LUDOVIC GRANTwas born in Scotland 1690-1696 and was transported (by court sentence) to Charleston, South Carolina, on7 May 1716.He d.c.1757 and was probably buried in Saint Philip’s churchyard in Charlestonunder the name “Lodv. Grant” which, in cursive, looks like “John Grant”. There was a John Grant in Charleston at the time, but there are two John Grants buried at Saint Philips.A John Grant was buried 5 October 1757 at parish expense and the otherwas buried 7 December 1761.Since Ludovic Grant retired from the Cherokee Nation penniless in 1756 and nothing is heard of him after 1757, it is logical to suppose that Ludovic Grant is the “John” Grant buried in 1757 but this needs to be confirmed.
His parents may have been John and Catherine Grant of Scotland.The John Grant of Charleston is of unknown relation to Ludovic.A “Widow Grant” arrived in Savannah, Georgia before 1740 with children Ludovic, Margaret, James and Daniel Grant.This younger Ludovic Grant seems to disappear.[Coulter & Saye, Early Settlers of GA, p. 76]
Ludovic Grant witnessed deeds in Charleston on 12 December 1718, 16 April 1720 and another one on 30 June 1736.He entered the Cherokee trade in 1726 and lived among the tribe until 1756.Grant’s own affidavit places him in the Cherokee Nation c.1726. The expedition of Col. George Chicken in July-September 1725 opened the Upper or Overhill Cherokee towns to permanent trade posts and the journey of Sir Alexander Cuming in 1730 was guided to the Overhills by Ludovic Grant.Grant was at Great Tellico (in what is now Tennessee) until 1735 or so when his father-in-law went into the mountains and became headman of Tomatly (Tomah’li) in what is now western North Carolina.
Ludovic Grant’s wife was given the Christian name Elizabeth and she had no surname. The surnames “Tassel”, “Coody” and so on given to her are the inventions of modern genealogists (including me – I wondered if Coody could be Gouedy).A Cherokee name of Eughioote (“You Coo tee”) was suggested for her by western descendants but that could be just a name of respect.A confusion with the wife of John Rogers (d.1848) has added to the puzzle.He married Elizabeth Coody, daughter of Arthur Coody and the daughter of Tassel, or Kahyun Techea [from Starr’s genealogy].
The father-in-law of Ludovic Grant may not have been a Tassel (there were several of them).He is referred to as the Warrior of Tomatly then the Old Warrior of Tomatly. The death of Moytoy of Great Tellico c.1733 certainly had something to do with the departure of Grant’s father-in-law from that town of influence to the lesser village in the mountains.
Grant’s letters from the Cherokee Nation from 1730 to 1756 are a wealth of information about the tribe.He also accompanied delegations to Charleston.In the winter of 1742-43 he went there with a delegation along with James Beamer and Cornelius Dougherty.The Cherokee camped at the New Market Plantation and were hosted by the Amory family, among others.[SC Commons Journal 19 Jan 1743, 28 Feb 1743, 28 Apr 1743] When he returned to the mountains, he took young Robert Emory and William Emory with him.They became his assistants and soon his son-in-laws.
Children of Ludovic Grantand Eughioote (Elizabeth):
i. SUSANNAH CATHERINE GRANTb.c.1727 Tellico, Cherokee Nation (in what is now Tennessee), d.1769 South Carolina.She may be buried at Saint Philips churchyard in Charleston as Catherine Emory on 22 October 1769.She m. Robert EMORY (b.c.1723 d.1790) in 1743.He was the son of John AMORY and Sarah WILSON, both of England. Susannah is the mother of Susannah EMORY (b.1744 d.c.1765), and the grandmother of Bushyhead (b.1758/9) and John Jolly (b.1761/3).
ii. MARY GRANTb.c.1728/9Tellico, Cherokee Nation (in what is now Tennessee), d.c. 1766 Goose Creek, South Carolina. She m. William EMORY (b.c.1724 d.1770) in 1743.He was the son of John AMORY and Sarah WILSON, both of England. She had 6 children.