Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quadrule Indians of Harlan County, Kentucky

By MHS Vice-President for Research Penny Ferguson

When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to tell us the story about our Indian heritage, Indian was the word she used. She told us that our heritage came from the Quadrule Indians who lived on Wallins Creek in Harlan County Kentucky. She said the Cherokees were in Harlan too, but Quadrules were NOT Cherokee Indians, that they were more advanced, and friendly, and that they made beautiful pottery. Grandma said they were there when the first white man came, and they had always been there. She said the women were very beautiful, and that they married in with the white settlers. I used to love hearing grandma tell this story, and she told it from the time I was little, until she passed away when I was 27 years old.

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  1. My question is about my Ancestor Thomas Collins I hope you can help. I am the grandson of Opal Collins who was the daughter of James Jasper Collins, who was the son of Eli Collins, who was the son of Robert B Collins who was married to Sarah ? Robert was the son of Thomas Collins. My Family is from Letcher county KY, Most of them have passed on which leaves me. I am going to say that they were just ordinary white folk with no real mixed blood or anything but I'd like to put the question to rest, Hope someone reads this asnd responds. Thanks