Genealogy and DNA / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / People

Melungeon Community

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The earliest “proof” of Melungeons is commonly cited is the Stony Creek church minutes from 1813. One church member accused another of “harboring melungins.

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The Real History of Melungeons

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Sadly, it seems even less is known of the people today. Early historical accounts suggest the Melungeons were there before the white settlers.

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Melungeon Fame

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As word spread of the “new race” so did fantasy. Northern reporters made it a point to briskly “investigate the community,” by speaking to one or two families, so they might carry off biases, prejudices and unfair assumptions of all.

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Melungeon Etymology

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This word has been used for centuries, although in strikingly different contexts. The most likely origin is the French term “Mélange,” which simply means “mixture.

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An Introduction to Melungeons

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This is one of the most difficult ethnic groups to research today. The overwhelming majority of information is authored by those who use the research process to support preconceived notions.

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Crimes and Criminals / History / The History of Bad Men

The Consequences of Irreverent Laughter

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Scott County’s only double-execution happened on February 6, 1885. The hanging occurred in Estillville, later known as Gate City, Virginia.

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Abingdon’s Femme Fatalle

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The Baker trial of 1891 held the region spellbound with shameless love, infidelity, and ultimately murder. The prosecution’s star witness was the mistress herself, and she wove a fantastic web in the courtroom.

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The Parsimonious Philanderer

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One of the most famous swindling Romeos was captured near Gate City, Virginia. Ironically, at the same time of  the “Lonely Hearts” serial killers, notorious “Lonely Heart” Ernest I.

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White-Livered Vixens and Vamps

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The term, “white liver,” has recently found its way into Appalachian discussions. According to legend, if a woman has the dreaded white liver, her sexual appetites are so strong they kill her mate.

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