Chief Joseph Vann was a leader in the Cherokee Nation and the state of Georgia, a wealthy landowner and prosperous businessman in the early 1800’s. He, along with almost all of the other Cherokee residents were forced to move from the state when the federal government confiscated all of their landed property. Having resources from his private wealth, he was one of the first to relocate to Oklahoma. Many of the other Cherokee who were forced to leave, followed him along what came to be known as the “Trail of Tears”, losing many lives along the way from the hardships of the trek, starvation and other depredation. In October, 1844, Captain Vann lost his life on the Ohio River near Louisville, KY when the boiler of one of the steamboats of his steamboat and transportation company exploded while under repair.