Hello Joanne, It has bee a while but I have been researching all could get my hands on. With the help of Choctaw and Chickasaw culture and language specialists plus reading the book by James Adair, I have discovered that we have been prounouncing Rebecca's mother's name Itee wrong. It seems the name starts with a short e sound and ends in a long e vowel sound Ette. The meaning is Wood. Not like a surname but rather as a wood root which is an Indian Clan in most Southeastern Indian Cultures. The Choctaw Socio-cultural gentleman said this clan often generates Medicine people or healers. I explained that Rebecca did not know her mother as she died when Rebecca was a child.
The answer was that did not matter so much as being a medicine person is not taught but rather refined once the elders recognize the ability in a child. It is in the blood so to speak. I have changed the Itee to Ette on Ancestry as well as Rebecca's father's name from Aprika to Abeka which in Chickasaw (appears he had a Chickasaw Mother and mixed blood English/Indian father named Kinhaje which is also a Chickasaw name.Abeka is a war name that translates to Vicious Killer. I must thank my research friends Choctaw culture, Director of Chickasaw Cultural Center, and an old friend "Florida Key Bob" for helping me find these awesome facts.Our Cousin, Francis Buess has also been a faithful colaborator in this finding. I am still looking for more and will let you know as I learn anything new.