Monthly Archives: June 2012

Beechland: Oral History Versus Historical Records

This paper was originally published in the Lost Colony Research Group newsletter in November, 2011.  The original had colored tables which did not copy correctly to the blog.  Apparently multiple highlighted colors are not supported.  To see the original colored district tables, please … Continue reading

Posted in History, North Carolina | 6 Comments

Croatan Barber

The Barber family of Hyde County is known to be of Native heritage, specifically Mattamuskeet.  The Hyde County marriages have been neither transcribed in their entirety nor published.  Some are on the Hyde County rootsweb site.  Only three Barbour marriages … Continue reading

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Minority Ancestry and DNA

I originally wrote this article for the Melungeon Historical Society, but regardless of the target audience, the message is the same about how to use and interpret genetic information related to the search for minority admixture ancestors.   Hat tip to Jack … Continue reading

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Following the Croatoan

This article is reprinted from the July 2011 Lost Colony Research Group newsletter. In 2010 when the North Carolina Society of Historians awarded the Lost Colony Research Group the prestigious Malcolm Fowler Award, their question was why we weren’t following … Continue reading

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The Legend of Chief Kinnekeet

Historian David Stick, in 2005, prior to his death in 2009, had begun to write a series of biographies of “Outer Banker” families.  Unfortunately, he discovered a computer virus on is system which wiped out all of his work.  He … Continue reading

Posted in Hatteras, History | 4 Comments

The Tuscarora Eye

Dr. Arwin Smallwood is an associate professor of history at the University of Memphis.  He is also of mixed-blood Tuscarora heritage.  His focus on Bertie County history, where his family is from, is natural, and we are all beneficiaries of … Continue reading

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Pamunkey Indians of Virginia

This article about the Pamunkey Indians was found at and was originally published by the Bureau of Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution in 1894. To the best of my knowledge it is in the public domain, so it is being reprinting it … Continue reading

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The Chowan Indians

Thanks to Fletcher Freeman for contributing part of the following information.  In addition I used resources found in The American Indian in North Carolina (1947) by the Rev. Douglas Rights hosted at and the book  Villany Often Goes Unpunished, … Continue reading

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Who Am I Related To? – Using Family Tree DNA’s Tools to Compare Within Projects

While this may not seem like a Native topic, it is.  I am the volunteer administrator or co-administrator of several DNA projects that are either focused on or include people with Native heritage.  The goal of DNA testing is to … Continue reading

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Cape Fear, Machapunga, Coree, Tuscarora and Mattamuskeet Indians

James Sprunt, born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1846, was an entrepreneurial cotton merchant, author, philanthropist and a major figure in Wilmington, North Carolina from the time of the Civil War until his death in 1924.  Active in the N.C. Literary … Continue reading

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