Martin Buzzard-Flopper

Martin Buzzard-Flopper was listed on the 1869 Cherokee West Census.  There were several Buzzards, but only one Buzzard-Flopper.  In his household were 1 woman, 4 male children and 2 female children.

What, exactly, was a Buzzard-Flopper?  I can see a practical joker, one who flops the buzzard. 

I was curious about Martin.  Surely a man with such an unusual name would either be easy to find or impossible.  Easy if he used Buzzard-Flopper, or difficult if this were a one-time name that he decided to use for this census.

Martin it turns out, was easy to find.  He was born sometime around 1838 in Georgia.  He married Peggy Pumpkinpile, another Cherokee.  He served in the Civil War.  He is listed on the Drennan Roll in 1851, but on the Dawes Rolls, his son James changed his name to Martin, from Buzzard-Flopper.  I can’t imagine why.

Martin died between 1876 and 1880, not an old man.  His native name is recorded two different ways, Ah-Yun-Ta-Kee and A-Hu-Lu-De-Gi, the translation given as “he throws away the drum.”  I thought sure it would be “he who flops the buzzard.”  Maybe he threw the drum at the buzzard.

So I have to wonder, are there some Martin families out there today who thinks they are Martins but in reality, they are Buzzard-Floppers and don’t know it?!!

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About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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5 Responses to Martin Buzzard-Flopper

  1. I wonder if Pumpkinpile might be a version of Perkipile, a surname found in North Carolina.

  2. paula martin says:

    i would like more information on martin buzzardflopper

  3. Holly Lawson says:

    Martin Buzzardflopper one word is my great grand father on my mom’s side her maiden name is Martin. His wife was Peggy Pumpkinpile.

  4. Jaiwana Williams says:

    I am the granddaughter of James Mayfield Martin aka James Martin a Buzzardflopper. No hyphen. Born 1890 to Annie Owens and Martin Buzzardflopper.

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