1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 20, 2020 1:16 PM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking proof that Comfort Hester was Cherokee


      I am looking for solid proof that ties Comfort Hester (1754-1836) to Cherokee origins. She was married to John Hester (1754-1820) and they lived in Bladen County, NC. I am descended from their daughter, Rebecca Hester (1788-1870), and son-in-law, Sampson Davis (1782-1855). Sources throughout the Internet claim that Comfort was Cherokee, but I need proof, and am willing to pay for solid proof that she was Cherokee.

        • Re: Seeking proof that Comfort Hester was Cherokee
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Higgins,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The variety of census rolls created during the removal period begin in 1835 and the earlier ones often only list the head of household. Some registers for those who remained in the east and emigration rolls that date back to 1817 just list the head of household as well..


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Eastern Cherokee Census Rolls, 1835-1884 in the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75) that has been digitized and is available via the Catalog.


          We also located a series titled Census Rolls, 1815-1869 in Record Group 75 that has not been digitized or microfilmed. For access to and/or copies of this series, please contact the National Archives at Washington - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov and also inquire about other relevant BIA records.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


          [Information provided by Cody White, Subject Matter Expert]