Thanks for the reply. One of my cousins has unraveled the whole descendancy of Francis Marion Mathis, and much of Thomas Franklin Mathis by his Indian wife. It's a sad story. That whole family is determined to bury their connection to Francis Marion Mathis and Mathis in general. They have all the facts confused as to where their line of Mathis came from and are determined to let nobody tell them, because they want nothing to do with Mathis. It seems that Francis Marion Mathis must have been a scar on their history that they want to forget. Since his father was in his early sixties when he was born, you can be sure he had little if any memory of his father, nor did any of his younger siblings. It is almost certain that their Indian mother raised them. She was probably illiterate. Thomas Franklin Mathis referred to her as a frontier woman who had never seen the settlements. She may not have spoken English, and may not have know how to pass on any of their father's history to them. Most likely their life was hard. We can only guess how they grew up, and how they turned out in life. From today's view, we see deep scars and a wish to disown the Mathis name. What they do not know is how proud that name was and where it came from.
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