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The Ordeal of Blood

This historic practice goes by many names: Bier's Test, Bier-Right, Trial by Touch, Ordeal of Blood, Blood-test, Covenanting by Blood, and many others that

Abijah Alley

Abijah Alley, of Eighteenth Century Scott County, is one of the most difficult individuals to locate information on. Alley left a fantastic legacy that

A Suspected Tribute of… Respect?

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Obituaries in the Nineteenth Century are known for being incredibly long and affectionate. There is one obituary that is unbelievably so, so much so

Ghosts in Dromgoole’s Closet

Aside from the ridiculous racism and bigotry exhibited in her non-fiction works, there are many issues with Dromgoole's material on both Melungeons and the

Will Allen Dromgoole and the Writing Life

Dromgoole didn't start writing until after her mother died in 1884. Her first book was The Sunny Side of the Cumberland, which was published

Will Allen Dromgoole (1860-1934)

No series on Melungeons is complete without discussion on the individuals who kept history aware of them. This article covers a woman who is

Strange Cases of Kleptomania

These Virginia thieves put the "mania" in kleptomania. The authorities were as amused by them as residents were annoyed with them.

George W. Robinette: The Bone Collector

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George W. Robinette was a fascinating figure in Scott County history.

Melungeon DNA and the European Enigma

Genetic genealogy through DNA testing, has sadly been harnessed to muddle the subject even more. Despite this field being in its infancy, global mapping