These passports are in the Georgia Archives in the Atlanta Branch of the National Archives.

Cherokee Indian Agency Passports from the U. S. agent to the Cherokee Nation in Tennessee:

Allen Killough, Issac Killough and James Homes have permission to pass thru the Cherokee Country on their way to Jackson County in Georgia, they conducting themselves with propriety.

9th June 1803

Return J. Meigs

Department of War


Samuel Killough Oct. 5, 1803 to Western Territory

To his Excellency John Milledge

Per John Stroud, Esqr.

For as it appears that the within mentioned persons Samuel Killough, James Wallace, Andrew Miller and James Miller intends traveling to the western territory and for convency wish to go through the indian tribes we have therefore thought proper to make application to you excellency to grant a pass port to the above named persons as we consider them to be industres onnest well meaning citizens.

Given under our hands this 5th day of October 1803

H. Bunnell

Jno. Stroud J. P.

Clark Co. 150


Comments by Zora Cunningham:

"Samuel, Allen and Isaac are three of the five sons of Isaac "the Planter", who had moved his family from North Carolina to South Carolina to the eastern edge of Georgia by 1787. Much of Georgia was still Indian territory at that time.

In 1820, his son Isaac moved to Jefferson Co., Ala., then on to Talladega Co., Ala.  Many people were already living there even though it was not legally opened for settlement until 1834.  He and his family were used to living among the Indians.  It was not out of the ordinary for them to sell all their goods and property for gold in 1837 to buy land in the then still disputed northeastern Texas Indian country.  He and his family were in the Killough Massacre of 1838.

Before Samuel, Isaacís oldest brother, settled in Rutherford Co., Tenn., in 1806, he had enlisted in the Revolutionary War at 17 and guarded prisoners of war.  At warís end he volunteered to be an Indian spy under Col. James Clark.  He and his partner John Ramy were employed to range in a large section of Georgia.  This country was entirely wilderness.  They came in every week or so to Heardís Fort.  He may have been going to Tennessee to check out the living situation there in 1803 when the passport above was issued.  He must have been through dealing with Indians because Tennessee not in Indian country by then."


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