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Re: Slave descendants of the Cabell family
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Here is something interesting for you, cousin Brenda.
From the book entitled “Nelson County Virginia Heritage” 1807- 2000 (Green Book)
“THE CHEROKEE CONNECTION”
Central Virginia has a number of residents who are of Cherokee heritage that once flourished in this area of Nelson County. As can be imagined, accurate records, birth certificates. etc. to specify the race of individuals, were not available early on. Family Bibles, stories, hand written and personal accounts, were passed down through the families to tell of their background and heritage. In the past, Indian familes were classified as “Mulatto” according to the state law of 1705.
So in 1900, the census records which usually showed “MU”, was changed to “B: for black. Later, on some birth certificates, the child’s race was listed as “Colored”. This presented the Cherokee people in a totally different light, but they learned to adjust to their environment and did not resist. Most of them attended schools for the black children and were considered black, but the Cherokee people knew they were Indian. Eventually, these Indians inter-married among non-Cherokee blacks, and whites in Amherst and Nelson Counties.
In the book, “The Buffalo Ridge Cherokee, The Colors and Culture of a Virginian Indian Community”, by Horace R. Rice, Ed.D., many Indian families are listed that include Penn, Ferguson, Rose, Morse, Sparrow, Wood, Wright, Page, Scott, Beverly, Woodson, Venable, Burks, and others.
A number of individuals were featured with pictures and interviews in this book. Among these Barbara Rose Page (p.#158), a well respected teacher in Nelson County Public Schools, says, “As a child and an adult, people have asked me about my Indian ancestry. They indicated that I looked like an Indian. My father told me that we are mixed with Indian, African and Irish ancestry, also. My people are the Carter, Morse, Robinsons, Andersons, Cashwells, and Murphys”.
Historically, the Cherokee people, as well as other Indian tribes, have not been treated well by the United States Government. They were made to leave their own lands and go to other parts of the country to live on reservations. Some defiant Cherokees ran away, and became fugitives in the Blue Ridge Mountains, while others migrated elsewhere trying to survive in their environments.
Nelson County has a variety of people to be proud of that includes the descendants of the Cherokee Indians. They have made major contributions to this country and other areas wherever they live. These descendants of the early Cherokees may share a similar heritage, yet vary in skin-tone, color and characteristics. Most Cherokees are proud of their Indian-Caucasian-African heritage and they can as well, be proud of their ancestors, the Native Americans, who were her long before the explorers found this great land that we all inhabit.
Submitted by Barbara Rose Page. Written by Emily M. Moxley.
Here are the surnames attached to the descendants of POCAHONTAS, and the Cherokees of Powhatan descent of the Cherokee Nation.
Alfriend, Allen, Ambler, Archer, Austin, Bannister, Baskerville, Bentley, Berkeley, Bernard, Berry, Bland, Bolling, Bolden, Bolton, Bott, Botts, Bowling, Bradford, Branch, Brown, Buchanan, Buford, Burton, Byrd, Cabell, Carr, Cary, Catlett, Chalmers, Clarke, Cobbs, Coleman, Covington, Cottrell, Cross, Dandridge, Davies, Davis, Deane, Dixon, Doswell, Douglass, Duval, Eggleston, Elam, Eldridge, Ellett, Ferguson, Fitzgerald, Fleming, Flood, Fox, Friend, Garrett, Gay, Gifford, Glover, Goode, Gordon, Grattan, Graves, Grayson, Green, Gregg, Griffin, Hackley, Hamilton, Hamlin, Hardaway, Harris, Harrison, Hereford, Houston, Hubbard, Hughes, Irving, James, Jeffrey, Jones, Kincaid, Knox, Lea, Lewis, Logan, McRae, Macon, Markham, Massie, Maury, May, Meade, Megginson, Meredith, Mewburn, Michaux, Morris, Morrison, Murray, Nichols, Nicholas, Page, Payne, Paulett, Perkins, Pleasants, Powell, Randolph, Rawlins, Robertson, Robinson, Roper, Ruffin, Russell, Scott, Shield, Skein, Skipwith, Southall, Stanard, Stockdell, Strange, Tazewell, Taylor, Thornton, Throckmorton, Tucker, Vaughn, Venable, Walker, Wallace, Watkins, Watson, Webber, Weisiger, West, White, Wright, Whittle, Wiley, Willard, Williams, Winston, Woodlief, Wood, Woods, Woodson, Woodridge, Yates, and Yuilee
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