How to find the Indian in my family

+3 votes
My grandfather Omer Mayabb had Cherokee in his blood, so the story goes. He was very dark skinned with dark hair. My mother, sister, and daughter have all of those traits plus high cheekbones. I would like to know where the Cherokee is in my family. Thank you!
in Genealogy Help by Living Smith G2G Crew (940 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

+1 vote
Look into taking a DNA test if you haven't already and start following the records.
by Lynnette LaPlace G2G6 Mach 2 (24.8k points)
DNA cannot connect you to a tribe, only to people.  The way to find a Cherokee ancestor is to use tradiitional genealogy to follow the paper trail back to a time and place where the Cherokee lived (originally the area where North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia come together).  There are numerous Cherokee rolls available on line.  In 1851 all the  Cherokee people living in Indian Territory and Cherokee living East of the Mississippi were enumerated. They can be found on either the Drennan, Old Settler, or Chapman rolls.  These three rolls together form a very comprehensive listing of Cherokee people at that point in time.  The only Cherokee missed by the 1851 rolls were a small group in Rusk County, Texas, and another small group that went to California in the Gold Rush.  The Eastern Cherokee (Guion Miller) applications of 1907 provide a wealth of genealogical information, although only about 1/3 of the applicants were actually Cherokee.
This should be an answer so we could upvote it and select as best.  Thanks  Kathie.
+2 votes

Here is a family tree that has one more generation of Mayabb and citing some military and cemetery records as clues for more info. Good Luck.

edit ... a couple more generations here ...

and some related links to check out ...
by N Gauthier G2G6 Pilot (303k points)
edited by N Gauthier
Transcript of marriage record for Elizabeth and John (available on both Ancestry and FamilySearch, no image):
Elizabeth Landreth
Residence:  :Wolfe
Spouse Name:  John Maab
Spouse Age:  21
Spouse Residence:  Morgan
Marriage Date:   25 Jun 1877
Marriage Location:   Wolfe
County of Record:Wolfe

The 1880 U.S. Census says that Elizabeth and her parents were all born in VIrginia, so her line would not be Cherokee.

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