African-Native American Genealogy Forum
In Response To: Re: BUMPUS/THETFORD ()
I moved this post here from my board as it made no sense there when it was a response to this post.
Cornsilk, point ONE:
BUMPUS, is actually from BonPasse and is a French name, and THETFORD is English. Some of my native family served both the French and British in conflicts. There is only one mention of the family stepping forward as "Indian" in the records: "there is a handsome fellow, an Indian, named BUMPUS, but there are good,respectable, Christian, white families of the name BUMPUS, as well." This was in the 1700s...I suppose back then our "handsome Indian" relative could not have been good, respectable, nor Christian, because he was not white!
In any case, I am "Cherokee" in blood, heart and spirit and do not need the affirmation from any government roll. I research my family for genealogical purposes only, so it doesn't matter to me whether or not government officials, not even our "Cherokee" government, gives me the Red Thumbs Up. I do appreciate your comments, however. Perhaps I will have to find my place among my Ward, Messer, Longacre people.
I wonder if you would be interested in hearing the details of my proposed journey, offering your suggestions and possibly even participating in part of the event? I anticipate this journey taking approximately three months.
If you, or other of THE PEOPLE are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org