Ah yes, so many "stories" and not only "indian stories", one would like to guess what it would have been like to have been a "fly" on the wall and listen to all the "tellings"........ lol
Personally, I DON"T believe that he had an "Indian mother", I know he was not born earlier then 1770 and not after 1780..... logic does not allow it. Then again he did marry Charity in Grayson Co., VA in 1796, one yr. before THEIR first child Alexander (b.12-18-1797) came along,so they HAD to be md. some time nine months before his birth, unless he was born early or they never were md. to begin with, cause without a paper record, all WE have are the TN "stories" that they were!
We do know from the "stories" that no doubt they both Alex.(Jr.) & Wm. D. (Sr.) were both in Grayson Co., VA, then Montgomery Co., VA in the early to mid 1790's..... certainly Alex.(Jr.) was there and/or thru as early as 1790, probably much earlier as I suspect that he was traveling and had traveled with his "cousins" and family members as they left the VA frontier and moved westward thru that area in the 1784-86 time frame so that they could be in now Claiborne Co., TN by 1798-99 and thus this Alex.(Jr.) might truly be the one to be caught as "being" the one in early TN history, from VA and there in 1790 and in the Wythe Co., VA tax records in 1790.......Certainly he was in Grayson Co., VA in 1792 and marrying Jane Burton, Charity's sister!
THE "stories" say that he and Wm. D.(Sr.) traveled back and forth from VA & TN, but we never had a date of when attached, and so the best one can do is to say that according to the stories, Alex.(Jr.) was finally and fully settled in East TN, now Hawkins Co., TN by 1804-06 and that Wm. D. (Sr.) was finally & fully settled there by 1808-1810....
What does that have to do with Charity, well IF she was truly somewhere in now Grayson Co., VA by the time she md. William D. (Sr.) in 1796, SHE had alreadt been md. to some? William Osborne long enough to have had James B.O. Trent in the 1794 time period as that is the only date I have ever heard associated with him and his birth. Then HE had to have died, per the stories, by the time she md. again in 1796........
For William D. (Sr.) to have had an Indian-White child, and unless the father was wealthy or had means AND the female was in his household, the boy child would no doubt had been raised in and by the tribe. One can almost be 100% sure that that did not happen with Wm. D. (Sr.). HE was not a half-breed that was raised by a tribe and I DON"T believe IT was even a Cherokee group or the main tribe, that some time later was taken into a white family and raised as "white"...... (Wm. D. (Sr.) when he died was said to have had a long WHITE beard that reached to his chest, when he died....that is NOT the beard of a half white/american indian male!
Plus for him to aquire land and no one today knows just how much that would have been, as the Hancock Co., TN Court House has burned three times,so lots of records are totally lost, and IF IT was recorded in the Hawkins Co., TN Court House, IT has never been found! I personally think the "land story" has gotten all tied up with this son, Wm. D. (Jr.) as HE was the one who was land wealthy, owned lots of land, had some slaves, and DIED "the richest man in the county"....... not his father!!!
So if Alex.(Jr.) & Jane came first to East TN, then his half-brother Wm. D.(Sr.) & Charity came next..... then they both were probably NOT very wealthy during their life times.... that would fall to William's son and as far as we KNOW, none of the sons of Alex.(Jr.) & Jane ever got as wealthy as Wm. D. (Jr.).....!
Then one has to take the ILL "story" from that Trent side, another whole different bunch, supposely?, who SAY / SAID that Alex.(Jr.) & Willliam (D.) (Sr.) while they had the same last surname WERE NOT related, WERE NOT brothers, WERE NOT half-brothers...... and that we have VA Trents and now English Trent's coming to America AFTER the intital influx of Trents into the English Colonies and so we could? have? one Trent from VA and one Trent from NC and/or both (in their travels?) and FOLKS back then, their descents have ASSUMED they were related..... tho I still don't know enough to say whether even then I believe that some one had a "native american mother".......ALL THAT would depend on HOW one sees or wants to see the now DNA facts and how that relates back to a single father for them both, either in America or in England OR just in America.
Too many stories, too many little unknown details to try to piece together to make any "sense" out of them and their lineage lines.......
OH, the father of the original William Osborne was supposely named or nicknamed "Tine" Osborne and William's mother was a Betsy TYLER of or from Ashe Co., NC area(s)..... before there was an Ashe County!!!!!
The BEST that we know now as to the parents of Jane & Charity were that more then likely THEY belonged to the family of a Robert Burton that was in that area around that time, and who may? have moved on? to either East TN or to Eastern KY..... his records are also just abt. nil... and no other Burton in VA or NC seems to NOW fit the bill for parentage!!!!!!