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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Vincent Baber

Saturday, January 26, 2008


I have Huguenot ancestors. The history of these refugees is quite astounding. Their has been many people who claim they are Native America through their Huguenot ancestor. One of my surname is Agee. Hezekiah Agee moved from Buckingham, Virginia to Kanawha County in 1832. He was a Methodist Pastor at the chapel that he had built.


Friday, January 25, 2008

To the Grave and Beyond:


"Death As a Beginning: In West Africa, dying is not seen as a tragedy, but rather as a rite of passage or initiation. Birth, death and rebirth are on a continuum and the spirit is preserved eternally. If given a proper funeral, the deceased will become an ancestor. Ancestors are regarded as the most powerful members of society. In traditional West African cultures, ancestor worship is a daily practice. The dead are revered and honored through sacrifice, annual festivals and personal worship."

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Native American Study


"Frank C. Arnett, M.D., of the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, and his colleagues there and at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and the Choctaw Nation Hospital, Talahina, Okla., used genetic markers and epidemiology to identify chromosomal areas linked to scleroderma in a Choctaw population with a known high prevalence of the disease. Working with 18 Choctaw scleroderma patients and 77 healthy Choctaw individuals, the scientists analyzed sites on human chromosomes 15q and 2q that corresponded to locations identified in the scleroderma mouse models."


Excavating Occaneechi Town

Who are the Occaneechi? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia," Regions with significant populations United States (North Carolina, Virginia) Language(s)"

"Related ethnic groups Saponi, Tutelo, Monacan, and Siouan
The Occaneechi are Native Americans related to the Saponi, Tutelo, Monacan, and other eastern Siouan peoples living in the Piedmont region of present-day North Carolina and Virginia."

The Voice of the Occaneechi Nation

Recommended reading books....

The First Explorations of the Trans-Allegheny Region by the Virginians by Clarence Walworth Alvord, Lee Bidgood

Early History of the Creek Indians and Their Neighbors By John Reed Swanton, Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology


Melungeon Discussion

A discussion of the Melungions and how the Barlow/Barlowe surname might relate...
This site is one you may want to bookmark and email to others who are interested in learning more faacts about the Melungeons.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Interview with Manuel Mira

The Portuguese Making of America by Manuel Mira

In the 1500's, The Portuguese were the seafaring explorers who made claims to far away lands. Their arrival in America is told by Manuel Mira in his book.

Melungeon Lobby

This event happened 7 years ago. I posted the translation of the article...why didn't you complaining people not speak up at the time, in 2000? All of the major squawkers on today's Melungeon List was subscribed to the list when this was posted in 2000.

Turkey is an ally of America and their people should be treated with the respect that is due to them.

Whether Melungeon or not, my Baber history goes back to the Ottoman Empire.

Excerpt from Baber "Then one day my grandma gave the portrait of "Baber" to my mother. My mother placed the portrait on our dining room wall. When anyone asked who he was, she would reply, "Baber" and that he was an Indian, who came from India."

My Baber ancestors landed in Barbados before coming to America. Then Baber married into the Tide Water Indians, this was many centuries ago.

I suggest that some of you read a few books about the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire controlled vast lands as well as millions of diverse peoples of all races and religions.


Dancing Spirit

Standing Tall


Sunday, January 20, 2008 Melungeon Message Board

Descendants of James F. Maggard

Allen Shepherd's Genealogy Pages


Noted Melungeon Home Page

"Welcome to my Melungeon page. I have done some extensive research, and although I have no concrete evidence of Melungeon ancestry, I have found that many of these families share a striking similarity with my own family's history."

Pittsburgh Pow Wow


Traditional Iroqouis Indian Dress

Friday, January 18, 2008

From Anatolia to Appalachia: A Turkish-American Dialogue

By ROBERT BAIRD, Staff Writer July 15, 2004

The book also explores where the Ottoman Empire and Turkey fit in the history and culture of the Melungeon people and their descendants.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Black Indian List Prove Helpful by Brent Kennedy

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Legacy of Two Cities :

Cesme, Turkey and Wise, Virginia

"The interest in establishing a sister city kinship came into being partly because of the interest and research of former Wise College professor Brent Kennedy and the Melungeon Research Team. Dr. Kennedy's fourteen years of research reveals that Turks, Portuguese, and other people of Mediterranean descent existed in the earliest settlements in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee, and western North Carolina."

The Melungeons: Genetic, Linguistic, and Historic Evidence of Their Turkish Roots

By Mehmet Cakir


"Hundreds of years ago, there were tales of a tri-racial people different from others. This tri-racial group of people was simply called mysterious. In eighteenth century Virginia this mysterious group was pushed and forced further west, higher up in the mountains as Scotch, Irish, English and other settlers moved into the area where the mysterious people had been living for centuries."


Kennedy Receives Civil Rights Award


"Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia Vice Chancellor and noted Melungeon activist and author, Brent Kennedy, has received the 1998 "Fitz Turner Award for Outstanding Contributions in Intergroup Relations" from the Virginia Education Association (VEA). The award is presented by the VEA's Fitz Turner Commission on Human Relations and Civil Rights. The Commission is comprised of educational leaders representing each of Virginia's fifteen UniServ districts. This year's announcement was made on April 24 at the 1998 VEA Delegate Assembly at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia"


Native American Art

This is one of my favorite paintings at the DC Musuem.


Family Portraits: Virginia Indians at the Turn of the 20th

Sweet Briar College is hosting an online gallery of Virginia Indians.

A Pamunkey Indian is in the Kennedy's book. The picture is on display the National Native American Museum in DC. Below is the same Indian.


Brent Kennedy's Vision

Posted by Randy Williams

Randy Williams, I agree with your words.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Pittsburgh Pow Wow


Monday, January 14, 2008

The Ballad of Brent Kennedy

Melungeon List Post

January 11, 2008

May God have mercy on Mr. Don Collins and "Saint" Anonymous....this poem is full of hate, racism and most of all, it's Anti-American. This poem, in the eyes of the world shows all that we have a long journey ahead in conquering worldwide racism and inhumanity.

Mr. Don Collins, stop throwing stones at other people who have ancestors who came to America in the pre-colonial era. Who gave you the knowledge and the right to judge every one's genetic makeup? Instead of poking fun at those who are disabled, you might try volunteering at your local hospital....

Many folks claim that the Melungeon List is nothing more than a breeding ground for unsavory characters who constantly interfere with genuine Appalachian researchers. One may refer to the Melungeon List as documented proof.

Also, my friend Brent Kennedy's mind and his soul are functioning at 100% capcity.


Saturday, January 12, 2008

Melungeon "Skeleton Key"

The Jewish Americans . Jewish Life in America | PBS

"In 1654, 23 Jews arrived in New Amsterdam, then a Dutch-owned colony that later became New York. Forced to flee to this new land, this small group found themselves in a place where there was no Jewish community.


Bedford Pension

These Revolutionary War Pension applications may be found as images at Heritage Quest. Access can be gained to Heritage Quest at many public libraries. Mr. C. Leon Harris has worked many hours to provide us with a transcription of these images.


Sunday, January 06, 2008

Re: Bass Indian Certificates - Correction

Southall Bass found in:

Census Microfilm Records: Virginia, 1860

Age: 30
Gender: M
Race: M
Birthplace: VA
State: Virginia
Series: M653
Roll: 1366
Part: 1
Page: 214

Southall was a waiter living with him Mary age 20, Sarah F. Bass age 7/12, Louisa Bass age 7


Saturday, January 05, 2008

Manuel Mira Interveiw

'Manuel Mira is a world known author of several books about the Portuguese and their role in shaping America's early history. Manuel Mira was born in Portugal and now he lives in America's Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Throughout his life, Manuel has lived on three continents, which has resulted in a unique understanding of the diverse forgotten groups of people that the Portuguese blended in with around the world. His dedication to history and research has uncovered long forgotten facts about early American and Portuguese history. His research also reveals facts and clues about the mysterious Melungeons who live in America's Southeast for centuries."


The Future of Reading By Steven Levy

By Steven Levy | NEWSWEEK
Nov 26, 2007 Issue

"Amazon's Jeff Bezos already built a better bookstore. Now he believes he can improve upon one of humankind's most divine creations: the book itself."


Friday, January 04, 2008

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Obama sweep to Iowa victories

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

David Goins

Census of the Cumberland Settlements, 1770-90, Davidson County Census, Page 44

GOINS (variously, GOIN, GOINGS), David- killed by Indians at Mansker's Station in 1780/81. He had slept late on the morning Masker's Station was broken up and was shot in bed by Indians shooting through the portholes: [ref. 44a]. William Goings (sic) was granted administration of his estate by the Committe of the Cumberland Association, Mar. 4, 1783:[ref. 44b]

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