O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford had no Cherokee heritage, was listed as "white" in the Census of 1860, and was most likely half Swedish and half English, Scottish, or German, or some combination thereof. (Note, the actual 1894 marriage license makes no claim of Cherokee ancestry.)Even worse:
But the most stunning discovery about the life of O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford is that her husband, Ms. Warren's great-great-great grandfather, was apparently a member of the Tennessee Militia who rounded up Cherokees from their family homes in the Southeastern United States and herded them into government-built stockades in what was then called Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga), Tennessee—the point of origin for the horrific Trail of Tears, which began in January, 1837.There are some really shameful parts of American history. While not every interaction with the Indians was as disgraceful as the left wants to imagine, the Cherokee removal is about as bad as it gets. For Warren to claim to be an Indian is pretty embarrassing. But this makes the story even more outrageous. It would be like claiming to be a descendant of a Holocaust survivor to get a scholarship--and then have it turn out that you were actually a descendant of a concentration camp guard.