I assure you I am not trying to argue about it. I just have not seen any proof. Any illness these days seem to float in the air. We have alot of aliens here in the US as we, I am proud to say, are 'The Great American Maelting Pot'. Like I said in previous posts if there is Melungeon, then to be politically correct, shouldn't they be referred to as being Portuguese? I also feel Melungeon is used in a derrogatory way, and yes I will be the first to admit that most likely there is a few slaves that might possibly be ancestors of ours.
My question on Carmelites is, to be clearer, why do everyone here in South Western Ohio and the Carmelites themselves oppose this notion about them? Shoot they've been called everything else but. I am not racist, or should I say as racist as others (as we all were taught to be in one way or another, black, white, what have you)and have lifelong friends here rom Gist Settlement in Clinton Co. Ohio, they are so mixed that it is not known exactly what races they actually descend from.
As I said before my ancestors are from the area, paternal side, of Carmel and Marshall,Highland Co. Ohio, and I have met and talked to various ones from there, white and Carmel Indian. Not to mention my ancestors stories, and at no time was Melungeon ever spoke. True they may not admit it nor want to, but as hateful as alot of people are, some of my family included, one would figure that someone would have came out from Carmel and said "Yes it is true, we are Melungeon."
Not to mention Wayne Co. WV where every Adkins is related to every other Adkins.
When some hard proof is found I believe not only I, but others will change their thinking. But when you live in and are from the areas where it is reported, you become doubtful based on lack of proof. Not to say again I disagree with you, I hope you find evidence of it, but you have to admit, as you have, it is a hard pill to swallow.
And not because of any predjudices, but because nothing concrete has been placed before us.
And I hate to say it, but it is true, we descend from inbreeding. Not the brother/sister type, but by our Adkins ancestors marrying first cousins. Case in point when my ancestor Littleberry Adkins married his first cousin.
Now I have seen some strange ilnesses come from this, not in my family, but within others where this has occured, and perhaps, as a thought and not as fact, this could be genetically carried as well. And yes this was common back then, I know that and am not bothered by it in the least, as you can't change history. My mother, various other family members, wife, etc. are or were in the medical field so I have seen first hand and been told secondhand of this causing some physical ailments as well.
We all are the biggest Heinz 57 mutts in the US, And I mean every live person who's family has been here for as long as our families have. Black, white, purple, green, so being bigotted is stupid, no blue bloods exist anymore within our family. I just need verification of this new race to believe it exists. And further verification with Adkins as we is all kin.