As I delved into the history, it was hard to imagine, that some of those who were "Indian haters" married Indian women as Joseph Sevier did. What did Gov. Sevier think of his "half-breed" grandchildren? I wonder if his grandchildren were forced on the Trail of Tears. These are some of my unanswered questions. For example among our relatives, Owen Adkins was massacred along with his wife and several children whereas another Adkins relative was married to a chief's daughter.
There were deep divisions in the Cherokee leadership over the cessation of the land, and John Walker's son, his namesake, was murdered, shot in the back after one of these council meetings. These bitter divisions followed them to the Oklahoma Indian Territory and even into the Civil War as they took opposite sides. History sometimes has no easy answers.