See biographies by G. Foreman (1938, repr. 1970) and C. C. Coblentz (1946, repr. 1962); Traveller Bird, Tell Them They Lie: The Sequoyah Myth (1971).
(born circa 1760/1770, Taskigi, North Carolina colony—died August 1843, near San Fernando, Mex.) Creator of the Cherokee writing system. Sequoyah was probably the son of a British trader. Convinced that the secret of the white people's power was written language, Sequoyah set about developing a Cherokee system. Adapting letters from English, Greek, and Hebrew, he created a system of 86 symbols representing all the syllables of the Cherokee language. Most Cherokee quickly became literate as a result. Sequoyah never learned to speak, read, or write English.
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There were 238 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.7% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 13.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,542, and the median income for a family was $50,417. Males had a median income of $32,969 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,189. About 7.8% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 34.5% of those age 65 or over.