Saturday, May 18, 2013
Many of the families Carlson studied repeatedly asserted their claims that the were Indian. Attacks that they were NOT Indian came from various sources, from primary of these was the clam that they were Portuguese instead. This is erroneous. Others tried to maintain their Indian heritage by moving to Indian Territory, to be nearer other Indian peoples. There was a third group, those who tried to take andantage of the United States Claims court ruling in the early 20th century in favor of the Eastern Cherokee. One catch for this option, is that many of these people were not Cherokee. Their rsponses nontheless t4ells us a lot of their origins.
I can't help but know his name was VARDEMAN Collins, and know that a Mr. Vardeman (who became a Baptist Minister) was the principle witness that got a relative of mine, Aaron Gess/Gist, hung as a horsethief in 1801 at Knox County, Tennessee, Court House. One day, maybe, I'll tell that story.
Please note we have not found a single reference to ANY Portuguese people AT ALL. There is NOT A SINGLE DOCUMENT ANYWHERE ON THIS PLANET that ties a single Portuguese adventurer, either male or female, to the Melungeon. There is not a singl document that ties a ship wrecked sailor, nor a servant, norany kind of Portuguese man or woman, to the Melungeons -- that's all done with smoke and mirrors, and a gullible public.
Migrating to Oklahoma
I hope these words are heplful to some people. It has take me many many hours to transcribe these things, and more hours yet to paraphrase it when I grew weary of transcribing it word for word. I know I have left out parts some readers might be interested in. But it is eswveral hundred pages long, so please forgive me -- I can't transcribe it all! I hope to honor Dr. Carlson's work, as it was a great efort on his part. I still need to go back, page by page, and include the citations. But besiedes that, I am nearly finished with this document. If there are questions, email me at vhawkins1952
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013