Cabin Smith (1747 - 1836)

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About Cabin Smith

Cabin Smith was a full-blood Cherokee, of the Paint clan.

 

Under the treaty of 27 February 1819, he was granted a reservation (other than where he lived) of 640 acres, to be laid off in equal parts, on both sides of his ferry at Tellico (on the Tennessee River), commonly called Blair's ferry, in southeastern Tennessee.

 

Cabin Smith Creek, in northern Georgia close to the Alabama border, seems to be named after him.

Notes

Emmet Starr lists a brother to Cabin on page 451 of his History of the Cherokee Indians (McCoy Smith).  Indications are that Cabin also had a brother named Ca-nee-quah-yah-gi (Samuel Smith), who was the father of Flea Smith and others.

The following is taken from Joe Scraper's notes on his Scraper family website, "Cabin Smith - an in-progress report of his family," dated 30 Aug 2008.  http://scraperhistory.com/reports/Cabin_Smith.htm

 

Who was the father of Cabin Smith?

 

I think a couple of likely candidates were Richard Smith and his brother Abraham Smith.  Richard and Abe were both licensed traders from Virginia and both lived with the Cherokee at Keowee operating a trading post during the time period when Cabin Smith was born.

 

Another possibility was Samuel Smith who was known as a trader among the Cherokee as early as 1730. Sam was said to have worked for a Mr. Celley (Kelley) at Tennessee Town during Sir Alexander Cuming’s visit.  As the names Samuel Smith and Samuel Cabin Smith show up in the family line, this trader Samuel Smith is especially intriguing.

 

Other traders like Cornelius Daugherty, Ludavic Grant, Nathanial Gist, and James Adair also traded with the Cherokee at that time, and all are believed to have taken Cherokee wives and fathered children.

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Cabin Smith's Timeline

1747
1747
1780
1780
Age 33
Cherokee Nation, East, Tennessee
1780
Age 33
1782
1782
Age 35
Georgia
1784
1784
Age 37
1784
Age 37
1790
1790
Age 43
1836
1836
Age 89
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