Re: Mrs. Obama "Cherokee" Lineage
I have since learned that there were Cherokees who migrated to Missouri from the post below made on the Cherokee Freedmen page on Facebook:
To those who are surprised about a migration of Cherokees to Missouri, there are several sources that discuss such migrations one of which is Starr's "History of The Cherokee Indians." The earliest migration of Cherokees from the east that
I've discovered were the Chicamaugas in about 1794, or about 48 years before the Cherokee's Trail of Tears. Allegedly, the Chicamaugas were forced to leave the Cherokee Tribe because they refused to stop fighting the Virginians after the American Revolution. Their fighting produced significant retaliations by the Virginians on the Cherokee Tribe on multiple occasions. For those who do not know, most Cherokees aligned themselves with the British during the American Revolution who promised to remove colonial intruders from Cherokee lands. Chief John Ross's father, Daniel Ross, was a "loyalist" who aligned with the British. These Chicamaugas who were evicted by the Cherokees originally settled west of the Mississippi, beyond the reach of the U.S. government, near St. Girardis in present day Missouri. There they remained, out of the reach of the new U.S. government, until the early 1800s when President Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Purchase from France. This put this band of Cherokees back under the aegis of the U.S. government. Around 1812 many of these Cherokees again migrated away from U.S. governmental control by moving to Mexico. What was Mexico at that time became The Republic of Texas in about 1836. Incidentally, one of my great grandfathers migrated from Missouri to Tahlequah, OK after the closing of the Dawes Rolls attempting, unsuccessfully, to get enrolled. This migration history produced the "Missouri Cherokees," the "Arkansas Cherokees" and the "Texas Cherokees." The Texas Cherokees were evicted from The Republic of Texas in the 1838/1839 timeframe and, thus, arrived in the Cherokee Nation West at the same time their relatives arrived during the Trail of Tears from the Cherokee Nation East.