Although genealogy can be used to justify privilege, it can also be used to impart values. While in certain eras it has appeared to be the preserver of society’s elites, its universal application bespeaks the importance of origins for all humanity. It can be used to divide, yet the myriad relationships it uncovers imply the interconnectedness of the human race.
– David Thackery, “Editor’s Note” [Communities of Kinship Antebellum Families and the Settlement of the Cotton Frontier by Carolyn Earle Billingsley]
My ancestor, Susan Elizabeth “Susie” Glenn with her sisters (Mary Ellen, Ethel Mae, and Emma Jane) when they attended Cherokee Female Seminary at Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
They were the daughters of Jesse Edward Glenn (1848 – 1902) and Margaret Leann Cowan (1851-1895) and granddaughters of Henry Glenn (ca 1805 – before 1880) and Jennie Foreman (1816 – 1881).
Jennie Foreman’s Cherokee ancestor was Richard Bark “OO-YA-LU-GI ” Foreman (ca 1779 – after 1843) and Julia Talley (died approximately 1816).
Register of Persons Who Wish Reservations under the Treaty of July 8, 1817
#11 – Bark Forman – two in family – on the road from McNairs to Knoxville
No. of Reservation: 12
Richard Bark Foreman’s mother was Susie Gourd “Kah-tah-yah” /Gourd (Rattling-gourd), a full-blood Cherokee of the Paint Clan. His father was John Anthony Foreman, a Scotsman (perhaps born in Scotland . . . and perhaps in Pennsylvania), who was a trader among the Indians.
11th March 1797
My instructions from the Honorable the Secretary of War require that I report to you the names of all persons residing in the Cherokee country not natives of the land.
For this purpose I have collected the following Schedule of their names & employments which I am induced to believe is tolerable accurate.
[Listed are names, nation, employments; among those include John Anthony Foreman.]
Anthony Foreman (no nationality listed), “Trader & idler”
The blanks in the “Nation” column are either Americans or unknown. Those whose characters are noted in the third column I have represented according to the best information I have been able to receive.
I am very respectfully, Sir, . . .
To His Excellency Governor Sevier
“[Human beings] look separate because you see them walking about separately. But then, we are so made that we can see only the present moment. If we could see the past, then of course it would look different. For there was a time when every man was part of his mother, and (earlier still) part of his father as well, and when they were part of his grandparents. If you could see humanity spread out in time, as God sees it, would look . . . like one single growing thing–rather like a very complicated tree. Every individual would appear connected with every other.”
– C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity