Moudy Line


 Willam The Conqueror Beauclerc I is my direct ancestor (30 great Grand Father)William I of England or better known as “William the Conqueror” lived from 1027 to 1087 and was the son of the Duke of Normandy and King of England from 1066-1087.  He married Matilda of Flanders.  His rule had massive changes in the way of life for the English in many areas including church reform, peasantry, women’s roles and rights, and education.  His reign was the last time England was conquered by a foreign power and his changes would bring many years of conflict within England.  William had 9 well known children and there are sources that show several others including Henry I.  Fergus of Galloway (King and Lord of Galloway, Scotland) (1110-1161) is my direct ancestor
(29th great grandfather)
Fergus of Galloway was King, or Lord, of Galloway from an unknown date (probably in the 1110s), until his death in 1161. He was the founder of that “sub-kingdom,” the resurrector of the Bishopric of Whithorn, the patron of new abbeys (Dundrennan Abbey), and much else besides. He became a legend after his death, although his actual life is clouded in mystery. He married Elizabeth of Scotland who was the daughter of Henry I and they had a son called Uchtred.
Willam HARRELSON II  is my direct ancestor my 7th great grandfather 

The Long Hunter was peculiar to Southwest Virginia only, and nowhere else on any frontier did such hunts ever originate. Most, if not all of the long hunts originated on the Holston in the vicinity of present day Chilhowie, but were made up of hunters who lived on both the Clinch and Holston rivers…these long hunters were native to the area and were land owners, or residents along the waters of these two rivers. When the pioneer settler moved toward the extreme frontier, he had long since been preceded by the long hunter. There is no braver lot than these early hunters. Not only did they endure the rigorous winters in crude shelters but the danger of sickness, privation, exposure, hunting accidents,etc…Photo used with permissionThe long hunter today would be called a scientist, naturalist, explorer, or some other high-sounding name, for he had to be master of many arts. He knew the sky and what a sunset foretold; he knew the wind and could tell it by smell, as to whether dry or moist, and could wet his finger with spittle and tell in which direction it was blowing. He could, in numerous ways, tell the seasons, predict the weather, and by the stars he could tell the time and direction. He knew the plants and where they grew, and by feeling the moss and shaggy bark of a tree, determine the north and find his direction by night. He knew the medicinal properties of plants and how to treat his wounds and ailments therefrom. He knew his rifle, how to use it, repair it, and even in some instances how to make one… The long hunters usually went out in October and returned the latter part of March, or early in April. The long hunters seldom hunted in parties larger than two or three men.
Source: Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia: By Emory L. Hamilton. (PUBLICATION 5 – March, 1970)


From “History of Kentucky” by Collins: It says a group of men were great hunters, among them were, leader Elisha Walden, …..bold “enterprising and fearless”; Henry Skaggs also came. He and his brothers were noted hunters, and “nothing but hunters”, and it was from the Skaggs men that Skaggs Creek of Rock castle, crossed and redressed by later travelers along the Kentucky Road, got its name. Other members of the party were Charles Cox, William Newman, and WILLIAM HARILSON, another professional hunter, and like the Skaggs men something of an exception for most hunters practiced at least one other occupation, usually farming.Many of these men were hunting land also….. The hunters would go out in small groups of three or four men with only enough supplies for three or four days. The station site for Walden’s party of 1761 was on Wallen’s Creek in what is now called Lee County, Virginia. Some hunters were on the Clear Fork, a stream not reached by going through the Gap; WILLIAM HARRELSON and the Blevins men hunted around the mouth of Obeys River. Robert Crockett of the same family, as Davy was killed by Indians in the Roaring River Country on the Plateau, all of which would indicate that at least some of the hunters went in the same general direction as had James Smith and all may have taken Tollunteeskee’s Trail up the mountain and over, we do not know. Family Tradition has long held William 2nd Harrelson as being known as “Long Hunter.”
Maky Nance Hawkins HARRELSON (born Hawkins Whitefeather) WhiteFeather, is my direct ancestor my 7th great grandmotherof the Cherokee/Cheraw tribe.WhiteFeather lived during the time of persecution for the Cherokee and her people. Her tribe (The Cheraw) was absorbed into the Cherokee tribe when threatened of extinction. She passed down her heritage to her children, generation to generation, this is how it was done by her people. WhiteFeather refused the White Man’s way and the Census Rolls being taken. She chose to pass her heritage down with honor in the Old Way, the Cherokee way. I am honored to be her granddaughter, Cherokee, and proudly display it.The Southeast Culture area stretches from the Atlantic Ocean westward to the arid lands beyond the Trinity River in present-day Texas; and from the Gulf of Mexico northward to varying latitudes in the present-day states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina…..The majority of Indians in the Southeast at the time of Contact made their homes along river valleys in villages…village sites were frequently changed. It can be said that the people of the Southeast were farmers first, and hunters, gatherers, and fisherman second.
Information provided by Peter Brumana

“A great obstacle in researching our Indian ancestors is that Native Americans did not keep written records. And the few records kept by whites—often-unsympathetic whites—had more to do with warfare than genealogy. It is very hard for instance to go back to the late 18th century and find a record of Mr. Blue Owl of the Cherokee, Saponi, or Tuscarora Nation. …
We are left with photographs, traditions, and a process of exclusion in trying to document these ancestors. We may never satisfy the hard core skeptics. Though many of us know in our hearts, and by common sense that we do have American Indian ancestry, even if we can’t find it written in stone. ..”
By Karlton Douglas

My Note: For those of us who descend from Appalachia Indian Ancestors, we continue the search for our long lost American Indian Ancestors. The hard core skeptics say we shouldn’t rely on what we know to be true in our hearts, our Indian Heritage. We shouldn’t rely on those stories of our Indian Ancestors that have been handed down through the generations, nor should these stories be given any weight in your family heritage and genealogy. We should use only “documented” records. Family is not just cold hard facts stored on pieces of paper. Family is also in the stories, telling us who and what our ancestors were, the lives they lived. Family is in our hearts and traditions. Let us hope we never lose sight of that.


(Also called Sawra) Lived along the banks of the Great Pee Dee River in South and North Carolina, and also Virginia. They spoke the Siouan language. In 1534 the Cheraw first encountered the European People.
A few facts of the Cheraw Tribe
Population 1,600

Joined several other Tribes to fight against the Colonists and Traders

Some Cheraw joined the Catawba Tribe, others moved to Robeson County, NC & eventually formed the Lumbee Tribe

Smallpox epidemic killed many of the remaining independant Cheraw

Population 50-60

Last recorded mention of Cheraw as a separate tribe

Present Day
Cheraw Tribe Extinct

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