I'd like some suggestions on where I can either verify or debunk this bit of family oral history. It comes down from my grandmother, who's father was Wiley Bryant (b.1875 Wolfe County, KY) son of Hiram Bryant (b. 1842 Breathitt Co., KY) and Elizabeth Hollon (b.1845 Wolfe Co., KY). Wiley's wife was Susan Perdue (b. 1879 Lee Co., KY) and I have no idea who her parents were.
The story goes that somewhere back in the family, there was a Cherokee woman who fell in love with a white man and had a child. When the baby was born, they knew they couldn't take it with them, but they didn't want to woman's father to find it. [the reason for this is unclear, but it seems the woman's father was very disapproving of the relationship and would have killed the baby]. At any rate, knowing this the young couple fled into the forest and tied the baby, in a bag, to a tree knowing that someone would find it and it would be cared for.
Years later, the baby grew up and bought a house next door to a Cherokee woman. Being half Cherokee herself, the two began talking and comparing stories, eventually realizing that they were mother and daughter.
Now, this story is pretty unbelievable, but my grandmother told it as truth. If you knew her, you'd know she just wasn't creative to come up with something like this, and she never would have told a story that identified her family as being anything other than white. I'm not proud of that, but she was old and appalachian. Unfortunately my grandmother's gone now and one cousin and I only remember this much detail of the story.
Is anyone familiar with a story like this? Have you found any Cherokee in Bryant, Hollon, or Perdue lines?