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Letitia "Letty" "Hatchet Grey" Durham

Nicknames: "Betty", "Leticia", "Letcia", "Letty"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cherokee Territory - East , (near present day Asheville, North Carolina)
Death: Died in Floyd, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Samuel Durham; Unknown Native and Skyuca Cheorkee Maiden
Wife of Thomas Howard, Sr.
Mother of John "War Jack" Howard; Thomas Howard; James Morgan Howard, Sr.; Benjamin S Howard Sr; William Howard and 4 others

Occupation: Full Blooded Cherokee Indian from NC.
Managed by: Joshua Andrew Walsh
Last Updated:

About Letitia "Letty" "Hatchet Grey" Durham

Letty (Hatchet Grey) Durham - Howard:

It's believed her name was Durham. Burial: in Kentucky. She was Full Blood Cherokee Indian she came from the Asheville, N.C.Area, it was part of the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina and the border of Tennessee, the War Trace trail went through Asheville and the Cherokee Nation and Hopewell Treaty on Keowee River was 28 Nov 1785.. She is registered with The Southeastern Band of Cherokee in NC, although I have yet to find where. Also, her grandson, Riley (Dood) Howard, son of William, filed a claim for Cherokee compensation in 1907. Riley made a claim for Cherokee compensation in 1907. He stated his grandmother was Cherokee and his grandfather was Thomas Howard. Refence #1843.

Her name could be Letita or Letica for her first name. She was full blood Cherokee Indian. According to information that Eulonda Snowden came across, Lettie's Cherokee Indian name was (Hatchet Grey) and she was from the North Carolina Reservation. So far, no one has papers to prove this fact.

Other Notes:

BIOGRAPHY: Native researchers do believe Letty to be full blood Cherokee because of her location and time of birth and because Durham is a very well known Indian name. There are many Durham's still living on Reservations today. They got the name from a Missionary who helped the Cherokee people. There was also a recent book published. It was about the Revolutionary War. It had a lot about Thomas Howard and a Cherokee Chief named Shyuica he fought with for the British. It leads you to believe that Thomas was well-liked by the Cherokee people. This info I got from NAAH kitty. She published a newsletter about Native Americans. I know Thomas was killed by Indians but it was probably the Shawnee Indians. malcolm broadhurst 10-1-2004

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I am compelled to add here that Letty Durham has never been found in any records. It is widely rumored that she was a pure blood Native American woman, but of all the mighty researchers who have tried over many years to pin down her identity, NO ONE has ever been able to find a record of her existence. This is not to say she never existed.. but many researchers will dispute that she should never have been added into family trees as the wife of this Thomas Howard. Until someone can find record of her existence, I choose NOT to have her in my ancestry. I personally don't believe she ever existed and I am not alone in that assumption. -------------------- b. 1744 in Cherokee Nation, Wilkes, GA Letty may have been a one-half Cherokee Indian. Subj: Re: Elizabeth Howard Date: 7/9/99 7:34:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time From: DDoolin To: LaurieMcK Laurie, My cousin and I found your line of info the most fascinating thing we have found in a long time. If you could (I know this may be asking too much) send me starting with Thomas and Letty's children all the info you have. It would help many. There are so many researching this line. I have some more info on Letty. I have been in contact with many Native researchers. They all knew of Letty already. People have been trying to prove her origin for some time. Native researchers do believe Letty to be full blood Cherokee because of her location and time of birth and because Durham is a very well known Indian name. There are many Durham's still living on Reservations today. They got the name from a Missionary who helped the Cherokee people. There was also a recent book published (I forget the title). It was about the Revolutionary War. It had a lot about Thomas Howard and a Cherokee Chief named Shyuica he fought with for the British. It leads you to believe that Thomas was well-liked by the Cherokee people. This info I got from NAAH kitty. She published a newsletter about Native Americans. I know Thomas was killed by Indians but it was probably the Shawnee Indians

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Letty "Hatchet Grey" Durham's Timeline

1744
September 13, 1744
(near present day Asheville, North Carolina)
1750
June 8, 1750
Age 5
Floyd County, KY
1766
1766
Age 21
1770
June 8, 1770
Age 25
Wilkes, Georgia, USA
1772
September 13, 1772
Age 28
Wilkes, Georgia, USA
1776
1776
Age 31
City, Wilkes, Georgia, USA
1782
1782
Age 37
North Carolina, United States
1783
1783
Age 38
Russell Co., Virginia
1785
1785
Age 40
Russell, Virginia, USA
1843
1843
Age 98
Floyd, Kentucky, United States