According to the death certificate of Thomas L. Hedges, he was born in Washington Co., KY and was the son of John Hedges, born in Germany . Thomas apparently came to Hart Co., KY sometime before 1860 as he married Mary Ann Craddock married within that year. She was the daughter of Samuel Craddock & Mary Johnson of Hart County, KY. Thomas's occupation was that of a blacksmith. They are on the 1880 (Hart Co., KY) & 1900 ( West Point, Hardin Co., KY) together. His wife Mary died about 1908 at the home of a daughter. Their children were: John R., Charles, Samuel H., Thomas L., Jr., Hugh, Belle, Al, Lillie, Mayme, & Richard.
I believe the Thomas L. Hedges that married to Mary Moore was Thomas L. Hedges, Jr., not his father. I know nothing about a Cherokee Indian connection.