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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Collins genealogy

Is this Collins genealogy the same as the Collins family of the Melungeons?


The Collins and Bunch families were taxable "Molatas" in Orange County, North Carolina, in 1755 [T&C, box 1]. They were also associated with the Gibson family. Lucrecy Collins witnessed the 1775 Orange County, North Carolina will of George Gibson [WB A:195]. They probably came to Orange County from Louisa County, Virginia. George Gibson, Thomas Gibson, William Hall, Thomas Collins, Samuel Collins, William Collins, William Donathan, Benjamin Branham, and Samuel Bunch were living in Louisa County on 28 May 1745 when they were presented by the court for failing to list a tithable (probably their wives) [Orders 1742-8, 152, 157, 172]. Some members of the family moved to Wilkes County with the Gibsons and like the Gibsons, they were counted there as white in 1790. This part of Wilkes County became Ashe County in 1799, and both families were counted there as "other free" in 1800.


Review Essay: The Melungeons

Demarce subscribes to the "Tri-racial isolate theory. Melungeons are desendants of Africans, American Indians and Caucasians. Demarce siad that there are many tri-racial isolates in the southeast.


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gene study suggests Native Americans came from Siberia

Tue Nov 27, 2:37 AM ET


"Anthropologists and archeologists have long argued over whether Native Americans are descended from migrants who crossed by land to the northwest 12,000 years ago, or waves of arrivals by sea and land from elsewhere in Asia and Polynesia beginning up to 30,000 years ago."

Further reading at:

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Posted on Sun, Nov. 25, 2007

Underwater archaeologists pursue Spanish exploration of Panhandle

By MELISSA NELSON Associated Press Writer


As Matthew Kuehne dives to the sandy bottom of Pensacola Bay, he reaches back 450 years to Spaniard Don Tristan de Luna's hurricane-doomed effort to form the first American colony. Six decades before British pilgrims set foot at Plymouth Rock, de Luna and his fleet of 11 ships sailed from Mexico to Florida's Panhandle. Archaeologists say the recently unearthed buried hull of one of the ships holds crucial clues to the 1559 expedition. Another ship in the fleet was found nearby in 1992; the discovery of the second was announced in October after lead sheeting and pottery from the wreck site were matched to the de Luna expedition.

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Before and After Jamestown: Virginia's Powhatans and Their Predecessors

Before and After Jamestown: Virginia's Powhatans and Their Predecessors (Native Peoples, Cultures, and Places of the Southeastern United States) (Paperback)by HELEN C. ROUNTREE (Author), III, E. RANDOLPH TURNER (Author)


Illustrated with more than 100 photographs, maps, and drawings, the book also includes an entire chapter, from the Powhatan perspective, on the original English fort at Jamestown. The authors provide suggestions for additional reading for both children and adults as well as a list of Indian-related sites to visit in Virginia. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Matoaka, known by her nickname Pocahontas, was the daughter of Powhatan, a chief who led a confederation of thirty Algonquin tribes. Pocahontas's pleas for the life of Captain John Smith, the military leader of the Jamestown...

History of the Pamunkey Tribe


The history of the Pamunkey Tribe has been recorded by archaeologist, anthropologist and historians and dates back ten to twelve thousand years. The actual legal status by the white man's criteria does not come into being until the 1646 and 1677 treaties with the King of England. The two major treaties with the Pamunkey established articles of peace and a land base for the Tribe, later referred to as a reservation. This reservation exists today.

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Bay Weekly

Volume 15, Issue 39 ~ September 27 - October 3, 2007

On the Job with Author and Anthropologist Helen Clark Rountree

Hunting and Gathering Clues to Piece Together the History of Chesapeake Bay Indians by Dotty Holcomb Doherty


A hunter and gatherer in her own right, Rountree has dedicated 40 years searching for clues to piece together the cultural history of Chesapeake Bay Indians. Her specialty is the Algonquian-speaking Indians of Virginia, known collectively as the Powhatan, the people who met the English when they arrived in Jamestown 400 years ago and whose ancestors thrive today.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Geronimo's rifle, Wyatt Earp's shotgun auctioned


Friday, November 23, 2007

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail

"One of the nation's most historic routes, the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail was blazed by the legendary frontiersman in 1775 from Long Island of the Holston at what is now Kingsport, TN, through the Cumberland Gap of Virginia and into Kentucky. It would become the route for hundreds of thousands of settlers of the western frontier."


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Tribe marks recognition, not Thanksgiving

"CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Members of Massachusetts' Mashpee Wampanoag tribe didn't celebrate Thanksgiving this week, but rather the official federal recognition of their tribal status."


PaliTutor Business Has Native American Heritage

"These classes will feature Native American music and dance, introducing tots to Native American instruments and regalia, while helping them appreciate the culture.

'It should be really fun and allow me to 
incorporate history that I have learned and love,' says Barranco, 30, whose mother is 100 percent Mescalero Apache and whose great-grandmother was born on the Mescalero Reservation in New Mexico.

'My family has always been very true to our heritage,' Barranco says."


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ancient Zeugma to get protection with roof

The Secret Treasures of Zeugma

"Zeugma was founded by one of Alexander the Great’s generals, Seleucia Nicator, and prospered under later Roman rule. It became one of the major cities of the Roman eastern frontier with a garrison of over 6,000 soldiers. The city’s bridge across the Euphrates made it one of the most critical trading cities in the region, on the silk routes to the East. The archaeologists know that the city contains vital clues to the history of the region. Previously looted exquisite mosaics have hinted at the treasures of its past that must be buried somewhere in the vast site."

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World History And Maps


Imperial History of the Middle East

5,000 years of history, awesome site!

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Digging Biblical History At 'The End Of The World

"Archaeologists are studying Tel Megiddo, the New Testament location of Armageddon, and are unearthing truths about King Solomon. Researchers theorize that ancient rulers such as David and Solomon were tribal chieftains ruling from a small hill town, with a modest palace and royal shrine ScienceDaily: Your source for the latest research news, discoveries and breakthroughs in science""

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Bluestar Turkish Folk Dance Troupe

Melungeon Related Surnames by Brent Kennedy P. 171-174


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Haven't got a clue? Maybe DNA will do

From the 7/24/00 issue of USN&WR

Regular folks and history buffs play detective BY NANCY SHUTE

The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People : An Untold Story of ... By N. Brent Kennedy, Robyn Vaughan Kennedy

Review Essay: The Melungeons

By Virginia Easley DeMarce, Ph.D.

The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People. An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America

By N. Brent Kennedy, with Robyn Vaughan Kennedy.

Published by Mercer University Press; Macon, GA 31210; 1994. xviii,

156 pp. Appendix, illustrations index. Softback, $16.95.

Statement from Brent Kennedy 12-03-02






Türker Özdoðan Lecture on Melungeon

Media Monitors Network

The Melungeons : An Untold Story of Ethnic cleansing in America by Brent Kennedy

This news article was written in 2003 and it reveals the essence of Brent Kennedy's years of research and theories of America's settlements that has been overlooked by the majority of scholars in the past. Now we are learning through multi disciplines the value of scattered bits and pieces of evidence that have been unearthed. With the new satellite imaging, the future of finding relics looks very promising. Fred Willard the chief of the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, estimated that it could take decades to dig out the remains of a village that once existed centuries ago.

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Chief Turkey Tayac- Southern Maryland Online MultiMedia Gallery

Turkey Tayac, known as the last traditional Piscataway chief and medicine man.


Discovery might rewrite history of Spaniards in Georgia

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 11/12/07

"In 1526, sugar planter Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon attempted to colonize the wild, new land. Historians think the expedition chose a site on the Georgia coast. That little-known expedition ended in death and rebellion, and the location of Ayllon's short-lived settlement remains a mystery."


Eastern Arizona Courier | The Copper Era

By Lori Dugan, Eastern Arizona College


BBC News Americas Lost people of Appalachia

By BBC Correspondent Richard Lister in Appalachia


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

How does the Ottoman Empire relate to Melungeons?

Any serious researcher of early American history should read this eye opening book written by the late professor Joseph M. Scolnick (1940-2005) and N. Brent Kennedy. Professor Scolnick was teaching at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise until he passed away in December 2005. I met and talked to him at a Melungeon Gathering in Kingsport, TN and listened to his lecutre.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

UFOs are no joke, group says

Monday, November 12, 2007

Roanoke and Turks

CROATIA and CROATIANS and the LOST COLONY 1585-1590 By Adam S. Eterovich


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Washinton DC Veteran's Memorials


Turks in Hancock County Tenn.

In my opinion this is a racist and paranoid statement and I think it is hostile to anyone on earth who is Turk. Tell me exactly how on earth having Turkish heritage can cause the Melungeon people a lot of problems? This statement is insane... almost laughable if it were not so racist.

Caucasians can be of the Muslim faith too. Hateful thoughts and attitudes such as yours are what fuel the wars that exterminate God’s creations. America is not at war with Muslims. The truth is many Muslim men and women took an oath to defend the freedoms we treasure in our society. These women and men, I'm referring too, are in the United States Military. I'm sure that some of these people have Turk parents.

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Turkish American Hour


Saturday, November 10, 2007

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Message from Nancy Morrison

Thank you Helen! :-)
While some folks think that fibromyalgia is a disease, it is not, at least not YET. Doctors are researching this SET of SYMPTOMS and there may be hundreds of things out there that can CAUSE them but one of those causes is Familial Mediterranean Fever.
I was diagnosed with fibro in 1969 long before many doctors hopped on that bandwagon. I lived with that diagnosis getting worse year by year until I found out about FMF. After starting colchicine treatment for FMF, my fibro symptoms have disappeared.
Having a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is just about as useless as having a doctor tell you that you have a cold. Doesn't do a thing to help you get better!!
For other causes of fibromyalgia please see:

Fibromyalgia in YOUR family? Inherited? Maybe!!

Causes of Fibromyalgia
And take a look at my health site noted below my signature under Familial Mediterranean Fever and Nancy's Personal Experiences w/ FMF.

A Melungeon mailing list that is family friendly - send an e-mail to:


NORTH FROM THE MOUNTAINS: THE CARMEL MELUNGEONS OF OHIO by John S. Kessler (Author), Donald B. Ball (Author), N. Brent Kennedy (Foreword)
by John S. Kessler, is a worth the time to read if you are interested in Appalachian genealogy and history of the southeast. Donald Ball is an archaeologist for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Louisville, Kentucky.


Sunday, November 04, 2007

Digging into state's past By Cassandra A. Fortin



I agree, Nancy Morrison is extremely knowledgeable about Melungeons with Fibromyalgia. Also, on FMF.

Nancy has helped so many people in the last decade by supporting them emotionaly and by directing them to the medical doctors who understood how treatFibromyalgia.

Nancy Morrison's web site is: The Melungeon Health Education and Support Network

I would like to add that Fibromyalgia is more common than some people realize. Fibromyalgia does not discriminate against it's victims ethnic makeup.

I find that aerobic exercise and stretching to cope with the muscle spasms.

Bravo Nancy!

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Native American Language Net: Preserving and promoting indigenous American Indian languages

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Future Hi Apocalypse Now 2012: Is it True?

The Montel Williams Show today was quite interesting and thought provoking. One guest suggested in Dec. 2012, there will be a rare planetary alignment that only occurs every 26,000 years. Credible people claim that the Hopi Indians and the ancient Mayan calendar support these dooms day claims.


Thursday, November 01, 2007


Tennessee town has run out of water

By GREG BLUESTEIN, Associated Press Writer
Thu Nov 1, 7:59 PM ET

"ORME, Tenn. - As twilight falls over this Tennessee town, Mayor Tony Reames drives up a dusty dirt road to the community's towering water tank and begins his nightly ritual in front of a rusty metal valve"

Orme Map

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