Oh it isn't so much you, but me and Ronnie have had it out a few times. I recently emailed Ronnie and hopefully cleared the air with him. I am not out to find if we come from a tribe, Royal line, etc. But as I told him if they in fact exist then it will give us a greater clue as to the hardships, lifestyle, what have you. Again Melungeon to me, at least in my area, is fictitional. My family, Garen, and namely my ancestor Elmer Edward Garen, are from the Marshall and Carmel Ohio areas of Highland Co. So I have first hand knowledge of said Carmelites. And was told by my mother that she was told by them that they were just a mixed bunch of people. African American/White/ and some Native American. I receive evry so often an email from someone claiming that my lines on my maternal side including Adkins are Melungeon. Melungeon, if they do so exist, are said to be of Portuguese descent. Funny but our Adkins are from the British Isles. Every name connecting to our families tend to be mentioned by these people as Melungeon. If anything, based on Carmelite reaction, the term is overused and perhaps taken as a derrogatory statement.
I dunno, but I tend to tick off a few people Linda, and even thought I have done so with you as well. But I do know alot of my Adkins line and grew up around them. Shirley Ann Adkins (F) daughter of Shirley Adkins (M) never mentioned Melungeon (For example). Yet NA, Irish, etc. and so forth are mentioned.
No strange blood diseases exist either, though I had Encephalitis as a child, but this was caused by a mosquito bite, which nearly killed me. No half golf ball sized bump on back of my head, nor any other sign. And this include Adkins from Wayne Co.
But I am not claiming blue blood either. There may be some of our family way back who married into other races.
Basically I an't buying the Melungeon theory, and since we have no problems between us perhaps we still can find the answers to the mysteries. I am not mad at anyone, nor you Linda, so let's keep in touch and get back to what is necessary in our family and not this rubbish.