George Parris, "Indian George"
Facts and Events
George Parris was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 497.--9th June, 1761. Same (From John ( ) McFall, of Bedford), to George Paris, £39, 220 acres on Roanoke on Glade Creek, by patent, 10th March, 1756; John Boens line. Delivered: Robert Paris, 27th August, 1787.
Early Land Acquisition in Montgomery County, VA
- Beverley Randolph Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all whom these presents shall come Greeting: Know ye, by virtue and in consideration of part of a Pre-emption warrant, number two thousand three hundred and fifty seven, issued the tenth day of December one thousand seven hundred and eighty two, there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto George Pearis a certain tract or parcel of land containing six hundred acres by survey bearing date the twenty fifth day of February one thousand seven hundred eighty five. Lying and being in the county Montgomery on the right hand fork of Brush Creek a branch of New River and joining his settlement rights and bounded as followeth, towit, beginning at a white oak on a branch that emptied into the same and runneth thence South fifty two degrees East one hundred and sixty poles to a white oak, South sixty five degrees East forty two poles crossing the right hand fork, thence down the same, North thirty three degrees East eighty poles, North seventy seven degrees East sixty poles, crossing the left hand fork above the fork Sick to a Buckeye, north twenty four degrees East forty poles to a white oak, North seventy one degrees East, two hundred and ten poles to two hickories, South sixty four degrees East ninety poles to a sugartree, North twenty degrees West forty poles crossing the main branch to a double pine, South eighty nine degrees West one hundred and thirty six poles to a red oak and two white oaks, north fifty eight degrees west two hundred and seventy poles to a bunch of white oaks on a ridge. South thirty five degrees West three hundred and forty three poles to the beginning. With its appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said George Pearis and his heirs for ever, in witness who is of the said Beverley Randolph Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath here unto set his hand and caused the ? Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the fourteenth day of September one thousand seven hundred ninety one and of the Commonwealth the sixteenth. (signed) Beverley Randolph
Records of George Parris in Frederick County, VA
- George Pearis, Administrator of estate of Sara, his mother. Dated May, 1753, Augusta Co., VA (Abstract) [Frederick Will Book 2, page 89]. (Note: this record provides an important clue to the identity of George's mother. This appears to be the Indian woman that his father, Richard Parris had a relationship with and fathered one or more children).
- George Pearis Clerk's fees 1753 (6 x 19 Â½) Richard Pearis Clerk's fee 1753 (4 Â½ x 19 Â½). [Frederick County Accounts, 1753].
Information on George Parris
Note: several sources claim that George Parris was a "half-breed", son of Capt. Richard Parris (Pearis) and a Cherokee woman (possibly the "Sara" that died in 1753, which George was named administrator of her estate). Capt. Richard Parris was married to a "Rhoda" at the time of his relationship to the Cherokee woman. Some claim that George's mother was named "Pratchey", but this appears to have been a slave owned by Capt. Richard Parris, whom was given to Parris' daughter Margaret. More research is necessary on this family.
From Genforum.com post:
- George Parris the Cherokee is documented as Richard Pearis' son by the law suit over the SC land deed. I have not found proof of who his mother was, but it is likely she was a high born Cherokee woman. George held a position of high esteem in the tribe as evidence with his relationship to James Vann and that he was awarded a fee simple reservation in the Treaty of 1819. Tribal records provide depositions of his grandchildren that state George married three times, though his wives are not named (Case of Dica Llewellyn, 1888). Five children are clearly document: Lucretia, Jim and John by his first wife and Robert and Moses by other wives; the latter are well documented by tribal papers. George removed to Indian Territory in 1832 on the eve of the Trail of Tears.
The following names George Parris as the son of Richard Parris:
- James Vann, breaking with matrilineal Cherokee customs, had willed most of his substantial estate to his son Joseph (“Rich Joe”) rather than to his wife . The will was made in 1808 and named George Parris (son of Richard Pearis) and Richard Rowe as his executors. At this point, George Parris was apparently living near Edgefield, South Carolina. When he left to execute the Vann will, George Parris gave his power of attorney to Charles Goodwin of Edgefield (in Edgefield County, formerly Ninety-Six District) stating that he was moving to Georgia. He settled in Forsyth County, GA. (Source: http://donmchugh.tripod.com/paris/1800_1950.htm)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ancestry.com/Ancestry Family Trees: Public Members Trees.
George Parris had two Cherokee wives. Some researchers contend that Caty Baldridge and her sister were mothers of several Parris children. Other evidence suggests his wives may have been mixed-blood daughters of Aaron Price. At any rate, Parris finally moved to a place on Baldridge Creek west of the Chattahoochee River in what was later the 14th District of Forsyth County. Family research indicates he had at least these children: Aaron, William, Moses, Robert, Caty, George Jr., Jesse, and Nelly Parris.