Sunday, January 27, 2013


I have (today) created a sort of an outline of the topics I will be covering in the future, on this blog. If you would like to help with this research email me at
I work full time and that means M-F and occasionally Saturday as well. I will try to add one topic per week. It will take me a long time to get all of these things down, but this is the general road I will be going down. I will try to cover one topic per week, not necessarily in order.


1.      Dorsey’s
2.      North Carolina, Virginia Records and Missouri Records from the Smith’s
3.      Gist’s Station and Gist’s Station’s Camp, and the Revolutionary War
4.      Nathaniel Gist of South Kentucky and Ridenour’s “Land of the Lake”
5.      The Trial and Execution of Aaron Gist  and Jason Cloud (including Meigs record from James Vann, Doublehead’s moving away from Brown’s Ferry, and Jason Cloud’s connection with the Gist’s and Brown’s)
6.      Per DNA test results, Related Gist’s of North and Northwestern Alabama
7.      David Smith and James Havens
8.      Rachel Havens/Gist/Tolbert/McNutt/?Randolph?
9.      From Harriet to the Present
10.  Evidence of a connection to the Cherokee (and possibly to Sequoyah) or possibly the Catawba


1.      First Appearance about 1820 Lawrence County, Alabama
2.      1820, 1830, 1840 Census, 1847 Tax Records, 1850 Census,
3.      Brown Connection to Havens’, McNutt, Gist’s in N. Alabama
4.      Marriage of David Brown and Harriet Gist and removal to Arkansas
5.   John Brown and Hartwell Houston -- Connections between a Cherokee Freedman, the Joiner surname, John Brown, and my Brown's and Gist's.
5.      Evidence of a possible Connection to the Cherokee of the Reservation Rolls or to the Catawba


1.      Origins in Europe, migration to America,  Revolutionary War Service
2.      Connection to the Melungeon Gibson’s in Virginia and Arkansas
3.      Other evidence of a Possible Connection to the Catawba

1.      Cherokee North of the Ohio. Yes, there were a few Cherokee North of the Ohio in Dragging Canoe's day. But they returned to the Cherokee Nation by about 1795.
2.      Cherokee Migrations down the Tennessee River to Its Mouth near the boothill of Missouri
3.      Arkansas Chereokee
4.      Texas Cherokee
5.      Tall Tales – PART I– Kentucky Cherokee?? Christian Priber??
6.      Tall Tales – part II – Fake Tribes EVRERYWHERE – so be very, very careful!

1.      Melungeons -- There are many mixed race White/Blacks and there have been since the beginning. What separates the Melungeons from these groups is the fact that they also are in a small geographical area and also have an Indian component. There is NO Portuguese component, no Gypsy or any other off the wall component to the mix that can be proven. The White, Black, and Indian components CAN BE proven!
2.      Saponi, Monacan, Occoneechi, and other  State Recognized Tribes in North Carolina and Virginia.
3.      Lumbee of the Carolina’s (several parts not yet determined).
4.      Catawba -- this will include the "extinct" Western Catawba.
5.    Histories of other Eastern Siouan Bands that have since dissappeared.
6.    Many groups or families once thought to have been Cherokee have been proven to be Eastern Siouan, some of the Associated bands of the Catawba, These groups include the Carmel Indians of Ohio, the Buffalo Ridge Cherokee of Western Virginia, The Robeson Co. Cherokee, of North Carolina, the Sizemore family of the Southern Appalachians, and the Guy Jefferies families of Georgia.

1.    The Eastern Blackfoot Indians --Did they exist? If so, who were they? There are two theories on this. One that they are Eastern Siouan and another that they were Algonquin, specifically Nanticoke.
2.    Tribal Migrations. This is to help researchers not to be taken in by fake histories.
3.    Other things I haven't thought of today.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

54th Congress, 2nd session, Senate Document 144, 13 Feb 1897.

I would like to upload the 13 pages from the Senate, 54th Congress, second session, Doc. # 144, 13Feb1897. It is a document rferring to the Catawba who had left the traditional lands of the Catawba. Please know they are numbered in order, but may not appear in the correct orer. I am having a terrible time getting them in order. I uploaded them in order, but they didn't stay that way. When I  try to get them in order, they get even more out than they were. help!

Monday, January 21, 2013


I'd like to welcome others to my new blog.

I hope to cover many topics. Specifically, topics covered in my new book, "Finding Our Indian Blood;" genealogy and history. Specifically; the genalogy of my family, related families, and some families that lived near us. Some of our surnames of interest are Hawkins, Richey (various spellings, Brown, Wayland, Gist (various spellings), Black. Periferal surnames are Stuart, Gibson, Jeffries, Guy, Williamson, Bain/Bane, and others.

Also, I hope to help others to learn how to correctly conduct genealogical research, and how historic research fits with genealogical research as a hand fits in a glove. For instance, ALWAYS map a i.] surname to a specific ii.] location during a specific iii.] time frame. Those three variables HAVE TO AGREE. You must give up cherished notions if they don't, even if it means disregarding years of research. I've had to do that on more occasions than I'd care to admit.

As for history, I hope to cover the histories of the Indian tribes we seem to be connected with. This is primarily the Cherokee, Catawba and affiliatged tribes, and other tribes which associated with our family (the Choctaw and Chickasaw, in whose nations we lived for a short period). 

I hope to prove the Melungeons were originally a band of the Catawba, and were NOT Gypsies, Jews, or Portuguese as is falsely claimed all over the internet. Those stories are just nonsense. The stock families that make up the original Melungeon families were Indian. Then they mixed with Blacks. Lastly, they mixed with Whites.

Also I hope to cover bits and pieces of the histories of the regions where my family lived -- Oklahoma (also called Indian Territory), Arkansas, North Texas, North Alabama, East Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Southwestern Virginia, North Central South Carolina, and perhaps other regions as well.

While researching these things, I discovered we also have some sub-Sahara African blood. In time I will look into this as well. However I am so busy at the present I have very little time to do a lot.

I have recently written a book intitled, "Finding Our Indian Blood" to be published by Bluewater Publishers.  I will try to add something on a weekly basis that is periferal to the contents of the book.

I am mostly Caucasian, but one line of my family was always on the frontier, mixed race, living as Caucasians, and even fought in some of the Indian wars. I have no intention of sugar coating anything. They were tough people, and they had to be to survive in those days. Although this blog is mostly about our Indian blood, I am proud of all my ancestors -- Black, White, and American Indian. Others have researched our Caucasian heritage and it can easily be found. It is the Indian and Negro blood that is the challenge, and I love a challenge.