We won”t detour too far from Piedras Negras, but speaking of Shelby”s connections -
JO Shelby”s great-grandfather was a man by the name of Nathaniel Gist. Nathaniel Gist had two families, one of them Cherokee, and his son by his Cherokee marriage was Sequoyah, the man who invented the Cherokee alphabet. And how many men have a species of tree named after them?
Sequoyah was JO Shelby”s half-great uncle. Challenge me on this. Dare you.