States: Tennessee: Hawkins
This one is easy. Nancy Mallett was the daughter of Levi Mallett (and Elizabeth Minor), who was the son of Peter Mallett and Elizabeth unknown. The line is African on both the male Mallett and male Minor side by DNA testing. The Indian stories arose in the late 1800s and early 1900s when the Eastern Cherokee applications were being evaluated. Some of the Minors were descended from the Sizemores, and the Sizemore male line is Indian (though not Cherokee) by DNA testing. Both the Malletts and Minors were generally mulatto before 1880 and white from 1880 on. The DNA results suggest that Levi Mallett was probably half African. There is some evidence to suggest that Peter Mallett was married more than once. For example, son William Jefferson Mallett was almost never listed as mulatto/free colored. In addition, John Begley was said to be the Uncle of the children of Levi Mallett. This may suggest that John Begley was married to a daughter of Peter Mallett or that one of Peter Mallett's wives was a Sizemore. The question of whether they were Melungeon or not is difficult to answer. By the way, Francis Burton was also known as Ned Burton and there is a document that stated that people were afraid of him because he has a notch on his gun. A Ned Burton shot and killed Iredell Willis. There is a story that Iredell's son James shot Francis Burton on his porch in Hancock County in the 1890s and then fled the state. The story is even more complicated. John Mallett, Nancy's brother, married Hennis Lawson's grandaughter, Pleasant G. Murrell's grandaughter, and Banks Lawson's grandaughter. Banks, Hennis and Pleasant were closely related. Iredell Willis impregnated Sarah Manis who was the daughter-in-law of Banks Lawson. Iredell also killed Clinton Manis, who was the Uncle of Sarah Manis. There is some reason to believe that Ned Burton killed Iredell Willis out of revenge for what he did to Sarah. If you are a direct female descendent of Nancy Mallett, I recommend that you participate in mt-DNA testing so that we can help to bring this all together.
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