Hello Jacqueline, I just found your post of 03/22/2005 and want to say, "Thank you" !!I found your epic most interesting and most helpful in understanding the unique circumstances surrounding Lawrence Co AL; information which I needed very much!
I'm doing research for a Graham who descends from the SC to AL, to MS, to TX.After tracking all over AL, it boils down to Lawrence Co AL with 3 John Grahams in the 1820 census there.THEN, I run into the Indian thing.Then, 2 of my Johns disappear into thin air before the 1830 census. Then, before the 1840 census, the 3rd John also disappears.
The son of "John Graham" that I'm tracking was Isaac Nelson Graham, (b) 1825 or 1828, AL.I first find him in 1850 census in Jones Co MS.It's reasonable that he was closely related to some Isaac Nelson, probably his mother's father.
There is a Nelson family on the Armstrong Rolls of 1836.Garrett Enoch Nelson (m) an Indian woman named Shumaka,whose sons were chiefs of the Choctaw Nation.One of this couple's sons was Isaac Nelson, who is on the Armstrong Rolls as "Choctaw by blood".
At this point I have to tell you that I laughed out loud when I got to the end of your post: "...because my family at this point thinks I'm nuts."Lady, I know what you mean.Persons who are not bitten by the bug just don't understand.
I don't know where my trail is going to lead me with this but surely it can't get any more filled with surprises!
Do you have any Grahams connected with your Whites?