UPDATE 5/8/2012 5:14 pm: Let’s look at the arguments against Warren’s heritage.
- The son gained no advantage by claiming his mother was Indian.
- The area where O.C. Sarah Neoma Smith was born was Indian land.
- The census records are only a valid proof if the census taker had the option to put Indian down for race. One of the comments states that assimilated Indians were listed as white at the time.
The Jonathan that is claimed to be the militia member is not Warren’s ancestor but a distant cousin. There are two Jonathans in the family tree. The report linked below only covers her direct ancestry.
Everyone is forgetting that the Cherokee were one of the “civilized” tribes. They had adopted the English way of life to a great extent, including keeping slaves. They were as civilized as any white settler in the area at that time and cannot be differentiated based on occupation or residence.
UPDATE 5/1/2012 10:19 pm: Child is correct in his research. Neoma or Sarah Smith, born 1794 in North Carolina, seems to be Warren’s Cherokee ancestor. Two caveats. The family is not enrolled with the tribe. The sole reason to believe that she was Cherokee was her son, William’s statement upon his marriage. Clearly it would seem that Warren can claim to be 1/32 Cherokee.
I can find no support for the story that Warren told to the Boston Globe about her pioneering grandmother. While she was the oldest child at the time of the Oklahoma land rush, research appears to show that her mother was still alive.