You may not familiar with a fiddler named Lexie, but I'm sure you heard of a fiddler who's last name is Baker. Lexie had a brother named Thaddeus, father to fiddler of some note named Kenny. Here are some tunes I learned from his recording.
The A parts are very similar. JP's B part goes around the horn I-IV-V while the one you played and the Baker's played went I-V-I.
I think was nagging in the back of my head. I had spent some time with JP and i think I remember he played Killed the Woodchuck. If you knew him at all you knew he had a streak of devilment in him. He liked to have his fun. He has not been well for sometime now.
The Fiddler's Companion notes that J.P.'s tune is similar, and that he learned it from Ed Haley, who used the "Indian" title. I think Paul Smith told me once that "Indian" was the name of Snake Chapman's dog, and that's what the title refers to, but the tune seems to have other roots, so maybe it was a coincidence, or I imagined it.
Also, "Forked Deer" reminds me of "Molly Put the Kettle On."
I'm starting to think that those Kentucky fiddlers didn't so much create new tunes as forget the proper names of the old ones!
Edit: Its interesting that Lexie was only ten years older than Kenny. Also, we think of Kenny Baker as a Bluegrass fiddler drawing on his oldtime roots from deep in darkest Kentucky, but until he started playing with Monroe I think he was more interested in jazz and western swing music, some of which he learned from Marion Sumner.
JP related a lot of stories to me about Marion and other fiddlers. They were not as hung up on the academics of the tune histories etc. as the current generations seem to be. Lots of fiddlers never even learned the names to tunes they learned from family and friends. Harold Carney, a fiddler I learned a lot from played Uncle Rob's tunes. I asked once if it had another tune, he said "Yes but I never knew it." It begs the question, why not ask? Indeed it was a different time.
Not to hijack bosco's thread, but I think Marion could do more with a fiddle than anyone I've known, and make it look effortless too. I knew him mostly when he was playing with Lee Sexton, and the problem I had was trying to keep him a little close to the ground on record. You could get him to play a tune straight the first time through, but after that there was no stopping him. I know Lee still misses him (probably especially when I play fiddle with him!) and I do too. A different time for sure: