Sunday, January 30, 2011

Melungeon Indians

As my website goes into it's 9th year I thought it was time to change the look and title. Many researchers are where they were in 2002 and refuse to budge, no matter how much new evidence turns up, looking for DNA to prove something it cannot possibly prove.

Claiming but a handful of people called Melungeons confined to a 28 mile stretch of land and excluding known Melungeon settlements as old as Newman's Ridge, is stifling the research of who these people were, where they came from and why they were called Melungeons.

While they acknowledge the possibility of the Native American mixing with Europeans pre-1600s and many card carrying Native Americans do not have Native American haplogroups they maintain the Melungeons are European and African in ancestry.

The evidence is overwhelming the Melungeons were Indians. Period. Whether those Indians had mixed with Spanish, French, German, English, Portuguese or African, the fact remains, they were Indians.

From the earliest research of Dr. Swan Burnett, Hamilton McMillan, James Mooney, Furman McDonald, Stephen B. Weeks, Judge John Lee and a host of others in the late 1800s comes the fact they were Indian and were a branch of the Croatans, known today as the Lumbee.

3 comments:

  1. The article below may take some time to sink in. In the end, you will believe what you want to believe, but you are only fooling yourself.

    http://www.pekintimes.com/news/x1898618207/DNA-study-finds-origin-of-Appalachia-s-Melungeons

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  2. Rob - How long have you researched the Melungeons? How closely have you monitored the Melungeon DNA study? I will give you several things to consider and if you know anything about the Melungeon people then you will simply have to question this link you posted.

    1.In the study published by JOGG it states it was submitted in July of 2011. In August of that year, one month after being submitted for peer review -- one of the authors reported in BIG BOLD LETTERS --- THE STUDY ISN'T FINISHED -- NOTHING IS WRITTEN IN STONE. Did that sink in yet? Last week another author of this report stated the project was not finished and that they would republish it WHEN THEY MET THEIR GOALS. Has that sank in yet?

    2. The first woman listed in their mtdna study in the report was a Melungeon -- her grandmother was not and one of the authors posted this publicly a number of years ago... he must have forgot. In other words he knew this woman's dna would go back to Scotland before he put her in the project.

    3. Another female included in the study, while reported as having a haplogroup that came from England, in this same report they say her father was a Cherokee Indian. So her maternal line may have been from England she certainly was not a 'white woman.'

    4. Did you read all the pages in this report the article was based on? Probably not. Neither did Travis Loller.

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  3. I find it very interesting that one of these authors writes that the project is not finished and nothing is written in stone - while another author says the project will continue until "it meets its goals" - is that ANYWHERE in this 100+page report? Do you suppose they had a *compelling* reason for this RUSH TO PUBLISH?

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