After reading all the posts I dug into what the internet had to offer.
Concerning Birdie,and Indian connection.
Father- Tilford Barkley Holt(of English decent)Easy to trace.
Mother- Hettie Dart(hard to trace if of Indian decent)
Married-1874 (Hetti was 21 y.o.)
Hettie E. Short became Hettie Dart upon marrying Justic S. Dart when she was 16 y.o.
Hettie E. Short was the Daughter of John W. Short Born 1853
Now comes the gray area.
One report say she is the daughter of John w. Short and Elizabeth Riddle. Married 1836. "Decendants of John Riddle" and others never list Hettie E. as a child of the two. If any one has info otherwise please, share.
"Decendants of John Riddle" notes that John Short was apparently a widower that married Elizabeth Riddle(of English descent)( 21 y.o).
Records show John W. Short Marries Hetty Lingo 4-28-1829 in Delaware.
Passed down info.
Birdie full blooded Cherokee-(No, maybe 1/2 unless Shorts were Indian).
Birdie Found at an Indian Reservation when taken as a bride by Seymore Smarr.(Not sure where that came from.)
Hettie E. not listed in Riddle family, which seems accurate.
Note:Records on Indians...not kept.
English records...anal about who is the heir of what and about following lineage, Fairly accurate.
Hettie E. Short
Father- John W. Short
Mother- Indian on Resevation...maybe.( Child of Hettie E. Short-Birdie Ann Holt, found on an Indian Reservation by Seymore Smarr)(Not found as a child of John w. Short and Elizabeth Riddle in the Riddle record).
John W. Short- Widower of Hetty Lingo, husband of Elizabeth Riddle (maybe) has affair with Indian at the local reservation and names child Hettie(after first wife) E.(Elizabeth-after 2nd wife)Short.
Thus, left at the reservation with her mother(Hettie E. Short, born 1853)(Indian) and not recorded on the Riddle Line of descendants and no other history of orgin.
Marries Justic S. Dart-becomes Hettie Dart,then marries Tilford Barkley Holt and has Birdie Ann Holt...found on an Indian Reservation by Seymore Smarr.
Just a thought from all current records. Any corrections welcomed.
Harold Norman Higgins Jr,
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