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The Great Question of Indian Blood
Posted by: Daniel Shy Date: February 28, 2002 at 11:39:51
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From all of my research, this question keeps popping up from ones I talk to. Where is the connection to Native American blood? If everyone else here is anything like our current family, there are strong Native American features from the Frasher side. (Thin yet strong musculature stature, high Cheekbones, Eyes, Tan-Red Skin, Straight Hair). My Grandmother, Hannah Frasher, the daughter of Albert Johnson Frasher always told us that the family history had much Native American Blood in the past.

I have run across EXTREMELY sketchy information at best. I am going to investigate further with the rolls / catalouge's of Cherokee official lineage for the "Eastern Cherokee Nation Rolls"

Anyways, the information I ran across has to do with Albert Johnsons Wife. According to my Grandmother, it is possible that his wife Mary Jane Napier may have been ONE of those within the line that had some of this blood within her veins, from a couple of different routes. Remember, I have found no proof as yet, but maybe ones might want to a) share what they have learned, or b) investigate this direction.

It all begins with a Parker V. Adkins (As if there aren't a million of these in West Virginia, heheh).

It seems that he MAY have begun a relationship with a woman called Bluesky, a daughter of a Shawnee Chief Cornstalk (NOT Cherokee). While there is no documentation, it is a consistent story that has been passed down from almost every branch of the Adkins family. The Adkins Family later connects with the Frasher family with Albert Johnsons Wife.

This is the notation that I found, from a book by Ronnie Adkins on their families Geneology.

"this would certainly explain the strong Indian features in pictures of Norma (Sansom) Javins and even her daughter, Edith Brookie (Javins) Hubbard.

There are several lines working on the Cornstalk / Bluesky / Adkins line and there is little doubt amoung family members of their heritage, even with the lack of hard evidence. There is some great excitment that one of Cornstalk's son's (english version of : Peter, indian name unknown at present) left the Ohio Valley after the death of his father and moved west. Some of the family members took the name of Avey.

If this is true, it will help many descendents of Cornstalk seeking recognition as a member of the Cherokee tribe. The Shawnee tribe later merged with the Cherokee as the Shawnee are not a federally recognized tribe on their own. The name Peter Cornstalk does appear on the Dawes Federal Index, a federal census of indians taken in 1800. An ancestors' name on this index is absolutely required in order to prove lineage." End of Quote.

Peter V. Adkins Son was "Littleberry" Adkins. Littleberry had a daughter named Vicy. Vicy's daughter was Mary Jane Napier. Now The Napiers also probably have Indian Blood on THEIR side of the family, from some lines of evidence. Therefore, it is likely that Mary Jane Napier had much Native American blood within her, from both directions.

Mary Jane Napier married Mr. Harvey Frasher, whose son was Albert Johnson Frasher.

As well, this could could come in from other directions that I've seen in the ancient lineage, as the names of wives become rather strange, and the dates of various men landing in America become extremely coincidental.

It should be noted though, that although the Native American Blood is more than likely very strong, it would be very hard to prove for a fact with documentation.

Of course, anyone can speak up and I'll probably be proven wrong here, LOL.

Dan Shy


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