I have never encountered, with the exception of one family, a Christie surname in the Cherokee Nation who was not related to all the Cherokee Christie's. There was a man named John Francis Marion Christie (1833-1875), and he was not Cherokee, who lived among our Cherokee Christies. He did marry a Cherokee and they had children. But, I have not found a connection between John F.M. Christie and our family.
Our ancestors were the children of a white man, probably scottish, possibly dutch, by the name of John Christie and an unknown Cherokee woman. Trader John Christie and his Cherokee wife would have the following known children:
Edward (Ned) Christie, born ca. 1785 (married Sally Peak, dau. of Nathaniel Peak)
Jack (Tsa-ki) Christie, ca 1787 (married Takey or Ta-ki)
John Christie, ca 1789 (married Kentake) Very little is known of his descendants. He had three known children: Caty, Tiney or Tiana and Issac or Willie. (Tiney married Nathaniel Peak, son of Nathaniel Peak))
Arch (Ar-che-sar) Christie, ca 1791 (married Kahoga)
Katie (Caty) Christie, ca 1793 (we don't know who she married, if she lived, or if she had descendants)
George Christie, ca 1795 (we know nothing about his family)
Betsy (Qua-tse) Christie, ca 1799 (married Wakigu Dalasini, or Lacy Christie, a son of TsaTsi Dalasini)
Sam Christie (no further information)
All of their children were born along the Hiwassee River, Tahquohee District of the Great Cherokee Nation.
This family of Cherokee lived along the Hiwassee River at the foot of the Smoky Mountains, in the Tahquohee District. Some of them lived in the village of Turtletown and some lived in Birdtown and Turnip Town, and else where. They were traditonal people, steeped in their culture and life ways, and most were farmers, and some had business holdings around present day Murphy, NC. According to archeological surveys of the area where some of them lived they were above average in social standing. They had in their possession European china dishes, clothing, and crockery which would indicate this above average social standing. A high degree of wealth was evident for some of them. This same survey of pre removal period, prior to 1839, indicated large land holdings, plantations, and a distillery operation.
Some left their homes on the Trail of Tears on 1 September 1838 and they arrived in Fort Smith, AR, in January of 1839, some died along the way, some died after arrival but all suffered hardship and sadness that lasted the rest of their lives an would have profound effects upon generations to come.
Survive they did, and they helped to build a strong Nation under a new constitution and they forged lives for themsselves out of wilderness and we are the product of their valuable lives, hard work, determination and dedication to Cherokee ways.