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
Genealogy Queries by surname - Pettit
Looking for the parents of Israel J. WARD who married Minerva PETTIT on 18 Aug. 1856 in Indian Territory, Cherokee Nation. They had one son – William Whitfield WARD b. 27 May 1856 in Indian Territory Cherokee Nation Oklahoma. William Whitfield WARD appears on Cherokee rolls – app. # 4668 and 4669.
There could be possible Cherokee connections with each of these names. Searching for all info. Thomas Henry of TN said to be full blood Cherokee adopted white family. His son was John Ransom Henry 1848-1932. Thomas reported killed in raid involving KKK.