Saturday, December 30, 2006

Sand Mountain Melungeon Families

Sand Mountain is a flat-topped extension of the Cumberland Plateau stretching over a hundred miles along the Tennessee River in the states of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Its twin, Lookout Mountain, lies across the valley, where Interstate 59 runs from Chattanooga, Tenn. to Fort Payne and Boaz, Alabama, near Blountsville. In ancient times, a mixture of Cherokee, Yuchi, Koasati, Creek and other Indian tribes inhabited the area, and the Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto visited its towns in 1539/1540 (see map)...more


Russ Hatfield said...

I read with great interest the treatise on the Sand Mt. Melungeons. Of particular interest is the intermarriage of the Burkes and Hatfields. I have not come across this before in my genealogy work but there is a tribe of Hatfield cousins in the Rainsville/Fyffe area. I must contact them again and see what they know.
My paternal grandmother was an Oyler/Curtis from Marion Co.,TN. She always talked of the "Black Dutch" in her lineage. Now I wonder if this is Melungeon.
Also of interest is the name "Gaines Cooper" who was tied in with the Blevins'. Many years ago there was a Gaines Blevins who lived in the Byrds Chapel/Deerhead Cove area. In that same area in a place called Gaines Steele Hollow.
You have a great site and I look forward to reading more of it.
Russ Hatfield
Trussville, AL - formerly of Valley Head/Sulphur Springs, Dekalb Co.,AL.

Mark Burks said...

what iformation do you have on the burkes/hatfields? thanks mark

Mark Burks said...

Im interested in the Burkes/Hatfield families, looking for a James David Burks, thanks Mark