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Like many others my family may lead back to Native American Roots but with no documentation nor information there are many of us who can not state factually that we have Native Americans in our line.

Our grandparents or great-grandparents may have told us tbat information if we asked them but they did not or would not in most cases tell us anything else. They came to Texas or West for a new start for whatever reason. Some of us many not even originally had the names we have today for many reasons.

People from the west have harder problems tracing family due to the many facts. Everyone name children from their siblings, aunts, uncles whatever so you end up with many with the same name in each generation. Most of our family was here even before 1850, a census that stated names and some information, before that welll, youve seen it. Numbers in household basically. Bible records, death or marriage records were really helpful but not all on file. In other words, it's hard to get the correct family member in many cases so many of us end up with dead ends because that person is attached to someone else.

Once its printed, it's fact

So what I am telling you is what I have been told. My family have lines that are listed in Native American Lists as well as other data. I was told by my dad's father, a Crawford that his mother was "injuin". Her parents were both Injuins. His language, not mind. She was a Barley. My line goes back to Thomas and Martha Reynolds Crawford, my grandfather's grandfather from Tennessee, Fact.

I find little on the Barley line other than he was from Tennessee, as well, and was in Texas in 1850. However, he also could have been listed in Tennessee as well. Many families were listed twice in a census in many states. His wife was listed as Mary. Their children were listed in 1860 in another Barley's Census with no mother listed and this person was brother, or half brother or cousin, depending on who you talk to. Then dead end. No census says "NA: even though my grandfather and others of the same family says the same story of "injuins".

However, my mom saw a bubble protrait of Joseph Barley in full native dress. The protrait disappeared into the depths of family.

As for Thomas Crawford he married Martha Runnels or Reynolds (both have been used) whose mother was a George, which I found on a list of American Indians.

However, to my surprise, my other grandmother told me we had "injuins" in the family, No other details, and when I asked her what kind to my dismay she said the "bad" ones which from what I knew of my forebears could be even whites. Then I got "little ears have big pitchers" or something like that and mom told me to go away.

In other words, they did not disuss this subject. Moms mother was of the Harris/Weeks line, documented.

To my surprise though my mom's dad and my grandfather had Native American on their side. The names of Glass, Chisum, Rowland/Roland and Thomas. Even a name we thought funny Chitty, who was listed by my mom's cousin who researched the Thomas line as Native American. He sent me pictures but no data. It lead back to a Lightfoot who married a Thomas.

Unfortunately, my grandfather's grandfather on his father's side we are puzzled about. He married Susan Amanda Roland, as listed by my grandfather on his father's death certificate but no father's name. The Census list him as Osbrouk, and Brooks. The delinquent tax of Louisiana list Mansy and her sons as Alsobrooks. Yet the spelling is not the same now and the surname of her husband was never the same. Another deadend. Were they Native American? No proof.

The sad thing is there are many desendants who have NA bloodlines that would not be verified because of monatary reasons. This is unfortunately for those of us who starve to learn more about our families, no matter that they might or might not be true. Adiene Humble