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Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave

 
 
Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave Marker
Inscription.  
Tomo-Chi-Chi, Mico of the Yamacraws, a tribe of the Creek Indian Nation, is buried in this Square. He has been called a co-founder, with Oglethorpe, of Georgia. He was a good friend to the English, a friendship indispensable to the establishment of the Colony as a military outpost against Spanish invasion. He negotiated with Oglethorpe the treaty formally ratified on May 21, 1733, pursuant to which Georgia was settled. Mary Musgrove, half-breed niece of Emperor Brim of the Creek Indians, acted as interpreter between Oglethorpe and Tomo-Chi-Chi and lent her great influence to the signing of that treaty and to the treaties negotiated by Oglethorpe with other tribes of the Creek Nation.

In 1734, at the age of 84, with his wife Senauki, Tomo-Chi-Chi visited the English Court and was received by the King and by the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was a man of fine physique, tall and of great dignity.

He died October 5, 1739 at Yamacraw Indian Village, and at his request was brought to Savannah to rest among his English friends. He was buried here with military honors.
 
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Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-4.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1676.
 
Location. 32° 4.676′ N, 81° 5.537′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker is on Bull Street near East Presidents Street, on the left when traveling north. Located on Wright Square between Bull and E. Presidents Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lutheran Church Of The Ascension (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah's First Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wesley (about 400 feet away); James Moore Wayne, 1790-1867 (about 400 feet away); "Tyrants Fall In Every Foe Liberty's In Every Blow" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related marker.
Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave Marker in front of the Gordon Monument at Wright Square, Savannah image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2009
2. Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave Marker in front of the Gordon Monument at Wright Square, Savannah
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Also see . . .  Tomochichi ca. 1644-1739. New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry (Submitted on February 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Tomo-Chi-Chi Gravestone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud
3. Tomo-Chi-Chi Gravestone
The marker is located in Wright Square at Bull and E. Presidents Streets.
Tomochichi and his nephew, Toonahowi image. Click for full size.
4. Tomochichi and his nephew, Toonahowi
As the principal mediator between the native population and the new English settlers during the first years of Georgia's settlement, Tomochichi contributed much to the establishment of peaceful relations between the two groups and to the ultimate success of Georgia. His nephew, Toonahowi, is seated on the right in this engraving, circa 1734-35, by John Faber, Jr.
Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
5. Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave Marker
In Memory Of Tomo-Chi-Chi The Mico Of The Yamacraws The Companion Of Oglethorpe And The Friend And Ally Of The Colony Of Georgia This Stone Has Been Here Placed By The Georgia Society Of The Colonial Dames of America 1739 - 1899
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 6,213 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on November 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on February 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on April 25, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.   5. submitted on November 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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