The Gourd was a Cherokee Indian who first lived on the south side of the Tennessee River near present-day Courtland, Alabama according to Captain Edmund Pendeleton Gaines on December 28, 1807. However, by the time Anne Newport Royall came through the area in January 1818, she described his home on the west side of Town Creek in present-day Colbert County, Alabama. Gourd fought with General Andrew Jackson at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend during the Creek Indian War. He was a member of Doublehead's Chickamauga people and settled on the south side of the Tennessee River along the Muscle Shoals during the 1770's. He has an island that is his namesake in the Elk River Shoals of the Tennessee River. Gourd's Island is near the mouth of Elk River and is now under the backwaters of Wheeler Dam. After the Turkey Town Treaty in September 1816, Gourd left the Muscle Shoals area of north Alabama.
The Gourd along with other Cherokees lived in Lawrence and Colbert Counties at least 15 years and possibly longer. He and his family were residents along the Muscle Shoals of the Tennessee River of north Alabama. Not much is known of Gourd's family but some historians think Gourd had at least one daughter named Susie Gourd. Susie married John Anthony Foreman a Scots trader. Foreman, born about 1751, was thought to have been born in Scotland with some historians claiming he was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married two Cherokee women with Susie Gourd being his second wife. He and Susie had six children: John, Sallie, Thomas, Nancy, Richard, and Catherine.
Read more about Cherokee people in north Alabama in my soon to released book-Doublehead: Last Chickamauga Cherokee Chief. It will probably be available by February 2012.