The Old Cheraws by Alexander Gregg.
p 13 -- That the Pedees [Indians] owned slaves will appear from the following notice, published in the Gazette of the day, Aug 30-Sep 6, 1748 --
"Taken up by Michael Welch, overseer to the subscriber on an island called Uchee Island, a Negro fellow, who gives the following account of himself, viz., that he belonged formerly to Mr. Fuller, and he was by him sold to Billy, king of the Pedee Indians; that the Catawba Indians took him from King Billy, and carried him into their nation, and that in endeavoring to make his escape from the Catawbas, he was lost in the woods, and had been so a considerable time before he was taken . . . Any person having any right or property in the said fellow, may apply to the subscriber, now in Charleston."
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still p 13 --
The Pedees and other smaller tribes who now lead a wondering life, were in constant danger of being enticed off by the more powerful and hostile nations of Indians, to join them in their predatory excursions.
The following letters indicate the anxiety felt on the subject by the Catawbas, as well as by the provisional government of this period, the first was addressed by th King of the Catawbas to his excellency, James Glen, Esq : --
“There are a great many Pedee Indians living in the settlements that we want to come and settle amongst us. We desire for you to send for them, and advise
page 14 -- this, and give them this string of wampum in token that we want them to settle here, and will always live like brothers with them. The Northern Indians want them to settle with us; for they are now at peace, they may be hunting in the woods or straggling about, killed by some of them, except they join us, and make but one nation, which will be a great addition of strength to us."
his mark, the (x) King"