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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

DNA & The Lost Colony

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    A DNA testing company and a genealogy enthusiast say they're trying to achieve what archaeologists have so far failed to do: find out what happened to the Lost Colony, the 1587 settlement on Roanoke Island that disappeared without a wisp of evidence.

    "The Lost Colony story is the biggest unsolved mystery in the history of America," said Roberta Estes, owner of DNA Explain, a private DNA analysis company based in Brighton, Mich. "I don't know what we'll find in the end. Part of the big question for me is did the Lost Colony survive? Who is their family today? And where did they go?"

    As director of DNA research for the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, Estes will manage a multidisciplinary approach to tracking roots from a "most-wanted list" of people who might have connections to the Roanoke colonists or to the 16th century American Indians - or to both.

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1860 Indian Census of Gay Head (Aquinnah), Dukes Co., Mass

The 1860 Indian Census of Gay Head (Aquinnah), Mass.

Adudrey on the Melungeon List found and posted this site about the Aquinnah Indians living in 1860 Mass. There are two Portuguese Mariners listed on the site, John Anthony and Francis Sylvia.


Friday, July 27, 2007

"two Portugee servants"

Whitehead, Alice of Craven County, North Carolina

March 12, 1741-1742. June 21, 1743. Brother: Edward Whitehead of London. Nephews: James and Robert Withehad (sons of brother, Edwd) Niece: Elizabeth Whitehea(daughter of brother Edward). Other legates: Tabitha Smith, Mildred Travers, Thomas (son of John Fearn), Mary (wife of John Fearn), Ann Bendis, Sarah Bendis, Mary (wife ofJames Coor, youngest daughter of Thomas Smith of New River), Nicholas Routledge of
New Bern, Madam Hannis (wife of Joseph Hannis), Susannah (wife of William Herritage), William Brice, Joseph Hannis, Jr. (Executor), Manuel and Peter ( "two Portugee servants" ). Codicil revokes legacy of two Portuguese slaves and gives them their freedom. All legacies are in money or clothing. Witnesses: Thomas Hildersley Skerrett, Catherine Routledge, Henry Hertwell, Ralph Yeoman. Device on seal. Clerk of the Court: N. Routledge.

Abstract of North Carolina Wills, 1690-1760
Original And Recorded Recorded Wills
In The Office Of The Secretary of State
Page 404 -405
Author J. Bryan Grimes Secretary of State
Originally published: Raleigh, North Carolina, 1910
Reprinted: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.
Baltimore, Maryland, 1967, 1975, 1980
Made in the Untied States of America

Monday, July 23, 2007

Before 1607 Melungeons in the New World

Melungeon Photos taken on June 30, 2007

Before 1607 Melungeons in the New World


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Bluestar Dance Troupe

Bluestar Dance Troupe performed at the June 30, 2007 Melungeon gathering in SW Virginia.


Lumbees' Tribal Recognition Depends on Senate

The Lumbee Tribe is still not recognized by the Federal Government. But the people are contacting their representatives in hopes of getting the votes needed to get the Lumbee tribe recognized.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Guess Who ?

Guess who is the Melungeon and what is his name?

Guess Who?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Fort Christanna

History of Fort Christanna reservation for the Eastern Siouan Indians, early 18th century, Brunswick County, VA.

Big Stone Gap : Melungeon Gathering

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

DNA Research for the Lost Colony Center for Science andResearch

Roberta Estes, DNA

Organization leaders: Winkler, Gabehart, Webb and Bridges

Wayne Winkler answers the question that has been going around in Melungeon circles about MHA links to other mixed ancestry groups.

Lost Colony Blog

Searching for the Lost Colony? The Lost Colony Blog is the place to visit for those who are looking for the latest research, genealogy and the history of the Roanoke colony.

Listed are the surnames that are relavent to the team of researchers at the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research.

Will the technology of the 21st century finally solve the centuries old mystery of the fate of the colonist? Bookmark this site and stayed tuned for the lastest updates.


Thursday, July 05, 2007


Stone Gap Gathering

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

New Information Portuguese Settlements

Donald Collins who is a well known Melungeons, said that Penny Ferguson took a holiday to do some research at the South Carolina Library in Columbia SC. Mr. Collins said that Penny Ferguson has found an important revelation about the Portuguese history.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Blackbeard's Revenge and Why

A great site to read!

Word of the Month

A new word to add to your Melungeon research is, MELUNGEONISTS.


Brenda Collins Dillion

News that Brenda Collins Dillion passed away last year. Many of you know of Brenda's dedication to Melungeon research. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Brenda Collins Dillion signed her emails with these words "Life is Like a Rainbow....Made up of Many Different Colors"

a speck of evidence/documentation

I went to the Big Stone Gap for the MHA Melungeon event on June 30, 2007. I did see and hear much evidence of Turk and Melungeon mixed heritage in some of the Melungeon families. The Bluestar Dance Toupe was fantastic! Anyone living in the Durham, North Carolina area give yourself a treat and go see Zeki and his students.

What are exotic origins?

I hear this phrase all the time in Melungeon research. Just what are exotic origins anyways? I think the word is overused in Melungeon genealogy. The phrase is a copout.