Most information on Cherokee ancestor MOYTOY is held by the British


William Lyttelton, Governor of South Carolina

There are genealogists who claim Moytoy never existed. Yet he is listed in thousands of Cherokee family trees. For many he is the last entry in their tree, as far back as can be determined. Those who venture further risk the wrath of traditional Cherokee who rage at the suggestion that the Carpenter name may have come from a European. We’ll discuss this at another time.

Here for your enjoyment is a small humourous example of documented Native American history held in British archives.

Board of Trade, South Carolina, Original coorespondence, C.O. 5/376

Folder 109, 3 pages, 22 May 1759: Governor Lyttleton to Emperor Old Hop and Little Carpenter. Governor Lyttleton wants satisfaction for the 19 whites scalped by Moytoy of Settico and others.

Folder 111, 3 pages, 27 June 1759, Ft. Loudoun. Old Hop and Little Carpenter to Gov. Lyttleton. Little Carpenter has talked to the people of guilty of scalping the whites and was assured they would not do it again.

Willinawa, warrior of Toqueh, agrees to maintain peace.


See also: Cherokees visit London in 1730