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Subject: Re: [MELUNGEON] Historical Records.
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:52:15 -0400
## No, the grand Jury indictment calls them colored and not allowed to
vote or to testify against a white man in a court of law. Indians, or
mulattoes are not mentioned in these trials or in the state legislation
meeting conducted by John McKinney, who were discussing free Negroes
and McKinney did not mention Melungeons as reported by Droomgoole. Jack
Vardy Collins was indicted by the Grand Jury.
I have found most of the grand Jury verdicts and they all read the same
regarding the charge.- I will read part of the Vardy Collins indictment
by the Grand Jury which leaves no doubt on what the charges were.
7 August 1846- “On the 7th day of August in the year of our lord 1845
did then and there knowingly and unlawfully did vote in an election
held under the constitution and laws of the United States of America
and the State of Tennessee for representatives, Governor and members of
the state legislature, being disqualified to vote by the laws of this
state on account of color, and from being a competent witness in our
courts of law in any case whatever except against each other.
This is only a small part of the reading of this indictment as it keeps
repeating he was a free person of color and by voting he violated the
laws of the United States and this State of Tennessee.
>>>>Apparently the indictment called them 'free person of color' --
which from everything I have read included, Indians, mustees and
mulattoes. They could just as likely been tried for having Indian
blood as having African blood.. we just don't know for sure, do we?
Historical Melungeon Indians
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----------------------------------------> ### No Joaane you are making
the assumptions. It plainy says in this> indictment the charges were
for voting in the election held in August> 1845> for Governor and Rep.
The judges of the election made the decision to> allow> them to vote,
the person who filed the charges was not named. The> losers are>
normally the ones who challenge an election, that's not an assumption.>
The> hearing where this was bound over to the Grand Jury was most
likely in> 1845> we have not located the hearing. We have the records
where this was> turned> over to the Grand Jury and their descision and
the names of the Grand> Jury> who found them guilty, or you might say
enough evidence to have them> stand> trial.>>>>>>THIS IS FROM YOUR
ARITCLE JACK>> ''The 1834 revised Constitution of Tennessee
specifically disfranchised> Indians, mustees, and mulattoes. The
illegal voting charges and trials> of known Melungeon families in
Rogersville proves they did not escape> this discrimination. After two
separate juries ruled Wiatt Collins and> Zachariah Minor not guilty the
state dropped the charges on Solomon,> Levi, Ezekial, and Andrew
Collins and later dropped charges on Lewis> Minor. The answer to why
the charges were dropped is simple, they were> brothers and cousins.
Why try Lewis Minor after his brother Zachariah> was found not guilty
by a Jury? Evidence points to a probable pre trial> deal between their
lawyer and the state prosecutor on who was to be> tried.''>> Is there
anything in the records you have found so far that identifies> these
people as 'Indians, mustees or mulattoes? You don't know who> filed the
charges, you haven't located the hearing -- and do you know> if they
were charged because they were mulattoes or Indians, because> the
bottom line is this is what this is about right? Negro or Indian.## No,
the grand Jury indictment calls them colored and not allowed to vote or
to testify against a white man in a court of law. Indians, or mulattoes
are not mentioned in these trials or in the state legislation meeting
conducted by John McKinney, who were discussing free Negroes and
McKinney did not mention Melungeons as reported by Droomgoole.
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