Location: Graham County NC

Prayer We Will Give . . . and often

It was April 2010. I was homeless and living in the Western North Carolina Mountains. A couple had invited me to camp out inside their unoccupied vacation cabin in the Tuskeegee community near Fontana Lake.  Tuskeegee is in Graham County, North Carolina.  Graham is a breathtakingly beautiful place, completely walled in by some of the Eastern United State’s highest mountains.  Its county seat, Robbinsville, is closer to seven other state capitals than it is to Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital. After moving from a tent in the Nantahala Mountains into the cabin on the side of a small mountain, my immediate question was, “What is the name of one of the principal tribal towns of the Creek Confederacy doing in the Great Smoky Mountains?”  The Tuskeegee town site was in short walking distance from the cabin.  Its Cherokee name was Taskegi. 1Some Cherokee scholars are aware that there are two locations for a town named Tvskeke, but tourists are not told this since it would refute the story that the Cherokees have lived in western North Carolina for 10,000 years.  Apparently, most of the Creeks were driven away while the minority joined the Cherokee Alliance.  A Creek “k” sounds like a “g” to English and Cherokee speakers. The original Creek version of the name was Tvskeke. The remnants of some mounds are visible. Its invisible inhabitants evidently were delighted to...

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Tuskegee Indians

Tuskegee Tribe: Meaning unknown, but apparently containing the Alabama term taska, “warrior.” Tuskegee Connections. The original Tuskegee language is unknown but it was probably affiliated with the Alabama, and hence with the southern branch of Muskhogean. Tuskegee Location. The later and best known location of this tribe was on the point of land between Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers, but in 1685 part of them were on the Chattahoochee River near modern Columbus and the rest were on the upper Tennessee near Long Island. (See also Oklahoma and Tennessee) Tuskegee Villages. None are known under any except the tribal name of Tuskegee. Tuskegee History. In 1540 De Soto passed through a town called Tasqui 2 days before he entered Coosa. In 1567 Vandera was informed that there were two places in this neighborhood near together called Tasqui and Tasquiqui, both of which probably belonged to the Tuskegee. By the close of the seventeenth century the Tuskegee appear to have divided into two bands one of which Coxe (1705) places on an island in Tennessee River. This band continued to live on or near the Tennessee for a considerable period but in course of time settled among the Cherokee on the south side of Little Tennessee River, just above the mouth of Tellico, in the present Monroe County, Tennessee. Sequoya lived there in his boyhood. Another place which retained this name,...

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Tuskegee Tribe

Tuskegee Indians. Many dialects were spoken anciently near the junction of the Coosa and Tallapoosa. Adair says: I am assured by a gentleman of character, who traded a long time near the late Alebahma garrison, that within six miles of it live the remains of seven Indian nations, who usually conversed with each other in their own different dialects, though they understood the Muskohge language; but being naturalized, they are bound to observe the laws and customs of the main original body. 1Adair, Hist. Am. Inds., p. 267. Some of these “nations” have already been considered. We now come...

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Graham County, North Carolina Cemetery Transcriptions

North Carolina Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the North Carolina county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Following Cemeteries (hosted at Graham County, North Carolina Tombstone Transcription Project) Adam Cable Cemetery Barker Cemetery Bear Creek Church Cemetery Blankenship Cemetery Breedlove Cemetery Cable Cove Cemetery Campbell-Sherrill Cemetery Carver Cemetery Cedar Cliff Cemetery Chickelelee Cemetery Clyde Cable Cemetery Conseen Cemetery Cornsilk Cemetery Davis Cemetery Denton Cemetery Deyton Cemetery Dobson Hill Cemetery Dry Creek Cemetery Edwards Cemetery Farley Cemetery First Baptist Church Cemetery Gladden Cemetery Greene Cemetery Grindstaff Cemetery Grindstaff Cemetery Guge Cemetery Gunter Cemetery Guy Cable Cemetery Hazie Brown Cemetery Hedrick Cemetery Hickory Creek Gap Cemetery Holder Cemetery Holloway Cemetery Hooper Cemetery (2) Huckleberry Cemetery Hudson Cemetery Hunting Boy Branch Cemetery Jenkins-Santeetlah Baptist Church Cemetery Jenkins-Stecoah Cemetery Johnson Cemetery Jones Cemetery Junaluska Cemetery Ledford Cemetery Lone Oak Cemetery Lower Yellow Creek Cemetery Massey Cemetery McDonald Cemetery Methodist Mission Cemetery Metz Cemetery Millsap Cemetery Mountain Creek Cemetery Odom Cemetery Odom Chapel Cemetery Old Mother Cemetery Orr Cemetery Panther Creek Cemetery Peter Brown Cemetery Phillips Cemetery Randolph Cemetery Rattler Cemetery Rice Cemetery Sawyer’s Creek Cemetery Sellers Cemetery Stratton Cemetery Upper Sawyer’s Creek Cemetery Upper Yellow Creek Cemetery Wachacha Cemetery Wakefield Cemetery Wall Cemetery Welch Cove Cemetery West...

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