14 January 2013

Native American Claim In Hamilton Co., Tennessee

January 1833

The [Congressional] Committee on Indian Affairs to whom was referred the petition of James Brown and the petition of John Brown make the following report:


The petition of James Brown alleges that he is a citizen...of the Cherokee nation...and that in pursuance of the treaty of 1819, between the United States and said Indians, he abandoned two improvements for which he asks compensation.


By a surrender of those improvements, the petitioners deprived of the benefits secured to the possessor of the land by such improvements. Common justice will, therefore, award to the petitioners remuneration.  Believing that Brown is entitled to the sum of six hundred and forty seven dollars that John Brown is entitled to the further sum of three hundred and thirty dollars the committee therefore report a bill for their relief. [Source]

Here is a James Brown property (near Ooltewah) on the map.  

This source  described James Brown as "a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a judge for the Chickamauga district within that nation."  "The Chickamauga district encompassed a portion of north Georgia and up through Ooltewah."  See the 1828 Cherokee census (Chickamauga District) where a grist mill and two sawmills were listed.

Moccasin Bend Taken From Lookout Mountain, TN, Near Brown's Tavern

An earlier property owned by John Brown was Brown's tavern located "in the shadow of Lookout Mountain;" its present-day address is 703 Brown's Ferry Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee (near Moccasin Bend).  It's listed along the "Trail of Tears" route.

Brown's Tavern and the Ooltewah property are both in Hamilton County, Tennessee.

No comments: