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Re: Obama's Cherokee Heritage
In Response To: Obama's Cherokee Heritage ()

Barack Obama claims "Cherokee" ancestry through his mother's matrilinial line, and recently was adopted by the Crow tribe.

In reality Obama's matrilinial line goes back to the Bunch family of Louisa County, VA (the same Bunch family reported by experts to be of Saponi/Catawba ancestry and ancestors of the same Bunch families that appear in the "Melungeons" of Tennessee, the "Scotts" of Blountstown, FLorida, and the "Red Bones" of Louisianna and Texas).

Barack's line goes like this:

Barack's mother : Ann Dunham, her mother was: Madelyn Payne, her mother was: Leona McMurry, her mother was: Margaret Bellewright, her mother was: Frances Allred, her mother was: Anna Bunch.

Anna Bunch was born March 27, 1814 in OVerton County, Tennessee; married Samuel T. Allred and moved to Osage Township, Carroll County, Arkansas by 1880. Ann was the daughter of Nathaniel Bunch and Sarah Wade Ray.

(note: this means that Barack Obama's 4th Great Grandparent on his "white" mother's side was among the Indians of Louisa Co. VA who were recorded as "Free Persons of Color" and that Obama shares ancestry with the Virginia Tribes who are currently requesting recognition from Congress!)

Nathaniel Bunch was born 1793 in Overton Co. Tenn the son of Charles Bunch and Mary Bellamy.

Charles Bunch was born 1765 in Louisa County, Virginia and married Mary Bellamy in 1792. Charles Bunch was the son of John and Rebecca Bunch, also of Louisa Co. VA

Mary Bellamy (born 1769 Louisa Co. VA) was the daughter of John Bellamy and Susan "Roe". Susan was the sister of James Rowe who married the sister of Gideon Gibson (the Indian "Man of Color" who moved to South Carolina circa 1750's).

James Rowe is the earliest direct male ancestor I can find on my father's side....so, Pony Hill and Barack Obama are 20th degree cosuins, or something of the like!

I knew I was gaining some notoriety as the "Primary researcher of surviving Indian communities in the Southeast" but who would have known that my "cousin" would run for president? LOL!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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