Friday, December 30, 2011

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Written by acclaimed novelist (Bertha) and columnist (Rome News-Tribune) Mike Ragland, Courage Wolf was inspired by two things: The true story of Cherokee boys finding the preserved body of a Wolf in the ancient cave in Cave Spring circa1800s and the Cherokee legend of the two wolves that live in the heart of all men.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Where David Vann live at

In the Records of the 4th Board of Cherokee Commissioners records of a Claim to Creek Indian improvements claimed by a Gary Hinant.
Johnson K Rogers, a very well know Cherokee, gave the following testimony:
I was a citizen of the Cherokee nation long before & at the time specified, and know that there was a settlement situated upon Terrapin Creek in the Cherokee country – which lands were sold by the Treaty of 1835 and said town was called “Conjarda Town” and said people who occupied the town were headed by their chief Force-hatchee-fixico. I derived this information from having passed through the town in the month of February 1834, and spent the night of the same day at the house of one David Vann (a Cherokee) in what’s called Vann’s Valley and there found Force-hatchee-fixico & some of his people, to whom I was introduced by Mr. Vann – who informed me that they had left their (Creek) nation, & had settled in the town at the place above designated.

There is more about Hinant in the Special Files of the BIA in Special File #40 but it is about Creek Indians and a fraudulent claim by Hinant.



per Mike Wren

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians, Volume 5 By Lucian Lamar Knight


In 1832, Col. Armstead Richardson was a wealthy citizen of Augusta, Georgia, where he owned a residence on Green Street. At this period he wasinterested in banking and owned a large number of slaves, whom he employed in the operation of his farms in Putnam, Jones and Baldwin counties.
From his home in Augusta, Colonel Richardson often rode on his Spanish mare, "Patty Bean," to Cherokee, Georgia, then occupied by the Indians. In exploring that section he stopped in Pickens County, where he purchased a tract of land known as "Talking Rock." There he opened a marble quarry, a property which he later gave to his son-in-law, William Simmons. That section, although he realized its immense wealth in marble, did not appeal to him. Going to Rome, Georgia, and riding southwest from the confluence of the Etowah and Oostenaula rivers through the beautiful and fertile Vann's Valley, he tarried at the home of the noted Indian chief Joseph Vann, who presented him with his best flint and steel rifle which he carefully preserved through his life. Thrilled by the transcendent beauty of the hills and valleys and streams of the prospect before him, Colonel Richardson purchased a large tract of land in the heart of Vann's Valley, and on this tract is situated the present interesting Town of Cave Spring, now in Floyd County.
In all the Southern states there is not to be found a more beautiful and picturesque spot than this sylvan village. The tall mountain, crowned with majestic oak and hemlock trees pointing to the skies, fringed with the evergreen laurel that reaches to the low grounds beneath the immense cave on the mountain side, and its great volume of water swiftly flowing from its base soon mingling with the crystal waters of Littfe Cedar Creek, forms a scene of beauty and grandeur most inspiring to contemplate.
And here the prophetic vision of Col. Armstead Richardson saw, with the eye of a seer, the foundation of a school for Georgia boys and Georgia girls under the protecting aegis of the prohibition of the sale of all intoxicants or betting and gaming within its boundaries.
In harmony with this high purpose, in June, 1839, he deeded five lots, comprising 200 acres of land, to the trustees of the Manual Labor Institution in Vann's Valley, "to be subject to the following reservations, restrictions and conditions: He also requires said trustees in all sales they make to individuals or companies of any part or parcel of said land or any tenant they may permit to live on any part of said premises, be sold or rented so that no sporting, gaming or vending of intoxicating spirits of any kind shall be allowed; and should said Trustees fail to make or enforce these restrictions they forfeit the above amount ($1,000 for each violation) to Armstead Richardson for himself, his heirs or assigns." And lo! Hears School, a high school for males and females, the state institution for the deaf and dumb, with the expenditure of several hundred thousand dollars upon its buildings, was born in the first temperance town on the globe.
Hearn School, in an environment of such exalted ideals of morality and sobriety, has continued in existence for three-fourths of a century, and the benedictions of its alumni from all portions of the South have blessed the genius of Armstead Richardson. The late Gen. John B. Gordon, one of themost eminent and loved sons of Georgia, was one of the alumni of this institution of learning, and while a student in the same he boarded at the home of Armstead Richardson. A few months before the death of this gallant cavalier of the South he declared: "I feared and revered old Major Richardson, and under his roof and within the walls of old Hearn School I received the inspiration that has carried me safely through both war and peace."
Armstead Richardson, six feet and two inches in height, erect in bearing, stern and imperious was a notable figure in any presence. He was an ardent Baptist and was never intentionally derelict in his loyalty to and observance of its ordinances. A pioneer of Georgia, he was a product of the times which made heroes. Buttressed and sustained by the faith and hope of the Christian tenets represented by the Baptist Church, soon after the close of the Civil war, in the autumn of 1866 this strong and good man went to his eternal rest with the simple confidence and faith of a little child holding the hand of a fond parent while crossing a deep stream.
Everard Hamilton Richardson, Sr., the youngest child of Armstead and Fannie (Long) Richardson, was born at Eatonton, Georgia, July 4, 1814. He was educated by the noted Nothan Beeman, at Mount Zion,. Hancock County, Georgia.
In 1833 he received a diploma from the Medical College of Georgia, at Augusta. In the following year he received the degree of doctor of medicine from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1835 he began the practice of medicine with the celebrated Doctor Foster, at Crawfordsville, Georgia, a friend and contemporary of Alexander H. Stephens. On the 6th of April, 1837, at Pennfield, Greene County, Georgia, was solemnized the marriage of Doctor Richardson to Miss Mary F. Janes, daughter of William and Selah (Gresham) Janes, of that county.
In 1838 Doctor Richardson removed with his wife to what was then known as Cherokee, Georgia, purchasing a large tract of land and settling in Paulding, now Polk County, two and one-half miles from Cedartown. For a number of years he practiced medicine over a large area of territory, but possessing large means, he finally retired from the work of his profession to live a life of leisure, the while he diverted himself by travel and in the entertainment of his friends at his hospitable home. The fortunes of war swept from him most of his large estate, and he endured to the full the tension involved in the great internecine conflict that brought devastation and desolation to the fair Southland. He died at his homestead near Cedartown on the 23rd of May, 1880.
Of his nine children six were reared to years of maturity, the other three having died in infancy. The eldest daughter, Lovicia, who was born in 1840; was educated at the Georgia Female College, at Madison. She was a beautiful and highly accomplished woman. In 1862 she became the wife of Col. J. S. Bryan, lawyer and Confederate soldier, and she died at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in September, 1905. She became the parents of two children, both of whom are deceased. Rosaline. R., the second daughter, was born March 3, 1844, and was educated at Rome, Georgia, this state, under the preceptorship of the famous Major Fouche. In 1868 she wedded G. W. Featherston, a merchant at Cedartown, and here her death occurred in 1893. Her only child, Mrs. F. Bunn, resides at the old Richardson homestead.
Dr. Everard Hamilton Richardson, Jr., the immediate subject of this review, is the eldest of the sons, and the second son, William J., is a prominent and influential planter residing near Cedartown. Armstead, the youngest son, was born at the family homestead, on the 9th of September, 1853, and died at the home of his brother Dr. Everard H. Richardson, in the City of Atlanta, on the 7th of April, 1898, he having remained a bachelor. He was educated at the Hearn School, Cave Spring, and thereafter taught school six years, in Nebraska and Texas. In 1880 he was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law at Cedartown, Georgia. He achieved great success as a lawyer and was elected solicitor general of the Tallapoosa Circuit, in which position he gained reputation for being the most vigorous prosecuting attorney in Georgia. Mary Selah, the youngest of the six children, was born at the old family homestead near Cedartown, on the 17th of September, 1856, and her education was received at Cedartown. In 1880 she became the wife of Mr. H. M. Mountcastle, and she passed to eternal rest in 1900, a lovely and noble Christian woman. She is survived by two children,—Hilliard and William M. The former is a resident of Cedartown and the latter of Atlanta.
Dr. Everard Hamilton Richardson, Jr., was born on the family homestead near Cedartown, Georgia, January 16, 1850. His preliminary education was acquired in the common schools at Cedartown, and in his seventeenth year hecompleted his course of study in the academy for boys at Cave Spring, under M. J. S. Stubbs.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A HISTORY OF THE WILLIAM S. SIMMONS PLANTATION

 A HISTORY OF THE WILLIAM S. SIMMONS PLANTATION

BY KRISTI REED

                 Located near beautiful downtown Cave Spring, the William S. Simmons Plantation is one of the oldest brick residences in Floyd County, Georgia.
                 The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1980. It is also listed on the Georgia Historic Resources Register. It is listed as significant for its history and its architecture.
                 Built in the late 1840s, the house is constructed entirely of handmade red bricks. The brick exterior walls are 18 inches thick. The interior walls are also made of brick and are over 14 inches thick. The two story Greek revival house features nine rooms and over 4,000 square feet of living space.
                 A cook house dating to the early 1800s stands behind the main house. The two-room brick structure has two fireplaces and is constructed entirely of handmade brick. The cook house was originally part of the estate of Cherokee sub-chief David Vann.

DAVID VANN AND THE SIMMONS PLANTATION
In the early part of the 1800s, the area now known as Floyd County, Georgia was still Cherokee Indian territory.  The Cherokee, a peaceful, agrarian people, had established their own democratic government, the Cherokee Nation, and were considered one of the five “civilized” tribes.
David Vann, Cherokee sub-chief and treasurer of the Cherokee nation in the 1840s, was born around 1800 in the valley where Cave Spring, Georgia was settled. The valley was named Vann’s Valley after his father, Avery Vann.
Avery Vann, was the son of a Scottish trader named Clement Vann who married a full-blooded Cherokee named Wa-wli Gam.  Avery is believed to have been Clement’s son by his first marriage to an unknown white woman. Avery married Margaret McSwain, daughter of a white trader named Alexander McSwain and a woman named Nancy Downing. Avery’s step-brother, James Vann, was a powerful, wealthy Cherokee chief known for his fierce temper. His home, Spring Place in Chatsworth, Georgia, is now open as a museum.
Like his uncle, David Vann was also a very wealthy Cherokee planter. Vann was a slaveholder and owned a large plantation consisting of several hundred acres in the area which now comprises downtown Cave Spring.
                 In A History of Rome and Floyd County, Vann is described by the author as “very well educated” and having “a pleasing hand with occasional misspelt words, like most of the Indian leaders.”
                 A letter found in the 1960s in a city vault in Calhoun, Georgia contained a description of a visit to Vann’s home. The letter, written by Herman S. Gold on May 22, 1830 to Gen. D. B. Brinsiade, was a record of Gold’s travel to Creek Path. The letter reads in part:
                 “Tuesday; We visited John Ross, the principal Chief, his house is a long two story building, inside has the appearance of neatness and elegance, here we crossed the Coosa, and passed the tomb of the Cherokee, who was so barbarously murdered by the Georgians. We went along Vann’s Valley, to David Vann’s; his house is elegantly painted outside, and in, and is beautifully clouded and furnished with the nicest kind of furniture, his wife amused us in the evening by playing most charmingly on her Piano, They are both descendants of Cherokee’s.”
It was shortly before the time of this letter that gold was discovered in Georgia.
As miners rushed to the state seeking to stake their claims on the land, the pressure to rid the land of Cherokees mounted. In 1829, the Indian Removal Act was introduced in Congress. Senators Daniel Webster and Henry Clay delayed passage until 1830.
Vann, along with other wealthy Cherokee planters as well as the rest of the members of the Cherokee Nation, suddenly found themselves facing the prospect of losing their lands.
In December of 1831, legislation was enacted in Georgia to create Cherokee County, a vast area covering most of the northern part of the state.
Cherokee chief John Ross decided to fight the legislation within the court system. David Vann was initially a member of the Ross party. Eventually, Vann joined other prominent Cherokees including the Ridges in their efforts to negotiate a treaty with the United States government and end the persecution of their people at the hands of Georgians.
Ultimately though, Vann disagreed with the treaty terms that Ridge and others negotiated at New Echota. Vann refused to sign the treaty—a decision which would save his life when other treaty leaders were brutally executed in 1839.
Ross fought the federal government’s efforts to remove the Cherokee until 1838 when he finally realized his efforts were futile. Ross accompanied his people on the “Trail of Tears”. His wife was one of the many Cherokee that died as a result the grueling conditions of the forced march westward.
                 It is not known at what point David Vann relinquished his land to the state of Georgia and moved west.  In 1835, Vann was listed in Cherokee Census. According to the census records, in addition to Vann, there were three males under the age of 18 in Vann’s household and two females over the age of 16. Vann owned seven male slaves and six female slaves. His estate was valued at over $11,000 in the 1835 Cherokee valuations.
Vann’s plantation would be divided up as part of the fourth section of the third district of what was then Cherokee County. The lots which would become part of the William S. Simmons Plantation were part of Vann’s estate.

THE GOLD LOTTERY
While most of Cherokee County was divided into 160-acre land districts, approximately one third of the territory, including that in present day Floyd County, was subdivided into 40-acre “gold” lots to be distributed by means of Georgia’s seventh land lottery.
For a grant fee of $10, any bachelor, widow or married man who had resided in Georgia for at least three years was entitled to at least one draw in the gold lottery. Married men who were heads of family were entitled to two draws.
The William S. Simmons Plantation was pieced together from six of the 35,000 40-acre land lots issued during the Georgia gold lottery of 1832. The land lots involved were lots 859, 860, 869, 870, 797 and 798.      
                 Armistead Richardson, a wealthy landowner and one of the founders of Cave Spring, began accumulating lots in the early 1830s. Richardson was born around 1789 in Culpepper Co., Virginia, and died Apr 02, 1867 in Cave Spring, Georgia. He married Elizabeth Peterson Griggs (born September 25, 1806), the daughter of Jesse Griggs and Rebecca Peterson. They had five children: Peterson, Francis, Everard, Elizabeth and Anne.
                 Richardson’s first known acquisition of the land that would eventually comprise the Simmons plantation was on December 24, 1835 when he purchased land lot 797 from Simeon C. Ellington.
                 On January 7, 1836, Richardson purchased land lot 860 from Able Moore and Bryan Moore for $50. The next month, on February 9, 1836, Richardson acquired land lot 798 from Robert Ware. Land lot 798 was drawn by Clark Martin (or Martin Clark) who had sold it to Robert Ware for $90 in early 1836.
                 On October 12 of that year, Richardson bought land lot 869 from William Smith for $100. This lot had been previously sold to Smith by William L. Candler and Elisha Calhoun. Moses S. Duke was the original owner of lot 869. Duke received a grant to the property on January 5, 1836. The index to grantors and grantees in Floyd County does not indicate when the land was transferred from Duke to Candler and Calhoun or if any other party owned the property prior to Smith’s acquisition sometime in 1836.
                 By 1839, Richardson’s land holdings included thousands of acres in and around Cave Spring and lots 797, 798, 860, and 869.  Lots 859 and 870 would be added to the plantation by his son-in-law, William S. Simmons.

WILLIAM S. SIMMONS
                 On December 31, 1839, Richardson sold land lots 797, 798 and 860 to William S. Simmons for $2,500. Simmons was the son-in-law of Armistead Richardson. He had married Richardson’s youngest daughter Anne on July 19th, 1839. Anne was 18 years of age at the time of the land purchase.  Simmons acquired land lot 859 in 1840. The lot was purchased from Hosea Camp, who would later sell Simmons lot 870. Simmons executed a promissory note to Hosea Camp on 1-31-1840 in the amount of $2,140 for the 80 acres of lots 859 and 860. Simmons also purchased an additional parcel of land from Richardson that year. On March 25, 1840 Simmons bought 2.25 acres of land lot 869 from Richardson for a cost of $100. The deed is barely legible, but makes reference to granting use of a spring house on the property.  The remainder of lot 869, 37.75 acres, was transferred to Simmons in August of 1842. It appears that this land was held in trust for the Methodist Episcopal Church in Vann’s Valley.
                 At this point, Simmons owned at least 200 acres of what would become known as the William S. Simmons Plantation.  During the next five years, Simmons would add land lot 870 to his holdings. The 40 acres of land lot 870, were purchased on May 20, 1847 from Hosea Camp for the sum of $1,000. The plantation house was constructed on lot 870. It is not known if the house had been constructed, or was under construction, at the time of this sale.                              
                 Land lot 870 is also the site of the brick cook house. This cook house is believed to be part of the estate of David Vann. Vann was dispossessed of his estate holdings during the Cherokee removal. The property valuations conducted during that time list numerous outbuildings on Vann’s plantation. The brick cook house is believed to be the kitchen referred to in the property listing.
                 Thomas Blackburn won lot 870 in the 1832 Georgia gold lottery. He claimed the land on January 11, 1834. It is not known when or if Blackburn took physical possession of the property. Blackburn sold the property to Luke Johnson on November 26, 1834 for the sum of $500. The deed describes the property as “being the lot where David Vann’s buildings stand.” The following year, on June 5, 1835, Johnson sold the 40 acres of lot 870 to Camp for $775.
By mid-1847, Simmons had enlarged his plantation to include 240 acres.               
William and Anne Simmons are known to have had one surviving child, a daughter named Rebecca. Their son, Armistead Richardson Simmons died on June 18, 1846. He was eight months and three days old at the time of his death. The following year, Simmons sold his plantation.

“THE LAKE HOUSE”
                 On December 27, 1847, William S. Simmons sold land lots 797, 798, 859, 860, 869 and 870 to Carter Sparks for $5,000. As part of the deal, Sparks gave Simmons a promissory note in the amount of $1,000 payable in full by December 25, 1850.
Little is known about Sparks other than that he appeared to be quite wealthy. The 1852 Floyd County tax digest shows that Sparks holdings were valued at $25,687, including 32 slaves valued at $13,750.
                 Less than two years later, Sparks sold the plantation to James Lake for $5,000. At the time of this sale, the plantation totaled 240 acres and was made up of land lots 859, 860, 869, 870, 797 and 798.
                 In A History of Rome and Floyd County, reference is made to Cherokee sub-chief David Vann, the original owner of the Lake property, living temporarily at “The Lake House” in July of 1850.
The book includes a transcript of a letter written by Vann on August 27, 1850 while in Washington, D.C. to Mr. William Smith of Rome, Georgia. The letter states:
Dear Sir: I wrote to you some time since informing you that I would be glad to hear from you respecting our silver mine in Alabama, but have not yet received anything from you. Will you be kind enough to write me a few lines and let me know how you are getting along? I have determined to go that way when I leave here for home. I cannot say when that will be. It may be some time in October.
“I have no idea that I can get away before Congress adjourns & there is no time set yet for the adjournment of Congress, though I will let you know before I leave when I will be at your house. I wrote a few lines to Major Richardson a few days ago requesting him to save me some peech seed from my old orchard (those large white peeches).
I have no news but what you see in the papers. Mr. Clay has got back this morning. He has been absent ever since his Compromise bill was defeated. The Senate has passed all the measures that he had in his Compromise bill separately with very slight alterations. Give my respects to your family and accept for yourself my best wishes for your health and prosperity.
                 Your friend and obt. svt., David Vann.”
                 It is not known what Vann’s connection was to Lake or why he was in Cave Spring in 1850. The possibility exists that Vann passed through the area on his way to Washington, D.C. where he had been dispatched as a representative of the Cherokee Nation.
                 James Lake was a wealthy landowner in Cave Spring. Lake served on the board of trustees for the Cherokee Wesleyan Institute and on the board of the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring (then known as the Georgia Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb). He is referred to in some documents as Major James Lake, presumably of the army of the Confederate States of America.             
                 Lake’s property was valued at $19,160 in the 1852 Floyd County Tax Digest. The digest lists his holdings as including 280 acres and 10 slaves valued at $6,500.
                 According to information provided by previous owners of the William S. Simmons Plantation, Lake died in the 1860s and his property was sold at public auction by his administrator Joseph Ford.                 
                 T.H. Lake, the guardian of James Lake’s children, bought the property at public auction on December 4, 1866 for $2,000. T.H. Lake was the guardian for Maria, William, Lizzie P., Joseph H and James C. Lake. According to the deed, T.H. Lake resigned his guardianship to W.M. Friend. This transfer took place in Mobile, Alabama. Friend became the guardian of James Lake’s three youngest children, the other two having come of age.
                 At this time, the Lake estate went up for public auction and was advertised in the August 10, 1873 edition of The Atlanta Constitution. According to the full page advertisement placed in the newspaper, the property was to be sold on October 7, 1873. However, records show that Friend purchased all 240 acres on July 7, 1873.
                 Two years later, in 1875, Friend sold what was then known as “The Lake Farm” to William T. Gibson.

THE MONTGOMERY HOUSE
                 After less than four years of ownership, William T. Gibson sold the Lake farm to Green Cunningham on September 10, 1879 for $5,000. At the time of the sale, The Lake Farm was comprised of 160 acres carved out of lots 860, 797 and parts of land lots 798, 859, 870 and 869.
                 Cunningham died less than six years later on February 13, 1885. Cunningham was 68 years of age having been born May 22, 1817. In his will, he bequeathed the property to Willie Pamelia Bobo Montgomery. Willie was the niece of Cunningham’s wife, Jincay Bobo and was Cunningham’s legally adopted daughter. Jincay, born February 16, 1814, had preceded her husband in death on February 23, 1883.
Willie was married to James Middleton Montgomery. They had nine children. Mr. Montgomery died May 9, 1899. He died 22 days shy of his 53rd birthday. His daughter, Lucille Montgomery (born August 15, 1885), purchased the property on September 24, 1937. Mrs. Willie Montgomery, Lucille’s mother, was still living in the house. By this time, the home was known as “the Montgomery House.” Willie Montgomery passed away on October 14, 1943. Lucille Montgomery continued living in the house until her death on October 12, 1967.
The Montgomery’s oldest daughter and Lucille’s older sister, Rosalie, was born on September 9, 1879. She married Charles Morgan Sewell in August of 1904. Their daughter, Lavinia Sewell, became the eventual owner of the property when she and her husband, J.H. Wesley, purchased the property in 1969.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley were preceded in death by two sons. Upon Lavinia Wesley’s death, the property passed to her nephew, Charles Whitaker Sewell, and her niece Elizabeth Sewell Arnold.

RESTORATION BEGINS
After sitting vacant for several years and falling into disrepair, the house was purchased by Ina Benton Black on February 15, 2008. The sale included approximately 1.3 acres surrounding the house as well as the brick cook house constructed as part of David Vann’s estate at least 170 years earlier.
The interior wall surfaces are plaster over brick. The parlor, two bedrooms, the upstairs hall and foyer feature hand painted murals in a multitude of colors. Though the walls have suffered damage over the years, the colors are remarkably vibrant and the painting exquisitely detailed. Upon close examination, the brush strokes are still visible. The finest work may be seen in the parlor where the artist did his most elaborate work, including an ornate religious motif over the doorway. The murals in the parlor have gold leaf detail. The artist also used gold leaf to decorate the ceiling and cornices.
The floors are made of heart pine and every room except one includes a carved mantel original to the house. On two of these mantels, the remnants of a faux marbleized paint finish can still be seen. It is believed this faux marbleizing was done by the same artist that painted the interior murals.
Another unique aspect of the home is the extensive wood trim throughout the house. Many of the doors and even some of the trim was decorated with a technique known as faux bois, or painting ordinary wood to look like a more expensive wood. The technique gives the doors the appearance of having panels when in fact there are none. Much of the trim is also painted to simulate wood grain.
Ms. Black is currently working to repair and restore the property. At this time, much progress has been made towards restoring this fine home to its original grandeur.


Copyright Kristi Reed 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Avery Vanns Holdings Went To James Hemphill

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Andrea Montgomery Adams 
Avery Vanns holdings went to James Hemphill. James Hemphill mortgage the land to a bank that failed. It was called Ruckersville. By 1843 James Hemphill got the job as U.S. Fed Choctow Agent and moved to Mississippi with this Madison Montgomery (son of Hugh Lawson Montgomery.) All of James Hemphills holdings went to William Montgomery in 1843. William Montgomery, starting with $10,000 in his home lent out money in the form of IOUs. A man named James Berry asked his slave to ask William Montgomery's slave where the money was in the house. He stole it in 1850. Its contents were $7000 in silver coins and $3000 in IOU's. The newspaper said that James Berry was a well liked judge and the town needed to stop gossiping about it. We think the Barker cabin is Avery Vanns because it matches the size of Avery Vanns evaluation of improvements when he left for Oklahoma.
§  Avery Vanns Holdings Went To James Hemphill. James Hemphill Mortgage The Land To A Bank That Failed. It Was Called Ruckersville. By 1843 James Hemphill Got The Job As U.S. Fed Choctow Agent And Moved To Mississippi With This Madison Montgom...
Inventory Notebook Of Property Belonging To The Cherokees Of Floyd County, Georgia, 1838
MS 927 Cherokee Indian Papers, Folder 3, Item 10

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Children of AVERY VANN and MARGARET MCSWAIN Note Where David Vann Was Born

Children of AVERY VANN and MARGARET MCSWAIN are:
47. i. JOSEPH TEAULTLE5
 VANN, b. February 11, 1798; d. April 04, 1873, CNW.
48. ii. DAVID VANN, b. January 01, 1800, Cave Spring, Floyd Co, GA; d. December 23, 1863.
iii. CHARLES VANN (Source: Emmet Starr, Downing 1-4-4-9.), b. Abt. 1802; d. Aft. 1837 (Source: no issue.); m. (1)
ELIZA WEST (Source: Emmet Starr, Ghigau 1-1-5-3.); b. December 27, 1813; d. November 06, 1861; m. (2) SUSIE
ALEXANDER (Source: Emmet Starr, E Starr, 338.), Bef. 1836; b. Abt. 1818; d. Aft. 1851



More About CHARLES VANN:
Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = Wolf clan (H Fawling)
Note: 1837, E236, from Vann's Valley, GA "horses stolen in 1832 & traced to Philpot's place"
Notes for ELIZA WEST:
Starr's Ghigau 1-1-5-3 Eliza West is only listed as married to Leroy Markham.
More About ELIZA WEST:
Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = Wolf Clan (Nanye'hi)
More About SUSIE ALEXANDER:
1851 Old Settler roll: Skin Bayou, 51 as Sheesy Vann (1896 pg 448)
Note: 1836, E236 as Susan Vann, heir to Andrew Vann, witnessed by Charles Vann, husband of Susan
49. iv. MARGARET VANN, b. Abt. 1803.
v. AVE VANN III, b. Abt. 1804.12
50. vi. ANDREW JACKSON MARION VANN, b. Abt. 1805; d. Abt. 1836, Cuba.
51. vii. NANNIE VANN, b. Abt. 1805.
viii. CATHERINE VANN (Source: Emmet Starr, Downing 1-4-4-6.), b. Abt. 1808; d. Aft. 1851 (Source: no issue.); m. (1)
WILLIAM WILLIAMS (Source: Emmet Starr, E Starr, 338.); b. Abt. 1800; m. (2) JOHN ROGERS II (Source: Emmet
Starr, Cordery 1-2-4.); b. Abt. 1818.
More About CATHERINE VANN:
1851 Old Settler roll: Saline, 68 as Katie Williams (1896 pg 194)
Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = Wolf clan (H Fawling)
52. ix. MARY VANN, b. Abt. 1810.
x. CLEMENT VANN (Source: Emmet Starr, Downing 1-4-4-10.), b. Abt. 1816 (Source: no issue.).
More About CLEMENT VANN:
Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = Wolf clan (H Fawling)
53. xi. SALLIE VANN, b. January 28, 1818, Georgia; d. May 28, 1882, West of Oolahah, CNW.
54. xii. KEZIAH VANN, b. Abt. 1819; d. Bet. 1851 - 1895.
55. xiii. ELIZABETH VANN, b. November 02, 1820; d. December 11, 1896.
56. xiv. ELIZA VANN, b. Abt. 1822; d. October 29, 1845.
xv. CLARA VANN (Source: Emmet Starr, Downing 1-4-4-14.), b. Abt. 1824 (Source: no issue.).
More About CLARA VANN:
Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = Wolf clan (H Fawling)
xvi. JANE JENNIE VANN (Source: Emmet Starr, Downing 1-4-4-15.), b. Abt. 1826 (Source: no issue.).
More About JANE JENNIE VANN:
Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = Wolf clan (H Fawling)
xvii. JAMES VANN, b. Abt. 1828.
Child of AVERY VANN and CHEROKEE WOMAN is:
xviii. VANN5
, b. Abt. 1800; m. JOHN MAW; b. Abt. 1800; d. Bef. 1861.
Notes for JOHN MAW:
Indian Pioneer Papers, Interview #5370, "The Recollections of a Cherokee Freedmen"; Dennis Vann [who 's mother
was a slave of Ave Vann] "...John Maw, a son-in-law [of Ave Vann]... tried to whip an old slave named Uncle Joe, who
cut John Maw half in two with a bowie-knife.  Maw died and Uncle Joe was mobbed by a gang of men and beheaded
and his head stuck on a pole.