I have seen some old posts about family insisting that they are Cherokee. My grandfather insists his mother was Cherokee.
He traces this through
Ann(e, or Annie) Williams
had a son when she married Orrvill(e) Bess
his name was THOMAS, perhaps went by Tom or Tommy
She had two children with Orrivlle
Howard and William Nash
I trace through William Nash
I have found no public record of the marriage.
ANN would have died around 1910
Orrville remarried a Nancy Hoke. Not interested in this connection.
Please contact me if you any information about Ann and her son Thomas in the Nicholas County, Fort Lick, Sommer County area of W. Virigina around 1900 to 1910.
The Bess family can be traced to Kanawaha and I have tracked family to that area as well.
My grandfather has a picture of ANN/her mother in his family room. He tells the story that she had the option of staying on government land allocated to the Indian population. She refused and suffered in poverty instead of going to the reservation. This woman is definately Indian of some sort. Can have the picture available to you if necessary (a copy).
Not sure if she was married or not when she had THOMAS. Ann did have brothers and it is assumed family took him in. He did not stay with Orrville Bess.
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