HI Guys! I am looking for some information on a Gr.Aunt Mary "Polly" Alley, who I have been told MIGHT have been an Allen. I will list what I have on her below.
Allen is listed as ONE of a list of common Melungeon surnames and these folks lived in the areas where Melungeons were known to live. (NC/VA/KY/TN/WV) It would make sense if this Aunt were truly an ALLEN instead of an Alley.
The Melungeons are a controversial group of people with many different folks believing different things. :-) I think they are an interesting group of people, some of whom may have a Mediterranean ancestry, that is ancestry which includes areas of North Africa, southern Europe and Central Asia. The Melungeons may have settled in the Appalachian wilderness as early or possibly earlier than 1564 when they were found by English explorers. The explorers described these people as being 'dark-skinned with fine European features," (meaning they were not black) and as being 'a hairy people, who lived in log cabins with peculiar arched windows,' (meaning they were not Indians). They practiced the Christian religion, and told the explorers in broken Elizabethan English, that they were 'Portyghee,' but were described as being 'not white,' that is, not of Northern European stock, even though some of them had red hair and others had VERY striking blue or blue/green eyes.
Recent DNA research has shown some Melungeon descendants to be 5% Native American, 5% black, and 90% Eurasian which includes all of Europe and as far east as northern India. This 90% includes 7% ancestry from the areas that are NOW, Syria, Turkey, and northern India. More information can be found at this url: INTERRACIAL VOICE - Guest Editorial http://interracialvoice.com/kennedy.htmlhttp://interracialvoice.com/kennedy.html
Here now, is the data that I have on this Gr. Aunt Mary "Polly" Alley??
Descendants of Patrick Porter
1 Patrick Porter b: May 01, 1731 in PA d: 1807 in Falling Creek, Scott Co., VA . +Susanna Ann Walker b: March 31, 1739 in VA d: Abt. 1814 in Floyd Co., KY m: Abt. 1756 in Guilford Co., NC Father: John Walker III Mother: Ann Houston . 2 John Walker Porter b: April 19, 1759 in Guilford, NC d: November 23, 1842 in Floyd, Co, KY ..... +Martha Patsy Hutchinson b: 1763 m: January 31, 1789 Father: Peter Hutchinson Mother: Nancy Green . 2 Susanna Ann Porter ..... +John Montgomery b: 1764 Father: Alexander Montgomery Mother: Martha Walker . 2 Samuel Porter ..... +Mary "Polly" Alley . 2 Mary Porter ..... +Andrew Cowan . 2 Patrick Porter, Jr. b: 1776 ..... +Elizabeth Pendleton I am trying to fill in the data on all of these aunts and uncles, and any help will be appreciated. For anyone interested in a possible Melungeon connection to the Allens, I will be glad to send you an overview of my research with LOTS of urls, FREE and via e-mail. Please e-mail me directly as I will not get back here often. firstname.lastname@example.org