Amanda M. Weldon, one of my 2nd great grandmothers, was born in Alabama (most probably in or near Shelby Co.) in October 1840. On January 19, 1865, she married John Henry Kenned(a)y in Shelby Co., Alabama. Amanda died some time after the 1900 census, but before November 1909, most probably in Logan Co., Arkansas. A cousin located what she thought was Amanda's gravestone in a cemetery on St. Louis Road between Subiaco and Paris, Arkansas, but it was too worn to photograph. Some letters had worn down and there is no listing for Amanda on official cemetery records. On the 1850 Shelby Co., Alabama census, Amanda is listed with her siblings and parents, William Absalom Weldon and Nancy Hilton Weldon.
William or Absalom Weldon (1794-1868) was born in Meriweather Co., Georgia and married Nancy Hilton (1805-1880) in Pike Co., Georgia on July 1, 1823.
Amanda's sisters, Sarah and Mary, and her brother, William, all applied for shares in the Eastern Cherokee settlement of 1909. The applications were all rejected as incomplete. None of the siblings were able to adequately provide the required lineage to prove their Cherokee ancestry. For years, there have been stories in this family that Amanda was full Cherokee, but no proof has surfaced. The siblings who applied for membership and settlement in 1909 believed it was either Nancy or her mother who was referred to by the name "Bag." My research is continuing.