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Oglethorpe with Creek Indians

The Creek Indians are depicted meeting with James Oglethorpe. By the time Oglethorpe and his Georgia colonists arrived in 1733, Creek-English relations were already well established, centering mainly on the exchange of slaves and deerskins for foreign products like textiles and kettles. (Courtesy of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries)

 The Creek Nation
--A Letter on the Early History--
The Jackson Herald, August 10, 1911

Mr. Editor:  As there has been a good deal said about Creek Nation, by people who perhaps do not know much about the early history of the Nation, and as I have been living in it for over sixty years, and personally acquainted with the inhabitants for more than fifty years, maybe I can tell something about it that will be information for somebody that is interested.

In my earliest recollection, sixty years since, not as an approbyum, but simply to designate this section of the county from another, then known by some other name, this was called Creek Nation, and the boundary, or borders of Creek Nation, was said to be, and is so considered yet, as it has not been changed, was beginning at the Academy Bridge on the little Oconee river, and running with the public road through the Davis farm and Niblack’s, by what is now known as New Virgil, and on up that road to its intersection with the old Federal road, thence down that road by the Cochran place, since known as the Dr. DeLaperriere old place, and on to the junction of the road leading to Jefferson, by what is now known as White Plains church, Elmwood school house, Fleeman place, and the Hardy Howard old place, since known as the Capt. H. R. Howard place, then to the river, at the Bryant bridge, and back up the river to the Academy bridge.

The lower end next to the river was called the eastern division, and inhabited by Hardy Howard and his descendants, Billie Potter, John Wallace, N. H. Pendergrass, Hiram Allen, Solomon Woffard, Joe Davis, and others whose names I do not now recall.

The central, or middle division, was called the Cockran, and later the (sic) ted (sic) (inhabited) by Thomas Doster, Elisha Doster, Hugh Niblack, William Henderson, Miles Langley, Thomas Phillips, Solomon Sexton and Bill Doster.

The upper, or western, end was called the Cockram, and later the DeLaperriere settlement.  Dr. DeLaperreire was the Nation’s physician for forty years and after his time, his son, Dr. W. P. DeLaperriere until he moved out and went to Hoschton.  Since that time the Nation has not had a resident physician.

We are proud to know that the grandfather of the Hon. John N. Holder was one of our old citizens.

(He) lived on the banks of Doster’s Mill Creek for a number of years.  This creek was what the Nation taken its name after.  Its tributaries traverse the entire Nation, and convey its waters to the river, on the Pendergrass old farm, now owned by our neighbor, Harrison Maddox, and who, with uncle Lewis Mathews, Terrell Wood, Robt. L. Howard, W. O. Sell, Frank Mathews, J. A. Doster, Dilmus Potter, and others, own and control that end of the Nation; with Terrell Wood and Croff Tate as the champion fishers.

I guess I better stop writing, as somebody may say, “Hold up, McDuff, a plenty.”

H. C. D.

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