For years it was said in our family that we had Cherokee roots that went back to the Trail of Tears. In the last five years, much work has been done to verify this. There is one thing we lack: actual stories about our Cherokee ancestors, the Rattlinggourds. It is my hope that folks will find this page who have something to share. I will also make available the records that we have, too.
Please contact me if you can provide any further information about the RattlingGourds (shortened later to the Gourds). We are especially interested in anecdotes and stories involving this family line. Please see the genealogy page for information about our family tree for the period in question.