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Charlotte Robertson (Reeves?)

Nicknames: "Indian fighter"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Northampton, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Nashville City Cemetery Nashville Davidson County Tennessee
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Washington Reeves and Mary Charlotte Reeves
Wife of Gen. James Robertson, of Nashville
Mother of Delilah Bosley; Dr. Felix R. Robertson; Henderson Robertson; Peyton Henderson Robertson; Lavinia Beck / Craighead and 6 others
Sister of Mary Reeves; Jordan Reeves, Sr.; William Reeves; Hannah Reeves; Lucy GARLAND and 4 others
Half sister of William Reeves

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About Charlotte Robertson (Reeves?)

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Charlotte Reeves Robertson was among the earliest settlers to live in Middle Tennessee. She followed her husband, James Robertson, in a journey from the Watauga settlement of East Tennessee to the wilderness of Middle Tennessee, helping to establish settlements in each of these areas. She survived Indian attacks as well as long separations from her husband, who was frequently called away on governmental business. Indians killed two of her sons and she nursed another son back to good health after he had been scalped by the Indians and left for dead at the "Battle of the Bluffs."

Charlotte Robertson is remembered as the heroine of the "Battle of the Bluffs," fought in April of 1781. When she realized that the Indians were about to attack, she left the safety of the fort to warn the men. Returning to the fort, she realized that the men would not be able to get inside the walls because the Indians had positioned themselves between the men and the fort. At this point, she unleashed the hounds. They chased the Indians and created so much confusion that the men were able to return to the safety of the fort. Consequently, Charlotte Robertson is credited with saving Fort Nashborough.

http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entry.php?rec=1135

Charlotte and James Robertson had moved to Watauga from North Carolina shortly after their marriage. At Watauga Charlotte Robertson and the other women who lived there worked shoulder to shoulder with men, planting crops, tending livestock, and defending themselves from the Indians. At Watauga, Charlotte Robertson's husband was a leader. Because of his knowledge of the Cherokee language, he devoted much of his life to negotiating with the Indians to try to provide a permanent peace. The Robertsons and other families moved further west to acquire land. When James Robertson, a surveyor, identified the spot of the Salt Lick on the Cumberland River, forty families at Watauga decided to leave for Middle Tennessee.

While James Robertson led a group of men by land through the Cumberland Gap to the site later known as Fort Nashborough, Charlotte Robertson traveled with John Donelson and a group of women and children by flatboats via backcountry rivers. Almost immediately, there were conflicts with Chickamaugas who resented the settlers' moving into the region. Charlotte Robertson is remembered as the heroine of the "Battle of the Bluffs," fought in April of 1781. When she realized that the Indians were about to attack, she left the safety of the fort to warn the men. Returning to the fort, she realized that the men would not be able to get inside the walls because the Indians had positioned themselves between the men and the fort. At this point, she unleashed the hounds. They chased the Indians and created so much confusion that the men were able to return to the safety of the fort. Consequently, Charlotte Robertson is credited with saving Fort Nashborough.

The city of Charlotte, Tennessee, and Charlotte Pike in Nashville are named for Charlotte Robertson, who lived in Middle Tennessee until her death in 1843 at the age of ninety-two. She is buried in Nashville's City Cemetery.

http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entry.php?rec=1135

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Charlotte Robertson's Timeline

1751
January 2, 1751
Northampton, North Carolina, United States
1768
January 21, 1768
Age 17
Wake, North Carolina, United States
1769
June 13, 1769
Age 18
Wake, North Carolina, USA
1771
December 11, 1771
Age 20
1773
November 30, 1773
Age 22
North Carolina, USA
1775
February 11, 1775
Age 24
Davidson, Tennessee, USA
1778
1778
Age 26
1781
January 11, 1781
Age 30
Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA
1783
March 11, 1783
Age 32
Davidson, Tennessee, USA
1785
January 15, 1785
Age 34
Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA