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Wurteh of the Bird Clan (Watts) Moytoy (1750 - 1814)

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Wurteh of the Bird Clan Moytoy formerly Watts aka Doublehead
Born in Tasagi Town, Crockett, Tennessee, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Cherokee, Alabama, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Jun 2014 | Last significant change: 18 Nov 2018
16:59: LaMyra Morton proposed a merge of Watts-6852 and Watts-3165 with a comment. [Thank LaMyra for this]
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Alternate Birthplace : Town, Rockdale, Georgia, United States. Alternate DOB: 1742.

First marriage with Robert Due produced 6 children.
Second marriage with Bloody Fellow produced no children.
Third marriage with Trader John Benge (Scotsman) produced 6 children

The Cherokee were the most powerful tribe in the southwest covering some 40,000 square miles. The Indians highly esteemed this provider of European trade goods. So much so, that the peace chief Onitostah gave his sister in marriage to John Benge, her name was Wurtah 'Elizabeth' Watts.

They sat up housekeeping at the Cherokee town of Chota. There were three children born to them. Bob, Lucy, and Martin. For a period of some years John cohabitated with both Elizabeth Lewis Benge, and Elizabeth Watts Benge, each in her turn depending on which end of the trade route he happened to be on.

By 1761, John Benge’s double dealing had been exposed. Elizabeth Watts was living as the wife of William Dorton, and Elizabeth Lewis Benje married John Fielder and her daughter Sarah Benge had married a James Fielder. John Benge continued to live out his life among the Cherokee. ...

Her son with Old Trader John, Bob Benge, was born ca. 1760. He was born into the Cherokee culture, and formed a strong life long bonding with his mother’s brothers. When his mother moved to the Yadkin and lived in the white society it confused him.

Bob grew up as a redheaded Cherokee, speaking perfect unaccented English. His two halves of his being were at war with each other throughout his youth. He lived part of his youth with his mother’s Dorton family on the edge of the frontier in Castles Wood, three miles from Dickensonville, Russell Co. Va. toward the Glade Hollow Fort at Lebanon. Later that year the Dorton’s moved further down the valley of the Clinch River toward the Cherokee to build their own blockhouse, Dorton’s Fort in present Scott Co. Va.

William Dorton Sr. became a man of local prominence, and a captain of the Russell Co. Militia. He and Elizabeth had five children, William Jr., Moses, Sally, Edward, and a brother name unknown, who was killed by Indians in 1777 while scouting for the Militia in Powell’s Valley...

October 19, 1781 Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown Va., ending the fighting in the American Revolution. In the Spring or early Summer of 1782, the Cherokee caught William Dorton Sr. away from his blockhouse, and perhaps not knowing who he was, killed him. His son William Dorton Jr. took over his fathers role in the community. It is a twist of irony that Elizabeth Watts Benge-Dorton may have lost both of her husbands within the span of a year as old trader John Benge died in 1783. Moses Dorton, whose mother Elizabeth (Watts) Benge Dorton sent him to bring back Bob Benge when he ran away to his uncles, grew tired of being referred to by his neighbors as “one of those Benge-Dortons”, moved to Kentucky where he changed his name to Dalton.

Read more: Logan Banner - Chief Benge the red headed Cherokee


  • "CHEROKEE - KINSHIP NOTES" by Kenneth Barnett Tankersley, Ph.D. Native American Studies Program Northern Kentucky University Copyright 2004, 2005

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On 18 Nov 2018 at 16:59 GMT LaMyra Morton wrote:

Watts-6852 and Watts-3165 appear to represent the same person because: Both profiles for the Cherokee wife of trader, John Benge.

On 22 Jan 2018 at 19:22 GMT Jessica (Collett) Hilliard wrote:

Watts-4859 and Watts-3165 appear to represent the same person because: Although messy, if you give this a deep look - these are the same person.

On 6 Sep 2014 at 18:01 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:

Please look at sources before stating something needs removed. Source says John married Gi yo Sti Ko Yo He. Im stilling researching the children.

On 6 Sep 2014 at 17:50 GMT Kathy (Frost) King wrote:

Clearly by this...this is NOT the correct Murteh. rincess Wurteh Moytoy (daughter of Great Eagle Moytoy) was born 1742 in Tasagi Town, Tennessee, and died date unknown. This needs to be undone immediately.

On 7 Jun 2014 at 10:21 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:

Watts-2186 and Moytoy-114 appear to represent the same person because: same person

On 7 Jun 2014 at 09:07 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:

Doublehead Gist-1 and Moytoy-114 appear to represent the same person because: Same person

On 3 Jun 2014 at 17:30 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:

Gist-116 and Willenawah-2 appear to represent the same person because: Same person

On 3 Jun 2014 at 17:29 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:

Gist-116 and Moytoy-114 appear to represent the same person because: Same person

On 2 Jun 2014 at 01:00 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:

Clan-9 and Wurteh-1 appear to represent the same person because: Same Person

On 2 Jun 2014 at 00:49 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:

Red Paint Clan-2 and Wurteh-1 appear to represent the same person because: Same person

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