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Subject: Re: [MELUNGEON] Historical Records.
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 11:20:08 -0400
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The problem with the letter from Jarvis is he is speaking only of the
Collins, Bunch, Goodman, Gibson and other names he mentioned. The
people called Melungeons he is speaking of had an entirely different
history and migration pattern than the ''other Melungeons.'' He is not
taking into consideration the Bolton, Perkins, Shuemake, Goins etc.,
that were in Hamilton and Wilson Counties CALLED MELUNGEONS by 1850,
Jarvis did not know their names, their history or migration patterns.

Joanne Pezzullo
Historical Melungeon Indians

-----Original Message-----
From: Jack Goins <>
Sent: Thu, Apr 28, 2011 10:55 am
Subject: [MELUNGEON] Historical Records.

It is almost impossible to write an email on this subject without being
misquoted, so for clarification on my previous post on land grants and
migration with the white settlers. And for any of you who may be new to
the list. This is a portion of a letter from the Hancock County Times,
Sneedville, TN 4/17/1903 written by Lewis M. Jarvis, who was then an
Attorney. Lewis M. Jarvis was also a Captain in Co E, 8th Tennessee
Vol. Cavalry, Union Army. and was personally acquainted with Vardy
Collins and other Melungeons he names in this letter. "Much has
been said and written about the inhabitants of Newman's Ridge and
Blackwater in Hancock County, Tenn. They have been derisively dubbed
with the name "Melungeons" by the local white people who have lived
here with them. It is not a traditional name or tribe of Indians. Some
have said these people were here when the white people first explored
this country. Others say they are a lost tribe of the Indians having no
date of their existence here, traditionally or otherwise. All of this
however, is erroneous and cannot be sustained. These people, not any of
them were here at the time the first white hunting party came from
Virginia and North Carolina in the year 1761-- the noted Daniel Boone
was at the head of one of these hunting parties and went on through
Cumberland Gap.---they came here simultaneously with the white people
not earlier than 1795." In 2005 I formed a group called Friends of The
Hawkins County Archive Project, and was appointed Archivist by the
Hawkins County Commissioners. The old records from the basement of our
old Court house was moved to the placed designated to be the archive.
These records date back to 1787 and up until 1844 Hancock County was
part of Hawkins County, but due to a border dispute and other factors
the illegal voting trials were held in Hawkins County, they began in
1846 and ended 1848, these Circuit Court records would have been lost
due the Hancock County Court house being destroyed by fire,at least 3
times. We were fortunate to find the 1845 election results where they
were charged for illegal voting as free persons of color. In this
election William G. Brownlow lost to Andrew Johnson. This included the
most famous Vardy Collins, along with Zachariah Minor, his brother and
other Collins. This is our 7th year and many of the first volunteers
are still here. All of you are wel! come to research our archives, to
view our archive click on this link, select Government then Hawkins
County Archive. Instead of charging a fee for copying records we ask
for a reasonable donation. The Chancery Court link is
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