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Chief Nunna Hi-Diha Pathkiller Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3679

This appeal bond on behalf of Cherokee Chief Nunna Hi-Diha Pathkiller was signed by Return J Meigs III, Pathkiller’s acting attorney. The material included in the collection is an appeal bond to the Supreme Court at Knoxville. The case was a contest over the title to lands settled by the Blair Family in what is now Loudon, Tennessee. Ultimately, the courts sided with the Blair Family.

Dates

  • 1835

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 standard folder)

Abstract

This appeal bond on behalf of Cherokee Chief Nunna Hi-Diha Pathkiller was signed by Return J Meigs III, Pathkiller’s acting attorney. The material included in the collection is an appeal bond to the Supreme Court at Knoxville. The case was a contest over the title to lands settled by the Blair Family in what is now Loudon, Tennessee. Ultimately, the courts sided with the Blair Family.

Biographical/Historical Note

The case that Chief Nunna Hi-Diha Pathkiller brought to court involved a land dispute over an area settled by the Blair Family in what is now Loudon, Tennessee. Judge Catron of Tennessee, later a Supreme Court Justice, supported the supremacy of the U.S. Treaty with the Cherokee Nation. Ultimately, however, the state and courts sided with the Blairs who claimed that Tennessee could dispose of the land in any matter it deemed fit.

Chief Nunna Hi-Diha Pathkiller was born circa 1764 and was the son of Chief Pathkiller (c. 1746-1827), the last hereditary chief of the Cherokee Nation. Nunna Hi-Diha married Susan "Sookie" Martin and the couple had three children: Archilda, Alcey, and Sarah. Chief Nunna Hi-Diha Pathkiller died in 1841 near Old Fort Wayne, Arkansas.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480