Excerpt from THE FAMILY TREE BOOK by William Alexander Smith
William Green Flake was born in 1810 in Green County, Georgia and there married Adeline Maddux, daughter of William Maddux of Eatonton, Georgia. They moved to Russell County, Alabama.
He was a planter by occupation and a slave owner. He was a man of good judgment, cultured, and served his country in trusted positions. He was Judge of the Probate Court for many years. He was also School Commissioner and served as County Trustee. He accumulated considerable of wealth.
He very bitterly opposed secession but when the South became for the time a separate nation, he freely gave his time and his fortune to his people. He freely gave his money, purchased clothing and provisions and gave to the soldiers. He sent his slaves to the salt mines and two of his sons went to battle for the Confederate cause.
When the war ended he accepted defeat with composure and resignation and bore the cruel changes with little complaint. Tendered a lucrative position by the victors, he spurned the offer, preferring to live and suffer with his people. They were the parents of the following children:
(A) Thomas J. Flake, born 1838, died 1921, married Laura Hulsey
(B) William Warren Flake, born 1845, died in Childress, Texas, Feb. 4, 1919, married Anna Keen.
(C) Martha Louisa Flake, born Dec. 22, 1851, married John C. Farley.
(D) Eugene A. Flake, born 1848, died 1907, married Alia Hulsey.
(E) Arabelle Alabama Flake, born May 28, 1850, died Feb. 2, 1879, married J. J. Smith. He is dead.
(F) Green Flake, born 1855, married Emma Pickell.
(G) Sarah C. Flake, born 1837, married Mack Ferguson