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Re: James Bigby & Catherine Foreman
Posted by: jerry l. clark (ID *****1102) Date: April 07, 2008 at 10:09:29
In Reply to: James Bigby & Catherine Foreman by Crystal Gillis of 194

I am a descendant of Andrew Taylor and Jennie Bigby (daughter of James Bigby and Catherine Foreman). Their daughter Elizabeth Taylor married William Covington Ghormley, whose son Ewing Capers Ghormley was my maternal great grandfather. I am also related to Sarah Ray, the second wife of William Covington Ghormley, who was a member of the Cherokee Adair family.

Use GOOGLE or YAHOO to find the website "Bill and Wilma Millsaps - My Cherokee Kinfolks" which has a portfolio of pictures, including James Bigby, Catherine (Foreman) Bigby, Mary Ann (Bigby) Taylor, Sallie (Bigby) Williams, Malinda (Bigby) Redman, Elizabeth (Taylor) Whitaker, Rev. Stephen Foreman, Rev. Jesse Bushyhead, and several other relatives of Wilma (Wakefield) Millsaps. Also see the website "Jim Hicks Cherokee Lineages" for more detailed information about the Foreman, Bigby, and Taylor families.

Anthony Foreman was mentioned in a letter from Robert Dew (Indian trader) to Alexander Cameron (British Agent to the Cherokees during the Revolutionary War) in 1779, as one of a number of whitemen residing among the Cherokees who will join several war parties to attack the American frontier.

In 1797, U.S.Agent Silas Dinsmore wrote to John Sevier, Governor of Tennessee, with a list of whitemen living in the Cherokee Nation. Among them was Anthony Foreman, "an idler and trader." In the early 1800's, Anthony's halfblood son, Thomas Foreman was the town chief (i.e. mayor) of the Cherokee town of Amohee (near present-day Cleveland.

In 1828, Rev. William Holland, Presbyterian missionary at Candy's Creek, TN (also near Cleveland) gave capsule descriptions of the seven charter members of his congregation, including the taciturn James Bigby and his wife Catherine, who was "pious, but not very neat." A number of their children and grandchildren are listed on the Student Roster for the Candy's Creek School.

James Bigby was a nephew of Chief Charles Renatus Hicks. His mother (possibly named Mary) also married a man named Wilson and another named Douglas. Sarah Hicks (a sister of Charles Hicks and probably a sister of James' mother) married another British Agent, Walter Scott. Three of their daughters (Mary, Elizabeth, and Margaret Scott) were wives of Chief James Vann and another daughter (Sally Scott) married George McDonald (uncle of Chief John Ross). Their son Collins McDonald married Narcena Adair (daughter of Edward Adair), and his daughter Martha Caroline McDonald married a white man named Daniel King Wetzel. Martha's daughter Ida Narcena Wetzel was the wife of Ewing Capers Ghormley. Thus I am related to Charles Renatus Hicks by two separate lineages.

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