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Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave

 
 
Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
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 as 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.
 
Erected 1952 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location.
Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave Marker in front of the Gordon Monument at Wright Square, Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
2. Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave Marker in front of the Gordon Monument at Wright Square, Savannah
32° 4.676′ N, 81° 5.537′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Bull Street near East Presidents Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on Wright Square between Bull and E. Presidents Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
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.
 
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Also see . . .  Tomochichi. From New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on February 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansNotable Persons
 
Tomochichi and his nephew, Toonahawi image. Click for full size.
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3. Tomochichi and his nephew, Toonahawi
As the principal mediator between the native population and the new English settlers during the first years of Georgia's settlement, Tomochichi (left) 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 Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
4. TOMO-CHI-CHI Gravestone
Located in Wright Square, Bull St. and E. Presidents St.
Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
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
 
 
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