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Re: Error about John A. Jones in previous post
Posted by: Bob Lamb (ID *****3225) Date: October 05, 2011 at 17:50:41
In Reply to: Re: 1880 census shows that son of Rebecca Box Jones was mixed race / native Amer? by Joseph Fox of 2302

Thanks, Joe, for being kind. I caught that error after I made that post and wondered how long it would take for someone like you to point out the error. Like you said, his Virginia roots are the clue.

I found this on one internet site.
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Family history is that Edward BOX was Cherokee, having been captured and adopted by the Cherokee when he was eight years old

A book "South Carolina Regulators" , also "The History of Newberry County Vol. I", tells about Edward Box’s capture.

History of Newberry County, SC, Vol. I 1749-1860, by Thomas H. Pope. In Chapter 2, The Cherokee War, on page 23 is the following paragraph:

"In present Newberry County, Llewellin and Hughes were killed abd scalped in October 1760 near Pennington's Fort on Enoree. On March 16, 1761, eight Bush River settlers who ventured out of Brooks' Fort were attacked by twenty-seven Cherokees who killed and scalped Cadwallader Eaton and took Edward Box prisoner."


And this:

http://nationalregister.sc.gov/SurveyReports/NewberryCounty2003-2.pdf

       Because of their distance from the coast and its protection, men living in these frontier townships were organized into militia units by the state legislature, but were in place in the low country for the most part to quell slave revolts and were not trained for serious combat. This relatively untrained militia proved useless in the face of the Cherokee Indian attacks that began in the late 1750s.11
       By the mid-eighteenth century, attacks by the Cherokee became so frequent that further settlement in the upcountry was discouraged by the state legislature. Frightened residents of the Ninety-Six district took refuge in forts that were scattered along creeks and rivers in the area. Beginning in 1759, several stockade forts including Turner’s Fort and Brooks’ Fort (on the Bush River near the present day city of Newberry) were built in Newberry County along the Broad, Enoree, and Bush Rivers as refuges for scattered inhabitants of the Dutch Fork. Cherokee attacks on towns such as Long Cane and Ninety-Six drove settlers into the forts for protection. Within the forts, disease and corruption were rampant. Those who took refuge withstood the vicious attacks, but at a high price. The commanders embezzled money provided by the state legislature for the refugees, and in turn charged high prices for essential food and supplies while militiamen outside the forts pillaged their abandoned houses.12
       In May 1760, Colonel Archibald Montgomery and 1,200 regular Scots highlanders marched from Charleston with the purpose of expelling the Cherokee from the midlands. Montgomery and his men were ambushed and, after suffering only a handful of losses, retreated from the area. A mass exodus of settlers from the upcountry followed Montgomery’s defeat as residents fled to Saxe Gotha Township or further toward the coast. Colonel James Grant led a second campaign against the Cherokee in 1761. Grant raided the Cherokee lands, setting fire to Indian camps and leaving fifteen villages in ruin. The Treaty of Charleston signed later that year officially ended the Cherokee War and the Indian occupation of the midlands
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And one researcher said this, as you may have seen:
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Elizabeth NEWTON was also known as Wada-Missouri and named a daughter Wada Missouri, and was thought to be Cherokee. She may have been Watota-Neutache, of the Otoe-Missouria 'tribe' and NEWTON may be anglicized from Neutache, and the name Wada from Watota.

       The Otoe-Missouria for the most part joined the Cherokee people when they lost their land. She was thought of as Cherokee because she was living with the Cherokee, spoke their language, and/or had been adopted by them.

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It seems logical that during the time that Edward Box was held by the Indians that he took a shine to the girl that became Rebecca Box's mother, who, if not Cherokee, was of a tribe aligned with the Cherokee. It was a very smart thing to hide one's Indian connection back in the 1800s. Taking an English name was wise.

I saw in another place that a researcher said that Rebecca was given Choctaw land in Mississippi. Of course, plenty of Caucasions got Choctaw land too. But, if her land was on a reservation of some sort, as some say, that might be documented. If she did indeed move away from the land without selling it, that could be because it was tied up in a reservation.


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