Where are all the Melungeons?

Where are all the Melungeons?

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Curious

Cleveland, TN

#1 Oct 7, 2010
I've read about the Melungeons years ago and found the whole story fascinating. I was kind of disappointed when I found out they weren't the lost colony of Roanoke but it's still a fascinating story. Anyway, I've been coming up there for years on business. I cross Newman's ridge. I've been to the school house and cabin. I go into the businesses. It seems easier to see a prostitute in front of the courthouse than see a Melungeon. In seven or so years I've been up there I've only met one fellow who claims Melungeon heritage. He has a classic Melungeon name (Collins) but he is the only one I've met. So anyway, where are all the Melungeons?
Depends on who you ask

Sevierville, TN

#2 Oct 7, 2010
It is the Lost Colony of Raleigh-on Roakoke Island in NC. Go across the sound bridge in Nags Head to get to the island.
If you have a particular image in mind-you will probably never see what you are looking for-the same with the name.
The blood lines are less pure today-but they have not disappeared.
The melungeons are a proud people, they take pride in their heratige-but do not wear a sign around their neck.
Tom Fields

Clarkston, MI

#3 Oct 8, 2010
Curious wrote:
I've read about the Melungeons years ago and found the whole story fascinating. I was kind of disappointed when I found out they weren't the lost colony of Roanoke but it's still a fascinating story. Anyway, I've been coming up there for years on business. I cross Newman's ridge. I've been to the school house and cabin. I go into the businesses. It seems easier to see a prostitute in front of the courthouse than see a Melungeon. In seven or so years I've been up there I've only met one fellow who claims Melungeon heritage. He has a classic Melungeon name (Collins) but he is the only one I've met. So anyway, where are all the Melungeons?
I just found out that my great grandmother was Millie colins ,3 days ago,,,is there any Fields in that area
Its real

Knoxville, TN

#4 Oct 8, 2010
You can find out some info on The Melungeons Go by Citizens Bank and ask to speak to Scott Collins or You can go to The Historical Society which is housed in the old jail and they can tell you all about it.
rotten sam

United States

#5 Oct 8, 2010
no no no call wc collins he is the head of the mulligans and he nos everthing
I know Scott

Cleveland, TN

#6 Oct 8, 2010
Its real wrote:
You can find out some info on The Melungeons Go by Citizens Bank and ask to speak to Scott Collins or You can go to The Historical Society which is housed in the old jail and they can tell you all about it.
Actually Scott is the fellow I know. We have talked about his heritage and have read much of the same material. I know he's busy so I don't want to bother him much. My understanding is Collins, Mullins, and Goins are common surnames.
comberbun

United States

#7 Oct 8, 2010
Years back the mulligans were really black like a black person. Recon they havre mated so long with whites the are white . Hardly see them any more.
Depends on who you ask

Sevierville, TN

#8 Oct 8, 2010
comberbun wrote:
Years back the mulligans were really black like a black person. Recon they havre mated so long with whites the are white . Hardly see them any more.
Who are the mulligans?
The MELUNGEONS I have known over the years do not have the skin color you describe.
Fields

Clarkston, MI

#9 Oct 18, 2010
Tom Fields wrote:
<quoted text>I just found out that my great grandmother was Millie colins ,3 days ago,,,is there any Fields in that area
I see know one claimed to be Fields,,,anyone related to millie collins????

“Hancock Proud”

Since: Feb 09

Hancock County Tennessee

#10 Oct 21, 2010
Dear Mr. Fields, there are currently no Fields in Hancock County now that I know of, but Preston Morgan of Claiborne County(this is 1804ish) married an Effie Fields there. This may have been part of Hancock County as it was not made until 1844 from Claiborne and Hancock. Preston Morgan then married Leannah Lawson, a daughter of Old Drewery and Hannah Potts Lawson.

Mulligan is an IRISH name, sir. They must have owned slaves if there were Black Mullingans. The Melungeons were not BLACK. They were of North African (Turkish Anatolian, well Moorish dark think Shakespeares' Othello) descent that came to Spain and Portugal in the 600's staying there after a failed attempt at sweeping Mohammed across Europe. They became Portuguese and then they sailed across the Atlantic and were left in South Carolina or at least the Carolinas.

People love 'lost tribes' and mysteries. DNA has laid to rest the 'lost tribe of Israel' and the Lost Roanoake people that left CROATAN on the tree, but it is still a fascinating history and a fascinating tale about a bunch of people.

“Hancock Proud”

Since: Feb 09

Hancock County Tennessee

#11 Oct 21, 2010
Effie Fields died after having one child with Preston Morgan. We do not know the location of either of their graves, unfortunately. Preston Morgan laid the road from Tazewell to Sneedville in 1804, what would later be Highway 33.
many thanks

Clarkston, MI

#12 Oct 21, 2010
Hancock Proud wrote:
Effie Fields died after having one child with Preston Morgan. We do not know the location of either of their graves, unfortunately. Preston Morgan laid the road from Tazewell to Sneedville in 1804, what would later be Highway 33.
WOW!!!!!! what a great response,,my dads ,dads name was Milford Fields,,and Milford's mother was Millie Collins,,,We have very little information on this part of our history until now,my dad was one or two years old when his dad died[1921].and he was apparantly melungeon,, Fields was a melungeon name,along with collins,this has made for some interesting family history,on my moms side,her grandmother was a Shields from cades cove,John Shields was on Lewis and clark,there was also two Fields brothers
from kentucky that went ,,,do you think they could be melungeon?
finding anything out about Fields seems to be a mystery,,once again you made my day with your responce.
Ummm

Seymour, TN

#13 Oct 21, 2010
http://www.melungeons.com/genealogy/vardy_col...
There may be some info on this site that will help in your search.
Family Search.org is another very good site. I have used it extensively. It is maintained by the Mormon Church who reportedly have the most complete ancestory records available anywhere. On one branch of my family tree I started with my Grandfather and traced back in a direct line to the 1700's England. That is the male line-I haven't done the female line yet. It is absorbing and time consuming. You can spend hours on this site. Have a good supply of printer paper and both color and black ink. I am doing an informal history-nothing fancy-just something to satisfy my curiosity. I find a 2" D ring notebook and sheet protectors work very well for this project. You can find these things at Wal-Mart, K-Mart or most anywhere school supplies are sold. It is easy to include pictures as well-since the sheet protectors act as album pages. Enjoy your search.
Ummm

Seymour, TN

#14 Oct 21, 2010
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp
Hopefully this link will be clickable. The link in the provious post didn't come out the way it should have.
LeeAnne

Orting, WA

#15 Oct 22, 2010
Curious wrote:
I've read about the Melungeons years ago and found the whole story fascinating. I was kind of disappointed when I found out they weren't the lost colony of Roanoke but it's still a fascinating story. Anyway, I've been coming up there for years on business. I cross Newman's ridge. I've been to the school house and cabin. I go into the businesses. It seems easier to see a prostitute in front of the courthouse than see a Melungeon. In seven or so years I've been up there I've only met one fellow who claims Melungeon heritage. He has a classic Melungeon name (Collins) but he is the only one I've met. So anyway, where are all the Melungeons?
Hello Curious, my Grandfather is Melungeon.His family was from Newmans Ridge.My Grandfather married a Trent from Sneedville and resided in Hancock Co for years.I dont think anyone realy knows what mixture Melungeons are,Some say we are mixed with Black,Black Irish,Portaguse,and Cherokee.
many thanks

Clarkston, MI

#16 Oct 22, 2010
Ummm wrote:
http://www.familysearch.org/en g/default.asp
Hopefully this link will be clickable. The link in the provious post didn't come out the way it should have.
thanks for the sites,,,,they are very cool,,I have to make sure I have all the names correct,,,this is going to be a job siffting through evrything,thank you so much for your help,,
Ummm

Seymour, TN

#17 Oct 22, 2010
many thanks wrote:
<quoted text>thanks for the sites,,,,they are very cool,,I have to make sure I have all the names correct,,,this is going to be a job siffting through evrything,thank you so much for your help,,
You are welcome-Be careful when you start "climbing the family tree"-time tends to get away from you and some days you just don't do some of the other things that you should be doing. The Mormon site is the best I have found. And it is a free site. I can sit for hours-follow links-and print. The "D" ring notebook and sheet protectors are great for organizing. One sheet protector can hold much more than one page. Somewhere I found a form called "Family Group Record". I saved the template-printed some to carry with me to family gatherings, etc. I'm sorry I can't remember where I found it. Maybe Google can help. Enjoy your journey even though it can be frustrating at times.
eagle

Bowie, MD

#18 Oct 22, 2010
comberbun wrote:
Years back the mulligans were really black like a black person. Recon they havre mated so long with whites the are white . Hardly see them any more.
When I lived in Hancock county. The Collins and Mullins were considered the scum of the earth, unfortunately. They had dark skin, and blue eyes and blondish hair. Perhaps all that has changed. I know they were looked down on by many "white" people there. Just stating the facts as they existed back in the 50's. Years ago they had a play, and I did see that.
many thanks

Clarkston, MI

#19 Oct 22, 2010
eagle wrote:
<quoted text>
When I lived in Hancock county. The Collins and Mullins were considered the scum of the earth, unfortunately. They had dark skin, and blue eyes and blondish hair. Perhaps all that has changed. I know they were looked down on by many "white" people there. Just stating the facts as they existed back in the 50's. Years ago they had a play, and I did see that.
sure they were looked down on ,the whites lost there white women to them,why do you think they had blonde hair and blue eyes????you would know more than me if you were there,,everything that I have heard they had straight black hair.. my grandfather did,to me he looked more mediteranian,than anything...
Ummm

Seymour, TN

#20 Oct 22, 2010
comberbun wrote:
Years back the mulligans were really black like a black person. Recon they havre mated so long with whites the are white . Hardly see them any more.
eagle replied--
When I lived in Hancock county. The Collins and Mullins were considered the scum of the earth, unfortunately. They had dark skin, and blue eyes and blondish hair. Perhaps all that has changed. I know they were looked down on by many "white" people there. Just stating the facts as they existed back in the 50's. Years ago they had a play, and I did see that.=====
First of all, comerbun-explain to me what a mulligan is or who they are if you are talking about people. A mulligan is a golf term, and maybe has other meanings as well.
And eagle, did you live in Hancock County in the 50's? You are stating some harsh judgements and stating some facts that just don't pass muster.
Melungeon means mixture-some have olive skin, some have high cheek bones like the American Indians, some have dark wavy hair, and some have dark eyes, some have blue eyes,some have very fair skin, some have blond hair, but I have never seen anyone that was black like a "black person". No matter where they come from or who they are, they are fellow human beings and deserve the same respect that you expect for yourself.

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