Elias Plummer Sanders native American roots or not ? Birth 1775 N.C. death Hart County, Georgia late 1800's.

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Not sure of parents. Supposedly native American. Any help with either ?
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Mary Carter Sanders, was born 1775 SC, and she was the daughter of Thomas Carter and an Indian woman. Read the cemetery information provided next:

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That was in a book by Parker. Mary was not the Indian. Elias Plummer Sanders was Cherokee, fostered by Plummer family from Maryland, adopted by Sanders, according to Ancestry.com. Has photo.
Elias Plummer Sanders and Mary Carter Sanders were my ggg grandparents. I've been trying to prove or disprove Cherokee heritage. I've always been told we are of native American descent. The people in my family have dark skin. My father had the dark skin and jet black hair as do his sister's, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We aren't black. All the census records I've seen all the way back to Elias Sr. say "white". All the photos show obvious Native American traits. This has been a huge wall for my research. I'd really like to have some "proof". However I feel like the wall is impenetrable since its so old.
Have you thought of DNA testing? If your ggg grandfather's paternal grandfather was native American or if his father was native American, the Y-DNA of all male descendants would show it.
You say there is a photo on Ancestry of Elias Plummer Sanders.....I can not find one....can you contact me? Thx
Keith,

You may want to contact the person who mentioned the photo directly.
Frank....you wrote....You may want to contact the person direct....How do I reach Peggy Clair Reynolds? Did not see a connection. Thanks
Frank...I think I figured it out. Thx!
I'll assume that you can get through to that resource, if not let me know.
I was raised being told my parents and grandparents (maternal) that I was part Cherokee. Ancestry.com shows Elias Sanders to be my 3rd great grandfather. I too have been stymied by a lack of information to prove that, I have done both the Ancestry and 23 and Me DNA tests and both turned out negative for Native American heritage. However, they both come with caveats: If your most recent Native American ancestor is five or more generations old, you may not have inherited any DNA or it doesn't show.
Elias Sanders’ son and granddaughter applied for the Eastern Cherokee (Guion Miller) payment and were rejected since they could not show any Cherokee  connection.  No one in the family was on any earlier rolls (Elias was alive at the time of the 1835 census, Siler, and Chapman rolls), the children could not list the names of any parents or siblings for Elias. The Eastern Cherokee applications stated that Elias' wife was a white woman.
They are my gggg grandparents. I took a dna test from cri.genetics and it listed a Native American ancestor that lived around the year 1775 which is the year of Elias' birth.
If you have a picture of him, I would love to see it.  He was my gggg grandfather.
I am descended from Elias Sanders.  I did a dna test with CRI Genetics and on the advanced timeline report, they show an influx of Native American genetics around 1775 which coincidentally is the birth year of Elias Sanders.
CRI Genetics is not a particularly reliable company.  There is absolutely no record to suggest that Elias Plummer Sanders had any Native American ancestry.  If he was a Cherokee he would have lived in the Cherokee Nation and would not appear on the U.S. Census (Indians weren't U.S. citizens until 1924).  He would not have been able to own land in Georgia.  Every single record for him shows him as white and no census taker in Georgia would have mistaken a Cherokee Indian for a white man at that time.  Georgia was violently involved in the efforts to remove all Indians from their lands in Georgia between 1800 and 1839.   In 1907 60,000 white people tried to get a share of the Eastern Cherokee payment, and in 1896 tens of thousands also tried to claim a share of tribal lands in Indian Territory.  Some genuinely believed they had a Cherokee ancestor, most were simply trying to get land or money they thought was there for the taking.

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Mary Carter, the wife of Elias Plummer Sanders, was the daughter of an Indian woman.

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Birth: 1775
South Carolina, USA
Death: unknown
 
She died ca. 1855. She was the daughter of Thomas Carter and an Indian woman. She married Elias Sanders. Their known children were: Thomas, Elias Jr., Mary, Calvin P., Lewis Manley, Samuel B., Rachel, Jonathan P. and Patience Sanders. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Elias Sanders (1775 - 1872)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Sanders (1795 - 1891)*
  Mary Sanders Vickery (1800 - 1872)*
  Samuel B. Sanders (1808 - 1889)*
  Patience Sanders Smith (1818 - 1907)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial: Elias Sanders Family Cemetery 
Hart County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Bobbie O'Barr
Record added: Feb 05, 2012 
Find A Grave Memorial# 84514966
 
All five burials at the Elias Sanders Cemetery:
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Sanders, Elias, Sr 84514905
b. 1775 d. 1872 Elias Sanders Family Ceme... 
Hart County
Georgia, USA
Sanders, Isabella Totman 101950557
b. 1799 d. Feb. 18, 1889 Elias Sanders Family Ceme... 
Hart County
Georgia, USA
Sanders, Mary Carter 84514966
b. 1775 d. unknown Elias Sanders Family Ceme... 
Hart County
Georgia, USA
Sanders, Thomas "Kit" 102895543
b. 1795 d. Oct., 1891 Elias Sanders Family Ceme... 
Hart County
Georgia, USA
Smith, Patience Sanders 104039125
b. Jan. 11, 1818 d. Feb. 24, 1907

 

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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Mary Carter was daughter of Thomas Carter. Buried in cemetery on Hwy 51 in Hartwell, Ga. 1775-1850 or 1860, it says. Elias and Mary are buried there along with 3 of their children. Her Mother was not an Indian woman that I find. Elias was the Cherokee, but not on their rolls. Parkers' book says mary's mother was an Indian of the Plummer IndianTribe.  No such tribe. Plummer was name for Elias' mother,  Ellener Plummer in Maryland, who died. Grandparents died , leaving him in will. Possibly or was adopted by Sanders. I am trying to figure out about his birth place. One says NC and other says Maryland. NC was location of Cherokee Nation. His children spoke Cherokee in a he home. I am going this fall to Hartwell to see their grav and others. My aunt lived in Hartwell and I have  her huge binder of information. I am beginning this site and am still adding information ! Peg
Would Prudiance Sanderns also be related to this Family? She married a Woodyard and we know that there is some native American blood and thought it might be her.
I have listed in my family tree a Jeremiah Miller born about 1776 in Virginia who married Orpha (unknown last name) who was born about 1781 in Virginia.They had Sarah Milller who married Calvin P. Sanders, son of Elias Plummer Sanders Sr. and Mary Carter. They also had Prudence Miller who married Lewis Manly Sanders Sr. son of Elias Plummer Sanders Sr and Mary Carter. They were married on 08/05/1824 in Franklin County Georgia.They also had Orpha Miller who married Jonathan P Sanders, son of Elias Plummer Sanders Sr and Mary Carter. So as best as I can tell... three sisters married three brothers. Lewis M Sanders Sr was my ggg grandfather. He and Prudence Miller had William Harrison Sanders who was my gg grandfather. He was born 08/20/1840 in Georgia. He died in Hart County Georgia on 07/22/1922. He married Mary F Evans on 11/12/1865 in Hart County GA. Mary F Evans was born 05/29/1840 in Georgia. She died 05/21/1919.
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Guion-Miller Roll says

"Lewis M Sanders [son of Elias]

Rejected. Neither applicant nor ancestors ever enrolled.  Does not establish descent from a person who was party to the treaties of 1835-36 or 1848."
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (282k points)
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Baker and Parkwr's books say Elias' wife was Indian.  Elias was Cherokee,  but due to adoption,  was not on roll. He spoke Cherokee  with family.  Descendents have Cherokee  traits. I am descended from 3 of Elias' children : Samuel B., Patience,  and Calvin P. (JWillis, Samuel Leland, Carol, Me.) , (
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Elias died in 1872 and is buried in the family cemetery. 

Elias Sanders Sr
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Name: Elias Sanders Sr
Event Type: Burial
Event Date: 1872
Event Place: , Hart, Georgia, United States of America
Birth Date: 1775
Death Date: 1872
Affiliate Record Identifier: 84514905
Cemetery: Elias Sanders Family Cemetery (GA Hwy 51)
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Birth: 1775
North Carolina, USA
Death: 1872
 
He married Mary Carter and they had the following known children: Thomas, Elias Jr., Mary, Calvin P., Lewis Manley, Samuel B., Rachel, Jonathan P. and Patience Sanders. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:   Mary Carter Sanders (1775 - ____)
 
 Children: Thomas Sanders (1795 - 1891)*
  Mary Sanders Vickery (1800 - 1872)*
  Samuel B. Sanders (1808 - 1889)*
  Patience Sanders Smith (1818 - 1907)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Elias Sanders Family Cemetery 
Hart County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Bobbie O'Barr
Record added: Feb 05, 2012 
Find A Grave Memorial# 84514905

 

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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Added some info to his profile concerning his possible Cherokee ancestry. His family applied and was turned down by Guion Miller for compensation as they could not prove Elias was a member of a tribe. See his profile for the full comment.
by Jeanie Roberts G2G6 Pilot (126k points)

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