Title and Title Changes: Cherokee Gospel Tidings ( 1898- 1903)
Volume and Issue Data: Cherokee Gospel Tidings (Vol. 1, No. 1, January, 1898-Vol. 6, No. 9, September, 1903)
Publisher and Place of Publication: Sabbath School Committee of the Sequoyah Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A., Siloam Springs, Arkansas ( 1898- 1900), and Marble, Cherokee Nation ( 1900-1901); Frederick L. Schaub, Marble ( 1902-1903)
Editor: Frederick L. Schaub ( 1898- 1903)
The Cherokee Messenger was a small religious magazine published at Baptist Mission (or Bread Town), Cherokee Nation. It appeared irregularly and went through only twelve issues from August, 1844, to May, 1846. Each issue contained sixteen pages with two columns of print each; the pages were numbered consecutively through the twelve issues.
The magazine was edited by the Reverend Evan Jones, a white Baptist missionary to the Cherokees. Born in Wales on May 14, 1788, Jones had come to America in 1821 and in the fall of that year had become a missionary to the Cherokees at Wills Town, North Carolina. There he taught a mission school and trained several young Cherokees for the Baptist ministry, among whom were Jesse Bushyhead and Lewis Downing. Jones removed with Bushyhead's party of Cherokees in 1839 and upon arrival in the West established Baptist Mission, north of present-day Westville, Oklahoma. 1 The Baptist Mission Press was established by 1844, the printing done by Hervey Upham, another white missionary.
The purpose of The Cherokee Messenger was to publish parts of the Bible as well as religious works, messages, and news in the Cherokee language. Some news of temperance societies, a few lessons in Cherokee grammar, and other items were printed in English, but most of the content was in Cherokee script. All of Genesis, Luke, the First Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians, and the General Epistle of Jude, several Psalms, and the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians were published. There were also translations of parts of Bunyan The Pilgrim's Progress and Peter Parley Universal History and other items.
The Cherokee Messenger was the first periodical publication in the Indian Territory, preceding by one month the appearance of The Cherokee Advocate.*