Since this information was given to me from my seventy-something great aunt (whose mother was a Richards) I would not have to worry about my Indian Princess ancestor being fake. Well, perhaps she wasn't a princess. I am not really sure. That isn't what mattered most to me. I just wanted to have my family tree in order. Aunt Glad wanted to help me with that.
Then, today, I was checking out a page on the Maine Genealogy Network and there was a site about researching Native American relatives. I clicked on the section about the "fake" indian relatives. Not me! Down the page, I saw the name "Big Thunder". My heart kind of sunk. That was supposed to be the name of my Great great great great great Grandmother's father. She couldn't be a fake! If she was then who did my great 6x Grandfather really marry? I'm here so he had to have married someone! I did a careful research of my family tree. How could this happen?
Well, I read the article regarding "Big Thunder" and it seemed my heart would sink further til the very end where it gave some examples of some possible facts regarding a "Big Thunder" character. The last example was of a "Little Fawn" marrying a man named Dodipher Richards. Little Fawn was also called "Sarah Tarratine", a little factoid I discovered in my research and not something that came up in the Big Thunder scam. And of course, Little Fawn and Dodipher settled in the Camden, Maine area and had many children, as they did way back then. There were little Dodiphers and Sarahs running all around in the large Richards' family (Dodipher's brothers etc. lived fairly near).
My advise is DO YOUR RESEARCH! Write down your sources. Are they reliable? Census records (not available for the time period of Dodipher and Little Fawn). Birth and Death records. Verify family stories with facts. Why the heck people would try to deceive others by posting fake family trees is beyond me.
Anyway, here is the source that I read all this information from.
UPDATE! June 7th, 2013 [Sarah "Little Fawn" Richards]
On Maine Genealogy Network I requested information regarding my Native American relative and her husband, Dodipher Richards, asking for any kind of proof that Sarah was a Native American, or something with her real last name on it, because maybe her name wasn't "Little Fawn". I knew that the Richards part of my family is very large, generations producing many children, and many still living in the area. Today, someone posted information about that section of the Richards' family. Here is what he posted: