Author Archives: robertajestes

About robertajestes

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

George Galphin’s 1776 Will

In South Carolina’s McMullan’s Law Reports, from Nov 1840-May 1842, we find only one document of interest regarding Native Americans.   But that article is indeed, VERY interesting. A will, sworn and signed in April of 1776 by George Galphin is … Continue reading

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Indigenous Law Portal

Recently, the Library of Congress introduced the Indigenous Law Portal as a gathering place for legal documents pertaining to the indigenous people of the Americans.  Today, they are working on the US states, but they will be adding Canadian First … Continue reading

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Edward Curtis, Shadow Catcher, Photographer of Native Americans

Many of the images we have of Native Americans today, we have only thanks to Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1962), a man with a mission.  His life work was to photograph and document the Native American Indian and their disappearing culture. Curtis … Continue reading

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Indian Land Cessions Maps

This collection provides maps of the land cessions made by American Indian Nations during the interval between the formal establishment of the United States and 1894. It consists of all sixty-seven maps from Indian Land Cessions in the United States, … Continue reading

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Augusta County, VA Homicides Involving Indians

From the paper, “Augusta County Homicides” on the cjrc.osu.edu server. The following three homicides are recorded and extracted from various records as having occurred in Augusta County and involving Indians. I wonder if Standking Turke is Standing Turkey, misspelled. 1742 … Continue reading

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Cherokee Became Ubiquitous Word for Indian

By the early 1900s when reparations were being paid by the government to Cherokee descendants, the word Cherokee became ubiquitous with Native, especially in descendants in the eastern US who had Native ancestry, but didn’t necessarily know which tribe.  In … Continue reading

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Spotswood’s November 1713 Letter Regarding Tuscarora War Survivors

Many people think that most of the surviving southern band of the Tuscarora went to New York after the fall of Fort Neoheroka in March of 1713, a turning point in the Tuscarora War, or that they immediately settled with northern … Continue reading

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Parsons and Abbott Roll – 1832 Creek Census

By a treaty of March 24, 1832, the Creek Indians ceded to the United States all of their land east of the Mississippi River. Heads of families were entitled to tracts of land, which, if possible, were to include their … Continue reading

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Jack Amos, Choctaw, Newton County, Mississippi

Jack Amos was born about 1830, a Choctaw Indian, and applied for tribal membership with the Dawes Commission in 1901.  He filed a deposition which provides a great deal of information about his family. He lists his parents at full-blood Choctaw, … Continue reading

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Big Y DNA Results Divide and Unite Haplogroup Q Native Americans

One of my long standing goals has been to resurrect the lost heritage of the Native American people.  By this I mean, primarily, for genealogists who search for and can’t find  their Native ancestors.  This blog, as well as my work … Continue reading

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