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Subject: Re: [Melungeon] Tuckahoes and Cohees
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 07:05:25 EDT


In an article written on the ELAM family in 1930 for the Genealogy section of
the Hearst Newspapers there is this mention of the "Tuckahoe"--- there being
handed down that the ELAM were from "Tuckahoe" The Elams were Virginia in
early to mid 1600s and married into the Bolling family, supposed descendants
of Pocahantas.... for what it is worth.

Quoted from the article----
"There was a place called Tuckaho about 14 miles up James River, west and a
little north of Richmond [see map of Tidewater Virginia in OLD VIRGINIA AND
HER NEIGHBORS Vol 1 by John Fiske]

In ANNALS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VA Waddell writes, "At an early day, the people
living on the east side of the Blue Ridge received the soubriquet of
Tuckahoes, from a small stream of that name, it is said, while the people on
the west side were denominated Cohees, from their common use of the term
"Quoth he' or Quoth her" for "said he."

The only other mention of Tuckahoe found was in Lyon G. Tyler's NARRATIVE OF
EARLY VIRGINIA where in Captain John Smiths' description of Virginia
accompanying his map of virginia 1612, Smith writes of Tockawhoughe, an
Indian food, as follows; "The chief roote they have for foode is called
Tockawhoughe and , in a foot not, Dr. Tyler eminent Virginia historian
translates the Indian word Tockawhoughe, "Tuckahoe" and adds, "This name was
also given to a kind of fungus found at the roots of certain trees."


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