There are many sites that relate the family stories of two Burchfield/Birchfield girls who were with a wagon train who was attacked by a group of Cherokees — some versions say one girl was taken with the warriors, when they left; with the other girl scalped, badly hurt, but still alive — she was to later recover, at a close by English settlement.
The captured girl was later adopted by the tribe, and became a wife to the Cherokee chief — they had several sons; before she was to return to the English settlement; where her sons were accepted as ‘white men’ — holding lands, and properties in North Carolina [Indians were not legally allowed to “own property/land” during this time-frame.]
An excellent site/forum to start with — researching this topic can be found here:
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