What is the proof for the existence of Creat Priber?

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Creat Priber has been put forth as:

a) a daughter of Christian Priber;

b) a spouse of Doublehead; and

c) the mother of Cornblossom

What is the evidence for her existence?

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in Genealogy Help by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (775k points)

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That Doublehead married a half-breed daughter of Christian Priber was introduced by Robert Collins in 1975. He did not provide a first name.

But by 1998, she had gained the first name  “Creat” when it shows up Rootsweb message boards in 1998.  

Don Greene in his subsequently debunked Shawnee Heritage books, self-published in 2014, lists her as ‘Great Drags Blanket’ Priber. 

Tankersley (2007) calls her “Creat”.

Others have claimed that this theory originated with Indian Trader of the era, Ludovic Grant. But it did not. See Grant’s “Historical Relation of the Facts,” found in Journal of Cherokee Studies, Vol XXVI, 2008, pp. 3-23

Walker (2016) continues the myth of Creat Priber, daughter of Priber and actually names Priber's Cherokee wife (and mother of Creat) as ‘Clogoittah’; Walker also says Creat was mother of Tuckahoe and the four oldest daughters of Doublehead.

If anyone knows of an earlier record of “Creat,” please share it.

Tankersley initially wrote about Creat as Cornblossom’s mother, but by 2007 had replaced Cornblossom’s mother with “Delaware Indian woman” and added “Pawalin” as a Native American name for Cornblossom.

See this article by Jeanie Roberts about PreiberThanks, Jeanie, for your research. 

by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (775k points)

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