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Gatsey Medlin


Father Mother
Daughter of Chief White Horse
Cherokee Nation

Gatsey's Money

Wright References from Historical Sketches of Clarke Co.

The following is from page 85 as related to Ed and Susie Kennedy by Jacob Wright Jr. sometime before 1977: (Comments by DJB)
Gatsey Wright (of Butler County) acquired land in Cane Creek (Chance) in 1858 (signed for land in April 1860). She was born on March 24, 1814, and died on November 25, 1871. She is the grandmother of Jacob Wright of Grove Hill. According to Mr. Wright (Jacob Jr.), Gatsey Wright and her husband lived in North Carolina. They had a dispute, and while her husband was away from home on business, Gatsey and her children Jacob, Daniel, and Louisa, left North Carolina in an ox-drawn covered wagon with three barrels of money and settled in Cane Creek precinct. Gatsey Wright's husband, according to family tradition, was a relative of Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Lula Missouri Barnes Abernathy
"Gatsy was the first wife of Elias Wright. She was half Cherokee Indian and her mother was an Indian Princess, the daughter of Chief White Horse. Elias Wright deserted Gatsey for another Indian woman. They also had children. Elias and Gatsey had 8 children, which after he left her she loaded an ox cart with all their possessions and headed for Alabama. When she came to Alabama land was selling for 50 cents an acre or you could homestead 160 acres. She was an extremely courageous woman. They would stop long enough enroute to make a crop and then continue on. They came into Alabama with a barrel of money. She died at the age of 58 and she went blind before she died."


Tes Neville 8/2001
"Gatsy came to Clarke Co. from N.C. on an ox- cart with seven children alone leaving her husband who later remarried. She settled in Chance with her children. There are some legends about her including that she had a small fortune in gold that she hid in her herb garden during the civil war. She later went blind and was unable to dig it back up and refused to tell anyone else where to find it. Later, after she died, whole hill sides we unearthed looking for the gold. Who knows if anyone found it."


Census

1830 - Montgomery Co., NC

Gatsey Medlin
1 female 15-20
James Wright
1 male under 5
1 male 5-10
1 male 10-15
2 male 15-20
1 male 40-50 (James)
1 female 5-10
1 female 40-50 (Eliza?)

1840 - Montgomery Co., NC

Elias D. Wright
1 male under 5 (Jacob)
1 male 5-10 (?)
1 male 20-30 (Elias)
1 female under 5 (Terry)
1 female 20-30 (Gatsey)

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