I was just reading on GenForum that someone asked if Leanna Denbo was part Cherokee. I don't think so. But I'm not sure yet how to post messages there. You might want to post this there, if possible.
Leanna Denbo's brother, Joseph Asbury Denbo, married second wife Letitia Victoria Keys, who believed she was 1/2 Cherokee. Letitia's mother was Jane (Jennie) Gunter, and father was Leroy Keys. Both of them were Cherokee. Jennie was daughter of Edward Gunter and Elsie McCoy. Edward was son of John Gunter, a Welshman, and Catherine, 100% Cherokee. Catherine was daughter of Ghigoneli and Chief Bushyhead, Ghigoneli was daughter of Ghigoneli, and that Ghigoneli was daughter of Oolootsa. See Old Cherokee families by Emmet Star, pp. 366, 367, 368, 436.
Elsie McCoy was daughter of George McCoy, wife unknown. George McCoy was son of William McCoy and Rosanna Welch. Rosanna Welch was daughter of George Washington Welch and Margaret Jones. George Washington Welch was son of David Welch and Elizabeth McSwain. Elizabeth McSwain was daughter ofNannie Downing. Nannie Downing was daughter of Major Downing. All of this is in the book Old Cherokee Families, pp. 335, 339, 350, 368. Nannie Downing was Cherokee.
Leroy Keys was son of Isaac Keys (from Ireland) and Elizabeth Riley. Elizabeth Riley was daughter of Samuel Riley and Gulustiyu. Gulustiyu was daughter of Chief Chugitague Doublehead and Creat Priber. Chugitague Doublehead was son of Willenawaugh Great Eagle. Creat Priber was daughter of Christian Gottlieb Priber, a German. See Old Cherokee Families pp. 432 plus webpages http://www.familysearch.orghttp://www.familysearch.org on Samuel Riley and http://hubcap.clemson.edu/german/PriberMonth.htmlhttp://hubcap.clemson.edu/german/PriberMonth.html on Christian Gottlieb Priber.
Letitia Victoria Keys and Joseph Asbury Denbo were my great grandparents. Robert Leroy Denbo and Edith Madge Brown my grandparents, John Bernard Fornasero and Elouise Cleveland Denbo my parents.
Sincerely, Barbara Joyce Fornasero Grimes Leanna Denbo Atkins was the great great grandmother of Stan Hodges and is not of Cherokee descent as far as I know.