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Old 07-02-2015, 09:34 PM
Location: Eastern Kentucky Proud
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Originally Posted by MaryleeII View Post
So are they!
I didn't say they weren't....I said, "I" am an American, with Indian blood or not. I can only speak for myself.

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Old 07-03-2015, 12:23 PM
Location: Not where you ever lived
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A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to speak with the Principal Chief from nine Native American tribes. Before I continue I want to state a fact: there is evidence of Native Americans living in what is today called the United States 11,000 years ago and earlier. Relics of these tribes were found in the mountains of Idaho and the Ohio River Valley. Many of the "Midwestern" tribes descend from the Algonkin First Nation that settled in the Great Lakes in the 16th century or earlier. Tribes, sub-tribes, bands and clans (regardless of the name) descend from the mother nation. The Principal Chiefs told a similar tale of their honored ancestors who followed the track of the bison (not buffalo) from western Europe across a bridge to hunt in a wild place. They followed the bison back across the bridge back into Europe. They did this several times before the bison returned but the tribal members did not. Today the largest herd of bison in the world is in Poland, and Oklahoma is home to more federally recognized tribes than any other state.

The Trail of Tears was a 19th century atrocity that began in North Carolina and ended in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where the Cherokee National Tribal Headquarters was established. Today there is still a Cherokee Tribe in the Carolinas. And yes, or Native Americans were cheated out of tens of thousands of acres of farm and hunting lands

Many of the families that settled around Manhattan and Long Island in the original colonies came from Western Europe, and the Low Countries. These were the families that were forced to adopt a fixed surname as it became law as handed down by the English King.

According to Professor Louis Gates, Jr., the first kidnapped African slave was transported by Dutch ship and deposited on the shores of what would become New York state before 1600, before Henry Hudson sailed the Dutch ship "de Halve Maan" up the Hudson River, and before the Royal Navy claimed all the land as far as they could see for their King of England. This does not discount any other group that settled any place else in or near Manhattan. The early Dutch in Manhattan had slaves which, if the records are correct, weren't treated as chattel, but more like family. Accordingly, many of the "freed men" stayed with their original owners until they died.

Why a Dutch ship? In the 1600s Amsterdam was the busiest sea port in the world with ships that traded in every country. In the 1800s slaves for the south were a commodity, like cotton, tobacco, wool, horses, hogs, and wood, that were transported and sold at auction as soon as they left the boat and went ashore.
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Old 02-06-2019, 01:45 PM
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Talking Ky Girl.. Thought I was indian

Originally Posted by orogenicman View Post
Most of those are restricted to Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia. Also, recent DNA testing has shown that, at least for those tested, they contain a mix of European and Sub-Saharan African DNA. Apparently no Native American DNA was found in those that were tested.

Also, apparently only 200 groups of Melungeon have been identified so far. So they don't appear to be a significant portion of the population.
Born and raised in Eastern Ky. "the hills" as my husband called it,
I have been told my ENTIRE life that my dark hair dark eyes and skin and the way I never burn in the sun was because i was part Cherokee Indian. I have always taken that as the truth from my aunts and grandmothers. Then... i did an ancestry DNA test. My blood line is made up of largely European/Wales, which i expected, Irish/scottish which was pretty cool to find out! and then a smaller percentage of cameroon, congo and southern bantu peoples! I was so surprised! It makes me smile to know that there are still mysteries for me to discover about my life and my family. Why the older people decided to tell us it was Indian i will never know but i am glad about that too because it lead me to study them and their culture most of my life. While i may not be a part of them through my dna I appreciate and love all native american tribes for their strength and pride. Now on to learning about my other DNA factors i didnt know about.
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Old 06-16-2019, 09:38 AM
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Smile I'm related to Matida Parsons Feathers. 19 cousin 6times removed

[QUOTE=censusdata;20685578]You have to remember that millions of Kentuckians share only a few hundred ancestors in common. Therefore just a few dozen white men with Indian wives 200 years ago means that many Kentuckians today have Indian ancestry. Just from doing my own genealogy I know that half of all Maggards in KY have Cherokee in them (2 Maggards came to KY, one had a Cherokee wife). My lone Indian ancestor comes from the Clarkston's.

I am fortunate to have a picture (actually a charcoal sketch) of my lone Cherokee ancestor, Ellender "Nellie" Feathers. Based on the picture of my g grandfather - and her grandson - I don't have any doubt that the photo is authentic

Do you think the guy on the right looks a little Indian? That's my g grandfather, Henry Morris (1871 - 1952, or Harlan Co KY)

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