Perry Flynt

 Early Settler

Born:March 20, 1776, Culpeper County, Virginia
Died:May 10, 1851, Huntsville, Alabama


•  "Perry Flynt (1776-1851) was born in Virginia to John and Catherine Flynt and was the grandson of Richard (1720-1792) and Ann Perry Flynt. Richard was a wagoner in Col. William Washington's Third Dragoons of Gen. Nathaniel Green's army at the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina, and the battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina. After the Revolution all of the Flynts moved to Stokes County, North Carolina where Perry grew up and married Martha 'Paddy' Halbert in 1797. Martha, born in 1781, was the daughter of John Halbert who had also served in the Revolution. The 1810 census of Stokes County shows Perry Flynt and his wife on the 26-45 age bracket with four sons under age 10, and one daughter in the 10-16 age bracket. They must have moved west shortly thereafter as we find Perry served as a teamster in the war of 1812, volunteering from Giles Co., Tennessee and being sent to Mississippi Territory under orders of Major James Tatum to Gen. Andrew Jackson's headquarters. Perry received Certificate of Purchase No. 551 dated Nov. 4, 1812, signed by President Madison, for the Northwest quarter of section four, township one, range one, East of the Meredian Line. This quarter section, consisting of 160 acres is located just inside Madison County on the old Mulberry road just South of the village of Lincoln, Tennessee." - Moore

•  Father of:
Elizabeth (1798-1856)
John Halbert (1801-1861)
Jeremiah (1803-1870)
Tarpley (1805-1881)
Josephine Annie (1810-1897)
Pend (1810-1830)
Pendleton (1811-1839)
Amos (1813-1877)
Amasa (1816-1877)
Julia (1820-1897)
Narias Morgan(1824-1865)

•  His will:
"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. His Perry Flynt Mark 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)" - Bowie

Related Links:

• - Page owned by pjacobs54 and can be viewed only with an paid subscription. (Originally found at

•  Bowie - Collection of materials for Perry Flynt including links to his will archived by blakemwylie. (Originally found at

•  Moore - Bio by Carl Moore for The Heritage of Madison County, Alabama, by The Madison County Heritage Book Committee, John P. Rankin, Chairman, pages 189-90.

•  Roots Web - Family information collected by Janet Ariciu in RootsWeb. (Originally found at

•  USGWarchives - A collection of correspondences with only some related to the Flynt family. (Originally found at