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Opaothele Yoholo

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Re: Opaothele Yoholo

Posted: 1362401546000
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Surnames: Tustanuggee Micco Mekko Miko Opthleyahola Efa Tustanuggee Mad Dog Davy David Cornell George Cornell Woodward Big Woman
I'm a relative of the Cornell lineage: Cornell has several spellings in old records - Cornells, Colonel, Kernel, Kernal, Kernals. I am 15/16ths Creek and my great grandfather was a David Kernel/Cornell and his father was a David Kerell/Cornell from the Tuckabatche town and they were leaders of the town. The Creek indians could have several names : a given family name (usually one word)[not like the paleface system], he could also have a different name as given by the village peoples for what he has done or what has occurred with him, or when he got older, he would have another name, and when he became a warrior, he would be given another name, and if he didn't like any of these names, he could tell the peoples what his name is now. Davy (David) would be a nickname with the creeks. Tustanuggee is not a name, - it means "war leader" or "warrior of the highest rank" or at times can mean "full grown man", depending how it is used in the Creek language system, thus becoming a word to signify his warrior status. Micco does not mean "chief", - Creek Indians had no so called "chiefs" but is a label from the paleface system. Micco/Mecco/Miko was a title for the Leader of a town who would put forth his recommendations and opinions but they were not all obeyed by the people if they disagreed with what he said, - he led by example. Thus Efa Tustanugge/Dog Warrior is a war title and does not indicate his family name. Hadjo/Harjo means "crazy,wild, fierce" indicating an aspect of the warrior, - Hadjo/Harjo will beome a family name in later times. Efa Hadjo thus becomes "Crazy Dog", describing the particular warrior (not a family name). Big Woman: there are recorded to be several women labeled "Big Woman": George Cornell/ Big Warrior/ Tustanuggee Thlocco(Big) had a wife of this name; Efa Tustanuggee/David Cornell had a wife of this name but he "divorced her" and she supposedly married Alexander Cornell. As for Opthleyahola (sensible child/person", - he had several diffent names over his lifetime,- Woodward is a good historian of the Creek Indians of the period and if he wrote that Opothleyahola was David Cornell's son, then it probably is of 90% accuracy. a furthe note: Indians were not restricted as to the number of wives that could have, - it depended on how many they could support and provide for, - but the children of the "marriage" wre considered to belong to the wife. The father did not have much say-so about his off-spring, but that was the job for the wife's brothers to tend to.
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