Elizabeth 'Betsy' Cloud Jett is my 4th great Grandmother. She married Newton Jett and estimated birth year is 1811. Stories handed down indicate that she was at least 1/2 Cherokee. I do not have any documentation to verify this at this time. Parents are a question mark. While I have been researching off and on for years, somehow the female lines have been overlooked-not intentionally but they are a tad more challenging. Now that I'm getting more time, I hope, to tackle some of the bigger challenges, maybe I can solve this mystery.....or find someone who has solved it:)
At this point, the information I have on her focuses on the census records. She is listed in the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. 3 of the four census records indicated birthplace as North Carolina. The 1880 census lists it as South Carolina. In the 1880 census she was living with her daughter, so this may be an error but needs to be considered. That's it. Well, she is mentioned in deeds but there is nothing related to parents, yet.
Nothing in the above census records indicates a Cherokee connection. Family lore seems to be the primary source. In looking on Ancestry.com, I did come across some family trees that had notes indicating that a friend of a cousin had proven the connection. There was no documentation for this, they seemed to be taking that note as fact. While that would be nice, that doesn't make it so. I contacted the one that seemed to provide the note. She responded indicating that she did not have any documentation, but she would try to get in touch with cousin to see if we could get some. It has been several months and I'm still waiting-who knows it may pop up:)
A couple of months ago, I attended a workshop on Native Americans. Anita Finger-Smith was the speaker and she was amazing! Her husband is Cherokee and she works with the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina. After the workshop, I contacted her and sent the information I had. I included the note from the Ancestry family tree which did give a parent name of Nathney Lnu.
A couple of weeks ago (my how time flies) I did receive a response from Ms. Finger-Smith. Unfortunately she was not able to find any Clouds or Natheny/Nathney LNU's in the records-she checked both East and West Cherokee Nations. All she found was an application for a Hannah Jett who applied for recognition as a Cherokee. She was applying on her maiden name as she indicated that her husband had no connection. The application was rejected as there was no proof.
So, I'm still with Betsy Jett born approximately 1811, parents unknown. Am I done? No. Still lots of areas to explore. Whether she is Cherokee or not I still need to find out what I can about her.
One of the reasons I like the 52 week Challenge, is that it gives me a chance to review what information I have, see what I need and possibly where to look. In this case not much, so there is a lot of work to be done.
With my ADGD, I decided to check Ancestry again. This time, I found a family tree which lists her parents as Absolum Angel and Marthena Natheny Angel. While there is no documentation stating what I want to see-proof of parents, there is something that makes it interesting and gives me some hope. According to this tree, Betsy has a brother named Levi Angel. Why is that interesting you ask? Well, there is another family story that involves Levi. The whole story is for another post, but the short version is my 2nd Great Grandfather was illegitimate and his mother, Emily Watkins, married a Levi Angel who raised my 2nd Great Grandfather! So, as I share with folks, my illegitimate 2nd Great Grandfather was raised by an Angel:)
And the plot thickens......
So, now I have another road to explore and, of course, there will be more to come as I explore this line in more detail.