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Sugeree Tribe: Speck (1935) suggests Catawba yensr grihere, “people stingy,” or “spoiled,” or “of the river whose-water-cannot-be drunk.” Also called:

  • Suturees, a synonym of 1715.

Sugeree Connections. —No words of their language have been preserved, but there is every reason to suppose that they belonged to the Siouan linguistic family and were closely related to the Catawba, and perhaps still more closely to the Shakori.

Sugeree Location. On and near Sugar Creek in York County, S. C, and Mecklenburg County, N. C.

Sugeree Villages. There were said to be many but their names have not been preserved.

Sugeree History. The Sugeree are hardly mentioned by anyone before Lawson in 1701. They probably suffered in consequence of the Yamasee War and finally united with the Catawba.

Population. No separate enumeration or estimate of the to Sugeree have appears ever to have been made, and Mooney included them in the population of 5,000 allowed the Catawba.

Connection in which they have become noted. The name Sugeree has been preserved in Sugar Creek, an affluent of Catawba River in North and South Carolina.

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