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Fri May 25, 2012, 12:00 PM

DNA study seeks origin of Appalachia's Melungeons

My note: This is an extremely interesting article and shows how DNA testing has solved so many old mysteries.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies.

Now a new DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy attempts to separate truth from oral tradition and wishful thinking. The study found the truth to be somewhat less exotic: Genetic evidence shows that the families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.

And that report, which was published in April in the peer-reviewed journal, doesn't sit comfortably with some people who claim Melungeon ancestry.

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"All of us are multiracial," he said. "It is recapturing a more authentic U.S. history."

Estes and her fellow researchers theorize that the various Melungeon lines may have sprung from the unions of black and white indentured servants living in Virginia in the mid-1600s, before slavery.

They conclude that as laws were put in place to penalize the mixing of races, the various family groups could only intermarry with each other, even migrating together from Virginia through the Carolinas before settling primarily in the mountains of East Tennessee.


http://news.yahoo.com/dna-study-seeks-origin-appalachias-melungeons-201144041.html

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Reply DNA study seeks origin of Appalachia's Melungeons (Original post)
monmouth May 2012 OP
Uncle Joe May 2012 #1
monmouth May 2012 #6
AnotherMcIntosh May 2012 #8
monmouth May 2012 #11
slackmaster May 2012 #2
monmouth May 2012 #7
BadgerKid May 2012 #3
Solly Mack May 2012 #4
carolinayellowdog May 2012 #5
kdmorris May 2012 #9
snooper2 May 2012 #10

Response to monmouth (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:15 PM

1. Kicked and recommended for the truth.

Thanks for the thread, monmouth.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #1)

Fri May 25, 2012, 01:05 PM

6. You're welcome Uncle Joe. I saw upthread another post on this with regard to President Lincoln..n/t

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Response to monmouth (Reply #6)

Fri May 25, 2012, 02:44 PM

8. Here perhaps?

 

DNA evidence indicates the first Black President may have been Abraham Lincoln
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1156562

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #8)

Fri May 25, 2012, 05:26 PM

11. That is the one, so interesting..n/t

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Response to monmouth (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:22 PM

2. Melungeons Merely a Melange

 

Megalomania mainly a misinterpretation, per monmouth.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #2)

Fri May 25, 2012, 01:06 PM

7. LOL. Now that's a mouthful....n/t

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Response to monmouth (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:26 PM

3. Melting pot mixes many a melanin.

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Response to monmouth (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:49 PM

4. K&R



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Response to monmouth (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 01:00 PM

5. I know many Melungeons and Melungeon descendants, none have any problem acknowledging African roots

Not that there is any reason to doubt Ms. Estes when she refers to a "whole lot" of resistance to the study's findings. One can certainly find evidence of such resistance online in various discussion sites. But I've never actually known a Melungeon who shares such attitudes. The Melungeon Heritage Association has long celebrated African American roots and featured African American historians. Keynote speaker for this year's annual gathering is Dr. Arwin Smallwood of the University of Memphis.

http://melungeon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/16th-union-home-to-the-hills-of-wise-county-plans-in-progress

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Response to monmouth (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 03:16 PM

9. I love DNA!

I have long contended (if you saw my hair you would know why) that there was some African ancestry in my family. None of us burn easily and my hair is VERY curly and coarse. But alas, I've been unable to prove it!

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Response to monmouth (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 03:20 PM

10. "the various family groups could only intermarry with each other"

don't do it snooper, don't do it

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