Family lore is that my 2G-grandmother, Isabelle Bannister (b. ca. 1854, d. ca. 1910) was a "full blooded" Cherokee. A 1985 letter written by one of her daughters-in-law to one of Isabelle's granddaughters indicates the same. I'm trying to find out if there is any confirmed Indian heritage in the Bannister or Olds families who lived in Louisiana during the early 1800's.
The parents of Isabelle and her brother, Samuel Houston Bannister, were Richard Bannister and Julia Ann Caroline Olds, who were married in Caldwell Parish LA in 1849. I have no information about Richard and Julia's parents or their respective birth dates and locations.
Any information or leads on this topic would be appreciated.
Regards, John Reid
P.O. Box 7164
Libertyville IL 60048
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