Excerpt from "The Chickasaw nation : a short sketch of a noble people (1922)"   by James H. Malone  (Sequoyah - page 358)
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Sequoyah Marries

Sequoyah eventually married, and speaking of his wife Foster (p. 69) says: " This wife which Sequoyah took was no common Indian maiden. In form she was like the women of her race; she was tall, erect, and of a delicate frame; her features formed with perfect symmetry, and her countenance was cheerful and amiable. Both in her soul and that of Sequoyah was a higher intuition than appeared to be bestowed on any other of the Cherokee tribe. For a time their sympathies were one, and for a time their lives were markedly happy. For all nature spoke in plainest utterances to them that which it only whispered unto others. " Every bird that sung, every scene of Nature seemed to inspire new thoughts and awaken new aspirations in Sequoyah. " Even the wind playing melodies on the tree leaves seemed to him like words of the Great Spirit, which his sensitive nature translated into words of wisdom. "

Nature was his teacher, through which he lived a life beyond the ken of all others in the Cherokee tribe. But as the honeymoon wore off, he became more meditative and philosophically inclined, and she more thoroughly practical. She worked and he dreamed, and thus their lives grew widely apart. She became a virago and on many a morning, in later years, the voice of Sequoyah's wife could be heard giving her lord 'Jesse' for the lack of such industry as she exclusively held in esteem. 'However,' says, Boudinot, the Executive Secretary of the nation, 'he seemed to have taken all his scoldings with great equanimity. No doubt he put himself in her place and made full allowance for the disagreeable prospect from her standpoint.' '