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Re: Le-Ski Buffalo
Posted by: Jennifer Sparks Date: June 10, 2000 at 21:10:47
In Reply to: Re: Le-Ski Buffalo by Donna Bills of 192

Donna, I am sorry to say that my information is as illusive as yours. Lu-see (Lucinda) is on the Cherokee tribal rolls; however, there was much testimony because she was denied at first. The testimony stated her mother was Cherokee and Catawba, and at one time a slave. We are still trying to decide if that means part black or a Catawba slave. Many of the Catawbas were enslaved by the Cherokees, who were really agressive believe it or not, and the Cherokees sold the Catawbas to Cherokee cousins who had already gone west to Arkansas. Lucinda's father Ho-sih, also known as Gunsee (pronounced Hunsee), which the testimony says means Buffalo in Cherokee, was a Catawba and spoke only Catawba and Spanish. Spanish was the second tongue of the Catawbas from about the year 1500, when the first Spaniards arrived, until the Catawbas were finally absorbed by the Cherokees. Anyway, back to the main gist; the testimony says: "They applied for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation (East) and were rejected on account of their being Catawbas, but they were told they could open up fields for cultivation and live among the Cherokees." Not too long ago a contact in Florida sent information to us so that we could compare notes. She had the information about Le-ski (Le-sce) Buffalo, a Catawba woman who had married Jeremiah Morgan, a white man. They were listed as the parents of Hoseah (Ho-seh) Morgan. We immediately asked her where she got the information and what was the documentation. She wasn't sure. She thinks she got it from the Cherokee Nation and she thinks from Lee Fleming. Ten years ago when Lee Fleming was at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, he did a great deal of research for people who were trying to find their Cherokee ancestry, so that could be where she got it. I called him several days ago (he now works in Wash DC for the BIA) and he said he would check his files and get back with me, but he never did. So that is all the documentation I have. That is why I am searching so hard. Some records say Hosea and Awee came from Georgia in about 1819 (there was a removal treaty then). The immigration records say he was over 50 when they left the Cherokee Nation East in March of 1834. He died before he got here. And as usual, I have probably told you far more than you ever wanted to know..............


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