My gr-gr-gr grandfather was William B. Shaw born in 1801 in South Carolina and he married Jinnat ("Jane") McCorkle, also born on South Carolina. My gr-gr-gr grandfather could have gone into Tennessee with his parents as a child. I don't know for sure who his father was, have read in the 1880 Parke Co., IN Atlas that his father was William Shaw...but this info could have be incorrect. My Cherokee heritage comes from my gr-g-grandfather's wife's side and her name was Mahala Staggs. According to the Park Co., IN census, my gr-gr-gr grandfather (Mahala's father) was born in Tennessee! I have had my DNA tested twice, one was a Ancestry Ethnicity DNA test and I'm just under 1/4th Native American. My dad was told that our heritage was Cherokee....others from our line were told the same. I have other tribes in my heritage as well. My dad's mom was illegitimate so we don't know who her father was...part of my Native American has to come from her since my dad only thought that he was 1/8th Cherokee. My mom had some Native American, but not sure which tribe, either. My grandfather, Henry Shaw refused to register on the Dawes and he was born in 1883 (that's what my dad and his sisters told us). All I have hit are brickwalls. The Staggs in that line (all except for one person said that they do not know of Cherokee in their line). So, not much help there. It's so frustrating to not be able to find out anything, that's why I, and two of my cousins have resorted to DNA testing. We have letters on the Native American in our line...my aunts searched for years. The last letter that I have is from 1969! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to hear from you!
With the DNA testing my family has matched to many Cherokee and Chickasaw lines.