1755 John D Chisholm b. abt 1755 agent assigned to Cherokee Nation

John D Chisholm b. abt 1755 – d. 1818 agent assigned to Cherokee Nation

Parents:

  • father living in South Carolina

Children:

  • Elizabeth Chisholm
  • Ignatius Chisholm
  • James Chisholm
  • Deborah Chisholm
  • Mary Ann Chisholm
  • Phinneas Thomas Chisholm
  • John R Chisholm
  • Titus Ogden Chisholm
  • Joseph D Chisholm
  • Dennis M Chisholm

Siblings:

  • unknown

Other State and County Pages:

FACTS and SOURCES: 

1778 Feb 24 – State of N Carolina Washington County. … (Survey Order) … 200 acres of land for John Chisolmy in the S side of Nolechakey River on the War Path including a small marshy meadow and an spring commonly known by the Old Indian Camp .. (later assigned to Ephraim Dunlop)
Land warrants, Greene County, Tennessee, no. 748-1063. No. 860., No. 15.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9WV-TCHP?i=555&cat=695114

1778 Feb 25 – Washington County … Feb 25 1778 …. to the surveyor … measure and lawy off according to law 600 acres of land for John Chisolm on the east side of Little River running a little above Ware path and extending up the river for compliment given at offic this 30th day of June 1787.
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Series Number: 02; Series Title: Entries
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1778 Feb 25 – No. 15 – Washington County – John Chisholm enters for himself 140 acres on the head of Little Limestone including the spring that joins the barrens on the path that leads from William Beans to Nonachucky.
-He also enters 200 acres on the South side of Nonachucky on the War Path including a small marshy meadow and a spring commonly known by the name of the Old Indian Camp.
-The same enters for himself 300 acres & 300 for his wife and two children 100 for Pattey his wife, 100 for Ignatius his son, and 100 for Elizabeth is daughter to be laid on the East side of Little River, beginning a little above the War Path and running up said river. 600 acres.
John Massengill enters for himself 340 acres on the E side of Sick Creek including two limestone springs about 20 yds asunder formerly claimed by John Chisholm.
-William King enters 300 acres on E side Little River above and joining to John Chisholms land and west of said river above Robert Lucas’ land on said river. 340 acres.
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Series Number: 04; Series Title: Grants
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1778 Feb 25 Chisholm related grants registered in TN 01a

1778 Feb 25 Chisholm related grants registered in TN 01a

1778 Feb 25 Chisholm related grants registered in TN 02

1778 Feb 25 Chisholm related grants registered in TN 02

1778 Sept 2 – No. 309 – Tennessee – Samuel Fair – … enttered in the States Office the underneath described tract of land for Samuel Fair containing 640 acres as by a survey made thereof by John Chisum for John McMahan beginning at 3 white oaks … on the West side of Nob Creek … to 5 poplars from one Root? then S … joining sd McMahins …
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Series Number: 04; Series Title: Grants
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1778 Oct 6 – No. 482 – Washington County, Tennessee – James Hollis enters 200 acres of land between David Huges line and John Chisums line.
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Series Number: 04; Series Title: Grants
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1778 Oct 6 – No. 483 – Washington County, Tennessee – James Hollis enters 100 acres of land on the East end of John Chisums land called the Cullin Gum.
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Series Number: 04; Series Title: Grants
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1778 Dec 23 – No. 62 – Washington County, Tennessee – State of North Carolina Washington County … to the surveyor of sd County … to measure and lay off according to law 300 acres of land for John Chisolm Esqr on the waters of Boones Creek including the tract of land formerly claimed by William Tackett … Surveyed for Landon Carter 400 acres by E Harris DS, Oct 5, 1787.
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Series Number: 02; Series Title: Entries
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3658&h=176103&ssrc=pt&tid=69705632&pid=322337132511&usePUB=true ; See Survey:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WN-R4L8?i=942&cat=695114

1778 Dec 27 – No. 794 – Washington County … to the surveyor of said County … admeasure and lay off … 450 acres … for George Ingle on both sides of Wataugah … on Boons Creek joining Beens land … place where Charles Thompson formerly lived … entered per said Thompson and transferred to John Chisolm and from said Chisolm to said George Ingle … given this 2 June 1789 …
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Series Number: 02; Series Title: Entries
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1780 Aug 5 – No. 2602 – Washington County, Tennessee – To the surveyor of said County … you are hereby reqd to admeasure and lay off … 200 acres of land for John Hammer joining Henry Messingile, William Stone, Joseph Duncan, and Benjamin Cobbs line, including the head spring of Waldens Branch and the high top of Indian ridge and the valley between Indian Ridge and Brevey Ridge and entered per John Chisolm and transferred to Jacob Ho? per order of said Chisolm and from said Ham to said Hammer. Given to office this 28th of March 1788.
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Series Number: 02; Series Title: Entries
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3658&h=174949&ssrc=pt&tid=69705632&pid=322337132511&usePUB=true ; See assignment:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9WV-TFX1?i=563&cat=695114

1781 Aug 27 – No. 68 – 2893 – No Carolina Washington County, Aug 27, 1781. To the surveyor … measure and lay off …. 300 acres of land for John Chesolm Esqr … on Henry Massengill corner at the mouth of Boones Creek … to William Stones line … to a line of sd Chisolms on sd line to Benjamin Cobbs line …. along Cobbs line to Massingills line including sd Chesolms field and improvement sd land entered per Mallichae Mottley for sd Chisolm …. this 2d day of June 1782. Signed: Landon Carter ED. Surveyed for Landon Carter 300 acres by E Harris, Oct 7, 1785.
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Series Number: 02; Series Title: Entries
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3658&h=176132&ssrc=pt&tid=69705632&pid=322337132511&usePUB=true ; See Assignment:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WN-R4J1?i=963&cat=695114

1782 Oct 23 – John Chrisoling (Chisolmy) (Warrant No. 15) was issued 90 acres of land on 23 Oct 1782 in TN Washington County, located “Beg on two hickorys and a large white oak”. This was recorded in Land Patent Book 44 page 280 as TN Washington County Grant # 264. The original request for this land was entered on 21 Feb 1778 and assigned TN Washington County Entry # 15. It took 4 years and 8 months to issue the grant.
From PATENT BOOK Issued: 23 Oct 1782 County: TN Washington Grant no.: 264 Book: 44 pg: 280
From WARRANT / PLAT Entered: 21 Feb 1778 Entry no.: 15 Other Identifiers: File no.: 96
https://www.nclandgrants.com/grant/?mars=12.14.20.96&qid=719377&rn=2

1784 Nov 10 – John Chrisolm [Chisolm] (Warrant No. 2602) was issued 200 acres of land on 10 Nov 1784 in TN Washington County, located “On head Spring of Waldons branch”. This was recorded in Land Patent Book 69 page 145 as TN Washington County Grant # 626. The original request for this land was entered on 01 Aug 1780 and assigned TN Washington County Entry # 2602. It took 4 years and 3 months to issue the grant.
From PATENT BOOK Issued: 10 Nov 1784 County: TN Washington Grant no.: 626 Book: 69 pg: 145
From WARRANT / PLAT Entered: 01 Aug 1780 Entry no.: 2602 Other Identifiers: File no.: 812
https://www.nclandgrants.com/grant/?mars=12.14.20.815&qid=719376&rn=2  See survey (Chain carriers: Henry Massingale, Jacob Horse): https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9WV-T8BR?i=19&cat=695114

1784 Dec 10 – John Chisolm. Grant No. 626. 200 acres. Bk 5, p 42. Washington Co, TN. N Carolina Grant.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-998J-34MK?i=25&cat=351626

1785 Jan 5 – Survey. Stockley Donelson and John Chisolm
Territory South of the Ohio. Eastern District.
… Warrant to me directed of No. 2388 and dated 5 January 1785 I have surveyed for Stockly Donelson and John Chisolm 1000 acres of land lying and being in sd District on the ? side of Holston beginning on a ceder tree …. bank of sd river … about the middle of a large clift … to a stake Alexander Cunninghams line … Signed: Robert Wood DDS
Chain Carriers: W Terrell, Ignatius Chisolm
Land warrants, Western District Tennessee, no. 141-350 (Actually Eastern District). No. 202.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WV-Y7YX?i=267&cat=695114

1789 Nov 27 – John Chisolm (Warrant No. 15) was issued 600 acres of land on 27 Nov 1789 in TN Greene County, located “East side of Little River”. This was recorded in Land Patent Book 74 page 23 as TN Greene County Grant # 825. The original request for this land was entered on 20 Jun 1787. It took 2 years and 5 months to issue the grant.
From PATENT BOOK Issued: 27 Nov 1789 County: TN Greene Grant no.: 825 Book: 74 pg: 23
From WARRANT / PLAT Entered: 20 Jun 1787 Other Identifiers: File no.: 875
https://www.nclandgrants.com/grant/?mars=12.14.6.875&qid=719376&rn=1 See Survey (Chain Carriers: James Tiarn?, John Shields):  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WV-THF5?i=629&cat=695114

1789 Nov 27 – No. 825 – Greene County, Tennessee. … in consideration of the sum of 50 sillings for every 100 acres … paid into our treasury by John Chisolm … grant unto the said John Chisolm a tract of land containing 600 acres … in our County of Greene … at the mouth of Attajoy Creek on the E bank of Little River …
Registered 2d of Sept 1790.
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Series Number: 04; Series Title: Grants
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1790 Oct 23 – John Chisolm in the U.S., Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820
Name: John Chisolm
Gender: M (Male)
State: Tennessee
Locality: Territory South of Ohio River
County: Washington County
Residence Year: 1790
Household Remarks: He was appointed a justice of the peace for Washington County on 23 Oct 1790.
Document: Territorial Papers of the US; Volume Number: Vol 4; Page Number: 432; Family Number: 5
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1792 June 16 – John Chisolm in the U.S., Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820
Name: John Chisolm
Gender: M (Male)
State: Tennessee
Locality: Territory South of Ohio River
County: Knox County
Residence Year: 1790
Household Remarks: He was appointed, 16 Jun 1792, an “additional Justice” for Knox County.
Document: Territorial Papers of the US; Volume Number: Vol 4; Page Number: 449; Family Number: 19
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1792 July 18 – John Chisholm fr James White, bk A1, p 95. Knox County, Tennessee
… between James White of the County of Knox and Territory of the US South of Ohio of the one part and John Chisolm of the County and territory afsd of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 8 dollars … paid by the said John Chisolm … confirm unto the said John Chisolm … land … in the County of Knox being a Lot in Knoxville of Number 17 beginning at a stake corner of Front and Arch Streets and running South … and 92/100 parts to a stake corner to No. 32 …. to a stake corner to No. 32, 31, and 18 … to a stake corner to No. 18 … to the beginning containing 1/2 acre of land …
Signed: James White
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS54-QN2M?i=52&cat=147206

1793 Oct 16 – John Chisolm to William Blount, bk 1 C1, p 129. Knox County, Tennessee
… I John Chisolm of the County of Knox Teritory South of the River Ohio for and in consideration of the sum of 750 dollars to me in hand paid … have … sold unto William Blount the following negros towit Joe, Aney, Lyel & Sylvia …
Signed: John Chisolm
Wit: John McKee, James King.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKX-JS8W-6?i=72&cat=147206

1793 Oct 16 – John Chisolm to William Blount, bk 1 C1, p 130. Knox County, Tennessee
… between John Chisolm of Knoxville of the one part and William Blount of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 300 dollars to him the said Chisolm in hand paid by William Blount …. sell unto William Blount the Lot No. 17 in Knoxville … in the plan of sd Town …
Signed: John Chisolm
Wit: John McKee, James King
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKX-JS87-L?i=73&cat=147206

1794 Apr 8 – John Chisholm fr State of North Carolina, bk A1, p 309. Knox County, Tennessee
… State of North Carolina No. 174. … Stockley Donelson came greeting … we and John Chisolm for and in consideration of the sum of 10 pounds for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our Treasury by Stockley Donelson and John Chisolm have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said Stockley Donelson and John Chisolm a tract of land containing 1000 acres lying and being in our Eastern District on the South side of Holston River beginning on a cedar … on the bank of said river at the middle of a large clift oposite a small island running thence South 53 east along Alexander Cunninghams line … Richard Dabbs Spaight.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS54-QFG2?i=160&cat=147206

1794 Apr 8 – John Chisolm. Grant No. 174. Warrant No. 2388. 1000 acres. Bk 8, p 625. Bk C, p 372. Eastern Dist – S side of the Holston River. N Carolina Grant.
… we have granted unto Stockley Donelson & John Chisolm 1000 acres of land in our Eastern District on the South side of Holston beginning on a ceder dogwood … on the bank of said river about the middle of a large cliff opposite a small island runs north ….. to a stake Alexander Cunningham’s line …Note: Stockley Donelson and John Chisolm (Warrant No. 2388) was issued 1000 acres of land on 08 Apr 1794 in TN Eastern District County, located “On S. side of Holston”. This was recorded in Land Patent Book 81 page 559 as TN Eastern District County Grant # 174. The original request for this land was entered on 05 Jan 1785 and assigned TN Eastern District County Entry # 3388. It took 9 years and 3 months to issue the grant.
https://www.nclandgrants.com/grant/?mars=12.14.3.196&qid=740679&rn=6

1796 Apr 15 – John Chisolm to Henry James, est etal, bk B1 V1, p 101. Knox County, Tennessee
… between John Chisolm of the County of Knox and Territory of the US South of the River Ohio of the one part and Jean Henry and the heirs of James Henry decd of the County of Blount and Territory afsd of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 1200 dollars … confirm unto the said Jean Henry and heirs of James Henry decd …. land containing 100 acres … in the County of Blount … a little above the War Ford … to the mouth ao a dry branch below the mouth of Allajoy Creek on the east Bank of Little River … to the bank of said river … 600 acres …
Signed: John Chisolm
Wit: John McClellan, Charles McClung
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In 1797 John Chisholm gave a statement regarding his involvement in the “Blount Conspiracy”. The following is a transcript of his statement:  1797 Dec 9 statement of John Chisholm re Blount Conspiracy to Rufus King  1797 Nov 29 – Blount Conspiracy, “Statement of Chisholm to Rufus King.”
“The Declaration of John D Chisholm”.
(The Following is the Background information given in his Statement – click above link for entire statement):
I arrived in New York while the British Army were in possession of it; – having a Father residing in Charleston South Carolina, I went to him in the year 1777. I went from thence a few months after my arrival in Charleston to Savannah in Georgia, remained there a few weeks; from thence I proceeded to St. Augustine, remained there about 2 weeks and from thence I proceeded to Pensacola; there I continued until the Spaniards took possession of the Country, I think in the same year or early in the year 1778; from thence I was obliged to fly to the Indian Country where I found Protection from Alexander McGillveray and others. I remained in the Creek Nation about 3 months then went to the Cherokee Nation and remained there a few weeks when I got acquainted with on Roach, Harling and other Indian Traders from the Frontiers of the United States;
with them I came into that part of the Country called the Settlement of Holstien now the State of Tennessee, from thence I traded with the Indians and often went to them from the Inhabitants to ask for Prisoners; in this way I continued till Colonel William Blount was appointed Governeor of that State … I established a permanent home at Knoxville where I was employed by Colonel Blount, the first time was to bring toods for the Treaty of Holstien, and afterwards to bring the Indians to said Treaty, and continued to act for him on many occasions carrying Indians to and from Philadelphia; the last time in taking the Indians to Philadelphia, and in the month of November 1796 arrived there. At this period I brought with me to Philadelphia a Petition from British Subjects residing in the Indian Nations, signed by myself and (I think) about 25 others, requesting to be admitted Citizens of the United States; this Petition I presented to the Honorable James McHenry Secretary of War who treated it with coolness and said he would refer it to Mr Hawkins who had been appointed Superintendant of Indian affairs.
I had conceived myself entitled to some notice and employment under the United States from the Services I had rendered in consequence of my influence with the Indians, and had very frequent promises from Col Blount to that effect.
(Statement continues on describing actions taken in Blound Conspiracy)

The following are other documents (including the above statement) regarding the Blount Conspiracy:  Blount Conspiracy letters and documents

1799 July 8 – John D Chisolm to Samuel Cowan, bk C2 V1, p 192. Knox County, Tennessee
… between John D Chisholm of the one part late of Knoxville Town and State afsd and Samuel Cowen of the County of Knox and Town of Knoxville … John D Chisholm hath bargained and sold … to the said Samuel Cowan a dwelling house and half lot of land with outhouses and stable on the same in the Town of Knoxville, in the old plat of the Town of Knox known by the No. 17 joining to the East side of Joseph Bakers Lot and Willie Blounts Lot in said Town and joining and lying along State Street being a corner lot opposite to S Cowans lot of No. 16 … consideration of 1500 dollars …
Signed: John D Chisholm
Wit: J G Chisholm, Edward Seal
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4Y-7SC7-S?i=105&cat=147206

1801 March 13 – John Chisholm to John Rhea, bk G-V1, p. 165. Knox County, Tennessee
… I Robert Houston Esqr high sheriff of the County of Knox in the State of Tennessee send greeting … whereas by a writ of venditioni exponas to me directed … the 2d Monday of July in the year … 1800 and issued from the County Court of Knox afsd in the State afsd commanded to expose to publick sale the following described Lot or piece of land with the hereditaments and appurtenances thereto belonging (meaning John Chisholms title thereto) to make the sum of 733 dollars 58 cents with costs which lately (towit) at July Court 1798 in the said Court Stephen Duncan had recovered against the said John Chisholm for his debt and costs … the said Robert Houston sheriff as afsd did expose to sale the said Lot being No. 17 in Knoxville … on State Street … containing 1/2 acre of land …. uppon the said sale John Rhea of the County of Sulivan and State afsd did bid and offer for John Chisholm’s title … the sum of 25 dollars which was the highest and last sum bid and the said John Rhea became the purchaser
Signed: R Houston
Wit: Hopkins Lacy, H Breazeale
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS54-7SL8-N?i=465&cat=147206

1803-1819 Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence and financial returns related to Chisholms found on Fold3 (124 pages PDF):  1803 to 1819 Cherokee Indian correspondence and financial returns related to Chisholms

From Ancestry.com boards: (Message):
James Mahar
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Posted: 16 Feb 2010 3:44 PM
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A lot of this information is incorrect in part due to the poor genealogical work published by Ray Worth. To give him credit not as much was available to him and the demand for documentation was not generally insisted upon.

John D. Chisholm’s parents are unknown. He states in his deposition given to Rufus King for the trial regarding the Blount Conspiracy that his father lived in Charleston, SC, but he provides no name for his father or states the family’s origins beyond that he is a native of Scotland. Charleston records do not clearly identify his father, though it is possible that William Chisholm who has his sons John and Thomas co-sign a note in 1783 is his father as John is called “of Washington County, NC” (source: 41 Judgement Roll 125A, File 89A). The Chisholms of Charlotte County, Virginia are wholly unconnected, there is absolutely no documentation that connects them with John D. Chisholm

John D. Chisholm did not marry Betsy Fawling, again there is no proof whatsoever. Worth based his identification on a document where John Chisholm acted for the widow of Betsy Fawling and Worth assumed that John had married here. In fact, John at the time was a justice so that his action could be explained as an appointed guardian.

John D. Chisholm is documented as having a wife found as Pasty, Patty, Patience in the records. She is well documented in letters for the Indian Agency as she ran the Chisholm tavern, which catered to many of the chiefs and warriors coming through Knoxville and were paid by the government. She divorced John in 1799 and then married William Brent. Her passport to Louisiana is on record as Mrs. Brent. She died in Feliciana Parish, Louisiana and left a detailed estate records naming all of her children by John D. Chisholm and their place of residence. Three of John Chisholm’s children were married in Nachez during Spanish occupation and their marriages are recoded in the records there. Two of these identify Patty’s maiden name as “Massengill“, which indicates she was part of that family. John’s alliance with this family clearly would have helped him in his rapid rise in East Tennessee.

From Patty’s estate papers in Feliciana (1819) we know that John D. Chisholm’s children are; Elizabeth (1778-1818) wife of John Sommerville of Nashville; Ignatius who lived in the Cherokee Nation/Arkansas; Deborah (1786/7-1833) wife of William Massengill; Mary Ann “Polly’ wife of Phineas Thomas of Fayette Co., TN; John R. who married Anna Egan and was of Feliciana; Titus Ogden married Harriet Penelope Trend in Feliciana; Joseph D. (died 1827) married Frances Christmas of Feliciana; Dennis M. We also know that a James Chisholm was another son, he turns up in a deed with Patty and is called her son. He is likely the man who allies himself with the Young Chiefs of Georgia. He must have died without issue by 1819 when his mother’s estate was probated.

Patty Chisholm divorced John D. Chisholm in 1799, due to his adultery with a Cherokee woman. This was probably only part true. John like most Indian traders needed to establish kinship within the tribes in order to conduct business and most did this through marriage that allied themselves to important women in the tribe. There are accounts of at least two, probably more women. One woman is called sister of Dick Brown, son of a headman John Brown in Northern Alabama. The other woman is called Martha Holmes. Both women seem to be descendants of a female kin to Oconostota, who is generally identified as “Quantsis”. Based on Cherokee customs, it would have been possible for a trader to have had relations with several women in one clan, though probably more of serial monogamy than actual polygamy. It is nearly impossible with materials that remain to speculate too much, but it does seem clear that John had at least one son Thomas Chisholm who became Chief of the Western Cherokees. Another son George also appears through various citizenship claims, thought to be the son of Neecooie, daughter of part Creek trader Jack Thompson by Wailia, daughter of Quatsis. George’s daughter Lydia wife of Benjamin McCabe leaves several petitions which recall the family and lineage, but no independent evidence has been found to corroborate it.

There are many confusing claims to the Cherokee lines, because the records are geared either to later payments of descendants that did not have to prove in writing who their ancestors were and to the male centric records that exclude many of the women who were central to the Cherokees who were matralineal in tradition and so one’s identity came from the mother not the father.
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For further information or for a response, please email me directly at mahard@jps.net

Recently, I have discovered new information on John Chisholm.His first wife left a will in Feliciana Parish, which names all her children and proves that she is the Mother of all of John’s non-Cherokee children.Records in Feliciana parish and in Natchez indicate more information about her children, including her identity based on Baton Rouge Parish Records for the marriage of her children.

John Chisholm married first Patience Massengill, often listed in records as “Patty.”She is confused with John’s Cherokee wife Patsy Brown, whom John became involved with in the 1790s.Patience must have been a relation to Henry Massengill who was Chisholm’s neighbor and with whom he was closely connected to.John’s rise in status was probably due to his connection with the Massengill family.

Patty Massengill Chisholm is the woman who ran the Chisholm inn in Knoxville.In 1799, she was granted by the State of Tennessee a divorce from John Chisholm.The actual proceedings does not survive, but the grant of divorce does.It was probably due to the fact that John had taken a Cherokee wife and had issue by that wife named Thomas who would become the future Chief of the Western Cherokee and father of Narcissa Chisholm Owens.

In 1800, Patience married William Brent in Knox County, Tennessee.About 1802, Patience Brent was granted a passport to travel to Mississippi Territory with her children.During this period Brent established a tavern in Feliciana Parish Louisiana and three of Patience’s children married and registered the marriages in the Baton Rouge Diocese, including Deborah Chisholm who married William Massengill in Natchez in 1804, probably as William was selling slaves.Patience died in 1819 and her estate was probated according to French law in a “procession” which required all of her children to share equaly.Brent was still alive.The estate was considerable; about $12,000.

John Chisholm and Patience Massengill had the following children:

Elizabeth Chisholm born circa 1777 and died by Nov 1829
She married merchant banker Capt. John Sommerville (1770-1846) and this family settled in Nashville, TN.She had issue at least: George, Caroline, Patsy, and Pierce Butler Sommerville.

Ignatius Chisholm born c 1775/7; died 1839
In 1819 was living among the Cherokee in Arkansas with his father.He married at least once, perhaps twice into the Cherokee tribe.His children included Jesse, John, William, George, and Martha who married David Biggs and perhaps Nelson.These families are found on the rolls as Old Settler Cherokee.

Deborah Chisholm (07 Nov 1786/7 – 07 Sep 1827)
married William Massengill in 1804 in Natchez.The family returned to Tennessee where William was a wealthy planter and slave trader in Washington County.Issue: Henry, Patty, John, Ailsey, Mary A., Michael, Eliza C., William, Deborah, Susan P., and Emeline.

Mary Ann “Polly” Chisholm (c1792; died after 1850)
married Phineas Thomas in 1806 in Davidson Co., TN.The family lived in Fayette County, TN. Issue: Martha who married Rev. Dickson McLeod, John D., and probably Jesse Thomas.

John R. Chisholm (died 1820)
Married Irishwoman Anna Egan in 1805 and lived in East Feliciana Parish.The couple had one child Virginia Martha Brent (c1807-1853) who married merchant Edward Dietrich Hoel and 2ndly his nephew noted naturalist Maximilian Nuebling.

Titus Ogden Chisholm (died afte 1831)
married Harriet Penelope Trend in Feliciana Parish in 1820.Fate unknown, though may have gone to Texas or Indian Territory.

Joseph D. Chisholm (died 26 Nov 1827)
married in 1807 to Frances E. Christmas “Fanny” (died 1833) and had issue:John R.; Martha C., Ellen, Deborah A., Joseph B., and Winfield Scott Chisholm.

Dennis M. Chisholm (after 1828)
Found in Arkansas with Ignatius and his father by 1810. Probably married a Cherokee and was given money to move with the tribe to present day Oklahoma in 1828.Fate and children unknown.

John D. Chisholm is said to have married a Cheorkee named Martha Holmes (per Narcissa Chisholm Ownes); however, Senate records dealing with the Blount Conspiracy suggest his wife was Patsey Brown, a sister to Alabama Cheif Richard “Dick” Brown.This is consistent with what we know of John’s son Thomas Chisholm who lived in Alabama near the Browns.
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CHEROKEE NATION CORRESPONDENCE FROM 1803-1819 RELATED TO CHISHOLMS:

1803 June 24 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – Letter from Doublehead.
My Friend. About 15 days ago I saw James Chisholm with your passport when he was to pass through our country without molestation. He applyed to me for a negroe boy which he pretends to claim. I refused to let him have the boy and I told him to get his brother Ignatious who I had purchased the negroe of & we would all go before you and if he could then make it appear that he had the best right to him I would give him up if I got my own money again. I also told him if he wanted to pay me back 400 dollars which I had paid for the negroe he might take him.
When he found he could not obtain the boy without going before you he advises him and an other boy of mine to run off to the whites and give them a pass with my name forged to it. I have only this day got the negroes at Nashville.
It certainly was his intention to steal the negroes and I think him a bad person to come into Nation, but he has your passport. We cannot say any to him, we must only look to you for his bad conduct, as you will suffer him to come into our country.
The pass that Chisholm gave the negroes was seen by a number of the people in Nashville. I have it now in my possession. What do you think of Chisholm giving the counterfeit pass to the negroes and trying to take them off in that way. I think very bad of it & I think he aught not to go unpunished. I expect you will know how to treat him on this occasion.
About 8 years ago we made treaty with General Washington, and we agreed that when a horse or anything was stolen from the white by our people that it should be paid for out of our sallery or annuity and when the whites steal from our people the public was to pay us for our property that was stolen …
I remain your friend and brother
Signed: Double Head
Col. Meggs.
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence  1803 June 24 Cherokee Indian letter re James Chisholm

1803 June 27 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – William Lovely letter about several subjects including the defense of James Chisholm’s conduct when meeting with Doublehead … if you should see J. Chisholm he can inform you the Glass exults and Duk Smiles a Ghastly Grinn. I think the meaning must be misconstrued, but it will take some time to irradicate the impression. I hope it may be removed in time.
J. Chisholm has been to the Shoals in company with John Walker. He made the demand for the negro and tendered the money agreeably to contract. He Double Head refused to deliver him the negro on some pretence or other. Chisholm observes as resects the passport of your letter to him that his residence is within one mile of Jollies and answers on having any demand against him. He is always ready to meet with and be amenable to the laws of his Country …
Signed: William Lovely.
Col. Meigs.  1803 June 27 Cherokee Indian letter re James Chisholm

1803 July 5 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – James Chissolms letter recd 5 July.
” …. I received your letter informing me that somebody had made a complaint against me. Sir those complaint is false as there is know suite fetchend agaisnt me as I know are in the world if there had I am sure the sherriff would have served the ret or a tried to Dowett as said him before I went into the Nation and sence I returned my place of residence is in one mile of Telecone Blockhouse … I am ready to settle with any man that I owe … I never fled to the Cherokee Nation to avoid the laws of my country. Nothing but business of importance to me carried me there … have just returned from the Shole a seeing Doublehead about my negrow. I demanded him of him as you told me to do and tendered the money in the presence of John Walker and a white man named Rufus Walbridge. I have had him before Mage Loveley and he took his deposition about Walker …
Doublehead said he would not give up the negrow for was that he had bought him from Ig Chisholm. If he did buy him from him he knew he was none of his property and that he had no right to sell him. He had that for an excuse and many others but I was told there that he said if had not a purchased him he would a gave him up to me if had a come and paid the money which he claimed on me. I intend to aply you gett pay for my negrow. Doublehead will be up soon and there is know doubt but he tell you a very fine story. I wish you talk to him about it. If I aply myself I will sell the negrow to somebody that will aply.
I informed Mager Lovely of some talke that I heard that Cornal Hawkins and the Cherokees had. I dont no as to the certainty of it and some other talks about the road as I thought it was my duty to let you know it through Mager Lovely.
I am also informed since I came hom that my negrow has ran away a trying to come to me and it is supposed will come by the point if he does. I wish you to take him … and keep him till I come or send for him.
Doublehead will after him. I hope you will not let him take him away. J. Chisholm.
Sir am always redy to answer for any thing that I my now in the Cherowkee Nation and ready to obey your order and am also ready to submit to laws of my country and to any just let that I may owe. Nothing more bu remains abel servent.
Signed: James Chisholm.
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence  1803 July 5 Cherokee Indian correspondence fr James Chissoms

1804 March 27 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – (Letter from Cherokee Nation to Col Miegs advising of poor conditions and asking to buy corn. Letter was interpreted and written by J D Chisholm. Signed by Kattegeskee, Doublehead, Iucutah or the TD, Sequickey, Path Killer).
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence  1804 March 27 Cherokee Indian letter re John D Chisholm

1804 Oct 12 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – (Letter from John D Chisholm regarding a negro that had escaped from the Cherokees and was then later taken by a white settler and sold).
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence  1804 Oct 12 Cherokee Indian letter fr John D Chisholm

1805 Sept 16 – 1805 Sept 16 Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – letter mentions Chisholm

1805 Sept 21 – 1805 Sept 21 Cherokee Indian letter fr Return J Miegs re Mr Chisholm

1805 Nov 6 – 1805 Nov 6 Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – agreement for Doublehead to build a saw mill witnessed by John D Chisholm

1806 Feb 12 – 1806 Feb 12 Cherokee Journal, May 31, 1801-Feb 18, 1808 payment to John Chisholm for a horse a saddle and a blanket

1806 Feb 26 – 1806 Feb 26 Cherokee Journal, May 31, 1801-Feb 18, 1808 payment to James Chisholm mentions Ignatius Chisholm

1806 Dec 20 – 1806 Dec 20 Cherokee Journal, May 31, 1801-Feb 18, 1808 accounting re pmt to Chisholm for a Cherokee woman

1807 Jan 12 – 1807 Jan 12 Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – letter to Cherokee Nation from Hutson Alford and Newit Drew agreeing to live on Cherokee land witnessed by John D Chisholm at the Mussle Shoals

1807 Jan 14 – 1807 Jan 14 Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – letter fr Doublehead sending John D Chisholm to explain more fully issues at Cherokee Nation

1807 Jan 25 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – (Letter from John D Chisholm regarding the Cherokees leasing land to white settlers in the Cherokee Nation and why it should be allowed)
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence 1807 Jan 25 Cherokee Indian letter fr John Chisholm

1807 Feb 12 – 1807 Feb 12 Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – letter fr Return J Meigs re Doublehead being unwell and sending Mr Chisholm to explain matters regarding the Cherokee Nation

1807 May 6 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1807 May 6 Cherokee Indian letter fr the Glass re talk of the Council and the division line and whites settling Cherokee land and James Chisholm reporting that Samuel Riley selling their land, asking to tell them to go to their own (white area) land

1807 Aug – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – (A B Armistead’s 1st hand Letter regarding his arrest of James Chisholm and actions taken against him by the Indians – he also reports that as he was waiting at William Blacks to attempt to cross the river that reports of the killing/assassination of Double Head reached him).
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence 1807 Aug Cherokee Indian letter re James Chisholm

1807 Aug 15 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – (Letter regarding the killing of Doublehead and prior talk of those in the Nation wanting to kill John D Chisholm as well)
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence  1807 Aug 15 Cherokee Indian letter re John D Chisholm

1807 Aug 16 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – (Letter regarding the arrest of James Chisholm and attempts by Indians to rescue him from his arrest while in the Nation – 2nd hand account).
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence 1807 Aug 16 Cherokee Indian letter re John D Chisholm

1807 Aug 12 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1807 Aug 12 Cherokee Indian John D Chisholms statement of property taken from him on the publick road near Coosotower on Aug 12, 1807

1807 Aug 30 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1807 Aug 30 Cherokee Indian A Bard Grubb letter re Mr Rogers and his son James on Cherokee Nation attempting to stop arrest of James Chism

1808 Apr 6 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1808 Apr 6 Cherokee Indian letter fr The Black Fox on behalf of Cherokee Nation advising river should be dividing line between Cherokee land and US land, but many whites are crossing line, witnessed on behalf of Mr Clark by Mr Chisholm

1808 June 6 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – (Letter from Wm Lovely regarding James Chisholm owing 88 dollars to Capt. A Moore of Blount County, TN and James Chisholm has fled to the Cherokee Nation and is under the protection of the Nation, having given him assylum – asking the Cherokees pay the debt).
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence 1808 June 6 Cherokee Indian letter re James Chisholm

1808 June 15 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1808 June 15 Cherokee Indian letter fr James Lane and John D Chisholm about an incident with a boat and Cherokee in the area

1808 June 24 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1808 June 24 Cherokee Indian letter giving Chisholm and Meigs ok to help move to area

1808 July 25 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1808 July 25 Cherokee Daybook, Jun 2, 1801-Dec 1, 1810 to John D Chisholm

1808 Aug 25 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – (Letter from Cherokee Nation representatives regarding white people encroaching on their lands. The letter also requests that John D Chisholm be removed as agent for the US to the Cherokees, and removed from the Cherokee Nation. They believe he was in league with Doublehead for his own interests and Doublehead’s. They do not appear to trust John D Chisholm).
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence 1808 Aug 25 Cherokee Indian letter re John D Chisholm

1808 Aug 31 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1808 Aug 31 Cherokee Indian Arthur L Campbell deposition re Charles Hicks & Samuel Riley incident on a boat, mentions John D Chisholm inv in managing estate of Doublehead

1808 Oct 26 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1808 Oct 26 Cherokee Indian letter re James Chisholm

1808 Oct 31 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1808 Oct 31 Copies Of Accounts, Receipts, And Disbursements, 1801-20 to John Chisholm

1808 Nov 2 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1808 Nov 2 letter from John D Chisholm re transaction between Doublehead and Bean agreement for a transaction

1809 March 1 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1809 March 1 letter from Return J Meigs re Cherokee issues and concerns regarding John D Chisholm

1809 March 18 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1809 March 18 letter from John D Chisholm stating his intent to move over the Mississippi in the Summer

1811 Aug 1 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1811 Aug 1 Cherokee Indian letter re James and John D Chisholm

1811 Nov 28 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1811 Nov 28 Cherokee Indian award to Clark re John D Chisholm

1812 June 28 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1812 June 28 letter from John D Chisholm on Arkansas River

1813 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1813 Copies Of Accounts, Receipts, And Disbursements, 1801-20 to James Chisholm

1814 May 23 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1814 May 23 note in favor of John D Chisholm by 20 Cherokee Chiefs on Arkansas River

1814 June 30 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1814 June 30 Copies Of Accounts, Receipts, And Disbursements, 1801-20 to John D Chisholm

1814 July 22 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1814 July 22 letter from John D Chisholm to Col. Meigs regarding reports of British landing in his area

1814 Sept 1 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1814 Sept 1 Copies Of Accounts, Receipts, And Disbursements, 1801-20 to John D Chisholm

1814 Nov 22 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1814 Nov 22 Copies Of Accounts, Receipts, And Disbursements, 1801-20 to James Chisholm

1815 May 29 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1815 May 29 Cherokee Indian letter to John D Chisholm

1816 May 2 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1816 May 2 Cherokee Indian letter re Chisholm

1817 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1817 letter from from the Head Chief Cherokees on Arkansas came by J D Chisholm

1817 May 31 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1817 May 31 letter from Charles Hicks concern that Mr Chisholm will sell theirselves at Muscle Shoals to Genl Andrew Jackson

1817 July 3 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1817 July 3 Cherokee Indian corresp fr John D Chisholm

1817 Aug 10 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – 1817 Aug 10 Cherokee Indian letter re John D Chisholm

1818 Oct 29 – Cherokee Indian Agency correspondence – (Letter re Capt Chism’s death – and interest in his estate – prior to his death he had removed west of the Mississippi)
Cherokee Indian Agency Correspondence 1818 Oct 29 Cherokee Indian letter re Capt Chisholm

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