After researching off and on for about a month in my spare time, the following topic came up on Facebook and it got my attention:
I stared at the screen in disbelief. George Guess Jr., the son of THE Sequoyah, did have descendants and I was researching those very descendants, per my mom's request. I also knew that Winnie Guess Perdue didn't descend from nor claim to descend from Sequoyah's son, George, but instead, Richard. And she does descend from that son, Richard.
My shock increased as I continued to read the comments in the thread:
Normally, I might have let it go, but the person spreading the untruths about Sequoyah's descendants is a self described "Cherokee genealogist" on Facebook and the name redacted by the red box is a Cherokee Nation council person! There is no way I could overlook the idea that some Cherokees might demand another Cherokee to stop claiming her own ancestors and that they might actually convince a Cherokee Nation tribal council person to get involved in helping with such a demand!
When my mom suggested I do genealogical research for her friend, I assumed it would be a quiet job I did privately, simply to help a fellow Cherokee learn more about his ancestors. I was wrong. This research has become important in light of the inaccurate information being shared across social media and that has been far reaching enough to get the attention of our tribal council members.
In the upcoming weeks, with the permission of my client, I will be sharing information, supported by documentation, that will make it clear that George Guess Jr. and Richard Guess, sons of Sequoyah, did have descendants. These are apparently the "forgotten" descendants of Sequoyah and because of that, their stories need to be told.
Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.
** Names redacted in black are commenters on the Recaps from Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Meetings Facebook page. The name redacted in red is a Cherokee Nation Tribal Council person who was mentioned in a comment, but who did not actually comment in the thread.
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