Not a Joke.

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    Bill Childs


    Thursday night, my daughter Kira wanted to meet us and go out to eat for the purpose of introducing her new boyfriend to us.

    To make a somewhat long story short……..

    while waiting for dinner to be served, we naturally made the normal chit-chat about nothings which I am not comfortable with, when her new Beau said/asked,

    “I hear you’re very interested in tracing Indian genealogy?”

    I immediately asked him if he or his family knew what their Indian heritage was (Any of you would have also, looking as he did).

    He replied, “Blackfoot Cherokee”. I smiled and asked where his parents were from….

    “Hazard County, Kentucky”, he replied.

    I invited him to the forum.



    Bill that’s a hoot! It never ceases to amaze me when I run into “folks from home”.

    My maternal Grandpa is from Hazard (Hamblin & Hoskins surnames), my maternal Grandma was born in Yerkes, just outside of Hazard (Campbell & Morgan surnames).


    The “children” of east coast triracials may just turn out to be the single largest group in America……….. I love it! 😉

    In Person Co, as we talk to people about cemeteries…. you would be surprised how many will confide in us that they have found mixed blood but some family members are in denial LOL

    What I’m saying is I’m glad this site it getting the truth out and making it public…… btw……. every person who has seen that they could admit to us what they have found to be truth…… every one has been PROUD to be what they are. ALL of what they are.



    Yahoo, Wahoo and Amen!

    Bill “your’e way too cool” ! I hope that your daughters new friend /old friend will join us all here!


    It’s not SUCH a small world afterall. I hope her boy friend joins us soon, too. This IS getting pretty big. 😀 Lynella.


    I read this situation differently than saying there’s a lot of these descendants out there. I grew up in the big city (Chicago) and I can’t remember ever coming across anybody else who said they were Blackfoot. Then I lived in another big city (LA) and never heard it there either.

    To me, this is the coincidence factor, as soon as you turn your attention in this direction you notice countless coincidences that defy statistical probability. In my opinion, this situation is just another example of those mischievous matchmakers up to their old tricks.

    It’s like the people here in the upper south (where I now live) who think there’s tons of people claiming Blackfoot and it’s just the result of some 19th century fad. They don’t know that in other parts of the country, it’s a total rarity that only occurs in people who derived from the Upper South in the 18th century, long before white or black America had ever heard the term “Blackfoot.”

    Bill Childs

    I worked with a guy in Indianapolis who claimed to be “Blackfoot Indian” and his family had been in Indiana since the early 1800s but I didn’t take him seriously in the 1970s. His surname was JAYNES – hard telling from which surname his Blackfoot entered. Wish I knew then what I know now.

    I also worked with a guy here named BROOKS who claimed to be of Cherokee descent but didn’t look like any Cherokee I’d seen and his people were from Virginia and people often mistook us for one-another (when my hair was still black) and I always told him “they” weren’t in Central Virginia.

    My phone book also includes most of Morgan Co., Ind.

    I looked for some significant names (as well as some the daughters who married-out) and they’re still here – probably still claiming to be “part” Indian – no disrespect directed towards them, ya’ll know how that works.

    Go figure.


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