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Sharon Sanders

Remembering the Trail of Tears

Posted Thursday, November 28, 2013, at 12:00 AM


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  • At the 15 December 1806 Quarter Session for Cape Girardeau County, Joseph Waller was granted a license to operate a ferry across the Mississippi River. On 15 February 1817 he sold 640 acres and the ferry to Green for $400. which he used to buy land in the newly opened Union County Illinois on the East bank of the river.

    Our records indicate that Green's ferry, as it came to be known, was used to ferry the Cherokees across the Mississippi. Perhaps he had sold it to those in the story above.

    The Cherokees travelled on Greens Ferry Road, as it is still known, from the landing site to McKendrie Chapel and thence Jackson.

    Waller's original 640 acres are the heart of Trail of Tears State Park.

    -- Posted by JTL on Thu, Nov 28, 2013, at 8:08 AM