I have been following other families in the area with strong belief of native heritage (Lester/Skaggs) and intersected the Peery family. I checked the Peery family forum to see if similar belief existed here. This is the connection I found: Martin Peery m. Ruth O'Donald 2 Oct 1819 tazewell, Va Ruth O'donald d/o Owen O'Donald and "Darky" (probably nickname for Dorcus) Cothron (m. 20 Feb 1796 Montgomery Va)
Darky Cothron d/o "Ruth" second wife of John Bishop Two Additional daughters of "Ruth" wife of John Bishop: 1)Rachel Skaggs m. William Lester (many of their descendants filedEastern Cherokee Applications which are online) 2)Martha Cothron m. Peter Skaggs. Descendants claim Martha was 100% Cherokee.William "Leister" was marriage surety. No cherokee applications filed from descendants of Martha/Peter.
The Cherokee applications do not make clear exactly which people are cherokee, some claim both William Lester and his wife were partially cherokee. There is also a capture/escape story in the applications which claims Wm. Lester's mother was captured and William is the result, and another one circulating--but not in the applications-- claiming "Ruth" was the one captured, who had resulting child/children.