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EXCERPT/LINK: — Coosa and Their Descendants

November 13, 2014 Leave a comment

“(…) Coosa is a large village, the largest to be met after leaving Santa Elena on the road we took from there. It may contain about 150 people – that is, judging by the size of the village. It seems to be a wealthier place than all the others; there are generally a great many Indians in it. It is situated in a valley at the foot of a mountain. All around it at one-quarter, one-half, and one league there are very many big places. It is a very fertile country; its situation is at midday’s sun or perhaps a little less than midday.19

Fear of this tribe, allied with the “Chisca, Carrosa, and Costehe,” was what decided Pardo to turn back to Santa Elena.20 While Vandera seems to say that Coosa had 150 inhabitants, he must mean neighborhoods, otherwise it certainly would not be the largest place the Spaniards had discovered. Garcilasso says that in Coosa there were 500 houses, but he is wont to exaggerate.21 At the same time, if Vandera means 150 neighborhoods and Garcilasso counted all classes of buildings, the two statements could be reconciled very well.

And now, after enjoying such early prominence, the Coosa tribe slips entirely from view, and when we next catch a glimpse of it its ancient importance has gone. Adair, the first writer to notice the town particularly, says:

In the upper or most western part of the country of the Muskohge there was an old beloved town, now reduced to a small ruinous village, called Koosahy which is still a place of safety to those who kill undesignedly. It stands on commanding ground, overlooking a bold river.22

The name appears in the enumerations of 1738, 1750,23 and 1760,24 and a part at least in the enumeration of 1761.25 In 1796 John O’ Kelly, a half-breed, was trader there, having succeeded his father.26[…]”

via Coosa and Their Descendants.

EXCERPT/LINK: — New London, Alabama – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

November 13, 2014 Leave a comment

HistoryEdit

John O’Kelly was the white trader to the Upper Creek town of Coosa. His half-blood son, John O’Kelly (also known as Toe Kelly), became chief of Coosa in the 1790s. O’Kelly was invited to Pensacola in 1794 to a council with the Spanish, and he signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson as chief of Coosa in 1814. Under the treaty, O’Kelly claimed land where Kelly Creek joins the Coosa River. He then established a branch of the town Coosa along the Kelly Creek. The town was then known as Kelly’s Town until the Indian Removal Act.[2] The community was originally called Kelly’s Creek for the creek named for O’Kelly. After the Civil War, it became known as New London. By the 1880’s, it was known primarily as London.[3] A post office was established under the name Kellys Creek in 1841 and was in operation until 1908.[4]

via New London, Alabama – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

George Mayfield (1779-1848)

November 9, 2014 Leave a comment

George Mayfield (1779-1848) – Indian Interpreter and Scout of Middle TN

via George Mayfield (1779-1848).

LINK: [TREATY] — United States Statutes at Large Volume 7.djvu/132 – Wikisource, the free online library

November 9, 2014 Leave a comment

O’Kelly-Brunner – LINK: — RootsWeb: CREEK-SOUTHEAST-L Re: [CREEK-SOUTHEAST] UPPER CREEK INDIANS, ST CLAIR AND TALLADEGA AL: ToBiAs Kelly

November 4, 2014 Leave a comment

From: DWaddellDober@cs.com

Subject: Re: [CREEK-SOUTHEAST] UPPER CREEK INDIANS, ST CLAIR AND TALLADEGA AL: ToBiAs Kelly

Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2005 14:35:30 -0400

Are you aware that there is the remnants of a community in Talladega County called “Bruner Valley”? It is on Mudd Street, which you access by taking the Northbound exit at Eastaboga on Interstate 20, crossing Highway 78 and continuing on until you see a sign that says Sulphur Springs Hardware. That puts you right in the middle of Bruner Valley.

“Debbie Woolf” wrote:

via RootsWeb: CREEK-SOUTHEAST-L Re: [CREEK-SOUTHEAST] UPPER CREEK INDIANS, ST CLAIR AND TALLADEGA AL: ToBiAs Kelly.

O’Kelly – LINK: — UPPER CREEK INDIANS, ST CLAIR AND TALLADEGA AL: ToBiAs Kelly – SE Creeks – Family History & Genealogy Message Board – Ancestry.co.uk

November 4, 2014 1 comment

Looking for information on To Bi As Kelly associated with the Upper Creek Indians in St Clair Co AL mid 1700’s and shown on the 1832 Parsons-Abbot Rolls. Married a Creek Indian woman (unknown name) and possibly had a child named John O. Kelly.

John O. Kelly had a son named “Toby” in his deed of land to his children. Among the other children: Susanna (Kelly) married William Steele and Elizabeth (Kelly) married Daniel Brunner. Brunner listed with a Creek Indian name on the Parsons-Abbot Rolls.

via UPPER CREEK INDIANS, ST CLAIR AND TALLADEGA AL: ToBiAs Kelly – SE Creeks – Family History & Genealogy Message Board – Ancestry.co.uk.

LINK: — John O’kelly — Early History of the Creek Indians and Their Neighbors, Page 246 | Document Viewer

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment