As the years have gone by I have found new information:
As stated before it was my GGrandmother who was full-blood Cherokee but I have learned it was my GGGrandmother and her name was Mary Williams.....not sure where the Mary Tharp comes into play but that will take more research. One of my Aunt's on that side of the family was also told of the ndn blood so I will be getting in touch with her to see what all she knows. I have searched the census records and have not been able to find the relatives before 1850. It was my understanding they were all from the Cedar Creek area in Virginia.
I also found an article in the "Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative Living" monthly issue Feb.2012 written by Jim Mason, Contributing writer:
In the 17th century, many Virginia Indians died from smallpox and measles before they developed immunity to the diseases brought by English colonists. A different kind of threat-identity theft-hit Virginia's Indians in the 20th century. Walter Ashby Plecker, who ran the state's Bureau of Vital Statistics from 1912 until 1946, decided that Indians, whether full-blood or of mixed race, wouldn't be identified as Indians. Moreover, in 1924, Virginia's legislature passed the Racial Integrity Act, a law that imposed strict segregation in society and in state records. All Virginians were either "white" or "colored" [end quote].
Still have not found Luther Blackbear to find out who Clarence was, but that is another issue
I just did my mother's maiden last name, 2 pages of results came up, both Cherokee and Choctaw. Never knew about Choctaw, only the Cherokee. Some results could be duplicates, but still quite a few names.
Last Edit: Feb 22, 2012 12:17:20 GMT -6 by Lone4eagle
I found her name, but then I looked at the date of the final rolls and realized that during those years she was in Virginia. I have not been able to find my relatives before 1850. Still need to get in contact with my aunt that was also told about the Cherokee blood......so my search continues.
Post by Lone4eagle on Feb 22, 2012 12:39:35 GMT -6
I made a correction, should have been my mother's maiden last name. Not much was known about my grandfather's family history except for the Irish. A cousin and 2 uncles on my mom's side, did research on it for another reason. My relatives became interested in treasure hunting/metal detecting.
They knew about the Irish ancestors who were very wealthy. It turned out some had a large amount of land ownership and properties in Virginia. That is also how my relatives discovered the Cherokee in my background. I think my mom knew about it, remember her blaming grandfather for some of her facial features.
You can trace the Irish blood all the way back to the wealthiest men who lived at the time. The money, all the wealth was put into some kind of trust fund. None of the descendants ever found a way to get any of their Irish ancestor's money. Some may have been hidden during the Civil war to rebuild the south. By searching on the Internet once, discovered a very large park/forest area out east, was completely funded by that trust fund money. Strange how governments can get control of money.
Last Edit: Feb 22, 2012 12:49:16 GMT -6 by Lone4eagle
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