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Showing posts with label North Carolina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label North Carolina. Show all posts

21 July 2009

Goinstown, North Carolina (Melungeons)

The Melungeon Historical Society: Goinstown, North Carolina

Monday, July 20, 2009

Goinstown, North Carolina
Rockingham & Stokes Counties
Notes on Goinstown by Professor G.C. Waldrep III

"Goinstown's history appears to begin in the 1770's with families (chiefly Gibsons and Goinses) moving in from what is usually called the "Flat River settlement" in what is now northern Durham Co. (then Orange Co.).

This was a small fragment of that former settlement, most of whose members ultimately wound up in east Tennessee and became the "Melungeons".

"The Goinstown community went from being legally "white" (more or less, up through about 1810) to "free colored" or "mulatto" (through most of the 19th century) to "Black" (circa 1880-1910s) to "Indian" (1910s to 1954) to "white" (finally, with the merging of the "Indian" Goinstown school into the white Stoneville system in 1954).

[Follow link for the rest of this article.]

14 December 2008

A Queer North Carolina Race (1894)

From The Melungeon Historical Society

Read a transcript of an 1894 article in the New York Sun, describing a "queer race" or people in North Carolina--Melungeons.

04 April 2008

Cyndie's Musings: William Goyens, Jr of Nacogdoches, TX

William Goyens, Jr of Nacogdoches, TX

Cyndie discusses her ancestor William Goyens Jr and his family origins in North Carolina. She speculates on white versus black, but notes her family were free people of color and considered to be Croatan or Lumbee. She relates an interesting story of a NC cemetery, where some of her family are buried, stating that the bodies were buried in a standing up position. It looks as if some of her other posts may be quite interesting too.

22 December 2007

The Croatan Indians of Sampson County, North Carolina. Their Origin and Racial Status. A Plea for Separate Schools

George Edwin Butler, 1868-1941. The Croatan Indians of Sampson County, North Carolina. Their Origin and Racial Status. A Plea for Separate Schools: "The Croatan Indians of Sampson County, North Carolina. Their Origin and Racial Status. A Plea for Separate Schools:
Electronic Edition.

The digitalized book includes names of petitioners and the history of the Lumbee or Croatan Indians of this region.

This is from the web site: "Documenting the American South (DocSouth)," which includes ten thematic collections of primary sources for the study of southern history, literature, and culture. Their homepage is located at: http://docsouth.unc.edu/