Re: Native American Roots among the Wilkes
This sounds like my family. The Wilkes, Stringer, Cooper and Hair family migrated from the Carolinas to SW Georgia in the early 1800s, The to SE Alabama, and from there to NW Florida.
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It's quite possible that our background is Lumbee and Saponi rather than Cherokee, "Cherokee" becoming a catch-all term for "miscellaneous" after 1890.