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Hi Jillaine, I've just joined and am fascinated with this new quest. Unfortunately, I know very little about this business, but I have enormous curiosity so I'll pursue it as long as I don;t get bogged down in "computer-eze". The story I've learned recently is that I am 1/8 Cherokee on my grandmothers side, who was an orphan and knew nothing of her history. My nephew told me that her mother was kidnapped as a child by Indians, raised by them, and was pregnant when rescued. Her family refused to accept her and the baby was placed in an orphanage. Her name was Lee Oma Tibbs and she married John Mayse Parkins. I plan to have a DNA test made and will report the results. Thanks Betty Parsell
posted by Betty Pritchett
Betty, welcome to WikiTree. I recommend you start out by adding profiles for each generation, working back from yourself. There are plenty of help pages and video tutorials to help you. See
posted by Jillaine Smith
P.S. I've gotten you started a bit-- I started profiles for John Mayse Parkins and Lee Oma Tibbs and one of their children:

posted by Jillaine Smith
I think this may be the same women in this book. Jean-58

posted by Ronda Lewis
Ronda, which women are you talking about? You posted this on the profile page of WikiTree's Native Americans project, not on the profile of a given individual;
posted by Jillaine Smith

Sorry. I should have used a link.

I just saw this book on Barnes and Noble online.

posted by Ronda Lewis

Educator Information Table of Contents Acknowledgments xiii Figures xv Map xxvi Introduction 3 1 Cécile Gannendâris (?-1669) 13 2 Marie Catherine Jean dit Vien (1676-1767) 33 3 Margaret Grey Eyes Solomon (1816-1890) 50 4 Mary McKee (1838-1922) 69 5 Eliza Burton Conley Jr (1869-1946) 90 6 Jane Zane Gordon (1871-1963) 115 7 Dr Éléonore Sioui (1924-2006) 132 Epilogue: The Wendat/Wandat Women’s Advisory Council 154 Notes 169 Index 205

posted by Ronda Lewis
Ronda, you might want to place this information as a comment on the profile of the person it relates to; otherwise people researching or interested in her will not find it.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Good idea. I was up reading and I think I found some other's in the book. It looks like a really good book too. Thank you for the advice. :)
posted by Ronda Lewis
Does anyone have any genealogy information on the Hassanamisco tribe from Grafton, Ma?
posted by Hobie Saunders
edited by Hobie Saunders
Here is a link to the materials filed in support of the request for Federal acknowledgment which was denied in 2008: and more specifically the proposed finding document which addresses genealogy in the last few sections: The Final Determination document also discusses the families.
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
My 3rd great-grandfather Thomas Doute, Sr. (his spelling of Doty) (1777 - 1842) married Rosannah Sowards (08/23/1786). Rosannah was the daughter of Thomas Sowards (1746 - 1815) and Esther Cutewah Cornstalk (1751 - 1821). Esther is presumably the daughter of Hokolesqua Cornstalk, Chief of the Shawnee Tribe (1720 - 10 Nov 1777).

I took the Ancestry DNA test and it showed no Native American blood. However, I'm so far down the line at 1/64th it may not show up in a DNA test. Some woman posted here or on Ancestry for people to quit saying Thomas Sowards married Esther Cutewah Conrstalk, that it was Esther Carlisle. In the Butler-Morgan Cemetery in Shreve, OH there is a boulder commemorating a number of people buried there and on one side, Esther Cornstalk Sowards is listed the fifth one down and is clearly carved into the stone as Esther Cornstalk Sowards. On the opposite side of the boulder, Thomas Sowards is honored as a Revolutionary War soldier and his name is also carved into the stone.. Both Thomas Sowards and Esther Cornstalk Sowards are buried at this cemetery. That's proof enough for me, but I don't know how to prove that Esther Cornstalk is the daughter of Chief Cornstalk. Are there any records within this project that shows she was the daughter of Chief Cornstalk. I would be very interested in what you have to say.

I wish I could post photos of both sides of the stone in the Butler-Morgan Cemetery here for everyone to see.

posted by Joe Morgan
Joe, sorry for the delay in responding; not sure why I did not see this when you posted it. Rosannah's Soward's mother was Esther, but there is no evidence that she was a Native American or daughter of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk. The boulder-memorial commemorating Thomas Soward (currently represented by wikitree profile Tipsword-1), and Esther and many others, was not created contemporary to their lives (or deaths), but many years -- even decades -- later. (Photos of the boulder can be seen on Find-a-Grave here:

Therefore, it is not a reliable source to use to build an accurate family tree.

What is known about the family of Chief Cornstalk can be found here:

posted by Jillaine Smith
I came across this orphaned profile that could be in need of bio improvement and categories, but I am not familiar with the NA project hierarchy.

posted by Anna (Lamb) Bulthuis
Thank you! I'll adopt and update the profile.

RP - Choctaw Team/Native American Project

posted by Ronald Prentice
Re:Black Hand Blackfeet , this would be my 4th great grandfather. Source listed as 1901 census. I have this book and unable to find this name. I also cannot find it anywhere else I looked. Is there another source to confirm this? Nor can I find Kills from Behind the Horse Blackfeet, spouse of Thank you
posted by Brenda Easterling
All of these profiles were created with essentially no documentation. Clearly a 1901 census is irrelevant for someone who was supposedly born in the 1700's. I don't know if it's a reliable resource or not, but there is a book "Blackfeet Nation Family History : a compilation of record of members of the Blackfeet Nation and some non-Indian relatives." compiled by Robert C. Gilham which might help. I think the earliest U.S. records regarding the Blackfeet are from the 1830's.
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes

I am descended from Moses Bass of North Carolina who went to Indiana with the Fenders, it is thought. We have his will so he is well-documented and was on the 1850 census. On my Thru-Lines at Ancestry it is showing the line back to Aaron Bass. This family has believed they may be descended from the Basses of Jamestown. I cannot be certain but the DNA suggests a definite link to Aaron - Dobbs County, North Carolina. So, possibly the Powhatans. The second Native American line is a complete surprise but it is also showing on my Thru Lines. This one is a Cherokee line which includes Bell Rattle and his father - Samuel Ratler Murphy. And some Doublehead wives. This line is from my grandmother, Mary Ida Gartman, her father, John Gartman, his mother Sarah Riley, her father Steven Riley (Walking Stick) , his father, Bell Rattle and his father Samuel Ratler Murphy. Thank you!

posted by Shirley Weaver
edited by Shirley Weaver
The Bass(e) family of early Virginia married into the Nansemond, a tribe still in existence. It is thought that almost all Nansemond citizens today are descendants of John Basse and his Nansemond wife, baptized as Elizabeth at the time of their marriage in 1638. The Nansemond Basses are well-documented and remained on their traditional land in Virginia. There are many generations of Elizabeth's descendants with profiles here on Wikitree.

Family trees found on Ancestry that include Native Americans are very seldom accurate. Samuel Riley was a white man who married two daughters of Doublehead, a Cherokee chief, about 1790. He was never called "Walking Stick." None of his children was known as "Bell Rattle," they all had English names. There was a Cherokee man named Bell Rattle who was a contemporary of Samuel Riley. John Gartman was born in Missouri in 1849. He married in Arkansas in 1875. There is nothing to connect his mother, Sarah Riley, who married Eri Gartman in Missouri in 1840 with any Cherokee people. Sarah was probably the sister of "West" Riley who lived in the same area as Eri in 1840 and who is buried in the Gartman Cemetery. They may be the children of Stephen Riley and Nancy Walker who were married in Overton, Tennessee (not in or near the Cherokee Nation) in 1809. I'm sorry, but someone has just grafted some Cherokee people onto your tree.

posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
The Thru Lines also shows I am related to:

Elizabeth Rachel Riley/Keys Cherokee Elizabeth Rachel Riley/Keys Cherokee may be the daughter of Bell Rattle. Below is some of the information used to suggest this relationship: Trees Linked to DNA Matches 1 Petitt Family Tree linked to pembrokepet 8 Records

posted by Shirley Weaver
Thru-lines are only as good as the trees people have created. If multiple people who are related by DNA copy trees with the same errors then it's quite difficult to determine the actual connection. Samuel Riley had a daughter named Rachel who married Daniel Milton and James McDaniel. His daughter Elizabeth married Isaac Keys, his daughter Mary married Samuel Keys. No Bell Rattle.
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
Two Half 2nd granduncles, according to DNA, are West Walker Riley and Stephen Lattamus or Latimer Riley (handsome devil with dark hair). Parents were Nancy Walker and Stephen Riley (Walking Stick). One of their son's middle name was EAGLE. I did not go looking for this information it just appeared.

I am descended from Oregon pioneers who were all over the US. One was born in Virginia in 1774, went to Tennessee for some time, then to Missouri for some time and then west to Oregon in 1850. So, I don't want to judge the facts based on place. Also, there were quite a few Oregon pioneers who came out West and returned to the East more than once. I will keep looking as some of those posting pictures are the descendants so they will know.

posted by Shirley Weaver
The hints you are seeing are fiction. None of these people had any connection to the Cherokee. They did not live in or near the Cherokee Nation and do not appear in any Cherokee records. There was no Cherokee person named "Stephen Riley" or "Walkingstick." Stick to the records, it's clear you have your family correctly identified using actual documents. Here is a link to the marriage record for Stephen and Nancy. If either one was Cherokee they would have been living in the Cherokee Nation, not in Knox, Tennessee. They would have been on the 1835 Cherokee census, not on the 1830 U.S. Census (the Cherokee were not included on the U.S. Census until 1900): "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 February 2021), Stephen Riley, Overton, Tennessee, United States; citing 212, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 179; FHL microfilm 24,537. You are being misled by other people's fictional families.
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
Well, the son who had the middle name Eagle did go to Oklahoma to marry.

They were only part Native, not fully Native. Even the children of the white man who married the DoubleHead woman had children who were part this and part that and their races are described in detail on your website. I'm not trying to get membership in a tribe at all. Just found it interesting. Also, in college, I took Physical Anthropology and the shape of my grandmother fit the Indian typical build. And some of her kids had very dark hair while others like my dad had almost white/blond hair.

posted by Shirley Weaver
Only about 20% of Native Americans actually live on reservations.
posted by Shirley Weaver
These people lived before the Cherokee were removed to Indian Territory. They didn’t have a reservation they lived in a separate nation on their own land.
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
Hello......I have this line-up in and hoping its correct so I can fill it in here, but am not sure if its the real deal. I am a WikiTree warrior first. I love this site! I thought they debunked the Pocahontas but I got a flurry of green leaf hints making me seem to think they resolved it.........thx for the help

Princess Pocahontas Matoaka Rebecca Powhatan 1595-1617 11th great-grandaunt

Peter (the Great Nansemond Warrior) Tucker 1560-1618 Father of Princess Pocahontas Matoaka Rebecca Powhatan Elizabeth Tucker 1595-1676 Daughter of Peter (the Great Nansemond Warrior) Tucker Princess Nicketti Powhatan* 1625-1722 Daughter of Elizabeth Tucker Anne Hughes 1654-1760>>>>>>>this is Elvis, Obama and my 8 gm Daughter of Princess Nicketti Powhatan* Elizabeth Ann Pollard 1684-1760 Daughter of Anne Hughes Nicholas Perkins 1718-1762 Son of Elizabeth Ann Pollard Mary Hardin Perkins 1754-1798 Daughter of Nicholas Perkins Isabella Perkins Hardeman 1770-1852 Daughter of Mary Hardin Perkins Mary "Polly" Perkins Holt White 1790-1866 Daughter of Isabella Perkins Hardeman Benjamin Franklin White 1829-1894 Son of Mary "Polly" Perkins Holt White Mary Isabelle (White) Braly 1851-1931 Daughter of Benjamin Franklin White Carrie Hardison Braly 1886-1915 Daughter of Mary Isabelle (White) Braly William Braly Murray 1907-1982 Son of Carrie Hardison Braly Mary Margaret Murray Sykes 1937-2013 Daughter of William Braly Murray Norman Francis Sykes You are the son of Mary Margaret Murray Sykes

posted by Norman Sykes
Without going through all the generations I can tell you that this is mostly if not all fiction. Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan. Born about 1695, married John Rolfe, died 1621. One child, son Thomas Rolfe. her Wikitree profile is

A Nansemond woman, Indian name unknown, was baptized "Elizabeth" and married a white man named John Basse in 1638. She was the daughter of a chief, name also unknown, but not Peter, Robin, or Tucker. Elizabeth and John Basse had numerous children. Most of the Nansemond tribe today descend from them. No Nicketti. Elizabeth's Wikitree profile is

There is no record of anyone named Nicketti until the 1800's.

I don't see anything to connect the tree you have built here on Wikitree for Carrie Hardison Braly with any of these people. In my experience almost none of the hints connecting people to early Native Virginians have any basis in fact.

I would start by adding documentation to the profiles you have created starting with Carrie and work your way back. Just ignore anything you find in a tree on Ancestry or Family Search and stick with actual records.

posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
Hello! Researching my great grandmother's line and finding multiple we'll documented Native ancestors. Her name was Virginia "Virgie" L. Castle born May 22nd, 1908 in Lawrence County, KY. She was the daughter of Osceola Oscar Castle. If anyone has any insight to this family line to confirm Native heritage, it would be greatly appreciated. I believe they were either Cherokee, Shawnee, or both? Thanks in advance!
posted by Noah King
Noah, welcome to WikiTree; I see you've just recently joined us. I encourage you to start building out your tree, starting from yourself and working back, being sure to add what you know as well as reliable sources as you go. You'll find that as you work back in time, there's an increasing chance that a profile for your ancestor already exists. That said, I do not yet see profiles for either Virginia or Osceola. (There is an Oscar Castle b 1880, so old enough to be Virginia's father, but there is not much on that profile so proceed with caution.)

I looked at the 1910 census for a Virginia or Virgie Castle and found a daughter the right age, but of James and Lou. Whole family is white. See

posted by Jillaine Smith
Hi. My Great x3 grandfather was Col. George Davenport. I have found numerous story's of his wives and children. I believe Cathrine Fourt to be my great x3 grandmother. I have also seen her last name as Pouit. It has been passed down that she was of meskwaki or sac. I can't find any information. Can you help?
posted by N. McClelland
Hi, I have traced my ancestors on my mother's side back to Chief Kanagatoga Moytoy born 1690...he is my 8th great grandfather. Indigenous America doesn't show up in my dna results, but my ancestors connect me to him. His daughter and her husband John Mantooth are my 7th great grandparents. I am amazed and very interested in this part of my ancestry, and would love to know any other information anyone has about them.
posted by Cynthia Anderson
Hi Cynthia, I replied to you from the earlier message you sent to the project. But to close the loop here: there are no known descendants of Kanagatoga "Old Hop" ( because while he made mention of children in a speech, he did not name them, and there survived no contemporaneous documents that named either a spouse or children. See his profile for details. Sorry to disappoint you.
posted by Jillaine Smith
edited by Jillaine Smith
I have traced my family tree back to Massasoit of Wampanoag tribe. If correct I am a direct decendant, as he would be my 11th great grand father. I have taken a DNA test through 23 and me but it doesn't clarify what tribe just that I do have native American DNA. My last name Blair. Is the name I traced back. To Blair, Bailey, Stanton,Starkweather, Wampanoag.....Does this sound remotely possible or correct to anyone? Lol Thanks in advance.

Tomajean Blair [email address removed]

posted by Tomajean Blair
Massasoit probably did have did have some descendants, although I don’t know how reliable the published genealogies are. No DNA test can connect you to a tribe. You might want to contact one of the Wampanoag tribes for assistance:
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
I am seeking to clarify a family branch, that bears the surname, "Lenape" (Lenape-17). The father is a known individual - but the only historically documented child was his son, Bemino. The only evidence we have is trace Native American DNA. I have .2%, my mother has .39%, indicating that one of my 6x great grandparents was 50% Native (purely by mathematical equation). A "Relationship to me" run, indicates that Margaret is my 7x great grandmother.

I have to admit, I am uncomfortable with the outright assertion that I am descended from an "Indian Princess" (which seems to me, to reek of desperate cultural appropriation). However, my daughter married into the Tututni People, Siletz tribe, and they are very curious about my hint of native DNA. I don't know that this mystery of identity can ever be solved! If anyone has ideas though, I am interesting in exploring this further!

posted by Robin (Felch) Wedertz
Hi Robin. I read the comments posted to the NA project page.

I took a look and concur with you. I've posted some comments and questions on the relevant profiles.

Jillaine, Native Americans Project Coordinator

posted by Jillaine Smith

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