Jim - I read with interest your theory about Snake Girty. I am a descendant of Snake. My grandmother was Nora Girty, daughter of Dan Girty and grandaughter of Snake.
I have been researching the Girty line for some time, but I had given up on ever finding Snake's father. Snake didn't even know who is father was according to his testimony to the Dawes Commission in 1902.
Your theory that Snake's real name was not Girty is interesting. Many years ago we interviewed Nettie Girty Payne, my grandmother's sister, who is now deceased. Nettie was also a grandaughter of Snake. She told us some interesting things which tie in with your theory. Nettie said that Snake's last name was not Girty. Her brother McKinley Girty(also known as Ken)told her that he thought Snake's last name was Sevier (or something like that). I don't have any confirming information on that, but it seems doubtful to me since Snake did not even know who his father was.
Nettie also said that when Snake returned from the Civil War, he went to live with the Girty family and took their name. This does not appear to be completely accurate since Snake enlisted using the last name of Gerty. It is more likely that he had already been living with the Girty family when he enlisted.
Nettie also said that Wilson Girty's daughter (name unknown) told her that Wilson and Snake were not related.
I am also intrigued with the idea that Snake's wife was a daughter of Jack Girty. However, if that was the case, I wonder why she was not listed with Jack in the Old Settler Roll of 1851, nor listed in the Old Settler Pay Roll of 1895 as an heir of Jack, since she was still alive at the time.
In any case, I thought I would pass along the above information. In another message you posted, you said that you had a picture of Wilson Girty. Would it be possible to get a copy?
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