Posted By:Tina Sanders
Subject:Re: Redbones
Post Date:June 09, 2007 at 15:14:28
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Forum:Trinity County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Sounds a little too serious for my tastes.

On the other hand, the descendants of Joseph Willis did have Indian blood. The Ashworths and Johnsons were also dark-skinned, even referred to as Colored on the Census. My great-aunt married an Ashworth in Trinity County and her father disowned her because the man was so dark-skinned, people thought he was black. The followers of Rev. Joseph Willis lived with the Indians, probably inter-married with them as well as with each other and were often run out of town---either because of their dark skin or because they set up Baptist churches in a Catholic territory.

I'm sure that any discussion of race can be deemed as racial; however, in doing family history, it is interesting to find out if there is Indian or other blood, for the history if for no other reason.

I certainly don't go around calling my ancestors Redbones, but the term was used and did imply that the people were not full white----whatever THAT means.