An Irish & Indian History

Time seems to fly by in the summer for me. Time with the grandson and discussions family have had me searching for information and getting a perspective that helps me to understand the progress made and the lack there of also. I recently read an article on Choctaw and...

Hayesville, NC 1800’s

Hayesville, NC.  From what is now my home in Towns County Ga., just 6 miles away. From the ancestral home of the Cherokee, a couple of centuries away. It is my understanding the first white to settle in that area was John Moore. It was certainly wild country at...

The Return Home

I do apologize for the lateness of this entry. I am working on some rather interesting responses to these blogs but have not secured all I want for them yet. With that being said, let’s explore some of the People that chose to walk home!  Some members of the...

In the EARLY 1800’S, UNION COUNTY

In the early 1800's and late 1700's the whites began to encroach on the Cherokee lands.  They married Cherokee women and raised families.  As a result of that, they were welcomed into the Cherokee Nation.  Their children were considered Cherokee in all...

New Year Traditions from Appalachia

 John C. Campbell Folk School has the odd tradition of shooting a pair of boxer shorts out of a cannon as midnight draws near. I’ve been there to see it, but I’ve never known exactly why they do it. Dropping a possum at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve is most...

A Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Thanksgiving – Coming up it meant family, food and going around the table saying what we are gratefulfor in our own lives. We were taught it was a time where the Indians shared fare and the Pioneers weregrateful or “Thankful” for their neighbors. The knowledge they...

Towns County by any other name?

Most times when I am researching a family or an area here, I am looking at Union County/Blairsville as that is where the family, I try to follow backwards, is located now.  But since I reside in Towns County, I sometimes get sidetracked. This ramble may well be...

A MILL ON CANE CREEK

Near the entrance to Southern Mill Estates are some stones.  These stones are not random, they are the remains of the dam on Cane Creek. All that was part of an old mill that created flour and meal for the Choestoe (rabbit) settlement.  Named the Southern...

The river the Cherokee Nation chose to keep

In a small article in the Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper on January 7, 1829, which was a Wednesday by the way, you will find a resolution by the House of Representatives.   This article states that the Secretary of War be directed to lay before the House a report...

The Hiawassee Purchase

The history in this area just fascinates me and fortunately I have a friend that is native born and likes it when I do some research to talk about here. In the recollections of Jack Hilderbrand in the summer of 1908, he recounts how his father was sent here by the...