Author Archives: robertajestes

About robertajestes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.

Sophia Williams Estes (1849-1928) – Native American Woman

Sophia Williams Estes In 2006, Onor Goin was a critically ill man, on dialysis, when the Dallas morning news wrote a story about Onor, known as Bouncer, and his family. Bouncer’s family was typical of a Native American family whose … Continue reading

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The Sycamore Tree and the Indian Legend of Notre Dame University

My friend, Suzanne dropped me a most interesting note.  She attended Notre Dame University in the early 1960s and developed a special relationship with a unique tree. Recently she went back to visit. “While in the area in 2010, I took a sentimental … Continue reading

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Naia – Oldest Native American Facial Reconstruction

Naia, named affectionately for the ancient water nymphs of Greek mythology is actually the face of the oldest Native American.  At least, the oldest one whose skull is complete and whose face we can reconstruct.  Naia was a teenager when … Continue reading

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Panis Indian Burials in Detroit, Michigan and Windsor and Amherstburg, Ontario

This map shows the metropolitan Detroit area that is relevant to the discussion of the Indian trading, slavery and burials in this article. The red balloon is Boblo Island in the river between Detroit and Windsor, on the Canadian side. From … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for the Native Heritage blog.  Given that I wasn’t sure anyone would be interested when I started this project, there have been an amazing number of views and subscribers.  Thank … Continue reading

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James Logan Colbert of the Chickasaws and Allied Trader Families

The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Volume XX, No.2, May 1994, pg.82 contains an article titled “James Logan Colbert of the Chickasaw, The Man and the Myth.”  This article is reproduced at this link: http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/greybird7/genealogy.html Colbert’s family history says that … Continue reading

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Haplogroup C3* – Previously Believed East Asian Haplogroup is Proven Native American

In a paper just released, “Insights into the origin of rare haplogroup C3* Y chromosomes in South America from high-density autosomal SNP genotyping,” by Mezzavilla et al,  research shows that haplogroup C3* (M217, P44, Z1453), previously believed to be exclusively East Asian, … Continue reading

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