Sully "Firebush" Sutton, Cherokee - Solly Sutton (Firebush (Forbes))

Started by Jana D Daniels Gerst on Thursday, July 18, 2013


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7/18/2013 at 8:47 AM

She was always called Solly! She is buried as Solly Sutton in the Cemetery at Fort Belknap, Texas! Her father and mother were killed before the Civil War around 1840! They were never given anglicized names, he was a Chief of The Cherokee Nation! They owned their land in Tennessee before the encroachment of white settlers! Solomon was captured as a slave by the chief's men and kept as a slave for about a year, he found favor with the chief and was allowed to marry the chief's daughter! They were farmers and lived in log houses! The Cherokees owned all of what is now Tennessee! Sometime around 1850 is when Solomon and Solly took their daughter and sons and went to Texas!

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5/4/2014 at 1:27 PM

Going up against a beloved oral history is tough.

And in the slang of the era, Indian Princess, was used by white people to refer to the daughter of chieftain. That misfortunate terminology has fallen out of use.

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