Seneca Drybread

Thank you to all the hard workers here

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Having now spent ten years to get to my current level of knowledge I have a new level of respect for the people posting on SaponiTown.com.

My research started with the twenty plus years of research my mother did and is still doing.

It takes a serious commitment just to get up to speed on what people have already done, let alone contribute something new to the already large body of knowledge.

I feel a real debt of gratitude to all the people here who have put in the hours and been open enough to share and to guide others.

Getting to a place of understanding where I am now even able to offer a small amount of new information has given me an inner peace. Thank you everyone.
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  1. johntwohawk's Avatar
    Marc really glad to have blogged with you. You are a good friend and good person. Were you aware that the family roots are based on the Maternal side of family with many of the tribes claiming Iroquois/Tuscarora origins. Traditional tribes consider both sides. I filed under my mothers side which led to Bennett/Chowan tribe. Also I wanted to say that I have a niece that just married a high school sweetheart and he is going to Canada as a football kicker for the Ottawa Red Blacks (I think that right). His name is Apollo, if you see him playing.
  2. MarcSnelling's Avatar
    Wow small world. I only live a few miles from the stadium where the Redblacks play. I'll keep an eye out for him.

    I was aware the Saponi are matrilineal. Not really aware of the other tribes. My lines are so complicated I wouldn't know where to file. My grandmother's grandfather said Blackfoot, and his grandparents trace back to VA/NC Saponi. He said he was 1/4 Blackfoot but research points to other lines as well. The Smith who was the last 'full-blood' married a mixed Cherokee. So really he was 1/4 Blackfoot and 1/32 Cherokee. But her locations fit with her being Saponi, Tuscarora or other area tribe that later claimed Cherokee. Come to find out there are also stories on my maternal grandfather's side. My partner is mixed as well. Her ancestors tribe was Penobscot in Maine. So three and probably four or more American threads weaving in with the Europeans in the fabric of my family.