Who are the known wives of Cherokee Chief Doublehead?

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The following have been claimed as his wives:

  1. Nannie (Drumgoole) Doublehead — married about 1794 see Emmett Starr.

  2. Kateeyeah (Wilson) Doublehead — married abt 1797 (estimated based on approx. ages of children)

  3. Creat Priber (dau of Christian Priber) — married 1750 in Stearns Kentucky; initially introduced by Tankersley about 2004 (First found source to date (Decc 2017) is a 1998 Rootsweb Blevins surname message board post), but changed by 2007 to #5 below.

  4. Woman (Cherokee) Doublehead — married before 1768

  5. Unknown (Delaware-Woman) Delaware — married before 1772  - This wife first appears in Tankersley’s 2005 “unpublished” report to the Kentucky Heritage Commission, along with the statement that “Pawalin” as a Delaware word for “cornblossom falls off” and therefore Cornblossom’s “real” name.

  6. Jennie Harrison - married before 1807

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in Genealogy Help by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (775k points)
here is link to Miller Roll 1901 for cherokee starting 1848 There is a Nannie Doublehead listed within the records, as well as a Jennie and others

18722- Jennie Doublehead - pg 57 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS42-9HLK-T?i=56&cc=2796818

heres others on left page first column 3/4 way down the page -

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS42-9HLG-B?i=34&cc=2796818
I know these are newer records than you are looking for but hopefully thru use of these from more current Doubleheads, ancestries can begin to go backward accurately

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While the number of Doublehead’s children, records, and testimony of descendants suggests that Doublehead had as many as five wives, there are only two that are named in documents:  1) Nannie Drumgoole and 2) Kateeyah Wilson, both named in depositions filed regarding Doublehead’s estate and Eastern Cherokee applications of descendants. Transcriptions at AMERIND-US-SE-L/200-12/0977343555 and AMERIND-US-SE-L/2000-12/0977343614 EC apps 10725(Bird Doublehead) 447 (John Springston).

3) While there is some suggestion that Christian Priber may have cohabitated with a Cherokee between 1736-1744, there is no solid evidence to identify either his Cherokee female mate, nor any offspring that might have resulted from such a union. There is no proof that Creat Priber ever existed.

4) Unknown Cherokee woman/women – the mother or mothers of Saleechie and her unnamed sister, and sisters Nigodigayu and Gulustiyu. 

5. Unknown Delaware Woman. Introduced about 2007 by Tankersley when the “Creat Priber-as-mother” myth was busted. 


6. Jennie Harrison, appears in James Hicks' Cherokee Lineages tree on Rootsweb. No documentation, no children.

Thank you Kathie Forbes for research on this question.

by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (775k points)

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