Kealedji Tribe

According to native tradition this was a branch of Tukabahchee, but, if so, it must have separated at a very early date. Gatschet says that the name appears to refer to a warrior’s headdress, containing the words ika, his head, and a verb meaning to kill (iłäidshäs, I kill). 1Also on plate 3. This seems probable. At any rate the name evidently is not old enough to be worn down much by age and suggests a comparatively recent origin for the group. This is also confirmed to a considerable extent by the absence of its name from the earliest documents. Probably it is the “Gowalege” placed on a southern affluent of the Ocmulgee on the Moll map of 1720, 2Gatschet, Creek Mig. Leg., I, p. 133. and perhaps the “Calalek” of the De Crenay map, 3Plate 5; also Hamilton, Col. Mobile, p. 190. since in the French census of 1760 we find a town “Kalalekis” 4Miss. Prov. Arch., I, p. 95. which looks like a misprinted form of the name of this town. In the Spanish list of Creek towns made up in 1738 the name is spelled “Caialeche” and in that of 1750 “Kalechy.” 5MSS., Ayer Lib. It is certainly the “Coillegees near Oakchoy” of the census of 1761, the traders of which were Crook & Co. 6Ga. Col. Docs., VIII, p. 523. In. 1797 the traders were...

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