Family Roots: Clark, Jones, Corbin, and McCauley: Our Woody Family Connection with Georgia
“Percilla Woody – full blooded Cherokee.”
The Dahlonega region was homeland to many bands of Cherokee Indians. The Cherokee are closely related to the Iroquois Indians of the Great Lakes Region and have lived in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and the Southeast for many hundreds of years. There is a photograph of my great, great, great grandmother, Percilla Treadway Woody in the archives of the Georgia State Historical Society in Atlanta. On the back of the photograph is written, “Percilla Woody – full blooded Cherokee.”
Suches, Georgia, just to the north of Dahlonega, is named for the Cherokee Chief, Suches. It was one of the main areas where General Winfield Scott gathered the Cherokee at gun point and began their march 1500 miles west to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. The tragic trek, when 4000 Cherokee lost their lives, is now known as The Trail of Tears.
A photo of Percilla Treadway Woody [above], now in the Georgia Historical Society archives. On the back it says, “Percilla Woody full blood Cherokee.” Percilla is wearing a typical Cherokee beaded collar. The photo was made between 1860 and 1870. Percila was the mother of Peter Littleton Woody.
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