Leave it to Michael Patrick Leahy, genealogy enthusiast and friend, to blow the lid on Massachusetts presumptive Democratic senatorial candidate and serial exaggerator Elizabeth Warren.
[via American Thinker]
No Credible Evidence for Warren's Claim to Native American Ancestry
Now, decades after Ms. Warren first began making these unsubstantiated claims about her Native American heritage, Chris Child, a researcher at the New England Genealogical Office, has offered one bit of evidence that some claim support Ms. Warren's contention that she has Cherokee heritage. But it's not much.It gets worse...
Mr. Child found that Ms. Warren’s great-great-grandfather, Preston Crawford, had a brother, William Crawford. In 1894, when William Crawford was about 57 years old, he submitted a marriage application to the officials of Logan County, in what was then Oklahoma Territory. In that application, William Crawford stated he wished to receive a license to marry Mary Long, and he further stated that his mother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was a Cherokee.
Here's the problem with that evidence: Nowhere do the records of that time support William Crawford's claim.
But under the best case scenario for Ms. Warren, her great-great-great grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith was only half Cherokee and half Swedish, making her not 1/32 Cherokee, as most press reports have stated, but 1/64 Cherokee.I'm not sure which is worse, that Warren has misrepresented herself for career advancement or that in the year 2012 we still live in a world where career advancement is influenced by race or gender rather than strictly by merit.
However, it is more likely that O.C. Sarah Smith had no Cherokee heritage.
Census records that listed O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford (her married name) as a resident of Tennessee in 1830, 1840, and 1860 classify her as white, not Indian.
Or maybe the worst part is trying to take seriously the Democrats...