Garnett, (5) a Baptist minister. (6) Sarah inherited this property from her brother Benjamin Rowe Jr., who left a will in Madison County, dated December 10, 1819 and proved October 2, 1820, in which he left his sister Sarah Flynt a tract of land for life and at her death to be divided equally among her children. Other legatees were his brother William (money); sister Frances (slave); nephew John Garnett (slave); and nephews Benjamin T. Rowe, Robert Rowe, Thomas Gaines, William Gaines, and James Gaines, and niece Polly Gaines (residue of estate). Legatees with reltion unspecified went to Ann Ballard (slave), and Procter B. Rowe (land and slave); also land to Aaron Lacy and wife and their daughter; slaves to Frances and Nancy Robinson, Mary and John Jones, Richard Gaines, Benjamin Jones, Polly Hutson, Frances R. Hill; a horse to Robert Hill and furniture to his wife. (7) Proctor B. Rowe was married to a sister of Ann Ballard and Elizabeth (Betsy) Ballard Flynt (wife of William Flynt, 1762-1815). (8)

On May 15, 1830, Benjamin Robinson of Albermarle County, Virginia, guardian of Mildred A. Marshall, appointed Roderick Flynt, attorney to receive from William Marshall, administrator of James Marshall, deceased, all that is due said Robinson as guardian of said Mildred A. Marshall from the estate of her deceased father. (9)

Richard and Elizabeth were the parents of four children: Joseph, probably named for Joseph Redman (Elizabeth's father ?); Mary Ann, born 1820; Malinda, born 1822; and John Griffin, born 1824. (10) The Richard Flynts leved near the waters of Belews Creek that joined Roderick Flynt's land and Rockingham Road. (11)

The 1830 U.S. Census of Stokes County shows Sarah and Roderick in the 60-70 age bracket. (12) During the year 1836, Rodreick died intestate and Richard was made administrator of his father's estate. After Roderick passed away, Sarah developed a chronic illness that plagued her for several years. Richard moved his widowed mother and her Negro woman to a house near his yard, where members of the family helped nurse and care for her. Before any final settlement of Roderick's estate was made, Sarah Flynt died in April 1840, and eight days later Richard died. The administration for both estates was given to Mr. Thomas Carr and to Joseph Flynt, the older son of Richard and Elizabeth. But before any settlement was made in 1840, Thomas Carr, perhaps on his way to settle, died; and shortly thereafter Joseph Flynt also died. Mr. John Freeman was then appointed administrator of the estate at March 1841 Term of Court. It must have been sad for survivors in that family to lose four of the members in so short a time.

During the ensuing settlement proceedings, again, Mr. Joseph Redman was mentioned, as a witness. (13)

John Griffin Flynt was 16 years of age when his father Richard passed away. He did not marry until January 5, 1854, when he married Elizabeth Allen (born 1830), daughter of John W. and Elizabeth Allen. They had the following children:

Joseph William, born 1854; married Sarah E. Rierson on December 12, 1879. She was a daughter of Lee and Emily Rierson.

Mary, born 1855, married John Young, the son of David Verlinda Young.

John, born 1857, Single.

Martha Susan, born 1859, married Reuben A. Brown, son of Noah and Mary Brown.

We have no account of John Griffin's daughters' families, but Joseph William and Sarah's children were: Essie H. born 1882; Ollie M., born 1884; John W., born 1886; John G., born 1889; OscarN., born 1892; Etta Mamie, born 1894; and Isaac J., born 1897. After Joseph William Flynt died, his widow Sarah E. Rierson Flynt married William Wade Hicks sometime after 1919.

The former J. G. Flynt Tobacco Factory at 836 Oak Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina was built about 1911. The building is a three-story brick with segmental arwindows and doors. Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company bought the Flynt building in 1926 when John G. went out of business and on its side is still painted "Brown and Williamson". The British American Tobacco Company Ltd. purchased it in 1927. (15)


(1) North Carolina Marriage Bonds. Copy in Forsyth County Library, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Two other children of John - Catherine Flynt's large family married into the Redman family: Lucy to John Redman, 1822; and Nancy to Harmon Redman, 1812.
(2) Culpeper Personal Tax 1786; Surry County, North Carolina Tax 1786; Madison County, Virginia, Deeds 7:389; Stokes County, North Carolina Wills 4:20; and Stokes County estate papers.
(3) J. F. Dorman, Culpeper County, Virginia Deeds, 1765-1769 page 15.
(4) Madison Deeds 7:389
(5) Dorman, Deeds, page 73
(6) Knorr, Marriages of Culpeper County, Virginia, 1781-1815, page 39
(7) Madison County, Virginia Wills
(8) Hicks, Wills of Madison County, Virginia, 1821-1840, page 1
(9) "Powers of Attorney", The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, VIII, No. 2 (May 1985), page 85.
(10) "Will of Richard Flynt," 7 April 1840, Estates File, North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina
(11) Stokes County Deeds and Estate Papers
(12) 1830 U.S. Census, Stokes County, North Carolina, Family 258; National Archives microfilm M-19, Roll 125
(13) Stokes County Estates Papers
(14) The Stokes County Historical Society, The Heritage of Stokes County North Carolina 1981(Winston-Salem: Hunter Publishing Company) pages 243-244
(15) Gwynne Stephens Taylor. From Frontier to Factory (Raleigh: Division Archives and History, 1981) page 184

The foregoing was put together from research by Fred Eggleston, Margaret Marshall Mitchell and Dorothy C. Flynt.


[NI0304] State of Alabama, Lauderdale County, Alabama - 28 January 1859

The Power of Attorney given to Amasa Flynt by his mother Martha Flynt (found by Betty Nuss, descendant of Elizabeth Thomasson) shows Martha Flynt was living in Lauderdale County Alabama, 28 January 1859. Her eldest daughter Elizabeth Flynt Thomasson, died c30 August 1856 and her husband John Thomasson died 6 January 1858. It appears that Martha Halbert was living with her youngest daughter Julia Flynt, who married Staunton Flynt (her first cousin) in 1850 and lived in Lauderdale County, Alabama, at that time.

1859 Madison County, Alabama
File No. 2245, Estates.
Elizabeth P. Flynt, Infant Daughter of Pendle Flynt deceased.

This indicates Martha Halbert Flynt has died sometime between January 28, 1859 and February 11, 1859


News & Echoes
January 1991

By Bruce A. Baker

With Mothers Day approaching I thought that I would send some information on a maternal line in memory of the mothers of the Flynt family. Perry Flynt son of John and Catherine Flynt married December 29, 1706 (FHL975.664 V25u) Martha Halbert.

Martha Halbert was the daughter of John Halbert and Margaret Hampton. John Halbert Sr. born Abt 1741 in Caroline County Virginia was the first child of Joel Halbert Sr. and Elizabeth Francis Jones. John Halbert enlisted March 1, 1777 in the Virginia Regt. and was last on the rolls dated April 6, 1778 at Valley Forge, Pa. He moved to Tennessee possibly about 1811and died about 1820 in Lincoln County Tennessee. Margaret Hampton was the daughter of James Hampton. In James Hampton's will (FHLF#1579656) he not only mentions his daughter Margaret Halbert, but land adjoining Thos. Flynt and witnesses Martin Flynt and Hasten Flynt.

Joel Halbert Sr. was son of William Halbert and Mary the widow of Thomas Wood (Essex County Virginia Will Book 6 for Wm. Halbert and Mary Taylor and Deeds and Wills No. 13 for administration of estate of Thomas Wood). William was married before February 10, 1709 and was dead before October 18, 1718. Mary remarried to William Taylor. Joel Halbert Sr.'s wife Francis Jones is reported by Boddie in Historical Families Vol IX pp.193-4 to be the daughter of John Jones and Frances Randolph, however, I have located no proof.

Margaret Hampton's father James Hampton is possibly the James Hampton that is the son of John Hampton Jr. and Margaret Wade. John Hampton Jr.'s line goes back through William Hampton into England.

[NI0305] Calvin Tarpley Flynt died of a gun shot would in New Orleans during the Civil War. On the 8th of March 1864, his wife Mary Wilson Flynt had given birth to a new son, Named for his father Calvin T. Flynt. The child lived 13 days and died on 21 March 1864. On the 30th of April 1864, Mary age 25, who was living in Hopkinsville, Gonzales County, Texas died leaving two sons Joe Halbert Flynt, age 7 and John M. Flynt, age 4. On the 23rd of May 1864, Calvin Tarpley was killed. Oney Percilla Flynt, sister to Calvin Tarpley, and her husband Dr. Milam Howell of Belmont, Gonzales County, Texas, did not have children and they took the orphan sons and reared them to manhood.

[NI0919] This could be Catherine Perry or some other Catherine/Katerine.

Catherine's maiden name may have been "Meredith" but that cannot be proven. If one examines the sequence of the naming of John's and Catherine's children, the pattern commonly used in those days would lead to the mother's maiden name of Meredith.

[NI0925] Information from: Judith McCann

Will Book 3,
Page 137


July the 17th. A.D. 1817

In the name of God Amen:

I Thomas Flynt of the County of Stokes and State of North Carolina being in sound mind and
memory, blessed be God, and as it is very uncertain of what discretion my days may be, in time,
do constitute this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit:

FIRST: I give my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to be buried in a decent
manner at the discretion of my executors hereinafter to be named, in hopes of a joyful
resurrection through Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.

ITEM: I give and bequeath to my stepson Martin, a Negro boy by the name of Ben, a bed and
furniture, one hundred and fifty dollars which he has received and his proportionable part of

I also give to my step daughter Polly a Negro girls by the name of Sally and her increase, bed and
furniture, and one hundred and fifty dollars and her part of stock, which she has received.

I also give and bequeath to my stepson Haston Flynts lawful heirs viz: Martin, Sally and Susanna
one Negro boy by the name of Phill, and bed and furniture and one hundred and fifty dollars and
their part of stock which they have rec-d.

I also give and bequeath to my stepson Richard one Negro boy by the name of Britt, and one
hundred and fifty dollars and his part of stock which he has received.

I also give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna a Negro girl by the name of Rose and her
increase, and one hundred and fifty dollars, bed and furniture, and her part of stock, which thirty
dollars paid and stock received.

I also give to my son Alijah a Negro boy by the name of Ned and one hundred and fifty dollars,
bed and furniture and his part of stock which he has received.

I give to my daughter Sally one Negro girl by the name of Mourning and her increase and one
hundred and fifty dollars which she has received - twenty seven dollars, and bed and furniture
and her part of stock.

I give and bequeath to my son Thomas, one Negro by the name of Winston and one hundred and
fifty dollars, bed and furniture and equal share of stock.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy, one Negro girl by the name of Lucy and one hundred
and fifty dollars, bed and furniture and stock which she has received a bed The stock only.

I also give and bequeath to my son Joseph, one Negro girl by the name of Delf, bed and furniture,
and one hundred and fifty dollars, and an equal part of stock.

The remaining part of my estate I lend to my beloved wife, Sally Flynt during her natural life,
and then to be equally divided amongst the above named children, but those that have not
received their part of money and stock, must be paid up first and in case any should die with a
lawful issue, then in that case for it to be equally divided amongst the survivors to them and their
heirs forever, and it is my wish for the Negroes to be kept in the family.

LASTLY: I appoint Martin, Richard and Thomas Flynt, Jun. Executors for my whole estate, to
manage as herein directed, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal.

Thomas Flynt SEAL

Test. Tandy Matthews, Jurat
Thomas W. Martin

This endorsement was on the back of the will (viz)

1823 Paid to Son Joseph fifty dollars
1824 Paid to daughter Sally thirty dollars
1824 Paid to daughter Sally thirty dollars
Paid Sally & Hampton one sorrel mare at forty dollars.
1825 Paid to Joseph Flynt 1 bay mare at eighty dollars.

Stokes County, December term 1825.

The foregoing is a true copy taken from the original will which is filed.

Proven by Tandy Matthews.

Matt R. Moore C.C.
By: Thomas C. Ward, D.C.

[NI0930] Information from: Lorien Gunsallus

[NI1398] Lancaster County, Virginia, Deeds and Wills, No. 14, 1743-1750
David Alexander Flynt - July 31, 1743

In the name of God amen I David Flint of the County Lancaster being sick and weak of body but
of perfect sense and memory thanks to almighty God for the same and calling to mind the
mortality of my body do make and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form

And first and principally I give my soul to God that gave it me and my body to the ground from
whence it was taken to be decently buried at the discretion of my exr. Hereafter named and with
what worldly it hat pleased God to bestow upon me I dispose of as followeth:

Item, I give and bequeath to my brother Thos. Flint my gun, my 2 draught oxen, and my mare
called Fancy with a colt by her side in lieu and satisfaction of 1500 pounds of tobacco I owe

Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Sibly the wife of Jno. Sibly 2 ews.

Item, It is my will that my loving wife Martha Flint have and enjoy the use of all the rest of my
estate whatsoever during her natural life and after her decease I give my said estate to my
grandson Wm. Sibly.

Item, I do appoint my loving wife Martha Flint my exrx. And my brother Thos. Flint exr. Of this
my last will and testament and I do declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking
all former will or wills by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 31st day of July 1743 (could be 1748)

David Alex Flint

Signed sealed and published
In the Presence of:
Henry Horne
Thomas Mason
Stephen Mackrist Thompson

At a court held for Lancaster County on the 10th day of February 1743(or48) this will was proved
in open court by the oaths of Henry Horne and Thomas Mason two of the witnesses thereto and
admitted to record and is recorded.

Teste: T. Edwards, DC Cur.

[NI1403] Bishop of church of England and Scotland. Wife unknown. He had two sons born at Ayton, Burickshire, Scotland; Thomas, Lt. (later Captain), and Richard. There may have been other children.

[NI1404] Lecturer (reader) Church of Cambridge 1555, and Ayton 1555-85. Wife unknown. "The Festa Ecclesiae Scotticanae" records him as pricen of Diocese of St. Andrews, 1597-8, when he was charged in Ecclesiastical Communion with 'improper administration of holy communion,' apparently mixing water with wine (the so-called 'Usage'), but was not convicted. The church served by John stand in ruins behind the Church of Scotland in Ayton, Scotland, the new church built ca. 1856."

[NI1405] Listed on 1800 Stokes County North Carolina U.S. Census with one child under 10; went to Davidson County, Tennessee in 1805; bought land on Lynn Creek in Giles County on 28 December 1810. On Giles County Tax list 1812, served in Davis Battalion, West Tennessee Militia, War of 1812, sold land in Giles County 5 August 1814 and moved to Lincoln County; made last will and testament on 20 July 1818. Widow Elizabeth Clayton Flynt listed on 1820 Lincoln County Census with eight children.

[NI1409] The family of Haston Flynt, who died in 1804, moved to Giles County, Tennessee. They had three children. Meredith Flynt, first cousin to Haston, was appointed guardian of the children. Meredith died in Giles County in 1814 and James McDonald was appointed their guardian. News & Echoes, April 1989, p. 7.

[NI1416] She was living in Marshall County, Mississippi in 1850. News & Echoes, April 1989, p. 7.

[NI1418] On Giles County 1812 Tax List; served with Davis Battalion, West Tennessee Militia, War of 1812; appointed constable for Giles County, Capt Pickens District, September 1815, one known child. He was named in his father's (Thomas Flynt of Stokes County) will on 17 July 1817 and apparently living when will was probated in 1824. He is not listed on Giles County 1820 U.S. Census. News & Echoes, April 1989, p. 8.

[NI1426] private March 1, 1862. Wounded by fall, left arm broken and permanently disabled, near Strawberry Plains, Tenn. February 12, 1864. Transferred to Co. E, 7th Regiment Confederate Cavalry March 12, 1864. Roll for October 1864, last on file shows him resent. No later record. (Born in Georgia August 8, 1832)

[NI1429] News & Echoes, Vol II. No. 1, Page 7, July 1983

Sketch of Richard Marion Flynt's Life
by Logusta Dutcher

Every time I see "Flynt" spelled this way I claim them as relatives. I am from the Thomas Flynts of Boone County, Missouri, whose grandfather was Richard. His father was Thomas also.

I am sending some of our history that you may not have because it was only in 1970 I found Olney Kehn in New Jersey, who could start putting 2 & 2 together with what I have and make it "Family." The Missouri relatives didn't have any history beyond Thomas, son of Richard – none of the brothers and sisters, etc.

This is an article about the life of my grandfather Richard Marion and about our family trip last year to Missouri in 1982.

My mother was Orrie Evelyn Flynt who married Harvey Heizer.


On the second day of June 1837, I was born in Boone County, Missouri, on the farm owned by my father. I was named for an uncle of mine who was called "Dare Devil Dick" Flynt. He was a member of Andrew Jackson's staff at the Battle of New Orleans. My father came to Missouri in 1833 from Stokes County, North Carolina, where he had been a school teacher. My mother was born in Patrick County, Virginia.(1) They were married in 1823. Father entered land in Missouri when Andrew Jackson was President of the United States in 1835. Our home is 15 miles northeast of Columbia on the edge of what was then known as the Grand Prairie. The house he built was made of hewed logs. The floors were sawed with a ship saw, the shingles were homemade. There was a fireplace at both the north and south ends of the house. What is now my shop, was the company room of my father's house. There is still a wooden peg just inside the south door which father put there to hang his Sunday hat on. My father owned seven slaves. He raised corn, wheat, oats, timothy and flax. He had a yoke of white oxen, named Mike and Jake, with which he broke the ground. He used a wooden mold-board plow. All grain was planted by hand. The small grain was plowed in, then brushed with brushes to level the ground. The grain was all cut with a cradle or scythe. His only vehicle was a four horse wagon. Driving was done with one line. The horses turned by the words "Gee" and "Haw."

At the age of six years I went to a subscription school, which was one-half mile southeast of home. There were no public schools at that time so we did not have school every year. I never went to but six schools in my life.

When a boy I had hounds, and when Mr. Baker – one of our neighbors – would blow his hunter's horn the dogs and I would go over. And what sport we all would have hunting for foxes and coons.

In 1850, my oldest brother, James W., went to California. My father made a trip to Mississippi on horseback.(2) He was gone eight weeks. One of the darkeys and I planted and cultivated the corn while he was gone. From that time on I was foreman of our farm. Father died in 1858. I liked to break horses. Some of the neighbors would get me to break 3 or 4 every spring. I began plastering when I was about seventeen years old. I worked under Jim Dunkin for five years. He was considered the best plasterer west of the Mississippi River. I helped him plaster the first "President's Mansion" of the University at Columbia, Missouri. I worked at plastering till I was about thirty-five years old.

On June 7, 1860, Mary Turner and I were married. We lived on the home place with my mother till fall when we moved to Mr. Turner's and stayed all winter. We then moved to the James Carter place, and lived there till September 1861. Then I volunteered and joined the Confederate Army at Lexington, Missouri. I was in General Harris' Division, Colonel Harve McKinney's Regiment, Major Robinson's Brigade and Captain Grubb's Company. I was in the Battle of Lexington. It lasted three days. Our men were between the breast works and the river. After the battle I was granted permission to join General Clark's Division, Colonel Singleton's Regiment, and Captain Fulenivider's Company. Harris and Clark's were each a part of General Sterling Price's Army. Later I took camp diarrhea and was left on the road in south Missouri to die. John Will Asbury stayed with me. The people in that community fed us, and we stayed in the woods for about six weeks. By that time I was able to be brought home. John Will brought me home. Molly had stayed at her father's during my absence so I went there too.

In the spring of 1862, we moved to what is now known as the Millard Turner place. In the fall of 1864, we went to Illinois and stayed there till December. That same fall the bush whackers took one of the best saddle mares I ever owned. I did not find her for eighteen months. But I finally got her back.

At the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, Martin, my youngest brother, was wounded and imprisoned at Nashville, Tennessee. General Thomas was in command. No one could come into his lines without a pass from the Provo Marshall. I got a pass from another man and went in under an assumed name. I went to the prison where Martin was, but was advised by a Federal Mason to not enter it but to come home. I came back to St. Louis and went to Colonel Switzler for advice. He drew up a petition for me. It was signed by a number of men, among whom was Dr. Sneed. He was personally acquainted with our congressman, James Rollins. Rollins went in person to the Secretary of War who sent the petition to Nashville and Martin was sent home.

In March 1865, we moved to a log cabin in the south pasture of my father's old place. The war was over and we again settled down to live our own happy, busy farm life. In 1866, my mother died and I bought my brothers and sisters' interest in the home place. That same year we moved into the old home and have lived here continuously ever since. In the fall 0f 1883, we built a new house on the same ground over which the old house stood. I plastered this house; it was the last plastering I ever did.

My father was a Methodist. As there was no church of that denomination near, father gave an acre of ground on which a church was built. He named it Mt. Zion. This church was built in 1849. There was no Baptist church so the Methodists permitted the Baptists to hold their meetings in their church. Molly and I joined the Baptist church in 1867 under the preaching of G. D. Toole. After the Baptist church was built at Grand View, a Sunday School was organized. I was moderator of the church and superintendent of the Sunday School each for 15 years. I was chosen to teach the Bible Class and re-chosen for a number of years. There are always burdens in every church to be borne and I always wanted to, and did help bear them in Grand View until I got so I could not hear well. Then left them for younger people to bear.

In 1860 I became a Mason at Sturgeon, Missouri. Was a charter member of Hickory Grove Lodge, No. 81. Was master of the Lodge for 18 years. The older members of the Hickory Grove Lodge died, and the younger ones moved away till those who were left had to become members at Hallsville. My name is still there, but as I can't hear well, and the meetings are always at night, so I never attend any more.

For 16 years I was Notary Public of Boone County. When the Bank of Hallsville was organized I was chosen vice-president, and continued to be for 25 years. Then on account of frail health resigned.

Cousin Jimmie Hill from Cooper County was the only relative of my father's that I ever saw. He visited us once during father's life time. (3)

Eight children were born to us, six of them are still living. All are married and have homes of their own save one. She still lives at home and cares for her mother and me, making the rough places smooth and comforting us in every way possible.


(1) Stokes County, North Carolina joins Patrick County, Virginia on the south (North Carolina / Virginia line).

(2) Both Elizabeth and Catherine (Caty) Flynt named Thomas of Boone County, Missouri, and children of Mary (Polly) Flynt - Caleb Hill, in their wills.

(3) Son of Mary (Polly) Flynt - Caleb Hill.

[NI1452] News & Echoes, Vol II. No. 1, Page 9, July 1983

by Logusta Dutcher

Bob and I along with my brother and his wife have just returned from attending a Homecoming at a little church about five miles from Hallsville, a small village northeast of Columbia, Missouri. In reality we have had a rendezvous with history.

In 1834 Thomas and Susan (Susanne) Flynt left Stokes County, North Carolina, via the Cumberland Gap to settle in Missouri. In 1835 they were issued a patent for 153 acres of land by Andrew Jackson. Here they built their log cabin home and reared their children.

About 100 years before this John Wesley had started circuit riders for the Methodist Church. They came to Missouris in 1811 and services were held in homes. In 1843 Thomas Flynt gave the southwest corner of his farm for a church building, which he named Mt. Zion.

In the year of 1861, a Civil War skirmish was fought in the graveyard. The tombstones were used for protection, and when I was a little girl the bullet holes ere still discernible. Not so now, the stones are moss covered and worn. The North carried their dead and wounded away, but seven Southern boys were buried here in a communal grave. Mr Great Grandmother Turner couldn't bear to see them buried with no covering and placed her best linen tablecloth over them. The church was used as a hospital. Later the church was burned, but not before someone carried the Bible out and put it on a stump. It was the only thing saved. The church was later rebuilt.

Another interesting thing happened here. Some local boys were ordered to have a grave dug by a certain time. That night a group of heavily-armed men buried a man. The rumors were it was one of Jessie James' men. This was verified when my Grandfather was asked to identify those buried there for the census. He wrote to Frank James, who had been pardoned and was living in Centralia, and he wrote back giving the name of the man. This letter is now in the Historical files of Missouri.

Grandfather Richard Marion Flynt, son of Thomas, gave more land to the cemetery as did his daughter, Augusta. The church building was updated in 1903, but gradually through the years as old ones died and no young people took their places, services were discontinued, and the building deteriorated.

But a change has come. The old farm passed from the family after 130 years of occupancy, and the land is now broken up in parcels for young families who are building country homes. The only thing of the farm that we could recognize was a patch of Myrtle and the old south pond where baptizing took place. I saw Erma Flynt Sapp baptized there when I was a little girl. The pond is now incorporated in a beautiful back yard.

What should the Methodist Conference do with the dilapidated old church? They gave it to the Cemetery Committee, and active group of present day residents. They decided to renovate the church back to it's 1903 condition. By prayers, pleadings, letters, and a little bullying along with a few tears, but mostly by volunteer labors of love, it is taking shape, even to the two pot-bellied stoves. It will be a community center, not just for services. Would you believe the stained-glass windows were still there and intact! The ceiling follows the contour of the building and is made of 2" tongue and groove oak, as is the wains coating, all of which would be irreplaceable today.

The sheetrock was up and the outside painted; the roof was on, so it was time to revive Homecoming the first Sunday in September 1982. The church was full of friends and people like us who wanted to share the day. And the day was lovely! We had dinner, as only church dinners are, out under the old hickory trees. We, the Flynts and Turners, had a family reunion of our own. We gathered around the graves of our loved ones and remembered. There were the graves of the first Missouri Flynt – Thomas and Susan, and at the bottom of the graves were buried to beloved slaves. (After the Civil War, none of the few slaves, the Flynts had, wanted to leave.) There were the grandparents, aunts, and uncles we had known. So much love through the years. Truly a rendezvous with history.

[NI1649] News & Echoes, Vol 1. No. 4, Page 2, April 1983

Flynt Cousins and Allied Families are invited to tour the old home place of
William and Elizabeth Ballard Flynt, Rural Hall, N.C.
Saturday afternoon, April 23, 1983 at three o'clock

Mrs. Mary Flynt has consented so graciously to open her home for a tour by Flynt relatives attending the reunion. According to Flynt family tradition, the house was built by William Flynt sometime between 1783-1785. Fountain Flynt, youngest son of William and Elizabeth, raised his family in the house located on what is now called the Fountain Flynt Farm.

After the tour, plans are to have dinner and a social hour at the nearby Hillbilly Hideaway Family Restaurant ($4.75 for adults and $2.00 for children).

Since many of us are unfamiliar with the area, plans are to journey from Kernersville to Rural Hall (a distance of 17 miles) by car in caravan style. The tour will leave the Kernersville Moravian Church parking lot in Kernersville promptly at 2:30 p.m.

Those interested in the tour and dinner write Rex Flynt, 2104 Lowe Street, High Point, NC 27260 or you may call him at 929-882-4079. Because of the popularity of the eating place, Rex must have reservations for you to reserve a room by April 15.

Buried in the Flynt family cemetery adjacent to the farm are Richard (1720-1791) and Ann Fountain Flynt (1745-1796), William (1762-1810) and Elizabeth (1765-1838), Lt. Col. Proctor B. (1799-1880) along with other Flynt family members and their wives and husbands.

[NI1658] Forsyth County, North Carolina's firs representative to serve in the General Assembly in Raleigh. News & Echoes, April 1989, p. 2.

[NI1659] News & Echoes, Vol VI. No. 2, Page 14, October 1987

FROM FRONTIER TO FACTORY, An Architectural History of Forsyth County
by Gwynee Stephens Taylor, 1981 page 93 (10)

Flynt House, Rural Hall Vicinity

Flynt family tradition states the two-story house in Rural Hall, North Carolina was built by William Flynt during the years 1783-1785. Ms. Taylor writes, "If so, then it was heavily altered during the mid-19th century. Remaining architectural evidence is mainly Greek revival in style." Also remaining on the property is one log outbuilding.

William Flynt's youngest son, Fountain W. Flynt (1809-1880) may have built the house. Descendants of Fountain Flynt sill own the farm.

Local tradition in Rural Hall is the log rear ell of the house was built by a hunter and trapper in 1745. Ms. Taylor states, "The 1745 date is difficult to document architecturally."

The 1779 map of Wachovia shows Peter Feisser in the area of what is now called the Fountain Flynt Farm, and the Moravian diaries mentions him.

Fountain W. Flynt served as one of Forsyth County's early commissioners.

The following Flynts listed in Moore's Register, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865, Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina are the sons of Sandy and Sally Hauser with exception of grandson Sandy Lee Flynt:

Flint Romulus B. (Private) Co I, 33 North Carolina Infantry

S. R. Flint, Sam, Co. D, 57 North Carolina Infantry

Flynt, George, Pvt, Co 7, North Carolina Senior Reserves

Flynt, J. P., Co. D, 57 North Carolina Infantry, Pvt.

Flynt, Sl. L., Pvt. (As I could not identify him at the time, I failed to take down company. Have since identified him a Sandy Lee Flynt, the son of George H. Flynt, 1818-1893, who was in Co. 7, North Carolina Senior Reserves.)

The following found in Minute Docket County Court (1857-1862), Forsyth County, North Carolina, File CR 38.301.2 Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina, page 521.

Wednesday, September 30, 1862

Ordered by the court that Gen.(1) A. J. Stafford and William Flynt be appointed to visit the following Regiments from this State now in Virginia to wit. 21st, 33rd, 45th, and 56th for the purpose of carrying to said Regiments clothing, boots, shoes, etc. and also to look after the sick and wounded of the different companies from this county. Any favors shown these gentlemen will be highly appreciated by the citizens of this county.

From: FORSYTH, The History of a County on the March, by Adelaide Fries, Stuart T. Wright and J. Edwin Hendricks:

Page 132 – "The men of Forsyth became quite restless and eager to join the troops. Virgil Wilson, writing to his "dear aunt" in June 1861, stated that "Aby wanted to go badly and if he were my boy I would give him a rifle and say ‘go and die if need be in Old Dominion . . .' He is plenty old to shoot a Yankee and protect himself."

Page 139 – "The men of Thirty-third fought at Hanover Courthouse, the Seven Days, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Mine Run and Spotsylvania. The Fifty-seventh participated in engagements at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Bridge, Winchester, and Petersburg."

Sandy Thomas Flynt, born May 3, 1821, did not die in Civil War. He died April 1845 at age 24, and is buried near his mother at Bethania Moravian Church, who died December 7, 1844. (Forsyth Cemetery Rcds; Stanley, Hartman and Sheek)

Virgil Wilson, pastor of Pfafftown Christian Church married his second cousin, Martha Ann Elizabeth Hauser. (Sally Hauser Flynt's great niece).

[NI1660] He is not listed on the marriages or census of Stokes County. Sanford was having bad luck about the time he bought a mare from James Flynt's estate. Christian Lash, administrator of James' estate swore out warrant on 6 September 1817 against Sanford for indebtedness of $60 plus interest. "June 6th, 1818, levied this execution on 165 acres of land adjoining lands of George Hauser and Jas. Shemel. --- Tranverse Barber, Clerk of Court, Stokes County. Sanford appears next on 1820 Giles County Census - 1 male (25-45 age), 1 male under 10; and 1 female (16-26). S. P. Flynt on the 1830 Giles County Census is most likely Sanford. His mother Elizabeth Ballard Flynt named him as an heir in her will of 1837. On 31 March 1858, his bachelor brother William Died in then Forsyth County North Carolina and among the heirs was "Sandy F. Flynt, son of Sanford, deceased." News & Echoes, April 1989, p. 8.



April 1715
Probated - 1720

In the name of God - I, Richard Flynt of County of Lancaster, Virginia, being sick and weak in body - but of sound and perfect memory, thanks to God I do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and purpose following:

Item: I bequeath my soul to God Almighty that gaveth me hope - pardon - remission of all my sins . . . . . . of my redeemer, Jesus - and a joyful resurrection - last day and as for my earthly estate . . . .?. . .. Therefore in manner following, I will to my son Richard Flynt and his heirs forever my Negro boy Harry.

Item: I give and will to my son John Flint and his heirs forever my Negro named Castor. It is my will what goods I had shall come in upon my account out of England . . . . ? . . . . I have sent for may benefit of my family after my decease.

Item: I give . . . .?. . . . to my son Thomas Flint and to his heirs lawfully begotten - one hundred acres of land being . . . . . ? . .. . . of that divided and of . . . . . . . ? . . . . my son David Alexander Flint (now has?) - one hundred acres of land to . . . . . . ? . . . . remain unto my Richard Flint and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Phillis Nicholls four ewes and ram and three young cow and it is my true intent and meaning that my daughter shall not have sheep and cows until death of her husband but that in meantime my son Richard Flynt shall have and keep them.

Item: I give and devise unto my love wife Martha Flint my Negro man Jacob and as much of my house hold goods and as many cattle . . . .?. . . . . . . . . . ? . . . . . . as I had when I had at our inter marriage - and livestock I had in . . . . . ? . . . . and . . . . .?. . . . - fact her dower of my estate.

Item: I give to my daughter Rebecca Chilton two ewes and ram.

Item: Its my desire and true intent and meaning of this my last will and testament that all the rest of my Chatels not before bequeathed be equally divided between my son David Alexander Flint, Richard Flint, Thos. Flint. Excepting I left bed and furniture I have after wife has made her choice of that given to her by this my last will.

Item: I give and devise to my son Richard Flint, my intent and meaning being that my son David Alexander Flint shall have no share nor part of my cattle or bedding. This was furnished him already -or Thomas ?

Item: It is my will that my Negro woman Kate be and remain upon my plantation where . . . ? . . . .I now live and work until my debts be satisfied - and that then she be valued in tobacco and that to be divided among my sons David Alexander Flint, Thomas Flint and my daughter Phillis Nichols and of anyone of three left unnamed ? Pay others their share of tobacco. Such one may keep Negro woman.

Item: it is my true intent and meaning that my stock of hogs be kept together . . . . . . . . of my family until my debts be paid, and that then the rest of them . . . . . . ? .. . . . . be divided between my wife and daughter Phyllis Nichols and my son John Flint and Richard Flint.

Item: I do hereby revoke all former wills and make and ordain this to be my last will and testament and therefore do appoint my friends Wm. Payne, Wm Dare to be overseer to se

[NI1723] David Flynt sold his farm at Belews Creek, Stokes County and moved to Giles County by 1809. He was married to Mary Davis of Stokes County. According to Stokes County, U.S. Census, they had four children by 1800. Giles County 1820 U.S. Census shows number of children six. David moved to Monroe County, Mississippi, and was one of the original purchasers of land in the Choctaw Indian District during the years 1833 and 1835. News & Echoes, April 1989, p. 8.

[NI1727] Mary and Caleb had seven children. Caleb served on the jury and on a road committee in Giles County in 1814. They later moved to Missouri. News & Echoes, April 1989, p. 8.

[NI1744] Lt. (later Captain.) older son of Bishop Richard. Born probably before 1660, Ayton, Burickshire, Scotland; arrived in Virginia in 1618 on the 'Diana.' He was in partnership with Sir George Morthby, a Yorkshire man, and commanded the emigrant ship 'Diana' and later the 'Temperance'. They brought passengers to Virginia in return for head rights, fifty acres per person. Thomas also was in command of the ship 'Sampson/, which brought colonists from England to Jamestown, Virginia. He married Mary Fish (or Ball) in 1625.

[NI1782] In 1789 John and Sarah Flynt left their native state Virginia, Orange County and came to Georgia, Wilkes County where they lived until they were called to as we hope a blessed inheritance where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest.


News & Echoes, Vol IV. No. 2, Page 4, October 1985


On Sunday, October 6, descendants of John and Sally Porter Flynt have planned a family reunion at Sharon, Georgia, which is located near the area where their ancestors settled in 1789. John (II) was the sone of John and Eleanor Flynt of Culpeper County, Virginia. In addition to an exciting time for Flynt cousins, it will be a bit of family history to be savored forever.

Other Flynt kinsmen from Virginia and North Carolina came to settle in Georgia also. We hope some of their descendants will be able to attend the reunion. The following information about them has been found by some of our readers.

1789 - Stephen Flynt, son of John and Eleanor was in Culpeper County, as listed on the 1789 Tax List as a head of a household. Therefore, he must have married his wife Lucy in Virginia (News and Echoes, V. II; No. 3, page 5, paragraph 3,1)

21 December 1798 - Stephen witnessed Tarpley Flynt's will, in Oglethorpe County which was established 19 December 1793 from Wilkes County, Georgia.

1806 - Land was obtained from the Creek Indian Nations in a treaty concluded at the city of Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia. The land was given out to the settlers in a lottery, consisting of 202 ½ acres for each draw. To be eligible for this lottery one had to be a U.S. citizen and an inhabitant of the State for three years prior to the lottery. Among those entitled to draw were families of orphans under 21 years of age whose father was dead – one draw. Listed was:
Stephen Flint
Flint, Lucy, trustee for Orphans of Stephen Flint, dec'd.
Draws 1 (Capt James Edge's District)

(Davidson, Early Records of Georgia, Vol. 1, pages 299, 320, 327.)

Apparently Stephen died sometime after he witnessed his cousin's will on 21 December 1798 and before 1806, the year of the lottery. Note "Capt James Edge's District." In News and Echoes, Vol. 1, No. 1, page 4, there is an inquiry from Mrs. W. S. Edge wanting to know the parents of Joseph Edge and Margaret Flint married 11 September 1823. Could this Margaret Flint possibly be the daughter of Stephen and Lucy ? Hopefully, some of Stephen's descendants still live in the area and will attend the reunion. Most likely Stephen and John Flynt's families came to Georgia together. Because of hostile conditions – dense forests, Indians, and wild animals – pioneer families had to travel in large groups.

Another kinsman, Tarpley Flynt, about 1720 - 1797, the son of David Flynt about 1720 - 1775, also came to Georgia. (News and Echoes, Vol. II, No. 3, page 7, paragraph 3.3)

1767 - David Flynt left Prince William County, Virginia, which lies near the Maryland border and settled in Johnston County, North Carolina, and the area where he lived was included in the newly formed county of Wake, established 1771. David probably traveled the "Post Road" the longest road in colonial America that extended from Portland, Maine to Boston, and then south to Baltimore where it moved inland. It passed through Richmond, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina to Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia and ended in St. Augustine, Florida. The road was built at British direction to link the colonies and provide a road for mail service. (Cerny & Earle, Ancestory's Guide to Research)

1775 - Will of David Flynt probated in Wake County, North Carolina, named as beneficiaries were Tapley, Sanford, Molly, Ann and Elizabeth. (Olds, Abstract of North Carolina Wills, page 304) David died one year before the Revolutionary War began while our country was under the reign of King George Third.

David Flynt came to North Carolina 15 years before his brother Richard (1720-1782) settled in Surry County, North Carolina and 22 years prior to his nephews Stephen and John settling in Georgia.

1788 - Wilkes County Deed Book "D.D." – 1788-1789, page 72. Wooten, Thomas to Jesse Willingham 300 acres on both sides Millstone Creek, March 12, 1788. Tarpley Flynt, Test.

1789 – Wilkes County Deed Book "G.G." page 248. Jones, Russell and wife, Selah to John Hubbard, 400 acres adj. Lands of both parties and John Pope, Tapley Flint, April 7, 1789. Wm. Freeman, Chas. McCartney, Test

1789 – Wilkes County Deed Book "G.G." page 356. Baldwin, Francis and wife Rhoda to Jesse Peerman or Perman 256 acres adj. Land of Thos. Gilbert, John Jennings and Tapley Flint. October 28, 1789. Richard B. Wooten, Reuben Saffold, Thos. Wooten, J. P. Test.

1789 – Wilkes County Deed Book "G.G." page 403 – Jones, Russell and wife Selah to Tapley Flint, 200 acres adj. Said Jones, Elijah Pope, and John Hubbard. December 28, 1789. Jas. Hart, John Hubbard, Jno. Moore, J. P. Test.

Wilkes County Remnant Tax Digest. (This is the first tax digest found in the courthouse, and taken to give a practically complete census of the heads of families of that date, to identify their lands and head rights and possible bounty grants for Revolutionary service. There is no complete tax digest for Wilkes County until 1802 as earlier ones were destroyed by the British).

Capt Pope's District, Received by Willie Pope:

Tapley Fling.......... 1 ½ polls, 1 slave, 200 acres, Wilkes County

Jesse Lane ........... 4 ½ polls, 7 slaves

(Davidson, Early Records of Georgia, Vols I & II, pages 90, 113, 107, 205, 39 respectively)

1795 – Tapley Flint received a 200 acre grant in Wilkes County. (News & Echoes Vol. II, No. 2, page 7)

1798 (1797 ?) – Oglethorpe County Will Book A, page 152 – I, Tarpley Flint of Oglethorpe County, week in body, will that my land where I now live, my two Negro men, Dick and Pompay and Negro Woman Cloe, in the possession of Mr. William Freeman in the State of North Carolina together with the child, remain in the possession of my affectionate wife Christiana Flint for the support of herself and the children till my son William Flint comes of age, when there shall be a equal division of my property between my wife and children. Exors. Wife: Christiana, Josiah Freeman, William Freeman. Dated: 21 December 1798. Signed/ Tarpley Flynt. Wit: Stephen Flynt, Jno. Kidd, Nathl Willis
Recorded 30 March 1797.

CODICIL: If son William should die before he comes of age, wife should keep possession of the property until each child comes of age. (Davidson, pages 84-85)

Janel Crutchfield Howell submitted the following article on Mary Flynt Lane, daughter of David Flynt and sister of Tarpley, found in Southside Virginia Families, Vol. II, J.B. Boodie, page 300.

Richard Lane, the second son of Jesse Lane and Winifred Aycock Lane, was born February 9, 1757, married about 1779, Mary Flint, daughter of David Flint of Wake County, North Carolina, who made his will March 13, 1775. He mentions his daughter "Molly" in his will and appointed Joseph Lane one of the executors. Wits., Jesse Lane, Martin Lane.

Richard Lane and his brother Charles Lane served as soldiers in Capt. Woods Horse, Col Malmedy's regiment in 1780-81. (North Carolina Roster 617). Richard Moved to Georgia and settled near his father on Long's Creek. This part of Wilkes County later became Oglethorpe, where he made his will July 6, 1793. He stated: "I lend my wife Mary my whole estate, real and personal, until my son Samuel arrives at 21 when the estate is to be divided among my dear wife and my children: Mary, Samuel, Henry, — Lane and child my wife now carries, be boy or girl. Wife Mary, executrix, Wits., Jesse Lane, Alex Hawkins, Wm. Tillman.

The will was torn, but the missing child and the unborn child were Joel Lane and Richard Quinney Lane; for on January 30, 1804, in Clark County, Georgia, Hope Hull was appointed Guardian for Joel Lane and Richard Quinney Lane, with William and Josiah Freeman as surities.

1. Mary, born about 1780-81; married William Freeman
2. Rev. Samuel Lane born about 1782; married ?
3. Henry Lane, born August 31, 1784; married ?
4. Joel, resided in Troup County, Georgia and had several children
5. Richard Quinney married Martha Burge

It appears that Tarpley and his sister Mary were in Georgia before their cousins John and Stephen Flynt arrived. John came when he was 31 years old and was fortunate enough to live to age 62, but his youngest brother Stephen succumbed to the rigors and hardship of pioneer life in his early thirties as well as did cousin Tarpley who died at age 35 and his brother-in-law Richard Lane who was in his late thirties when he passed away.


The following was found by Mrs. Gene L. Flint, Elwood, Illinois, in Georgia AR Historical Collection, Vol. 3:

1795 – Elbert County, Georgia Deed Book C, Follo 61. Power of Attorney from William Flint to Jesse White, both of Elbert County, Georgia, to collect what is due from his father's estate, 10 September 1795. 10 L 8 Shillings 4 pence, legacy from my father Jno. Flint, deceased. To Capt Moses Taylor, executor, for Jno. Flint deceased of Northumberland County, Great Wicomico, Virginia.


News & Echoes, Vol II. No. 2, Page 4, October 1983

by J. William Flynt, Jr., M.D.
Atlanta, Georgia

Many Flynts in Georgia and other parts of the country could trace their roots to one couple, John and Sally Flynt, who settled in Wilkes County, Georgia, in 1789. They and their children lived in Wilkes County and then in Taliaferro (pronounced Tolivar) when it was created partly from Wilkes in 1825. This article summarizes information which I have obtained to date concerning this couple and their children. Included is information kindly provided by Richard Flynt, Sharon, Georgia; Jeanne Flynt Stokes, Renton, Washington; and Virginia Jones Eubanks, Marietta, Georgia. I hope this report can serve as a beginning point which the various descendants of John and Sally can use to extend further our knowledge of this family of Flynts.

John Flynt was born December 19, 1758 in Culpeper County, Virginia, the eldest son of John and Eleanor Flynt. One report lists John Flint as a participant in the Revolutionary War Battle of Kettle Creek which occurred in Wilkes County, Georgia on February 14, 1779. (There is a disclaimer in the report which notes that early county residents may have been erroneously listed.) If the report is accurate and it was the same John Flint, one can speculate he recognized an opportunity which led to his later return. At any rate, John married Sarah (Sally) Porter on December 29, 1788 in Orange County, Virginia, and seemingly moved shortly thereafter to Wilkes County, for their first child was born there on November 20, 1789. Sally Porter was born in Orange County on February 14, 1768. Her father was Nicholas Porter; we know only that her mother's last name was Hansford. A brother of Sally, Benjamin, also settled and died in Wilkes County.

In 1793, the Wilkes County tax digest showed John Flint to have 100 acres of land and three slaves valued at 15 English pounds. John bought and sold land. He was paid for constructing a coffin. A desk also made by him remains in the Flynt family. John died September 20, 1820 and is buried in the John Flynt cemetery near the Mt. Zion Church on highway 80 southeast of Washington, Georgia. Sally died March 21, 1843 and is buried with her husband. Both graves are legibly marked. John's estate included at least six slaves which he gave by name to children and land holdings in Wilkes, Jasper, Monroe, and Columbia counties.

John and Sally had at least 10 children:

1. Amelia Orange (b. November 20, 1789; d. June 22, 1847) See below.

2. Elviva Jones (b. ______ 24, 1791; d. unknown) No information available.

3. Nicholas Porter (b. August 4, 1793; d. unknown) He was alive in 1820 when excluded from his father's will.

4. George Washington (b. May 30, 1794; d. October 18, 1869) See below

5. Augustus Wesley (b. August 16, 1796; d. about 1862) See below

6. Virginia Orange (b. September 6, 1801; d. April 20, 1858) See below

7. James Hervey (Harvey) (b. April 20, 1804; d. November 9, 1879) See below

8. Edaline America (b. _________ 16, 1807; d. unknown) No information available.

9. Benjamin (b. Unknown; d. Unknown) No information available.

10. Christopher Columbus (b. January 1, 1809; d. unknown) No information available.

For five of the children additional information has been found. These plus Nicholas were the only ones mentioned in John's will.

Amelia Orange was seemingly married twice. Her first was to Charles Mattox on October 2, 1821 and to Samuel Jones on April 13, 1834. She appears to have preferred older men for Charles was 65 years old and died in 1829. When she married Samuel he was 74 and lived until the age of 85. Samuel Jones was seemingly a respected and wealthy individual. His will probated in 1845 contained provisions for special gifts to no less than five persons who carried the first names of Samuel Jones. He also left considerable land holdings and slaves to Amelia's sister Virginia and three brothers, James, George, and Augustus.

George Washington Flynt was married at least twice and fathered no less than 14 children. His first wife was Barthella Gist. Their children included Anna Francis, America, Amanda T., Oliver, and John. His second wife was Elizabeth O'Neil, a Canadian by birth. Their children were: George W. Jr., Henry, Thoms, Michael, Nicholas, Virginia, Sarah, Katherine, and Elizabeth. The wife Elizabeth signed her will May 3, 1889. At that time she mentioned children of her husband (distinct from hers) who were then living in Texas.

On April 8, 1819 Augustus W. married Sarah D. McCoy. They had eight children: John Benjamin, William Jasper, Mary Louise, James W., Caroline R., Samuel J., Henry H., and Elvira C. Augustus was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Wilkes County militia (1836-1838) and was a justice of the peace for Taliaferro County in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Present day descendants of this couple include Richard Flynt, June Taylor, Virginia Eubanks, and Kathryn Barksdale.

Virginia Orange married Dr. Michael J. Shehan, a physician, sometime before September 20, 1838. On that date their marriage was listed in the Christian Index. Their marriage seemingly was childless for in his will he mention only one child by a late marriage. Virginia died at the age of 56 and is buried with her mother and father.

James Hervey (Harvey) had four children. Sarah Amelia and John Samuel ("Devil Sam") were by his first wife Mary Elizabeth Overton. They were married July 21, 1842. Mary died May 16, 1846. James remarried on January 1, 1850 to Rebecca Elizabeth Dyer. They also had two children, William Thomas (this writer's great grandfather) and Eugenia Caroline. Contemporary descendants include Jeanne Stokes, Julia Eubanks, Max S., Collins M., John W., and Edward R. Flynt.

Census records of 1850 and 1860 serve to give another perspective on these Flynts of Wilkes/Taliaferro counties. For these census years information was collected concerning land holdings, slaves, livestock, and farm production. As we look at this we can also get a glimpse of life during these times. In 1850, George owned 900 acres of land and 17 slaves. Augustus reported 1,050 acres and 24 slaves. I do not have James' information for this census year. By 1860 Augustus and George had increased their holdings. George to 1,400 acres and Augustus to 1,600. James owned 2,200 acres at that time for a combined total of some 5, 200 acres. Together they owned over 100 slaves, including 14 of Augustus' that died in 1860 mostly of typhoid fever. Nine of these were children under age 15. Their combined livestock totaled 19 horses, 19 mules, 16 working oxen, 24 milk cows, 83 other cattle, 133 sheep, and 275 swine.

From these three plantations they harvested in 1860, 124 bales of cotton, 5,700 bushels of Indian corn, 700 bushels of oats, 450 pounds of butter, 370 bushels of wheat, 245 pounds of wool. Sweet potatoes, peas, beans, Irish potatoes, orchard products, and rye completed their assortment of products.

NOTE: I would appreciate any corrections or additional information about this family. J. William Flynt, Jr., M.D., 3925 Briaridge Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30340.

Editors Comments: From information furnished by other Flynt researchers, John Flynt (wife: Eleanor), ca 1715-after 1787, of Richmond and Culpeper counties, Virginia, was an older brother of Richard Flynt (wives: No. 1 Ann Perry and No. 2 Ann Fountain), 1720-1792, of Richmond, Culpeper counties, Virginia, and Stokes County, North Carolina.


by Harold L. Flynt

During the month of April 1987, I visited libraries in Virginia and Washington, D.C. in an attempt to learn a little more about my Flynt heritage. I was particularly interested in learning more about John Flynt who moved from Culpeper County, Virginia, to Wilkes County, Georgia, sometime in 1789. He married Sally Porter in Culpeper County, Virginia, on December 29, 1788, and their first child was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, on November 14, 1789.

This John Flynt's grave marker says that he was a revolutionary soldier. I found in the Guide to Genealogical Records in the National Archives, by Meredith B. Colket, Jr. and Frank E. Bridgers, page 91, that "On September 16, 1776, Congress passed a resolution (Journal of the Congress, Vol. 5, pages 762-763) promising free land in the public domain to officers and soldiers who engaged in service and continued to serve during the Revolutionary War . . . This resolution as amended, provided that each private or noncommissioned officer was entitled to 100 acres, and so on, the highest amount being 1,100 acres for a major general. The resolution was implemented on July 9, 1788 (Journals of the Continental Congress, Vol. 34, pages 307-308), which authorized the Secretary of War to issue land warrants based on such service."

There is record of a John Flynt, a carpenter in the Virginia State Navy who was awarded 2,666 acres, puzzling in light of the limitations cited above. Our John was a soldier not a sailor

It seems unlikely that John Flynt of Wilkes County would have received such a land bounty because he was in the process of moving to Georgia about the time claims started to be filed in 1789. It did raise my curiosity though and I looked to see what I could find. What I found proves nothing but this is just to keep a record in case additional information is found later.

In the public library at Culpeper, Virginia, I found A LIST OF THE CLASSES IN CULPEPER COUNTY FOR JANUARY 1781 FOR RECRUITING THIS STATE'S QUOTA OF TROOPS TO SERVE IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY. The following Flint/Flynt names were listed:

William Flint (Son of Richard) Class 97
William Flint (Son of Peter) Class 98
John Flint, Jr. Class 98
Richard Flint Class 99

Also in the Culpeper Library was a list of CULPEPER COUNTY MILITIA MEN Selected to Serve with Lafayette and the Continental Army. The following Flint names were listed:

Flint, John, Jr. 98
Flint, Richard 97/99
Flint, William 97/98

In the same library there was a copy of HISTORICAL REGISTER OF VIRGINIANS IN THE REVOLUTION 1775-1783 by John H. Gnathmey, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore 1973. The Flint/Flynt listings were as follows:

Flint, John, 1st Light Dragoons
Flint, John, Inf., Nbil.
Flint, John, Navy, E.
Flint, (Faint) 3 and 4 C1
Flint, Thomas, Seaman, State Navy, nb11.
Flint, Thomas, Rockbridge pens.
Flynt, John, Carpenter, Navy, awarded 2,666 acres.

In the Mormon Library, Silver Spring, Maryland, is a film #JR 3284 VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY List of the Revolutionary Soldiers of Virginia Special Report of the Department of Archives and History for 1911, by H. J. Eckenrode, Archivist, Richmond, 1911, page 166, Report of the State Librarian:

Flint, John (n.) B.W. (Bounty Warrants); Aud. (Auditor's Account Books) Acct. XXVII, 28, El N.8 (Navy), 29.

Flint, John, C.S.42 (Chesterfield Supplement. An additional list of militia at Chesterfield Courthouse): War 4,178 (A collection of MS. Volumes bearing on the military of Virginia during and after the Revolution).

Flint, Thomas (Rockbridge), S. of W. 1835, Pen. 2,21 (Report from the Secretary of War. . . in relation to the Pension Establishment of the Untied States. Vol. 2, Washington, 1835).

Flint, Thomas (n.), Aud. Acct. XXII, 557; War 5,71.

Flynt, John (n.), B.W.; Aud. Acct. XV, 588 (Bounty Warrants Account Books.)

Flynt, John, H.D. 1833-4 (Journal of House of Delegates 1833-4), Doc. 34,11 War 5,71.

John Flynt of Wilkes County, Georgia, was the son of John and Eleanor Flynt of Richmond and Culpeper. No doubt he is the John Flint, Jr. of Culpeper County Militia Men who served with Lafayette and the Continental Army, Class 98, recruited in 1781. John had four brothers, Richard who was older and William, Thomas and Stephen who were younger. The age of the five brothers in 1781 would have been: Richard, age 27-28; John, age 22-23; William, age 19-20; Thomas, age 17-18; and Stephen, age 13-14.

John had six Flynt cousins living in Culpeper County, all sons of Richard and Ann Perry or Ann Fountain. They were: John, about 33 in 1781; Richard Jr., about 30, Thomas, 29-30; William about 19; Roderick about 14; and David about 6. It would seem logical to assume that William Flint (Son of Richard), Class 97, was John Flint Junior's first cousin. The Richard Flint, recruited the same year may have been either his brother or his cousin.

It may very well be that John and his brother and cousins were militia men or served in the State Navy with Lafayette in the last and decisive battle of the American force in Virginia that evaded and then stopped the British under General Charles Cornwallis. A French fleet and a combined French-American Army under Major General Marquis De Lafayette surrounded Cornwallis at Yorktown. After a brief siege, he surrendered on October 19, 1781. This insured the American triumph. It is an interesting fact that Lafayette was only 24 years of age at the time. General George Washington was now 49 years of age but Washington and Lafayette developed a life-long friendship. Earlier, in 1781, Washington had said, " . . . it is vain to think that an Army can be kept together much longer, under such variety of sufferings as ours has experienced." Often he believed he could not hold out long enough to win, but the young French Lafayette came to his aid and provided the Naval assistance Washington needed to turn the tide and win the war.

We need to remember that there is a report that John Flint participated in the Revolutionary War Battle of Kettle Creek which occurred in Wilkes County, Georgia, on February 14, 1779. J. William Flynt Jr., M.D., of Atlanta, Georgia, says that there is a disclaimer in the report which notes that early county residents may have been erroneously listed. It would have been possible for John Flint to have participated at Kettles Creek, returned to his home in Culpeper County, Virginia, and then have been called back into service in the Virginia Militia in 1781. At any rate there seems to be strong evidence that he served during the final days of the Revolution with Lafayette and the Continental Army.

EDITORS COMMENT: Richard Flynt, who married Sally Flynt, son of Richard (1720-1792) and Ann Perry Flynt, died in 1778 in Albermarle County, Virginia. He can be ruled out as the "Richard Flynt, Class 99, in 1781.

The John Flynt (May 14, 1757-1819) a carpenter in Virginia State Navy from Northumberland County, was a second cousin of your John Flynt (1758-1820) of Culpeper County, Virginia and Wilkes County, Georgia. He married (1) Frances Harcum, (2) Nancy Dogett. He was the son of Thomas (1730-1773) and Ann (Kennedy ?) Flynt of Northumberland. Thomas (1730-1773) was the son of John Flynt (c1690-1754) and wife Ruth of Lancaster and Northumberland Counties, Virginia. John (1690's-1754) was a brother of Richard Flynt (1680's-1752) of Lancaster and Richmond Counties, uncle to your John (c1715-after 1787) of Culpeper County, Virginia and great uncle of your John (1758-1820) who moved to Wilkes County, Georgia. (See Fred Eggleston, News & Echoes, Vol. II, No. 3, January 1984, pages 2-8).

John Flint, Jr., Class 98, could also be John Flynt (c1750-1791), wife: Catherine, son of Richard (1720-1791) and Ann Perry Flynt of Richmond, Culpeper Counties Virginia and Stokes County North Carolina. According to Leary & Stirewalt's "NORTH CAROLINA RESEARCH, GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY," in those days, Jr., Jun., Junr, Junir meant "the younger of two persons, not necessarily relatives, who bear identical names." It is possible since John (1750's-1821) was older than John (1758-1820) and most likely established in the community, "Junior" was added to his name to separate his identity from his Uncle John (c1714-after 1787) also of Culpeper County Virginia.

It appears that Richard (1720-1792) and wife Ann Perry married earlier than his older brother John (c1715- after 1787) and his wife Eleanor. Richard's oldest son John (1750's-1821) is older than Richard (1753-1791/2), who married Dorothy Denham, and is the eldest of John and Eleanor's children.

[NI1784] Information from: Harold Lewis Flynt

Richard Flynt of Sharon, Georgia, said that Squire Gus (Augustus Wesley Flynt) took his horse and went to see his brother in the community not far away. On the way home he had a heart attack. He got off his horse and laid down on a large flat rock next to the road. When the family went to look for him they saw his horse and found Squire Gus dead, lying on the flat rock.

Augustus was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Wilkes County militia (1836-1838) and was a justice of the peace for Taliaferro County in the '40s and '50s.

A picture of his son, Captain Sam Flynt, can be found in the Alexander H. Stephens Museum at Crawfordville, Georgia. The picture was taken at a 1914 reunion of Confederate Veterans of Taliaferro County.

[NI1785] News & Echoes, Vol III. No. 4, Page 11, April 1985

Raytown Methodist Church

This church is located in that part of the original Wilkes Circuit of 1786 "The Cradle of Georgia Methodism," from which Bishop Francis Asbury formed the Little River Circuit at the Camden, South Carolina Conference in January 1802. The Raytown Methodists from Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina were "formed into Society" in the early 1800's held their first meetings in the homes of members, and after 1828 worshiped for years in the old South Liberty Meeting House. When rapid growth created a need for a separate church, this land given by James Moore, Sr., and Mrs. Mary Shaw Person was surveyed November 23, 1845, deeded December 17, 1845, and the first building erected. Trustees named were Bedor Proctor, George W. Flynt, John C. Byrd, and John Hartwell Phelts. Disrupted by absence of men and ministers during the War Between the States, services were resumed April 2, 1865, on the reorganization of the Raytown Union Sabbath School, John H. Beall, Superintendent, and William H. Brooke, Secretary. The present building erected in 1890. Among the ministers of the Church in the 1800's were Josiah Lewis, Allen Thomas, Felix Person Brown, Miles Wesley Arnold, and Andrew Jackson Hughes, all known for their outstanding work in building the great rural churches of Georgia Methodism.

Georgia Historical Commission 1956.


News & Echoes, Vol IV. No. 3, Page 5, January 1986

by Mary Virginia Taylor Newsome

In 1790 several Catholic families of English descent from Maryland settled near Locust Grove. They established the first Roman Catholic Church in Georgia, erecting a log church in 1792. A Priest, Father John LeMoin, from Baltimore, was sent to it. French families, fleeing the French Revolution, and later, several Irish families joined the colony, becoming members of the church.

After 1860, a church was erected in Sharon, Georgia, as the Locust Grove Academy had become too remote for many members in the outlying areas.

In 1818, Locust Grove Academy became the first chartered Roman Catholic Academy in Georgia. Many prominent Georgians have come from these early Catholic families.

(The foregoing copied from Georgia Historical marker GA 47, Sharon, Georgia)

"Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set." (Proverbs 88-28)

The present priest, Father Fallon of Sharon Catholic Church, started the idea of restoring the old first site. All markers have been sand blasted, repaired and reset. The cemetery is very lovely and restful looking place now that all of the undergrowth has been removed.

The pillows of the old first church are nearby and part of the knee high wall built by the Irish that enclosed both the church and cemetery still stands.

I have been appointed to serve on the State committee to restore the old first site as my great, great grandfather, George Washington Flynt (1794-1869), son of John and Sally Porter Flynt, was buried in this cemetery. We had our second annual meeting on November 2 at Sharon Catholic Church, with Father Fallon holding mass at 12:00 o'clock, following with a business meeting and a picnic. Due to inclement weather, the picnic could not be held at the old first site as it was last year.

At the business meeting a committee was appointed to get the wall restored, build a rock alter on the site, erect granite picnic tables and pave the road by next November. Mr. Bernard Darden of Sharon and I were appointed to this committee.

Our next meeting will be in November 1986 and all who are interested in this restoration are invited to attend. It will be at the old first site, wether permitting, which is located about a mile from Sharon in Taliaferro County.

I copied the following inscriptions from markers in the John Flynt cemetery, located near Mt. Zion Methodist Church on Highway 80, Wilkes County, Georgia. There are many graves there, but only these were marked. What a shame.

John Flynt, born Culpeper County, Virginia, December 19, 1759. Died Wilkes County, Georgia, September 19, 1820. Revolutionary soldier. "Pure as are thy joys about the skies, and all thy regions peace. No wanton lips or envious eyes can see or taste thy bliss."

Sarah Porter Flynt, wife of John Flynt, born Orange County, Virginia, February 14, 1768. Died Wilkes County, Georgia, March 21, 1843. "Alas she is dead and grief is vain. Nor would we wish her back again, but still affectionate tribute would drop o'er memory."

Virginia O. Shean, wife of M. J. Shean, daughter of John and Sarah Flynt, born Wilkes County, Georgia, September 1801. Died April 29, 1858in the 57th year of her life. (Was a Catholic). "She was perfectly resigned to the will of God. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. She was once blooming as a flower, but now has faded by the hand of God. ‘Requiescat on Pace.' Res in peace."

[NI1797] Information from: Pat Smith

Bought land on Lynn Creek, Giles County Tennessee, on Giles County 1812 Tax List. The names of his children have not been found. He had children as his father John Flynt stated in his will of 1821, "I give to my grandchildren ... airs of my son Meredith Flynt one hundred dollars forever. Meredith died in Giles County in 1814.

[NI1808] Information from: Cathy McPherson

[NI2121] Information from: Meda Smith

There were three boys and three girls born to John and Martha. The three girls and their mother Martha died of typhoid fever in 1851 leaving John to take care of three young boys. Four and one half years later he married Mary Jane Holladay, the oldest daughter of John T. Holladay and Jane Elizabeth Triplet. Fifteen years later his son, Augustus by his first marriage, married his second wife's youngest sister Martha (Matti) Holladay.

These Flynts lived in Raytown, the Oldes community in Taliaferro County. Raytown was a recreation center and stage coach stop on the Wrightsboro Road from Double Wells to Washington. John Benjamin Flynt and his son Augustus owned a saloon in Raytown. One night a cousin of Augustus, John Durham (his mother was a Flynt), came in drunk and wanted more to drink. Augustus would not give it to him and Durham became angry. Later when business slowed Augustus went in the back to lay down. John Durham jumped him and cut him up so bad they had to wrap Augustus up in the sheet on the bed to stop the bleeding. Augustus survived. But the incident caused such a family ruckus that all the Durhams moved to Texas. This story was told by Richard Flynt of Sharon, Georgia to Harold Flynt and verified by Harold's sister Nadine, who heard their father tell the story years ago. --- Harold Flynt.

[NI2126] Confederate Soldier Confederate States of America. 15th Georgia Infantry.

[NI2127] Private July 15, 1861. Discharged, disability, January 26, 1862. Enlisted as a private in Co. E, 7th Regiment Confederate Cavalry May 1, 1863. Transferred to Co. E, 10th Regiment Ga. July 11, 1864. Wounded in 1864. Roll dated October 1864, last on file, shows him present. Wounded through hip and permanently disabled at Bentonville, N. C. March 25, 1865. Died at Crawfordville, Georgia, July 24, 1911.

[NI2130] All buried in the Gilcrest Overton-Flynt cemetery on the old Overton home place, Highway 47, about 8/10 mile from Sharon, Georgia. Mary Elizabeth Overton Flynt buried there also, no reference to James Hervey being buried there.

[NI2142] Married his step-Mother youngest sister Martha.

Augustus S. and his father John Benjamin owned a saloon in Raytown, Georgia. He was attacked by John Kurham who cut him up so badly he nearly died. This shamed the Durham family so much they all moved to Texas.

[NI2157] John Wesley Flynt arrived in Plant City, Hillsborough County, Florida sometime around 1905 when his brothers Porter Conn Flynt and William Lee Flynt arrived in Tampa, Florida.

He was affectionatly called "Uncle Dum" by some and others called him "Uncle Dummy." His wife was dnown as "Aunty Jincy".

John Wesley Flynt died two months after his brother, Theodore Bell Flynt passed away. John Wesley is buried with his wife, Jincy N. in Plant City, Florida in the Oaklawn Cemetery. His brother, Theodore, is buried in the Orange Hill Cemetery, Tampa, Florida with is only wife Frances Sofelia Timmerman.

[NI2161] In the same cemetery with Porter, there is a grave of a one year old girl, 1915/1916. Her name was Mattie T. Flynt. Porter's brother (John Wesley Flynt) had a daughter named Mattie Lee Flynt. She lived to good age. Mattie T. could have been named after Mattie Lee. Porter had a sister who was named Martha Elvira Flynt and was called Mattie. It is assumed that Mattie T. Flynt was the daughter of Porter Conn Flynt and Theckla H. as they were buried in the same plot in Woodlawn Cemetery in Tampa, Florida.

After Porter died Theckla remarried to Jacob M. Lassiter and was buried with him.

Records show that when Porter Conn Flynt arrived in Tampa (1905) at the same time as his younger brother William Lee Flynt they roomed at the Tampa House, a boarding house at 608 Madison Avenue. Porter was listed as working as a station keeper and livery. William Lee was a police sargent on the City Police. In 1907 Porter was listed as Manager of P.C. Flynt & Company, saloon at 1102 Franklin St. Tampa, Florida. He still roomed at the Tampa House. In 1916 Porter was listed as living at 716 E. Henderson Ave. in Tampa and was by that time a Desk Sergeant of Police and married to Theckla H.

By Meda Flynt Smith

[NI2162] With Charles Thomas in the Raytown Methodist Church Cemetery there is a small child presumably his daughter. Her name is Chrstine Flynt (1885-1886)

Buried 1939 in Raytown Methodist Cemetery.

by Meda Flynt Smith

[NI2164] Martha Elvira Flynt married a ____ Smith and lived in Swainsboro, Georgia. She ran a room and boarding house in town. She traveled to Tampa, Florida when her older brother Theodore Bell Flynt was dying. She got to the hospital just after he passed away.

Wor of mouth has it that she moved to Savannah, Georgia after her husband passed away. There is a book in the public library of Leesburg, Florida titled "Swainsboro, Georgia" and there are some pictures of her husband in it.

[NI2165] William Lee first shows up in Tampa, Florida in 1905 rooming at the boarding house "Tampa House" at 608 Madison Ave. In the Tampa City Directory he was listed as a Police Sergeant. In 1906, 1907 and 1908 he was still rooming at the boarding house and was still a police officer.

In 1916 he is listed as an inspector of Bd of Public Wks and resided at 508 East Park with his wife Catherine Lillian W. Moore.

by Meda Flynt Smith

[NI2172] 1986 - Harold Flynt book:

Died January 27, 1967 at Salem, Ohio, visiting his son Harold a minister there. Buried in Jacksonville, Florida. Married August 5, 1912 on the train near Barnsville in Lamar County, Georgia, on the way home to Savannah from Camp Meeting at Barnsville. Married by Pastor Spaulding.

[NI2179] Drowned at age 21.

[NI2180] Died in a Navy Plane crash.

[NI2181] Electrocuted at the shop.

[NI2182] Gifford Hill Flynt lives in Pelham, Mitchell County, Georgia. Pelham is in Southwest Georgia, about 25 miles north of Thomasville on US 19.

[NI2209] When visiting Sharon and Raytown, Georgia, February 26, 1986, Richard Flynt, who has lived there all his life and has researched the family somewhat, said that he believed that Arad Madison Moore's father was Joshua Moore and that Arad had an older brother George T. Moore and a twin brother, Irad. I hope one of the family will be able to verify the accuracy of this information.

James Owen Moore who lives near the Raytown cross roads said Irad Moore's parents were Josh and Betty Moore and that they lived together most of their lives but separated in later years. He also said that Irad (twin brother of Arad) died of small pox in the old Moore home just down the road from his home. He told of remembering relatives taking food to the home and leaving it out in the yard where the family could come and get it. -- October 5, 1986, Harold Flynt

[NI2291] Unmarried - Works at the main Post Office in Brunswick, Georgia. 1986 - Harold Flynt.

[NI2311] News & Echoes, Vol V. No. 2, Page 8, October 1986

by Harold L. Flynt

(Harold L. Flynt of Monteville, Alabama, has sent us a computer printout of his family lineage with a few historical notes. He retired about eight months ago and early this year he and his wife, and brother and sister, traveled through Florida and Georgia visiting many of their relatives. He looked into their family Bibles and asked questions about their family's history, and thus has been able to put together a booklet by computer. Since this information is in the computer and easy to make changes, he will appreciate any corrections or additions to the information he has collected.)

The history of our branch of the Flynt family begins with the birth of John Flynt, December 19, 1758, in Culpeper County, Virginia. According to his headstone he fought in the Revolutionary War, sometime between 1775 to 1783. He evidently married in Virginia and moved to Wilkes County, Georgia, settling between Washington and Raytown, Georgia. These towns are located almost due east of Atlanta and about forty miles west of Augusta. He and his descendants were mostly planters until the late 1800's.

John Flynt's great-great grandson, Guy Carlton Flynt, was my father. He family lived in Raytown, Georgia, and all of my father's brothers and sisters were born there. They were sons and daughters of Augustus and Mattie Flynt. As the children grew to adults they gradually moved away from Raytown to other parts of Georgia. The oldest son, Uncle Johnny, settled in Pelham. Aunt Dell married Arad Moore (from a large family in Sharon and Raytown, Georgia) and they moved to Valdosta. Uncle Marvin and Uncle Ben settled in Savannah. Aunt Lid finally settled in Pelham. Uncle Arnold settled in Brunswick.

My father, Guy, was the youngest boy of the family. Following is the obituary I prepared with my mother's help at the time of my father's death and printed in the bulletin of his funeral service.

Guy Carlton Flynt was born at Raytown, Georgia, August 2, 1889. At the age of 13, when the family moved to Savannah, he began to work at his first job, apprentice painter in a buggy factory.

In 1910 Elder C. B. Stevens held evangelistic meetings in Savannah and Guy attended and joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church. From that day to the time he slipped into the deep slumber of death, Christ and His Church were the main interests of his life and he was true to his vows to the church to the very end.

While giving Bible studies, sharing his new found faith, he met a young lady named Eva Cushing, who later became a Seventh-day Adventist. In 1912 the Savannah Seventh-day Adventist Church chartered a railroad coach for the trip to camp meeting at Barnsville, Georgia, near Atlanta. It was at camp meeting that Guy and Eva decided to move ahead their plans of marriage and were joined in the holy bonds of their plans of marriage and were joined in the holy bonds of wedlock on the train as the group returned from camp meeting. It seemed that the entire train crew came to the wedding.

In 1916 Guy came down with typhoid fever. After his recovery the doctor advised him to take a different job where he could get fresh air and he joined the literature ministry at Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In May 1921, after moving back to Savannah briefly, Guy moved his young family, wife and four children to Jacksonville, Florida, where he went to work in the finishing room of the Chapman Carriage Factory on Hogan Street. Later he worked for Koons and Koons on Main Street and in 1935 he went into business for himself, continuing until 1957 when fire destroyed his shop forcing him to retire from the auto paint and body business after 22 years.

From the time he moved to Jacksonville he was an active church member and held almost every office during his 46 years of membership in the Jacksonville Seventh-day Adventist Church. At one time he was local elder for 12 consecutive years.

He loved his church. He loved life. He was an excellent provider for his family and he spread joy and happiness wherever he went. He won many souls to Christ through prayer and Bible study.

Our great hope this day is in the coming of our Lord that we may all be faithful, as he was, that we may be there to meet him on that great resurrection morning.

Because my father was born in Raytown, Georgia, the historical notes of the next few pages begin with the historical marker in front of the old Raytown Methodist Church built the year after my father was born and where my great grandfather John Benjamin Flynt was buried in 1894.


This church is located in that part of the original Wilkes Circuit of 1786, "The cradle of Georgia Methodism," from which Bishop Francis Asbury formed the Little River Circuit at the Camden, South Carolina Conference in January 1902. The Raytown Methodists from Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, were "formed into Society" in the early 1800's held their first meetings in the homes of members, and, after 1828 worshiped for some years in the old South Liberty Meeting House. When rapid growth created a need for a separate church, this land was given by James Moore, Sr., and Mrs. Mary Shaw Pearson, was surveyed November 25, 1845, deeded December 17, 1845, and the first building erected. Trustees named were Bedor Proctor, George W. Flynt, Nathaniel Parham, Aaron T. Kendrick, John Wright, William Cicero Wright, John C. Byrd and John Hartwell Phelts. Disrupted by absence of men and ministers during the War Between the States, services were resumed April 2, 1865. On the reorganization of the Raytown Union Sabbath School, John H. Beall, Superintendent, and William H. Brooke, Secretary. The present building was erected in 1890. Among the ministers of the church in the 1800's were Josiah Lewis, Allen Thomas, Felix Persons Brown, Miles Wesley Arnold and Andrew Jackson Hughes, all known for their outstanding work in building the great rural church of Georgia Methodism.

This is the complete text of a historical marker placed in front of the Raytown Methodist Church by the Georgia Historical Commission - 1956.


Charles T. Flynt 1865 - 1939
Christine Flynt 1885 - 1886
C. Lawrence Flynt 1908 - 1957
Elma Stone Flynt 1880 - 1923
Harriette Smith Flynt 1840 - 1905
James H. Flynt 1804 - 1879
John B. Flynt 1820 - 1894
Mary J. Flynt 1838 - 1918
Samuel H. Flynt, Confederate Soldier of America (CSA)
Capt. Samuel J. Flynt, Confederate Soldier of America (CSA)
Frances Flynt Moore 1905 - 1971


James Wesley Flynt 1867 - 1929
Mamie Meadows Flynt 1872 - 1952
Norma Octavia Flynt


Ray's Place, oldest community in Taliaferro County, was in the late 1790's and early 1800's a recreation center on the Little River for the "livelier social set" of Washington. It was named for a Ray family from New York who lived in Washington for several years. In later years the famed Wrightsboro Road came through Raytown and the stage road from Double Wells (Barnett) to Washington. The parents and grandparents of Jefferson Davis owned plantations near Raytown in the early 1800s. Mrs. Davis, fleeing Federal forces in 1865, spent a night in Raytown. –Historical marker at the Raytown cross-road placed the Georgia Historical Commission – 1956.


(A historical marker just at Raytown on the road to Sharon)

On this land, in the plantation home of his father, Aaron Grier, Sr., Revolution Soldier, Robert Grier, founder of the Nationally famous "Grier's Almanac," was born in 1782. The remarkable astronomical calculations which led to the publishing of the almanac were made on the large boulders in the fields near this road. First published in 1807 as "The Georgia and South Carolina Almanac," the almanac made Robert Grier's name a household word in the nation until his death in 1848. Published continuously since its founding, it became "Grier's Almanac" soon after Robert Grier died. Circulation is almost 2 ½ million copies annually. – Georgia Historical Commission, 1956.


In a letter written by Gifford Hill Flynt to Donna Piper, Gifford said, "I spent considerable time on these tracings several years ago, having made several trips to Raytown in Taliaferro County, Georgia, and visited many grave yards up there trying to trace various members of our family . . . You might be interested to know that my great, great grandfather, Augustus Wesley (Better known as Squire Gus) Flynt, was a large landholder and his house is still standing, although very much dilapidated, near Raytown, Georgia.

As you will see on the charts, my great grandfather, John B. Flynt, raised two families. My grandfather, A. S. Flynt, was the middle son of the three children by the first wife of John B. Flynt and my grandfather, A. S. Flynt, later married the younger sister of his stepmother as you will see by the charts. – Gifford Flynt, Sr., November 4, 1979, Pelham, Georgia.


Editors Comment: We are indeed grateful to Harold L. Flynt for sharing his efforts in searching and bringing up-to-date past events and history of the John and Sally Porter Flynt line since their arrival in Wilkes County, Georgia in 1789.


News & Echoes, Vol V. No. 3, Page 8, January 1987

by Harold L. Flynt


(Near Mt. Zion, about 10 miles south of Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia)

On land now owned by Continental Can Company, joining the old Gilbert-Pope-Hubbard lands. This was the old John Flynt home place. There are many other graves here not marked.

John Flynt, born Culpeper County, Virginia, December 19, 1758, died in Wilkes County, Georgia, on 19 September 1820. Revolutionary Soldier. "Pure as are Thy Joys Above the Skies, and All Thy Regions Peace, no Wanton Lips or Envious Eyes Can See or Taste Thy Bliss."

Sarah Porter Flynt, wife of John Flynt, born Orange County, Virginia, 14 February 1786, died in Wilkes County, Georgia, 21 March 1843. "Alas She is Dead and Grief is Vain, Nor Would We Wish Her Back Again. But still Affectionate Tribute Would Drop O'er Her Memory."

Virginia O. Shehan, wife of M. J. Shehan, died 29 April 1858, in the 57th year of her life. (Was a Catholic) "She was perfectly Resigned to the Will of God, The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, Blessed be the Name of the Lord. She was once blooming as a flower, But now has faded by the Hand of God. ‘Requiescat in Pace.' Rest in Peace."

(The John Flynt Cemetery and George Washington Flynt Cemetery at Sharon checked by G. B. and Mary Newsome and given to us from their records – WILKES COUNTY CEMETERIES by F. M. & Neil H. Newsome, Washington, Georgia.)

NOTE: It is interesting to note that our grandfather's middle name was Shehan (Augustus Shehan Flynt). That name is found on many graves in the area.

[NI2350] Meda Frances was born at home, 112 West Amelia Ave, Tampa, Florida at 12:00 midnight, October 10, 1923.

She attended schools at B.C. Graham Elementary, Jefferson Junior High, and Hillsborough High School, Tampa, Florida. She also took many courses of accounting, computer works, shorthand and typing at the Vocational Schools.

She served as bookkeeper for Civic Clubs, 6 years as Treasurer of the University Christian Church and 6 years as Treasurer of the Citrus County Historical Society before retiring to care for her ailing husband.

Meda was a Girl Scout Leader from the time the girls were 10 years old to their graduation from high school. She accomplished many things with having co-ed activities with different Boy Scout Troups and even week-end camping together. Her troop was sponsored by the crew of the USS Sea Cat submarine who were based in Key West, Florida. Any time one of the fleet made a run to Tampa the commander called Meda and arranged to have her group visit the sub, even having ice cream in their mess hold. The girls learned the semaphone flags and sent messages to the sailors on the other end of the sub.

Meda was raised a Methodist until marrying in Presbyterian church, changing to a Christian denomination for children's sake and then joining a Baptist Church in Floral City, Florida.

[NI2378] Information from: Bill Crews

[NI2539] News & Echoes, Vol 1. No. 4, Page 7, April 1983

John Randolph Flynt
Mayor, Kernersville, North Carolina

As the time of the Annual Flynt Reunion in Kernersville, N.C. draws near, aspects of the everyday life and roles in the community of earlier generations come to mind. The heritage of the Forsyth County Flynts and allied families is replete with forefathers who did not remain in obscurity, but demonstrated their love of country. They did not simply say they loved their country; they did something about it. Among those still fondly remembered is John Randolph Flynt, the 24th mayor of Kernersville. Like many Americans reared in small towns, he believed there was something unique about his town that inspired him to become one of its most enthusiastic leaders and boosters. During his term as mayor, 1951-1953, John was successful in bringing about needed changes. Under his leadership construction of a new dam reservoir was begun and the streets were named and identified, with markers. This action enabled the U.S. Postal Service to render home delivery service for the first time since the town was incorporated in 1871. John was a man with a mission to make his town a better place in which to live and a clear view of how to accomplish it.

Kernersville, surrounded on all sides by nearby metropolitan areas of Winston-Salem, High Point, and Greensboro, is the second largest city in Forsyth County, with a present population total of approximately 7,000 within its corporate limits. The fortitude of the early pioneers and foresight of an Irishman named William Dobson are recognized as the main reasons for the successful growth of Kernersville. The pioneers settled on the waterways and this particular area is the source of Haw River, Abbots Creek, Belews Creek, Deep River, and Salem Creek. Dobson bought the initial nucleus of 400 acres of land, which he expanded into a plantation of more than 1,000 acres. Two of North Carolina's main back country roads crossed through the Dobson land. The roads were Deep River Road and the Hillsborough Road. Hillsborough Road became an intercolonial stage line, which was the route the Moravians of Wachovia followed to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the first permanent Moravian settlement in America. The enterprising Dobson built an inn where the roads crossed, which became a popular stopover for travelers. For many years the hamlet was known as Dobson's Crossroads. Kernersville natives are proud President Washington, while on the southern tour of his visit to all the states of our newly formed union, stopped on June 2, 1791, to have breakfast at Dobson's Tavern. When Joseph Kerner bought the inn in 1817, Dobson's Crossroads gradually became known as Kerner's Crossroads. Fifty-four years later when the population total reached 148 residents, the village was incorporated into the now town of Kernersville.

In late summer of 1781, about the time the inn at Dobson's Crossroads was built, John's great, great, great, grandfather Revolutionary War Patriot Richard Flynt (1720-1791) brought his large family to settle in the nearby community of Bethania known then as Surry County. The patriarch of the Flynt family was not a young man when he migrated from Virginia, but apparently age did not dampen his spirit or interest for politics and civic affairs, which have remained a part of the family tradition to this day. Throughout the various branches of his descendants, many are found to have influential political roles in their respective communities. This trait can be traced to his grandson Allen Flynt (son of William and Elizabeth Ballard Flynt) who was elected one of the first representatives of the newly formed Forsyth County to the North Carolina General Assembly in 1851, along with Mr. Jesse Waugh and Colonel William Henry Marshall. Because of outside influences and disorderliness on court days, the Moravians of Wachovia, a closed communal society, did not want the new county seat located in their already established principal town. They sold 51 acres for a new town to be located just north of Salem. Colonel Marshall introduced a bill giving the name "Winston" to the new county seat of Forsyth, and it was not until 1913 that the inhabitants of both town voted to consolidate into a city called Winston-Salem. From a secondary source account found John's mother's lineage, it is noted Colonel William Henry Marshall was married to Mariah Vance (1814-1900), and she was the great, great, great aunt of John. In 1854, Allen Flynt was elected to serve again as representative from his county to the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh.

The North Carolina progenitor Richard Flynt had another offspring who had an important role in the formation of Forsyth County. This was William Flynt, his great grandson, who was elected the first sheriff of Forsyth County in 1848. William was the son of "Sally" Hauser Flynt, the daughter of Revolutionary War soldier Colonel George Hauser, Jr. (Sandy and Sanford, twins, were the first born of William and Elizabeth Ballard Flynt's eleven children). Young William served as sheriff of Forsyth County for several years.

At this point, it would be negligent not to mention that John's great, great grandfather Jesse Kirby (Kerby) was appointed constable in Captain Hughton's district in old Stokes County on February 12, 1790.

Before continuing with the active part another important person in John's heritage had in Salem and the newly formed Forsyth County, a brief lineage chart identifying his specific line of descent follows:

Parents - Thomas Franklin (1877-1958) and Ottie Sapp Flynt (1886-1969)

Grandparents - John Randolph (1840-1897) and Amelia Elizabeth Vest Flynt (1845-

Great Grandparents - Allen (1805-1866) and Nancy Kirby Flynt (1805(8) - ?)

2 - Great Grandparents - William (1762-1810) and Elizabeth Ballard Flynt (1765-1837)

3 - Great Grandparents - Richard (1720-1810) and Ann Fountain Flynt (1745-1796)

John's grandmother Amelia Vest Flynt was the daughter of John Pleasant Vest, Esq. Who was the mayor of Salem three times and a magistrate of long standing, marrying many blushing brides. He brought one of the first lots the Moravians sold in the newly formed town of Winston and became one of its first citizens. He was appointed the first postmaster of Winston on March 12, 1851. In the year 1866, he served as United States commissioner. Elected to the North Carolina General Assembly of 1868-70, he succeeded in carrying a bill through the legislature to have a railroad built from Salem to Greensboro, a distance of 28 miles. The railroad went through Kernersville, contributing greatly to its growth. In early autumn of 1873, John P. Vest was appointed the first mail agent by the U.S. Postmaster General in Washington, D.C. making his first trip with the mail by railroad to Greensboro, N.C., on November 1, 1873.

Having a daughter marrying John Randolph Flynt (1848-1897) was not the only connection John P. Vest had with the Flynt family, his sister Elizabeth Vest (1817-1910) married Lieutenant Colonel Procter B. Flynt (1799-1848). Procter B. was the son of William and Elizabeth Ballard Flynt and a brother to Allen.

The youngest of four sons of Frank and Ottie Flynt, John was born in Forsyth County on August 6, 1920. His brothers are C. Odell Flynt (1907-1979), Franklin Eugene Flynt (1916-1980), and Lee Flynt who presently lives in Kernersville. John's religious upbringing was in the Moravian Church, while attending the local schools and the Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was a lifetime and an active member of the Kernersville Moravian Church. On July 2, 1945, he married Elaine Ogburn, and to their union were born two children; Susan and John Randolph, Jr. He joined Piedmont Federal Savings and Loan Association as a teller in 1946, became assistant secretary and treasurer in 1948, and made vice-president in 1953. He served in many civic organizations, including the Kernersville Lions Club of which he was a past president. John was a highly popular and well-known man about town, and was beloved by many in the community. His untimely death at the age of 47, on March 20, 1968, left Kernersville bereft of a man who epitomized the true American patriot. As his counterparts in earlier generations, his life demonstrated his love of country, and he showed it in a significant way.

Kernersville, for all the homogenizing modern influences that have swept through in recent years, is still a southern city with a tradition that is manifest not only in its history but in its people. John Randolph Flynt played an important role in keeping it so.

[NI2562] Marjorie was born Thursday, October 19, 1916 at 7:30 pm. She was born at home, 112 West Amelia Ave, Tampa, Florida. She attended B.C. Graham Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High School, and Hillsborough High School all in Tampa, Florida.

Marjorie was married in Clearwater, Florida to Ellis B. Blanchard. They had one daughter named Sylvia Bell Blanchard. They later were divorced.

[NI2569] Charles Rene Flynt worked for Palmer Paper Co. in Tampa, Florida for many years. He was in the service during World War II. He later formed his own business of rental tools and named it Rental Tool Company. After his death his three sons carried on the business and its branches to this very day.

Funeral services conducted by Reverend David Baldridge of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Service was at the Chapel of Roel & Curry Funeral Home, Tampa, Florida. His gravesite is in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Tampa, Florida.

By Meda Flynt Smith

[NI2578] She worked at the School Board for several years before starting to teach. She intends to teach until her retirement.

[NI2617] Information from: Clarice Thompson

[NI2803] Information from: Bill Derrow, Jr.

[NI2816] From Florence, Alabama - August 7, 1889

To: Mrs. Jo Ana Andrews (Josephine Annie Flynt)

Dear Sister & family

I thought I would write to you and try and find out what has become of you. I have not heard from you in so long I hardly know how or what to write. My health is not very good but I keep up most of the time. All the rest of the family are very well. Morgan and Albert have got a very good crop this year. They will make plenty of corn to do them but will not make as much cotton as they expected on the account of it not raining enough to make it. Jimmie went out to Texas last December and he is delighted with that country.. His post office is Black Jack Grove Hopkins County Texas (December 1888). Morgan has been married one year last February (mrd February 1888). He now has a fine son it is 4 weeks old its name is N. John Allen. Named for his two brothers. Morgan had a letter from Disek? last week. She (Duck, Dinah, Dulce - unclear) was getting along very well but said she could not come up to see us this summer. You must write to me soon and tell me all about the children and tell me where they are and how they are getting and tell me if Aunt Crease is still living and how she is getting along. I would love so much to see you all one time more if I could but I do not suppose I ever will see you anymore in this world. I will close for this time. Write soon and let me hear from you. Ever your sister.

Julia Flynt

[NI2833] Stokes County North Carolina Marriage Records show her name as "Emily." Estate records in North Carolina Archives state "Martha."

[NI2950] News & Echoes, Vol IV. No. 3, Page 7, January 1986

by Marjorie J. Urquhart (Mrs. W. E.)
Route 3, Box 834
Forsyth, Georgia 31029

Sunday, 6 October, was a thrilling day for me at Sharon, Georgia, for the Flynt Reunion! It was a pleasure meeting all the cousins, mostly of whom were descendants of John and Sally Porter Flynt, whose father John (about 1715 - after 1787) was an older brother to David Flynt.

My ancestor brought his family to Wilkes County, Georgia, also. He was Tarpley Flynt – one of the two sons of David Flynt of Wake County, North Carolina. I have no information on the sone Sanford Flynt coming into Georgia, but Tarpley and his wife Christianna, and his sister Mary Flynt Lane and her husband Richard Lane settled in the part of Wilkes County that later became Oglethorpe County.

The reason why I think Tarpley Flynt is my ancestor is that the time frame and place are right and from the evidence given in the following documents:

(1) Will, Oglethorpe County, 1799, in which he mentions his son William by name.
(2) Inventory of Personal Goods.
(3) Orphans of Oglethorpe County, Georgia, Minutes Inferior Court in Marriage Book A naming Sarah, William, Rachael, and John.
(4) Oglethorpe County, Georgia, List of Citizens Entitled to Draw in 1805 Lottery.

I am a descendant of the John Flynt listed as an orphan of Tarpley Flynt. John married Henrietta Hatchett during the year 1817, in Clark County, Georgia. She was born in Virginia. On the 1820 Census, he is listed as living in Clark County, 1830 Census as living in Walton County and in Monroe County in 1840. My family knew our John came to Monroe County from Walton and that Henrietta Hatchett was John's wife. In addition, I have a deed showing that John Flynt of Walton County purchased land in Monroe County in 1839. In the 1850 Census of Monroe County, he is listed with his wife and six of their seven sons and a Martha Hatchett as living in his household.

John's seventh son, Washington Lafayette Flynt, lived in Chambers County, Alabama, in1850, but eventually came back to Georgia. Wayne Flynt, of the Washington Lafayette Flynt line, is the head of the History Department at Auburn University. He has done an oral history on his grandfather and I have a transcript. Our line of Flynts have had an annual reunion in South Georgia for several years. Wayne came to our reunion in 1984, but was in England and surrounding areas this year. He plans to be back in 1986. His father had been to several reunions before but that was a first for Wayne. Wayne will be thrilled to get the information that has come to me since I last saw him.

John Sanford Flynt is the oldest of John's seven sons. He married Rebecca Maddox and had 13 children. Seven of these children are buried at Providence Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery High Falls, Georgia, with two of them in plots separate from the Flynt main lot. Of the other six children, four are buried in Florida, one in Sylvester, Georgia and one at Mt. Vernon, which is near Forsyth, Georgia, one-fourth miles from my house. I am including an excerpt from Monroe County History showing the founding of Providence Church, with John Flynt as one of the founders.

Providence Congregational Methodist Church was founded in 1852 and claims as charter members those who met in Mickleberry Merrit and established the first Congregational Methodist Church in the United States. It is affiliated with the Towaliga District Conference. The present membership numbers twenty-four. No records of Providence were preserved prior to 1940, but minutes are presently kept in the home of the clerk, Mrs. Georgia Pritchett. The location is at High Falls in Monroe County.

On October 31, 1948, a memorial service was held at Providence Church and a stone marker, inscribed with the names of the founders of the Congregational Methodist Church, was unveiled at the church entrance. Many descendants of the founders were present and a suitable program was conducted under the guidance of the pastor, Rev. W. M. Black.

From The Origin and Early History of the Congregational Methodist Church by Rev. S. C. McDaniel, Atlanta, Georgia, James P. Harrison and Company, Printers and Publishers, 1881:

"On the 8th day of May, 1852, a meeting was had at the house of Mickleberry Merritt, in Monroe County, Georgia, for the purpose of organizing a church.... Membership of the infant church, W. L. Fambrough, Rev. Hiram Phinazee, Rev. Absalom Ogletree, Rev. W. H. Graham, Robinson Fambrough, Jackson Bush, John Flynt, James M. Fleming, George W. Todd, Mickleberry Merritt and Travis Ivey. (Omitted by error was the name Elbert Jones Banks.)

The first Congregational Methodist Church constituted was called Rocky Creek... Between the 8th of May and the 1st of August (1852), other organizations had been effected: Mount Hope, in Spalding County, Rock Springs, in Monroe County, Pleasant Grove in Butts County, New Market, in Monroe County, New Hope, in Pike County, and Providence, in Monroe County. ......."

The Mickleberry Merritt house is located at the Johnstonville exit of Interstate 75 and is presently owned and occupied by Mr. And Mrs. Parker Snow, Jr.

This "John Flynt" is John Sanford Flynt, my great grandfather. The first minister is Absalom Ogletree, and my grandfather is named Absalom Ogletree, born March 16, 1869. My grandfather hated his name. He was a man of red hair and blue eyes with a temper to match his hair. As a child they nicknamed him "Pepper," later shortened to "Pep." He would never tell his name and only used his initials in legal matters – A. O. I think the name "Sanford" so early on also ties my John to Tarpley. I do find in looking over the charts in the newsletter that "Sanford" goes way back, as does Tarpley, as maiden names of the wives, which is as I hd suspected for some time.

Former Congressman John J. Flynt, Jr. of Griffin, Georgia, is the grandson of Tiolghman Flynt, another of John's seven sons. I talked with John J. "Jack" and his wife Patty recently. They were so excited about the reunion in October. He had known Max, Collins, Wales, Kathryn Barksdale and the others in that area and none of them had been able to connect the families. Now we can! Jack and Patty had just returned from England on Sunday night.

Our John from Walton County is buried at High Falls, Georgia, in the Providence Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery. The graves are unmarked. We are working on a definite death date so that we may erect a stone. These graves were enclosed in a wrought iron fence, but someone stole the fence.

As stated in one of the Flynt newsletters, we are making history. From our line, I'm still trying to preserve it and someday I hope that one of my descendants will say, with eyes turned toward heaven. "Thanks Grandmother, for preserving the records on our Flynt, Maddox, Johnson, Miller, Waller, Urquhart and whatever else may come into our family's names." It is fascinating!

[NI3036] News & Echoes, Vol 1. No. 2, Page 5, October 1982

Phyllis Flynt Perkins
Lombardy Farms
Montpelier, Virginia

My father sent me the copy of "News & Echoes". (He is James Allen Flynt, son of Charles Clinton Flynt.) I read the well written pages word for word and enjoyed it immensely.

We live in an 18th Century house in Hanover County, Virginia (30 miles from Richmond), and farm, plus run our businesses. This spring we were open for the State of Virginia Historic House Tour-Garden week. This house is opened to the public every ten years or so, and as we moved here four years ago, it was a first time for us. As you can guess, it involved a massive planting flower-beautifying process, and we are way behind in our spring farm chores - putting up the hay crop and the garden. Though time is pressed, I want to share the Flynt information that I have acquired.

Our 27-year old daughter, who lives on the farm (studio apartment in the barn), is one of the seven researchers for the soon-to-be-published book on Hanover County historical houses for the Hanover Historical Society. Her name is Terrell Perkins Manning. When she goes to various places and courthouses to search for material for the book, I often tag along. Although I have never launched into family genealogy on these trips, I began to casually thumb through some of the documents to look for evidence on my family. My Aunt Mildred Flynt Bennett, who passed away several years ago, left me a manila folder that included T. G. Proctor's summary of his search on the Flynt family, which I put aside at the time. So after whetting my appetite for the ancestral search on these trips with Terrell, I read Aunt Mildred's document with renewed interest. It had a notation at the top in her handwriting that it was written prior to 1930 and had been kept by Adelaide Fries, historian of the Moravian Church (she is now deceased).

Culpeper, Virginia, is only an hour's drive from here; and as we drove to the courthouse, all the way I said, "This document can't be true." To my surprise, there in the old sepia ink, fragilely written was:

Register of Marriages, p. 45, Culpeper County, Virginia

17 January 1788 Thomas Flint married Molly Ballard

18 January 1788 William Flint married Elizabeth Ballard

According to Aunt Mildred's paper, Elizabeth was the daughter of Elizabeth Ball Ballard, sister of Mary Ball Washington, mother of George Washington.

We then went to Lancaster County to the house of Joseph Ball, "Epping Forest", and to a genealogical library near there and realized that Joseph Ball had two wives - one had an "Elizabeth" when he married her, and he and Mary Johnson Ball had an Elizabeth. Which Elizabeth is my ancestor?

I came home and checked out two biographies of George Washington and began to study the lithograph I have of him in the quest bedroom. The more I read and looked at the portrait, I knew he had to be kin. Study the high flat cheekbones (in our line, we all have it), the ovid-shaped head (we all have it), the height (Washington's biographer continually discussed his height). Our Flynt men are all six feet, the big bones, the fair skin subject to sunburn (how many times have I heard about the fair skin). These are all subjective hunches, but if George Washington had been a scrawny little man with round nose and round cheeks, I would have said, "No Way". Look at George's nose - a Flynt nose if I ever saw one.

When I have a spare moment, I go back to the State Library and other haunts to try to prove my hunch that Betsy (Elizabeth) Ballard's mother was Elizabeth Ball, daughter of Joseph Ball, grandfather of George Washington.

It is stated in Aunt Mildred's document, Richard Flynt was the father of William, and William came to North Carolina.

By Culpeper records, Richard Flynt was here FIRST and acquired vast holdings in Culpeper and Lancaster Counties. So to enhance the Ball, Flynt, and Washington connection, I have the following clues:

"Cavalier and Pioneers", Virginia State Library: William Flynt - land granted to 28 persons, incl. William Flynt, from Edward Ball, 1,400 acres in Pamunkey Neck, April 1782, part of the land laid out for Pamunkey.

Culpeper Records: The Ball family had frequent dealings with a Bland Ballard and a Thomas Ballard. (The Flynts, Ballards, and Balls certainly knew one another).

St. Mary White Chapel, Lancaster County, (Church of the Ball Family): Thomas Flint, son of Richard, was a member, in 1700's.

Joseph Ball's Will: Seen at the Mary Ball Washington home in Fredericksburg. He mentions a boundary of land in Lancaster County as bounded by "Flint" line. (Richard Flint owned Lancaster County lands.)

Terrell explains that the dictionary was not invented until well into the 1800's; and since there was no standard for spelling, there a multitudes of misspellings of names in all documents she is researching.

I will keep in touch with the things I find. Please include my name on the mailing list for "News & Echoes", and thanks for your interest in the Flynts. I have always thought they were a fantastic group of people.

Editors Note (Dorothy C. Flynt)
My curiosity was also aroused when I read T. G. Proctor's statement a couple of years ago.

After the war (Revolutionary), William Flynt returned to Culpeper, where he married Elizabeth (Ballard) on January 19, 1788. Her mother, Elizabeth Ball, was the sister of Mary Ball (the mother of George Washington).

I immediately wanted to go to Virginia to search for the original sources that would substantiate this statement. To date, this has not been possible, but I have read several books about the Washington family, trying to find evidence of the connection. From Southhall's George Washington, I gleaned the following on Joseph Ball's family:

Joseph Ball, born 1649, in England, to William and Hannah Ball, came to the colonies with his parents sometime during his youth. He had a brother named William. Later he married Elizabeth Rogers, and their marriage yielded five daughters and one son. Elizabeth died in 1703. The children were:

Frances born 1681, oldest child, died 3 September 1709, three hours after giving birth to a son. Her married name was not given. (She is not mentioned in most books).

Anne married Colonel Edwin Conway.

Elizabeth Married the Reverend Joseph Carnegie.

Esther (Easter) - married Rawleigh Chinn.

Hannah married first Rawleigh Travers II, second marriage was to Simon Pearson.

Joseph II married Frances Ravenscroft. He died 10 January 1760, in England, heavily in debt.

At age 58, Joseph (senior) married Mary Johnson, a widowed mother with two children - one named Elizabeth Johnson. About 1708 or 1709, a child was born, to Joseph and his second wife, whom they named Mary. When little Mary (who was to grow up to become the second wife of Augustine Washington and the mother of George Washington) was three and one-half years and, her father passed away.

Since Elizabeth Ballard Flynt's mother's surname was BALL and being from the same region as the Washingtons, I feel there is a possible connection. If, so it appears she would be a descendant of Joseph BALL II, whose children may have returned to Virginia, or a descendant of William BALL, brother of Joseph BALL, Senior. Joseph BALL II's Letter Book, which has survived, may provide some information.

Mr. Proctor's account is useful in providing guidance and clues for a factual search.

With the original sources convenient to you, we hope you will continue your investigation as we take pride in those kinsmen who have attained distinction.

[NI3531] News & Echoes, Vol IV. No. 2, Page 8, October 1985

by Carolyn Flint

Last week I received my copy f Vol. IV. No. 1, "News & Echoes." As usual I enjoyed every word. I try to match information in "News & Echoes" with the record I already have on our Flynt ancestors.

While reading the last will and testament of Thomas Flynt, pages 10-11, I noticed he bequeathed to his stepson Haston Flynt's lawful heirs, viz; Martin, Sally, and Susanna one Negro boy by the name of Phill. I checked a copy of a will I have on a Martin Flynt which also names a Negro boy Phillip. According to this will, it appears that Sally Flynt, mentioned above, was Martin Flynt's wife and not his sister as it would seem in the will of Thomas Flynt. I hope this will help to verify the children of Haston Flynt for our Flynt cousins.

Nelson County, Kentucky
Will Book E, Pages 284
May 9, 1825

I, Martin Flynt of the County of Nelson and State of Kentucky make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

Item: First I do will and bequeath to my loving wife Sally Flynt all my estate both real and personal during her natural life or widowhood, and in case my wife should marry again, I then desire that two thirds of my property both real and personal should be given to my son Haston Flynt and after the death of my wife I desire that all my estate of all descriptions should be given to my son Haston Flynt.

Item: I will that Phillip a Negro man belonging to my sister Susanna Flynt and myself should remain in the hands of my wife Sally Flynt until my sister Susanna Flynt shall become of age or marry.

Item: As soon as my sister shall become of age, I then authorize my executors to sell to my sister Susan Flynt on purchase from her the interest that either party may have in the above named Negro man Phillip.

Item: I also will that my executors should make sale of any part of my personal property that they in their judgement should think advisable to do.

Item: I leave my wife Sally Flynt and Elias Kincheocias Executrix and Executor to my whole estate.

In testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal this 4th day of March 1825.
S/Martin Flynt SEAL
Attest: David Wade
Francis Termill

At a County Court held for Nelson County at the Courthouse in Bairds Town on the 9th day of May 1825.

The above last will and testament of Martin Flynt decd. was exhibited in Court and proved by the oaths of David Wade and Francis Termill the subscribing witnesses thereto be recorded. And on the motion of Elias Kinchelo and Sally Flynt the executors therein named they having given bond. Joseph McClaskey and Thos. Huston their securities in the sum of $1,000. Conditioned as prescribed by law in such case directs it was ordered that this certificate of probate of said will be granted them.

Teste, Ben Grayson

Editors Comments:

That Thomas Flynt died in early 1825 is based upon the fact that Richard Flynt, one of his executors and son, lived in far-away Tennessee and settlement of his father's will could not have begun promptly after his death. In North Carolina from 1777 (end of Colonial Government) until 1868 (when the Government was reorganized after Civil War) the county courts exercised probate authority and the process of settling an estate generally began in the county court at the first quarterly term to sit after the decadent's death. Se bond, News & Echoes, Vol II, No. 2, pages 10-11, relating to the appointment of Richard Flynt, Joseph M. Flynt and Elisha Plummer (husband of Daughter Nancy) as fiduciaries of Thomas Flynt's will. The bond is dated 15th day of December A.D. 1825. Apparently young Martin who died at age 25 and his grandfather Thomas died about the same time in 1825. Martin's father Haston Flynt (1777-1804) died at age 27; perhaps they had a similar health problem.

When Thomas made his will July the 17th A.D. 1817, the orphan children of Haston were young minors – Martin was about 12 years of age, Sally a couple of years or so younger, and Susanna born about the time her father passed away since she was not of age to own property in 1825 when young Martin made his will.

Inasmuch as Martin did not name his sister Sally's interest in Phillip the Negro man, she may have died sometime between September 1815 when James McDonald of Giles County, Tennessee, was named guardian and March 1825, when Martin made his will; or she may have married and Martin had bought her interest.

Young Martin was born in North Carolina, lived in Tennessee, and had moved to Kentucky where he lived with his wife Sally.

In tracing this family, we must not confuse records with young Martin's second cousin once removed. *Martin Flynt and his wife Mary (Polly) also lived in Kentucky. He was the grandson of John and Eleanor Flynt of Culpeper County, Virginia, and one of the eleven children of Richard (1753-1791/2) and Dorothy Flynt of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Their children were John, Martin, William, Lucy, Richard, Samuel, Stephen, Robert, James, Thomas and Polly. Martin Flynt died in Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1829

[NI3636] As per Charles A. Chase

Naris had a falling out with his father, Allen, supposedly over land, and in spite, he changed the spelling of his name and that of his children to "Flint". Some of the children kept the Flint spelling and some changed it back to Flynt.

Naris' son Bascom was born March 22, 1875, in Iuka; he married Annie Bertha Steinmann, November 28, 1909 in Yoakum, Dewitt, Texas. Bascom died October 11, 1951 in Baker, Okaloosa, Florida. Bascom kept "Flint". Bascom and Annie had three children: Lorine Bertha, Born February 13, 1913 in Yoakum, Texas; Elbert Bascom (Dock), born July 3, 1915 in Yoakum; and Dolores Ann, born March 14, 1919 in Yoakum.

[NI3839] News & Echoes, Vol VI. No. 2, Page 11, October 1987

by T. G. Proctor, Jr.
(Contributed by Maxine Flynt Bovender, Route 1, 5560 Murray Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27106)

(T.G. Proctor, Jr. gathered the following from the records of Dr. Adelaide Fries, historian of the Moravians in Forsyth County, North Carolina; Burke Flynt Sr.; Sally Transou; Martha Flynt; Culpeper, Virginia, etc., from 1932 - through March 28, 1957)

T. G. Proctor Jr. is the son of T. Gilmer Proctor and Martha Rebecca Flynt Proctor (1869-1964), grandson of John Proctor Flynt (1829-1902) - Lucy Elizabeth Petree Flynt, great grandson of Sandy Flynt (1789-1867) and Maria Magdalena Solome "Sally" Hauser Flynt.

Richard Flynt came from Wales, England, to America in 1656, establishing residence in Culpepper, Virginia. He and his wife, Ann Flynt, had nine children. They were: John, Thomas, Ann, Susan, William, Roderick, Elizabeth, David and Caty.

William Flynt, son of Richard, fought in the Revolutionary War, in the regiment of William Washington (brother of George Washington). In 1781 he came through Bethania on his way to Guilford Court House, where he fought against Cornwallis. He was so well impressed with this part of the country that he decided one day to come back.

After the war, William Flynt returned to Culpeper, where he married Elizabeth (Betsy) Ballard on January 19, 1788. Her mother (Elizabeth Ball, was the sister of Mary Ball - the mother of George Washington). To them was born Sandy Flynt April 29, 1789. By this time William and Betsy decided to come to Bethania to live. Fording the Stanton River in a wagon, Betsy became so excited that she dropped Sandy in the water, but he was quickly rescued by his father. (She was also probably holding Sanford, twin of Sandy.) They settled about a mile beyond the Kate Jones' place near a little stream. Other children were: Fountain (who lived near Rural Hall), William (who lived and was buried on property now owned by Perry Piatt), John Pollard Flynt (buried in same cemetery), James, Allen (father of Dewit and grandfather of Burke Flynt), Nancy Lucy, Proctor, and Betsy Ballard Flynt (2nd). This son William (2nd) was a deputy sheriff, then, Surry County, once rode horseback to Tennessee to bring back a criminal.

Sandy Flynt married Maria Magdalena Salome Hauser, daughter of Lt. (Later Colonel) George Hauser Jr., of Bethania (Revolutionary soldier). Sandy and Salome moved to the section now known as the Old Town School community, on a hill near the home of Miss Emma Leinbach. The logs of their first house were used, later, to build a little house now unoccupied and standing several hundred yards in front of the Leinback home. Sandy was an "Ironside" Baptist, Salome a Moravian. There were 13 children. Later they moved and built a home on land, near where Beck's Baptist Church now stands. He died March 30, 1867 and was buried on his place. His tombstone is now in Pfafftown Christian Cemetery.

The children of Sandy and Salome Flynt were: John Proctor, Romalus Briton, William (elected the first sheriff of Forsyth County in 1849), George Flynt (Louisville), James Flynt (moved out west), Sandy Thomas Flynt (died in Civil War), Samuel Flynt (died in Civil War), Minerva (married Benj. Pfaff), Lucendie (married a Church), Salena (married Richard Church), Eveline (Mrs. Grabbs), Sally (married Edward Pfaff), Martha (married Edward Pfaff 2nd, a nephew).

John Proctor Flynt (son of Sandy) was born April 27, 1829 and died March 20, 1902. He married Lucy Elizabeth Petree (born June 15, 1833), died June 24, 1911; built and lived in log house which now stands across road from the store of Mrs. Bob Norman. John Flynt's barn was on the site now occupied by the Old Town School. John Flynt was wounded in the hip at the Battle of Gettysburg. After the Civil War, he united with Pfafftown Christian Church, and with him his wife Lucy, who had been a Methodist. There were 14 children: Sarah Jane (born August 2, 1851, died when baby, buried in Moravian cemetery, Bethania); John William (born January 9, 1853, died Salisbury); Sandy Thomas (born 1853); Aurelius Alex (born 1858); Napoleon Pal (born 1860, burned to death in barn, aged 12); Minerva Elizabeth (born June 2, 1862; married Ben Rank, died in High Point); Sanford Isaac (born 1865); George Henry Romalus (born 1867; married Patty Miller); Martha Rebecca (born November 4, 1869, married March 20, 1894 to T. G. Proctor, Greensboro); Robert E. (born July 15, 1871) Infant daughter (born 1873); Ida Fize (born December 13, 1874; married Sidney L. Norman; died ; Children: Grace N. Moser, Sidney Sanford, Robert M., Ruby N. Roberts); Albert Michael (born August 13, 1876, died ).

Romalus Briton, son of Sandy and Salome Flynt, was born December 25, 1839; died October 16, 1908. Married Cynthia Amanda Thomas (born 1841; died 1920). Built and lived in house on Highway 421 across from home of Mrs. Maude Shore. Fought in Battle of Gettysburg; both members of Pfafftown Christian Church of which Virgil Wilson was pastor of 1850-1902. Five Children: Sally Minerva (born 1868, died , married A. L. Transou, daughters Mrs. Myrtle T. Shouse and Georgia Transou); Sandy; Lavena Annett (born March 28, 1873, married W. H. Yarbrough, children: Paul, Ruth, Gray, Mrs. Mary Y. Shopshire, Mrs. Mildred Y. Carswell); George William Flynt (born May 31, 1875, died June 22, 1951, married Mamie Scott, 5 children: Hoke, George, Sandy Richard, Rufus Guy, James Transou); Maude Flynt (born September 16, 1879, married Irvin Shore, 2sons: Gray (born September 16, 1904, died January 8, 1932; Hoke (born October 28, 1916, died July 11, 1945).

Editor Comment: We are indeed grateful for Mr. Proctor's contribution to the search of the Flint/Flynt family's history. He provided clues that were of significant aid. Since 1957, through sharing information the descendants of the Flynts who settled in Virginia have gained a greater knowledge of their heritage, but still have not determined who was their first American progenitor – Richard or Thomas.

William Flynt of Macon, Georgia, writes: "The Flynt clan migrated from Denmark to England, when the Danes conquered and occupied what is now Scotland and this territory was part of the Danish Kingdom and not Scotland as some think. We are not Scot descent unless in later years one married into a Scottish family. Roughly, this area was between the Tweed and Solway Rivers eastward out to the sea."

From the Flynt Family History of the Adventuresome Seven, Vol II, Flint and Flint, is an account where Ralph C. W. Flynt, who has made many trips to Scotland, has traced back to John Flynt, Ayton, Burickshire, Scotland, lecturer (reader) of Church in Cambridge 1555, and Ayton 1555-85. A new church built about 1856, stands in front of the ruins of the Church of Scotland, Ayton, in which John Flynt served. John's wife is unknown. Bishop Richard Flynt is his only known child.

Bishop Richard Flynt was Bishop of Church of England in Scotland. Wife unknown. His children were Thomas Lt. (Later Captain) and Richard born in Ayton, Burickshire, Scotland.

Thomas came to America from Ayton, Scotland, arriving in Virginia 1618 on the Diana. Thomas married Mary Fisk (or Ball).

Richard Flynt, came to Lancaster County, Virginia 1622. He is listed as "Attorney" at Gloucester Courthouse in 1627.

The records are not clear if Richard of Lancaster County is the son of Thomas or Richard. His wife was Martha (?) as mentioned in his will dated April 18, 1715. Richard Flynt, born about 1680 was one of his six children born in Lancaster County.

Richard married (1) Elizabeth Reeves (2) Mary Muse (Sanford) Remy. He was a cooper and lived in Lancaster and Richmond counties, Virginia, and died in the year 1752. Richard Flynt, born 1720, was one of his five children.

Richard Flynt (1720-1792) married (1) Ann Perry (2) Ann Fountain. He lived in Richmond and Culpeper counties, Virginia, and moved to Surry County, North Carolina in 1782 (the said part of Surry County in which Richard lived was later Stokes County and in 1849 Forsyth County).

Richard (1790-1792) and Ann Flynt had ten children. Mr. Proctor did not mention Richard Flynt, born about 1750s who married Sally Martin. Richard died in 1778, Albermarle County, Virginia, and his widow Sally married his brother Thomas on February 20, 1782. They moved to Surry County, North Carolina.

William Flynt was one of the draft lists published in the Virginia DAR's A List of Classes in Culpeper County for January 1781 for Recruiting This State's Quota of Troops to Serve in the Continental Army, at page 25 (A83):

Lot # 97 - William Flint, son of Richard

Colonel William Washington (later Brigadier General) was a second cousin of George Washington. (The Yellowlegs, Wormser).

Elizabeth Ball, half-sister of Mary Ball, mother of George married the Reverend Joseph Carnegie. (George Washington; Freeman)

[NI5395] News & Echoes, Vol VI. No. 1, Page 2, July 1987


Most of us have a tendency to narrow our interests in life to just a few particulars, rather than first looking at things as a whole and then narrowing our interest to specifics. The average person travels through our wonderful world of creation of color, of sound, of people, of places, miss so much because of views so limited. This was not true of Daisy Flynt Reed. Life for her was real, earnest, and bustling with events.

She was one of those fortunate people who was born into a large family where there was lots of activity. As a child she learned to give, to take, to lead, and to be led. Such training prepared her greatly for the tasks that lay ahead, for when she became adult she was thoroughly prepared to take up her role as a wife, a mother, a church worker, and as a leader in her community. Friends, neighbors, fellow workers, and even leaders of our state knew her as a person of integrity who believed in being thorough with tasks at hand. Her training as a child, and as a young woman had prepared her for her roles in life.

Daisy was a lover of the business world. For a number of years she worked for the Burroughs Company as a bookkeeper. Because of her expertise she was used by them in helping other companies employ bookkeeping systems. She also served as a bookkeeper for her husband who was the owner of the R&J Transport Company. She listed taxes for Forsyth County in her husband's store. However, with all of her outside business activity she kept her family as her first priority. Her husband, Ray and daughter, Imogene, felt her love and support. She saw to it that their weekends were especially filled with activity, of going places, and visiting with parents and grandparents. While loving the business world immensely, she loved her family more.

Books and bookkeeping were great to her, but people were greater. Daisy was a people person who gave herself for others. Few people were more Community and Civic conscious than she. She served as President of the Union Cross PTA and the Forsyth County PTA before consolidation. She also served as Democratic Registrar in the Broadway Township, and was a long-standing member of the board of the American Lung Association, serving as president of the local chapter in 1978. Also she was a charter member of the school board at Glenn High School from 1950-54. Friends were amazed at how Daisy with all of the demands of home and of business could do so much and do it so well. One person summed it up with these words, "She was an outstanding leader who gave of herself."

While Daisy was truly a citizen of this world, she did not place it above her love for her Saviour Jesus Christ. Recently on at least three occasions she said, "I am sure of my relationship with Jesus Christ." As a member of his body, the church, and Friendland Moravian Church in particular, she served as president of the Women's Fellowship and was later elected to serve as a member of the Women's Provincial Board of the Moravian Church in America, Southern Province. Our sister was honoured by councilmen, by mayors, and governors, but no honour was greater to her than the honor of being a follower of Jesus Christ.

Daisy Flynt Reed was born in Kernersville on October 13, 1903, to Robert Lee and Carrie Carter Flynt. On July 7, 1934, she was married to Ray J. Reed who preceded her in death on October 31, 1960. To their union was born a daughter Imogene. For a number of months Daisy has been in declining health and following a recent operation she gradually weakened. On Friday, May 8, 1987 around six o'clock a.m. she was called to her eternal home. At the time she was a resident of the Danby Home.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Imogene Comer of Winston-Salem; one granddaughter, Mrs. Karen L. Hedgecock, Winston-Salem: two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Ogburn, Kernersville, and Mrs. Ruth Peters, Fayetteville; two brothers, Rex Flynt, Archdale and Cy Flynt, Greensboro, North Carolina.

[NI5409] Mattie Lee was married to Theodore B. Peacock. He was assigned to the Kansas City office of the FBI in 1957-1958. He had experience with the sheriff's office at Tampa, Florida, the Sarasota, Florida police department and from 1941 to 1961 was with the FBI. For 15 months during 1962 and 1963 he was chief of police of Rome, Georgia. When he was 58 years old he was appointed chief of police of Kansas City, Kansas.

[NI5418] Was told that Aunt Theckla was a Austrian young woman who came to Tampa to take her nurses training. She met and married Poreter Conn Flynt some time between 1908 and 1914. After Porter died (1925) she married Jacob M. Lassiter, (August 31, 1869 - December 5, 1954). They are also buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Tampa as is Porter Conn Flynt and their infant daughter, Mattie T. (1915-1916)

[NI5431] Miltie had Downes Syndrome. He never married. He lived at home with his mother, Marjorie Flynt Bradford in Melbourne, Florida.

by Meda Flynt Smith

[NI5444] Michelle and Korey were divorced after the birth of their two children, Marissa and Derek. The children remained with their father. Michelle moved to Wisconsin and attended college. Korey remarried.

[NF045] References: History of Gonzales County Texas p. 308; News and Echoes Vol I, No 4, p. 7, 8; Stokes County North Carolina Marriage Bonds Part 1, p. 93; Halbert-Holbert History Vol I, p. 19-21; Bride list North Carolina; Bruce Baker Statement.

[NF524] Marriage Book D page 43 Taliaferro County, Georgia.


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