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Fairchild/Steele...Is there any Native American blood here?

Journal by beckykoelling

My husband's grandmother is 89, she is the granddaughter of Andrew Ulch MILLER and Minnie Martha Maria FAIRCHILD. Grandma was always told that her dad was 1/8 Cherokee, and his mom (Minnie) was 1/4. So that would make one of Minnie's parents 1/2 Cherokee. I have this line at least one more generation back on all fronts...but I never got wind of any native American blood at all. Minnie's parents were Joshua S. FAIRCHILD (b. 1813-1816 in Buffalo, Erie, New York) and Frances Maria STEELE (b. 6 APR 1827 in Tolland, Tolland, Connecticut.
I have Joshua's parents as Joshua FAIRCHILD b. 16 JAN 1797 and Mary SKINNER b. 1797. Frances' parents were Seth Dwite STEELE b. 14 MAR 1796 and Harriet PAINE b. about 1801. I only know that Mary SKINNER'S father was Benjamin SKINNER...I do not know who her mother is. I do not know who Harriet PAINE'S parents were. But one of these last four parents mentioned (Joshua, Mary,Seth or Harriet) would have to have been full blood Cherokee. The Fairchilds originally came from England and so did the Steeles. Both lines have been traced back to early Connecticut. I'm particularly looking at the ladies.

One thing I must mention about Grandma...she's sharp as a tack. She was very clear in her thinking.

I know that there are a lot of folks researching the Fairchilds and the Steeles, and I'm hoping someone might have some info about this!

Surnames: FAIRCHILD MILLER PAINE SKINNER STEELE
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on 2005-07-06 15:13:46

beckykoelling , from Missouri, USA, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jun 2005. is researching the following names: CAMPBELL, MAYO, SOUTHARD and 76 other(s).

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by chicken on 2007-01-18 12:50:02

thats kool!!!!! awesome!!! write back!!!
_Chicken_

by bpeconge on 2007-01-18 14:33:14

I married into a native family and have done some research on my husbands native side. One thing I have found is almost everyone thinks they have a cherokee ancestor. I'm not saying it's not possible, but proceed with caution. Natives tended to migrate for much the same reasons that the "white folk" did. Try researching tribes in the locations they lived. You may find that gg grandpa was a trader and married a daughter of a chief. Most often when natives married whites, they assimilated into white lifestyle and not vice versa. Plus there was quite a stigma being labeled native american, so they may not list themselves as being indian on censuses. If you need any suggestions, I will help you in whatever way I can, just contact me.

by bhunsucker on 2007-04-20 13:04:15

You should try looking at Familysearch.org
Or go to LDS.org , they have links there that may be able to help you. I have a Roena ( Rowena) Steele who was believed to be full blooded. Her father's name was Pleasant Bolding.
They were originally from Alabama. Let me know if you find anything.

by bhunsucker on 2007-04-20 13:05:23

You should try looking at Familysearch.org
Or go to LDS.org , they have links there that may be able to help you. I have a Roena ( Rowena) Steele who was believed to be full blooded. Her father's name was Pleasant Bolding.
They were originally from Alabama. Let me know if you find anything.

by beckykoelling on 2007-05-08 17:20:26

The latest on this is that I have made contact of one of my husband's 'cousins', he does not have any indication of this either. There is a photo of Frances Maria STEELE (1827-1900), who was born in Connecticut, the daughter of Seth Dwite STEELE (1796-1834) and Harriet PAINE/PAYNE (1801-). The photo appears on Ancestry.com. It is entirely possible she could have some native blood.
The cousin believes that Harriet PAINE was too old at marriage to have been a Native American. She would have been about 22/23. We do not know who her parents were.

The other possibility is Mary SKINNER (1797-1821/23) who was born in Canada. Her father was Benjamin SKINNER. Mary married Joshua FAIRCHILD (1797-1891) 1818 in Canada. Mary's mother is unknown. No known photo of her available. Though, there is also a photo of their son, Joshua S. FAIRCHILD (1813/16-1900) on Ancestry.com. By far, Frances has more of a look than Joshua.

I intend to keep digging. Both families originated in Connecticut. From there, the FAIRCHILDS went the was of Niagara, New York to Canada to Ohio, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas and Oklahoma. The STEELES went from Connecticut to Illinois then Kansas.

If the Native American blood is there, then fine. But it's a mystery and I love a good mystery!

by telliott on 2008-03-07 22:25:01

Have you read any of the books put out by Jane Fairchild Gilmore. She spent over 30 years compling 3 books on the Fairchild's in the US. She has pretty well documented the Ct Fairchild's.
I am from the Fairchild line she calls the Southern Line. My Fairchild's came from South Carolina. Her first two books deal mainly with your Fairchild line and her third with my line.

by leebee on 2010-09-18 19:00:03

"by bhunsucker on 2007-04-20 13:05:23
You should try looking at Familysearch.org
Or go to LDS.org , they have links there that may be able to help you. I have a Roena ( Rowena) Steele who was believed to be full blooded. Her father's name was Pleasant Bolding.
They were originally from Alabama. Let me know if you find anything."

Roena Bolding was my aunt, and Pleasanat Bolding my grandfather. They are listed as Indian (Native American) on the 1910 census. I would appreciate learning where you found your information.

Thank you for any information you can give me.

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