Posted By:Adrianne Miller
Subject:Willah Mina (Gibson) Barcus and Hester Ann (Smith) Rector
Post Date:September 10, 2013 at 19:28:50
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I am searching all over for information on my GG-Grandma born Willah Mina Gibson b. July 8, 1898 d.July 15,1985 , but later married Ruel Lester Barcus of Itasca County, MN. Willah Mina (Gibson) Barcus had a mother named Matilda Caroline (Rector) Gibson b. 1859 d. Jan 26, 1945, who married William Castelton Gibson b. Jan 17, 1856 d. may 7, 1936. My great grandmother, Ida Mae Barcus, told me just this morning that her grandmother Matilda was adopted by a white family, but was originally from the Kiowa Tribe. Since doing further research it has been reported that they are actually originating from the Eastern Cherokee.

I am also looking for information on Hester Ann Smith who is the Mother of Matilda Caroline Rector. Willah Mina Gibson is the daughter of Matilda. Hester is reported to be full blood Cherokee Indian, and I also have pictures of Matilda and her brothers in their Indian regalia. They are clearly Native American. What I am trying to hunt down is the parents of Hester and any documentation proving their affiliation to the Cherokee.

There has been a newspaper article that featured either my GGG-Grandma Matilda or my GG-Grandma Willah, and briefly talking about their affiliation with the Kiowa Tribe and how they are fair skinned Indians from the plains. My grandmother has used this article for enrollment purposes here in MN, but unfortunately it has been misplaced.

If anyone has ANY information at all that would be great. We are trying to find more information as most documentation was misplaced during our move to Northern Minnesota.