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April 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm in reply to: Norton's diary, A John Walker, maybe one of the mysterious Lunenburg CO,VA cher-link #36344
My family Grand dad forward is Walker. I was tied up on this search until I found a group of Walkers in Wayne County Georgia that Died near 1880 of Consumption and many brothers died and all children distributed to other Walker families in Both Ga. and N.C. George Washington walker and Nancy McDonald (Cherokee) from Spring Place Ga. raised my GDad from 1880 until adult. He was Franklin and lived with His parents from 1868 to 1880. father was John and mother Sidney Jacobs. Also Keziah walker female name was Seminole interwed into Walker. This is what I have execpt for Lots of walkers in Colleton S.C. and all around Catawba reservation at Ayor S.C. Also Fairfield S.C. was many Walkers and Wolf Pit N.C.
Enjoy all the blogs by Marc. Wanted to share what I have found. In my and your case it sounds like we both have people from many countrys that took Indian wifes or husbands. With names like McIntosh, Hicks, Jacobs, Walker and Bennett and many more, we know that these of European and Indian descent were classified as Deer Clan. In Tuscarora or Iroquois tribe these people of mixed race was Called Eel Clan. Many of the 49ers that went to California in the GOLD RUSH days were found to be these Deer Clan Mixed Breeds.
spilleddi;33448 wrote: I’m looking at a map from a reprint of Thomas Harriet’s A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, from 1590. The map shows a tribe called Chawanook in NE North Carolina. I know Spaniards reached that area before the English, but I don’t believe the French did.
I’m descended from Mariah Bennett born in 1782, married James Huggins in NC. Another Bennett woman married Jame’s brother. I haven’t researched this branch of my family, but may Huggins family does have Lumbee and African from their Ivey family, also Creek and Jewish from their Weldon family.
The reestablished Chowans of North Carolina has purchased land at Bennetts Creek in Gates County and will start their new place soon according to the Chowanoc/Meherrin tribal site
Katfish;37144 wrote: My connection to the Chowan comes through my third great Grandmother America Baker. Her third great Grandfather is the John Freeman mentioned below. John Freeman married the daughter of Chief Thomas Hoyter, Tabitha Hoyter. This marriage into the tribe, apparently, gave John the ability to sell Chowan land.
In 1751, the headmen of the tribe, James Bennett and John Robbins, Indians, and John Freeman, planter sold the Chowan land to Richard Freeman, in the following deed:
Chowan County – To all to whom these presents shall come we James Bennet & John Robins Chowan Indians & John Freeman Planter of the County and Province aforesaid Know Ye that we the aforesaid James Bennet, John Robins & John Freeman for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty Pounds Lawfull money of Great Britain to us in hand paid by Richard Freeman of the county and Province aforesaid, Planter, the receipt of which we do hereby acknowledge have granted bargained sold conveyed confirmed & deliver and do by these presents grant Bargain Sell Convey Confirm and Set Over unto the aforesaid Richard Freeman one certain tract or parcel of land & pocoson lying on the No. side of Bennets Creek commonly called & known by the name of the Chowan Indian Land Two Hundred acres by Estimation beginning on Blanchards Line running then west … together with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the said Richard Freeman, his heirs and assigns forever hence they yielding and paying to our Sovereign Lord the King the yearly quit rents of and by(?) required for every hundred acres hereby granted by the said James Bennet, John Robins and John Freeman as aforesaid to the said Richard Freeman his heirs..the aforesaid James Bennet, John Robins, & John Freeman and do bind ourselves and each of our heirs and by these presents to forever warrant and defend unto the said Richard Freeman his heirs and the above mentioned tract or parcel of land and pocoson from all manner of persons whatever…whereof we the aforesaid Ja. Bennet, Jn Robins Chowan Indians and John Freeman, Planter have hereunto set our hand and seals this — of January, 1751
Signed & Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Richard Garret, Reuben Hinton, George S. Outlaw – Chowan County for January County Court 1751
These may testify that the within Deed of Sale of Land from James Bennet, John Robins, & John Freeman to Richard Freeman was duly proved in open Court by the oath of Richard Garret and on motion is ordered to be registered. Registered January 23, 1751
Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of:
Richard Garret, James B. Bennett, Reuben Hinton, John R. Robins, George S. Outlaw, John Freeman
Chowan County January County Court 1751
Present His Majesties Justices These may codify that the within Deed of Sale of Land from James Bennet John Robins & John Freeman to Richard Freeman is hereby proved in open Court by the oath of Richard Garret & on Motion is ordered to be Registered. Registered Jan 23, 1751
Good researching here. This does make you Chowan/Chownoke just as my family also. When they were defeated by the North and South Carolina militia in order to obtain land in Gates County NC then it was decided that selling was a better deal than being killed as well. This land was sold in the face of tribal genecide as was most indian land sales. Good thing was the tribe were adopted into the Creek Indians of SC(Catawabas,Beaver Creek Cheraws)
I have been told by other ancestry researcher that the name Willis as a last name were a family from the islands, maybe Bahama, Bermuda, or etc. Anyone know of this.