Chowanoke Descendants Community

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All are welcome to the Chowanoke Descendants Community! This is a place of learning and cultural celebration! As you probably noticed the site is geared toward descendants and suspected descendants of the Chowanoke Indians, but even if your are a student or other researcher trying to find more on the Chowans you are also welcome to join the site and have some conversations with us. There are many of us who are quite knowledgeable and would be happy to direct you to good sources of information.

*note* When you select join site, it will come to my email for me to manually accept new members. Previously my settings were to automatically accept everyone, but recently spammers invaded the site, so I just need to verify that you are a human. Once approved you will receive an invitation to complete your profile, which will give you full access to the site. Thank you everyone!

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A Chin Neh Hornbuckle
Member
Female
68 years old
About Me

My line started with our French/Acadian family who was deported to Albemarle Sound, NC in 1756.  They lived amoung the Mi'Kmaq/First Nation while in Nova Scotia.  My ancestor married into the White family of Chowan.  His father was known by the name Trefle D'Eau, which means Clover Water.  I would like to learn about the White family of Elizabeth White, married to augustine DesChamps in about 1758.


Where are you from?

Caswell County, NC

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

All of the Acadians deported to North Carolina, save one, made crude boats and sailed away, never to be seen again.  My ancester, Augustine DesChamps, stayed behind to marry Elizabeth White, who inherited land from the White family next to Chowanoke lands in 1758.  Or possibly they were not there any more by that time.  It is obvious by the description of Elizabeth that she was Native American.

Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

I am looking for information on the White family.

Ice breaker: Who is your favorite musical group?

I like anything with wood wind instruments.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I've been in Public Health for many years.  I've always been interested in Anthropology, Sociology, and Personality.  By doing family geneology, I have learned a great deal about my family's ways, both healthy and not so healthy.  I'd like to think I could improve on things!  Since our NA heritage was totally a secret, but not really a shock, I want to know as much as I can.  This I can pass on to the next generation. 


LeslieR
Member
Female
About Me

Where are you from?

Washington state

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

I am from the Freeman line, and I am researching my heritage.


MJ
Member
Female
About Me



Where are you from?

Texas

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

I am looking for a family member who was named Sibbell or Sybil who is usually listed as Choctaw (but sometimes was said to be either Creek, Catawba, Meherrin, or Susquehanna Indian, depending on the source). She was born around 1727 in Virginia and married to Richard Snowden Kirkland, Jr.  He was born around 1715 in South Carolina. They had 9 children that I know of.


Any information that anyone could provide would be much appreciated.

Tell us a little about yourself.



Tommyhawk Robbins
Member
Male
49 years old
About Me

Married December 11, 1988, two days later was in the middle of the Atlantic on my first excercise of war games on the USS Coral Sea CV-43. 

Three sons: Adam Running Wolf 24, Wesley Little Bear 21, Jeremy Talks to Eagles 18


Where are you from?

San Diego, California; Waxahachie, Texas

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

  In the segregated south, my grandparents had a hard time just existing much less being who they are. It had always been instilled within the grandchildren that they were of Native heritage, eventhough the tribe and oral history had become distant and missing details. Prejudice actions toward them meant moving around and often hiding. Dad called his family gypsies because they did move so much.

My father came to a full realization of the difference of the white side of town and of himself one day at the soda fountain when he went to get a drink out of the "whites only" fountain in 1949. Grandma apparently had back handed him because he picked himself up off the ground and she yelled at him, " don't you know boy we ain't white". He said she probably saved his life but it also let the games begin. After that he would often tempt fate and tease the white shop owners in the area by doing the opposite of the norm and not obeying the laws for colored people. Dad hated his home town of Waxahachie because of the way his mother was treated and the fear she lived in.

By the time of my great grandfather George Thomas Robbins' death in 1938, grandma had given him 5 grandaughters. He told her she was not a real woman until she had a male heir. When dad was born in 1943, she held him over George's grave and 'let him have it' from what I am told.

Grandma spoke a Native language and you could tell when she was mad if she was not speaking English. Dad said that is when he knew to run.

Looks like both my grandparents very well could be Chowanoke. Have confirmation that my grandmother's side was in and owned land in Chowan and Bertie counties. Hit a brick wall on the Robbins, McCulloch and Bennett side though. Part of the family migrated through the Pee Dee river area before moving futher west.

Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

I am interested in resurrecting the tribe into non-extinct status.

Ice breaker: Who is your favorite musical group?

Creed, Third Day, Walela, Little Wolf, Robert Mirabal, Metallica

Tell us a little about yourself.

Born in San Diego, California while mom and dad were both in the Marines. Lived accross the states until dad retired from the Corps and eventually ended up in his home town of Waxahachie, Texas, a town founded by a Cherokee named Emory Rogers.

I am a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University as a master of divinity.

I am the eldest living Robbins grandson of George Thomas Robbins Jr. and Georgia Bell Patman, two very proud Native Americans, and grandpa always said he was a black man. Never believed him.

My father died November 22, 2009 not knowing who he was, but knew he was a Native child of this land. He is in a mosuleum at the National Cemetary in Grand Prairie, Texas buried with full military honors as Gysgt Thomas Edward Robbins.


Richard T
Member
Male
73 years old
About Me

I am a 72 year-old retired Federal government work who now enjys spending time researching family trees and trying to develop an understanding of family tradition. So many of the "facts" that I grew up with I am now finding were just family traditions, folk lore and stories with just a smidgen of truth in them. I now live in Texas which limits me to the amount of actual research that I can do so I must rely on internet and online rescources.


Where are you from?

Fairfield Texas

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

I am researching my genealogy and find that I a descendant of Robin Tucker, The Elder Chief of the Nansemond Indian and his daughter, Keziah. Through that line and other scions, I became acquainted with the Chowanoke clan and their heritage. I am seeking more information to see how t the connection developed and how I fit into the line. John Ephraim Bass Sr., died in 1732, was my 8th great-grandfather so that is where my interest in the Chowanoke line began.

Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

To be able to share information and seek information from other membes of the group

Ice breaker: Who is your favorite musical group?

None - I don't have a group that I listen to or care about

Tell us a little about yourself.

Other than what is already mentioned, there isn't a lot more to say.  


Janice Jeter
Member
Female
About Me

Janice Green Jeter

DOB 12/11/1952

born in Fort Payne Alabama to Lawrence and Faye Green

married with 2 sons and 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren


Where are you from?

Tennessee

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

My name is Janice Green Jeter, I can trace my tree back to the 1600 were I am related to Prudence Eason Lassister. Prudence is reported to be Cheronhaka Indian of Nansemand Virginia. She is my 8th great grandmother on my father’s side.

I have also read info that she may be Chowanoke. I am interested in any info that you might be able to provide. She was born in 1635 to Guy Eason and Fredia Colton. Guy’s father was Calvin Eason, his wife was Catherine Wilson. Calvin’s father was Daniel born around 1535 and his wife was Mockingbird. I do not have any documentation just info found on the internet.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

if related would like to be member

Ice breaker: Who is your favorite musical group?

Beatles

Tell us a little about yourself.

65 yrs old, retired RN, love to camp and read

Have been doing my ancestry since getting my DNA tested the first of this year and find it to be very interesting. I would love to learn more about my Indian relatives.


Ashley Watts
Member
Female
38 years old

C. Wan
Member
Male
47 years old

Flower
Member
Female
Where are you from?

Western NY

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?
My husband descends from the Freemans of Albermarle. He is a DNA match to Q-M3 Freemans. There is an oral history of them being Cherokee, which they most likely weren't. The paper is a a dead end at his great grandfather, and I'm trying to build a correct tree for him.
Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

I want to learn more about the history of the families associated with the Chowanokes and Weyanokes

Ice breaker: Who is your favorite musical group?

I don't really have one. My husband's favorite artists are Layne Staley and Chris Cornell

Tell us a little about yourself.
I enjoy genetic genealogy and history in general. Other than trying to learn more about my husband's roots, that's why I joined this site. I love learning things.

Ronald Cook
Member
Male

Midge
Member
Female
58 years old
Where are you from?

Niceville, Florida

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?
It has been explained to me this way: "We have had 4 male descendants of 4 different sons of Peter Scott submit samples to Family Tree DNA, and all of them came back with a Q-M3 haplogroup (Native American). One of those descendants spent a lot of money and participated in the Big Y test, and that narrowed our group down even further. We are part of the Q-BZ2727 haplogroup, which includes only a few "surname" participants that are all linked to the Chowanoke people. We know this because of the Freeman surname participants that are in this small group; that narrowed the location, and that also narrowed the possible groups that we might be associated with, considering the time period."
Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

To learn more about our ancestry and to connect with living descendants

Ice breaker: Who is your favorite musical group?

I don't really have a favorite


James bennett
Member
Male
68 years old

Melissa Conway
Member
Female
47 years old
About Me

Where are you from?

Born in Ukiah Ca. living in Redding Ca.

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

DNA from Ancestry led me here.

Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

Wanting to learn and gather some information if possible


Deah
Member
Female
About Me
I am a business owner and a professional, I'm a natural shaman I love my roots which began in North Carolina and Virginia
Where are you from?

United States

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?
Family history
Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

I want to emmerse myself back into my culture

Ice breaker: Who is your favorite musical group?

I love music all types I don't think I can name one group

Tell us a little about yourself.
I love nature, people and animals, I embrace trying to save the planet by being eco sensitive I do as much as I can little by little

James (JD) Freeman
Member
Male
About Me

I am a Lumbee Indian from Fairmont, NC and have been loosly researcing Freeman ancestry since my DNA came back 0% Native American! lol


Where are you from?

Fairmont, NC

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

Possible decendent.  

https://nativeheritageproject.com/2016/05/14/hyde-county-nc-indian-families-in-1850/

I am a Freeman from Fairmont and my families' verbal history is that we came from eastern NC through Lake Waccamaw.

Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

Connect the dots! :)

Ice breaker: Who is your favorite musical group?

Outkast

Tell us a little about yourself.

Lumbee Indian from Robeson County.  Air Force veteran. 


Marsha Hunnicutt
Member
Female
73 years old

Patricia Bennett Reed
Member
Female
70 years old
About Me

Where are you from?

Kansas USA

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

I found interest in the Bennett connection.


Marilyn
Member
Female
67 years old
About Me

Where are you from?

Oakhurst, CA

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

I am working on my family history and believe that I am related to John Freeman of Norfold County, Virginia.


sherlene2
Member
Female
About Me

Not 23 years old and proud of it!


Where are you from?

Houston, TX area

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?

I am a direct descendant of Tabitha Hoyter Freeman through my great grandmother, Martha Lee Ann "Annie" Freeman (1881-1974).

Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

Hoyter info

Ice breaker: Who is your favorite musical group?

Not a group, Sarah Vaughan


dekitarose
Member
Female
About Me

Where are you from?

Gates Co NC

Why are you researching the Chowanoke?
Searching for Collins/Cullins/Cullens/Howell families
Why do you want to be a member of this online community?

Connect with anyone researching these families

Ice breaker: Who is your favorite musical group?

Journey

Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been researching these families over a year and have run into a brick wall. Not sure which tribe my ancesters were a memember of, hoping I can connect with someone that may have some answers.
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