In order to document the ancestry of my great, great, grandmother correctly. Clarissa Dixon the daughter of John David Dixon and his first wife Mary Catherine Paul is not in any way a full blooded indian. She was caucassian!
She was first married to Levi Tingle who died in the Civil War and second she married William Henry Rawls. It has been brought to my attention by cousins living in Grantsboro area that the Cahoon family is telling folks that she was a full blooded indian. She was not.
Her death certificate lists her race as Caucassian. A copy of this certificate is available at the Craven Co., NC register of deeds office. She is a descendant of Walter Dixon, Sr. of Pitt County, North Carolina.
Sometimes, folks base their opinions from old family folk lores and sometimes from pictures. Just because a person looks like they have high cheek bones and a large nose doesn't mean they were indian. For example, I was born a Dixon. Yet, I don't look anything like my Dixon relatives because my mother is a full blooded filipino. I don't have blonde or strawberry blonde hair or blue or green eyes.
Looks alone cannot determine a race. Family folklore is just that. I encourage folks to search for the documentation.
I believe some are getting her mother's last name of Paul confused with the story that belongs with Smith Paul.
I believe it is important to get the facts correct and to back them up with documentation always.