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Date: Thu, 06 Aug 1998 11:42:30 -0700

The talk of Native American or Melungeon ancestry in my Hodges family
has turned out to be only talk. I am not sure why or how it started but
it semms to have been from dark hair and very dark brown eyes that
entered the family either through the Robertson line or the Ausbrooks
line. These are the two lines that were suspect as I recall
conversations among family members.

In extensive research of these lines I have traced, with great help from
Angus Robinson, the Robertson line back to Edinburg, Scotland and Erskin
Ausbrooks has traced our Ausbrooks/Osbrooks line back to England. I can
find no trace of Cherokee or any other Native American in any of our
connecting lines and there is none in my Hodges ancestry. An interesting
question to me is "how or why it started"? Perhaps time and further
research will yeild the answer.


> I have not heard of Native American or Melungeon anceatry in the Hodges
> line. I may come from the only family in the South that does not have a
> tradition of Cherokee ancestry. I notice that Lowell Brown does have a
> tradition and he is from the same family as I am, but my people stayed in
> Virginia and his moved to Tennessee. The only thing along that line I have
> heard is from a descendant of the Isham Hodges-Betsy Clay line who said that
> her father claimed that he was a "Tuckahoe" or "Tuckahoe Dutch". There is a
> discussion of the term in Evelyn McKinley Orr's article in the
> Winter/Spring 1998 issue of
> Under One Sky, "Our Melungeon Research Looks Bright", she reports the
> following:
> My Melungeon ancestor, David Goings, was born in 1783, probably in old
> Virginia. A grandson of David, wrote a description of his father, John, and
> his uncle, David, Jr., "As having many of the features of the old men of
> Turkey as we see them in picutures." David was white in all records, yet
> his own son and grandson who lived in Indiana, though he had been Turkish. I
> beleive he was a Melunjjun. John Goings enjoyed telling his son that he was
> a Tuck-a-hoe, thinking it was a nickname for native Turks from Turkey.
> John wasn't right, but old David must have told his son's that he was a
> Tuckahoe. Dictionaries define Tuckahoe as: A name the North AmericanIndians
> gave to edible thick starchy roots of various plants like a potato,and they
> managed to make bread from roots of plants like Arrow Arum and Golden Club:
> A nickname for the lowlands of Old Virginia, now North Carolina, and the
> inhabitants of that area: A name for Powhatan Virginia Indians: Sometimes
> meant poor whites. ("The Bureau of American Ethnology, Handy Book of
> American Indians" and the 1888 "Oxford English Dictionary," 2nd Edition, p.
> 649.
> In the early days, the Blue Ridge divided the Ancient Dominion into two
> nations. The people living on the east side of the Blue Ridge were called
> Tuckahoes and the people on the west side were called Cohees from their
> common use of the term "Quoth he" or "Quoth her". The Tuckahoe carried
> himself rather pompously and pronounced many words as his English
> forefathers did in the days of Queen Elizabeth. The Cohee was plain and
> even blunt in manners and gave utternace to words of his Scotch Irish
> ancestors and to which the Tuckahoe did not understand. Each though the
> other spoke jargon of whar and thar for where and there, and stars for
> stairs. ("Annals of Augusta County Virginia, " 1726-1871, by Jos. Waddell,
> 1902, pages 27 & 406 and the 1888 "Oxford English Dictionary.") The early
> Appalachia Melungeons and Croatan/Lumbees both would learn old English, take
> English surnames and live among the early Tuckahoes. Tuckahoe in Turkish is
> Tur-kih-o, pronounced Tu-cu-ote, menaing tubular round dirty plant.
> There is a lot of other good information in the Orr article. It can be
> found at:
> http://www.clinch.edu/appalachia/melungeon/UnderOneSky/orr.htm
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