Thank you for your response. Since posting this inquiry Carla Rotmans <firstname.lastname@example.org> sent me some information from the Forgy book. I hope to be able to personally review the book at the Library of Congress or at the DAR Library. I believe I recall Carla saying she'd spent some time in TN researching the Forgy family in hopes of writing a supplemental to the first book. I'm surprized the TN records about what happened to Samuel were so hard for Forgy researchers to find. I found the marriage record fairly easily; then I started looking for Malinda's father and quickly discovered the Sept. 1804 Williamson Co. TN Court minutes showing that John Sturdivant, with John H. Bush and Thomas Bradley as Security, was granted Letters of Administration of Samuel Forgey's estate.
Now, the issues are
1.) was Martha Campbell Malinda's mother and was she part Cherokee
2.) did Martha Campbell die before Malinda was born and, if so, who was the the Cherokee that Samuel married.
I'm convinced that Malinda's mother was part Cherokee Indian because the Bureau of Indian Affairs records reveal that John Sturdivant and Malinda's son James Riley Sturdivant was "at least 1/4" Cherokee by blood. I've tracked the Sturdivant family lines and do not believe John Sturdivant to be of Cherokee blood.
Any help or suggestions anyone can give towards identifying Malinda's Cherokee heritage would be sincerely appreciated.
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