Lewsader Family Genealogy Forum
Mrs Holly Luzader - Gray: Please pardon the length of this reply. It is detailed and complex. I have some claim to professional credibility in this subject. I am a retired research historian with the federal government and a former university leturer with more than sixty years of experience. You are mistaken about the Cherokees and Creeks being descendants of the Iroquois. They were contemporary, separate tribal and linguistic cultures.The former were two members of a ten - member entity. The members of that group were concentrated in southeast U. S., extending as far west as the Trinity River in Texas and north to Virginia's borders with North Carolina and Kentucky. Those in the latter region were non - resident, transient bands. The Iroquois were dominant members of the five nation (later, after the Tuscororas suffered defeat in 1711 and moved northward, six - nation. The Confederacy claimed dominance in uge area that ran south to north from the region drained by the Kanawha River to Canada. Shawnees, Delawares, Hurons and other disputed those claims. The Iroquoi, however, convinced colonial governments that they were credible enough to enterinto the Treaty of Ft. Stanwix, ceding much of what is modern WV, Pa., and NY, to the colonies in 1758 The small tribes of the Chesapeake were minor players in affairs in comparison. There were no Cherokee and/or Creeks in Maryland. An examination of the state's colonial records at Annapolis will confirm that. There are, however, several references to Coles and place - names and patents associated with those families. There were also Coles who lived in 18th century Greene County, Pa. and Augusta County, Va. There are no references in any colonial or federal period records in any state to a Chief Little Bear or a Sarah Little Bear Luzad[d]er. Aaron Luzader married Sarah Cole (perhaps in Greene County) sometime between arriving rhere during the 1780s from N. J. and the First Federal Census,1790. when they appear in the Washington County,Pa Census. By 1800, they with some of his first wife's children and an unknown number of their own, were living on the former Payne Patent at the mouth of Three Fork Creek in modern Taylor County, WV. Aaron and Sarah reared an orphaned grandson, Micah, born 1810, who lived with them until his marriage in 1831, when Aaron's son,Moses, signed the marriage bond; and Micah lived near them until moving away after Aaron's and Sarah's deaths. Micah was my great grandfather. His son, John, was my grandfather, who was a young man when the last of Aaron's and Sarah's children: Moses and Permillia died during the early 1860s. No child of theirs claimed any Indian descent. That claim originated among some (not all) of their descendants sometime during the 1880's, certainly by about 1900.
During the course of the last sixty years,Dr. Sinclair, late curator at Rutgers University,and I have assembled information that, if you provide your mailing address, I shall be happy to share. John F. Luzader
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