Col. Thomas Waters, a well-known Tory during the Revolutionary War and commanded Loyalist garrisons at Ninety-Six, SC and Augusta,GA.He was married to a 1/2 Cherokee woman named Sarah Hughes.Sarah was a 1/2 sister of Cherokees John Vann and Waw-li Vann (mother of Chief James Vann) and was encountered in 1796 by Col. Benjamin Hawkins, U.S. agent to the Creek Indians, while traversing the Cherokee Nation.Hawkins mentioned Sarah's uncle, Chief Sour Mush.Sarah Hughes had a brother Charles Hughes, who became envolved in a complicated clan dispute with Sour Mush, in which the teen-aged James Vann shot and killed his own uncle Charles Hughes. Sarah Hughes also had 1/2 siblings named David Rowe and Richard Rowe (also mentioned by Col. Hawkins in 1796). There may have been other Hughes siblings; the Rowe, Hughes, and Vann families were inter-twined in subsequent generations.
The story of this dispute was told in the 1830's to the writer John Howard Payne by George Morgan Waters, mixed-blood Cherokee, the son of Col. Thomas Waters and Sarah Hughes, and first cousin of James Vann.Paynes papers about the Cherokees are in the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL.Dan Shadburn, historian of Forsyth County, GA, has an account of this dispute in his book on Intruders in the Cherokee Nation (I don't remember the exact title).
At the end of the War, Thomas Waters took his son to the Bahamas, and later the Colonel went back to England, but his wife and son returned to Georgia to regain Waters' the large land holdings.George M. Waters was the 2nd wealthiest Cherokee (some 90 slaves) enrolled on the 1835 Census, and remained in Georgia when the rest of the tribe was removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma).
Kathy Waters, who has posted on this Forum, is a direct descendant of Thomas Waters and Sarah Hughes, and may have more information about him.