My ggg granparents are John Beasley Campbell and Naomi Clack, married 5/13/1832 in Rankin County, MS. Naomi is Beasley's 2nd wife. He was first married to Mary Franklin.
We have info in our family that says Beasley's first wife was one-half American Indian, but this can't be right because my research shows that Mary Franklin's parents are Thomas B. Franklin and Jemima Morris, neither of whom seem to show a trace of Indian anywhere in their family lines.
I would dismiss this notion that our family has always had of the one-half American wife, except for the rest of the story handed down in our family, which is:
This one-half American Indian woman died when Fountain Livingston was a tiny baby (Fountain Livingston being the youngest of Beasley and Mary Franklin's children). Fountain's oldest sister, Elizabeth Ann, raised him. SHE ALSO CARED FOR THE OLD INDIAN GRANDMOTHER AS LONG AS SHE LIVED. THE OLD INDIAN GRANDMOTHER IS BURIED ON FLOWERY MOUND, WHERE BEASLEY IS ALSO BURIED.
So who is the 'old Indian grandmother' buried at Flowery Mound? Does anyone have records of cemetery listings at Flowery Mound?
I wonder if the elderly Indian female buried there is actually Naomi Clack's mother. Naomi Clack has been impossible for us to track down, other than the copy of her marriage license to Beasley.
In a list of Rankin County marriages where I Beasley & Naomi's marriage is recorded, I noticed two brides listed with last name of Rainwater (not married to Clacks, though). There is a list of John C. Clack, married 1/2/1836, but the bride's last name is definitely not American Indian origin. I have no idea if John C. is related to our Naomi.
ALSO - our family heavily intermarried with the Womack family, and I ran across the last name of Quackenbush somewhere in researching our Womack line. Does anybody know if the surnames Rainwater or Quackenbush are Blackfoot names? Probably not relevant, but I'm grasping at straws here.
For some reason our family seems to be under the impression that the mysterious one-half American Indian wife to Beasley was from the Blackfoot tribe. Does anybody know if Rainwater or Quackenbush are Blackfoot names?
If anybody has any information that would help solve this puzzle, I sure would appreciate knowing about it!