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Birth: 1776
Loudon County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Aug., 1843
San Fernando
Tamaulipas, Mexico

Creator of Cherokee Alphabet. Although some descendants dispute it, he is said to be the son of Cherokee Wut-teh and Nathaniel Gist. His given name was Sogwili, which means Horse in the Cherokee language, but he was also known as George Guess. He was born in in the village of Tuskeegee, Louden County, Tennessee and died near the village of San Fernando, Mexico (now Texas). Sequoyah had spent nearly 12 years developing the syllabary that brought literacy to the Cherokee people. Having a written language helped to bridge the differences between the western and eastern bands of Cherokees, who were divided over the issue of removal. In recognition of his contributions, the Cherokee Nation awarded Sequoyah a silver medal struck in his honor and a lifetime literary pension. He continued to serve Cherokee people as a statesman and diplomat until his death. **There is no known picture or photograph of Sequoyah. One picture of a man holding the Cherokee Alphabet in his hands was said to be Sequoyah, but it is actually Thomas Maw.** 
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  Wur-teh Watts Gist (1748 - 1839)
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Presumed somewhere along the Mexico-Texas border
Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Dec 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16871717
Added by: Wayne Goates
Added by: Wayne Goates
Added by: Cedar Tree Baptist Church
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For you, My 5th great grandfather.I leave this with love and pride.
- DeeAnna Hurst
 Added: Dec. 9, 2016
Rest in peace!
- Cheryl Stephenson-Brown
 Added: Sep. 21, 2016
I'm memory of my Gist ancestors, including Sequoyah.
- Rose
 Added: Jul. 29, 2016
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