Hi Marilyn, Your comments here almost echo my own families history. A cousin to my gt. gt. gt. grandfather, was taken captive in the Barracksville, WV area in 1786, by the Shawnees. He was later traded to the Ottawa and later became the son of the chief, later becoming a chief himself. William Draggoo (Indian Billy) is a well celebrated folk hero in the town of Newark, Ohio. My gt. gt. gt. grandfather Frederick Dragoo was also taken by the Indians with his cousin or brother, Peter Drago.and Frederick left the Indians and Peter married a Miami Indian girl and remained with them. Out of curiosity, what was the name of the family you are referring to? We know a lot about Indian Billy, but not much about Frederick's time with the Indians I am curious as to your relatives names and times they were taken. I have been doing as much research on these poeple who were taken from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Frerderick was in the 1790 cens. of Fayette Co., Pa.
I had always felt that I had Indian heritage someplace and from the time I was old enough to know what an Indian was, I was fascinated and could never learn enough. It was in my mind, the Indian is there, nobody has found it yet. About 10 years ago, I found a picture of my grandmother and she looked Indian more than white. He, like myself, is a sponge in absorbing and learning about he Indians. My Indian bloodlines come from the Mallorytown, Ont. area and we believe we are probably Massassauga as to tribe. One of the distant relatives, cousin to my gt. gt. grandfather was Edwin V. Andress who was the Captain in the Civil War who led 1st Michigan Sharpshooters, Co. K in the Civil War. Company K was comprised totally of Chippewas. Captain Andress was said to know the language of the Chippewa fluently. Massassauga Ojibwas would speak the same language as the Michigan Chiippewas (Ojibwas) or close to it as they were all members of the Three Fires.
For those of you talking about Wounded Knee.... I was fortunate enough when I was about 9 years old to see Chief Dewey Beard at the Bad Lands of SD. I do not agree with the way the People were treated and my father instilled this in me at the early age. My father did not know he was Indian, though his mother was born on or near the
Isabella Reservation, but it was unsafe to admit being of Indian heritage. Because our son was in the movie
Last of the Mohicans" he came home and said the Indians there told him we are Indian. It is not in writing anywhere, they were ashamed or afraid to let it be known. I am not ashamed and I am proud of being from that great People. If teeth can tell anything, my dentist said I have teeth unlike europeans as they are tough and very long rooted. I asked it it could be from the Indian part of my family, and he said most definately. This might be a clue for those who can't find womething in writing, when you have x=rays at the dentist, ask about the roots and maybe that will at least give encouragement to keep looking elsewhere.
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