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2nd Seminole War - Friendly Indian Troops

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Re: 2nd Seminole War - Friendly Indian Troops

Posted: 1345949509000
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Some of my ancestors were named Ayres, and moved from South Carolina to Georgia and then into Florida as their reservation was overtaken by settlers. They were members of the Catawba Indian tribe, which your relative may have been also. They, too, were considered "friendly Indians", and fought bravely in support of the American cause both before, during and after the American Revolution. An excellent book concerning this tribe is "The Indians's New World" by James H. Merrell: http://www.amazon.com/Indians-New-World-Catawbas-Neighbors/d... . There are also a lot of older books, which are no longer under copyright, and which may be downloaded for free, at www.archive.org . Here is the link to books on the Catawba Tribe, which I suspect your ancestor was a member of, since the Catawbas were present in Florida during that period, along with the Cherokees: http://archive.org/search.php?query=Catawba%20Indians%20AND%...

Here is a link to a webpage which gives information about the unit your ancestor was a part of: http://www.southernhistory.us/flamilind.htm . It is hard to say if they were all Indians, since many, and especially the Catawbas, used English names for many years. He isn't shown on the roster, but could be listed under his Indian name instead.
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