Carol, Thank you for your inquiry concerning the Bruce/Howard family connections. My Bruce/Howard connection goes back in time to the late 1700's in Bertie, North Carolina. My 4th g grandfather - William Decator Bruce - married Sarah "Sallie" Howard in 1788. There are family rumors that William Decator's father - Jeremiah Bruce - left the family because one of his sons married a native American woman. This story is undocumented and I don't know the source. That is basically all I know about Sarah Howard. As for William Decatoe Bruce, there is no evidence that his family had any "color" ancestry.