HELLO CAMPBELL COUSINS? PLEASE WHO OF OUR EXPERENCED RESEACHERS IS
Willing to step foward a declare that our Ancestor- GRANNY CATTY UNK, had no
connection, in any shape or form to this segament of the asembly of
immagrants, I have not seen any indication of there being a connection, & or not
being a Connection, it has been 290 years since GRANNY CATTY UNK apeard on the
sehen, ??? IS THIS ROUTE A POIABILITY??, JUST ASKIING, who has any proof
<PRO OR CON??? MMIND TTHE CAMBELL FAMILY <CUZ A T< Is not saying, I am
PLEASE REMEMBER It is imposoable to ManipulATE The purifycation of our
ANCESTRY. SO WHO HAS PROOF OF WHAT? JUST ASKING?? CUZ AT
The Portuguese ancestry of the Melungeons took a 'big hit' this past April
when the paper Melungeons, A Multiethnic Population by Roberta J. Estes,
Jack H. Goins, Penny Ferguson, Janet Lewis Crain, was published. It wasn't
so much what they wrote but what they didn't write.
They quoted? James Mooney
In 1902, James Mooney addressed the issue of Portuguese oral history:
"Wherever these people are found, there always will be the traveler or
investigator passing through their region, who will encounter their
tradition of Portuguese descent, and in view of their ignorance, will wonder how
these people ever came to know of the nation of Portugal.”
What James Mooney actually wrote was;
"Wherever these people are found there also will the traveler or
investigator passing through their region encounter the tradition of Portuguese
blood or descent, and many have often wondered how these people came to have
such a tradition or, in view of their ignorance, how they came to even know
of the name of Portugal or the Portuguese."
The next sentence of paragraph two which they completely omitted:
"The explanation is, however, far simpler than one might imagine. In the
first place, the Portuguese have always been a seagoing people, and
according to Mr. Mooney, who has looked up the subject, the early records of
Virginia and the Carolinas contain notices of Portuguese ships having gone to
wreck on the coasts of these States and of the crews settling down and
marrying in with Indians and mulattoes."
Mooney 'addressed' the oral history of the Portuguese ancestry. It
certainly seems to me the way I read this that he explained there was no reason to
doubt their oral history.
The Portuguese were a seagoing people, and apparently there are documented
records in Virginia and the Carolinas of Portuguese shipwrecks and the
crews intermixing with the Natives. So why did these four authors choose to
leave out this most important revelation by James Mooney? Why is a quote
not a "quote?"
This paper uses Virginia DeMarce as a source twenty one times but you
will not find this quote included either.... but then again I don't think they
were attempting to prove the Melungeon families may have been telling
the truth about their heritage.
Virginia Easley DeMarce
Looking at Legends-Lumbee and Melungeon: Applied genealogy and the Origins
of Tri-racial Isolate Settlements, National Genealogical Society Quarterly
81 (March 1993): 24-45. Page 37
"The fact that the Portuguese were noted seafarers for centuries.
Portuguese laborers--particularly sailors, fisherman, and tradesmen such as net
menders and sail menders--were common in towns and harbors throughout the
western world, including England and her colonies; and English ships used some
Portuguese sailors. In early America, references to them appear in colonial
records from New France [Canada] to New England, to the Gulf. There is no
reason to doubt that they also sailed into Virginia's ports, and their
extensive contact with the English shipping trade might well explain their
apparently rapid acquisition of the English language and their quick
acculturation in Virginia."
The authors of this paper writes there is one documented source as a
possible link to the Melungeons Portuguese ancestry. The men who came with Juan
"One possible documented source of Portuguese ancestry may be from Juan
Pardo’s men who were abandoned at various forts in present day North
Carolina, one perhaps as far north and west as Morgantown, North Carolina.
Some of Pardo's men may have been Portuguese. These men, if they survived,
would have had to have assimilated into the Native population and have taken
Native wives, as there were no European women available in 1566. However,
the core Melungeon family group is not originally found in western North
Carolina, but in eastern Virginia."