To the Kitchen Family, espcially those of Robeson Co NC. One of the longest running debates in US history and Genalogy is where the ,word term Melungeon came from. the 1st recording of the word melungeon was uttered from the lips of a ktichen family memeber. there have been all kinds of theorys on this, lost turks malungu tribesman from Angola, French Aristocrates,middle English plays dramas. The list goes on and on.
Ft BlackmoreScott Virginia. Book no 2 Stoney Creek Primitive Baptist Church the year 1813 church minuetes.
September the 26, 1813 Church sat in love.Brother Kilgore, Moderator.Then came forward Sister Kitchen and complained to the church against Susanna Stallard for saying she harbored them Melungins (Melungeons).Sister Sook said she was hurt with her for believing her child and not believing her, and she won't talk to her to get satisfaction, and both is "pigedish", one against the other.Sister Sook lays it down and the church forgives her.Then came forward Cox and relates to the church that he went to the Association and took the letter and they received the letter in fellowship.Dismissed.
the 1strecording of the word Melunjin was from Sister Kitchen most likey Sarah Ktichen. The church membership showed James Kitchen. Its already documented that part of the Lumbee and Croatan tribe were also called Melungeons. In 1790 a Joseph Kitchen was noted with a[ other free] in his household. If by chance James or Sarah kItchen were from the Robeson Kitchens it may lead , that word followed the Kitchens from Robeson Co to the Melungeon homeland of Blackwater and Newman Ridge. Question is there any evidence James Kitchen or Sarah Kitchen originiated from Robeson co.? Regards