|Sabra Ann Carter|
She appears to have the jet-black hair, high cheek bones, and long, straight nose that could indicate Choctaw ancestry.
This is entirely plausible as the Hartsfields (also "Hartfield"), along with the Easterlings and Carters, ended up in Choctaw Mississippi country. The Choctaw were a large language/cultural group but not united under any particular affiliation until President Jackson ordered removal to Oklahoma. Then there were two distinct groups, the Oklahoma Choctaw and the Mississippi Choctaw, the latter not federally recognized as a Tribe until 1945!
From Access Genealogy the Choctaw were noted:
British Americans came into contact with the Choctaw mainly after the Seven Years War (or as we tended to call it, the "French and Indian War" - or in Montreal, Quebec, the "War of English Conquest" as it was named differently by those bickering over who was killing whom.)
An interesting document popped up for me while Googling. It's dated the same year as is claimed for my 5th Great-Grandmother, Sarah's birth. It is by a Chief or "Mingo" of the Choctaw by the name of Alibamo, apparently for whom the State of Alabama is named. It is two years after the end of the French and Indian War. The interest I find is that Alibamo Mingo appears to be making a complaint about the British settlers, uniquely different than dealings with the French and Spanish they had known. It is my general understanding that French and Spanish explorers and colonizers, readily mingled with native populations fathering Mestizo or Creole descendants.
Check out the letter and I'll comment further:
Alibamo Mingo, Choctaw leader, reflects on the British and French, 1765[Dunbar Rowland, ed. Mississppi Provincial Archives:, 1763-1766, English Dominion, Letters and Enclosures to the Secretary of State from Major Robert Farmar and Governor George Johnstone, Volume I (Nashville, TN: 1911), 240-241. Found here.]
British settlers may have been more familiar with a regimented class society with racial barriers. That would be true if they were English or one of the lesser "races" of Britain, as established by English prejudice and force; i.e., the Scots, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, etc. In fact, a lot of the settlers of the Southern Colonies were Scots-Irish, Presbyterian Protestants dispossessed by poverty and politics in Northern Ireland or Ulster. But take the Hartsfield name back another generation or two and it's "Hartsvelder," Pennsylvanian German. So maybe just forget all that anyway. Except that President Andrew Jackson who ordered all the Five Tribes out of the Southeastern U.S. was definitely Scots-Irish.
It just leaves me with so many questions.