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Replacement Profile for Cornblossom

Privacy Level: Public (Green)
Date: 1750 to 1853
Location: Kentuckymap
Surnames/tags: Doublehed Troxel
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This free space page was used to draft the replacement narrative for Cornblossom. That task has been completed, and this page is now archival.


Disputed Existence

Cornblossom's existence first appears 200 years after her life, in the 1958, highly fictionalized work by Thomas H. Troxel, Legion of the Lost Mine.[1] This work was then highly quoted and expanded upon in 1975 by Robert Collins in A History of the Daniel Boone National Forest 1770-1970, written for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service in large part to draw increased tourist traffic to the park. Several subsequent works further extracted from and enhanced upon these two works.[2][3] Other writers have subsequently debunked these claims.[4][5]

The Cherokee View of this Individual's Life

"Those people who are trying to claim descent from someone called "Princess Cornblossom- the daughter of Doublehead" and have visited "Doublehead's grave" IN KY, should note that the place of his death -- and burial was NOT in KY, it was in the part of the Cherokee Nation that became GA and there is no evidence that he had a daughter named "Cornblossom".[6]

The following is from David Cornsilk, Cherokee citizen and currently the most-respected authority on Cherokee genealogy. He has worked for the Cherokee Nation as a tribal enrollment research analyst and for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a genealogical researcher.

"Cornblossom does not exist. The state of Kentucky trusted a professor [Tankersley] from one of their state universities who is a Troxel descendant and an historian (I use that term loosely). His research was sketchy at best, but the state didn’t question it because of his profession. His motivation was to create a history of Cherokee presence in Kentucky and then insert his family. Some people are that desperate to be Indian."[citation needed]


There is, therefore, no evidence to support the following :

  • That she was daughter of Chief Chuqaulatague Doublehead and sister of another non-existent person,
  • That her mother was either Creat Priber (nonexistent daughter of Christian Priber and nonexistent [[Moytoy-23|Clogoittah Moytoy]) or [[[Delaware-Woman-1|Unknown|Delaware Woman]]] who named her "Pawalin"
    • The Delaware (Lenape) word "Pawalin" as well as a Delaware Indian mother was associated with her about 2007, probably originating with Tankersley.[7] (We find no previous record of this word or Delaware woman prior to this time.) While "pawalin" is a Lenape word meaning "Corn blossom falls off," it was never used as a given name for men or women.[8] A query submitted to the Lenape Language website about the word Cornblossom/Pawalin, resulted in learning that there was a 17th century woman named Pawalui, daughter of a Chief Montaukett of Long Island. She married a dutchman. This is the only instance of the name that they could find.
  • That she was married to Jacob Troxel (aka George Jacob Troxell) (1759-1843)
  • That she was the mother of any of the children of Jacob Troxel
  • That she is buried in Kentucky.
  • That there was a massacre of Cherokee children in 1810 at Yahoo Falls, Kentucky.[9]

For an in-depth examination about the various claims concerning Cornblossom and associated profiles, please read Claim Origins - Troxel Cornblossom Doublehead and More, compiled in late 2017 by a number of volunteers from WikiTree's Native Americans project.

When making claims concerning any of these or related relations and events, please use [ this g2g discussion thread] and support your claims with sources that can be followed and viewed by others. Thank you.

Call for DNA Results

ALL descendants of Jacob Troxell are asked to get their DNA tested and list their GEDmatch number, so that each of them can be compared to one another to determine any DNA relationships of the descendants. If you haven't uploaded your Data to GEDmatch, go to GEDmatch, register and follow the instructions for uploading your Data.

DNA Sandbox If you are a DNA tester listed on this page and you have a GEDmatch ID, please send a note to Mags and she will add you to the DNA Sandbox - it is Private.

Current Analysis

Of the 18 people listed as DNA tested on this profile and as having a paper trail back to Cornblossom, half have GEDmatch ID's. Having the GEDmatch ID's is needed in order to perform the appropriate Segment matches and comparisons.[10]

One GEDmatch ID is incorrect which kept his DNA from being considered in the analysis.

Of the 8 people with kits Viable for analysis two groups are identified as very close parent/child/aunt/uncle relationships. Only one kit from each of these relationship groups can can be used in Triangulations though no triangulated Groups (TG's) were identified.

Very few matches were found, with the highest matches being the parent/child/aunt/uncle matches. Of the non-parent/child/aunt/uncle relationships matches occurred as follows:

Between Bobbi and any of the Adkins

Ch. 8 for 30.6cM @ 4.4 gen. to MCRA. The distance to MCRA is 4.4 generations, which puts this group back to Solomon Blevins-878, son of Elisha Blevins-370, not to Cornblossom.

Between Penelope and Betty

Ch. 16 for 15.5cM @ 4.9 Generations. The Distance to MCRA is 4.9 and puts this match for Penelope back to a point between Elizabeth Vaughn-1713 Abbott and Elizabeth Troxel-109 Vaughn, not to Pawlin. Betty's privacy level prevents verifications of her relationship trail to Cornblossom or her relationship to Penelope.

Between Greg (close relationship to Betty) and Tim

Chr 2 for 9.9cM @ 5 gen. to MCRA and Ch. 12 for 15.7cM @ 4.6 gen. to MCRA. The Distance to MCRA is 4.9 and puts this match for Greg back to a point between Elizabeth Vaughn-1713 Abbott and Elizabeth Troxel-109 Vaughn, not to Cornblossom. Tim's privacy level prevents verification of his relationship trail to Cornblossom or his relationship to Greg.


With the current group of 8 viable kits, there is no DNA connection between the 8 testers whose GEDmatch IDs are currently listed on Cornblossom's Profile.

Further Analysis

All profiles listed as DNA matches can change their privacy levels to facilitate relationship and DNA Matching and comparison. All Gedmatch ID's can be listed and any Testers who have not uploaded to GEDmatch can do so. Having further kits to analyze would be advantageous to the analysis of DNA for links to Cornblossom.


  1. Thomas H. Troxel, "Legion of the Lost Mine," self-published (1958); image 103 of linked compilation of multiple records (requires free account at to access)
  2. Doublehead Last Chickamauga Cherokee Chief, p. 52, Rickey Butch Walker, Heart of Dixie Publishing, Feb 4, 2012.Doublehead Last Chickamauga Cherokee Chief page 52
  3. James Dotson, Looking for Cornblossom, Lulu Press, 2015, p. ??
  4. Misconceptions: Doublehead, Priber, and Yahoo Falls, quote of Jerri Chastain, former registrar of the Cherokee Elder Society, by Vance Hawkins, Sunday, March 10, 2013; see also her direct response at this forum discussion
  5. Jacob Troxell and his wife compares and analyzes the various claims and evidence (and lack thereof) about Cornblossom and associated individuals.
  6. Misconceptions: Doublehead, Priber, and Yahoo Falls, quote of Jerri Chastain, former registrar of the Cherokee Elder Society, by Vance Hawkins, Sunday, March 10, 2013; see also her direct response at this forum discussion
  7. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, Copyright 2004-2011 Kinship Notes
  8. “Disputed Lenape Name,” Email from to Jeanie Roberts, 20 Nov. 2017, Privately held by Roberts, [Houston, Texas] 2017.
  9. Massacre at Ywahoo Falls points out that there is no historical evidence that such an event took place.
  10. Updated 13:47, 6 December 2017 (EST)

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