You may already have the 1900 census, but just in case -
1900 Nebo, Hopkins Co., KY: John Dawson, white male, age 41 born Feb 1859, b. KY, parents b. KY Beckie, white female, age 40 born Nov 1859, b. KY, parents b. KY Ella, age 20, b. Feb 1880, KY Edmund, age 12, b. Mar 1868 KY Claud, age 7, b. Nov 1892 KY
In 1920, Claude Dawson is still in Hopkins Co.
Claude Dawson, white male, age 26, b. KY, parents b. KY Ruth, wife, white female, age 26, b. KY, parents b. KY Earl B., son, age 8, b. KY Lurline, dtr., age 6 mos., b. KY Rebecca, mother, white female, age 59, b. KY, parents b. TN
Not to say there isn't some truth to your Cherokee story, but I wish I had a nickel for every time I have heard that!It was even in my own family history, but I never found any proof.