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William Blythe

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Cherokee Territory, North Carolina, United States
Death: 1856 (66)
Indian Territory, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Blythe; Annie Barnes and Annie Barnes
Husband of Nancy Blythe
Father of Martha Jennie Clingan (Blythe); John Ross Blythe; William Blythe; james chastine Chastine blythe; Absalom Ellis Blythe and 5 others
Brother of Stacy Blythe; Elizabeth Blythe; Rebecca Blythe; Leona Parker; Sarah "Sally" McDonald and 4 others
Half brother of Leona Blythe; Mary Jane Blythe; Robert W Blythe; John M Blythe; Jackson Blythe and 3 others

Occupation: Ferry Owner Tennessee River, Hiawassee River, Farmer Rhea Co. Tn., Farmer, Distiller MacDonald Co. Mo.
Managed by: LILLIAN GAIL JOHNSON (Yonce)
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About William Blythe

In Rhea County in 1809, William Blythe married Nancy Fields, daughter of the prominent Cherokee Richard Fields. Blythe bought a slave woman, Nancy, and her young daughter, along with some cows and horses, from Samuel Carr in 1812. He later transferred a Negro boy Daniel, 8, to Thomas Hopkins for $250. William Blythe was among the Cherokee contingent who went along with Gen. Andrew Jackson in the campaign against the Creek Indians in 1814. He was in Capt. John Brown's Company under Col. Gideon Morgan. Blythe in 1817 was allowed a reservation of 640 acres “in right of his wife.” This was “south of the high Wassee river. . . below what is called Blythe's ferry.” Thomas Hopkins in 1820 was give rights to operate the Blythe's Ferry, then in 1825 Jesse Poe acquired a 1,500-acre tract including "Blythe's Ferry Place." The Hutchesons later operated the ferry. William Blythe is among those in Captain Roark's Company in the list of taxables for 1829. He had 352 acres listed. In 1836, William Blythe - whose property was then within the new Meigs County - sold 310 acres on both sides of Sale Creek to William Clift.

At the time of the Indian removal in 1838, William Blythe went west with his wife's people. James Browder of Meigs County bought “the occupant Right of William Blythe and the Reservation.” A report on the William Blythe family in the Indian records said it included “six quarter bloods. All read English. Thirteen slaves. One white intermarriage. A farm and one farmer. Two weavers and three spinners. They owned a mill and two ferry boats.” At the time of the 1850 census, William and Nancy Blythe were in McDonald County, Mo., living near several other Blythe families.

Children of William and Nancy Blythe are given as John R., Elizabeth who married Ira Gothard, William Jr. who married Fannie Hammontree, Martha Jennie who married Alexander Adam Clingan, Mary who married Andrew Jack- son Tucker, Elijah who married Martha Clingan, James Chastain who married Sarah Matilda Harlan Kell and then Sarah Jemima Rogers, Absalom Ellis who married Mary Jane Millsaps, Nancy Ann who married Arch Henry and then William Ellis Bean, Joseph Riley and Sarah.

John R. Blythe married Justin Cadle, then Malinda Jane Harlan Lane, and then Polina Tucker James. The Alexander Clingans settled on a farm three miles northwest of Cleveland, and he was Bradley County's first sheriff. The William E. Beans moved to Calaveras County, Calif.

Blythe's Ferry in 1982 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, the ferry finally stopped operation after the opening of the Highway 60 bridge.

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William Blythe's Timeline

Cherokee Territory, North Carolina, United States
September 23, 1810
Age 20
NC, United States
January 31, 1812
Age 22
Old Cherokee Nation
July 8, 1817
Age 27
July 7, 1824
Age 34
OK, United States
Age 38
Age 66
Indian Territory, North Carolina, United States