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Theodore Robert FLACK & Fannie Mae THOMAS Flack

ca 1906


My great, great, great, great grandfather, *James FLACK married *Mary _. They had children to include James E. FLACK.

My great, great, great grandfather, *James E. FLACK, was born 04/27/1794 in North Carolina and died 11/09/1849 in Greenville, South Carolina. He married *Mary Howertain "POLLY" WATSON on 03/13/1822 in PersonCo, North Carolina. Polly, the daughter of *Jesse and *Mary Watson, was born 02/14/1800 in OrangeCo, North Carolina and died in 1875 in MarshallCo, AL. They had children to include Francis Caroline, Mary Ann, John G., Elizabeth Johnson, Matilda Clark, Susan Katherine, and *William McCune FLACK.

My great, great grandfather, *William McCune FLACK, was born 08/14/1838 in SpartanburgCo, S.C. and died 10/04/1907 in MorganCo, Alabama. On 07/04/1860 in MorganCO, AL, he married *Susan Elener MCCLURE, the daughter of *James Samuel and *Flora LEMONS McCLURE, and was born 10/01/1841 in MorganCo, AL and died 03/16/1928. Both are buried in Old New Canaan Cemetery in MorganCo, AL. They had seven children to include Willie Ann, James Young "JIM", HAZEL Gilford, Leander GUS, *Theodore Robert, Walter and Lora EULA FLACK.

My great grandfather, *Theodore Robert "MR. THEE" FLACK was born 10/27/1874, MorganCo, AL, and died 09/27/1962. He married on 04/08/1906, MorganCo, AL, to *FANNIE Mae THOMAS (born 05/21/1889, MorganCo, AL and died 10/05/1966). They are both buried at West Point Cemetery, West Point (Somerville), MorganCo, Alabama. They resided in Morgan Co., AL. Grandpa Flack was a school teacher, music teacher, land owner (1000s of acres) and farmer. They both performed very hard farm tasks which ended up causing them both to have crippling arthritis, which in turn caused them to be bedridden for many years (approximately 25 years). They were lovingly cared for by their only child until their deaths). That only child, is *Dorothy DIMPLE FLACK.

My grandmother, *Dorothy DIMPLE FLACK married *LESTER Bert OWEN (S/O Richard EMMET OWEN & NORAH GOODSON ). They had children to include BOBBY Delano, *LONNIE Verne and Patsy Gayle OWEN.

My father, *LONNIE Verne OWEN was born 01/26/1938 in Morgan county, Alabama and died 11/13/1972 in Arab, Marshall county, Alabama from injuries sustained in an auto accident. On April 24th, 1956 in Corinth (Iuka), Tishomingo county, Mississippi, he married Glenda SUE GRANTLAND (D/O George Odis "ODE" GRANTLAND & Valerie CLAUDINE LYLE . There were two children from this union: *PHYLLIS and VONNIE Valeria OWEN. He married second to Lorene Victoria "LODI" CRYER. They had three children to include Timothy Wayne "TIM", TRACEY Joe and TABITHA Gail OWEN.

This comcludes this direct bloodline to me.


1i) *James FLACK
m: Mary __



FLACK-WATSON-COMPTON RELIGIOUS HERITAGE By David Cofield Since their arrival in Morgan County in the 1850s the predominant religion of the Compton, Watson, and Flack families has been the Church of Christ. Genealogical research indicates that the family connection with the Restoration movement began before the migration to North Alabama and may have begun soon after the movement itself began. A family letter preserved for six generations has some vital information about the religion of our forebears. In 1836 James E. Flack of Cross Anchor in Spartanburgh District, South Carolina received a letter from his brother in law Pleasant A. Clarke of Mount Crawford, Rockingham County, Virginia. Pleasant's letter gave James news of his family and friends in the Rockingham and Augusta County, Virginia area. (James E. was born in Augusta County in 1794, the son of James and Mary Flack. He apparently left the region as a boy in 1808 after he was apprenticed to William Fulton, a wheelwright and wagon maker. James E. next appeared in Person County, North Carolina, where he paid taxes on a small amount of land and married Mary Howertain Watson in 1822). After Pleasant had taken care of the family news he spent some time describing the Waynesborough, Virginia area, apparently in an attempt to convince James to move back to Virginia. Then, in his final paragraphs, Pleasant turned to a deeper subject. "You say you believe in undefiled religion (excuse me) have you that? If so, you are to be congratulated . . . " wrote Pleasant. While this is not definitive evidence that James E. was involved in the Restoration movement, it is significant in that Pleasant went on to comment that such religion relied not on laws but on faith alone. After more religious discussion Pleasant ended his letter with regards to "Mary and her mother … whom I love because I hear that they are striving to follow the Lord." Mary must be James' wife Mary "Polly" Howertain Watson Flack, born in 1800 in Person County, North Carolina. Her mother was Mary, widow of Jesse Watson, who died in Person County in 1816. The 1830 census for Spartanburgh County, South Carolina lists the James E. Flack household. Included among the female members was an older woman, apparently this older Mary Watson. Thus James E Flack's household included his wife and mother-in-law, both of whom were obviously religious minded and probably also believers in "undefiled religion." James E. Flack died in 1849. By that time his family was growing up. One daughter, Mary Ann Flack, had already married her first cousin Moses Cerney Watson, son of Mary Howertain's brother Jesse. In 1850 another daughter, Elizabeth Johnson Flack married another first cousin and Watson descendant, Monroe Compton, the son of Norris and Elizabeth Watson Compton. Norris Compton had been a neighbor of the Watsons and of James E. Flack in Person County, North Carolina and moved with them to South Carolina in the late 1820s. His last two wives were sisters, Susannah and Elizabeth Watson. Norris was a member of the Lynch's Creek Primitive Baptist Church when he lived in Person County, and there is no evidence that he ever joined the Church of Christ there or in his later home in South Carolina. However, his children by his last two wives, including Monroe, were certainly exposed to the 'undefiled religion' of their Flack cousins and Watson grandmother. Monroe, who had been a Baptist in his youth, appears to have converted to the Church of Christ at about the same time he married. Family legend tells of a quarrel, which caused a split among the formerly close knit Comptons, Watsons, and Flacks. The nature and cause of the quarrel are unknown to us today, but it is probable that there was a dispute over religious matters. One theory states that Monroe's conversion to the Church of Christ angered Norris and caused a bitter argument. Whatever the reason for the quarrel, it caused the widowed Mary Howertain (or Polly) Watson Flack to decide to leave the Greenville-Spartanburgh area. In 1852 Polly Flack, her unmarried children John G., Frances Caroline, Matilda Clark, Susan Katharine, and William McCune, and her daughters and sons-in-law Mary Ann and Moses Watson and Elizabeth and Monroe Compton left South Carolina and traveled by wagon train across Georgia into Alabama. They settled in Marshall County, then after a year Monroe and Moses and their families moved into nearby Morgan County, where they settled on Brindley Mountain in the eastern section of the county. Polly remained in Marshall County until her death in 1875, but visits back and forth were common. Polly's younger children married into families in the Marshall-Morgan area, and many of their descendants remained close to and sometimes intermarried with their Compton and Watson cousins. Monroe and Elizabeth Compton raised their children in the Church of Christ, and as their family grew up and married the influence of the Restoration movement spread with them. Two of the children, Eleanor Ann (1867-1940) and Draton Lavert (1869-1920) married another brother and sister, William Marshall (1866-1914) and Mary Elizabeth (1873-1948) Bailey. Children of Wiley Harrison and Martha Jane McElroy Bailey, Will and Mary are listed on the roster of the Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Morgan County beginning in the 1880s. However, during the 1890s both Baileys, as well as their parents, were dismissed from Mount Tabor for having joined another church. By the end of the first decade of the twentieth century, both Will and Ann were firmly identified with the Church of Christ. In 1908 Draton Compton received a letter from a distant cousin, John R. Compton of Missouri. In this letter, apparently part of a long and steady correspondence, John referred to Draton and Mary as being "Christians and nothing more." Himself a member of the Church of Christ, John Compton spent much of his letter discussing various church publications, including The Gospel Advocate, and other religious matters. All of the children of Will and Ann Bailey and Draton and Mary Compton, as well as many other grandchildren of Monroe and Elizabeth Compton, were raised in the Church of Christ. Today, over 150 years since James E. Flack believed in "undefiled religion" many of his descendants in the third, fourth, fifth, and succeeding generations continue to support the Church of Christ and the Restoration movement