About Hi-s-gi-di-hi "Five Killer"
Birth: Jun., 1755 Tennessee, USA Death: 1825
Note: Before the modern era Cherokees did not have surnames with Kingfisher used solely for the purpose of identifying his father as well as being able to find a person with a hyphentated single name in a database like Findagrave. -----
Hi-s-gi-di-hi [Hi-s-gi (Five) Di-hi (Killer)], aka Five Killer, s. of Tsu-la (aka Kingfisher) and Nanye'hi (aka Nancy Ward). He was b. circa June 1755 at the Cherokee Nation East, prob. that part now the State of Tennessee. He d. before October 27, 1825 when his sister, Ka-ti (Catherine Kingfisher) Harlan, gave property to Sarah West as the lawful kin of "my deceased brother Five Killer."
He served in Capt. Speer's Company of Col. Gideon Morgan's Regiment of Cherokee Indians during the Creek Indian War of 1813-14, considered part of the War of 1812 with the British. He as Five Killer, aka "Hisketehe" on the muster rolls, first enlisted Oct. 7, 1813 for a 3-month tour and mustered out Jan. 6, 1814. He re-enlisted for another 3 month tour Jan. 27, 1814 and mustered out Apr. 11, 1814. He was a participant in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend on March 27, 1814 against the Upper, or Red Stick, Creek Indians.
Although not a Cherokee, in the same company with Five Killer was John Hildebrand, Jr., youngest son of John Hildebrand and Anna Barbara Eaker, the common brother-in-law of Five Killer's niece Elizabeth (Harlan) Hildebrand and of his half-niece Nancy (Martin) Hildebrand. John's wife, Micatiah Terrapin, was a Cherokee. He was killed during the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Following the war Col. Morgan was appointed guardian of John's only child, dau. Elizabeth Hildebrand.
Although Five Killer is believed to have had a wife, he had no known children. The above cited transfer of property by his sister Ka-ti Harlan of some of Five Killer's property was from Ka-ti to her own granddau.
Parents: Kingfisher (____ - 1755) Nancy Ward (1738 - 1822)
Inscription: † Five Killer Pvt. Morgan, Jr's Cherokee Indians War of 1812