I appreciate your post.
FYI -- Maw was a white interpretation of his Indian name -- Hanging Maw was also known as 'His stomach is Hanging Down' for a more literal translation -- his Indian name was Uskwa'Li-Guta (various white spellings of that of course). Hanging Maw was a son of Chief Willenawah (Great Eagle) which makes him a brother of Chief Doublehead, Pumpkin Boy,and the 2nd Standing Turkey (Cunne Shote) who along with Doublehead and the other brothers were Chickamauga Cherokee leaders under Chief Dragging Canoe. (By the way, the first Standing Turkey was Old Hop (Conne Corte)
Re: John Ross, he was the son of Scottish trader Daniel Ross who married a 1/4 blood Cherokee named Molly McDonald. Molly was the daughter of Scottish trader John McDonald (trading post near present-day Chattanooga) and half-blood Anna Shorey. Anna was the daughter of William Shorey (interpreter at Fort Loudoun) and full blood Cherokee Ghigooie. John Ross (like other part Cherokee of the era, i.e., Bob Benge, John Watts, Jr.) was fully adopted into the tribe and considered Cherokee.
Hope that is useful info for you. A really good book just came out called Doublehead: Last Chickamauga Cherokee Chief -- written by a fellow named Rickey Butch Walker.
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