Thanks for replying.
Yes that story that Mathilda was native seems to be everywhere. The problem with it is this: every single census lists her as White.........and back then they were particularily careful to label people as White Negro or Indian.........
It could be proven by taking a broad DNA test if you wished to do that:....23 and Me....the testing company: can prove or disprove any native ancestry in someone who is biologically related to Mathilda; not just married into the line.
The DNA does exist for Lewis as well......and so far he is a perfect match to an entirely different family surname and no match to any known Sears......
We do know she went by the nickhame Tildy.......and often it is seen as Tildy Moon.......
So far we cant prove anyone by the name of Charles Sears ever existed that would have lived in any of the areas she did at the time Lewis was conceived....
She didnt have any daughters: but she did have sisters who presumably have living offspring today. It would be a simple matter to establish if this native story is true or not by DNA testing.
So far next to none of the stories that are attached to her, Charles and Lewis Sears seem to hold up.
Next to none of her living kin today even realize she was married to someone else while living in Tuscumbria....not Charles Sears...and a marriage record exists for her.
There is much to unravel here.
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