|Daughter of Chief White Horse|
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.
"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."
"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."
Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008 18:11:23 MDT