Dear W. Paul Wooten:
After finishing my rather extensive response to Terri, regarding her ten (10)Melungeon Surnames; I noticed your posting of WOOTEN from Gallia County, Ohio, along the Ohio River.
Let this be an addendum to my posting to Terri.
I really should have mentioned in the earlier reply to Terri, that just because a Surname appears on a Melungeon Surname list; ---- this does not necessarily mean that your ancestors with that Surname are Melungeon.
Many families of the same name can be traced directly back, in clear steps, to Suffock County, England, or wherever.
Lewes WOOTON was one of the 115 Settlers into the 1585/87 Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.
The 1834 to 1838, "Trail of Tears" as orchestrated by our President, Andrew Jackson, may be important.
He wanted to, "clear-out" or "cleanse" his precious eastern Tennessee of these "other peoples". Hence, the US Military rounded-up Cherokees, other Indians and Melungeons for forced marches to Oklahoma.
I have seen one map showing five different routes over several years, not only to Oklahoma, but also to Missouri, to Texas, etc.
Numerous Cherokees, other Native Americans and Melungeons wanted nothing to do with this forced march away from their homes. They feared Reservation Life.
As an alternative, many illegally fled North, and crossed the Ohio River.
They would normally avoid cities and fertile farm land. They ended in places looking like locations from whence they came: Narrow, Flooding Hollars and Narrow, Eroding Ridges. Poor Land that others had rejected.
This is likely the origin of "The Carmel Indians" into Brushcreek Twp of Highland County, Ohio.
Perhaps your WOOTEN/WOTTON folks were among the refugees who escaped from and avoided the, "Trail of Tears".
If there was a time period to check for entering Gallia County, Ohio; check the period of 1832 to 1840. Please let me know what you find.
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