Ten-year-old Carlin Fleming
Ten-year-old Carlin Fleming was among the 200 pupils who entered our recent essay contest. Carlin is a fifth grader at the Crossville Attendance Center.
She is the daughter of Angie and Markel Hoffman and Carl Fleming. Her essay won an honorable mention. We print it here with permission.
"Dave Weaver was my seventh great-grandpa.
He was born in 1760 in Sharp Mountain Creek, Cherokee County, Ga.
He was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian chief who lived during the reign of Principal Chiefs Maytag, Attacullaculla, Oconostata, Tasse, Hanging, Neaughi, Black Fox, Path Killer, William Hicks and into the beginning of the reign of Chief John Rose.
He was given the Christian name of Dave Weaver by missionaries visiting the Indian reservation.
His Indian name is unknown.
"He lived his life within a 40-mile radius of New Echota on the river lands of Georgia. He married a full-blooded Indian woman from his tribe. They had eight children.
The missionaries named them Elizabeth, Pesta, Besta, John, Joseph, Froncs, Robert and William. Elizabeth was the only daughter.
Dave and Elizabeth were the only ones who kept their Christian names.
"During the winter of 1838-1839, U.S. troops forced about 15,000 Cherokee men, women and children to move westward to an area the United States said was Indian Territory.
About 4,000 Cherokees died while walking over 1,000 miles to this new place.
They died from the cold, hunger and disease.
This 1,000-mile walk was later named the Trail of Tears.
"Dave Weaver died in 1835, two years before the Trail of Tears.
His sons walked the Trail of Tears with the other Cherokee Indians, but his daughter, Elizabeth, married a farmer named John Eddings from Warren County, Tenn., and moved with him to Eleven Point River Crossing in Oregon County, Mo.
"My seventh great-grandpa's life was interesting.
I wish I knew more about it.
I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my great, great, great, great, great, great, great-grandpa, Dave Weaver."
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THE CARMI TIMES
and CHARLENE SHIELDS
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