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Re: Native American Timberlake from Kentucky
Posted by: Larry Blackman Date: July 10, 2000 at 10:49:55
In Reply to: Native American Timberlake from Kentucky by Kara LeCalsey Benner of 986

Hi, Kara. The late John Duncan did a great deal of research on the family of this Richard Timberlake. I have a 24-page manuscript simply entitled "Timberlake Tales #5, Part 2," in which John set forth his views. He concluded that Richard was the son of Henry Timberlake of Hanover County, Virginia, who, in turn, was the son of the "original" Francis Timberlake of Middlesex County, Virginia. John also believed that this Richard was a brother to Henry Timberlake, author of The Memoirs of Lieutenant Henry Timberlake (London: 1765). If so, Lieutenant Henry Timberlake was actually, Henry, Jr. None of these persons was Native American. However, Lieutenant Henry Timberlake spent a good deal of time with the Cherokee Indians. To make a long story short, Henry's wife was a certain Helena Maria Theresa Timberlake, whom he married in London in the winter of 1762-63. Supposedly, on the voyage to Virginia she became pregnant and, later in Cherokee country, bore a son (name unknown). According to John Duncan, the Cherokee chief, a man named Ostenaco, agreed to accompany Henry on Henry's next trip to London and, in order to ensure his own safe return, demanded that Henry leave his infant son behind. This child was then left with the Cherokees, and nothing more is known about him. So that is at least part of the "Native American" Timberlake connection. But there is more. This Richard Timberlake married, first, Mary (Ann?) Smith and, second, Mrs. Mary (Munden)(Smith). There are suggestions to the effect that a child of Richard and Mary (Munden)(Smith) Timberlake, namely, Nancy Timberlake, married a Native American. See message #104 on the Timberlake GenForum for the claim that a Nancy Timberlake married, first, a man whose surname was Wince and, second, someone with the surname Baldry. (This posting also mentions the name "Trimble.") On the other hand, in message #235 you will read that Nancy Timberlake, born about in 1788 in the Cherokee Nation east, had eleven children by a Cherokee named Charles Reese. Further to complicate things, in message #93 we find the claim that a certain Charles Timberlake had something to do with some Native Americans, first in Tennessee and later in Oklahoma. Needless to say, this is all very puzzling. I just wanted to make sure that no-one thinks that Richard Timberlake himself (who married the two women named Mary) was of Native American ancestry. Larry


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