States: Virginia: Wise
In talking with my mother-in-law, Dorothy Ritchie, a great-granddaughter of Sherwood Barker Ringley, the Indian story seems to have come from her grandmother, Margaret Ellen (Ringley) Ritchie, who had always told her children and grandchildren that her father, Sherwood was a Cherokee Indian who lived in the woods and only came home once in a while to see his family. He lived off the land and was also a moonshiner. I am beginning to disbelieve the Indian story, as another researcher had given me Sherwood's parents as John Ringley Jr. and Sarah Elizabeth Barker, and his grandparents as John Ringley Sr and Amelia Pitts, and Sherwood Millard Barker and Rachel Lark.
Hope this helps.