The Meherrin Indian Tribe petitioned the federal government for federal recognition as an Indian tribe and was denied on January 16, 2014. The government’s response to their petition can be seen here.
I was mortified to read their reasoning, and the sources they used. In particular, Paul Heinegg’s work. I am a fan of Paul’s work. Paul is very careful to use works like “may,” “might,” and “probably.” Paul does not set forth that his gathering and clustering of surnames is gospel and that these people are absolutely related. He says they might be related, and he is looking for patterns. There is a huge difference between a possibility and a conclusion and Pauls’ work, in my opinion, has been misconstrued, taken out of context and given far more weight than other more concrete evidence.
Despite the government denial of the Meherrin application, there is a plethora of great information in this document, including the list of Meherrin names on page 29.