Was Your Grandmother a Native American?

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  • ID: I08996
  • Name: Charles Hicks
  • Sex: M
  • Note:
    In 1796 U.S. Agent Col. Benjamin Hawkins hired two Cherokee women as
    interpreters. One was Mrs. Thomas Waters (nee Sarah Hughes), who was
    a 1/2 sister of the mother of Chief James Vann. The other interpreter
    was Sally Hughes, who may have been a niece of Mrs. Waters. In the
    1835 Cherokee Census, Sally Hughes (listed as a fullblood) resided
    alone on the Etowah or Hightower River (p.53), where she owned an
    important ferry. Nearby on the Oostenaula River were the homes of
    Ave Vann and his father-in-law Dick Scott (p. 51).

    There are several claims cases involving Sally Hughes among records
    of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75) in the National
    Archives. In them, Sally Hughes stated that she was the mother of
    George Hughes, Peggy and Betsy Feather (who both married men named
    Rowe), and James Clausee Vann (who had a son named Ave Vann)and Ave
    Vann. Thus, she once had husbands named Hughes, George Garvin aka Big
    Feather (her last husband), and someone named Vann. Note that Chief
    James Vann had uncles and aunts named Hughes, Rowe, and Vann.

    Ave Vann married Betsy Scott, daughter of Dick Scott. It is likely
    that Dick was Richard Scott, 1/2 brother of Peggy Scott (last wife of
    Chief James Vann. Peggy and her sisters Polly, Betsey (both at one
    time also wives of James Vann), and Sally Scott (one of my ancestors)
    were children of Walter Scott (British Agent to the Cherokee at the
    end of the Revolutionary War; he died in 1793 in the Pendleton
    District, SC) and Sarah Hicks (sister of Chief Charles Renatus
    Hicks). Richard thus was a son of Walter Scott and another Cherokee
    woman (possibly named Gosaduisga [see Starr, p. 419]).There are
    details about some of these folks in the recently-published MORAVIAN
    SPRING PLACE JOURNALS, translated from German and edited by Rowena
    McClinton (Univ. of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 2007, 2 vols, $100).

    Marriage 1 Nancy Broom
      1. Has Children Elizabeth Hicks
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