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John Hill Hewitt was a first generation Native American. His paternal ancestors were of Welsh extraction while his mother 's family ancestry was largely English with some royal Portuguese blood. Hewitt noted that his mother's large Roman nose and curly hair were dominant features among her children} Such features lent him a negro appearance which became a painful stigma for him in the American South during the Nineteenth Century.
Brennan, Patricia, "John Hill Hewitt" (1981). Savannah Biographies. 101.