North from the Mountains: A Folk History of the Carmel Melungeon Settlement, Highland County, Ohio ( Melungeon Series; V.2)

North from the Mountains: A Folk History of the Carmel Melungeon Settlement, Highland County, Ohio ( Melungeon Series; V.2)

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North from the Mountains: A Folk History of the Carmel Melungeon Settlement, Highland County, Ohio ( Melungeon Series; V.2) by John H. Kessler

North from the Mountains is the latest in the series, the Melungeons: History, Culture, Ethnicity, and Literature. This is the first substantive study of the Carmel Melungeon settlement since 1950. Tracing the Carmel Melungeon's history from about 1700, Ball and Kessler offer extensive firsthand information about the settlement and relate the Carmel population to the Melungeons and similar mixed-blood populations of the Mid-Atlantic coastal region.

Kessler and Ball's study combines a review of documentary evidence, extensive firsthand observations of the group, and information gleaned from area informants and visits to the Carmel area. John Kessler was a resident of a nearby community until about age eighteen -- hence the personal insight and perspective into the lifestyle and inter- and intrarelationships of the group.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865547032
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Series: Melungeons Series , #2
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsvii
Tablesviii
Forewordix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxv
1.Introduction1
2.Location and Natural Environment7
3.The Cultural Landscape13
4.History and Origins of the Carmel Melungeons19
Establishment of the Carmel Settlement19
Relationship to Magoffin County, Kentucky29
Ties to the Melungeons35
Mid-Atlantic Coast Origins42
Summary57
5.Previous Ethnographic Studies61
6.Introduction to the Folk History93
7.A Folk History of the Carmel Settlement and Environs95
8.Current Status129
9.Future Directions133
10.Concluding Remarks139
Appendixes
A.Specific Locational Data for Cultural Landmarks Associated with the Carmel Melungeon Settlement147
B.Summary of Available Census Data for Carmel and Magoffin County Melungeons148
C.1810 and 1820 Documentation Relating to Magoffin County Group150
D.Population of South Appalachia Melungeons in 1950154
E.Unrelated Mestizo Populations in Melungeon Settlement Area155
F.Index to Vernacular Speech Recorded in Morgan's Novel Squaw Winter168
G.Correlation of Surnames among the Eastern Cherokee, Melungeons, and Magoffin County Mestizos173
H.Carmel Melungeon Gravestone Inscriptions177
I.Possible Melungeon-Related Place Names in Southeastern Kentucky183
J.Summary of Possible Melungeon-Related Interments in the Cemeteries of Northwestern Perry County, Kentucky188
K.Summary of Possible Melungeon-Related Interments in the Cemeteries of Whitley County, Kentucky190
Bibliography193
Index207

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