In the hill country around Jasper, Alabama, the local families acknowledge their Jewish ancestry.
However, to the north, in an area of Northwest Alabama that was always Chickasaw, quite a few of these Sephardic descendants have organized “Cherokee” tribes and given themselves Cherokee names and Cherokee clan membership.
With them were a few hundred Cherokees, who became the nucleus of the Qualla Cherokees in North Carolina.
Most Towns County, GA Indians were living at such remote locations that they avoided detection.
All of the village and stream names in the Nacoochee Valley of White County are Creek words. Yonah had a Creek name of Nocasee until after the Indians were gone.
The Chickasaw were the aboriginal occupants of the Nacoochee Valley and continued to live in the southern half of White County, plus parts of Banks County, as members of the Creek Confederacy.
They can’t understand why their DNA tests show up with “zip” or only minuscule Asiatic ancestry.
The only location in North Georgia where authentic Cherokee ancestry can easily be documented is Bartow and Gordon Counties.
The first Cherokee village appeared in what is now Georgia in the 1720s.
Their maximum population was about 1200, but declined steadily to a handful by 1776.
Yet half the white people in Piedmont and Up Country of South Carolina claim to be the descendant of a Cherokee Princess.
at least in the factual history that POOF researchers are developing. I just subscribed to y’all’s newsletter, The People of One Fire. Both my mama’s and my daddy’s family always thought that they were Cherokees. That’s why I never mentioned the name of a local Cherokee tribe in the article.
I’m glad I ran into you, because I have been wanting to write y’all. I didn’t even know the name of the tribe, until they threatened to sue me.