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Christian Gottlieb Priber

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Zittau, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Death: circa 1743 (41-49)
Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa, Georgia
Immediate Family:

Son of Friederich Priber and Anna Dorothea Priber
Husband of Clo-go-i-tah T Priber, of Tellico and Susan Moytoy Priber
Father of Creat "Crit" "Drags Blanket" Priber; Susannah Caroline Brock and Grand "Chippewa" Priber

Occupation: Jesuit Priest
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Christian Gottlieb Priber

Christian Gottilieb Priber was born in on 21 March 1697 in Sachsen [Zittau], Germany and died after 1739.

Parents: Friedrich Prieber (1670-)and Anna Dorothea Bergmann (1670-).

Married: Clogoittah (1708-1730) daughter of the Moytoy.


  1. Creat Priber b. abt. 1740 in Stearns, KY


  • "One of several Frenchmen who came to the cherokee country and established headquarters there around 1736." From "The Cherokees" by Grace Steele Woodward (p.68)
  • He was imprisoned by the English in Frederica prison in 1739 and spent the remainder of his life at this location. (ibid)


[1463] Data from Hicks and Witt who supplied the following information -


CHRISTIAN GOTTLIEB PRIBER is one of the most intriguing German immigrants in pre-revolutionary South Carolina. ....

Priber was envied by the English traders who saw him quickly gain the confidence of the Cherokees:

"Being a great Scholar he soon made himself master of their Tongue, and by his insinuating manner Indeavoured to gain their hearts, he trimm'd his hair in the indian manner & painted as they did going generally almost naked except a shirt & a Flap" -- Ludovick Grant, principal trader at Tellico

Priber used his influence with the Indians to protect them from exploitation by traders, and worked to establish their independence and equality with their neighbors regardless of race. He taught them the use of weights and measures, and, to protect them from being cheated by traders and pack-horsemen, he constructed steelyards for their use.

Moytoy, then head chief of the Cherokee Nation, had a daughter Clogoittah whom Priber took to wife. With her, Priber had a daughter, Creat, born about 1740. With Moytoy as chief and himself as executor, Priber began to carry out his vision to create a state governed only by natural law with the fundamental rights of liberty and equality for men and women alike. All its members were to have opportunity to develop to the fullest extent, work according to their abilities, share of their talents and take of the common property according to individual needs. Children, too, were to be cared for and instructed in communal fashion by the entire village, and this new social order on an essentially moral and metaphysical basis was to welcome other Indian Nations and races, the oppressed and persecuted, debtors and slaves.

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Christian Gottlieb Priber's Timeline

March 21, 1697
Zittau, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Age 27
Cherokee Nation, North Carolina
Age 42
Tellico Plains, Monroe Co, Tennessee
Age 45
Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa, Georgia