I share this man's surname. He was a Seminole, born in 1846. I would very much like to know more about him, his children, grandchildren, etc. , and about other Seminole people named "Fewell." I am 60 years old. I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and I work as a clinical specialist with autistic children and young adults.
There was a Billy Fewell who re-named himself "Billy Bowlegs III", but was no relation to the Chief. His father was a black man (former slave?) named Fewell, and the mother was a Florida Seminole. This Billy Fewell/Bowlegs lived at the Brighton Reservation and lived to be over 100. I think he died in the mid 1960's. Could this be the same Fewell family? There are several pictures of him. Just type in "Billy Bowlegs III" or "Billy Bowlegs Florida". The first Billy Bowlegs was a full blood Seminole who resisted removal to Indian Territory, and died out here (Oklahoma) in 1859.
My name is Gerri Hollins
My Great Grandmother was Laura Bowlegs. She was the daughter of Matt and Lucy Bowlegs of the Payne / Bowlegs Dynasty. Chief Billy Bowlegs was her grandfather. She married John Hollins, a non citizen in the Creek Nation. They had 4 children. Henry Payne Hollins, Clarence Dosa Hollins, (My grand father)Alice Hollins, and John D. Hollins. I too am trying to find descendants of Bowlegs. Bob Bowlegs was my great grandmothers brother. If you have any information, please help me. I will do what I can to
help you with information I have been able to get.
Seminole Chief Billy Bowlegs didn't have any children by that name. He had 5 children; 4 daughters and one son. He and his sister, Harriet, both had slaves who were known as "Bowlegs' slaves", and were often enrolled on Freedmen rolls with names like Caesar Bowlegs, Sampson Bowlegs, etc.
In an attempt to disentangle the sheer confusion between the two Bowlegs found on the web have started a Wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Bowlegs_III. If anyone has more information and some higher quality sources of information, additions would be much appreciated.
Sep 17, 2008 - 8:57AM
Re: Billie Fewell
Hello..I am a seventh generation Floridian. Central Florida. My father was Lamar Fewell, his father was George Fewell, his father was Ed Fewell, and his father was Billy Fewell. I keep running into dead ends in trying to find out anything factual about this. I have a very old newspaper clipping (florida), featuring Billy Bowlegs...in the article it says that he had a brother named Ed. ANY information whatsoever I could get would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Lynn