It’s not known if Elizabeth Warren’s great-great-great grandparents had high cheekbones or not; what is known is that instead of being members of the Cherokee Nation, they were involved in rounding up the Cherokee and sending them down the road on the infamous Trail of Tears.
Michael Patrick Leahy did a little investigating into Elizabeth Warren’s famous “family lore” and found something rather startling. Not only Warren’s assertion that she is 1/32 Native American evidently fiction, the truth of her family lore is no doubt something that Warren and Massachusetts Democrats will be shedding their own tears over.
After researching her story, it is obvious that her “family lore” is just fiction.
As I pointed out in my article here on Sunday, no evidence supports this claim. 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.)
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.
The original tip came from a reader of William Jacobson’s Legal Insurrection blog. Nice pickup.
The moral to the story? When Democrats or the media make an assertion, it’s more than likely something totally opposite of what’s being claimed. Also, an observation I’ve made over the years about your average liberal; they know nothing about irony.