Betsy, wife of Hanging Maw

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Betsy, wife of Hanging Maw

Also Known As: "Betty"
Death: April 19, 1803
Cherokee Nation East
Immediate Family:

Wife of Uskwa'li-gu'ta (Hanging Maw), Uku
Mother of Kay-I-Oh Watts and Willicoe Maw

Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Betsy, wife of Hanging Maw

According to Hanging Maw's Wikipedia page, his wife Betsy was a sister of Chief Attakullakulla

His wife Betsy was the sister of the chief Attakullakulla.


BETSY was born Abt. 1730, and died Aft. 1799.She married HANGING MAW.He was born Abt. 1710, and died Abt. April 1794.

Not the same as Betty, daughter of Kittakiska


On 12 Jun 1793 in Coyatee, Cherokee Nation East, TN, Hanging Maw’s home was attacked by Capt. Beard, wounding his wife Betsey among other casualties. But the records of the Moravians show that Hanging Maw's widow was alive and well in 1799.

“Betsy drew a government pension until her death April 19, 1803”


Cherokee Nation, Major King & Daniel Carmichael’s report of June 12, 1793.

At the appearance of day light this morning, Captain John Beard, with his company of mounted infantry, to our great surprise made an attack on the Indians at the Hanging Maw’s. They have killed Scantee, Fool Charley, the Hanging Maw’s wife, Betty, the daughter of Kittakiska, and we believe eight or nine others, among them William Rosebury, a white man, the Hanging Maw shot through the arm, Betty, the daughter of Nancy Ward, wounded. The fire of this inhuman party seemed to be directed at the whitePeople who were there as much as at the Indians therefore, we made our escape through it as quick as possible, and cannot give a minute account of the whole of the damage. By hard pleading, we got them to spare the rest of the Hanging Maw’s family, and his house from being burnt.



Children of BETSY and HANGING MAW are:

  • 23. i. WILLICOE4 MAW, b. Abt. 1760. Married ELIZA QUE-DI
  • 24. ii. DAUGHTER OF HANGING MAW, b. Abt. 1770. married JOHN WATTS, III, CPT, COUNCILOR, son of JOHN GA-NO-DI-S-GI WATTS, II, CHIEF.He was born Abt. 1768, and died Abt. 1840.


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Betsy, wife of Hanging Maw's Timeline

Cherokee Nation
April 19, 1803
Cherokee Nation East