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DNA – Helton – American Indian

 

Found on Ancestry.com

By Glendle Griggs

 

 

 

All tests of Y-DNA that match Group 3 (American Indian) at the Helton Family Tree DNA web site are from North Carolina and are all from ONE FAMILY. We probably have one common ancestor going back 7 – 8 generations (in some cases we may connect within 6 generations). 

My Helton line is: Thomas Helton; Peter Helton; Silas Helton; Arnold Helton; James Knox Polk Helton; Herbert “Dutch” Helton and Me (Glendle Helton Griggs). The DNA tests for our Group are Billy D. Helton and Jimmy Helton. (Billy Helton connects in 7 generations and Jimmy connects in 8 generations.)

While the Helton Family was in Virginia before migrating to North Carolina, Thomas Helton/Hilton’s descendants of Stokes/Surrey County, NC are all connected and the DNA Tests help to prove their ties. We (the descendants of Thomas Helton) can connect to every DNA Test that is a match for our Heltons going back to the mid 1700’s. From various genealogists research we knew this before individual Helton’s submitted tests.

The naming pattern of this family include: For Males: Thomas, Beacham, John, James, William, Peter, Silas, Solomon, Ransom, Joel, Amos, Moses, Jeremiah, Jesse & Eliphas.

For Females: Lucinda, Bettie, Bethenia, Malinda, Catharine, Mary, Rebecca, Sarah, Matilda.

Thomas Helton and his daughter, Lucinda Mabe, stayed in the Stokes/Surrey County, NC area. Lucinda & John Mabe had a large family and many descendants are still living there. Others of Thomas’ family moved to Murphy, Rowan, Burke, Caldwell, Lincoln and then later Catawba, Yancy, Buncombe & other NC Counties.

By the late 1700’s, the sons of Peter Helton have relocated to Carter/Washington County, TN areas and most will not return to North Carolina to live—even though they were all born in NC. Peter himself will eventually move to Georgia where he died in 1850 in Cass County, GA. Peter’s sons will live in Tennessee in their later years and we can only guess at their travels, etc. before 1830.

Abraham Helton’s family will migrate to Georgia & Tennessee early. Abraham and his family lived very near their Cherokee relatives—possibly due to the fact that his wife was Charity Owl and a full-blood who was comfortable living and associating with her people. Some of the other wives (James Madison Helton’s wife for example) were never comfortable being around full-blood Cherokees. Abraham’s daughter Sarah, had children with the Bark Chicken, son of Young Chicken (Chetiganete) and Senelle. Bark Chicken AKA Calvin Helton and his parents were relocated to Indian Territory in the “Trail of Tears.”

Some of the Burke County, NC Heltons will leave NC and move to Georgia. We do not know if this was caused by the hanging of Eliphas Helton in 1836. North Carolina Regulators were not kind to the Cherokees because they really wanted their land and pretty much already had it (as far as our Helton’s were concerned). The Helton family was known as Cherokee even though some of them lived and looked like whites.

Malinda Helton a daughter or granddaughter of Thomas Helton and her children eventually leave Burke/Caldwell County, NC and move to Lumpkin County, GA. Malinda is there by 1850 and her sons before that time. I think Malinda was the daughter of Beecham & Nancy Helton and therefore the granddaughter of Indian Thomas Helton. She married John Smith – but her children keep the Helton name and their descendants DNA is not Helton.

Beecham & Nancy Helton’s descendants moved to Georgia & Tennessee. Their daughter, Dicey Helton will marry John Helton (son of Abraham) and their only son, Jacob will remain in Lumpkin County, TN. Beecham & Nancy’s son, Joseph Helton, will marry Charlotte Spradley and remain in Lumpkin County, GA. Their descendants will move to Polk & Bradley County, TN and some remain in GA.

The Heltons who remained in Burke/Caldwell/Catawba/Yancy were mostly descendants of Jeremiah & Jesse Helton. Some of Daniel Smith Helton’s (of Peter Helton descent) sons will marry wives from NC and they will live in NC; and also some of John Helton’s (also of Peter) descendants will live in NC while other will stay in TN. William Helton son of John & Charity Helton will marry Rebecca Helton (probably daughter of Silas & Sarah Scott Helton).

John & Charity Lee Helton and their children mostly remained in Eastern, TN. Some are buried in the Blair Cemetery. Some of the daughters of John & Charity, even though married, will give their children the Helton surname. William Helton and his children lived near John and Charity and then some migrate to the Ashville area of NC. The musical Heltons from North Carolina are from William & Rebecca Helton’s descendants.

Silas Helton and wife Sarah Scott Helton of Carter County, TN – their son William Helton who marries Mary Helton will be in that area until about 1860 and then relocate to parts unknown. Silas will move to Greene County, TN and stay in that general area. Silas’ children all leave Greene County – with Arnold Helton moving with a group of Greene County, TN residents to Greene County, MO – before 1850. Sarah Scott Helton’s relatives marry into the McInturff family and remain around Carter/Washington/Unicoi Counties in TN. None of Silas Helton’s children file Indian applications – none seem to be living near their other Indian Helton relatives. John Helton, son of Arnold Helton (and brother of James Knox Polk Helton) does move to OK and then back to Greene County, MO. John Helton also contacts Washington, DC through his congressman searching for information on Silas Helton and his land grants from his War of 1812 Service.

Our Helton Indian Family in the 1700’s had one foot in the Cherokee world and one foot in the White world. Their thinking and outlook was probably very INDIAN. You do not change your belief system and your moral compass over night – and the Indian culture was very different. Our Heltons were in the court system often—because living by white rules when you have been raised Indian could not have been easy. It wasn’t a big deal for an Indian to take something from a brother—or to kill someone who needed killing (by Indian standards)—which could get you hung by a judge of the white court system. Also alcoholism was rampant in some of these families. 

**ALL OF THE ABOVE IS BY GLENDLE GRIGGS. I ADDED ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TO SHOW MY LINE TO THOMAS HELTON.** MY LINE TO THOMAS HELTON IS THROUGH NANCY ANN HILTON PICKERING, WHO WAS A GREAT GRAND DAUGHTER OF PETER HELTON AND A GREAT GREAT GRAND DAUGHTER OF OLD THOMAS. OUR ORAL FAMILY HISTORY ALWAYS SAID THAT SUZIE PICKERING KELLEY WAS PART INDIAN. I NEVER KNEW WHO THE INDIAN ANCESTOR WAS, UNTIL THE HELTON COUSINS CONTACTED ME.

 

THOMAS HELTON,F/O
PETER HELTON, F/O
SILAS HELTON, F/O
JACOB HELTON, F/O
NANCY ANN HILTON(MARRIED TO JAMES WILLIAM PRICE PICKERING), M/O SUZIE -
SUZIE CLARK PICKERING(MARRIED TO JOHN RICHARD KELLEY,) M/O RUTH -
RUTH LEOTA KELLEY(MARRIED TO DAVID MILFORD SADLER,) M/O INEZ -
INEZ CLARK SADLER(MARRIED TO ELMER LLEWELLYN MANKIN,) M/O MICHAEL LEE MANKIN, ME -
THOMAS WAS A 6 GREAT GRANDFATHER FOR ME.

 

 

 

 

2016