Deena! Yes many of them can.Also we have to look at the other families that have married in. it takes two to birth a child. If a Irish were to marry a native, the children would be 1/2 blood of each. In native & melungeon culture the family is most likley to stay near the wifes family. Their children are exposed to choices of mates of the mothersculture.This would give the grandchildren 3/4 blood, ect. If you were to go to the Morgan Co. Ky., Maybe Elliott Co.home page, read our ancesters. You will find a list of Cherokee Women. As the first ancesters.Yes the Melungeon people were Free persons of color. Also in the early 1800 the census required Indians also listed as free persons of color. The Floyd, & Boyd,co Ky. Free persons of color listed on the web are the same Adkins men who are later in the Morgan, Elliott, Carter, Greenup, Rowan, Letcher,Pike, ect. counties. Then moveing on to points north, west, & south. The sons, & Grandchildren of William D/O/B 1797 settled in Cole co Texas. Many went to the old Mingo indian territory in mid Ohio around Pickaway, Ross, & Pike Co. Ect.I'm not an expert, just trying to follow the lines. These people were on the move. Families who had chosen to stay up in the mountains, rather then be removed. Still they were driven farther west as they migrated. Follow your Maternal & your Praternal lines . Happy hunting.