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I have an older aunt who relayed an interesting story, which maintained that Belle Starr had a daughter at fourteen or fifteen and that daughter was placed in a family by the name of Hiatt. That would have been the grandmother of my grandfather, John Cathey. The story continues with Belle Starr assisting the Hiatt child over 1870 and 1880. There are some thoughts as to whether her outlaw connections may have staked her land claim in the Oklahoma Cherokee land run.
I have no evidence for this story. I know that our family reunions were called Hiatt-Sankey during the 1940s and 1950s. I certainly have no physical evidence that the Hiatt child was that of Belle Starr. The oldest living relatives of the Hiatt family I have spoken of are today in their 80s or 90s. If Belle Starr had a child out of wedlock in 1862 or 1863, and this Hiatt family came into the area of the Chisholm trail near Nardin, Oklahoma, or Coldwater, Kansas, then the story becomes unclear, as to when a child was born out of wedlock what was done to keep it quiet.

Guymon, OK