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From: "choctaw74" <>
Subject: Re: [Melungeon] Fw: Hiding ancestry
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 19:46:50 -0600
References: <00d801c2e5dd$1cf1d8a0$9c303c04@sheila>


Great way to say it !!!
----- Original Message -----
From: Don and Sheila <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 7:42 PM
Subject: [Melungeon] Fw: Hiding ancestry


>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lynn in IL" <>
> To: "Don & Sheila" <>
> Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 4:38 PM
> Subject: Re: Hiding ancestry
>
>
> > I can't deny anything in my ancestry. We are probably a montage of many
> > different tribes, races and ethnicities. I was raised "white" but knew
> > deep down there was something else there and my family would at least
kid
> > around and say we are Heinz 57s. Of course, no one could elaborate on
> > anything but they don't deny the fact we could be mixed. Some in my
family
> > do balk at African and not at Indian. I think that totally unfair.
> > Whatever your racial makeup, you are the sum of ALL your parts whether
you
> > recognize it or not. I don't even know for sure what "other" blood we
have
> > but I won't say, no, we definitely don't have this or that kind of
blood.
> > The whole world is wide open to what I might find. I'm proud of it ALL.
> > :-)
> >
> > Lynn in IL
> >
> > --- Don & Sheila <> wrote:
> > > I guess it depends on how you want to tell the story. I could tell you
> > > about
> > > my ancestor, Thomas Godbey who arrived in Jamestown in 1609/10. Sounds
> > > good --his descendants are still in the VA/WV area. Sounds like one
of
> > > the
> > > founding fathers, right? If I tell you how I know he was there then,
I
> > > have
> > > to tell you he was killed by a neighbor after a drunken brawl!
> > > The court records are there to be viewed. Given that "History is an
> > > agreed upon set of lies", we can all tell the story of our family
> > > however we
> > > choose. When I started genealogy research, I was told to be careful
> > > because
> > > I might find a horse theif or two. LOL! So far, I have found more
> > > preachers than anything else. To make the trip to an unkown world and
> > > survive was quite a feat. Were there problems --of course! It makes
a
> > > difference if you are telling the story from the point of view of the
> > > people
> > > already here or from the newly arrived. I learned a long time ago
> > > --not
> > > one of us is all good nor all bad!
> > > We all just are! I look for my ancestors and accept what I find. I
> > > haven't
> > > found my Harrison Boling listed as FPC.
> > > However, others in the same area with the same SURNAME were so listed.
> > > They were FPC in one County (Sevier, I think) and white in Blount
County
> > > TN.
> > > Did they change colors??? I don't think so --so what I am finding is
> > > someone's impression of what and who they were. I can accept that and
> > > go on
> > > to further research. I still contend that we are the product of ALL
> > > the
> > > genes of our ancestors --regardless of color or religion or
ethnicity.
> > > I
> > > am proud to embrace all of my heritage --and am glad my son told his
> > > friend:
> > > MY MOM TAUGHT ME IT IS NOT WHAT IS ON THE OUTSIDE THAT MATTERS!
> > >
> > > Peace! Sheila
> > >
> > > From: "JECrain" <>
> > > To: <>
> > > Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 12:16 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [Melungeon] Hiding ancestry
> > >
> > >
> > > > Barbara; I think many see their white ancestry as dull and
> > > uninteresting,
> > > > when if they really studied history they would be so surprised. No
one
> > > had
> > > > it easy, that's for sure. It took a lot of courage to sail to an
> > > unknown
> > > > land, knowing a voyage of 40 days awaited. Stuck in a 4 foot high
> > > hold,
> > > not
> > > > allowed on deck, tossed on perilous waves like a cork. Smelling
vomit
> > > and
> > > > feces and human sweat for 40 days. Some were sick children or
pregnant
> > > > women. Many died. They did this seeking a better life. Most had
never
> > > owed
> > > a
> > > > foot of land and their desire for land was a driving force that
would
> > > push
> > > > them further and further west. Just like the poor Germans who came
> > > ashore
> > > at
> > > > Galveston and Indianola on the Texas coast and found that the travel
> > > > phamplets had mislead them and all the good land was gone and they
> > > would
> > > > have to walk 300 miles to the rocky, thin soiled areas around
present
> > > day
> > > > Fredricksburg. Never mind that the Comanches and Apaches had also
> > > found
> > > this
> > > > a beautiful and pleasant place with plentiful game and gorgeous
rivers
> > > and
> > > > streams, pushing out the inhabitants 300 years before this. And I
> > > think
> > > the
> > > > same thing happened 200 years earlier on the Eastern Seaboard.
There's
> > > > always two sides to every story and sometimes many more. It often
> > > comes
> > > down
> > > > to a family trying to survive and make a better life for their
> > > children.
> > > And
> > > > every story is fasinating.
> > > >
> > > > Janet Crain
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > From: "Barbara Ellison" <>
> > > > To: <>
> > > > Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 10:26 AM
> > > > Subject: Re: [Melungeon] Hiding ancestry
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > I haven't seen anyone on this list deny white ancestry..If you
have,
> > > tell
> > > > me
> > > > > who it is.
> > > > > B.
> > > > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > > From: <>
> > > > > To: <>
> > > > > Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 10:07 AM
> > > > > Subject: Re: [Melungeon] Hiding ancestry
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > > In a message dated 3/8/2003 10:38:12 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> > > > > > writes:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > ....A lot of white skinned
> > > > > > > people now days who have Black blood are denying their African
> > > > > > > ancestry...now *that* is racism...
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > Is it racism to deny black blood and your African ancestry but
not
> > > > racism
> > > > > to
> > > > > > deny your white blood and English ancestry? Is racism only one
> > > color?
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Joanne Pezzullo
> > > > > > <A
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
>
HREF="http://www.geocities.com/ourmelungeons/front.html">http://www.geocitie
> > > > > s.com/ourmelungeons/front.html</A>
> > > > > > To weet a wicked villaine, bold and stout,
> > > > > > Which wonned in a rocke not farre away,
> > > > > > That robbed all the countrie there about,
> > > > > > ---------------------------------
> > > > > > For he so crafty was to forge and face,
> > > > > > So light of hand, and nymble of his pace,
> > > > > > So smooth of tongue, and subtile in his tale,
> > > > > > That could deceive one looking in his face;
> > > > > > Therefore by name Malengin they him call,
> > > > > > Well knowen by his feates, and famous ouer all.
> > > > > > ------------------------------
> > > > > > Spencer's FAIRE QUEENE 1596
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
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