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Most likely surnames: Fry, Miller, Loder. Not as likely but you never know: Potts, Vancycle. See if you recognize any!
Through seemingly endless searches I’ve been relentlessly trying to track the Loder family. I only know a small part of their sad story but I hope to get more information eventually. It may be time to take a break and tackle somebody else. To track the exact people I am talking about, here we go from youngest to oldest direct descendants: Betty Fry-Shafer > Orville Fry > Hester Loder and William Fry > Isaac Loder Jr. and Sarah (Salley) Ann Miller > Isaac Loder Sr. and Elizabeth Vancycle. Isaac Loder Jr. was born in Kansas in Johnson County 1858. Though this doesn’t mean he has Native blood at all, the county used to house an Indian Manual Labor School on a Shawnee reservation. The demographics of the school were made up of children of slaves brought to work on the land and school, and (usually) the following tribes: Shawnees, Delaware, Wyandotte, Ottawa, Kickapoo, Kaw, Pottawatomie, Osage, and Peoria. Because of the proximity to Missouri, it would not be surprising if Cherokee made it there at some point. The students would pay 75 dollars a year for room and board and education in things like milling, blacksmithing, brick laying, spinning, etc. By the time young Isaac came around, the manual portion of the school had been closed for a few years. The mission school was abandoned soon after 1862. For more on the school, read here. It’s important to note that I haven’t found Isaac Jr.’s birth certificate, so other than…