Diana: My family also has that Indian legend swirling about. When my grandfather would go over to Beecher City to see the relatives he would talk about going to "The Nation" and I think that stems from some idea of being an Indian. The Indian Princess concept is silly, I think.
My grandfather Tipsword was pretty tall, extremely good looking and strong. Whereas by now there may be all kinds of Tipswords I think of the men as being pretty strong, virile and I do not believe that Griffin Tipsword had his first child when he was in his 40s. The man was wild. I think that he had a family in Maryland or Delaware and that he left but of course there appears to be no record of any marriage whatsoever. I hate doing research in Delaware as the records are not as good as they were in Maryland. Anyway, this is just a feeling I have about old Griffin Tip... who knows?
Griffin is my outstanding example of what it took to get across the country sweeping from the east all the way to the west. A person I know here in MD who came to the US from Europe about 30 years ago commented that Americans don't have furniture with 500 years of family history as she does. Well, one did not usually float down the Ohio River with a large chest and all of the family silver although I am sure a few women tried to take some decent belongings with them.
It always seemed to me that the Thomas who was the father of Rosannah Soward was too old to be a brother to Griffin. Those are my thoughts.. not really based on hard facts. Pamela
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