Flanary, Wm, bef 1755-aft 1811
Very little is known of William Flanary. He owned land in Washington Co, NC, but no deed for his purchase or sale of land has been found. Evidence suggests that he was well educated and rather prosperous. There is no proof of his wife or children, although circumstantial evidence suggests that his wife was Elizabeth, possibly Mauldin, and that Ruth and Jacob were two of his children. There are other Flanary's that do not fit into known families that could be children of William Flanary.
William Flanary owned property on Roan Creek, which is an arm of Watauga Lake, as proven by deeds of other property transfers between 1775 and 1792. We can suspect that he did not actually live on the site, but lived nearer Elizabethton. He was on the 1778 Washington Co tax list in the district of James Mauldin. (This is the only tax list of that time period that I have seen. There are several references in "Washington County, Tennessee Deeds 1775-1800," by Loraine Rae, as follows:
Land grant of 640 acres to Thomas Farrer on Sinking
Creek, adjacent to Flannery. (18 Nov 1775).
His name appeared on the Russell Co, Va, personal property tax lists in 1810 and 1811, but was absent in 1812, 1813 and 1814. William Flanary appeared on the Washington Co, Tenn (NC) List of Taxables, 1778, assested by James Mauldin, Josiah Hoskins & John Higgans. (Alderman, "The Overmountain Men," p. 58.) The names A__on Mauldin and James Mauldin were on the same list. James and Ambrose Mauldin went to middle Tennessee about 1780 where they build Mauldings Fort and were instrumental in the founding of Tennessee as a state. James Mauldin was elected to the committee of men that met at Nashborough on 7 Jan 1783 to form a government.
Elizabeth may have been the name of William Flanary's wife. An Elizabeth Flanary was a defendant in a jury trial in Washington Co in 1795, and no other Flanary's have been identified as being in that area at that time. The charge was not recorded, and she was found not guilty. Jury members were James Gains, William Evans, Charles McCrea, John Strain, John Waddle, William Medlock, John Cunner, Elisha Wallin, George Vincent, Touph Crouck, Robert Rutledge, and John Morris. (Washington Co, Tenn, Superior Court Minutes of Law and Equity 1793-1795, p. 83 (1795).) Isaac and Ruth (Flanary) Kite of Carter Co, TN, had a son named Maldon Kite and Jacob Flanary of Scott Co, Va, had a grandson named Maldon Jennings. The coincidence of this name is strong enough to suggest that William Flanary's wife was a Mauldin. The Mauldin's early removal to middle Tennessee seems to rule out the possiblilty of using the name of a friend who became well known. Only a family relationship seems reasonable.
Ruth Flanary was surely a daughter of William Flanary since she married at Carter Co, TN, and no other Flanary's were in that area. Ruth Flanary (1775 - 1850/60) married Isaac Kite (1760/70 - 1840/50) on 3 Aug 1797 at Carter Co, TN. They lived in Carter and Johnson Cos, TN. They were in censuses of those counties in 1830, 1840 and 1850 (1850 without Isaac.) I have not found proof of their children, those listed below were thought to be their children.
1. Jacob Kite (1798) married Elizabeth Millsaps and
moved to Blount Co, TN.
William B. Flanary (1807 - 17 Dec 1882) married Jane
Submitted by Donald W. Lane (email@example.com) on Fri Mar 14 17:24:14 1997
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