I'm sorry to say that the story of the Native American link seems to be a hoax that has been passed on for several generations. There is no evidence that it is true but there is evidence that it is false. Nonetheless, the story persists. See my posting elsewhere in the Bearse family forum for the links and all the follow-up emails. I am a descendant of Austin Bearse and so-called Mary Hyanno, and DNA testing has shown that there are no Native American genes in the bloodline.