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Wur-Teh Gi-Yo-Sti-Ko-Yo-He Tannassee, of the Paint Clan

Also Known As: "Wurteh of the Paint Clan", "Past away in Paint Clan. Werteh"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cherokee Nation East (Tasagi town)
Death: Died in Cherokee Nation East, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Willenawah "Great Eagle" and Woman of Ani'-wa'di
Wife of Chief Bloody Fellow; Trader John Watts; Robert Due and John "Old Trader" Benge
Partner of Col. Nathaniel Gist
Mother of Ta-lo-nv-ti-s-gi; U-ta-na; Garrett Zachariah Watts; Sarah Watts; Wurteh Watts and 14 others
Sister of Sister of Doublehead; Red Bird; Sister of Old Tassel Great Eagle; Old Tassel; Standing Turkey and 8 others

Occupation: Death Trail of Tears
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About Wer-Teh

Wurteh Paint Clan (daughter of Great Eagle and Ailsey)1 was born 1742 in Tasagi Town, Crockett, TN, USA1, and died 1800 in TN.She married Nathaniel Gist on 1761 in Tennessee.

Notes for WURTEH WATTS:

I previously had Ta-lo-nv-ti-s-gi & U-ta-na as "Benges", children of Wurteh & John "Trader" Benge -and- I had a Ta-lo-nv-ti-s-gi as a son of Elizabeth Emory. The son of Elizabeth Emory was an entry to denote Ta-lo-nv-ti-s-gi as the older [half-]brother of John Jolly as per Starr, A32, pg 472. Ta-lo-nv-ti-s-gi & U-ta-na "The Tail" under Wurteh & John "Trader" Benge were denoting The Tail as the brother of Captain Benge "The Bench" as per the American State Papers which also mentioned The Tail & Captain Benge as nephews of John Watts. The simplest resolution to the multiple Ta-lo-nv-ti-s-gi's, without disagreeing with any text, would have Ta-lo-nv-ti-s-gi & U-ta-na as children of Wurtah and a Full Blood Cherokee. Bloody Fellow is a likely candidate; he and John Watts Jr both resided at Wills Town at the same time. Sequoyah also grew up in Wills Town and this arraingment would have Bloody Fellow as Sequoyah's Ex-Step-Father.

Ta-lo-nv-ti-s-gi, the son of Wurtah and half-brother of John Jolly, I believe is the same individual as the Ta-lo-nv-ti-s-gi that married Jennie Lowrey. Jennie's brother, George Lowrey Jr married Lucy Benge. Therefore John Jolly is likely to be another son of Wurtah and, presumably, Robert Due, the Indian Trader -or- the son of Robert Due and some other Cherokee woman.

More About WURTEH WATTS:

Blood: Half Blood Cherokee

Clan: Ani'-Wâ'di = Red Paint (Wurteh)

Note: the marriage of Wurteh to Bloody Fellow is speculative but plausable

Starr's Notes: D573; "full blood Cherokee", Paint Clan, sister of Co-a-to-hee or Corntassel of Toquo (signer 11/28/85)

Notes for NATHANIAL GIST:

"Myths of the Cherokee", James Mooney, Dover Publications, Inc, NY, p 108;

...by a KY family it is claimed... Sequoya's father was Nathaniel Gist, son of the scout who accompanied [George] Washington on his memorable excursion to the Ohio. As the story goes, Nathaniel Gist was captured by the Cherokee ar Braddock's defeat (1755) and remained a prisoner with them for six years, during which time he became the father of Sequoyah. On his return to civilization he married a white woman in VA, by whom he had other children, and afterward removed to KY, where Sequoyah, then a Baptist preacher, frequently visited them and was always recognized by the family as his son.

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Old Frontiers, by John P Brown, 1938, Southern Publishers, Kingsport, TN, pg 158;

Nathanial Gist first appeared among the Cherokees as a messenger of Governor Dinwiddie in 1755. Following the French and Indian War he formed a trading partnership with Richard Pearis and lived in the Cherokee country for several years. During that time, he took as his Indian wife, Wurteh, sister of Chief Old Tassel, and became the father of Sequoyah.

More About NATHANIAL GIST:

Blood: Non-Cherokee

Notes for BLOODY FELLOW, CHIEF:

Nenetooyah "Bloody Fellow"

Iskagua "Clear Sky" Shawnee word\\

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from Don Chesnut's web page; www.users.mis.net/~chesnut/pages/cherokee.htm

Iskagua :

Name for "Clear Sky," formerly "Nenetooyah or the Bloody Fellow." The name appears thus in a document of 1791 as that of a Cherokee chief frequently mentioned about that period under the name of "Bloody Fellow." In one treaty it is given as "Eskaqua or Bloody Fellow." Both forms and etymologies are doubtful, neither form seeming to have any reference either to "sky" (galun’lahi) or "blood" (gi’ga). The first may be intended for Ik-e’gwa, "Great day."

More About BLOODY FELLOW, CHIEF:

Attended 1: March 1775, Henderson's Treaty, Sycamore Shoals

Attended 2: November 1788, Eustinauli council

Attended 3: 1791, Philadelphia meeting with George Washington

Attended 4: November 07, 1794, Tellico council

More About JOHN TRADER BENGE:

Blood: Scottish

Emigration: Abt. 1777, TN

Occupation: Indian Trader

Residence: Aft. 1777, Running Water Town, TN


Paint Clan; Mother of Sequoyah
Wurteh was a member of the Paint Clan of the Cherokee Nation and was considered a wife to Gist by her tribe until he returned to Maryland and married. He and Wurteh had only one child of their union. George Gist or Guest. Any other children are children of his marriage to Margaret. To my knowledge Wurteh never went by the name of Margaret.

See; http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/f/o/s/Linda-G-Fossett/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0364.html


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Wer-Teh's Timeline

1736
1736
Cherokee Nation East (Tasagi town)
1756
January 6, 1756
Age 20
Bowling Green, Caroline County, Province of Virginia
1758
1758
Age 22
Tuskeegee, Monroe, Tennessee
1760
1760
Age 24
Cherokee nation East, Toqua, United States
1768
1768
Age 32
Cherokee Nation East, Toqua, United States
1776
1776
Age 40
RattleSnake Springs, (Tennessee), Cherokee Nation
1814
1814
Age 78
Cherokee Nation East, United States