Indians in 1801-1804 Cherokee Agency Pass Book

In the now digitized editions of “Answerin’ News”, an early portion of the Cherokee Agency Pass Book has been transcribed. This portion covers from July 1801 to October 28, 1804 at Southwest Point, now Kingston, Tennessee. If you wanted to travel through or trade in Cherokee Country, you had to obtain a pass. In these records are found a few Indian and Indian trader names, as follows:

  • Wm. Green Wood (Indian)
  • David Roe (Indian)
  • Return Jonathan Meigs (Indian Agent)
  • Timothy Meigs (Indian Agent’s son)


Given that Cherokees would not have needed to have a pass, these Indian men must have been from another tribe.

Hat tip to Martha for sending this information.

About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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10 Responses to Indians in 1801-1804 Cherokee Agency Pass Book

  1. vivm2007 says:

    Great list of names but I did find “James Vann” as strange. Do you know how many James Vanns there were?

  2. Joy King says:

    For additional info see: Dorothy Williams Potter, PASSPORTS OF SOUTHEASTERN PIONEERS 1770-1823 (1982: reprint, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1990), 93.
    James Cockerham having represented to me that a certain Black Mare the property of Miner Cockerham of Ruther[ford] County in North Carolina was stolen from him on the night of the 21st of January 1799 by W. Greenwood as he believes & who from information sold the said mare to David Roe an Indian Countryman (so called) the description of the sd. Mare is as follows- Black colour some white hairs on her forehead – seven years old – was heavy with foal when stolen – fourteen hands high –
    The said James Cockerham is hereby permitted to go into the Cherokee Nation at Hightower to endeavor by gentle means to recover the said mare, taking care to make no infraction of the Law regulating intercourse with the Indian Tribes –

    South West point March 19th 1802
    R.J. Meigs Agent of War and Agent for the Cherokees


  3. Kiaira covington says:

    I would like to know my genetic make-up

  4. B. Martha Slatery Erickson says:

    Cherokee Agency Password hints of something searched for over 50 years! Ancestor Patrick Slatery’s plantation was on Cherokee land pre-TN statehood (1792). He is not listed as a trader or invader of any kind. Family stories (fact or fiction?) tell of good associations with the Indians. Have read lists of those permitted to pass through his area but his name is not on any of them. In later years his signature does appear on requests, by settlers, for assistance on boundary lines, etc. His wife was Anne Coppock; his land was 800-1000 acres “Slatery Mountain”. Shown on TVA maps of Shooks Gap Quadrangle in the 1950s – name changed after land was sold. Any suggestions as to how to find out more – possibly a connection with the Indians or a reason he was allowed to live there?

  5. Patty Lecroy says:

    I have been researching my Native American genealogy for many years. I received much information from my father. My ancestors were from georgia,tennessee,North Carolina and alabama. Cherokee as I’ve been told. I have found many names on the government rolls. I don’t understand how to read the rolls and where my ancestors lived, according to the rolls. Any help you could give would be appreciated. Thank you.

  6. Larry Dean Dyess says:

    My great grandfather was James K P Watts his father was Jeremiah watts son of Thomas Watts jr. son of Thomas Watts son of John Francis “old chief “Watts. I’ve found it very hard to trace this down hope I am right. and input will help .

  7. LA says:

    The link isn’t working… takes me to the site to a 404 error

  8. mary s pryor says:

    searching for information on spottedwood family name 1800

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