Ancestry Research

Native American Ancestry:

Seems to be true.

  • Nimrod Brewer was married to Mary Louisa Short (believed to be full Cherokee)
  • Their Daughter was Eliza Brewer who married William Sampson Huddleston
  • Their son was John Huddleston
  • His son was William (Bill) Huddleston who had Vada with May Ava Jolliff
  • Vada is mom’s grandmother. Mother of grandma Janice.

Story of Mary Louisa Short:
Mary was born about 1800 in North Carolina. Mary Louisa married Nimrod Brewer about 1817 in Madison Missouri. It is said that she was full Cherokee Indian and that her Cherokee name is “Little Deer”. She is on the roll for the “Trail of Tears”. The name Little Deer is on 1817 Cherokee Reservation Roll. It is said she was named Short because she really was short. They called her “Grandma Short” She and Nimrod were the parents of 15 children.
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Short-1904

Note: There seems to be some discrepancies on the dates but if Vada knew her dad Bill was part native American than it seems like it was common knowledge.

Also my DNA matches people who have Eliza Brewer and William Sampson Huddleston on their family tree.
So Bill was definitely Vada’s the father!

I wouldn’t make the Elizabeth Warren mistake and call yourself “Native American” but you could say you probably have a Cherokee ancestor. 🙂

European Ancestry

Grandma Janice’s ancestry seems to be mostly English. Although some last names on her dad Laundy Beach’s side could be Scottish, Irish or Welsh like Andrews and Owens. There is one line that I can trace back to Ireland (the last name OMaroney changed to Maroney). So Laundy definitely had some Irish heritage.

Jolliff is an ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a happy and lively person. The surname of Jolliffe was originally derived from the Old French word joli, of the same meaning.
Brewer is also a Norman name.

The Normans were a group of vikings that settled in France and took over England for a while. So we are part viking. 🙂 Maybe that’s why some of us are so tall.

Also England is kind of the melting pot of western Europe. Before DNA tracking they thought the Anglo-Saxons from the coast of Germany and Denmark totally took over. But now they know that the natives of the land intermarried with the Anglo-Saxon and the Viking invaders. So our DNA probably includes a little bit from the ancient people who built stone henge, some from the bell beaker people who moved in after them, some from the Celts that moved in around the same time, and then some anglo-saxon and viking (Norwegian).

I’ll do Mom’s dad next!

From what I’ve researched there is English, German, Irish and French (the south of France by Spain)… that could explain the olive skin.