Nancy Melinda Bicknell formerly Asbill: "Full blooded American Indian?"

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I'm working on some very confusing lines of my wife out of Kentucky. One is a Burton line. A profile I just started: has as a wife Permelia Unknown. An FamilySearch tree led me down a rabbit hole of the Bicknell family, and I think I might be able to make a connection. While looking for matches that could provide a lead, I came across the referenced profile below of Nancy Melinda Bicknell formerly Asbill. Stated in the text box is the statement that she was a "Full blooded American Indian.

I'm hoping for some guidance here. I may leave this line of research and work on some other things, but if I come back to it, I'd like to have some better sources to approach this family. Many thanks!

Edit: Darned typos!!

WikiTree profile: Nancy Bicknell
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
edited by Pip Sheppard

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by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
That is a bogus tree.  Dragging Canoe had no known descendants other than a son who had no known children.  Nancy Asbill (marriage index gives her name as Mary, by the way) was not related to him and was not Native American.
And the only source on that page is the dreaded “Ancestry trees.” Thanks Marion.
Kathie, I was hoping you’d weigh in on this. This will save me time when I get back to this line or research. Much appreciated.
That family looks like a real mare’s nest.  Her husband died  in 1812 at a battle that occurred during the Revolutionary War?   The only mention I can find for him is an 1801 marriage to Mary Asbill.  I don’t find a war of 1812 military record for him in Fold3.  Happy hunting!
Thanks, Kathie!

Kathie, on FS there is a record of War of 1812 service for Thomas Bricknell:

1st Regiment, North Carolina militia at United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815, database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 March 2018), Thomas Bicknell, 1812-1815; citing NARA microfilm publication M602 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); roll 17; FHL microfilm 882,535.

The profile states that he was born in Va., but could have moved to NC and served from there. His profile has more info on Nancy Asbill, stating that she experienced discrimination due to her being a "full blooded American Indian", and this proved through court records that are not sourced on Thomas' profile.

The proximity of families in Madison County, Kentucky, might make a connection to that line I'm researching. There are census records for Thomas living in Madison.

The whole thing (stories on Thomas' profile) sounds hokey, but I never totally discount family lore that might be proven eventually, though I'd never use that alone for any proofs.

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