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Amatoya Moytoy was born Abt. 1640 in Chota,Little Tennesse River. He married Quatsy on Abt. 1679 in Chota Cherokee Nation East Tennessee.

 Includes NotesNotes for Amatoya Moytoy:
Event: Fact City of Refuge is another name for Chota
Event: Fact Indian name is: Amadohiyi
Event: Fact Lived to about age 90
Event: Fact Moytoy means "Rain Maker"
Event: Clan (Indian) Wolf Clan (Quatsy)
Event: Fact Chota is on the Little Tennessee River
1 _DEG
2 PLAC Full Blood Cherokee

Title: Chief, Birth and Death both Cherokee Nation East. Full BloodCherokee. Correct Indian name is: AMADOHIYI or Amadohiyi

Surname: The Elder or Amatoya Moytoy The Elder.

The seven Cherokee Clans are the
Wolf Clan
Deer Clan
Bird Clan
Panther Clan
Paint Clan
Blue Holly Clan
and Wild Potato
Amatoya Moytoy
ABT 1640 - ____
BIRTH: ABT 1640, Chota
Family 1 : Quatsy
Tistoe I
+Moytoy, I
+Old Hop

[3394] Note from McLeester - It must be accepted that there are differingviews concerning the heritage of Moytoy, et al. I try here to presentthose views without stepping on anyone's toes. To that end there maybeduplications and errors. I attempt to attribute the information here byeach source and/or contributor.

Data from Cuma Schofield's book, "My Mother's Brown Family".

Larry Witt via a gedcom he sent in Feb 2002, has the following to offerwhich also appears on Jim Hicks' website atFamilyTreeMaker.genealogy,com/users/h/i/c/James-R-Hicks/BOOK-0001/htmI.

Amatoya1 Moytoy (Source: P001.) was born Abt. 1640 in Chota. He marriedQUATSY (Source: P001.). She was born Abt. 1650 in Tellico.

Notes for Amatoya Moytoy:
There has been a lot of confusion about the descendants of Moytoy. Ithink this is because some people are not aware that there were two ChiefMoytoys. The first was Chief Amatoya Moytoy of Chota, b abt1640, whomarried Quatsy of Tellico (of the Wolf Clan). The second isChief Moytoy,aka the Pigeon of Tellico, b abt 1687. The second Moytoyis believed to beeither the son or grandson of Amatoya Moytoy.

It is believed that Amatoya Moytoy had 3 sons and 8 daughters.Theseinclude Chief Kanagatoga "Old Hop", Nancy Moytoy, and two daughterswith unknown names. Nancy Moytoy is believed to have been the motherofChief Attakullakulla "Little Carpenter", Killaneca the Buck, Betsy andTame Doe. Tame Doe was the mother of Tsistuna-Gis-Ke (Nancy Ward),andLongfellow of Chistatoa.

More About Amatoya Moytoy:
Blood: Full Blood Cherokee

More About Quatsy:
Blood: Full Blood Cherokee
Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = Wolf Clan (Quatsy)

Children of Amatoya Moytoy and Quatsy are:
i. Tistoe(2) I (Source: P001.), b. Abt. 1680. Blood: Full BloodCherokee

ii. Oukah-Ulah (Source: P001.), b. Abt. 1681; d. Abt. 1755. Attended:1730, Delegation to King
George II. Blood: Full Blood Cherokee; Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = WolfClan(Quatsy)

iii. Nancy Moytoy, b. Abt. 1683.

iv. Moytoy, b. Abt. 1687, Tellico; d. 1741, Cherokee Nat East.

v. Old Hop, b. Abt. 1690, Chota, on Little Tennessee River; d.August1761, Chota, on Little Tennessee River.

Much of this information is available on Jim Hicks' web page, and ChiefMoytoy is mentioned in the Chronicles of Oklahoma Vol. xvi, March 1938.However, if anyone has any additional documentation or evidence to thecontrary, please post as I am continually seeking as much documentationas possible.



By Lowell Kirk

In 1730 an unofficial envoy of King George 11 "appointed" Moytoy, thechief of Great Tellico, "emperor" of the Cherokees. Moytoy, in return,recognized the English king's sovereignty over the Cherokees. TheCherokee had developed significant trade arrangements with no otherEuropean settlements except South Carolina.

But the British had already fought two colonial wars with the Frenchand were on the verge of another. The French were beginning to open,trade with the Cherokee from their recently constructed Fort Tolouse onthe Alabama River. Since the 1689-97 King William's War, the French andEnglish had been involved in warfare and international rivalry. In theWar of the Spanish Succession (1702-13)

France had yielded Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and the Hudson Bayregion to Great Britain. The Spanish had been forced to yield theirmissions to the British in Georgia and North Florida. English forces withIndian allies destroyed the bulk of the Spanish missions there. TheFrench made peace with the Iroquois in the north, and encouraged them tomake raids on the Cherokee to the south who were allies with the British.The French hoped to recoup their losses to the British in the north bymaking alliances with the Cherokee in the south. So the British and theFrench both began to woo the Cherokee.

Both English and French were edging their colonial claims closer andcloser toward each other's claims in America, and the Cherokee werecaught up in the middle of the conflict. As the French claimed the landdrained by rivers flowing into the Mississippi River, the British wantedto cement as many alliances with the Indians who inhabited the upperTennessee River as quickly as possible. Economic rivalry for the AmericanIndian fur trade was becoming fierce. Added to that was the fact that theFrench generally had a much better relationship with Indian tribes thandid the British. Control of the Indian trade on the head waters of theTennessee River was very important to the British economy, especially toits' colony of South Carolina.

William Steele's book, The Cherokee Crown of Tannassy is an excellentdescription of how Moytoy of Great Tellico was appointed Emperor of theCherokee in 1730. Sir Alexander Cuming successfully persuaded Moytoy torecognize and give his allegiance to the British king. Steele's work isbased on Cuming's own journal. Cuming arrived in Tellico, guided by theScottish trader, Ludovick Grant, by following the trail over OoneekawyMountain. Moytoy, headman of Great Tellico, gave Cuming a tour of thepalisaded town. Moytoy pointed out scalps of enemy French Indians whichhung on poles in front of the houses of warriors. Cuming was introducedto the powerful Tellico priest, Jacob the Conjurer. While at GreatTellico, Jacob took Cuming to petrifying cave filled with stalactites andstalagmites. In the cave was Jacob's Uktena crystal, which was kept inthe cave and fed the blood of small animals twice a week and the blood ofa deer twice a year. The Cherokee town of Chatuga was also enclosed inthe palisades.

From Great Tellico, Ludovick Grant led Cuming along a 16-mile trail toTannassy, in order to convince the Warrior of Tannassy to accept Moytoyas Emperor of the Cherokee. At Tannassy, Grant introduced Cuming toEleazer Wiggan, another Carolina trader who lived in Tannassy. TheWarrior of Tannassy submitted his homage to King George 11 and gaveCuming his crown of dyed opossum hair. Cuming returned to Great Tellicoand on the last day of March, 1730, departed Great Tellico with Moytoy,Jacob the Conjurer and a great many other attendants back up theOoneekawy Mountain to the Valley towns. It was in the Cherokee town ofNequassee that the Cherokee national council formally agreed to acceptMoytoy as their "emperor" and to give their allegiance to King George II.This was accomplished with a great deal of ceremony and dancing.

Under the agreement made with Moytoy, the Cherokee would trade with noother European nation, the Cherokee would be rewarded for the return offugitive slaves to English masters, and the Cherokee were promisedmilitary assistance if England went to war with any foreign powers.Specifically, this meant the French. Seven Cherokee were taken to Londonby Cuming and wined and dined. For twenty years after their return theseseven Cherokee told stories of British power and majesty which helped tomaintain cordial relationships between the Cherokee and the British.

One of the Cherokees taken to England was Attakullakulla, known to theBritish as "the Little Carpenter", For the next three decadesAttakullakulla, who became a "white" or "peace" chief, used hisexceptional speaking skill to discourage Cherokee alignment with theFrench. Attakullakulia's son, Dragging Canoe, would play an importantrole in the conflicts that occurred in East Tennessee during and afterthe American Revolution.

When Moytoy of Great Tellico died, his son inherited the title of"Emperor". But Cherokee central authority soon moved toward Old Hop,another "white" or "peace" chief who presided over the Cherokee "empire"from his town of Chota. Chota was located about five miles upriver on theLittle Tennessee from the mouth of the Tellico River. By 1750 a "red" or"wae' chief, Oconostota, became influential within the Cherokee "empire".It was during this time that another smallpox epidemic spread devastationin the Cherokee country and Oconostota charged that the disease had beenbrought by the English with their trade goods, When his own face remainedpock-marked by the disease, he became increasingly hostile to the Englishand sought to align the tribe with the French, who were seriouslyinterested in wooing the Cherokee away from the British.

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Birth: bet 1633 and 1666 Place: Cherokee Nation East
Birth: 1640 Place: Eastern Cherokee Nation, TN
Birth: abt 1680 Place: Cherokee Nat East, TN
Birth: abt 1687 Place: Tellico
Death: 1741 Place: Cherokee Nat East
Death: Place: Cherokee Nat East, TN
Death: bet 1692 and 1749 Place: Cherokee Nation East




Spouse: Woman Of The Wolf Clan Disc #27 Pin #403199

Marriage: bet 1659 and 1704 Place:


Other Event(s):
Blood: Place: Full Blood Cherokee
Clan: Place: Wolf Clan (Quatsy)


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Amatoya Moytoy and Quatsy of Tellico:
1. AMATOYA MOYTOY (Name might possibly mean "Water Conjurer" or "RainMaker") Research indicates he was born about 1640 and his wife, QUATSY ofTELLICO (Wolf Clan) was born about 1650. However, there seems to be someconfusion due to the fact there were several individuals named "Moytoy",including their son. Perhaps "Moytoy" was a title instead of a name.

As the Headman of Tellico, Amatoya Moytoy held the title of Amedohi-TheWater Traveler, often recorded as Moytoy. In his council were sevenBeloved Men, elder statesmen, each representing one of the seven clans.

Moytoy presided over the council, who concerned themselves with themanagement of lands, the public granary, and laws. Chosen by the people,he was also a religious leader. He had veto power over the selection ofthe War Chief.

In 1730, Sir Alexander Cuming, unoffically an envoy of the English King,George II, made an alliance with Moytoy and gained acknowledgment ofcomplete sovereignty of the King over the Cherokee people. On April 3,1730, Cuming named Moytoy "Emperor of the Cherokees".

In the Cherokee town of Nequassee the Cherokee national council agreed toaccept Moytoy as their "emperor" and to give their allegiance to KingGeorge II. This was accompanied by a great deal of ceremony and dancing.

Moytoy sent seven prominent members of the tribe to London to meet theKing...

More About Amatoya Moytoy:
Nsfx: Elder Chief.

More About Amatoya Moytoy and Quatsy:
Marriage: Abt. 1679, Chota Cherokee Nation East Tennessee.

Children of Amatoya Moytoy and Quatsy are:
  1. AGANUNISTI, b. Bet. 1680 - 1704.
  2. Clogoittah, b. Bet. 1680 - 1704.
  3. Shallelockee Kettagusta, b. Bet. 1680 - 1704.
  4. Or Do Yo Sti Polly, b. Bet. 1680 - 1704.
  5. Kanagotoga Chief, b. Abt. 1681.
  6. Tistoe I, b. Abt. 1682.
  7. +Nancy Broom Moytoy, b. Abt. 1684, Tellico Cherokee Nation East Tennessee, d., Cherokee Nation Tennessee.
  8. Amatoya Pigeon Of Tellico Chief, b. Abt. 1687.
  9. +Motoy, b. Abt. 1687, d. 1741.
  10. Old Hop Peace Chief, b. Abt. 1690.
  11. +Groundhog Sausage, b. Abt. 1704, Settico near Tellico Cherokee Nation East, Tennessee, d. Abt. 1783, Tellico Cherokee Nation East Tennessee.
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