Amatoya  Moytoy I

Amatoya Moytoy I (abt. 1649 - 1710)

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Chief Amatoya (Chief of Chota) Moytoy I
Born about in Chota, North Americamap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Died in Cherokee, Cheatham, Tennesseemap
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{{{image-caption}}} Chief of Chota Moytoy I was a Native American and member of the Cherokee tribe.
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Amahetai, Water Conjurer, Ama Matai Water Rainmaker, Water Beaver, Amadohivi, Amoadawehi, Moytoy of Tainesi

Amatoya Moytoy (pronounced mah-tie) was born around 1636 in Chota (Tennessee), North America. This is in the area that would become known as the Great Tellico in the 18th century. [1]

Amatoya, Chief of Chota married Que-Di-Si of the Wolf Clan round 1680. Cherokee were required to marry outside their clan. Their clan was considered to be the clan of the mother.

These are the known children of Amatoya, Chief of Chota and Que-Di-Si of the Wolf Clan:

  1. Tistoe
  2. Oukah-Ulah
  3. Nancy Moyoy
  4. White Owl Raven (Carpenter)
  5. Ama-edohi M. Moytoy, "Pigeon of Tellico"
  6. Kanagatoga Moytoy, "Old Hop"

Legend has it that Amatoya was taught by his father to “witch” for water with a willow stick. He had become so adept at water witching that the Cherokee called him "water conjurer" or Ama Matai (Ama is Cherokee for water). Ama Matai eventually became pronounced as Amatoya. It was later shortened to “Moytoy”. He ruled the town of Chota sometime between the beginning of the eighteenth century and 1730. At that time, the Cherokee had no central chief but rather small town chiefs. Amatoya is considered to be the founder of a family of chiefs which ruled for over a century.[2]

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  1. Wikipedia: Great Tellico
  2. Amatoya Moytoy 1640-1730: Founder of a Family of Chiefs by Sharon Star

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  • William Carpenter : Y-Chromosome Test 74 markers, haplogroup R1a1a1b1a, Ysearch HYZBT
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On October 18, 2015 at 17:12GMT Jim Williams wrote:

Always hoping for more verifiable data on him and all his suggested relatives.


On October 18, 2015 at 12:53GMT Anne B wrote:

Please take a look at this question in the G2G

On July 23, 2015 at 12:54GMT Paula J wrote:

Thank you for a wonderfully collaborative effort on such a difficult but historically important profile!!

I will monitor this profile for any future incorrect additions, edits or merges.

Thanks for all of your help and patience!! Please contact me if you need any assistance in the future.


On July 22, 2015 at 21:17GMT K F wrote:

Thank you for fixing, and yes, Pasmore and Carpenter don't belong in this line.

On July 22, 2015 at 20:32GMT Jim Williams wrote:


Parents removed as you wished. Some siblings and descendants contain name "Passmere" or "Carpenter" which may be incorrect also, yes?

On July 22, 2015 at 17:10GMT K F wrote:

The references listed are not documented sources. The James Scrolls is a family web site and lists as sources for this information an Ancestry tree and an index of information from other trees. The third source leads to the James Scrolls.

On July 22, 2015 at 17:06GMT K F wrote:

Amatoya Moytoy was Cherokee. He did not have a white, Shawnee, or any other non-Cherokee parent. These parents need to be disconnected. The person listed as his father is non-existant (see documentation on his profile) and there is no documentation that the woman listed as his mother has any connection to the Cherokee, if she even existed. These people lived before there was any white contact with the Cherokee.

On July 21, 2015 at 17:10GMT Paula J wrote:

I have rewritten the biography to remove redundant information. The children that are now connected to the profile and listed in the biography are the only ones that will be connected to this profile without a source documenting that they are universally recognized as children of Amatoya Moytoy of Chota.

Amatoya Moytoy of Chota had only one spouse and other spouses should not be connected to this profile.

I will continue to research what I can about this profile but this is the final product as far as facts are concerned.

Please let me know if you disagree with the data as it now exists.

I will have Terry make it pretty for us. Thank you so much for your patience.


On July 11, 2015 at 05:54GMT Paula J wrote:

There is disagreement regarding disconnecting White Owl Raven. I am contacting Cheeokee historians to assist us with the Moytoy profiles. Thanks for your patience.

On July 10, 2015 at 15:24GMT Paula J wrote:

Most sources report that White Owl Raven was adopted by the Cherokee tribe at one point and was not the biological child of these parents. Consistent with WikiTree standards, adopted children are not connected to the adoptive parents as biological children.

I propose that we disconnect White Owl Raven from Chief Amatoya Moytoy and Quatsy of Tellico.

Are there any objections to this?

Thank you,


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