I am researching my American Indian ancestry through the Johnson/Franklin/Shelton lines from VA,NC and WV. These families are seen together in Pittsylvania County, VA; Patrick County, Va; Buncombe County, NC; and Cabell (Lincoln)County, WV by the early 1800s.
SARAH Franklin was said to be the daughter or niece of MARY Franklin. MARY was aka as "Glumdalclitch" and was said to be of American Indian (likely Cherokee) descent, born maybe in TN. She may have married a Franklin before she had a son, WILLIAM "Duck" Franklin Shelton, born 1798, by RODERICK Shelton.
SARAH Franklin married BENJAMIN Johnson (my ancestor) in 1795 in Patrick County, VA with RODERICK Shelton providing surety.
Does anyone have knowledge of these families? Can you suggest research avenues?