I am intrigued by this thread and would also appreciate documentation.Does anyone have a birth date for Zelpha?I have approximate birth dates for six William Allard children, and then the name of Zelpha Ford, no birth date.According to my notes, she practised as a mid-wife.Wiiliam was an herb doctor.
I have a photograph of William's son David A. Allard (1828-1908) and there is no suggestion that he looks Native American.Could it be that William and Sarah adopted Zelpha from friend or relative in KY?I've always puzzled over Wiliam's 1820 IL Census listing.At 20 years of age, he had three females in his household:[His mother Mary] >45, [his wife Sarah] 16-25, and Zelpha? <10 (His father had died after 1816.)She's listed as "white" in the census, but that might not carry much meaning.The census taker may not have even seen her.
Of course all this predates the Trail of Tears by some 20 years.