The Cheraw People
On today’s family and friends Friday I want to discuss a hidden part of my genealogy. This part is hailed from four generations back. My great great great grandmother her name was Jane and she was a Cheraw Indian. The Cheraw Indians hailed from North and South Carolina and are related to the Sioux and Catawba Indians. They spoke the Siouan language. They are connected to the Plains people, however, are distinctly Southern in the locale. This tribe has gone extinct around the time of Columbus. I am a little bit proud of these people’s achievements. Even though they are extinct today they fought against European enslavement and mistreatment of native American peoples of that summer. It was not the white man who decimated these proud people but smallpox.
Some Charaw Tribal Facts
I find it interesting that there is a town called Cheraw Colorado. There is also a namesake after the tribe in South Carolina as well. What people were left after the smallpox outbreak joined the Catawba tribe and can be found amongst those numbers today. The Cheraw Indians bought with the American Revolution against Great Britain. I would like to think that she was the sister of some great Cheraw warriors as her husband Thomas was a soldier in the American Revolutionary Army. I want to think that their story began in a most romantic type of setting. It is, however, unknown how the courtship between an English nobleman and a Native American began. I hope and pray that the story did not begin in an ugly way of her being forced to marry my great great great grandfather.
My Ancestor Jane of the Cheraw people!
Jane was born in 1670 on Cheraw Indian lands. She was married we hope early in her life. The reason why I say we hope is there are no marriage documents between the two. However, she was married or hooked up with her husband Thomas Etheridge at the age of 29. She went on to have four children, and her children have brought in every major conflict the United States has been in. From the Civil War to the war on terror. This proud woman of proud Cheraw descent has the birth family of noble warriors.
A Family of Warriors
I believe she would be proud of her family today. For it stretches from the isles of Great Britain to New Zealand, and her Negro branch right here in the United States of America. When I think about my ancestors she intrigues me the most. Simply because I want to learn more about my Cheraw history and background. One thing that I must make clear is that the tribe was originally called the Saraw people, not Cheraw.
The End of a people, the start of a line!
My great great great grandmother Jane died in Virginia peacefully at the ripe old age of sixty-five. Which in the eighteenth century is quite an achievement? She was survived by five sons. Her husband Tomas passed in the same month. Part of me thinks it’s romantic that she passed away shortly after her husband (within the same month). Maybe they had a fairy-tale type of love that would rival the ages. Or was their demise and end something more sinister? This is part of the mystery that I plan on tracking down and unlocking. Are you ready to accompany me on this trip through time?
If you have any information on the Cheraw Indian peoples and you think it could help me understand the tribe better I ask that you get in contact with me at ken at genealogygangster dot com all smashed together, Email me and let’s rap about what you know. I would be honored to learn more information so I can give a better description of my people than using Wikipedia as a primary source of information.