Nannie, the Cherokee wife of white trader George Lowery [Lowery-326], needs some help. She currently has three profiles [Watts-2417, Watts-5281, and Watts-7149] which need to be merged into one accurate profile with the correct mother. Sorting this family out may make you feel like you have three heads!
Nannie is recorded as the daughter of a Cherokee woman named Ghi go ne li and an unknown father by Emmet Starr, David Hampton, and the genealogy written down by descendant Clara Ward (and published by Muriel Wright). The Eastern Cherokee applications of many descendants make no mention of any Watts connection. Her son, George Lowery, Jr., married Lucy Benge, sister of Bob Benge, greatniece of Old Tassel and Doublehead, granddaughter of the only known wife of the white John Watts.
James Hicks, with no documentation, theorizes that Nannie’s mother Ghi-go-ne-li was another wife of John Watts. There is no evidence to support the claim that Ghi do ne li's children were fathered by John Watts. There are numerous references stating that trader/interpreter John Watts was married to a sister of Corn Tassel and/or that John Watts, Jr. was a nephew of Corn Tassel. John Howard Payne recorded George Lowrey Jr's history of Sequoyah in 1835, noting that Lowery was “a near relation” of Sequoyah. This would be accurate, since his wife was Sequoyah’s cousin or possibly his half sister.
George Lowrey, Sr. is believed to have been born in Scotland about 1740. He came into the Cherokee Nation in the 1760’s and married the woman known as Nannie or Nancy. They were the parents of seven children, John, George, Jr. (whose Cherokee name was Agi’li, “He is Rising”), Jane, Sallie, Betsy, Nelly, and Aky.
I believe the three “Nannie Watts” profiles should be merged into one with an LNAB of “Cherokee” since her father is unknown. She also has some duplicated children who need to be cleaned up.