Wer-Teh Watts (1730 - 1814) MP

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Birthplace: Cherokee Nation East (Tasagi town)
Death: Died in Cherokee Nation East, United States
Occupation: Death Trail of Tears
Managed by: Stephen Anthony Randolph
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About Wer-Teh Watts

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

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Wer-Teh's Timeline

1730
1730
Cherokee Nation East (Tasagi town)
1750
1750
Age 20
Chota, TN, USA
1758
1758
Age 28
Tuskeegee, Monroe, Tennessee
1764
1764
Age 34
Cherokee Nation East, Toqua, United States
1765
1765
Age 35
Tennessee, USA
1768
1768
Age 38
Cherokee Nation East, Toqua, United States
1776
1776
Age 46
RattleSnake Springs, (Tennessee), Cherokee Nation
1814
1814
Age 84
Cherokee Nation East, United States
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Cherokee nation East, Toqua, United States