Monday, July 11, 2011


First family we have many family historians to thank for our knowledge.
Aunt Helen Reed has been looking for Native American Heritage for 50 Years.

With Squirrell King we can trace our lineage to the Chickasaw.
I will continue our lineage and publish our Chocotah and Cherokee.

But in this research --- we have direct lineage to Powhatan Royalty.

Rebecca Powhatan (1594 - 1617)
is our 11th great grand aunt

Emperor Wahunsonacock Big Chief Powhatan (1545 - 1618)
is the Father of Matoaka
Rebecca Rolphe; the Native American Heroine was named at birth Matoaka
She was nicknamed POCAHONTAS which meant micsheivious little one.

Powhatan women were unusually beautiful.

The is the banner of the Powhatans

Matachanna again renamed by John Smith
Shawano Powhatan (1602 - 1680) was the much younger (17 years) sister of Matoaka Pocahontas Rebecca Powhatan (1594 - 1617) and
Daughter of Emperor Wahunsonacock Big Chief

OUR 11th great grandmother.

Cleopatra was nicknamed because she does become a Queen and her dark enchanting looks and rich clothing reminded the settlers of Queen Cleopatra.

There is positive and indisputable proof (Strong Words for Genealogy) that Pocahontas (Matoaka) had a sister named Cleopatra (Matachanna). This proof is located in the old library of the Maryland Historical Society,
Being Beautiful and very Capable Women did not lead to a happy life for these women. Whereas historians and Disney would like to romantize their lives. The facts of the their lives were something quite different. I will outline their lives in a coming blog. POWHATAN ROYAL PRINCESSES

well to continue with our heritage.

Chief Hokolesqua Opecham Stream Cornstalk (1628 - 1695)
Son of Cleopatra Shawano
Chief Big Turkey Cornstalk (1660 - 1694)
Son of Chief Hokolesqua Opecham Stream
April Tikami (Mary Odum) Hop (1690 - 1720)
Daughter of Chief Big Turkey
Mary Barnes (1720 - 1748)
Daughter of April Tikami (Mary Odum)
Edward Ned Vann (1740 - 1833)
Son of Mary
Joseph Vann (1770 - 1854)
Son of Edward Ned
Anna Sophia Vann (1803 - 1865)
Daughter of Joseph
Isham B Bunyard (1825 - 1890)
Son of Anna Sophia
Laura Helen Bunyard (1867 - 1908)
Daughter of Isham B
Lula Catherine Dearman (1885 - 1935) My Great Grandmother married John Cook

Daughter of Laura Helen
Alta Vay Cook (1906 - 1984)
Daughter of Lula Catherine
Ida Belle Reed (1925 - 2000)
Daughter of Alta Vay
Ruth Elizabeth Hayley
I am the daughter of Ida Belle

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lula Catherine Dearman

Lula Catherine Dearman

Birth 23 Jul 1885 in Winefield, Fayette, Alabama, United States
Death 29 Dec 1935 in Okemah, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, United States

1900 United States Federal Census
Township 3, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory

Marriage 20 Apr 1903 (Age: 17)
to John Wesley Cook

1910 (Age: 25)
Moore, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma

1920 (Age: 35)
Morse, Okfuskee, Oklahoma

29 Dec 1935 (Age: 50)
Okemah, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, United States

We knew my mother's mother's mother was Native American but until this year we had searched and searched:

Aunt Helen searched for more than 50 years!!!!

Besides the fact that those knew her stated she spoke Chickasaw to her relatives.
She carried the unmistakable features of the Chickasaw physical characteristics.
And if stories are true also the temperamental characteristics of the Chickasaws.
Grandmother Lula did not like my Grandfather Harry Chapin Reed. Harry Chapin Reed was the husband of Alta Vay Cook. More stories about that another time. (teaser)

Lula Catherine Dearman (1885 - 1935)
is my great grandmother

The lineage is through all female lines:
so I may not be able to prove all lineage but I can prove this one!!!!

Alta Vay Cook (1906 - 1984)
Daughter of Lula Catherine
Ida Belle Reed (1925 - 2000)
Daughter of Alta Vay
Ruth Elizabeth Hayley

Knowing that Lula was born previous to the
1900 United States Federal Census in
Township 3, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory to James Thomas Dearman and Laura Helen Bunyard we went hunting for Bunyard and/or Dearman connections to the Chickasaw nation. The clues came from a pedigree chart hand typed in the 1930's. a copy of a Louisiana Marriage Bond and oral stories.

More research will reveal more connections to other Native American Tribes. And yes all of them were this complicated!!!
50 years research and I will tell you where the path went sour. After exhausting years and years on the Dearman lineage which we probably will still find Native Indian heritage, it was highly suspected the Chicksaw lineage came from the Bunyard lineage.

Because Laura and her children are listed (but not JT Dearman, on this particular page) he is on another page. Another blog.......

U.S. Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
about Laura Dearmon
Name: Laura Dearmon
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1880
Age at Census Enrollment: 22
Enrollment Date: 25 Sep 1902
Tribal Affiliation: Chickasaw By Blood
Census Card #: 349

The Bunyard lineage looked like this:

James Bunyard (1650 - 1678)
is my 9th great grandfather

and very ENGLISH orgin

James Bunyard

OUR 9th great grandfather
Birth 1650 in Old, London, , England
Death 1678 in St Olave Old Jewry, London, , England
still looking for Chickasaw Lineage --------

James Bunyard (1678 - 1722)
Son of James

James Bunyard (1717 - 1800)
Son of James

James Beal Bunyard (1744 - 1817)
Son of James

James Beal Jr. Bunyard (1781 - 1870)
Son of James Beal
married Lucy Jones born in England 1770

William "Pitman" Bunyard (1808 - 1842)
Son of James Beal Jr.
married Anna Sophie Vann's father is Joseph Vann****** traced to
John Vane
Birth 1282 in Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales


Joseph Vann****** married a very English sounding named woman named Mary "Polly" King.
With a name like Mary King and having many records to try to trace her to the English KING's a very prominent name in colonized America --- she was overlooked for years!!!!

But alas the Chickasaw connection is found: Mary is the daughter of Thawakilla (mother) and
Squirrel The Chief of Chickasaw Indians. The Chickasaw's were Mississippi's second largest Indian group after the Choctaws. Before the United States government forced their removal in the 1830s,the Chickasaw resided in north Mississippi with their villages centered between the headwaters of the Yazoo and Tombigbee rivers around present-day Tupelo.

In 1727, the government of South Carolina invited the Chickasaw Nation to move from Mississippi to South Carolina. A small band of about 100 under the leadership of Chief Squirrel settled at Horse Creek about a mile upriver from the Fort Moore on the Savannah River between Georgia and South Carolina. They remained in the area until the Revolutionary War.

Mary's brother was Succabee Mingo Stoby

KING was a title given to Squirrel by the Carolinas such that his name would fit in their name structures.

Mary married Edward Ned Vann 1740 ****** son of Edward Ned Van 1720 and Mary Barnes


Sources: Descendants of William Vane
Note: In an old letter dated 11/01/1818; An old man named Ned Vann visited Spring Place. He was a "Blood Brother" of the father of James Vann and the mother of Joseph Crutchfield." After the death of his first wife, Edward Vann moved to the Ninety-Six District of South Carolina.

Per: Dick R Rogers e-mail January 15, 2003: VANN FAMILY DOCUMENTATION

Edgefield County South Carolina Deed Books
Deed Book 12, Pp 527-528, 10 June 1793. Edward Vann Sr. and Mary his wife to William Courey for 500 pounds- sold 1000 acres. Sworn by oath 27 June 1793.

Deed Book 17, p141, Mary Vann to Robert Mosely renunciation of dower 1 July 1799 signed by Mary Vann recorded 1 July 1799.

Deed Book 26, p375, Benjamin Jernigan to Edward Vann, land, 25 May 1805 witness James Vann, signed Benjamin (x) Jernigan, proven 25 May 1805, recorded17 january 1806.

Deed Book 28, p 530, Edward Vann to Morgan Murrah 3 Nov 1807, (originally to Swearingen 4 Sept 1797, Swearingen to Benjamin Jernigan 5 June 1802, Benjamin Jernigan to Edward Vann 25 May 1805).

Edgefield County South Carolina marriages 1769-1880 implied in probate records Martin Cloud to Edith Vann daughter of Edward Vann Box 35 Pack 1281 Frames 001,004. Lived 1793.

William Vann's will- dated 16 April 1735 lists wife Sarah, son Edward Vann, grandson William Vann son of Edward Vann, daughter Sarah Hughs, daughter Ann Vann, daughter Elizabeth Vann. 5 years before his death.

Father: Edward Vann b: ABT 1690 in North Carolina
Mother: Mary Lewis b: ABT 1718 in Chowan County, North Carolina

Marriage 1 Mary King b: 1743 in New Windsor Chickasaw Settlements-South Carolina
Married: in Edgefield District, South Carolina

Isham B Bunyard (1825 - 1890) married Catherine Mc Caskills traced to Scotland Laura Helen Bunyard (1867 - 1908)

Daughter of Isham B
Lula Catherine Dearman (1885 - 1935)
Daughter of Laura Helen
Alta Vay Cook (1906 - 1984)
Daughter of Lula Catherine
Ida Belle Reed (1925 - 2000)
Daughter of Alta Vay
Ruth Elizabeth Hayley
I am the daughter of Ida Belle

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Squirrel King letter to Headmen of Keowee

Squirrel King letter to Headmen of Keowee
South Carolina Indian Affairs Documents-Page 252
Squirrel King to the head men of Keowee
To the Head men and Warriors of Keowee, the Answer to the Squirrel King for himself and his Warriors.
That the Squirrel King received your Letter sent by Mr. Frances, and cannot well think the Cherokees are desirous of being in Friendship with the Chickasaws while they entertain and encourage the Savannahs to live among them in order to come and war against the Chickasaw, nay, and the very Cherokee's came with them. If the Cherokees are so very desirous of maintaining a good Understanding worth the Chickasaws, the only speedy way of showing it is by driving away or killing the few Savannah's who live among them. But particularly the Fellow who killed a Chickasaw named Chinaby near Mr. Patrick's Brown House.
This the Chickasaw insist upon as also that the Cherokee send back the two Women to my House, and let some of their People come with them and they shall not be hurt. But the head Men will talk with them and hear what they have to say. Upon the Cherokee speedy performing these Things there will always remain a firm Peace between them, and then the Chickasaws will send a Runner to the Okfuskies.
But if the Cherokees do not soon bring the two Women back as above and kill the Savannah Fellow above mentioned, or drive them all away from their Nation (because while the Cherokees suffer them to live there they will be always stealing the Path in order to kill the Chickasaws, which will always occasion a Misunderstanding), the Chickasaws say they will not leave off, because they cannot think them their real Friends till they comply with these just demands.
I am in the Meantime your Friend and well Wisher...
Squirrel King
Signed by James Fraser (who dilevered the message to the Keowee Cherokee's

Friday, July 1, 2011

Chief Squirrel's land grant of Horse Creek reservation

Horse Creek reservation, the 1739 land grant of 21,774 acres

A Land Grant of Horse Creek reservation, from the English 1739 of 21,774 acres was brought to the Carolinas in 1765.

By the 1750s, the reign of Squirrel King (then in his 50s or 60s) apparently was drawing to a close. Other leaders, such as Mingo Stoby (also known as Succatabee) and a medicine man known by the British as the “Old Doctor” replace Squirrel King’s prominence in the colonial journals. Since Squirrel King’s name doesn’t appear after 1757, he may have died about that time, but there is no death notice.

His successor, Succatabee, told Carolina officials in 1765 that if they doubted the elders recall of the boundaries of their Horse Creek reservation, he asked for a resurvey of the 1739 land grant of 21,774 acres. References to this land grant and the plat exist in the colonial records, but the Carolina officials in 1765 stated the original plat had been missing for many years.

But by 1765, identification of boundaries wasn’t the issue. Boundaries were irrelevant to white settlers because British officials looked the other way.

Squirrel King defended the Carolinas and Florida against French and Spanish allied Natives.

Squirrel King's Leadership

If Squirrel King was valuable to the homeland, he and English officials also held each other in high esteem. Once, when relations between his warriors and the English had grown tense, he told his men that the English were their “best friends,” and warned them that further quarreling would result in his abandoning them “to be made French slaves.” He and his warriors defended Carolina against French and Spanishallied Indians. In campaigns against Spanish Florida, Squirrel King’s warriors were described by an English officer as the finest “pickt Men.”

All this being so, their warfare with the Catawbas, who also were English allies, demonstrated that their need to defend and avenge themselves took priority over the tribe’s alliance with the English. This warfare with the Catawbas angered Carolina Governor James Glen, who initially admired them and then called them a “pack of renegadoes.” Perhaps as punishment, he relaxed enforcement of the rigid restrictions on whites settling on Chickasaw land.

On the other hand, Edmond Atkin, the Indian superintendent for Britain’s southern colonies, believed that Squirrel King had “more personal Weight and Authority than any other [chief], his talks being listened to attentively by other Nations as well as his own.” The Carolina Commons House in 1748 presented the chief a “personal cutlass, pistol and munitions” for his service to the colony.

As early as the 1730s, some of the Chickasaws moved across the Savannah River into Georgia to new settlements, and some of them assisted with the construction of Fort Augusta in 1737. (The fort’s site today is within a stone’s throw of the Savannah River adjacent to downtown Augusta, Ga.) Perhaps clan differences led to the separation, but English official Daniel Pepper wrote that increasing white encroachment and horse and livestock thievery later led the Chickasaws to exchange part of their Horse Creek land with trader Lachlan McGillivray for land about 12 miles downriver from Augusta in an area that became known as New Savannah.

By the 1750s, the reign of Squirrel King (then in his 50s or 60s) apparently was drawing to a close. Other leaders, such as Mingo Stoby (also known as Succatabee) and a medicine man known by the British as the “Old Doctor” replace Squirrel King’s prominence in the colonial journals. Since Squirrel King’s name doesn’t appear after 1757, he may have died about that time, but there is no death notice.

His successor, Succatabee, told Carolina officials in 1765 that not even the elders could recall the boundaries of their Horse Creek reservation, and he asked for a resurvey of the 1739 land grant of 21,774 acres. References to this land grant and the plat exist in the colonial records, but the original plat has been missing for many years.

But by 1765, identification of boundaries wasn’t the issue. Boundaries were irrelevant to white settlers because British officials looked the other way.

1722-23, Squirrel King a renowned warrior known by both the French and the English

Savannah River Chickasaws split to move east

At roughly the same time, 1722-23, two important and possibly inter-related events in Chickasaw history were recorded-- one by the French and one by the English.

First, a letter by Louisiana Governor Bienville noted that Choctaws had destroyed three Chickasaw villages and in the process “brought in about four hundred scalps and taken one hundred prisoners.” Second, the English colony of Carolina in 1722 invited the entire Chickasaw Nation to relocate to an area that is today in the state of Georgia, midway between Augusta and Atlanta.

While the Nation as a whole declined the invitation, some 80 to 100 Chickasaws under the leadership of a chief called Squirrel King apparently did relocate. Although colonial documents don’t reveal exactly when this came to pass, English botanist Mark Catesby in 1723 arrived at Fort Moore (across the Savannah River from what would become Augusta, GA.) and mentioned he had contact with the Chickasaws.

Furthermore, a group of Chickasaws in September 1723 met with Carolina Governor Francis Nicholson and exchanged presents. It is also likely that Squirrel King gave Nicholson a deerskin map, perhaps painted by himself, to show the homeland tribe’s precarious position almost encircled by the enemy French allied tribes, including the Choctaw, Illinois, Miamis, Quapaws and Kickapoos.

Circumstantial evidence suggests that the Squirrel King-led group may have been from one of those villages noted by Bienville. Furthermore, artifact evidence from much of the two settlement areas closest to the Choctaws also suggests that some villages were abandoned in the early 1720s.

Period maps indicate that many of the villages, using the same names, relocated to other Chickasaw homeland settlement areas. For example, Hykehah and Phalacheho, which were located in1720 on a 10-milelong ridge, according to English trader James Adair, were shown on a 1737 French map to be part of a consolidation of several villages in another location that we know today is a few miles to the northeast.

On the other hand, another of Adair’s 1720 villages, Yaneka, located along a six-mile-long ridge, is absent from post-1720 maps and documents. There is no colonial document saying or even hinting that Squirrel King led his people from Yaneka 600 miles to the Savannah River area near Carolina’s Fort Moore. Yet it seems unlikely that these two events happened coincidentally.

Moreover, Squirrel King was said by Nicholson to be a renowned warrior with reputedly many kills to his credit. This could help explain two things. First, since factions of the Chickasaws and Choctaws had been raiding one another for years, it would behoove both tribes to place their best warriors in their barrier villages, and Yaneka was the closest to the Choctaw villages. Second, the followers of such an aggressive warrior could be expected to continue fighting for or along the tribe’s long-time ally, Carolina. And by moving 600 miles closer to Charles Town, the tribe would have much better access to arms, food (if need be) and clothing.

Squirrel King - Leader of the Savannah River Chickasaws

Squirrel King - Leader of the Savannah River Chickasaws

By 1750 Squirrel King was a broken man,he had lost his Son at the Affair at the Occonies. Squirrel King no longer took directions from the "white man" to fight with other Native Indians

In fact as recorded in The Colonial Records of SC-
Documents of Indian Affairs-1750-1754
George Cadogan to Governor Glen-Page 12

one of the Officers of Augusta desired the Squirrel King to tie the 3 Cherokees and deliver them to him, in the room where the white man was killed. On which Squirrel King said no, for that they were his friends, the he had forgiven them what was done, allowing it to be a Mistake, The Squirrel King further said
if The Officer wanted to have them tied, he had People enough without his Assistance
The Colonial Records of SC-
Documents of Indian Affairs-1750-1754
George Cadogan to Governor Glen-Page 12
With regard to my preventing the Indians here form going where and when thy please to War or otherwise, I don't conceive a Possibility of it. Presents and Entertainments are the only Means of bringing them to the FT, (Ft. Moore) and your Excellency well knows that I have not Fund for such Things, the Assembly
having made such Resolutions as render it impossible for me or any other without Rum to be very useful
on such occasions. However in Consequence of your Excellency
s Letter, I have talked to the Squirrel and Mingo Stobo (Mingo means Chief, Mingo Stobby was Squirrel Kings son I think). The Squirrel wept much and said: he had lost his Son at the Affair at the Occonies mentioned in the Affidavit. He has not been out himself and does not , I believe. intend it tho' I am credibly informed there are now several Party's of Northward Indians straggling about this place who have been seen by several. If your Excecellency will be pleased to give me some written Orders how to act if Matters of this Nature no one will use more Diligence and Faithfulness in the Execution of them.
Page 28
The spy came back and told them that they could not hear nor see white people, but only Indians talking some Chickasaw and some Creek. On which they set the house on fire and kill what they could of them. And accordingly did and killed one white Man at the Oakhorr'y and at the same time brought in a Chickasaw boy. Little time after the Chickasaw sent up to them, to let them know that the Mischief that was done, was done to their Friends, and the white People, and desired they would sent the Boy down, and that as it appeared a mistake, no more Notice would be taken of it. Accordingly they sent the boy down by
3 Cherokees, and I Nothees, and I Chickasaw. On their arrival at Savannah Town, one of the Officers of Augusta desired the Squirrel King to tie the 3 Cherokees and deliver them to him, in the room where the white man was killed. On which Squirrel King said no, for that they were his friends, the he had forgiven them what was done, allowing it to be a Mistake, The Squirrel King further said if The Officer wanted to have them tied, he had People enough without his Assistance.

Squirrel King was a leader of the Chickasaw people during the Colonial period.

Squirrel King was a leader of the Chickasaw people during the Colonial period.

Squirrel King (1710 - 1758) is Our 7th Great Grandfather

He led a small band into the Carolinas to escape French harrassment as the Chickasaws were allies of t h e English.

Data from a variety of sources, in particular the Thompson-ChoctawDescendants Association . Other sources include, Oklahoma Historical Society, Brian Tompsett at the University of Hul l ,and many other sources, some cited.

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Born: ABT 1688 in Chickasaw Nation-East (Mississippi

Trading stores were established at Savanna Town, and at the time, Savanna Town was the jumping-off point to the western wilderness. Trails from Savanna Town led to the nations of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians as far west as the Mississippi River. European goods were sent by land and river from Charles Town (Charleston, S.C.) to Savanna Town, where these goods were carried by pack trains west to the Indian nations. Then these same pack trains returned to Savanna Town with valuable skins to be shipped to Charles Town for export to England.

In 1716 after a major Indian war erupted, Fort Moore was built to guard the western entranc e to the colony. The fort was situated on the high bluff at Savanna Town and had barracks t h a t could hold 100 men, a house for the commander, storehouses, corncribs, stables and a we l l .In1727,the government of South Carolina invited the Chickasaw nation to move from Missisippi to South Carolina. A small band of about 100undertheleadership of Chief Squirrel Kin g settled at Horse Creek about a mile up river from the fort. They remained in the area until the Revolutionary War.

Rather than begin intimidated, the Chickasaw grew more stubborn in their determination to trade with the British, and Bienville's harassment only served to silence the pro-French faction .Matters came to head during1720 when the Chickasaw executed a French trader as a spy. B o t h French and British traders routinely passed information to their governments, so there seems little doubt about his guild. However, the Chickasaw had always tolerated this, and his death was a clean indication they had tired of the "silent war" the French were conducting against them along the Trader's Path.

First Chickasaw War

First Chickasaw War

The First Chickasaw War (1720-25) only brought the fighting of the previous five years into the open.
The French armed the Choctaw and sent them against the Chickasaw
, but the fortified villages were difficult to reach and dangerous to attack. Results were minimal. They also encouraged attacks by their allies north of the Ohio River against British pack trains on the Trader's Path. These also had little effect and brought trouble with the Cherokee and Upper Creeks just to the east who did not appreciate strange war parties roaming through their territory. Meanwhile, the Chickasaw retaliated with attacks on Choctaw villages and the new French settlements along the Yazoo River. Their masterstroke, however, was to occupy the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi in 1723 and block all French traffic on the lower Mississippi River.

This effectively cut New France in two and halt all communication and trade between Canada and Louisiana. Having frustrated and punished the French and allies in war, the Chickasaw then "went for the jugular" with diplomacy. At the urging of British traders, who had regained the advantage over the French with less-expensive and higher-quality goods and who were looking for new customers, the Chickasaw in 1724 offered a separate peace to the Choctaw, the major French ally in the conflict. The Choctaw had tired of the war and were interested in trade with the British. They were willing, but the French, for obvious reasons, were opposed. The Choctaw persisted, and after a year of arguments with their increasingly reluctant ally, the French were forced to bend to their wishes. In 1725 they abandoned their ambush positions along the Trader's Path, and an uneasy peace settled over the lower Mississippi.

In the midst of this,
40 Chickasaw families led by Squirrel King accepted an invitation from South Carolina and left Mississippi to settle on the Savannah River. Rather than running from a fight, their purpose was to protect the British pack trains in the east where they were coming under attack from the French allies north of the Ohio River. They provided valuable service as scouts against the Spanish in Florida during the War of Jenkins Ear (1739-48) for the British army of James Oglethorpe and were granted a 10x10 mile reserve on the Georgia side of the Savannah River near Augusta. They remained there until their lands were confiscated in 1783 by Georgia because they had helped the British defend Pensacola against a Spanish attack.
After spending some time among the Upper Creeks, by 1786 most returned to northern Mississippi.

There are many AMERICAN stories out there!! We will tell them one at a time.

Mary was born about 1743 in New Windsor Chickasaw Settlements SC. Mary's father is Squirrel King, Chief of the Savannah River Chickasaws Title not a name King and her mother is Thawakilla Shawnee or chickasaw Woman. She had a brother named Chief Succabee of the Chickasaw.
Mary Polly King (1743 - 1786)
is our 6th great grandmother

Josep...h Vann (1770 - 1854)
Son of Mary Polly
Anna Sophia Vann (1803 - 1865)
Daughter of Joseph
Isham B Bunyard (1825 - 1890)
Son of Anna Sophia
Laura Helen Bunyard (1867 - 1908)
Daughter of Isham B
Lula Catherine Dearman (1885 - 1935)
Daughter of Laura Helen
Alta Vay Cook (1906 - 1984)
Daughter of Lula Catherine
Ida Belle Reed (1925 - 2000)
Daughter of Alta Vay
Ruth Elizabeth Hayley
I am the daughter of Ida Belle

Shawnee Heritage

>Shawnee Heritage I
Shawnee Genealogy and Family History
by Don Greene (found at Target, and

Web sites: html /cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=weeksjd

Native American Heritage:

1. Holesqua Opeecham "Stream" Cornstalk (Shawnee War Chief)
+ Nonoma
2. Big Turkey Cornstalk
3. April Tikami Hop Cornstalk (sister of Old Hop,
all the children were adopted by a cousin, Emperor Moytoy of the Cherokee Nation)
+ Richard Barnes
4. Mary Barnes
+ Edward Vann
5. Edward Ned Vann
+ Mary King (She was the daughter of Squirrel King, Chief of the Savannah River Chickasaws and a Thawakilla Shawnee Woman)

More information regarding proof of genealogy: But what until you read how these people effected the making of AMERICA!!!

There are many AMERICAN stories out there!! We will tell them one at a time.

Shawnee Heritage

A note from a descendant Rosemary Gardner originally submitted this to ROSEMARY REMEMBERS on 24 Dec 2009 with information that might be helpful to others.

Margaret Vann Moseley b: 1768 in Edgefield Co, SC, was the Granddaughter of Squirrel King,
Chief of the Savannah River Chickasaws b: 1688, located near present day Augusta, GA,
or back then Ft. Moore, GA.

I grew up in Birmingham, AL, but moved to Greenville, SC for a job about 10
years ago. About 5 years ago I found the name Squirrel King on my genealogy
and had to investigate it.

I only live about 100 miles from Edgefield, SC where the Vann family lived on Horns Creek.
I have since found out that our Vann family were Descendants of Holesqua
Opeechan "Stream" Cornstalk b: 1628, A War Chief of the Shawnee Nation, which was
the largest Tribe in the US!

About 5 years ago I started gathering information about our family, which
were famous Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Powhattan descendants, which is
listed in a book by: Don Greene called Shawnee Heritage 1, Shawnee Genealogy and
Family History, available at Target, and

It list Margaret Vann as being the daughter of Edward Ned Vann and Mary King. And I do have proof of that!
I also have research documents by the Moseley Family, which my Great Grandmother
Margaret Vann Moseley married into, and the documents state that Edward Ned Vann
and Mary King were her parents. There are also references to our Great Grandmother being Cherokee
in the Moseley Books 1 & 2 (found in any Historical Library across the US).

Edward Ned Vann b: 1744 which married Mary King b: 1743 is the son of Mary
Barnes b:1720 and Edward Vann b: 1720.

I have documents placing Edward Vann living in Edgefield, SC on census and
court records, land and tax records, etc. Edward Ned Vann was a rich peach
farmer on the Savannah River, and either him or his father Edward Vann owned 2
trading post one on each side of the Savannah River. His father Edward Vann
sold the British Government 400 acres of land, upon which to build Ft.
Charlotte, which I also have documents copied from the Greenville Library in SC..

Edward Vann b: 1720 was born in the Cherokee Nation, his parents were John
Vann born about 1690 his mother was a Cherokee woman of the Anikowi Deer Clan.
(They hunted deer down on foot)! That is where Edward Vann met his first wife Mary Barnes b: 1720. Which is our Great Grandmother also.

Mary Barnes was the daughter of Richard Barnes and April Tikami Hop b:1695
(sister of Old Hop, Echota Cherokee Chief) They lived in Hiawasee, GA.

April "Tikami" Hop ( meaning April Water) was the daughter of Big Turkey
Cornstalk b: 1760 and UNK woman. He was also the brother of Okowellos
Cornstalk born: 1740

When April "Tikami" Hop was 3 years old her parents were murdered by
Catawaba Raiders, and her and her 4 siblings were left there to die, because no one,
would take them in. Pigeon Moytoy her aunt's husband, heard about this and
went to Hiawassee and brought the children home to raise in the Cherokee Nation
( he was the Emperor of the Cherokee Nation, and also related to Cornstalk
through his mother and his wife ). Visit WWW. My Carpenter Genealogy

Big Turkey Cornstalk b: 1760 was the son of Holesqua Opeechan "Stream"
Cornstalk b: 1628 and wife Nonoma? Holesqua Opeechan "Stream"
Cornstalk b: 1628 and was A War Chief in the Shawnee Nation which was basically everything east of the Mississippi but not the leader of the hole tribe, that would be, His son Okowellos Cornstalk born: 1740, in Ohio, was the only Chief of the Entire Shawnee Nation Shawnee had villages all over the place and intermarried with all of the Tribes, especially the Cherokee.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Deacon Samuel Chapin Magistrate; Town Commissioner; Church Deacon

Going to NERGS in April 2011 is a bucket list thing for me. I first became aware I was related to Deacon Chapin as a direct ancestor in 1976. In 1976, during the countries bi-centennial celebrations, my mother often spoke about her favorite grandmother. Mother would ask me to study her grandmother's lineage. She told me that she remembered hearing about my grandmother's lineage and wanted me to research the lineage.

The reason my mother wanted me to do it was because my mother was very intimated by research. Although she got to a place where she would read fiction novels with vigor. She was never one to read or enjoy non-fiction books.

My mother was raised by a houseful of family. Her grandmother, her parents, her uncles, and her younger siblings.

The younger siblings were very healthy, smart and active. While they left each day my mother was either in bed at the home or in the hospital. My mother was very ill,bedridden, as a child and was not expected to live. So my mother did not benefit from a formal education. Mother's first 15 years of education was very sporadic and limited. Mother's education was limited to oral family stories, being read the classics and simple math.

On Christmas of 1976, I presented my parents and siblings each, a hand typed handbook of our Chapin lineage. Complete with a photo copy of the Chapin statue and photos of our granny, Armineta Clementine Chapin. Mother was pleased but skeptical. In 1983 a family historian wrote our Chapin lineage and included more data about the statue, the children of the Deacon and more data. It was then I began dreaming of going to the statue someday.........and mother appreciated my hand typed notebook a little more.

This trip to the statue will be better than ever I could have imagined. Through the Internet I have met many wonderful friends. Lots of these friends will be there the week end I visit the statue. I am staying with a fellow blogger, Chapin cousin and her delightful husband in New Hampshire. We are hoping to identify more Chapin descendants to take a "cousin" photo at the statue.

Imagine my surprise in the movie I see
Deacon Samuel Chapin statue, Springfield, Mass.

"One of the founding fathers of Springfield" according to the base of the statue. He's certainly an imposing figure.

As a side note, this statue played a prominent part in the almost unknown 1970s movie, "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud."
Professor Proud keeps having visions of different sites in a New England town, and the "puritan statue" of Deacon Samuel Chapin is one of them. Eventually he travels from California to Massachusetts, where he discovers the statue.

Imagine my surprise when the only vision I had seen of the statue looked like this:

and then to see this beautiful garden looking like this:

Deacon Samuel Chapin
Magistrate; Town Commissioner; Church Deacon

b. 8 Oct 1598 in Paignton, Devonshire, England - d. 11 Nov 1675 in Springfield, MA at age 77
m. Cicely PENNY 9 Feb 1623 in Paignton, Devonshire, England

"The Puritan" - a bronze statue in Merrick Park next to the Public Library in Springfield, Mass. honors one of the town's founders, the Deacon Samuel Chapin. The artist was Augustus St. Gauden and it was commissioned by Chester W. Chapin, Springfield's railroad magnate, in 1885. The statue was originally unveiled on Thanksgiving Day in 1887 in Stearns Square, and remained there for twelve years before being moved to its current location. In moving the statue, the beautiful bronze fountain and pink granite bench that were constructed to compliment the artwork were relocated to other parts of the city. The working model is now owned by the Carnegie Museum of Art.

"The beginning of the Chapin family is altogether creditable. We may well be satisfied that it should start with this genuine old Puritan and what he did, with his fellow pioneers, to open the American Continent and on it found a city and to establish a model Christian Republic. The rolls of heraldry, even if they could show the name linked with royal or princely blood, would add nothing to the true nobility of its origin. It belongs peculiarly to this country, and the sphere of its highest dignity and honor was no doubt ordained to be here. Our chief anxiety should be to maintain and advance its true nobility by lives and deeds worthy of such a father." - Aaron L. Chapin, President of the Chapin Family Association, at the unveiling of the Chapin Statue at Springfield, MA on 24 November 1887. 60

Samuel CHAPIN and his wife, Cicely, came from England with three sons and two daughters in 1635. He most likely came over in the summer, when the passage was the mildest, and probably landed at Boston, which was then, as it is now, the chief port of New England. They probably settled immediately in Roxbury. Roxbury was founded a few years earlier, in 1630, by William Pynchon. It soon became a small village of from two to three score families, most of whom came from Nazing, London, or the west of England. Possibly it was because he had friends among the latter that determined Samuel to settle in Roxbury. Samuel held land as early as 1639, as is shown by the Roxbury land records.

Like most of the early settlers, Samuel Chapin must have been principally a farmer, although undoubtedly he had to turn his hand to many other pursuits as occasion required, which was in fact very often. In 1636 Samuel, then comparatively a young man, was very probably one "of the Roxbury people" who worked on the fortifications at Cornhill in Boston. In the fall of that year the General Court met at Roxbury, thus giving Samuel a chance to see its workings. During his stay in Roxbury the Pequot War took place, which resulted in making it possible to settle with safety in Western New England as at Springfield. The Chapins lived in Roxbury till the close of the year 1642.

In 1636 William Pynchon, then a resident of Roxbury, led a party of about a dozen families to the Connecticut River, where he founded a settlement then called Agawam, but which four years later was renamed Springfield, after his home in England. Most of the settlers took up farming, as there were many fertile meadows along the banks of the Connecticut, while Pynchon for the most part engaged in the fur trade. The settlement grew slowly at first, but by the time the Chapins arrived, it had become a village of respectable size for New England in those days.

As he had in Roxbury, as at Springfield, Samuel was primarily a farmer, but of course here also he had to do all sorts of other things besides. He soon became one of the leading men in the government of the town and held many public offices during his life including Selectman, Auditor and Magistrate and he was Deacon of the church.

Samuel Chapin lived to be an old man and having borne for over twenty years the burdens of government, now in his declining years withdrew from the center of political affairs. He slowly handed over the reins to the younger men in town. Samuel died 11 Nov 1675; according to the diary of his son Japhet, "My father was taken out of this troublesome world the 11th day of November about eleven of the clock, 1675." His widow, Cicely, died 8 Feb 1683.

Samuel had an inventory of his estate performed for his will. The total sum of his goods, not including his land, was over 45 English pounds. His wife's estate was inventoried in 1682 for her will and the goods were then valued at over 100 English pounds. hapin.HTM
His wife Cicely PENNY came from a very prestigious family herself and as a "good woman" held special seating and honor within the church. It is interesting she did well with her savings after his death. It is her families name used in much of the emigration records. The records show her parents and daughter Cicely PENNY and husband.....

Next blog I hope to write how the statue came about and is that really what he looked like?