John Feathers, Ellender Feathers and a big Feather myth

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A former member left behind a family that seems to be a combination of mythical and real people in an effort to give Cherokee ancestors to a white family from Virginia. 

The following profiles appear to be for people who never existed:

Feathers-145  Chief John Lawrence Feathers – no such Cherokee person in any record.  Appears to be a corruption of the record of a white man from Virginia, John Lawrence Feather(s).

Feather-196  Tontee Feather  - Non-existent person, no Cherokee records this early, not mentioned in any existing record or  historical document

Feathers-175  Chief John Lawrence (Gah-Nah-La-Nuh) Feathers – Non-existent person, no Cherokee records this early, not mentioned in any  existing record or historical document.  

Big_Feathers-2  Chief Turkey Big Feathers -- Non-existent person, no Cherokee records this early, not mentioned in any existing document or  historical document. 

I have adopted Feather-196, Feathers-175, and Big_Feathers-2  and would like to mark them as non-existent 

Feathers-145 has profile managers, but is only sourced from hearsay and unsourced trees and seems to combine information on the actual John Feathers and a mythical person. It references Ellender Feathers, Feathers-50 a documented white person.  I believe he should be converted (or maybe it's restored) to the real man for whom documentation exists.  

John L. Feather(s)   Found in the 1830 U.S. Census, Sullivan, TN, age 40-49 with a wife and 10 children

"United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHPM-K3Z : 17 August 2017), John L Feathers, Sullivan, Tennessee, United States; citing 310, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 175; FHL microfilm 24,533.

He appears in the 1840 census as “Lawrence Featherz”  age 50-59, with a wife and 10 younger people in his family  U.S. Census Sullivan County, TN

In 1850 he has a wife Barbara and five younger people with him.  U.S. Census, Sullivan County, TN

He appears to be the Lawrence/John L. Feathers who filed an application for a War of 1812 pension from Washington County, TN in 1871 at the age of 94.  

The 1870 census shows him living with son William. U.S. Census District 9, Washington County, TN

He is found consistently in the same area of Tennessee – Washington and Sullivan counties are contiguous.  

WikiTree profile: Turkey Big Feathers
in Genealogy Help by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (235k points)
edited by Kathie Forbes

4 Answers

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I would laugh,(about so many feathers flying around) except it is far from a laughing matter. If only people would realise no amount of wishing (and lying) changes the truth.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
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Kathie, John Lawrence Feathers, b. abt 1783 in TN, s/o John Feathers https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/6998075/person/48574752398/facts was a "real person" and documented quite well.

Thank you for your contributions in fixin' this mess.

Cheryl Givens-1286
by Cheryl Givens G2G6 (9.8k points)
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Kathie,

John Feathers War of 1812 Service Records - 2 REG'T (Evans') Virginia Militia/Private Microfilm Publication - M602 - Sources - Census Records - 1830 - 1870; TN Early Tax Records - John Lawrence Fathers had 10 sons 6 daughters with Sarah Barbara Sharrett. Offering my help to document his profile properly.

Cheryl Givens-1286
by Cheryl Givens G2G6 (9.8k points)
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Found profile Feathers-156 - appears to be the "real" John L. (Lawrence) Feathers - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Feathers-156
by Cheryl Givens G2G6 (9.8k points)
I’d suggest adding the documentation to Feathers-156 and then merging the two profiles to have one correct man.
Sounds like a good ideal!

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