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Posted by Margo Wills on September 12, 2008, 3:38 pm
I can only get my husbands lineage back 6 generations on his fathers side. His father Johnny James (dob 16 apr 1943 raton, nm)told me his Grandfather Bert was the chief of the cherokee nation but got sick of the res, changed his name and left. When he died someone on the other side of the family went in and cleaned out his home taking the cerimonial head-dress with them that was supposed to be passed down to the 1st born son,ie. Bill(Papa), Johnny then my husband. I have pictures of ggrandfather Ellis Summerfield Wills so what Bert changed his name from is beyond me. No one will talk. Papa says 'noone matters but the three of us'. There apparently was a book published on the wills line and when Papa saw it he said 'where did they get that?! thats not right!' Johnny told me that the Wills name is an Irish or Scottish?? name but we are neither of those. But that is all he said. He told me to go ask Papa but since it seems to be a touchy subject and his health and heart are failing I am afraid to go to him and ask. I wrote to the indian archives and recieved no response. Can you help?
This is what I have:
William J (Jen Kern)
Bert E(Rena Mann)
Ellis Summerfield (Etter Francis Johnson)
Burl Francis (Sara Allen)
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