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Re: Surname Portee/tribe: choctaw indians

Hi Tee, Creator rules my heart as well. Thanks for the info you provided. This is the first I've heard of Portee being Choctaw and I'm very happy you provided some information. There are many Portee from Columbia SC - they migrated there from Halifax and Granville SC in the late 1790s. I know that they were Native Blood because of their petitions against the Black Tax imposed on them by the SC Gov and also because they migrated with many other Natives in my family to include Wilson, Jones, Harris, Jacobs, Grooms, Chavis, etc. Today, we are more than 14 surnames that comprise remnant tribes that were forced into white settlement on the Wateree and, thus, are non-tribal people. However, what set my ancestors apart was the fact that they did not mixed with outsiders until my mothers generation. This is how many have been able to identify us as Native descendants.

Howell Portee, Rachel Portee, Aaron Portee, and Sarah Portee are the beginning of the Wateree River Portee in Columbia, SC. I donot know that the Howell Portee (as well as many others that you kindly listed) are the same Portee from the Wateree. Many of the names you listed are the same names of my ancestors from the Wateree, however Portee (as well as Chavis, Harris, Harrell, Jones, Wilson, Scott, Jacobs, etc) repeat names, generation after generation. I'm not sure I would be interested in a tribal card; I honor those that have grown up with tribal traditions and believe that the best way to ensure that Native traditions survive in this land is by not "watering" it. I honor traditions and don't want to join any tribe because I didn't grow up with such traditions. However, I would be more interested in viewing the list of Choctaw names to determine if Howell and Malachi and many of the others that you mentioned are related to my folks. I honor my folks from the Wateree; that is where I come from. Regardless of tribal affiliation, I am connected to my ancestors from the Wateree River and choose to honor them as they were. Blessing and thanks for sharing.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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