Rarely, if ever, do relatives reply to genforum.We are all volunteers.I have no connection to your family.
Most states did not have birth certificates for the time period you need.
Unless you have tribal or government verification of your Native American heritage, it's probably best you put it to rest.This "shameful" ancestry was hidden back in the day, and very well I might add, now it seems to be the "in" thing.1/2 the people requesting assistance on genforum claim Cherokee heritage.They must've been one busy tribe!It's never Sioux, Cheyenne, Comanche, Oneida, Delaware, etc...it's always Cherokee.You may very well be Cherokee.Have you taken a DNA test for ethnic grouping? Family lore isn't always what it's cracked up to be.
I would certainly check into the life/death of Jesse & Sarah ROSS THORNTON, providing the birth location for James is correct.