Matthew’s Cherokee Heritage

Matthew and Kate Scraper
Archibald Scraper

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I have a wonderfully diverse family made up of ancestors from around the world. The vast majority of the Citizens who live within our District share that distinction. For my purposes here, I’ll focus on my Cherokee heritage. You can learn more about that, and about me, below. You can read my bio here.

Archibald (ᎠᏥᎸ) Scraper (1816-1904). My 2x great grandfather was a full blood Cherokee with an honorable legacy of service within the Cherokee Nation. One of the original members of the Keetoowah Nighthawk Society, “Arch,” (as he was known) would survive the Trail of Tears and continue to serve the Cherokee Nation as a member of the Tribal Council, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Director of Public Schools, a delegate to Washington (several times), a Cherokee Marshall, and a Captain in Col. John Drew’s Mounted Cherokee Rifle Regiment during the Civil War, and the foreman of the jury for the infamous Zeke Proctor trial.

Scraper (ᏗᏑᎦᏍᎩ) (1780-1854). My 3x great grandfather is the man with whom our family’s surname originates. In early 2020, I took a pilgrimage to the site of his home, originally called “Scraper Mountain” in northeast Alabama. You can read more about that journey here. Scraper served with Major Ridge in the Creek War of 1812 and traveled with his family on the Trail of Tears in the Richard Taylor detachment. He was laid to rest in the Scraper Cemetery, in Scraper Hollow, OK.

Tiana (ᏔᏯᏂ) Smith (1790-1851). My 3x great grandmother came from the Paint (Hawk) Clan. The daughter of Cabin Smith and sister to the infamous Archilla Smith, she walked the Trail of Tears with her family in the Richard Taylor Detachment. According to family history, Tiana and the Scraper family began life in the new territory by building a cabin, planting crops, and setting out to make this new land their home.  They settled in a beautiful hollow about 15 miles east of Tahlequah and about 7 miles southwest of the new Baptist Mission. Tiana iwas laid to rest in the Scraper Cemetery, in Scraper Hollow, OK. 

Tandy (ᎠᏫᎤᏍᏗ) Jackson (1775-1827). My 3x great grandfather was a full blood Cherokee, born & raised near Quallah Town in the Cherokee Nation- East (North Carolina).He moved to Powel’s Valley Tennessee in 1820, and then to Ross’ Landing and from there to Sequatchie Valley in Tennessee, where he very tragically drowned in 1827 in the Madison Mills Ponds on the Sequatchie River.

“The happiest people I’ve ever met, regardless of their profession, their social standing, or their economic status, are people that are fully engaged in the world around them. The most fulfilled people are the ones who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves. They are the people who care about others, who will extend a helping hand to someone in need or will speak up about an injustice when they see it.”

Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller

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