Surname: Whitmire

Biographical Sketch of William W. Whitmire

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now (See Ghigau and Downing).-William Walter, son of Walter Samuel and Nancy Bushyhead (Wilkerson) Whitmire was born in Going Snake District, May 28, 1877, educated in Male Seminary. Married Sept. 10, 1913, Narcissa Taylor, born April 9, 1878. They are the parents of Walter Samuel Jr., and Stand Watie Whitmire, twins, born June 19, 1920. Mr. Whitmire, whose Cherokee name is Wee-li, is a splendid interpreter of the Cherokee English language and is a...

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Slave Narrative of Eliza Whitmire

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Person Interviewed: Eliza Whitmire Location: Vinita, Oklahoma Date of Birth: 1833 Age: 102 My name is Eliza Whitmire. I live on a farm, near Estella, where I settled shortly after the Civil War and where I have lived ever since. I was born in slavery in the state of Georgia, my parents having belonged to a Cherokee Indian of the name of George Sanders, who owned a large plantation in the old Cherokee Nation, in Georgia. He also owned a large number of slaves but I was too young to remember how many he owned. I do not know the exact date of my birth, although my mother told me I was about five years old when President Andrew Jackson ordered General Scott to proceed to the Cherokee country, in Georgia, with two thousand troops and remove the Cherokees by force to the Indian Territory. This bunch of Indians were called the Eastern Emigrants. The Old Settler Cherokees had moved themselves in 1835 when the order was first given to the Cherokees to move out. The weeks that followed General Scott’s order to remove the Cherokees were filled with horror and suffering for the unfortunate Cherokees and their slaves. The women and children were driven from their homes, sometimes with blows and close on the heels...

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Biographies of the Cherokee Indians

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Whatever may be their origins in antiquity, the Cherokees are generally thought to be a Southeastern tribe, with roots in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, among other states, though many Cherokees are identified today with Oklahoma, to which they had been forcibly removed by treaty in the 1830s, or with the lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokees in western North Carolina. The largest of the so-called Five Civilized Tribes, which also included Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminoles, the Cherokees were the first tribe to have...

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