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Re: the Gibson Indians
In Response To: Re: the Gibson Indians ()
I am familiar with all of these surnames and large families through out the NC/Va borderline from Surry to Rockingham county. The Evans and the Gibsons along that route tend to be of obvious mixed ANCESTRY moreso than the average African American, but then again most of the families of that region are. The darkest of them even show some non negroid features. The Native American is pretty apparent as well, because mulatto don't tend to have mongloid fold. A great many I would say have triracial ancestry. There have however been some more recent transplants who bring an outside mixture to these mostly rural areas due to a quiet back mgration of members who went north in search of jobs and remained for generations before returning. It is not always a myth when people say that they have Native ancestry. I personally have six different family members list in the Guion Miller Roll Index for Cherokee descendants, but God only knows about the UNcivilized tribes mixed in. 18th century North Carolina and Va. saw heavy losses of male Native Americans from war with colonial leaving alot of unattached Native American women with nowhere to go except the FPOC mixed communities. There were some mulatto bands who claimed Native American to avoid being labeled Negro however.
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