This came up in the slave owners thread and I didn’t want to continue hijacking and wondered if other people here may have any interesting tidbits like this in their family history.
On my paternal grandfather’s side I am related to the Killough/Kellough/Kalloch’s. The spelling changes from family to family, with even some members of the same immediate family spelling it differently. There are other versions of the name as well, it originally started out in Scotland as MacKelloch, then some dropped the Mac and when they migrated to Ireland it became Killough and other variations.
Anyway, the interesting historical tidbit is that a branch of the Killough family became famous for being massacred in a supposed Indian uprising which led to the expulsion of the Cherokee Nation from East Texas. It was known as one the largest single Indian massacres as well as the last in East Texas. Here’s an article about it.
The other interesting tidbit is that the Cherokee may have been set up to take the fall for this. By all accounts the “renegades” consisted of some Indians from a few different tribes and did include some Cherokee but there were also Mexicans and some runaway slaves in the group. There may have also been a white man known to the settlers in the group. Some accounts blame a fellow named Cordova who wasn’t happy about Mexico losing Texas and may have incited the uprising.
It seems like the Cherokee got the short end of the stick and both them and the settlers got screwed over by the government once again playing fast and loose with the land.
It sounds like it would have made a good movie but I can’t find any references to a movie unless the names were changed.
So any interesting stories in your family histories?