* Interestingly, Roy DeSoto's partner, John Gage, mentioned himself in one episode as a Native American—yet, to my recollection, at no point during the series' six-season run was he enslaved by Roy DeSoto or given smallpox.
Still, tantalizing historico-cultural evidence exists, most readily in the undeniable similarities of their headgear.
I've made a strong case so far. Admittedly, however, I'll need more empirical evidence before I can prove beyond doubt lineage between these two pivotal figures of their respective centuries. So I'd better get down to the American Southeast and start digging.
Or get over to Best Buy and pick up Emergency! on DVD...