Looking for Female Descendant of Nancy Ralston born circa 1818
If you’ve been reading my blog you know that we have been waiting for DNA results back on a Male DNA 12 marker test. The results indicate Cherokee blood. This is very surprising as it means we have a male Cherokee ancestor, and all we’ve previously known is that Nancy Agnes Ralston was Native American. There are records of her being Nancy Agnes McLane and Nancy Agnes Elrod.
It may be that Nancy’s husband, John Ralston Jr., was mixed-blood. A family story says his mother Elizabeth Sharp Ralston was held captive by Indians for four years and the result was John Jr. born in 1807.
It is quite possible that Nancy Agnes McLane was adopted. It has been nearly impossible to find out who her parents were. It is also possible that Nancy re-married when she married John Ralston, Jr. After all, it was John’s second marriage, the first one being to a Susan MaWha. Susan MaWha’s family came west in Pennsylvania to teach the sons of the Seneca Chief Cornplanter.
I would very much like to see if we can determine Nancy’s tribal identity and we can only do this through a female line. I am from one of Nancy’s sons — Millen Ralston. The line can end in a male descendant as long as it traces back through his mother to Nancy.
I am hoping to find a cousin, to have a simple mouth-swab female DNA test and to finally lay to rest who was Nancy Ralston. Please check the information below to see if you are related to this family and if you can help me locate a direct female descendant of Nancy’s.
John Ralston Jr married Nancy Agnes (McLane)
Butler County, PA possibly 1834
Both of them died in Jackson County, Iowa
Nancy d. 24 May 1905
Daughter Susan b. Butler County, PA 1840 married Daniel Shirley II Mar 1854 (Divorced 1867)
Did Susan have all boys?
Orlando, Frank, Roy and William Nelson
Daughter Caroline b. Butler County, PA 1842 married John Sawyer 24 AUG 1862 went to Nebraska
Mary Parkis (Charles) Osceola, Nebraska: Mary had a daughter Maude born in 1881 in Nebraska. She married Fred Leonard Johnson and they had a daughter Agnes Lena who married John D. Rosenberry in 1921. They had two daughters Bettie and Lorene. Lorene married Dan Cerny in 1952 and she has three children. This family is centered in Columbus, Nebraska.
Viola Hight (Thomas) Norfolk, NB
Nora Record (Sigal) Arcadia, NB : Nora had a daughter named Maude in Missouri in 1899. In 1920, they were living together as boarders in Fruitvale, Yakima, WA. In 1930, Maude had married Floyd F. Eberly and they all lived together in West Linn, Clackamas, OR. Maude had a son named Don Elton Eberly. Did Maude have any daughters? Nora died 17 JUL 1952 in Washington.
Luella Ross (Ellsworth) Boyd, NB
Lilly Holcomb (Earl) Arcadia, NB
Daughter Alvira b. Butler County, PA 1844 d. 1885 married Edward Albert Sutton
Daughter Mary Jane b. 26 MAR 1846 d. 18 JUL 1896 Doniphan County, Kansas married Calvin Ball in 1863 Cedar County, Iowa
Ida Ball b. 1864 Jun 1870 was in Richardson County, Nebraska married Mr. Chambers
Edna b. 1878
Daughter Margaret b. PA 1851 married Mr. Stahl
Daughter Arozine/Arezma b. Iowa 1854 d. 26 DEC 1876 Jackson County, Iowa