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Re: Alvis surname origin
Posted by: Terry Collins (ID *****1457) Date: June 22, 2007 at 21:08:38
In Reply to: Re: Alvis surname origin by Kathy Patterson of 661


My question for you does not concern this posting line but I hope it is directed to you. I've had family in from out-of-town this weekend and they have been asking me about what progress I've made on our genealogy since last we spoke. My grandmother mentioned that her grandmother, Mary Alice Alvis (b. 17 Aug 1879 in Hawkins, TN), was said to be Native American. Obviously that isn't true, given her Alvis heritage, but I understand that there is a very strong Melungion presence in the Hawkins County TN area. Mary Alice's father was Winfield Scott Alvis, born 1853 in Hawkins TN. His father was William Anderson Alvis, b 1810 in Hanover VA. Mary Alice's mother, Sarah Sally Helton, is of the Helton family line that had been in the Hawkins County area for at least 4 generations, to at least 1780. Given that she was thought to be Native American based on her appearance and mannerisms, I'm thinking that there may be a possibility that she was, at best, maybe half Melungion on her mother's side (the Alvis' line was only in Hawkins for 2 generations). Any thoughts, or have you come across anything like this in any of your research? Thank you very much.

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