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Agnes Weatherford Vann Burleson
Posted by: John Burleson (ID *****5515) Date: December 26, 2010 at 18:18:26
  of 1948

Elizabeth Hurpert, Hope this can answer some questions, was Agnes Weatherford a white woman? Who was her first & second husband? What were her Indian children's name. Agnes had at least one son by the 2nd husband, a unnamed Burleson (and unknown to me) a third child named Isaac Burlison b. 1769, who died in Sweetwater, Monroe Co TN. Did Agnes marry more than the two marriages mentioned in the two affidavits? I can almost positively say "NO" at least not in her first one hundred years. Wilkerson Weatherford's family was living on Clear Creek of Rocky River in Mecklenburg Co NC where he died in 1790. His children were William, John, Hilikiah, Ursula m. David Burleson, Edy m. Thomas Gilbert and Agnes Weatherford Vann Burleson.
The 1790 Census list Agnes Burleson, 10th Company ,Burke Co NC, 1800& 1810 Cen Buncombe Co NC, she is still listed as Agga/Agnes Burleson
In 1837, Agnes Weatherford gave an affidavit to Cocke County TN. Justice of the Peace James Bantas, including the following:

". . . that she is about one hundred years of age, that she is a native of the Cherokee Nation, that she was married to John Vann, formerly living at the Long Island of the Holston for many years, that she had by said John Vann Senior, John Vann Junior and Keziah married to Martin Maney."...............
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Nov. 1, 1855
To: Hon. Wm. Medill, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Dept. of the Interior

I have at considerable pains obtained an accurate list of the Maney family but could obtain very little evidence as will be seen in addition to what had already been furnished to the Department. The members composing it are poor and illiterate, preserving nothing more than a traditional account of their descent, and the ancestor though who they claim to have Cherokee blood lived at a day too distant to be recollected by the most aged whom I met. Martin Maney, the father of the present oldest members of the family and who died 25 years ago, was an Irishman he served in the war of the Revolution and in Col. Rutherford’s expedition against the Cherokees, and is said to have been pensioned by the General Government. He married Keziah Vann, who died about 12 years ago, the daughter of Agnes Weatherford, a white woman. Keziah is a said to have been begotten by John Vann, in part a Cherokee, who sometimes acted in the capacity of interpreter. He is said by the members of this family to have lived, after the Cherokee usage, with Agnes Weatherford as a wife until after the birth of Keziah and a son named John. When he deserted her for a Cherokee woman and she then married a white man by the name of Burlison, by who she had a numerous issue. .................................................
/signed/ Alfred. Chapman Nov. 1, 1855

Good Luck, John H. Burleson


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