"The problem with Warren's story is that none of the evidence supports it," said Ms. Barnes in a 2016 post on her Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter blog. "Her genealogy shows no indication of Cherokee ancestry. Her parents' wedding doesn't resemble an elopement. And additional evidence doesn't show any indication of her Herring grandparents being Indian haters."
"I don't think he [the minister] would have done a wedding for two kids that ran away an eloped and their parents didn't approve," Ms. Barnes said. "Also, Elizabeth Warren's father, he had at least one brother and one sister who also just went and had small weddings the same way. I just think it's the way their family did things at the time. I don't think it was an elopement."