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Friday, November 1, 2013

Old Creek Trails


Just about anywhere that you drive in Georgia is an old Creek Indian trail.  The Creeks were generally a peaceful tribe.  When General Oglethorpe arrived in 1733, he made friends with the local chief whose friendship caused him to request to be buried in one of Savannah's city squares. There were the Upper and Lower Creeks.  A trail near Brooks, Georgia (Fayette County) is almost forgotten as the site where a treaty was signed by chief MacIntosh, and then he was killed by the tribe because of it.  They began signing treaties as early as 1818 and leaving Georgia, many going into Alabama and Florida qne preceded the Cherokees into Oklahoma. The one record for genealogists to locate are the Indian Rolls of 1818 because if you were related to one of those listed, you can used the Dawes Rolls to establish lineage. Research is rather complicated as it is difficult to ascertain the English name vs. the Indian name.  However, Georgia Pioneers does have some Indian Rolls and other records which could prove helpful.  It's a long search.


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