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Re: Shoe Boots - Does anyone have history of this family

ShoeBoots has two sets of descendants, one from his African slave wife Doll and one from his captive white wife Clarina Wellington. I have spoken to the late Haskell Shoeboots (descendant of Doll), who lived in Colorado and while he bore some African phenotypes, he considered himself to be a half-blood Cherokee Indian (although his blood degree was closer to 1/8) and did not acknowledge his African ancestry unless pressed to do so.

The descendants of ShoeBoots and Doll's daughter who married a full blood Cherokee are not known. The descendants of the Wellington line seemed to have considered themselves Cherokees during the latter half of the 19th Century because they fought for recognition as Cherokee citizens, but were denied. I have been unable to make contact with any of the living Wellington descendants, but they probably, much like most thin-blood Cherokees, consider themselves to be caucasian with Indian ancestry.

I have a close friend, Tony, who is both Cherokee Indian and Freedmen, as well as having what we call state black ancestry. After his recent enrollment in the Cherokee Nation, he too did not advance his Indian ancestry above his black identity. I asked him if he would be calling himself an "Indian" now that he had enrolled in the Cherokee Nation. His answer was no. He said to me, "I am a black man, I'm proud of my Indian ancestry and my connections to the Cherokees, but above all else, I'm black."

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