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Re: Melungeons are part Black
Posted by: dana marniche (ID *****1415) Date: June 22, 2010 at 17:03:27
In Reply to: Re: Melungeons are part Black by J Friedman of 28064

Hi J -

Actually I should have posted this on the Reynolds part of the forum. My Reynolds were in Virginia for most of the 1800s and I'm very interested in how the name Reynolds became attached to the Lumbee. I don't know what counties they may have come from in North Carolina. I do know that they lived in Forsythe for a while because they worked on the Winston-Salem Reynolds tobacco plantation probably as slaves. But also lived in Virginia and West Virginia at the same time on a reservation. They said they originally came up from South Carolina which i have heard is where the Melungeon name was used for people of the mixed people of African and white descent. Tim Hashaw I had heard some of the "Lumbee" were captured by confederates in North Carolina so I am wondering if this how they wound up working on the Reynolds plantations.
There are some mulatto people they intermarried with named Whitehead in Georgia that my grandmother said were Jewish and some of the men were blacksmiths. Several of my grandmom's aunts and uncles intermarried with them. one of their sons married a woman named Polka Neale. Interestingly even before this intermixture there was a woman named Pulaska. At first I thought this was due to the name Pulaski Georgia. Now I'm not sure though. I do believe it is possible some eastern European people may have come into the picture somehow through the Portuguese.


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