Saponi Indians-Stories my Grandmother told?
Hello Mr. Gates, enjoy your show immensely. My grandmothers dads family, migrated from Huntsville Virgina, to Huntsville Texas, some say with Sam Houston. “Again stories my granmother told”. Sitting in the kitchen with her as she cooked she told stories of her Dad William (Bill) Branch. Cousin to reknown Houston Texas minister E. Stanley Branch, the E. for Eldridge. She (my granmother) also named after her dad, Willie Lou Branch, was very proud of this side of her family, She was a very striking woman, tall about 5’7 slender, wavy waist length hair, refined features.
She was always asked if she was of indian mix, I can recall she would always say, not oklahoma or Cherokee, I asked her one day well what type of indian, that’s when she informed me, Saponi. I have looked up Saponi and true they are native of Virginia.
I recall my grandmother with great interest and fondness, when researching her surname, Branch, the census has some as mulotto’s. Which is also very interesting.
Did the Branch family migrate with Sam Houston? Are they decendents of Saponi indians?
If ever your show is about Saponi Indians and their decendants, I’m available.