techteach,your gggr grandad and my gr grandad coulda been borthers.my poppy was born in 1891 and died 1969 he was born in paintsville ky and died here in nj.i"m the youngest family member to remember him.their was reputedly indian in his family thru goins and berry lines and possibly chaffin too
saj, thanks for the link,i will read this interesting article tomorrow.looks like a good one from a quick skim.
Vance,I"ve heard that half cherokee crap from people as white as a catfish"s belly.for a long time i never believed the family stories of indian blood because I"d heard so much obvious crap from others that i was fed up with it but after hitting repeated dead ends on several lines and them coming up with the term melungeon when i was searching goins then i started an in depth study while not being good at researching records i am good at researching books and articles.I"ve read everything on desoto,juan pardo,and every tribe i could find from south carolina to md and my trail has led me here so far.maybe the family rumors weren"t all crap after all.
Techteach and Bill thanks for the mound info.I have my own tehories on the origins of the mound builders and thats why i was interested if the ancestors of some of the modern day hillbillies might be mound builder.a long story here and maybe not for this forum.i know the iroqouis and algonkians claimed to have come from the west and fought and conquered the major mound cultures on their way across to the east coast,maybe thats why their was still hate and discontent between the saponi and the tuscarora/powhatan confederacy into historical times.
thanks all of you for the info.i was so late getting back because my email notification of a reply just came in.I really like this board a lot.