By Ralph and James Boggs (1953)
THE MOUND BUILDERS, or his Mongoloid ancestor found a rear entrance to the Ohio Country and wandered about the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys for perhaps ten centuries.
The Lenni Lenape (Delawares) lived many hundred years ago far to the westward. They left their old home and migrated toward the rising sun, and after a very long journey they arrived at the shores of the Na Maesi Sippu or Messussipu (Great River or River of Fish). Their journey was slow and many nights (years) were passed on, the way. The reconnoitering parties of the Lenni Lenape reported that in the country to the East were many large towns on the great rivers which flowed through the land. The people were tall and stout. They called themselves Tallegewi or Alligewi. As the Lerti Lenape pushed on some of the men of their Wetamowi (wise men) were attacked and killed and war resulted with the Titllegewi. This bloody strife continued for several generations. To the north were the Talamatan, who offered aid on the condition that they be in the division of the spoils. Great battles were fought. The Tallegewi fortified their towns and erected earthworks but many were slain and realizing that the contest would end in their annihilation, the remnant of the Tallegewi abandoned the country and fled to the southward. Scientists believe the Tallegewi or. Allegewi are the same as the Cherokee Indians but this has never been proven.