I am g-granddaughter of Delitha Higgins and Bland Tobin(Lobin) Smallie. Delitha was adopted as a child by the Higgins family. We believe Mr. Higgins was a preacher/minister on the Indian reservation where she lived. She was either Cherokee or Chippewa. Her parents may have somehow been killed and that is why she was available for adoption. Her first name is also a confusion. We have heard it pronounced "Delitha", "Litha", "Lithia", "Olitha", and recently "Aleda". We are not sure if her Indian name was supposed to be used and people either couldn't spell or pronounce it correctly. She and Bland Tobin Smallie were married approx. 1889 and had 8 children.
Mary Ethel Smallie Turner 1890-1955 Walter Aaron Smallie 1891-1973 Eliza May Smallie Vannoy Burton 1894- Cassie Irene Smallie Barfield 1896-1947 Grace Ann Smallie Clark Naeser 1898-1978 Daniel James Smallie 1900-1901 Lindon R. Smallie 1903-1972 Bland Wesley Smallie 1905-
Does anyone have any information ? Did the reservations keep records of Preachers that ministered to the Indians ? Any help would be greatly appreciated.