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Subject: Re: [Melungeon] Re: DNA website I found
Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2002 07:27:13 EDT
Does anyone know the original source for this?
The Melungeons were ‘discovered’ in the Appalachian Mountains in 1654 by
English explorers and were described as being ‘dark-skinned with fine
European features, (meaning they were not black) and as being a hairy people,
who lived in log cabins with peculiar arched windows, (meaning they were not
These Melungeon people practiced the Christian religion, and told the
explorers in broken Elizabethan English, that they were ‘Portyghee,’ but
were described as being ‘not white,’ that is, not of Northern European
stock, even though some of them had red hair and others had VERY striking
blue or blue/green eyes.