Rather being a member in good standing with the local tribes, Jonathan Crawford, O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford’s husband and Warren’s great great great great grandfather was a plague on the Indians as he rounded them up in order to move them in what is now known as the Trail of Tears, in which many of the Indians died on their way to their new homes, due to the cruel conditions they were placed under. He and his fellow soldiers emptied three states that were the Cherokee’s land long before the White Man landed in this country. They were located in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
“While these involuntary home removals were not characterized by widespread violence, the newly displaced Cherokee mothers, fathers, and children found an oppressive and sometimes brutal welcome when they finally arrived at the hastily constructed containment areas. An estimated 4,000 Cherokees were warehoused in Ross’s Landing stockades for months awaiting supplies and additional armed guards the Federal Government believed necessary to relocate them on foot to Oklahoma.”
Crawford wasn’t one of the men who helped bring the troops to Oklahoma, but given the end result of the effort — something all involved likely had some inkling of it — he was certainly implicated in the slaughter. Crawford also served in the Battalion of Tennessee Mounted Infantry Volunteer Militia during the Second Seminole War in 1837, a conflict that ended with even more dead Native Americans (as one might expect).
So the best-case scenario involves her having as much oppressor blood in her as oppressed. And as Leahy points out, that’s not an incredibly likely scenario: “Neither O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford, Jonathan Crawford, nor any of their seven other children, apparently ever claimed that O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford had Cherokee heritage.”
I guss Warren is claiming that some of the Cherokee’s blood splattered on one of her ancestors.