Are You" Black Dutch?" Or Cherokee? How About "Dirty Dutch" or "Melungeon?"
Have you ever heard the term "Black Dutch?" Does your family claim that you are "Cherokee?" If so, then you likely belong to one of the hidden races of the Appalachians. But such mixed-racial heritage is not so simply Native American. These terms regarding ethnicity mean so much more.
"Black Dutch," "Dirty Dutch" "Melungeon" and "Cherokee" are common cover terms for mixed-race peoples in the southern United States. These terms were never used in Europe or any other country. Analysis based upon the DNA of Melungeons and Black Dutch of Appalachia have revealed stunning findings.
"Black Dutch:" For a long time were said to be descendents of the Moors who took over Holland in the 1500s. Black Dutch were also thought to be a dark swarthy people from the Black Forest area of Germany. Neither of these theories proved to be true.
"Melungeon:" A mixed-race people from Tennessee were once believed to be the descendents of local Native American tribes. It was later speculated they were Turks. These didn't weigh out in DNA analysis either. Instead they matched Sub-Saharan Africans and Gypsies.
"Cherokee:" I must meet someone who claims he or she is 1/16th Cherokee every single day. Some of these people have taken DNA tests and have been disappointed to learn that their Native American blood is 0% while they show DNA markers that match Jews and Arabs.
"Dirty Dutch" is a derogatory term for people of small stature of the Appalachians. The Pennsylvania Dutch called them "Smutzers," little dirty faces.
Here are the true findings.
"Black Dutch" in DNA analysis revealed surprising results. First of all, unlike the Melungeon, the Black Dutch have a lot of Native American blood-- the tribes are usually Shawnee, Choctaw, Blackfoot-Saponi and Cherokee.
The surprise is they also match Sephardic Jews, Ancient Egyptians, Ashkenazi Jews, Kurds, and modern Palestinians and as well as people in Eastern Europe. The place of origin for this DNA marker is Mesopotamia which is now Iraq. This DNA marker was present in 100% of all Ancient Egyptian mummies that were tested but this DNA is no longer as common in Egypt.
The Jewish DNA may have come through with the Scottish immigrants since Jews have lived in Scotland for close to 1000 years. Or Roman soldiers may have brought Middle Eastern DNA into Ireland. The Black Dutch also show Brahmin DNA from India. This likely came in through Gypsies who originated in India.
How? Prisons in Dublin, Ireland and Liverpool made a habit of emptying out their jails of Gypsies in the late 1700s and deported them. Where did they emigrate to? Virginia where they worked as indentured servants alongside the Irish and African Americans.
"Melungeon." This mysterious group of people in Tennessee have been aware of their Middle Eastern blood for a long time as many began to show illnesses that are only found in Jews and Arabs.
Do the Melungeon have Native American blood as they claimed? Not much. What they do have is Sub-Saharan African DNA mixed with with Middle-Eastern DNA and that of the Romany, or Gypsies.
You may be surprised to know the mother of Elvis Presley was a Melungeon. Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln who was born in Pocohontas County, WV, is thought to have been Black Dutch.
Would you like to learn more about your mixed-race Appalachian heritage and where to get a DNA test?
Susan Sheppard will be teaching this class over a series of 3 nights. She will explain the migration path of your ancestors to the Americas and how it is even possible to be Gypsy, American Indian, Hebrew and Egyptian!
You will learn about other mixed-race people such as the West Virginia Guineas, Tri-racial isolates, Creoles and other such groups.
We will probably have to split this up into two evenings. We have a long time, just wanted to get this out. I know people seem very excited. Sheppard intends for this to be about 3 classes. $5
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