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Re: Taylor - Lower Muscogee
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thank you for your help. I will take your advice and start at the bottom.
I have researched the Indian side of my family as far back as it would go. The suspicion is that William Taylor, my ancestor, along with his wife, Mary Hampton, had to lie about his heritage in order to remain in Georgia. If he isnt found on any rolls, which he may be, this is probably the reason.
It saddens me to think though, that rather than embracing thier lost brothers and sisters, the Creek Nation would rather shun any member who may be the ancestor of a war torn orphan. What of the children that were left without fathers after the red sticks? What of the mother who re-married white in order to save her children. What of the Creek people that decided NOT to take the government's assistance, and remain HOME by adopting a European name or converting thier own.
I live within 5 miles of and fish from the Ocmulgee River still TODAY. Thats right. Its an actual river. This is a river named by the Creeks, but many of the so called "Federal Creeks" have never even seen it. And my grandfather lived on this river, and his grandfather, and his grandfather.
Down another branch of my Family Tree, there was a Lower Creek town on my family's land named "Ochee Town". Maybe you have heard of it. Reubin Thompson inherited this land and the town's inhabitants with it after his fight in the revolutionary war. The creeks remained on this land after the war and integrated into the family.
these facts are from only a few of the documents i have found so far.
The ORIGINAL Ocmulgee Mississipian Mounds are within 15 minutes of my home. I visit the mounds a few times every year. When i'm there, i feel at home. If my ancestors decided to stay on the CREEK, rather than be shipped out to PASTURE, i'm glad.
I'm proud of who i am, and who my grandfathers were, and i feel saddened at the thought of the Creek Nation shunning the 'outsiders' who chose to remain in thier rightful home.
Thanks again. Hope to see you there.