Many people I have talked to mention having an Indian or Native American in their Family Tree. I had heard the same in our family history, but I haven’t found any one. It seems that some are motivated by a chance to receive some money, or whatever. Others are mainly wondering if there is because of family stories. So and so has high cheek bones, or a darker skin color.
When God created man, He made us all as one race of people. I do not believe “different races” are taught in the Bible. We have different nations and people groups. That was commanded from the start. God said to “multiply and fill the earth.” After the flood, people kept staying together and not spreading out around the world. God stepped in when they decided to build a tower to heaven.
“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:5-9 KJV)
As people scattered, they of course married within those “people groups” and certain characteristics became prevalent. Eye colors, hair textures and colors, skin shades of color, nose shapes, etc., etc. Now today, as we trace our family generations back, we find these different characteristics and they have been concentrated in different countries, and cultures. Keeping records of births, marriages, and deaths, vary for group to group. AND THIS CAUSES GENEALOGIST HUGH HEADACHES!!! 🙂
Back to the tracing of an Indian or North American Native. My sister-in-law, has been told of Indians in her family and also took a DNA test. I am helping her trace her Roots. The trail leads to an Indian Princess married to her fifth Great Grandfather, Daniel Simpkins. He supposedly had a daughter named Martha Maisey Simpkins (1767-1850) [her fourth great grandmother]. The problem is that there is another Simpkins, that is Daniel’s brother, also listed having a daughter, Martha M Simpkins, same dates and family line. Yikes! What do I do? The Cherokees did not keep as many records and it makes it difficult to proceed up the tree. Many DNA matches lead right up to this Princess also. But I am not sure how to proceed.
Is this by chance another BRICK WALL?