Growing up we were always told we were part Native American and several years ago I was finally able to trace my line back to my 6th great grandmother Katie Pettit Teague Rogers. (My grandmother’s mom was placed in an orphanage in Fort Smith Arkansas and things were pretty hush hush due to the circumstances that I uncovered after some more investigation on my Creekmore line). I have found a 1888 lawsuit that is online that states that their children John C Rodgers (my 5th great Grandfather) “John Rogers and his parents Enoch Rogers and Katie Rogers, nee Pettit, all of whom were Cherokee Indians by blood; that none of these ancestors ever resided within the present limits of the Cherokee Nation, and that they have not been enrolled as citizens thereof since the removal of the Cherokee Nation to its present location, and that none of these applicants have ever been so
enrolled; and further that the claimants reside in the Cherokee Nation, and have so
resided for the past 9 or 10 years, and that they are persons of Cherokee
Now, I descend through the line (John Rodger m Amy Adams < Nancy Rodger m Edward Chastain < Mary Chastain m Randolph Creekmore < Ulysses Creekmore m Susie Evett < Mildred Creekmore m Miles Sherry < Mildred Doll Sherry m Ernest McCollum < Mackie McCollum m Patricia Kastner =Me)
I took several DNA tests and none of them showed Native American ancestry and this has my living family members quite upset because we were quite proud of this heritage and my grandmother had spent a lot of time trying to find her mothers family.