Well, can't help with that right now, I'm afraid.
The following is not meant to be directed at you personally nor meant to offend or scold, but every now and then I just have to get on my soapbox and announce to the world my opinion on certain things, especially when it comes to genealogy.And, keep in mind, this is just my opinion...
While family tradition has some merit, it's best when heard from the "horse's mouth", so to speak, not passed on from the 1800's. And best if proven, too. As you must be aware, time has a way of making heros and giants out of ordinary folks who were just like you & me. And it has a way of connecting our ancestors with all sorts of famous people we'd like to believe we're related to.
Unfortunately, those who hold on to such stories while ignoring facts is why the Internet so quickly has become clogged with misconceptions, myths, and legends and just plain garbage which are simply untrue and forever perpetuated over & over to the detriment of the rest of us.
On one hand, it's a blessing to have access to all this wonderful information, but it's also a curse when you, as a genealogist, are obligated to seperate fact from fiction - and most do not, it seems.
I can tell you of many family traditions and Internet stories from my own ancestry which I've proven to be absolutely false, yet "cousins" dearly hold on to these tales in order to gain memebership in the DAR and other such trivial nonsense (IMO). (Interstingly enough, in some cases, the truth is more fascinating than the myth, for those who take the time and effort to explore it.)
Almost every Golightly I've corresponded with wants to believe that Emarintha was Indian and therefore wear the badge of having some connection to Native American blood.I'd like to believe it myself - please prove me wrong! Fact is, as proven so far, she's simply not. Many Indians on the Dawes rolls applied for the funding and were unfairly rejected.But also, many non-Indians applied as well.
Along the same lines, I feel I have to point out that, on the extreme side, we have to be aware there are those who want to believe they're descended from royalty or even from Jesus himself (you've probably seen who I'm talking about, posted in this forum). IMO, this is not properly documented research or an interest in the truth, but just "weekend warriors" out to prove some agenda for themselves or just to make for more interesting party conversation, I suppose.
I've been doing this for over 20 years - long before the age of Internet geneology and all the good and bad it brings. There's established rules to doing research (NGS) and if these people don't adhere to them, then they and their research become an unreliable source.Check Cyndi's List on how it's done correctly. If they can't prove it happened, then to me it has to be labelled as unproven - 'til something else comes along.
If Golightly cousins choose to believe she was of Indian descent, that's great. No one can nor should stop them.But please don't portray those beliefs as fact until proven, which sadly, we might have to accept will never happen.
Maybe this makes me some enemies out there, but I hope that those who know the rules and are concerned with doing genealogical research correctly and properly will appreciate what I'm saying.
(end of soapbox ;-)
btw, I know you didn't ask, but for the benefit of others interested in the documentation:
"Terrell Daily Transcript", microfilm at Terrell Public Library, Terrell, Texas, 26 October 1901, and
Linda Feagin Harwell, Kaufman County, Texas Death Abstracts, Vol. 2, 1851 thru 1908,(Feb., 2000), p.53.
"Mrs. E. V. Golightly, aged 70 years, died at the home of her son, Jack Golightly, in South Terrell Friday night, after nearly two years illness. Her remains were shipped to Crisp, her former home, this morning,and interred at that place this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock."
This article is dated Oct. 26, Saturday, and states she died Friday (25th).