I am looking for any information on Hester Ann Smith or Hester Ann "Belle" Smith. Born around 1823 in North Carolina and died around 1861 in Mercer Co., Missouri. She married Charles Millard Rector in Hamilton Co., Indiana. I am a descendant of Hester Ann through their daughter Matilda Caroline Rector. It has always been told that Hester Ann was a full-blood Cherokee Indian, and I also have a few pictures of her and Charles's children in their full Native American regalia. However, when searching through the Census records, it is documented that Hester Ann is white. I began to research why this could be, and during that time period, Native Americans were being deemed "white" after the migration west.
I am now trying to locate any information about the parents of Hester Ann Smith, and who they were. I spoke with one person, and they claimed Hester's father was named John Smith, however there is no proof of that. It is likely that Hester Ann is the English name and she may have a documented Indian name. I would like to know if she had any siblings, and what their names were. So far, her trail ends cold at her.
I would greatly appreciate any help with this mystery! Thank you kindly,