“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Oakville in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)


Doublehead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
1. Doublehead Marker
Inscription. Doublehead, (c1744-1807), aka Dsugweladegi or Chuqualatague, was the son of Great Eagle (Willenawah) and grandson of Moytoy. Among his siblings were Pumpkin Boy, Old Tassel and the unnamed grandmother of Sequoyah. After his sister's son John Watts Jr. was elected chief over him, Doublehead moved into Lawrence County and became a powerful Cherokee leader. While living at Browns Ferry from c1790~c1802, the head of the Elk River Shoals, Doublehead terrorized settlers on the Appalachian frontier until his 1794 meeting with George Washington. By treaty on 10 Jan 1786, most of Lawrence County became Chickasaw land. Doublehead was permitted to stay because of his daughters' (Tuskihooto and Saleechie) marriages to Chickasaw Chief George Colbert. Learning of the wealth in cotton, Doublehead in 1802 petitioned the government for a keelboat, signed the 1805 treaty authorizing Gaines Trace, and negotiated the 1806 Cotton Gin Treaty. This treaty placed a cotton gin at Melton's Bluff and gave him a 99 year lease on Doublehead's Reserve between Elk River and Cypress Creek. In partnership with John D. Chisholm, they leased this reserve to settlers. On 9 August 1807, Major Ridge, Alex Saunders and John Rogers killed Doublehead, either for control of the cotton trade or for his ceding of Indian Lands.
Erected by Lawrence County Historical Commission Inc.
Location. 34° 26.647′ N, 87° 10.717′ W. Marker is near Oakville, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Touch for map. Located inside Oakville Indian Mound Park near Museum in a clump of trees on the left. Marker is in this post office area: Danville AL 35619, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cherokee Council House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Oakville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Indians (about 500 feet away); Copena Burial Mound (about 500 feet away); Cherokee Indian Removal (about 700 feet away); Oakville Indian Mound (about 700 feet away); Creek Indian Removal (about 700 feet away); Streight's Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakville.
Categories. Native Americans
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,840 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photo   1. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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