The Indians of North Florida

Poarch Creek Familes of Cheraw Ancestry

Poarch Creek Families 0f Cheraw Ancestry

Sizemore, Gibson, Hollinger, marlow, Durant, Dees

During the resurgence of the Creek identity in the southeast that intensified with the Creek Indian Land Claims cases in the 1950’s and peaked in the 1980’s, there were many thousands of people doing genealogical work on hundreds of ancestral family lines, many in hopes of finding a Creek ancestors and being part of the land claims settlement awards. For others it was due to actual interest in their own Indian heritage. As a part of the process leading to the federal acknowledgement of the Poarch Band of Creeks, there was a substantial amount research conducted by various academics as well as countless lay researchers. The Bureau of Acknowledgement and Research within the B.I.A. also delved into the area. In the course of this researching into the roots of the Poarch Creek community, many ancestors of Poarch Creek Indians were found to have Carolina Cheraw Indian origins. As Poarch Creek Indian researchers, Lou Vickery and Steve Travis state in their book released in 2009 entitled;  Rise of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians ,

“It is noteworthy that the Sizemores, Gibsons, Hollingers, Durant, and Marlows, were all mixed-blood lines that came to southwest Alabama from South Carolina. Most were mixed-bloods from the Catawba or Lumbee tribes.”-pg.144

“The McGhee and Rolin families, along with the Moniacs, Gibsons, and Ehlerts, were the genetic founders of the contemporary Poarch Band of Creek Indians.”-pg.147

“Along with the Dees family, the Hathcocks migrated from South Carolina to the Poarch area where they intermarried with the Poarch Creeks.”-pg.154

“ the Hathcocks were originally not Creek Indians. Like the Dees and Gibson familes, the Hathcocks came from the south Carolina area, they were a mixture of Portuguese and Native American, who intermarried with Lumbee Indians”-pg.161

William David Bart Gibson was born about 1823 in South Carolina, arriving in Alabama in the early 1840’s.”-pg.154

“Listed as a half Creek Indian, (Arthur) Sizemore probably had some Catawba/Lumbee bloodlines”-pg. 155