From Dawes Roll
My grandmother – Catherine B. Chamberlin – age 8 – Female – 1/64 – Card #3642 – Cherokee by Blood Roll – #8864
From Cousin whose mother and my grandmother were sisters….
You and I are 1/64 Cherokee. Members of Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma are (average 1/32-1/64 so we are “average” Cherokees..
Major George Lowrey and his wife Lucy Benge were both 1/2 Cherokee. Therefore their daughter, Lydia Lowrey, was also 1/2. She married white Dr. Milo Hoyt. Their daughter, Dollie Eunice Hoyt (she was 1/4 Cherokee) married the Reverend Amory Nelson Chamberlin (her white 1st cousin). Their son, Arthur Fanshaw Chamberlin was 1/8 Cherokee, married white Letitia Goodykoontz and they had our grandmothers, Dollie Edith Chamberlin and Catherine Brown Chamberlin who were 1/16 Cherokee. Our mothers were 1/32 Cherokee and we are 1/64 Cherokee.
My mother preferred to believe the Dawes Commission Rolls…shame-based about being Cherokee. George Lowrey was 2nd Principle Chief was a TOTAL traditional Cherokee, complete with nose-ring, ears that were stretched down with earrings, etc. My mother preferred to think that John Ross was our Cherokee ancestor, NOT George Lowrey. Lucy Benge was half-sister to Sequayah, George Lowrey was Sequayah’s (and her) cousin.