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Keziah Maney (Vann)

Also Known As: "Kisiah"
Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Cherokee Nation, probably on the Long Island of the Holston in what is now Sullivan Co, TN
Death: December 20, 1849 (86)
Paint Fork, Ivy, Yancey, NC, USA
Place of Burial: Barnardsville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John "Cherokee" Vann, Translator / Interpreter and Agnes Ruth Burleson
Wife of Martin Burleson Maney
Mother of Sarah Maney; Nancy Sarah Maney; John Jackson Maney; James M. Maney, Sr.; Lucinda Maney and 3 others
Sister of John Isaac Vann
Half sister of George Vann; John Boy Vann; Nancy Vann; O-Ti-Yu Bowles; Rebecca Moore and 2 others

Managed by: Pamela Joan Allen
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About Keziah Maney

The descendants of Keziah Vann Maney have waged an extended effort with the Eastern Cherokee and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to be recognized as members of the Tribe. An entire web site, organized by Milus B. Maney, is dedicated to these efforts and contains archival documents:, the introduction to which states:

Excerpts from the Keziah Vann Maney Notebook Selected Keziah Vann Maney Descendant Family Records Filed 1906-1909 with the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Compiled by Milus B. Maney Copyright (c) 2007/2008

The purpose of this research is to provide an awareness of the detail and documentation taken a century ago for what was the "Guion Miller Eastern Cherokee Applications" which was a Bureau of Indian Affairs "Per Capita Distribution" and not a "Tribal Census" Roll. Over forty-five thousand Eastern Cherokee Applications were filed with each containing potential family histories not handed down from generation to generation 1906 newspaper notice. A wealth of genealogy resides today on the three hundred and forty-eight microfilm rolls at the National Archives in series M-1104, "Eastern Cherokees - U.S. Court of Claims."

Note that all descendants of Keziah Vann Maney did not file an Eastern Cherokee Application . Those who did file engaged considerable effort to prepare in good faith the best known family facts at that time. Fully completed applications provided family histories that included several generations with birth dates, death dates and other genealogy information likely to be found only in an old family Bible.

This effort is dedicated to the memory of Keziah Vann Maney, her grand children and great-grand children who submitted hundreds of separate family Eastern Cherokee Applications to the U.S. Court of Claims from 1906 to 1909. These applications include direct Keziah Vann Maney descendants, as well as, those who were related by marriage.

The Cherokee blood of Keziah Vann was from her Cherokee grandmother passed down through her father, John Vann. Keziah Vann married Martin Maney and lived in the over-the-mountain territory which later became Washington County,Tennessee. Around 1810 Martin and Keziah (Vann) Maney surviving children were Nancy, John, William and James.

Martin and Keziah (Vann) Maney lived out their golden years in Barnardsville, Buncombe County, North Carolina. Both are buried in the historic Maney Cemetery on the old Martin Maney home place located on Paint Fork Road in Barnardsville.


Keziah Vann was born in the Cherokee Nation, probably on the Long Island of the Holston in what is now Sullivan Co, TN. (Agnes Weatherford Vann affidavit, 7 September 1837, from BIA Special File 102, p. 32.) Sources: Milus B. Maney,'s OneWorldTree


KEZIAH6 VANN (JOHN CHEROKEE5, SISTEROF4 RAVEN, A-NU-WE-GI3 MOYTOY, MOYTOY2, A-MA-DO-YA1) was born 1763, and died December 20, 1849 in Yancy Co, NC. She married MARTIN MANEY September 1781 in Jonesboro, TN. He was born Abt. 1748 in Ireland, and died April 15, 1830 in North Carolina. 

Notes for KEZIAH VANN: Cherokee by Blood, pp 98-99, rejection statement;  "There are a large number of applicants claiming as descendants of Martin Maney and Kesiah Vann Maney. This family has been the subject of dispute among the Cherokees a number of times, and from the various reports on file in the Indian office it appears that Martin Maney was an Irishman and died about 1832 or 1833; that he served in the Revolutionary War and in the Expedition of Col Rutherford against the Cherokees. His wife was named Keziah and was said to have been the daughter of one Agnes Weatherford, a white woman, and the claim was made that Joe Vann [John Vann], a part Cherokee, was her father. 

"It does not appear that the Maney family were enrolled with the Eastern Cherokees in 1835, and in 1851 it appears from the records that their names were considered but their rights to enrollment were denied. Shortly after this, about 1856, under the provision of the Act of Mar 3, 1855, 10th Statute at large, P. 700, a second investigation was made into the claims of those who had been omitted by Siler and Chapman in the enrollment of 1851, and the right of the Maneys was again considered and denied. Later the subject was the matter of a special report by Charles E Mix, Secretary of the Interior, and the Acting Commissioner under date of Jan 16, 1858, reviewed the entire matter, but the Maneys were not given any rights and the former action of the Secretary in rejecting their claim appears to have remained unchanged. In view of this repeated investigation on the part of the Indian Office and the Secretary of the Interior, which investigation began so many years ago, it does not appear proper to reconsider the question as to whether Keziah Maney, the daughter of Alice Weatherford, was in fact the daughter of John [Joe] Vann. 

More About MARTIN MANEY: Date born 2: Abt. 1748 1817-19 Reservations: July 10, 1817, # 41, in right of wife, 4 in family, at Sweetwater, NC Census 1: 1800, Buncombe Co, NC Census 2: 1810, Buncombe Co, NC        Children of KEZIAH VANN and MARTIN MANEY are:  534. i. NANCY7 MANEY, b. October 24, 1783. 535. ii. JOHN J MANEY I, b. February 11, 1785, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1876, North Carolina. iii. MARTIN MANEY, b. October 28, 1787. iv. WILLIAM MANEY, b. June 06, 1795.   More About WILLIAM MANEY: 1817-19 Reservations: July 1817, # 47, 1 in family, at Sweetwater, NC v. ELIZABETH MANEY, b. March 22, 1798. 536. vi. JAMES MANEY, SR, b. 1802; d. Abt. 1883, North Carolina.


Noteworthy Cherokee history during life of Keziah:

"In December, 1835, the "Treaty Party" signed a treaty at New Echota by which all Cherokee land east of the Mississippi was sold to the Government for four and a half millions of dollars and an equal acreage in the West. The Western land was guaranteed to the Cherokees "forever, never to be placed under the jurisdiction of any State."

By the treaty terms, the Cherokees were to remove within two years. Early in 1838, General Winfield Scott with 7000 soldiers moved into the Cherokee country to enforce removal. The Indians were rapidly concentrated in stockades, and removal began. So many died during the heated season that the National Council petitioned for permission to remove under their own chiefs later in the year. The permission was granted, over the bitter protest of Andrew Jackson who had been succeeded in the Presidency by Van Buren.

In the fall of 1838, thirteen parties of Cherokees, approximately a thousand each, took up the long journey. By April, 1839, the sad pilgrimage was completed, at terrible cost. Four thousand Cherokees had died during the removal. Shortly after arrival in the new country the leaders of the treaty party, Major Ridge and his son, and Elias Boudinot, were killed, presumably for the sale of the eastern lands without authority. John Ross was elected Principal Chief of the reunited Cherokees, and a new life was begun.

Mention should be made of fugitives who fled to the mountains and there hid, thus escaping removal. They were led by Chiefs Utsala, (the Lichen), Yona-gunski (Drowning Bear), and Junaluska. The descendants of these fugitives now constitute the Eastern Band of Cherokees. Eternal fame should go to Tsali, or Charlie; a man not a chief but a true Cherokee and a patriot. Captured, he murdered two soldiers who had insulted his wife while being taken to a stockade for removal. Charlie and his family fled to the mountains and there joined other refugees. General Scott, realizing that to run down each fugitive would be the work of months, made this proposition: if Charlie, his brother, and his two sons would surrender to be put to death for killing the soldiers, the other refugees would be permitted to remain in the mountains without further molestation. Charlie accepted the hard terms. He voluntarily surrendered with his brother and two sons. Later, with exception of the youngest son, they faced a firing squad; thus purchasing with their blood the homes now occupied by the Eastern Cherokees. History records no finer act.

The roll would be incomplete without the names of descendants of the white men who married Indian women and whose sons were loyal Cherokees: The Benges, Taylors, Coodys, Careys, Morgans, Vanns, Gunters, Scrimshers, Blythes, Hildebrands, Webbers, Walkers, Finnlestons, Thompsons, McLemores, and Seviers. The fidelity of these sons of white fathers to the people of their mothers is one of the brightest pages in Cherokee annals."


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Keziah Maney's Timeline

Virginia, USA
Cherokee Nation, probably on the Long Island of the Holston in what is now Sullivan Co, TN
October 24, 1783
Age 20
Sweetwater, Monroe, North Carolina (now Tennessee), USA
February 11, 1785
Age 22
Yancey, NC, USA
October 28, 1787
Age 24
June 6, 1795
Age 32
March 22, 1798
Age 35
Washington, TN, USA
September 15, 1802
Age 39
Buncombe, North Carolina, United States
July 8, 1803
Age 40
Buncombe, NC, USA