Who was Lina Henry's Husband and was he a Cherokee who was forced onto the Trail of Tears?
Lina Henry shows up on the 1850 Cocke County, Tn census as a 35 year old head of household with 3 children, the oldest being Marshall Henry, age 11, and a 27 year Julia Henry as household members.Family legend has it that her grand daughter, Martha Deliala Henry, December 1873 - 20 December 1944, (daughter of Marshall Henry and Nancy Raines), was half Cherokee.Further, my grandfather, Claiborne W. Phillips, son of Martha Deliala Henry and Elbert Phillips, told my sister that one of his (great) grandfathers had gone on the trail of tears.
The Cherokee ties were further strengthened by my grandfather's stories about his family's temporary relocation from Jefferson County Tennessee to Indian Territory in Oklahoma in the early 1900's.Two Phillips families moved there and there was already an uncle Henry living there.My grandfather recalled his uncle Henry riding into their yard with a band of Indians who would point at he and his younger brother Perry, who looked very Cherokee.According to my sister, they wanted to adopt both boys and raise them on the reservation.I know that Claiborne and his brother Perry were scared of the Indians and their interest in them.
The time line for the Cherokee removal from Tennessee, Georgia. and North Carolina is very unclear to me, although it apparently started in 1838.That certainly means that Lina Henry's oldest child, Marshall could have fathered by someone forced onto the Trail of Tears.It's not so clear for her younger children.
One remaining question is whether Lina Henry herself was Cherokee or at least part Cherokee?
Further information:1860 Census _ Lina Henry (45 years old) living in Cocke County, TN with Patrick Henry (29) and W.W. Biber Henry (22) - Elisa German (36) is head of Household, Thomas (8) also resident.
1880 Census - living with son-in-law James Campbell, wife E.13th Civil District of Sevier County, TN