Cherokee Chiefs & Related Kin & Other Notable Cherokees and Historical Cherokee Sites - Family Tree for Smith, Adair, Drew, Buffington

Family Tree: Cherokee Chiefs & Related Kin & Other Notable Cherokees and Historical Cherokee Sites

Home to 130 Smith family members, 65 Adair descendants, 62 members of the Drew family and family histories of 87 other surnames; this website was created on Nov 15 2004 and last updated on Apr 03 2014. The Family Trees on this website contain 2999 relatives and 224 photos. If you have any questions or comments you may send a Message to the Administrator of this site.

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  • This website is to honor those who have led our Cherokee People; it is a continuing website--all information came from the internet; it is intertwined with my other website at: Alice's Corner and referals will be noted. **Please do not take everything as factual because all information came from the internet!!! PLEASE EMAIL CORRECTIONS TO ME. Special mention and sources: "Cherokee Lineages" by James R. Hicks and "The History of the Cherokee Indians" by Emmet Starr. *Indicates that they are finished. The following lists come from: The Cherokee Nation website: and other sources: EARLY CHEROKEE CHIEFS: *Moytoy, *Moytoy (Pigeon of Tellico) (1730-60); *Atakullakulla (1760-1775); *Oconostota (1775-1780); *Hanging Maw (1780-1792); Little Turkey (1792-1801); *Black Fox (1801-1811); *Pathkiller (1811-1827); *Charles Renatus Hicks (1827); *William Abraham Hicks (1826-1828); *John Ross (1828-1839) prior to being elected under the 1839 Constitution in Indian Territory; *Chief Major Ridge & son *John Ridge; *Sour Mush; Chief Kelechule; Chief Sleeping Rabbit; Chief Roman Nose. OTHER EARLY CHEROKEE CHIEFS: *Ostenaco (War Chief)--French & Indian War; *Oconstota(Cunne Shote, Stalking Turkey or Standing Turkey)--one of 3 Cherokee Chiefs who travelled to London in 1762 to see King George III (nephew of the Chief "Old Hop"); *Old Hop; *Doublehead; *Chief (Major) George Lowrey; *Asst. Chief George Lowrey; *Chief Red Bird; *Chief John Watts Jr.; *Chief White Path, *Chief Fly Smith; *Chief Chulioa (Shoeboot); OTHER CHIEFS, TOWN CHIEFS, AND IMPORTANT CHEROKEE People: *Sequoyah (George Guess);*Chief James Vann and son *Joseph Vann; *David Vann; *Chief John Benge; *Robert "Bob" Benge; *William "Will" Penn Adair Rogers, *Ned Christie; *George Washington Fields Jr.; *Richard George Fields, Capt. & Judge; *Houston B. Teehee; *US Sen. *Robert L. Owen; *NANCY (Nanye'hi) WARD; *Princess Cornblossom Doublehead and husband Jacob "Big Jake Troxell; *Diana "Talihina" Rogers and husband Sam Houston; *The Terrapin; Commission Appointed by Pres. Cleveland in 1893: *CN Senator William H. Hendricks Jr. (Pres.); James M. Keys; Thomas R. Knight, Coffee Woodall, and Darius E. Ward (Sec.); *CN/Sen. & Judge John Gunter Schrimsher; *Stephen Riley Lewis; *Rev. Jesse Bushyhead; OLD SETTLER CHIEFS (AR): *Col. John Bowles (1795-1813); Takatoka (1813-1818); Tahlonteskee (1818-1819); *John Jolly (1819-1838); *John Rogers Jr. (1838-1839); *John Looney (1838-Apr. 22, 1839 and July 1839-Sep 1839, when the Oklahoma Settler (Western) Cherokee signed an agreement with the Eastern Cherokee, and the Cherokee Nation's 1839 Constitution was signed into agreement; Third Chief: *Thomas Chishom; *Chief Black Coat. CONSTITUTIONAL CHIEFS OF THE CHEROKEE NATION (Federally Recognized Tribe)(IT & OK): *John Ross (1827-1866); *William Potter Ross (1866-1867, 1872-1875); *Lewis Downing (1867-1872); *Charles Thompson (1875-1879); *Dennis Bushyhead (1879- 1888); *Joel Bryan Mayes (1888-1891); *Colonel Johnson Harris (1891-1895); *Samuel H. Mayes (1895-1899); *Thomas Mitchell Buffington (1899-1903); *William C. Rogers (1903-1907) (served until 1917 in various capacities); *W. W. Keeler (1971-1975) (served since 1949, as named by US Presidents (see Chief for A Day); *Ross Swimmer (1975-1985); *Wilma Mankiller (1985-1995); *Joe Byrd (1995-1999); *Chadwick "Corntassel" Smith (1999); Acting Chief Joe Crittenden; Bill John Baker; CHEROKEE CHIEFS OF TEXAS: *John Bowles (*See Old Settler Chiefs, moved from MO to AR to TX, died in 1839); Big Mush (Hard Mush, and Gatunwali)(Diplomat or "War Chief") died in 1839;*Richard Fields (killed in 1827) (shared leadership with John Bowles); *Tah-chee or "Dutch" refused to go to from AR to IT, settled in east Texas; KEETOOWAH CHEROKEES (Federally Recognized Tribe in OK): *Redbird Smith and sons: *Sam Smith, *John Redbird Smith; *Oce Hogshooter, Alex Deerinwater, Lincoln Towle; CHEROKEE CHIEFS OF THE EASTERN BAND, NC (Federally Recognized Tribe): *Will Thomas (White Chief of the Cherokee), *Chief Drowning Bear, *Chief James Billy; *Chief Junaluska (Snow Bird Clan); *Flying Squirrel (Call-lee-high) Principal Chief and John Jackson (0-wah-ben-tee) 2nd Chief (1870-75); *Lloyd R. Welch (1875-80); *Nimrod Jarret Smith (1880-91); Stilweel Saunooke (1891- 85); Andy Standing deer (1895-99); Jesse Reed (1899-1903); Bird Saloloneeta (1903-07); John G. Welch (1907-11); Joseph A. Saunooke (1911-15); David Blythe (1915-19); Joseph A. Saunooke (1919-23); Sampson Owl (1923-27); John A. Tahquette (1927-31); *Jarrett Blythe 3 terms: (1931-47) (1955-59) (1963-67 (Retired); Jesse Reid; Leon Jones; Michell Hicks; Jonathan L. Taylor; CHEROKEE CHIEFS OF THE CIVIL WAR (IT): During the Civil War years, the Cherokee Nation was divided into factions--the Northern and Southern. The National Council was dismissed and Chief John Ross was in Philadelphia. Both sides attempted to conduct business when necessary. Temporary Chiefs were chosen to lead for both sides. [UNION CHIEFS]: *Major Thomas Peggs (1862-1863); Smith Christie (1863); and *Lewis Downing (1864-1866) *See Constituional Cherokee Chiefs. [CONFEDERATE CHIEFS]: *Stand Watie (assumed the title of Chief for the Southern Cherokees for a while); John Spears, and Samuel McDaniel Taylor. CHEROKEE CHIEFS FOR A DAY (Cherokee Nation IT & OK): Appointed by US Pres., for a day at a time to sign documents, among other such duties. *Andrew Bell Cunningham, Chief for 17 days: Nov. 8-25, 1919; Edward M. Fry, Chief for 1 day: June 23, 1923; *Richard B. Choate, Chief for 1 day, 1925; *Charles J. Hunt, Chief for 1 day: Dec. 27, 1928; *Oliver P. Brewer, Chief for 1 day: May 26, 1931; *William W. Hasting, Chief for 1 day: Jan. 22, 1936; *Jesse B. Milam, Chief for 1 day: Apr. 14, 1942 and also for 6 years from May 18, 1943 to May 8, 1949; *William W. Keeler, Chief for 22 years: July 1949 until Aug 1971 when he was elected by the Cherokee people and served until 1975. ASST. CHIEFS OF THE CHEROKEE NATION [IT & OK]: [Source: Chronicles of OK] *Joseph Vann 29 Sep 1839-26 Jun 1840); Anderson Vann 26 Jun 1840-43; George Lowrey (1843-51); *Richard Fox Taylor (1851-55); John Spear (1855-59); Joseph Vann (1859-62),(1867-1871); Robert Buffington Daniel (1871-16 Jan 1872); James Vann (23 Nov 1872-75); David Rowe (1875-79); William P. Adair (1879-21 Oct 1880); *Rabbit Bunch (1880-5 Nov 1887); *Samuel Smith (1887-91); Henry Chambers (Nov & Dec 1891); *Rev. Stephen Teehee (23 Dec 1891-95); *George Washington Swimmer (1895-1903); *David McNair Faulkner (3 Aug 1903-30 Jun 1904). CHEROKEE ARTISTS: *Talmadge Davis; OTHER FAMOUS CHEROKEES: Granville "Oral" Roberts and son Richard Roberts, evangelists; *For other famous people, *click on the 2 links listed below. 0THER CHEROKEE TRIBES: There seem to be many Cherokee Tribes: Many Cherokees hid during the removal and many stayed at locations along the Trail of Tears. Many states have state recognized bands--AL has at least 4; GA, MO, AR, TX, CA...even Mexico!! All of these Cherokees have the same blood in their veins as those in OK and NC! My main goal was to list those found mainly in the Cherokee Nation of OK. Miscellaneous Cherokee Information: (1) *Legend of "Tsali" (Look under Tsali); (2) *Legend of the Cherokee Rose (look under Cherokee Rose); *Legend of the Rose Rock (look under Rose Rock); *Cherokee Village/Towns (look under Cherokee); *Seven Clans (look under Seven Clans); The Seven Ceremonies of the Cherokee (look under Seven Ceremonies); Cherokee Sacred Colors (look under Sacred Colors); Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties (look Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties); Cherokee Tradition Clothing (look under clothing); HISTORICAL CHEROKEE SITES (*indicates finished): (1) *Brainerd Mission and *Brainerd Mission Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN; (2) *Ross' Landing, Chattanooga, TN; (3) *Chief John Ross Home, Rossville, GA; (4) *Red Clay, TN; (5) *Tellico Blockhouse, Vonore, TN (6) *Fort Loudon, Vonore, TN; (7) *The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Vonore, TN; (8) *Junaluska Museum (See Chief Junaluska); (9) *Qualla Boundary (Eastern NC Cherokees) and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee NC; 10) Dahlonega Gold Museum, GA; (11) *Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home (see Major Ridge); (12) *Chief James Vann Home (see Chief James Vann & Joseph "Rich Joe" Vann); (13) *Cherokee Removal Forts (see Forts, Cherokee Removal); (14) *New Echota, GA; (15) *Tahlequah, OK, Historic Chreokee Sites and Monuments; (16) *Murrell Home at Park Hill, OK *See Murrell; (17) *Sequoyah's Home at Sallisaw, OK, (*see George Guess); *Cherokee Warrior Memorial (located at the Cherokee Tribal Complex, Tahlequah, OK): see Memorial, Cherokee Warrior.

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