Renee, yes my Grandmother Mary Jane( Lopp) Byrd was Indian ( Cherokee ) My Grandmother ( on my Mothers side) was CherokeeIndian also Her name was Mary Elizabeth (Stephens) Kaylor. They were not on the Roll, in fact theythought the government would take something else from them & wanted no part in it. Because they weren't on the roll, my parents couldn't get on.
I know nothing really about my Grandfather Byrd, since he left my G.M.and the family when my Dad was only 2 years old but I was told my Dad was born in Ark.( Mulberry) & then his Dad moved the family to Okla in 1890 then ( Indian Territory) & left them. I have tried to find out more about the Byrd's to no avail. My Husband had a stroke in Jan. of 2001 & that stopped my research because I have been taking care of him. He passed away in March this year & I have just now begin searching again. We were told that my Grandfather John Beverly Byrd, moved to Texas after he left here, remarried & had another family. about 2 years ago my Brother got a letter from someone who was researching for Tracy Byrd ( country & western singer ) He said when he got back to the late 1800 hundreds, they found Tracy" GGGrandfather was thought to have another family in Indian Territory & somehow they got my Brothers phone #, Ross Columbus Byrd Jr.( thinking it was our Dad ) My Brother is 80 years old & his Daughter wrote them back but hasn't heard from them & my Brother misplaced the letter, so another dead end. that is always the case when you try to find aByrd !!!!!!I was born very late in my Parents life so I remember less about my Grandparents, who were all dead before I was born,( My Gmothers were at least, I am not sure about my Gfathers ) I remember them talking about a ( I thouht they said Plenty Byrd & thought it was a man ) but I was so little & was not at all interested, they may have said Plyny--------- when I seen that name in your letter it rang a bell. I am beginning to get back to my research & if I find any thing I will write you , will you please do the same ? Thanks, Ann Byrd Avery