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From: K T JAMES <>
Subject: Re: [MELUNGEON] Historical Records.
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:20:18 -0700 (PDT)
In-Reply-To: <A2922BD05A4B49D6A0AF4F5D6C9D0710@toshibauser>

The case against Vardy was "nol processed". His son in law paid a fine but Vardy was an old man and may have just decided not to fool with going to Rogersville for a trial since the rest of his family was acquitted.
>From Vardy to Rogersville was not an easy trip for an old man. Perhaps he paid the fine rather than go through the bother. I see no reasonable reason to think if the rest of his family had been acquitted that he would not have been also. As Paul Harvey so eloquently puts it, "now the rest of the story".....just to say an individual was charged does not necessarily equate to being guilty at all, otherwise we would not even need trials or a court system.

--- On Thu, 4/28/11, Jack Goins <> wrote:

> From: Jack Goins <>
> Subject: [MELUNGEON] Historical Records.
> To:
> Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 10:55 AM
> 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 down.Jack
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