At the above link you will see something I posted on the “Melungeon” board. This deals with a state recognized tribe -- Occoneechi band of the Saponi, in NC.
Many people are determined to prove that the Melungeon's were NOT Indian/Black/White mixed race folks, rather they say they were Portuguese, Turkish or Spanish, or some other group. I’ve heard someone mention Carthagenian, even. I found the links below :http://www.angelfire.com/realm/shades/nativeamericans/occane
(now above :) showing some folks once called “Portuguese” are now say they were Indian mixed all along. I think the inland mixed race people in the Appalachians called “Meulugeons” were related to these people and I mentioned it.
One well respected Melungeon researcher responed in the following manner(you can see her full response if you go to the first link above) --
These people are not Melungeons -- No one ever said they were that I know of so you might post this on the Native American forums.
In 1874 the Bolton trial in Hamilton County, Tenn., testimony showed the Bolton, Perkins, Goins, Manley, Shoemake 'and others' were Portuguese and called Melungeons. They were from Georgetown, Marion Co., SC.
[Then she ended her post by saying --]
None of them said they were from this ORIGINAL Portuguese settlement or related to these Jeffries you cited. If you have PROOF of otherwise, I'd be glad to take a look at it.
She suggests I post this on an American Indian message board for answers. I thought your board would be the appropriate board to post this since one group of her “Portuguese Settlers“ from Tennessee had earlier come from Marion County, South Carolina. Descendants of hese folks were later called “Melungeons“ in Tennessee. She quotes some families in Tennessee whose ancestors had been called “Portuguese” in Marion County, South Carolina. Their surnames were listed as Bolton, Perkins, Goins, Manley, Shoemake, and “others”.
My question to yall is i.] are these Lumbee surnames? ii.] Were there Lumbee Indians in Marion County, South Carolina? OR were these folks, as she says -- REALLY Portuguese? Vancehawkins@msn.com