I Was Told I Had A Cherokee Heritage....

     As I was growing up, my mother who is not native american, told me I was. My grand mother also told me that I am 1/4 Cherokee and 1/8 Choctaw. She was my father's mother. She also was Choctaw and my grandfather was Cherokee. My grandmother also kept from me that I could become a tribal member. She always said that there wasn't enough blood to worry about. Well later on, several years after she died, I decided to do a family search just to see how much native I have in me. During this time I found out that she was also registered, but I searched the rolls and could not find her. I also found out that my estranged aunt, in which I have no idea where she is or even if she is still alive, had her registration card. Later after that, I had found that she was registered in a small town in Oklahoma, but the court house had burned to the ground.
     Just today I was on the Cherokee Nation website ~ searching for people in my family. I had found a Charles Mayberry and a John Mayberry on the rolls as freedmen. I am not sure if they are my grandfathers though. I found them on the Guion Miller Roll. If they are my grandfathers, I don't know how I would react, I have been looking for someone on the rolls related to me for 10 years now. All this trouble because I was denied the knowledge from the last person that would have been able to tell me about it. I just hope that there is some way I can find out if the men I found on the rolls are mine. I also found a woman on the same roll that might be my grandmother.
     John Mayberry would be my grandfather from my dad's father. Charles Mayberry would be my great grandfather and father to John, And Charles Mayberry's wife would be the lady that I found on the rolls, Minnie Scott. It sure seems that I may have found them but I'm not getting my hopes up. If anyone out there reads this and has any suggestions, they certainly will be welcomed.
thea67 thea67
1 Response Mar 13, 2011

well it makes no difference now my people have voted and they have disenrolled all the freedmen you can now only be a citizen by blood sorry