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Some of you on this list may be interested in learning more about a
fascinating group of
people called Melungeons, especially if your family comes from northeast TN,
southeast KY, northwest NC or southwest VA. If you have any questions about
article below, please write to me directly at suni(a)qni.com. Also visit the
Heritage Association, Inc. at:
http://pluto.clinch.edu/appalachia/melungeon/ Thanks! -Kay
Recent books and documentaries on Appalachia's mysterious Melungeons have
many people to search for their Melungeon roots. A genealogy workshop at
College may provide help for those who are seeking information about their
families and possible Melungeon connections.
"Melungeon Roots: A Family Heritage Workshop" will be held on the Berea
College campus on Saturday, June 26. This event will feature sessions on
beginning, intermediate, and Internet genealogy, as well as specific
to explore Native American and African-American connections. There will also
be chat sessions for various family groups, a showing of a documentary film
about the Melungeons, and a panel discussion featuring Brent Kennedy, Manuel
Mira, and others..
The Melungeons are a multi-racial and multi-ethnic people who were first
documented in the Appalachian mountains at the end of the 18th century.
that time, they have become a part of Appalachian folklore - "sons and
daughters of the legend." Prior to the Civil War, some were classified as
"free persons of color." More recently, they have been identified by
anthropologists and sociologists as "tri-racial isolates" - an amalgam of
European, Native American, and African-American ancestry. They faced
discrimination, both legal and social, and tended to settle in isolated
communities such as Newman's Ridge in Hancock County, Tennessee, or Stone
Over the years, Melungeons kept to themselves -- or moved to other areas
their heritage was not suspect. Oral history among Melungeon families was
often not shared with succeeding generations. "Melungeon" had become an
epithet, even if no one knew where the word originated. Jean Patterson Bible
wrote in 1975 that generations of intermarriage has resulted in near racial
dissolution: "They'll be gone in a generation or two, except for an
dark-complected [sic] child as a reminder of the past."
Instead, many Melungeon descendants are coming to recognize and embrace the
diverse heritage that is theirs. They've been encouraged and inspired by Dr.
N. Brent Kennedy, author of the 1994 book The Melungeons: The Resurrection
A Proud People; An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America. Kennedy, in
researching his own family background, concludes that the Melungeons were
descended from groups of Spaniards, Portuguese, Turks, Berbers, Moors, Jews,
and others who arrived on these shores between the arrival of Columbus and
establishment of Jamestown. Generations of intermarriage with Europeans,
Native Americans, and African-Americans resulted in the people now known as
Participants may pre-register before June 1, for "Melungeon Roots: A Family
Heritage Workshop" by sending a check or money order to: Melungeon Roots,
Box 4042, Wise, VA 24293. Admission to the event is $5 for each
participant (before June 1), and $10 for those who register after June 1 and
for on-site registrants. On-site registration begins Friday, June 25, at
pm at the Alumni Building on the Berea campus.
The Melungeon Heritage Association, Inc. will hold a mixer on Friday night
the Alumni Building from 7 to 9 pm. Workshops will begin on Saturday morning
at 9:00 am at Phelps-Stokes Hall, with welcoming remarks by Audie Kennedy,
president of the Melungeon Heritage Association, Inc., and Gordon McKinney
the Berea College Appalachian Center. Workshops will be held in the Frost
Building and Phelps Stokes chapel. Chat groups will be running all day at
various locations on campus. Throughout the day, "Melungeon Roots" will
feature "how-to" genealogy sessions as well as sessions on Native American,
African-American, and Portuguese-American genealogy. A panel discussion with
question-and-answer session will close the workshop.
"Melungeon Roots: A Family Heritage Workshop" is sponsored by the
Center at Berea College, continuing the college's long tradition of
to Appalachia and to diversity. The event is organized by the Melungeon
Heritage Association, Inc. (MHA), a non-profit organization formed in 1998.
MHA was an outgrowth of the highly successful First Union: A Melungeon
Gathering held in Wise in 1997. In 1998, MHA sponsored Second Union, an even
larger gathering which featured sessions and lectures on history, social
issues, and medical issues, as well as genealogy.
The gatherings are only a part of the work of MHA. The organization is also
dedicated to several other tasks, including continued research and writing,
telling the story of the Melungeon people, and contributing to the mosaic of
past that has been hidden too long. At the same time, MHA plans to collect
preserve the research and artifacts of the past, forming the basis of a
Melungeon Research Center to give these materials a permanent home. MHA's
mission is to document and preserve the heritage and cultural legacy of
ancestry people of the Southern Appalachians. While the focus will be on
of Melungeon heritage, they do not restrict themselves to honoring only this
group, but believe in the dignity of all such mixed ancestry groups. MHA is
committed to preserving this rich heritage of racial diversity and harmony.
MHA plans to hold Third Union in the summer of 2000. In the meantime,
"Melungeon Roots" is the first of several planned smaller events which will
focus on individual aspects of Melungeon heritage.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: MELUNGEON ROOTS
"Melungeon Roots: A Family Heritage Workshop" will be held on the Berea
College campus in Berea, Kentucky, on Saturday, June 26. This event will
feature sessions on beginning, intermediate, and Internet genealogy, as well
as specific sessions on other aspects of Melungeon genealogy. To register,
send five dollars per registrant to Melungeon Roots, P.O. Box 4042, Wise, VA
The Red River Historical Society has the 1850 CLARK COUNTY, KENTUCKY
Census for sale.
Orders may be placed with Larry Meadows, P. O. 195, Clay City, KY. 40312.
The price is $20.00 plus $3.00 postage and if in Ky. add $1.20 sale tax.
The Society is also selling court records and a cemetery book. Let us know
if you are interested.
Date: Friday, April 09, 1999 5:28 PM
Subject: Othello WA.-Asotin WA-Lewiston Idaho
> To those I found information for in Umitiila CO.OR.and Yakima CO WA. good
>luck with your new info.For those who I could not help please be advised
>that I have kept all your requests and next trip though will try again.
> Next project starting next Monday will be a week in OTHELLO WA.
>the following week I will be in Asotin CO.WA. and can service CLARKSTON WA.
>and Lewiston ID. FROM THAT POINT.
> So again if I can be of help to anyone in those areas please let me know.
>Note:I got a couple of inquiries as to what I charge Well the rate
>is reasonable its FREE [however my family SEE take top priority]
>Good Luck,Good Hunting,
>==== OREGON Mailing List ====
Hi, Myrna. Saw your query on the list mailing. I have some Clark Co.
marriage records, etc., and have the following information regarding this
James Patton who married a Elizabeth Dinwiddie. According to the marriage
records, he did marry this Elizabeth Dinwiddie but not in VA - in Clark Co.,
KY. They have the wrong marriage date, though. His will was probated in
October of 1823, as follows:
shows wife as Elizabeth (James evidently was married only once), sons Mathew
and John, and daughter Polly Patton Halley (husband Henry Halley (or Holley),
married May 8, 1806, Clark Co., KY), Other heirs:l. Polly Patton, daughter
of Deceased son Mathew, 2. Children of his son John: James, Elizabeth,
Sarah Ann, Richard, John William, Polly, Nancy, and Mathew T. 3. Children
of his daughter Polly Patton Halley: James P, Richard S, Elizabeth, Sibel,
Polly, Matthew, John & George.
Here are other Patton marriages for Clark Co, KY:
John Patton m. Louvin Ann Foxworthy on Feb l4, l828
John Patton married Sibbea Halley on December 20, l805 (or Sibel). Probate
record for him shows probate date as June 20, 1823, wife Sibel, children:
James H., Elizabeth, Sarah Ann, Richard H., John W., Nackey D., Mathew
Robert Patton married Nancy Black on Feb 20, 1806
William Patton married Anne Harrison on Dec 22, 1808
Evelin Patton m. Richard Wills on October l9, l796
Jane Patton married Original Williams on March 25, l808
Julia Patton married William Robertson on November 25, l850
L. H. Patton married George T. Fishback on June l4, l836 (Lumia, I think)
Polley Patton married Henry Halley (Holley?) on May 8, l806
Polly Patton married Phineas Skinner
Sary Anne Patton married James Dunn on October 27, l827
I thought I would list this together so we can trace some of them to show a
possible connection to Charles Patton and Ann McCoy and their known children
of Hughes Patton (who married l. Delila Shepherd 2. Polly Ann Ross), Thomas
Patton (who married Polly Abney), Lois Patton (who married William Dewitt),
and Jane Patton (who married Original Williams shown above). I have a strong
feeling that at least some of these other Pattons tie into our Pattons in
Clark Co., KY.
Let me know what you think.
Does anyone now where the Red River Historical Society, in Powell County,
will be meeting at for their next meeting. I have never been to one of
their meetings, and I thought I would like to go. I am the new CC for
Powell County. I figured it would help me with updating the site, by
meeting the people of Powell county.
If anyone knows the next meeting place, date, and time, please let me know.
Patricia "Trish" Caudill
CC for Powell County
Do you have anything on the following?
Descendants of John See
1 John See b: 1823 in KY
.. +Nancy Burgher b: 1823 in KY m: Aft. 1845
..... 2 Margaret/Martha A. See b: 1847
..... 2 Elvila See b: 1850
..... 2 Andrew See b: 1852
..... 2 Nancy See b: 1858
Nancy Burgher was the daughter of Manson Burgher & Frances/Fannie W. Sharp.
>From: Storm See [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 1999 2:57 AM
>Subject: [KYPOWELL-L] Benjamin Franklin See obit
>>Hope someone outhere enjoys this old obit of my great Uncle as I did in
>>Storm E.See,Seattle WA.
>>Date: Monday, April 05, 1999 11:40 PM
>>Subject: Benjamin Franklin See obit
>>> Hermiston Herald-Feb.21,1935
>>> Pioneer of Union County called to final Rest
>>> Another pioneer of the plains was called to his final rest last
>>> week when Benjamin Franklin See passed away after 89 years
>>> of sojourn here on this earth.As a youth he braved the long journey
>>> to the west coast and Oregon,with his parents to help build
>>> civilization in the Grande Ronde valley in Union county.
>>> In later years,about 1865 ,Mr..See freighted between Umitilla and
>>> LaGrande enduring the hardships of the trail. He was a true pioneer
>>> of this vast western empire.
>>> Benjamin Franklin See was born in Estill County ,Kentucky
>>> November 26,1845,and died in Hermiston Oregon,February 14,1935
>>> at the age of 89 years ,2 months and 18 days
>>> He was married in 1865 at Clarinda ,Iowa to Nancy Hammock on
>>> Their way across the plains to Oregon. They located in LaGrande
>>> where he lived until his wife died in 1913 .Then he came to
>>> Hermiston and lived with his daughter Mrs..Perry Arthur ever since.
>>> He had eight children five of whom survive him. They are Jefferson
>>> See of Standfield: Francis See and George See of Tacoma WA.
>>> Albert See of LaGrande and Mrs..Anna Arthur of Hermiston.
>>> He had 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was a
>>> member of the Church of Christ for over 50 years.
>>> The funeral services were conducted at the Prann's Funeral Parlors
>>> Sunday afternoon at 2::30 by C.R. Moore ,Minister of the Union Church.
>>>body was shipped to LaGrande where it will be buried in
>>> the family plot in the Summerland cemetery beside his wife.
>==== KYPOWELL Mailing List ====
>Powell Co., KY Mailing List - for questions or suggestions, please
>contact Jen Bawden - jbawden(a)mindspring.com
To those I found information for in Umitiila CO.OR.and Yakima CO WA. good
luck with your new info.For those who I could not help please be advised
that I have kept all your requests and next trip though will try again.
Next project starting next Monday will be a week in OTHELLO WA.
the following week I will be in Asotin CO.WA. and can service CLARKSTON WA.
and Lewiston ID. FROM THAT POINT.
So again if I can be of help to anyone in those areas please let me know.
Note:I got a couple of inquiries as to what I charge Well the rate
is reasonable its FREE [however my family SEE take top priority]
Good Luck,Good Hunting,
I have reviewed the cemetery records I forwarded you and have entered the
names of the people where they tie into our Pattons:
Patton family in cemetery: My data in parentheses ()
Amanda Belle (Adams) - l859/1893 William Henry Patton's wife
Armps (should be Armest) Patton - l855/1909 husband of Laura (and also
William M. Patton's son)
Clarence B. - l88l/1910 (William F. Patton & Mary J. Clem's son from
William's second marriage)
Dillard - l84l/l920 (son of William M. Patton & Elizabeth ?)
Enis - l883/____ (husband of Dillard's daughter Martha)
Laura - l856/l938 ( wife of Armest, William M. Patton & Elizabeth's
Martha - l887/l955 (wife of Enis , and also Dillard & Nancy J.
Mary (Williams) - l883/1910 (first wife of Enis),
Mary J. (Clem) - l846/l9l9 (2nd wife of Wm. F. Patton)
Nancy J. (Fisher) l842/l902 (wife of Dillard)
William Henry - l858/l895 (Amanda Belle Adams' husband and the son
of William F. Patton & Sarah Ann Dewitt) (served in Co. B., l4th KY CAV
Hope this helps.
Thanks so much, Cathy, for the cemetery information. The Pattons listed in
this cemetery are from my family. Several of my Pattons lived in Powell
County - namely, Sarah Ann Dewitt, daughter of Lois Patton and William
Dewitt, who married l. Francis Marion Patton 2. William Francis Patton and
3. Green Berry Patton, Sr. Sarah and William Francis had one son William
Henry Patton. Sarah and her third husband Green Berry Patton, Sr. had two
sons - Green Berry Patton, Jr. and John Bell Patton who married Sarah
Roberts. Green Berry Patton, Sr. had at least three brothers - Dillard
Patton who married Nancy Jane Fisher, James S. Patton who married Nancy ?,
and William Francis Patton who married Sarah Ann Dewitt. So Sarah Ann was at
different times married to both brothers.
Another of my relatives Polly Ann Ross Patton b. l816, Washington Co., KY,
the daughter of John Ross, married l. Hughes Patton (son of Charles Patton
and Ann McCoy) and 2. Nathaniel Clem in l857, Powell Co., KY. Polly and
Nathaniel Clem had two sons - Simpson H. and Samuel J. Clem.
If anyone on the list connects to these Pattons or Clems, please let me know.
Searching for info on W. Rose who married Lizzie, are listed on 1920
Powell Co census with children.
Also, John Kirkpatrick who married Savilla, listed on the 1880 Powell Co
census and decsendants are listed on census records and marriage records
in Powell Co.
Please visit my homepage at:
Barbara W. Ingram
PO BX 114
Frenchburg, KY 40322
Please contact me if you have a connection to the following Pattons:
William Francis Patton b. l837, Powell Co., KY
married Sarah Ann Dewitt b. l838, Estill Co., KY, the daughter of Lois Patton
and William Dewitt
Children of William Francis and Sarah Ann Dewitt:
William Henry Patton b. l856, died March 6, l898
married Amanda Belle Adams (daughter of John Thomas Adams and Mary Ann
Barham) on October 30, l879 in Powell Co., KY
Children of William Henry and Amanda Belle:
l. John William Patton b. September 2l, l880, Powell Co., KY, married Bertha
2. Dora Candace Patton b. l882, married Lee J. Stratton on February 22, l904
3. Robert Lee Patton b. l89l in Powell Co., KY
>Hope someone outhere enjoys this old obit of my great Uncle as I did in
>Storm E.See,Seattle WA.
>Date: Monday, April 05, 1999 11:40 PM
>Subject: Benjamin Franklin See obit
>> Hermiston Herald-Feb.21,1935
>> Pioneer of Union County called to final Rest
>> Another pioneer of the plains was called to his final rest last
>> week when Benjamin Franklin See passed away after 89 years
>> of sojourn here on this earth.As a youth he braved the long journey
>> to the west coast and Oregon,with his parents to help build
>> civilization in the Grande Ronde valley in Union county.
>> In later years,about 1865 ,Mr..See freighted between Umitilla and
>> LaGrande enduring the hardships of the trail. He was a true pioneer
>> of this vast western empire.
>> Benjamin Franklin See was born in Estill County ,Kentucky
>> November 26,1845,and died in Hermiston Oregon,February 14,1935
>> at the age of 89 years ,2 months and 18 days
>> He was married in 1865 at Clarinda ,Iowa to Nancy Hammock on
>> Their way across the plains to Oregon. They located in LaGrande
>> where he lived until his wife died in 1913 .Then he came to
>> Hermiston and lived with his daughter Mrs..Perry Arthur ever since.
>> He had eight children five of whom survive him. They are Jefferson
>> See of Standfield: Francis See and George See of Tacoma WA.
>> Albert See of LaGrande and Mrs..Anna Arthur of Hermiston.
>> He had 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was a
>> member of the Church of Christ for over 50 years.
>> The funeral services were conducted at the Prann's Funeral Parlors
>> Sunday afternoon at 2::30 by C.R. Moore ,Minister of the Union Church.
>>body was shipped to LaGrande where it will be buried in
>> the family plot in the Summerland cemetery beside his wife.
I am on the list. Can anyone on the list look up a marriage or census
information for Powell Co., KY. for a Sarah Dewitt Patton b. l838, Estill
Co., KY and a William Francis Patton b. l837, Estill Co., KY. They lived in
Powell Co., KY, while they were married and had a son William Henry Patton.
Well, I am dealing with too many Charles Pattons here. Evidently the Charles
Patton b. l878 couldn't have been Lois Patton's husband if he was her
brother, so let's assume that he wasn't and my theory fits.