Anyone have info on native american ancestor, William Thedford?

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Like many other people, there was a "story" about our G Grandfather being Cherokee blood. I know that some of his relatives married into families who are of indian blood, but I can't find a connection.. All information I find on the Thedford Family is very jumbled and hard to follow. Does anyone have ideas on where to look.  There is family connection to the Hicks Family.  They are of indian descent., Most Thedfords found in Tennessee

Barbara
in Genealogy Help by Barbara Jones G2G6 (8.7k points)

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The 1835 Cherokee Census (sometimes called the Henderson roll) lists the Cherokee living in what remained of the Cherokee Nation in the east at that time, so that would be one place to look.  Two lists of Cherokee East of the Mississippi (the Siler and Chapman rolls) were made in the early 1850’s in connection with a payment, so if your ancestor was Cherokee he (or his descendants) should appear on one of these three lists.  In 1907 another payment list (the Guion Miller roll) was compiled and 30,000 eligible Cherokee or Cherokee descendants were identified.  The Eastern Cherokee/Guion Miller applications asked for the names of spouses, children, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles so there is a huge amount of genealogical information there, even for the tens of thousands who were rejected.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (891k points)
edited by Kathie Forbes
Thomas served in the Civil War and after leaving the service with illness, he passed away in 1865.  I will look at the earlier roles and see if I can find anything.  Thanks for your interest...…

Barbara
Good luck in finding information on William Thedford. He is my great, great grandfather and I have been searching for several years. I was always told that he was from Indian decent, but I have never proved it.  There is a close connection to the Hicks family I am sure. They all lived in Dickson County TN  in early1800's. He was a Lt Colonel in Civil War.  I have lots of connections, I just have haven't put it all together yet.  Keep my ID and we can talk more. Barbara Eubank Jones

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