Bill, we're pretty sure your William was a Whitmire - he is on the 1860 Van Buren Co., AR census, and that is likely him in 1850 working for Charles Neveles. Then on an 1858-67 tax roll in Van Buren Co. is a William and a Jasper Whitmire. I suspect he was born in GA and PERHAPS son of the Steven Whitmire in AR earlier. No proof of course. I would be interested in what those Bible pages reveal about William's children and spouses - to see if it tracks with what has surfaced so far. As for the Cherokee connection - I cannot help but think Lula might not have her story right - that perhaps it was a related line OR perhaps they had heard about another Whitmire Cherokee connection and assumed it included them. There was a half breed pair of Whitmires in OK by mid 1830s.