Name: Caroline Matilda WEATHERFORD
Birth: 3 NOV 1817 in Claiborne, Monroe, Alabama Terr
_RIN: 150 1
_RIN: 837 2
Death: 17 MAR 1910 in Bluff Springs, Escambia, FL
_RIN: 150 1
Burial: Byrneville Methodist Cem, Byrneville, Escambia, FL
_RIN: 163 3 4
DSCR: Considered full Creek blood, per Dawes rolls.
BIOGRAPHY: Caroline Matilda Weatherford was the oldest daughter of John "Jack" Weatherford and Martha "Patty" Dyer and was born in 1817 in Claiborne, Monroe Co, Alabama Territory. Her father and William "Chief Red Eagle" Weatherford were brothers. Caroline was raised in Monroe Co, AL and was one of 4 children. She married Esaw Killam of Virginia in 1835. They were very prolific and had 13 children.
_RIN: 150 1
_RIN: 836 5
_RIN: 148 6
Change Date: 30 DEC 2007 at 14:56:01
According to some of elder citizens of Byrneville, Caroline Matilda was living in Bluff Springs, Escambia County, Florida at the time of her death at age 93. She is buried in the Byrneville Methodist Cemetery. She is of both Creek (paternal grandmother, Weatherford) and Cherokee (maternal grandmother, Dyer) Indian blood.
She is listed in the Guion Miller Rolls, 1909, Eastern Cherokee Indian claim #18401:
18401 Killiam, Mrs Craw M AL (Caroline)
Many of her children also filed as Cherokees:
18402 Killum, John W FL (son)
31478 Killam, Moore AL (son)
31479 Killam, Clarance AL (son of Moore)
26713 Killiam, H. C. FL (son of Henry)
287714 Killiam, Walter AL (son of Henry)
43270 Kellam, Josephine IT (relation?)
34464 Kelleam, Mary G IT (relation?)
16698 Kelleam, R. T. IT (relation?)
Also a few filed as Creeks on the Dawes rolls:
Rosa Albama Killam 9225, card 3316
Edward L Killam father of 2987, card 921
CENSUS: 1830 Listed with father, John Weatherford. Monroe Co, AL
Creek Census 1832 - see Charles Weatherford 21 Autanga
CENSUS: 1840 Listed with husband. Monroe, AL
CENSUS: 1850 Listed with husband. Monroe, AL M432-11, page 26. Image 51 of 136.
CENSUS: 1860 Listed with husband. Burnt Corn, Monroe, AL. M653-18, page 870, Image 104 of 178
CENSUS: 1870 Listed with husband. Dennards Bluff P.O., Monroe, AL M593-32, page 435 (image 39 of 57)
CENSUS: Campbell's Abstract of Creek Indian Rolls
http://www.chiefmcintosh.com/campbells/campbell_census/creek_index.djvu image 197
Census card #3316, enrolled Apr 16, 1902, Checotah P.O.
9225 - Norman, Rosa Alabama, age 54, 1/4 blood
Father - Esaw Kelleam, dead, non citizen
Mother - Caroline Norman, dead, Creek ****
(from RJ Boyce Jr Family File, rootsweb.com. The letter is also part of her claim 18401 with the Eastern Cherokees, in the National Archives, film M1104, roll 165, page 8)
Caroline's descendants lived around Flomaton and Century, FL.
Caroline had written a letter on July 5, 1909. She had stated in her letter that her grandfather was Charles Weatherford who was a Scotchman who came to Georgia and who made his home close to the Cherokee Nation and raised race horses. Caroline also had stated in the letter that Charles son was William who was Chief and he named another son John, which she said was her father. She stated that her mother's father was "Dyer" and that he was an Englishman. And that he had also taken an Indian Bride and had a daughter named Martha. Here is a "typed" version of Mrs. Caroline W. Killiam's letter to Mr. Guion Miller while she was in Bluff Springs, Florida. As stated above, the letter is dated the 5 July 1909. And was submitted to the Archives by Mrs. Rob Weatherford of Monroeville, Alabama. It is in Caroline's own words.
Bluff Springs, Florida, July 5, 1909
Mr. Guion Miller
I will rite (sic) you all that I have heard of my Indian blood that was told me by my Mother. Charles Weatherford came to Gorgia (sic). He was a Scotchman with raise horses. When he made his home in Georgia he stoped (sic) close to the Cherokees nation. There about he got a wife raised a family. His son William joined Indians in the war to fight becaused (sic) his Mother spoked the Indian tongue. On my Mothers side her Father was Englishman his name was Dyer. His wife said to be of the Indian tribe.
My Mother married John Weatherford, the children all come to Alabma (sic) Monroe County. I was borned raised in Monroe County. I am the niece of William Weatherford the Indian Chief. My Mothers family ware (sic) all killed in Fort Mims but two. Mother was quite small. She was in Mobile with her married sister. Those two was all of the Family that was saved. I am John Weatherford Daughter. Will be 93 years old the 3rd of November.
I ware (sic) living in Monroe County in 1835 and 1851. As for we to get any one to prove any thing about my ansesters (sic). They are dead. Those that knew me are all gone, moved off. I am alone. All of my relatives are dead but my children. As for my claim what I have heard I claim both Creeks and Cherrakees (sic). This was told to me by my mother.
I cannot get the Indian name of my ansesters (sic) they all have been dead. When I was quite small my Father died. I was small. His name was John Weatherford a brother of William Weatherford. This all that I can do about my claim. My childrens claim you have all of my childrens names up there. My relative never was held as slaves. I never lived in Florida until recently.
I claim my Cherokees on the Weatherford side because he stoped (sic) close to the Cherokee Nation. He got his wife. Dyer lived in Alabama Monroe County whare (sic) the Creeks Indians ware (sic) all of this was told me by my Mother. This is all I know about the claims. My Parents was never enroled (sic) or any money as I ever heard of or any thing else
(page 6 is missing)
... with him on. It will be kindly received and I am widow have been for long time. There is not man in town that know any thing about my People as I know of. I am a niece of William Weatherford the Indian Chief. My Father was William Weatherford's brother John. My Mother was Martha Dyer. My grand parents Weatherford was a Schotsman (sic) married an Indian. Dyer was an Englishman married an Indian.
With much respect
C.W.Killiam (Caroline Weatherford Killiam)
BRYNEVILLE CEMETERY- BRYNVILLE, outside CENTURY, FL
US 29 north to CR4. Left on CR4 until it intersects with CR4A. Turn left on CR4A for about 1.5 miles. Church and cemetery are on the right side of road. United Methodist, 1150 Brynville Rd 904-256-0232. Contact Philip Kelly (850)256-4282. This cemetery appears in Volume One, Cemeteries of Escambia County, Fla. published by the West Florida Genealogical Society
SURNAME GIVEN NAME BIRTH DEATH ROW GRAVE (Known in my tree)
Killam Caroline M. 3 Nov 1817 17 Mar 1910 3 169 **
Killam J.W. 3 Jun 1857 30 Sep 1932 3 168 **
Killam Minerva 15 Dec 1868 2 Feb 1959 3 167 **
Killam Cammie Richard 24 Oct 1892 18 Apr 1980 5 386
Killam John Wm. 11 Dec 1892 26 Dec 1946 4 347
Killam Lillie Gaynell 1 Oct 1925 5 388
Killam Sam G. 15 Oct 1894 21 Sep 1941 4 348
Killam Daisy L. 11 Nov 1903 5 Jun 1966 5 387
Killam Etta J. 27 Jul 1903 29 Jul 1922 3 198
Killam Arthur Carl 30 Apr 1920 19 Apr 1924 3 197
Killam Maggie 1895 1987
GUILON MILLER ROLL:
page 166, no. 18401 Killiam, Mrs Craw M Ala.
Eastern Cherokee Application, filed 1907
Film M1104, Roll 165, page 8 (have copy from Natl Archives)
This document includes parents, and sibling names but not much in the way of dates.
She was denied Cherokee status, but referred to as a Creek case.
CLAIM: Eastern Cherokee Application, filed 1909
Has a copy of the letter quoted above written at Bluff Springs, Florida, July 5, 1909
Father: John David WEATHERFORD b: 1783 in , Montgomery, Creek Nation
Mother: Martha DYER b: 1792 in Creek Nation
Esaw Henry KILLAM b: 11 MAY 1811 in , Accomack, VA
18 JUL 1833
in , Monroe, AL 1 7 6
- Martha L. KILLAM b: 3 JUL 1834 in , Monroe, AL
- Edward Livingston KELLAM b: 25 SEP 1836 in Hickory Ground, Monroe, AL
- Caroline Norville KILLAM b: 25 MAR 1838 in , Monroe, AL
- Sarah R. KILLAM b: 2 MAR 1842 in , Monroe, AL
- Henry Easor KILLAM b: 10 JUL 1844 in , Monroe, AL
- Rosa Alabama KILLAM b: 11 NOV 1846 in , Monroe, AL
- William Worth KILLAM b: 25 OCT 1849 in , Monroe, AL
- Clemitine Tate KILLAM b: 28 JUN 1852 in , Monroe, AL
- Adel Oliva KILLAM b: 27 DEC 1854 in , Monroe, AL
- John Weatherford KILLAM b: 3 JUN 1857 in , Monroe, AL
- Moore Easor KILLAM b: 9 AUG 1860 in Mt Pleasent, AL
- Title: World Family Tree Vol. 1, Tree 2888 - Killam, Barrow, Kellam of AL, FL 1733-1995
Publication: Release date: November 29, 1995
Abbrev: World Family Tree Vol. 1, Tree 2888 - Killam, Barrow, Kellam of AL, FL 1733-1995
Has key link from Killam to Weatherford line.
Page: Tree #2888
Text: Date of Import: Aug 6, 1997
Name: Jared Jones Personal Library
Title: Weatherford, William - His Country and His People
Author: Lynn Hastie
Publication: 1991, reprinted in 2001
Abbrev: Weatherford, William - His Country and His People
Note: Caroline Weatherford Killam line
- Title: Among the Creeks
Author: Carol Middleton 1998, 1999, 2000 ©.
Abbrev: Among the Creeks
A STUDY of THE PEOPLES of the CREEK TRIBES of SOUTHEASTERN AMERICA & of THOSE WHO LIVED AMONGST THEM
- Title: Bryneville Cemetery, Flordia
Author: Volume One, Cemeteries of Escambia County, Fla.
Abbrev: Volume One, Cemeteries of Escambia County, Fla.
Publication: West Florida Genealogical Society
Abbrev: Bryneville Cemetery, Flordia
See notes under Caroline Weatherford for list of other Killam grave markers.
Note: Killam Caroline M. 3 Nov 1817 17 Mar 1910 Row3, Grave 169
- Title: Abstract of Creek Indians - 1915
Abbrev: Campbell's Abstract of Creek Indians - 1915
Note: Norman, Rosa - image 197. Lists parents Esaw and Caroline.
- Title: GEDCOM File: Joy Wilcox, Killiam tree
Abbrev: GEDCOM File: Joy Wilcox, Killiam tree
Date: 26 FEB 0005
Name: Jared Jones Personal Library
Title: Selected US/International Marriages, 1560-1900 CD 403
Abbrev: Selected US/International Marriages, 1560-1900 CD 403
Note: Weatherford, Caroline, b 1817 - Esaw Killiam, m 1833, b 1809