Elizabeth Warren Information

Elizabeth Warren is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from the state of Massachusetts. She claims she is of Cherokee descent. She has come under fire for possibly using that claim to give her career a boost at a time when Harvard Law was under pressure to hire more minority professors. We have done extensive research on her ancestry and on the stories she has told trying to back up her claim. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest she actually had a Cherokee or American Indian ancestor. Despite repeated requests for her to release her personnel records from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, she refuses to do so.

The stories she has told and our conclusions
Click on the following links to go to the posts.

Her maternal genealogy

Part 2 

The "Elopement Story"

Elizabeth Warren's mother lied.

Warren's "racist" grandparents socialized with an Indian.

Did Warren invent the story of racist grandparents?

The "Family Feud" Story

The 25th Anniversary Party 

Warren's White Great Grandpa Shot an Indian News Article

Bam! Last Nail in the Coffin on that Old Story

Her brothers' story 

Was her father really a janitor?

Elizabeth Warren's Maternal Ancestors

She claims to have Indian blood through her mother so that side of her family is shown here. All were always found in all records as white. They were never found in any Cherokee records or listed as Indian. The Trail of Tears was in 1838-39. We chose to show back to the generation born before that time, though we have traced most her lines back further. Additional information or documentation available upon request.

Generation 1

1. Pauline Louise Reed: born 14 Feb 1912 in Hughes County, Oklahoma; died 19 Jul 1995 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

Generation 2

2. Harry Gunn Reed: born 1 Oct 1872 in Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois; married 2 Jun 1893 in Sebastian, Arkansas, United States; died 23 Dec 1956 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.
3. Bethania Elvina "Hannie" Crawford: born 29 Oct 1875 in Laclede County, Missouri; died 11 Nov 1969 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

Generation 3

4. Joseph H Reed: born abt 1837 in Ohio; died 13 Feb 1898 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.
5. Charity Louise Gorman: born abt 1841 in Illinois; died bef 1900.
6. John Houston Crawford: born 26 Mar 1858 in Laclede County, Missouri; died 23 Jan 1924 in Hughes County, Oklahoma.
7. Paulina Ann Bowen: born abt 1860 in Missouri; died 1905 in Johnson County, Arkansas.

Generation 4

8. Joseph H Reed: born 17 Jun 1793 in New Jersey; died 27 Feb 1847 in Richland County, Illinois.
9. Eliza Bell: born 1798 in New Jersey; died 1869 in Richland County, Illinois.
10. Ezekiel Gorman: born 1800 in Missouri; married 7 Dec 1828 in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri; died 20 Mar 1867 (bef) in Washington County, Illinois.
11. Elizabeth Mathieus: born abt 1810 in Missouri.
12. Preston H Crawford: born 1824 in Tennessee; died 1875 in Laclede County, Missouri.
13. Edith May Marsh: born 5 Mar 1826 in Tennessee; died 24 Jun 1871 in Laclede County, Missouri.
14. George Washington Bowen: born 14 Feb 1826 in Indiana; married 1 Jan 1846 in Camden, Ray County, Missouri; died 14 Jan 1907 in Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas.
15. Bethany Clark: born 27 Feb 1828 in Kentucky; died 17 Jun 1926 in Johnson County, Arkansas

Timeline of Elizabeth Warren's Minority Claim

1977 to 1978 - Taught at Rutgers University

1978 to 1983 - Taught at University of Houston 

1981 to 1987 - University of Texas (Austin), personnel records listed her as white

From the Boston Globe, "Warren’s employment document at the University of Texas allowed her to check multiple boxes specifying “the racial category or categories with which you most closely identify.” The options included “American Indian or Alaskan Native,” but she chose only white."

1986 - Listed herself as a minority in the American Association of Law Schools directory

From the Washington Post, "Warren first listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools Directory of Faculty in 1986, the year before she joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She continued to list herself as a minority until 1995, the year she accepted a tenured position at Harvard Law School."

1987 to 1992 - Taught at University of Pennsylvania

1992 to 1993 - Taught at Harvard Law School as visiting professor

1993 - Harvard behind in diversity goals

From The Crimson, "As the University winds up a plan launched in 1988 to promote diversity in its faculty and staff, officials express disappointment about their progress."

1993 - Harvard minority student groups issue demands

From the Crimson, "The panelists addressed several of the issues raised by the protesters, including Harvard's response to Mansfield's remarks, the lack of minority faculty and the absence of Asian-American representation on the panel."

1993 - Listed in the article "Women of Color in Legal Academia: A Biographic and Bibliographic Guide"

From Breibart, "An article, “Women of Color in Legal Academia: A Biographic and Bibliographic Guide,” which was published by the Harvard Women’s Law Journal (since renamed the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender) in its Spring 1993 edition (Volume 16), lists Warren as one of approximately 250 “women of color” in legal academia."

1993 - Offered permanent position at Harvard (turned down)

From The Crimson, "Visiting Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren, one of the two female scholars offered tenure by Harvard Law School this year, said yesterday that she will not accept the post.

Warren, who holds a tenured position at the University of Pennsylvania, said that her decision was based on "personal reasons." "

1993 to 1995 - Taught at University of Pennsylvania

1994 - University of Pennsylvania, received a teaching award, designated as a minority

From the Boston Globe, "The University of Pennsylvania, where Warren taught at the law school from 1987 through 1995, listed her as a minority in a “Minority Equity Report” posted on its website. The report, published in 2005, well after her departure, included her as the winner of a faculty award in 1994. Her name was highlighted in bold, the designation used for minorities in the report."

March 1994 - Student Protests at Harvard demanding more minority faculty hires

From The Crimson, "Beginning on March 5, the Saturday of Junior Parents Weekend ,the Asian American Association, Raza and other minority groups launched an all-out assault, complete with protests, petitions and postering. one of their primary goals: to increase minority faculty hiring."


"A protester's sign on March 5 displays Harvard's "report card," giving the administration an "A" for "evasion" and an "F" for "action" on the issue of minority faculty hiring The underlying message is that Harvard's facultyis not diverse due to institutionalized racism and stubborn, reactionary administrators."

1995 - Accepted a permanent position at Harvard Law School

From The Crimson, "University of Pennsylvania legal scholar Elizabeth Warren has been appointed the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, University officials announced yesterday.
Warren, who taught at the law school as a visiting professor during the spring of 1993, said yesterday the offer had been available since that time, but added that family circum-stances had kept her from accepting the position until now."

1995 - Stopped listing herself as minority in the American Association of Law Schools directory

From the Washington Post, "Warren first listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools Directory of Faculty in 1986, the year before she joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She continued to list herself as a minority until 1995, the year she accepted a tenured position at Harvard Law School."

1996 - Touted as Native American in The Crimson

From The Crimson, "Although the conventional wisdom among students and faculty is that the Law School faculty includes no minority women, Chmura said Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren is Native American."

1997 - Touted as Harvard Law's first woman of color in Fordham Law Review

From Politico, " "There are few women of color who hold important positions in the academy, Fortune 500 companies, or other prominent fields or industries," the piece says. "This is not inconsequential. Diversifying these arenas, in part by adding qualified women of color to their ranks, remains important for many reaons. For one, there are scant women of color as role models. In my three years at Stanford Law School, there were no professors who were women of color. Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995." "


Is this the form that she "checked the box" on?

If so, it is clear to see why she won't release the records. She does not legally meet the criteria to be counted as a Native American for diversity reports to the EEOC.

Sources for her entire genealogy include, but are not limited to: 

1. 1790 United States Federal Census
2. 1820 United States Federal Census
3. 1830 United States Federal Census
4. 1840 United States Federal Census
5. 1841 England Census
6. 1850 United States Federal Census
7. 1851 England Census
8. 1860 United States Federal Census
9. 1861 England Census
10. 1870 United States Federal Census
11. 1880 United States Federal Census
12. 1900 United States Federal Census
13. 1910 United States Federal Census
14. 1920 United States Federal Census
15. 1930 United States Federal Census
16. 1940 United States Federal Census
17. American Civil War Soldiers
18. Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
19. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
20. California Death Index, 1940-1997
21. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension
22. England & Wales, Free BMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
23. Illinois Marriages to 1850
24. Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860
25. Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947
26. Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941
27. Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850
28. Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911
29. Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
30. Missouri Marriages, 1766-1983
31. Missouri, Death Records, 1834-1910
32. North Carolina, Marriage Collection, 1741-2004
33. Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008
34. Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
35. Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedu
36. Social Security Death Index
37. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
38. Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1951
39. Tennessee, Deaths and Burials Index, 1874-1955
40. Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
41. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
42. U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914
43. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)
44. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
45. U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907
46. U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918
47. U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 19
48. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
49. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
50. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2
51. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
52. U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
53. U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-
54. U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats
55. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications
56. Web: Arkansas, Find A Grave Index, 1819-2011
57. Web: Illinois, Find A Grave Index, 1809-2011
58. Web: Maryland, Find A Grave Index, 1788-2011
59. Web: Missouri, Find A Grave Index, 1812-2011
60. Web: Obituary Daily Times Index, 1995-2011
61. Web: Oklahoma, Find A Grave Index, 1834-2011
62. Web: Tennessee, Find A Grave Index, 1796-2011
63. Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1836-2011
64. Web: Washington, Find A Grave Index, 1853-2011
65. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
66. Muskogee Times Democrat; Muskogee, Oklahoma, 1906
67. Ada Evening News; Ada, Oklahoma, 1929
68. Wetumka Gazette; Wetumka, Oklahoma 1932
69. The Democrat-American; Sallisaw, Oklahoma 1932, 1936
70. Oklahoma District Court Records
71. Oklahoma Vital Records
72. Hughes County, Oklahoma Marriage Records
73. Logan County, Oklahoma Marriage Records
74. 1860 Census of Indian Lands West of Arkansas (whites only census)
75. “Prairies of Promise” – Bowen
76. Christian Advocate (Methodist records)
77. Sebastian County, Arkansas Death records
78. Michigan Bible Records
79. Johnson County, Arkansas published records
80. Illinois Regional Archives Repository
81. Quaker Records
82. Volunteer Soldiers in the Cherokee War, 1836 - 39, James L. Douthat
83. National Archives – Pension and Bounty Land records, Neona Crawford
84. National Archives – Pension papers of William J. Crawford
85. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the Cherokee Disturbances and Removal
86. Passenger lists
87. US Army Indian Campaign Service Records
88. Maryland Calendar of Wills
89. Utah State University Database, Ridgway papers
90. Missouri Soldiers Database
91. Missouri Vital Records
92. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database
93. Laclede County, Missouri: histories and families
94. The History of Richland County, Illinois
95. Richland County, Ohio Directory and History
96. Richland County, Illinois land patents
97. Biography of Notable Americans, 1904
98. The Condor, Cooper Ornithological Club
99. The Oklahoman; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
100. The Smith Family Story: Nebo and Winnipeg by James Everett Smith
101. Welsh Settlement in Pennsylvania by Charles H. Browning
102. Incompleted Records of Merion Burial Grave Yard 1682-1848 by Margaret Harvey
103. Tennesseans in the War of 1812 - Sistler
104. Tennessee Wills and Administrations, Index to -- Sistler  
Cherokee documents and records we checked (and found NONE of her direct line ancestors) include, but are not limited to:

1. Cherokee Emigration Rolls 1817-1835, Transcribed by Jack D Baker

2. 1835 Cherokee Census, Transcribed by the Trail of Tears Association
3. 1884 Hester Roll of the Eastern Cherokee, Transcribed by Barbara Crumpton
4. Mullay Roll, Transcribed by Barbara Benge
5. Mullay Roll, hand copied transcription by Lulu Boggs, Talbot Library, Colcord OK
6. Siler Roll
7. Cherokee Drennen Roll of 1851, Transcribed by Marybelle W Chase
8. 1869 Cherokee Census, photocopies of provided by Jack D Baker
9. Chapman Roll, published.  (Copies from Oklahoma Historical Society)
10. Only The Names Remain, by Sandi Garrett, Five Vols.
11. Cherokee Old Settlers by David Keith Hampton (1852 and 1896 payroll)
12. 1867 Swetland Roll transcribed by Barbara Benge
13. 1880 Cherokee Census, Transcribed by Barbara Benge
14. 1890 Cherokee Census, Transcribed by Barbara Benge
15. The Intruders, The Illegal Residents of the Cherokee Nation 1866-1907 by Nancy Hope  Sober
16. The Moravian Springplace Mission To The Cherokee Nation, Rowena McClinton, Two Vols.
17. Old Cherokee Familes by Emmet Starr
18. Old Cherokee Families, Notes of Dr. Emmet Starr, Jack D Baker and David Keith Hampton. 
19. Chronicles of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University Database
20. Index Chronicles of Oklahoma” Vol 2 and Vol 3, Okahoma Historical Society
21. Indian Pioneer History Papers, Western History, University of Oklahoma
22. Index to the Eastern Cherokee Application, CD
23. Eastern Cherokee Applications, Fold3.com
24. Index to Dawes, online
25. Dawes Card and Packets, Fold3.com
26. River Trail by Jane B Noble
27. Cherokee By Blood by Jerry Wright Jordon,  9 vols.
28. Abstracts of Eastern Cherokee Applications.
29. Indians and Intruders, Sharron Standifer Ashton, 5 Vols.
30. Cherokee Nation Papers Inventory and Index”, revised and edited by Kristina L                 Southwell                                     
31. Records of the Cherokee Agency in Tennessee 1810-1835, Transcribed by Marybelle W Chase.
32. The Journal of Rev. Daniel S Butrick May 19, 1838 – April 2, 1839, Trail of Tears Association.
33. Southeastern Native American Documents, University of Georgia (Galileo)
34. Those Who Cried, The 16,000, arranged, edited and indexed by James W. Tyner, 1974
35. Cherokee Claims for Transportation and Subsistence Special File 154, Vol. 1, compiled by Dawn C. Stricklin
36. Cherokee Planters in Georgia 1832 – 1838 by Don L. Shadburn
37. The Payne – Butrick Papers Vols 1 – 6, edited and annotated by William L. Anderson
38. History of the Cherokee Indians by Emmet Starr
39. Trail of Tears muster rolls, ration lists
40. War of 1812 Cherokee muster rolls
41. Cherokee Roots by Bob Blankenship 2 Vols
42. Who Was Who Among the Southern Indians - A Genealogical Notebook 1698-1907 complied by Don Martini
43. Guide to Manuscripts in the Western History Collections of the University of Oklahoma
compiled by Kristina L Southwell
44. Index to 1896 Cherokee Citizenship Applications
45. 1842 Cherokee Claims, Marybelle Chase (multiple volumes)


  1. Thank you for all of your efforts

  2. As as fellow genealogist I am very impressed with your Elizabeth Warren research. Keep up the good work. Kate

  3. Pretty amazing. Did I mention that I may be related to Liawatha? Perhaps you could track my family back about 10 generations in Ireland. I think that's where her family line first became Native American (or "skraeling" as they called it then). I'd be glad to confirm any of our connected history (or any of my history you might accidentally stumble upon)...

  4. Like many families with a history traced back to Tennessee our family has "stories" about Indian ancestry somewhere in the background. But I certainly never used it to claim "minority status" to take a job that perhaps a better qualified person should have had the way Warren has used it.


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