hello.. looking for my mothers fathers line. trying to also find the cherokee indian link.
all the information i have is that dan & sallie (possibly born1860-1880) ran away to the coles plantation in dan river va. not sure were they were from. dan & sallie had 4 known children, enice coles 1902, laura coles, gean (eugenia, jean, jennie) coles & james coles. gean possibly married a guy with the last name gray.
dans mother is cherokee indian. it's been passed down that we still have family on the border of NC & danriver, VA. There are also family in the Appalachian mountains. sallie ended up in DC.. and I've heard we also have family in OH my grandfather roy coles used to visit.
roy sez he remembers that dan did not speak good english and that his dad enice said that they are part of the cherokee nation.
I took a dna test on ancestry.com and I keep finding I am related to a lot of people with the last names bass and chavis .. just can't pinpoint on whose side it is from, my mother or fathers. I don't know dan's mothers name & dan seems to be missing in action on a lot of documents. He was never in the census with sallie though she claims to be married.. I was told they couldn't get married legally so they had a spiritual marriage.
i think i ran across a document that said dan's mom may have been named eliza... but I'm not sure if i have the right family.. I learn more and more as time goes on but can't get far due to no paper trial to solidify they are my family. The dna test did say I have native american ancestry also.