I have two interesting books that I ordered off of Amazon called Redbones of Louisiana by Don C. Marler c2003 and The Melungeons "The Resurrection of a Proud People by N. Brent Kennedy c1997 that talk about the Redbone people. Evidently the term used to be an insult to racially mixed people of dark skin, but has now become a recognized Indian tribe in Louisiana. According to the author Don C. Marler, many of these racially mixed people migrated from North to South Carolina, to Louisiana and some onto Texas. Families listed on page 167 and elsewhere in the book (many found in Trinity County) include Adams, Ashworth, Basco, Brock, Byrd, Carter, Cloud, Collins, Curry, Evans, Davis, Dean, Dial, Dyess, Farris, Gibbs, Goins, Green, Hall, Harper, Harvey, Hicks, James, Jenkins, Jones, Johnson, Lewis, Lowery, Martin, Mathis, Moore, Neal, Perkins, Pinder, Ray, Reeves, Roberts, Simmons, Smiling, Spikes, Sweat, Taylor, Thompson, Stanley, West, Walters, Williams, Willis, Wilson, Wise, and Woods. One leader with lots of historical press was the Reverend Joseph Willis. Randy Willis has done extensive research on him and his followers and has a website on the Internet.
After reading the book by Marler and his suggestion that many of these people settled in another county in Texas, I wrote to him to tell him of the large settlement of Trinity County descendants such as my own Willis who married a Maricle.
Let me know if I can look up any info in my books. I'll be glad to share.
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