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From: "Bernie Moore-Knowles" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Moore, Cunningham, Osborn, Lane, Roebuck and Kelso
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 13:20:35 -0600
Funny you should bring the Melungeons up.
Early in my Moore research I came upon the classification and it is
something, isn't it?
There are physical characteristics that are applied to the race, regional
roots, etc. Interesting, isn't it?
And Beth? Check for your Moores there, also. Common Melungeon surname as I
Not sure if I told you all...............I thought that I had. But, My
father; the Moore............has Roebuck, Osborn, Lane and Kelso blood. A
branch of his Kelsos were early day Independence Co. settlers that
intermarried with Izard Co. Cunninghams, as a matter of fact - before their
migration to Texas.
Anyway, in doing some research on the Kelso and Roebuck families - I find
that they were slaveholders and that they impregnated many of their female
slaves. You know the result, right? I was contacted my a bi-racial Roebuck
several years ago and her direct line was found in an 1860 Georgia census as
husband and wife; no children yet and enumerated as Mulatto and Black. The
husband was a Roebuck and the wife; a Kelso. So, the two families have
intermarried for generations, it appears. These two from the 1860 census
were not enumerated as slaves but as freed persons of color; I am sure.
Now, my father's mother carried Black genes in her physical characteristics.
My father did somewhat, also and my older brother; Dean.
The only time that I asked my father what his background was, his reply was,
"I'm Black Dutch and Irish."
Well................along with the Melungeon theories, there are many as to
the origin of the term Black Dutch.
I think that both races included African American bloodlines - or at least
that is my opinion. Maybe that is the reason that my son seems to always
lean toward Black and Hispanic girlfriends?
Just a thought.
"Swaying palms in paradise........"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Angie Dirscherl" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2004 12:20 PM
Subject: [ARIZARD-L] Melungeon Culture Links
> I have recently come across some information about Melungeon people. I had
quite honestly never heard of these people until about a month ago. They had
been virtually erased from American history books. There is quite a bit of
speculation concerning their ancestry. Many intermarried with Native
American's and African American's. They were described by European settler's
as "Native American looking people with fine European features". Well worth
a peek if you have never heard of them like myself.
> The first one contains many link's to other's work.
> This second one is a more self contained site but gives common family
names of Melungeon people.
> Thanks for all the great reading and tips you folk's provide....
> Greatful Novist,
> Angie Dirscherl
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