Crimes and Criminals / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / The History of Bad Men

The Murderous History of Mr. Bray- Part 1

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Cassard was a notable community in 1938, around 10 miles west of Kingsport, Tennessee. This Scott County region had a number of unique features, including the Pennsylvania Glass plant and a Swedish mission. It was shaken to its foundation on August 3, when the body of 14-year-old Willie Mae Gentry was found.

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Folklore and Ghost Stories / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / Myths and Legends / People / Shady Ladies

Kingsport’s Woman in Black

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The stereotypical “woman in black” has been a ominous figure throughout much of history. The Appalachian regions were no exception.

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Accidents, Mishaps, and Disasters / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History

Gate City’s Train Tragedy of 1940

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A mysterious collision occurred in Gate City, Virginia, on January 27, 1940. The victims’ families were never given reason as to why the tragedy happened, and the unknown lingers even today.

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

The Melungeon People

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There were multiple families in the initial group. They were varied in hue and features, but the outside world wasn’t aware of them for nearly a century.

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The Melungeon Manipulation

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Being an original Melungeon must’ve been a difficult life. The overwhelming majority of the media held you in utter contempt.

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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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