This all occurred when Cherokee County had different borders most likely. if anyone has a clue, this is a mystery to me. . .
my ancestor Abraham Johnson (b.1787 Rowan County NC d.1880 Avery County NC) had a child Mary Polly Johnson (b.1814 d.1854). There is a story that Abraham Johnson got a Cherokee Indian woman pregnant, her name was Sarah Susan Markes; Abraham went into the Cherokee peoples land and stole the child, Mary Polly, and raised her. This was in 1814. Abraham went on to have a second wife Jane McKinney a white person.
Abraham Johnson had a son named Abraham II - and He had a daughter Polly 'Poppy' (b.1840). The SAME story is told about this other Polly, that the son Abraham got a Cherokee Susan Markes pregnant, on tribal lands, went and took the child and raised her.
I believe its more likely the first one is more accurate, because of the timing. . .If anyone has comment or knowledge is very appreciated....