COLONEL RETURN JONATHAN MEIGS
Day Book Number 2

By James L. Douthat
139 Pages, 8.5"x11", Index, Maps, Drawings, Perfect Bound, 1993, TN-0851, $20.00

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Meigs
Col. Return Jonathan Meigs served as Indian Agent for the Cherokee Nation from 1801 to 1823 and resided at Ft. South West Point in Roane County.

This publication provides a daily account of his activities. Correspondence between 1801-1807 provides insight into relationships between the United States and the Cherokee Indians and 'policy-making' which prevailed for generations. "Financial Account Portions" provide a clear picture of daily life on the frontier of southeast Tennessee just after the American Revolution. Until this publication, original copies have been held in a private library and never been made available.

Once a photocopied version of the original was obtained, then six different readers were assigned to transcribe this important piece of material. Mountain Press wanted to obtain the most accurate transcription as possible. Since the original was not part of any public record group, we knew that the contents were far too important to leave to just one reader. When finished, we all got together and had to agree on any differences of opinion as to the reading of the hand written material.

The Number 2 has no meaning for us, it may have had a meaning for Col. Meigs. It was just the number "2" painted on the cover of the book. The contents were the most important part of the material. The volume contains letters and some accounts of his transactions with the Cherokee and those who were working with the Cherokee. Much history can be gleaned from the contents as well as names and dates. Col. Meigs' desire for schools for the Cherokee became obvious in the records and many entries tell about his dealing with The Reverend Gideon Blackburn from Maryville as Blackburn set up schools for the Cherokee. Then there was Meigs' desire to give the Cherokee more than just a hand out, he introduced to them weaving, black smithing, and other enterprises to help the Cherokee make a living while living in close proximity to the white culture. Col. Meigs served the Federal Government as the Agent to the Cherokee for about twenty-four years. Much of this volume covers the first couple of years from his appointment as that agent through the time of the Fort Southwest occupation.

 

Samples

"School Indian Hiwassee - D'r [Ditto]
To cash d'd [delivered] to Jonathan Black, the School Master by request of Mr. Gideon Blackburn 100 dollars. $100.00"

 

Surnames Included in This Publication

ABBOT, ALEXANDER, ALLEN, ANDERSON, ANDREW, ANDRUS, ANTHONY & MCGUIRE, ARBUCKLE, ATKINSON, AUSTEN.

BADGER, BALL, BANTY, BARBER, BARNETT, BARNS, BEAD EYE, BEARCREEK, BEATTY, BEATY, BEDDICK, BELL, BELLOEIN, BEVAN, BIGHAM, BINGHAM, BIRD, BLACK, BLACK & WILLIAMS, BLACK FOX, BLACKBURN, BLAIR, BLAKE, BLOCKHOUSE, BLOODY FELLOW, BOUNT, BOALIN, BOGGESS, BOLAN, BOWLING, BOWLS, BOWMAN, BRADFORD, BRADLEY, BRAHAM, BRAHAN, BRAINERD MISSION, BRENT, BRIDGES, BROOKS, BROWDER, BROWN, BROWNVILLE, BROYLES, BUCKHAM & REESE, BURFORD, BURGISS, BURK, BUSH, BUTLER, BYERS.

CAGE, CALLAHAN, CAMPBELL, CAMPBELL & FARQUARSON, CANTREEL, CAREY, CARMICHAEL, CARR, CARTER, CARY, CASTTEEL, CASWELL, CHANDLER, CHARLES, CHARLESTOWN, CHENOWEE, CHEOWEE, CHEQUAKEE, CHEROUEE, CHILDRESS, CHILLHOWEE TOM, CHILLICULLA, CHISHOLM, CHISOLM, CHISSHOLM, CHISSOLM, CLAIBORN, CLARK, CLARK-CROZIER & CO., CLENNY, COBB, COCKE, CODY, COLBERT, COLLINGSWORTH, CONNATA, COODY, COOK, COOSAWSTEE, COOSOTOWEE, COSOLANEE, COUNTY, COW:IS:LAS:KEE, COYATEE, CRAIG, CREEK, CRISWATTEE, CROSS, CROZIER, CULBERTSON, CUMMINS.

DARDIS, DAVIDSON, DAVIE, DAVIS, DEAKINS, DEARBORN, DEARBOURN, DECKER, DEEN, DELOZIER, DEVAL, DEVER, DEVOL, DEXTER, DIAMOND HILL, DICKSON, DILLINDER, DINSMOOR, DONNELSON, DOUBLEHEAD, DOUGHTERY, DOWD, DRAGOONS, DRUMER, DRY SCALP, DUDLEY, DUNCAN, DUNN, DWYER.

EASTINALEE, EBELLEN, EDMANDS, EDMUNDS, ELLET, ERWIN, ESKRIDGE, EUCHA, EUDENATE, EVANS.

FACTOR, FACTORY, FARAGUT, FERGUSON, FERRY, FIELDS, FILES, FINDLEY, FISHER, FLATT, FOREMAN, FORNWALT, FORRESTER, FORT, FULTON.

GALASSPIE, GALLAHER, GAMMON, GARNER, GARRISON, GENTRY, GILBREATH, GILMAN, GIST, GLASSE, GOODRICH, GOODRICK, GOZEY, GRANNY MAW, GREAT TOWN, GREENE, GREER, GRIFFITHS, GRUBB.

HACKWORTH, HALL, HALL & SMITH, HAMMOND, HANCOCK, HANEY, HANGING MAW, HANNEY, HARDAMAN, HARE, HARRISON, HARRISSON, HAWKINS, HAYNES, HEDGECOUGH, HENLEY, HENLY, HENNIN, HEYS, HICKS, HIGHWASSEE, HILDERBRAND, HOGAN, HOGG, HOLCOMB, HOLENSWORTH, HOLMES, HOOD, HOOGS, HOOKER, HOSKINS, HOUSTON, HOWARD, HUME, HUMES, HUNTER & NEELY, HURST.

IRWIN.

JACKSON, JAMES, JEFFERSON, JOHN, JOHNSON, JONES, JUSTICE.

KATEEHEE, KELAWASKEE, KELLY, KENNEDY, KENNY, KERR, KEYS, KING, KINGSLEY, KINGSTON, KNOX, KNOXVILLE, KOOSOTOWEE, KUNNALISKEE.

LAFFEL, LAFFELS, LALLA COOKLE, LARK, LAUDERDALE, LAVENDER, LEE, LEETH, LEFTWICH, LEQUICHEE, LESTER, LETCHWORTH, LEWIS, LITTLE TURKEY, LONG, LONG ISLAND OF THE HOLSTON, LOUREY, LOVE, LOVELADY, LOVELY, LOWA JOHN, LOWREY, LOWRY, LUCAS, LUSK, LYON.

MCALLESTER, MCCARTY, MCCOY, MCDANIEL, MCDONALD, MCEWEN, MCFARLIN, MCGEE, MCGHEE, MCGUYRE, MCHENRY, MACKEA, MCKEE, MCKINNEY, KACKLIN, MACLIN, MCNAIR, MCNAIRY, MCNARY, MCNEEL, MCNEIL, MCNUTT, MACAE, MCRANDAL, MACREA, MADISON, MAHAN, MALLOY, MANSFIELD, MARIETTA, MARTIN, MASTERS, MATLOCK, MAXFIELD, MAXWELL, MEIGS, MELONY, MELTON, MENINGER, MERRY, MIDDLETOWN, MILL, MILLER, MINGO MATTAKA, MISSICK, MITCHEL, MITCHELL, MOCK, MOOR, MONROE, MOORE, MORRIS, MOTE, MOUNTAIN, MT. GOMMERY, MUSCLE SHOALS, MUSSICK.

NANKEEN, NASHVILLE, NATION, NEELY, NEIL, NEILSON, NEILSON & DEAKINS, NELLY, NELSON, NEVIN, NEWMAN, NICHOL, NICHOLSON, NOBLE, NOBLES, NOLAN, NOWLAN, NOWLEN, NUCKOLL.

ODELL, OOOSTENALLEE, OOSTENALEY, ORE, OUTLAW, OVERTON.

PARCHED CORN FLOUR, PARK, PARKER, PARKS, PASCAL, PATE, PAYNE, PAYTON, PEARSON, PERKINS, PETERS, PHAFER, PIKE, POOL, PORTER, PRITCHETT, PULLIAM, PURDY.

RABBET, RABBIT, RABBITTRAP, RABORG, RABORG & TAYLOR, RATCLIFF, CAY, RED BIRD, RED BUD, REGIMENT, RENTFRO, RICE, RICHARD, RIDGE, RIGHT, RILEY, RIVER, ROBBINSON, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, ROBISON, ROFE, ROGERS, RORAX, RORKS, ROSS, ROULSTONE, ROWDEN, RUNNELS, RUSSEL, RUSSELL, RYAN, RYANT.

SAFFELL, SAFFIELDS, ST. MARKS, SAL.LA.KO.KEES, SAUNDERS, SAWTA, SCHOOL, SCHOONOTE, SCOTT, SEAREY, SEQUECHEE, SETTLEMENT, SEVIER, SHAFFER, SHARP, SHAW, SHERWOOD, SHIPP, SIMONS, SMALLWOOD, SMITH, SMITH & HALL, SMITH & LYON, SOCIETY OF FRIENDS, SPARKS, SPENCER, SPHAR, SPRING PLACE, STAND, STARR, STATE OF FRANKLIN, STATION, STEEL, STEVENSON, STEWART, STOCKDON, STONE, STRASON, STRONG, STUART, STUBBS, SUTTON, SWAN, SYMS, SYMMES.

TACKFIELD, TALUNLASKEE, TALUNTUCKEE, TAY.CAY.AH, TAYCACH, TAYLOR, TEEL, TEHEWEEKIE, TELLICO, TENTEE, THARPES, THE GLASS, THE LITTLE TURKEY, THOMAS, THOMPSON, TIMBERLY, TOLEMTUKEE, TOM, TOM & GOERGE, TOWN, TOWNSEND, TRACE, TRACEY, TREATY, TROY, TRUE, TUPPER, TURTLE AT HOME.

UPTON, UTTER.

VANCE, VANDIKE, VANDYKE, VANN, VAUGHT, VILLAGE.

WAFORD, WALKER, WALLER, WALLIS, WARM SPRINGS, WASHINGTON, WASSONS, WATERHOUSE, WATSON, WATTS, WAWHO-HEE, WEAVER, WHEELER, WHELEN, WHITE, WHITE & COX, WILEY, WILKERSON, WILKINSON, WILLCOX, WILLET, WILLETS, WILLIAMS, WILLIOR, WILLSON, WILLSTOWN, WILL TOWN, WILSON, WINBORN, WINCHESTER, WITMOORE, WITZELL, WOFFORDS, WOLFE, WOOD, WOODRUFF, WOOLSICK, WORK, WORLEY,WRIGHT, WRIGHT & CO.

YATES.

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