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Afrcan American/ Cherokee indian families

Posted: 10 Sep 2011 12:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Grier/Greer, Robinson, Ware, Clinscroll, Clinkscale, Lewis, Duck
Im researching the Native American back ground claimed by so many African Americans in the Anderson, Abbeville, SC area. I understand that its possibe that many of the mixted black/indian families where non-tribel so Im researching family names that may have stayed together after the Removal Act of 1830's.
The names that I have associated with Native American heritage are Vance, Clinkscales, and Greer/Grier.
Also if anyone know more about the Beeks of Laurans please contact me.

Re: Afrcan American/ Cherokee indian families

Posted: 22 Feb 2014 7:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
My grandmother and father where mixed with indian, they where from crosshill / waterloo sc area. Their names where Tom (Tommy) and Sallie Williams. I know Tom Williams on the census listed mulatto , back then they would put mixed indians/black as mulatto. I do not know what tribe .

Re: Afrcan American/ Cherokee indian families

Posted: 23 Feb 2014 9:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ray, Lyles, Thompson, Rice, Meadows, Nesbitt and Stephens/Stevens
From my experience researching my family tree and going by family stories about my great-great grandparents with Native American ancestry--it's hard to discover that part. This is what I did, I ordered a kit through 23andMe. When I received my results in 6-8 weeks, there's a professor people recommended to break down the tribe/country from your DNA. My son and I both had a small percentage of Native American blood, but no tribe results. I'm from Spartanburg SC and my family originated from Laurens and Union SC. I understand from history books and other online sources that at one time the Cherokee Indians lived in these parts. Hunting game was fruitful for them and when the Europeans came over and discovered this among other things, that's when they drove the Cherokee Indians out from this area up to North Carolina. My husband's family has Cherokee Indian blood as well and his family lived in the Little Africa community. That community is located not far from the North Carolina line (near Spindale, Rutherfordton, ect.) So, it makes sense that most African Americans from the Upstate have Native American history. Locating that proof on census records is very hard and family stories plus dna is all that we can go by. I was actually surprised that the professor was able to detect a small percentage of Native American history from our DNA. I do hope you'll find that information. It's hard as an African American to track down anything that will give us some insight in to our history, depending on the slave owners if they kept good records in wills and bill of sales. Good luck to you and hopefully my little tidbit helped you some. My family: Ray, Lyles, Thompson, Rice, Meadows, Nesbitt and Stephens/Stevens

Re: Afrcan American/ Cherokee indian families

Posted: 23 Feb 2014 10:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ms. Rogers,
If you will send me your email address, I can probably help you with your Stevens line, both the white and African-American.

bobhist@yahoo.com

Re: Afrcan American/ Cherokee indian families

Posted: 27 Feb 2014 5:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you so much.

Re: Afrcan American/ Cherokee indian families

Posted: 22 Dec 2014 5:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
My grandmother has told me her mother's sisters looked more Indian than African American. They were from Spartensburg and Laurens, SC.

Re: Afrcan American/ Cherokee indian families

Posted: 26 Dec 2014 6:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Williams, Hill, Cook, Grant
Hello my name is Phyllis, My father family was from Crosshill, and Waterloo SC which was an area where Indians lived. Crosshill was the north and south pathway for Indians. My grandmother's father and mother was related to Indians I do not their blood %, but if you look at their pictures on my page their dna is very strong with Indian features. Our names are Williams, Hill, Cook and Grant. I know some Beeks from Waterloo SC.

I am trying to find out their Tribal names.

Re: Afrcan American/ Cherokee indian families

Posted: 27 Dec 2014 7:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
My Beek line is from Abbeville. Im told that most of the black Beek/Beeks are related and are from German owners.

Re: Afrcan American/ Cherokee indian families

Posted: 27 Dec 2014 9:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Andrew,
Briefly....In SC there are two Beeks lines, one white and one black. The black line are from the slaves the Beeks owned.
The white Beeks originated out of Bucks Co, PA with the spelling of Beakes and that name is still found in PA, NY and NJ. The clan that moved from PA to SC, the spelling got changed during census taking and doing legal paperwork. The white Beeks didn't own slaves in PA but when the moved and originally settled in Newberry Co, SC they then had slaves. In 1849, one of the sons' and his family moved with some slaves to MS and settled in the Aberdeen area. Some of the clan and descendants of the slaves still live there today, as in Greenville Co, SC and the surrounding areas.
The Beakes are of English descendent rather than German as you mentioned.
Runaway slaves did live with the Indians, so there could be Indian blood in your line but of course you need to trace your line and do DNA testing.
If I can be of any help, let me know.
Dawn Beeks dawnbeeks@msn.com
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