Could Mary Martin be a Cherokee or other Indian? My great- grandmother and her siblings look very Indian.

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Reseraching William Carroll Beeson, son of Joht T. Beeson (son of Henry and Mary Beeson)  We have a cherokee or Indian connection in our family and am trying to find it. thanks!
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Very doubtful intermarriage was rare. DNA test will indicate if you have American Indian links.. While about 80+ percent of American believe the are part Indian, in fact it is less than 10 percent.
by Anonymous Beason G2G Crew (830 points)
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Some of the Martins in Virginia were intermarried with Indians. See the history of General Joseph Martin on Wikipedia, as he had a Cherokee wife. It is likely that other Martins in Virginia were part Indian, as many early Virginia colonists had Powhatan women for wives. I have not been able to establish this yet, but I have been researching on it for a while.
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Maybe they have some African-American ancestry?
by 多美 b G2G4 (4.6k points)
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This comes from researching a family tree for a close friend of mine.

I have a Rachel Molly Beeson that is said to have been disowned for having a son out of wedlock (Amaziah) with an educated American Indian.

Amaziah's mother Rachel passed away the same year he was born and he was raised Amaziah Beeson, as a Quaker.

I have not come across any proof of Amaziah's father at this time however.
by Amber Boicourt G2G Crew (320 points)
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I don't know about your Martin's, but I have Cherokee or powhatan I believe it is, in 1 of my Martin marriages. I think by the time it got to My dna it was all less than 1% as it's so far back. Now 2 or 3% shows up on my uncle's dna for native. I found that strange as his parents are my grandparents, but I guess my mother's side of the DNA was stronger so the less than 1% native was all I got. He also had Jewish, but I didn't. I also have Chowanoke indian on my Hoyter/Freeman Side from a 7th great grandmother, as even way far back in the 1700's they intermixed in SC, NC, and VA. It's well documented too and there's books on the tribe. But still my dna shows barely any native dna made it to me. I do however have Spanish/Portuguese at 17% and African at 3%, so DNA is very interesting what makes it to your dna isn't it. Good Luck. =)
by Shan Dawson G2G4 (4.9k points)

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