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Updated September 5, 2000

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I am taking a voyage through time from Ireland, Scotland and England around the late 1700's, traveling to the United States. I have met many a kin.....CLIETT, HAYES, MAULDIN, JONES, GRANT, CANE, MASSEY, TARLETON,CRAWFORD, DRIVER, MARSHALL, REYNOLDS,BRIDGES, BELL, CALLAHAN, LANCASTER, BROOK, EWING, LASSETER, GRISWOLD,STRICKLAND, TANNER and FITZGERALD. These are just a few I mention all are kin but I hope while on my travels I might meet a friend........I SEARCH TODAY FOR YESTERDAY IN HOPES OF TOMORROW.........................................................."The Tale of Granny Dollar" A Famouse Dekalb County, Alabama Indian The tale of "Granny Dollar," one of the most colorful characters and rugged individualists who ever lived in the Fort Payne area, has longed captured the imagination of those who have heard of this Cherokee Indian's century of varied experiences in the white man's world. Assuming that all the information given by Granny Dollar in an interview in 1928 is factual these absorbing tales of her strange life certainly bear repeating; indeed, the legend of such a rare person should never die. According to an article which appeared in the January 28, 1928 issue of the Progressive Farmer, this friendly old woman, who lived on Lookout Mountain about nine miles from Fort Payne, Alabama enjoyed reminiscing and talking to visitors. She was Nancy Emmaline Callahan Dollar, affectionately called "Granny" or "Grandma," though her many experiences never included that of motherhood. She said she was 101 at the time of the interview, but she remembered well the early days of her childhood. Born on Sand Mountain in Buck's Pocket eight miles east of Coffeetown, Nancy was the daughter of a Cherokee father named William Callahan and a half-Cherokee, half-Irish mother. She enjoyed the games played ny Indian children, including one called "dog and fox," and liked to pitch quoits, an activity similar to pitching horseshoes. She never attended any kind of school. Nancy's father hunted game while the rest of the family raised corn and potatoes. On one occasion after having killed a very large deer, her father appeared to be very sad and unable to eat. The concerned mother, after persistent questioning finally elicited the reason for his ditress. "I cannot eat my meat," he said. "I fear my three little children in South Carolina are hungry. I have a wife and three little children in South Carolina and I was forced to leave them there." To which Nancy's Mother replied, "Go and fetch them. There is room and plenty to eat." Thus it was, that the family soon included another mother and sister and two more brothers. The Cherokees were allowed to have more than one wife and in Nancy's family, at least, there appeared to be no dissension or jealousy. She remembered that her mother appeared as happy over the new arrivals as did the children and had her big dirt oven full of baked potatoes and venison ready for the ravenous children. The two women labored together in raising the crops and caring for the family. Together, they had a total of 26 children, including three sets of triplets born to Nancy's mother. This large family ate wild turkey, deer and fish with vegetables which included cabbage, pumpkins and corn. Their corn was roasted with shuck on. Johnnie cake, sweetened with molasses and hominy were also common foods. The oven used for cooking their meals was made of red clay and was used under a shed outside the home. When most Indians left this area to join the forced march over the "Trail of Tears," William Callahan avoided moving his family from their beloved mountain home by hiding in a cave. He did leave later, however, after an altercation with a white man named Jukes, during which the Indian, his violent temper aroused by curses and a false accusation, bit off Juke's nose and one ear. Fearing that the Juke's family might retaliate by burni

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