posted on June 26, 2010 and updated on March 30, 2011
Hello Message board,
Last year, I sent out an inquiry for information on my paternal grandmother’s father side, believing I was looking for Native American ancestry information on his side. The exact Native American heritage is unknown: Choctaw, Cherokee; I don’t know.
It turns out it was not Arnold Heathcock’s information I needed to search from your message board; but, his wife, Della Steele, who I cannot find any childhood information on her, including no birth information from Ancestry.com and a few other sources.
The family has always been told there was Native American blood on my grandmother’s side. It was just presumed it was on her father’s side. Now, I am beginning to research any information on the Steele’s family line; and, if there is any connection to Bache, Oklahoma where I know Della’s husband, Arnold, was buried along with his other family members. One of which was his father, James Richard Augustus Heathcock, who was a reverend of what denomination I am not sure; but, I am assuming that maybe he was ministering to the natives in Oklahoma. I am not sure. I am just in this new research path.
Lastly, I do have Della with her husband in Choctaw Indian territory in a U.S. Census report that is why I am looking to your tribal information first. If anyone can give me any leads to possibilities, I would be most appreciative. Thank you for your time and consideration.