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  • #1633

    techteach
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    I stumbled across a Sinkey name in a Kansas article about immigrants to Kansas who had been members of Ohio’s underground railroad. Here is the URL : http://www.kshs.org/sesquicentennial/series_2004july.htm (I can’t figure out who this Elizabeth Sinkey was though. Bill?)

    Looking for information on this family led me to search for Indian involvement in the Underground Railroad. I found this site : http://www.gibbsmagazine.com/Native%20Americans.htm

    Any thoughts on the reference to Blackfoot?

    Techteach

    #15700

    lynellarainhawk
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    Techteach,

    🙂 Oh, say, this is interesting! Thank you for posting this! I’ve missed you! Love & Light, Lynella.

    #15752

    techteach
    Moderator

    I have been busy. We are moving in two weeks; I was teaching a class that ran from 8 to 5 every day last week; and then I received word of the death of my grandmother. She was 91 years old! I went back to Iowa to say good-bye one weekend and then the funeral the next weekend.

    Tech

    #15760

    lynellarainhawk
    Participant

    Techteach,

    Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss. This stuff is pretty stressful, on top of moving & all. Love & Light, Lynella.

    #15781

    Mousini78
    Participant

    Tech…sorry to hear about your grandmother….may she have a blessed walk to the stars. We have been busy with the wedding and I have not been reading as much so I missed the post…but, you are in our thoughts and prayers…Becky

    #15783

    techteach
    Moderator

    Thanks, Becky and Lynella,

    I hope to be able to use my inheritance money to go to Germany where her family and my grandfather’s family came from, as a way of honoring them both.

    Gramma lived a long life (She was 91.) and is now where she wanted to be. But I will miss her.

    Techteach

    #15794

    jstarkey
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    Hello, I’m new here, so forgive me if I’m explaining something that was already known.

    The Blackfoot (of MD and DE) were named so because of the marshy gook that caked their feet…. so they always had black feet. They were basically Lenape and Nanticoke, right on the border of MD and DE in (now) Dagsboro DE.

    I’ve seen reference to the Nause Waiwash in another thread referencing Blackfoots in MD, which is how I found this site — via a google search. I’m not an expert but I did a lot of research on the NA side of my ancestry about 8 years ago, just before I moved to CO. I descend from the Greens, Horners, Deans and Orems of that area. If there’s any info I can help with, I’d be happy to.

    #15795

    techteach
    Moderator

    jstarkey:

    I am confused. Did you find this information on this web site or another forum? We have discussed this here, but I would be interested to know if this has been discussed elsewhere.

    And can you give me more information on your family? You have two of my names. I have Green ancestors who originate in Portobacco, MD and Horners who originate in Queenstown, MD. Maybe we are cousins.

    Techteach

    #15796

    techteach
    Moderator

    Jstarkey:

    Oops, let me clarify – we have discussed the blackfoot term being related to black-stained feet. Did you find this on a different web site or on this one in an earlier forum discussion?

    BTW, I also found a Dean who marries one of the Green daughters, but this was after they moved to Shepherdstown, WVA.

    Techteach

    #15798

    jstarkey
    Participant

    Originally posted by techteach

    jstarkey:

    I am confused. Did you find this information on this web site or another forum? We have discussed this here, but I would be interested to know if this has been discussed elsewhere.

    And can you give me more information on your family? You have two of my names. I have Green ancestors who originate in Portobacco, MD and Horners who originate in Queenstown, MD. Maybe we are cousins.

    Techteach

    Hi teach. Actually, I was searching the net for Nause Waiwash and was led to this thread:

    http://www.saponitown.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=701

    That’s what i was referring to above.

    The Horners are actually a very big family on the ES of MD. The farthest back that I’ve found was Julia Horner born in 1862 somewhere on the ES. Her father was William Horner, I believe. There was a big family quarrel, evidently, in my branch back then that spanned for several generations, and the person with the most info seemed pretty bitter. IIRC, he even denied that my family was related to his, but his son stepped up with the truth.

    The Green side of my family is from the Bloody Fifth area of Cambridge, MD. I found Kitty Green who was the first mention of Blackfoot in my family and I haven’t been able to find anyone before her.

    I have hundreds of papers here with info from family members, but I haven’t looked at them in about 7 years. I’ll try to dig them up over the weekend and verify this info and post if there’s anything else of interest.

    I do have a lot of family from the Queenstown/Easton/Denton/Ridgely area, but I’m not aware of any Horners there. Is there a tree or anything available with your info? I can take a look and see if anything looks familiar or matches with my data. I only spent a couple years gathering info and it’s been 8 years since then, so I’m a bit out of the loop. Especially on the net.

    #15809

    Linda
    Keymaster

    Interesting you have Greens carrying the Blackfoot ID. We have Green’s down here in Greentown in Brunswick, VA who say that, too. Greentown is within the bounds of the old Saponi reservation. The Saponi/Tutelo are known to have been in the vicinity of Dagsboro, DE (MD) the same time it came to be called Blackfoot Town. Many of us believe the Blackfoot term to be something the Saponi/Tutelo (VA Piedmont Siouan) called themselves.

    There’s a well-documented Indian by the name of Sizemore, who’s often claimed to be Cherokee, but he actually comes from Brunswick county VA. His mother was a Green.

    #15813

    techteach
    Moderator

    The Horners and Greens in my family come from different sides of my mother’s family. The Blackfoot ID comes from yet another side. However, this is really interesting and might explain why they ended in the same place in Iowa. I think both lines bring in NA. We have suspected that the Greens bring in NA; many different folks have the features and rumors that indicate this, but we don’t have anyone yet with an ID for a tribe.

    The Horner (and Linda, this might be of interest to you) comes in through a marriage to my Potters. I believe that William came from MD also. His son marries into the Sinkey line that comes from the Greens. He appears to have been in Iowa before any of the rest.

    The origin in MD goes back to before 1800.

    I will email you a famiy tree this weekend, jstarkey, if your email is posted on this forum. I have to finish my grades first.

    Techteach

    #16004

    lynellarainhawk
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    jstarkey,

    😎 How cool is that????;)

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