Read the Petition of John Brown, planter shewing that the Petitoner had four persons in family for whom he has not received any lands pursuant to his Majesty's Royal bounty, and as there is a tract of land containing 800 acres surveyed above 10 years ago for Gideon Gibson and at pres't a Plat thereof in the Survey'r General's Office, as appears by his certificate, and is vacant, by not being applied for in the time prescribed in the Gazette, the Pet'r herefore humbly prays that the Survey'r General be directed to Certify the said Plat for the use of the Petitoner, and in his name that it may be granted him accordingly. To which was annexed a certificate by George Hunter... that 200 acres of land was surveyed on the NE side of the Pedee River for Gideon Gibson on the 13th day of April 1736 in pursuant of a Warrant from Gov'r Johnson, dated March 6th, 1733, and that a Plat thereof was returned into the Survery'r General's Office on the 18th day of June 1736 which has laid there ever since without any application made for y'e same tho advertized in the Gazette, August 5th 1743... the prayer was granted...
February 2, 1928
The Melungeons of East Tennessee are not a mixed race. They are descendants of some ancient Phoenicians who removed from Carthage to a place near Camden, South Carolina and from there to Hancock County, Tennessee. This is the same people as Hiram of Tyre who wrote letters to King Solomon and helped to build the great Jewish temple.
They have no facial resemblance to Indians or Negroes. They have none of the characteristics of either negroes or Indians. The fact is there is no negroid or Indian blood, but a pure distinct race.
J. Patton Gibson
(Hancock County, Tennessee)
The Newman Ridge Melungeons were the source of other colonies in Davidson, Morgan, Rhea, Hamilton in Tennessee and Lecture and Knott Counties, Kentucky, but the people who migrated there did not retained the name some of their neighbors may have called them Melungeon after learning where they came from. A good example is the Goins family in Hamilton County, Tennessee “We generally called them Melungeons when we talk about the Goins and them-the Goins that were mixed blooded.”(Testimony in the Shepherd Trial) The problem with all these mysterious Melungeon settlements is a lack of named Melungeons and pinpoint location. They do not have a history of other witnesses, or names of Melungeons such as described by Lewis Jarvis. Usually one person wrote an article about some phantom group of unnamed Melungeons, but that group has no historical existence beyond these named events.
In a message sent to me dated 9/22/2005 11:32:36 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
"This court case has changed my view on the originator of the word Melungeons as beginning on Newman Ridge as per Jarvis. This testimony in SC and 1874, before Dromgoole and appears from this case the word Melungeon may have been widely known during this period. Jack"
In a message dated 10/2/2005 9:43:35 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, email@example.com writes:
"All of this aside I believe this case changes some of our arguments, such as they were not called or known as Melungeons in other places where they migrated. In fact it may yet show they were called Melugeons in SC. .......
......That 1848 reporter was not a neighbor. No doubt he came here because he was told this was where the Melungeons lived. What I am saying is this; In Hamilton County a Justice of the Peace, said they were called Malungeon. If they were from Hawkins/Hancock this means they did retain the name Melungeon, or Malungeon. This being a sworn under oath court record makes it much more reliable record , In fact there was two witnesses who said they were called Malungeon. If they were given this name by their neighbors who lived here among them, then why haven't we found this?
Dromgoole came to Hancock probably because some old senator in Nashville told her to, but we have a problem, We don't have one witness like say that Justice of the Peace who lived in this area before Dromgoole who testified the Collins or Gibson, or Goins were Malungeons. The problem is the Bolton trial survived and the Voting trial proceedings did not, or have not yet been found. Penny don't think this is a problem but I do."
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 20:06:25 EDT
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
I'm with Penny I don't see the problem........I don't understand why you think it is a problem? Shepherd says they left South Carolina and went to HANCOCK COUNTY first...and spread out from there.
In a message dated 10/29/2005 8:49:08 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
The bottom line is we have no neighbor in Hancock pointing to any family and saying they are called Malungeon. I cannot believe in the heart of Malungeon county we cannot even find the word in a court record. and Yes it is a problem
May the truth prevail above all else ~Joanne Pezzullo