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The Legend of the Oldest Inhabitant in the Nachoochee Valley

KostoyeakIn the olden days there resided a Cherokee Indian Chief known as Kostoyeak. Renowned for his bravery and cunning, one of his most bitter enemies was one called Chonesta, or the "Black Dog," a chief of the Tennessees. In those days there was a Yemassee maiden residing in the low country thought to be the most beautiful in all the land. Numbered among her many suitors was the famous Kostoyeak and four other warriors, upon each of whom she was pleased to smile; whereupon she discarded all the others, and among them the Tennessee chief Chonesta. On returning to his own country Chonesta breathed revenge against Kostoyeak, and threatened that if he succeeded to the hand of the Yemassee beauty that the Cherokee tribe would suffer extermination. But the merits of all four rival chiefs were equal, and the Yemassee chief could not decide upon which to bestow his daughter. Kostoyeak was her favorite, and in order to secure a marriage with him, she proposed to her father that she should accept that warrior who could discover where the waters of the Savannah and those of the Tennessee took their rise in the mountains. Supposing that no such place existed the father gave his consent, and the great hunt was commenced. At the end of the first noon Kostoyeak returned to say that he had discovered a gorge now called the gap of the Blue Ridge as well as Rabun Gap; where the two great rivers "shake hands and commence their several journeys, each singing a song of gladness and freedom." Finally, the Yemassee chief was convinced that Kostoyeak told a true story, and he was, therefore, married to Yemassee. Enraged at the news,Chonesta assembled his warriors, and made war upon the whole tribe of Cherokee. But it seems that the Great Spirit was the friend of Kostoyeak, and he slew Chonesta with his own hand, thus eliminating his bravest warriors, and finally became the possessor of half the entire Tennessee valley. Years rolled on and Kostoyeak as well as his wife were buried with every Indian honor in the valley of Nacoochee, and, to perpetuate their many virtues in after years, their several nations erected over their remains the mounds which now adorn a portion of the valley where they lived.

The Meaning of the Word "Evening Star"

Valley of Evening Star This name was applied to a Cherokee girl residing in the Nacoochee Valley who was known for her beauty and strange attachment for the flowers and the birds of her native valley. She died in her fifteenth summer, and at the twilight hour of a summer day. On the evening following her burial a newly-born star made its appearance in the sky, and all her kindred cherished the belief that the lovely girl had now become the brightest of the whole array which looked down upon the world.

The Glover Gold Mine

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"Having a few hours of leisure last Friday, the writer concluded to pay a visit to the Glover property, three miles Northwest of Cleveland, and see for himself, something of the new gold vein. Captain W. H. McAfee of Dahlonega, a veteran miner, under whose supervision the work is being prosecuted, kindly showed us through the mine, and gave us the results of the tests that have been made. The main tunnel, which has been pushed at water level, for 150 feet, has yielded ore that runs uniformly at $10 to $12 per ton. The assays run much higher, and with a good mill on the property, with proper appliances, for saving the gold, the ore would yield as much as $20 per ton. Higher up the high, a few yards another out-cropping was followed, which led to a point where it converges with the vein below, assaying, and yielding by actual experiment the same as the other. Still further up the hill another vein was struck last week, which was beyond even the expectations of owners and leases. Capt. McAfee, who has had a life long experience in the minues of this section, says that the Glover is proving itself one of the best mines he has ever yet had the pleasure of openeing, and he can number them by the score. The nature of the ore renders it very easy to handle and mill, and situated as it is, near water power, and where the timber is plentiful, makes it one of the most desirable properties in the whole country, and will doubtless yield the lucky owners a handsome income, as soon as they can put in the necessary machinery for working it." Source: Cleveland Progress. November 24, 1893.

Gold at Pleasant Retreat

Etowah Georgia Mining Tunnel "From Pleasant Retreat. Gold mining is yielding a fine turnout of yellow metal. Mr. W. H. Courtney, who is one of the best miners in this section, is doing very well." Source:Cleveland Progress. December 22, 1893.

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The Rope Broke

old well "That which came near being a fearful accident happened at the residence of Mr. James Glen in Nacoochee Valley. Last Monday, as Mr. Jim SHubert was being lowered into a well for the purpose of cleaning it out, the rope broke when he was about 15 feet from the bottom and he fell, fortunately landing squarely on his feet, and sustaining no further injury than a severe shaking up, and bumpking his head against the rock walls. After procuring a new rope, Mr. Shuber and went on his work as it nothing had happened." Source: Cleveland Progress. December 8, 1893.



Fifty One Years in Service

Nacoochee Valley" A. N. Vandiver of Nachoochee Valley district in this county was elected Constable in January of 1843. He was re-elected January 7, 1893 and has been constable every year since he was first elected. Next January will complete the fifty-first year of his service." Source:Cleveland Progress. December 8, 1893.



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White County Georgia White County in 1857 from a part of the original land lot county of Habersham and was named for Newton County Representative David T. White, who helped to attain passage of an act creating the new county. The county seat is Cleveland, Georgia.

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Testators: William Allison, Isaac Black, Larkin Brownlow, Alfred Clark, James Colley, Henry Conley, Mordecai Cox, John Craven, Wiley Dean, Green Dodd, Vesta Doe, John Dorsey, Joseph Etries, Emily Field, John Field, Robert Foster, Isaac Fowler, Alexander Freeman, Jeptha Freeman, Rufus Gilstrap, John Glen, Ruth Hunt, William Kinsey, Allison Ledford, Francis Logan, John Logan, Joseph McDowell, William McKinney, Christopher Meaders, Elizabeth Nix, Jonas Nix, Ozilla Norris, Samuel Parker, William Pitchford, Osborn Quillian, James Sears, J. W. Sears, William Sears, Littleton Skelton, Noah Sosebee, Martha Standridge, Samuel Standridge (2), Nathaniel Trotter, Berry Turner, Micager Turner, Berry Vickery, Hannah Williams, Abraham Wofford.

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