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Cheepoake Harris

North Carolina, USA
Death unknown
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Memorial ID 65291384 · View Source
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Her parents are unknown. The 1710 birthdate is approximate.
Cheepoake married William Terriy or Terry, a fur trader, in NC. Their known children were Isabell & Esther, & possibly Jasper, Miles & William. Isabell & Esther both married men surname Burris.
Cheepoake was a member of the Cheraw tribe, often written as Saraw or Saura in early VA & NC records. SC records in 1738 list John Harris as the King of the Cheraw. He could have been a relative of Cheepoake Harris.
William Terry & Cheepoake Harris have many descendants who have tried to get more information about them, but we have found nothing further.

16th and 17th century European explorers reported Saura villages on the Dan, Catawba and Yadkin rivers in NC.
1710: Due to attacks by Iroquois from the north, the Saura moved southeast and joined the Keyauwee tribe.
1715: About the time Cheepoake was born, John Barnwell of SC conducted a census of Indians in the region. The number of Saura is listed at 510.
1733: Again they moved southward with the Keyauwee, and perhaps also the Eno, to the Peedee River in SC.
1738: A smallpox epidemic decimated the Saura and Catawba tribes. The remnants of the two tribes combined.
1743: The Saura are mentioned as with the Catawba but speaking their own distinct dialect.
1759: Forty-five "Charraws," some of whom were under their chief, "King Johnny," joined the English in the expedition against Ft. Duquesne (Pittsburgh, PA) in the French and Indian War.
1761: A map from this year puts their village on the Peedee River below the Keyauwee village, near the boundary between the two Carolinas.
1768: The Saura who lived with the Catawba, reduced by war and disease, numbered only 50 or 60.
1771: Some Saura apparently stayed in the north, because a newspaper of the time says a convicted felon was aprehended "near Drowning Creek, in the Charraw settlement". Drowning Creek is present-day Lumber River in NC.

The Cheraw name is preserved today in the Sauratown Mountains of Stokes County, NC and the SC town of Cheraw.

In Surry Co., VA on the James River is Chippokes Plantation Park. Capt. William Powell, a prominent colonial gentleman, received a grant for 550 acres of river frontage on Chippokes Creek in 1619. Named Chippokes Plantation, it and the bordering creek were named for an Indian chief who befriended the early English settlers. Under the ownership of Colonel Henry Bishop in 1646, the plantation was expanded to its present boundaries encompassing 1,403 acres.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 65291384
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