I read the post. As far as Jewish claim, like I said before it's no different than claiming you have a christian ancestor. Im Jewish so I know this. Jew is not a race of people but a practice. If you have church records on your ancestors than they were christian. I know of no Jewish temples that were put up in the south in the time frame of your ancestors but if you find any let me know. You need paper proof of an ancestor being a practicing Jew. Not my ancestor has a Jewish surname when there is really no such thing as a Jewish surname, this is not proof. Although in more modern times some surnames are known amongst holocaust survivors as being more modern Jewish surnames. Like my surname is known amongst the Hungarian Ashkenazi (European) practicing Jews.
The term Melungeon pertains to a specific group of people that wound up in Hawkins TN and were called Melungeon in court records. So far through DNA these people have been proven to be African and European. Some claimed Portuguese in records because it was safer than claiming they were African mixed. Portugal was known as a Slave port. Theses people were FPC and not enslaved that I am aware of.
Enslaved means just that, your ancestor was a product of someone else owning your ancestor as a piece of property
FPC-Free People of Color- means your ancestor was not considered white. They were of some other race being African, Indian ect. These were free people and were entitled to most of the same life style as the white people accept in the south they were not supposed to intermarry ( which we know happened anyway!) or be on Jury.
servant meant just that. I took a family finder DNA test which is supposed to help you find cousins. One of my matches has Mozingo in her line. The Mozingo surname known in Africa. Her Mozingo ancestor was a servant, never enslaved and she can trace his line all the way back to 1600's which is very hard to do with and African ancestor but hers always kept his surname. Im not related to her Mozingo line that I am aware of and we cant figure out what surname we have in common.
That's good that you are requiring court documentation to prove what people are claiming. As far as the Indian goes hard to prove unless an ancestor comes up Indian on a DNA test through Y-DNA or MT_DNA or you have some kind of court documentation stating they were Indian.
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