Appendix D

List of Melungeon Names

*Collins/Collins, *Gibson/Gipson, *Mullins/Mellon, *Goings, Bolden, Bunch, Fields, Freeman, Bean, Bolin, Bowlin, Bowling, Coal, Cole, Delph, Gone, Goodman, Gowns, Hale, Jones, Minor, Moore, Moseley, Nichols, Ramey/Remy, Sexton, Williams
* = common Melungeon names

Melungeon Places[i]

State: Town, County:          Year:      Group:

NC     Orange Co              1755
       Wilkes Co              1782
       Robeson Co

SC     Buford, Lancaster Co

TN     Sneedville, Hancock Co 1790       NewMan's Ridge
       Hawkins Co             1830
       Tazewell, Claiborne Co 
       Hamblen Co
       Rhea Co
       Roane Co
       Loudon, Loudon Co

VA     Lee Co.
       Scotto               1820
       Wise Co
       Dickenson Co

KY     Letcher Co             1840-1860  Coe Clan
       Dickerson Co                      Pea Ridge
       Magoffin Co            1800-1825


Kennedy, Brent . The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People: An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America . A study of these fascinating people and their origins. Includes genealogical charts of some major families and a list of 260 Melungeon names and related families. (1994), 156 pp., paper, $17.00.

Who are the Melungeons?

The Melungeons are most likely the descendants of the late 16th century Portuguese and Turks stranded on the Carolina shores when the settlement of Santa Elena , South Carolina was abandoned by the Spanish. They later intermarried with the Powhatan, Pamunkey, Chickahominy and Catawba Indians.

After being abandoned in the outlying Spanish forts, they settled in the Appalachians and further intermarried with the Cherokees and much later with the northern European settlers; primarily the Scotch-Irish, becoming part of the American Melting Pot.

The word Melungeon is both Portuguese, meaning "white person" and Turkish, meaning, "cursed soul."  The National Melungeon Registry has been established to collect and preserve Melungeon genealogical and historical information.  For a one-time fee of $10.00 your genealogical information will be maintained in a perpetual database of ancestral charts and family group sheets kept on file and available to researchers.

Please remember to always keep your information updated: new genealogical information, changes in mailing and e-mail addresses.

The following surnames are considered to be of Melungeon descent

Adams, Adkins, Allen, Allmond, Ashworth, Barker, Barnes, Bass, Beckler, Bedgood, Bell, Bennett, Berry, Beverly, Biggs, Bolen/Bowlen/Bolling/Bowling, Boone, Bowman, Badby, Branham, Braveboy, Briger/Bridger, Brogan, Brooks, Brown, Bunch, Butler, Butters, Bullion, Burton, Buxton, Byrd, Campell, Carrico, Carter, Casteel, Caudill, Chapman, Chavis, Clark, Cloud, Coal/Cole/Coles, Coffey, Coleman, Colley, Collier/Colyer, Collins, Collinsworth, Cook(e), Cooper, Cotman, Counts, Cox/Coxe, Criel, Croston, Crow, Cumba/Cumbo/Cumbow, Curry, Custalow, Dalton, Dare, Davis, Denham, Dennis, Dial, Dorton, Doyle, Driggers, Dye, Dyess, Ely, Epps, Evans, Fields, Freeman, French, Gann, Garland, Gibbs, Gibson/Gipson, Goins/Goings, Gorvens, Gowan/Gowen, Graham, Green(e), Gwinn, Hall, Hammon, Harmon, Harris, Harvie/Harvey, Hawkes, Hendricks/Hendrix, Hill, Hillman, Hogge, Holmes, Hopkins, Howe, Hyatt, Jackson, James, Johnson, Jones, Keith, Kennedy, Kiser, Langston, Lasie, Lawson, Locklear, Lopes, Lowry, Lucas, Maddox, Maggard, Major, Male/Mayle, Maloney, Marsh, Martin, Miles, Minard, Miner/Minor, Mizer, Moore, Morley, Mullins, Mursh, Nash, Nelson, Newman, Niccans, Nichols, Noel, Norris, Orr, Osborn/Osborne, Oxendine, Page, Paine, Patterson, Perkins, Perry, Phelps, Phipps, Pinder, Polly, Powell, Powers, Pritchard, Pruitt, Ramey, Rasnick, Reaves/Reeves, Revels, Richardson, Roberson/Robertson/Robinson, Russell, Sammons, Sampson, Sawyer, Scott, Sexton, Shavis, Shepherd/Shephard, Short, Sizemore, Smiling, Smith, Stallard, Stanley, Steel, Stevens, Stewart, Strother, Sweat/Swett, Swindall, Tally, Taylor, Thompson, Tolliver, Tuppance, Turner, Vanover, Vicars/Viccars/ Vickers, Ware, Watts, Weaver, White, Whited, Wilkins, Williams, Williamson, Willis, Wisby, Wise, Wood, Wright, Wyatt, Wynn

Submit Melungeon family information to:

WCHS: The Wise County Historical Society,

P. O. Box 368 , Wise , VA 24293